A solution to those high textbook costs

Textbooks and supplies are often among the largest educational expenses college students face. As a result, 65% of college students have avoided buying textbooks due to high prices, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. To make textbooks more accessible, the Ventura County Community College District has established the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) […]

Holiday show auditions

Auditions are scheduled for “Home for the Holidays,” a Youth Theatre Intensive production, at 5 p.m. Tues. and Wed., Aug. 10 and 11 at Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Performances are 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 10 and 11; and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 11 and 12. The directors/producers are Elena Mills and […]


Michelle Florey of Agoura Hills and Lydia Bachman, Kayla Jou and Raegynn Moody of Westlake Village earned spring 2021 dean’s list honors at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Kate Otto of Agoura Hills, Ryan Speert of Oak Park, and Julia Feinbloom of Westlake Village made spring dean’s list at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Riley deVarennes of Agoura […]

Agoura High School student has convincing way about him

Give Casey Simpson five minutes and he can convince just about anyone to see things his way. The 17-year-old Agoura High School student won first place for impromptu speaking at the California High School Speech Association State Tournament in April and has placed high at national debate competitions around the country. Casey, who will be a senior in the fall, […]


The following students made the dean’s list (3.5 GPA) at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa: Michela DeFalco and Kaitlin Wiltshire of Agoura Hills; Alexander Wierenga and Melissa Hoffman of Oak Park. These students made the president’s list (4.0 GPA): Megan Johnson of Oak Park, and Danielle Davidson, Jaxon Novack of Calabasas and Samantha Starling of Calabasas. Ava Gams of […]

New vice chancellor in Ventura County

Ventura County Community College District has appointed Cynthia Herrera to the position of vice chancellor for “institutional effectiveness” in a further move to help the district achieve its goals. Herrera joined the college district in 2009 and most recently served as the associate vice chancellor of strategic partnerships, enrollment and advancement. With a background in business and educational leadership, Herrera […]

College standouts

Abigail King of Oak Park High School earned academic distinction for the 2021 spring semester at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. The following students made the spring dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin in Madison: Shauna Berman, Agoura Hills; Maya Angel, Ryan Armour, Luke Bender, Jennifer Marcus, Jenna Morris and Maya Zuckerman of Calabasas; Hannah Ritvo, Lilliana Rosen […]

Rocketry team from OPHS zooms to head of the class

Oak Park High School was among 100 teams in the nation that earned the right to compete in this year’s American Rocketry Challenge finals. Coached by outgoing superintendent Tony Knight, the OPHS rocketry team was challenged to design, build and launch a model rocket that could carry a raw egg, meeting three different altitude and time goals: 800 feet within […]


Aubrey Adams of Agoura Hills and Crystal Lane of Calabasas, both students at Cal State Northridge, were initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Founded in 1897, PKP the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Morgan Snyder of Oak Park received a $3,000 University of Wisconsin- Madison Hilldale Fellowship for a study on women’s economic empowerment […]

June 10 commencement extra special for grads of Agoura


Agoura High School selects these students as their 2021 Acorn Senior Standouts. Photos provided by the school. Sofia Montano Sofia Montano will be the first in her family to go to college. The 18-year-old will attend the University of Pennsylvania this fall on a full-ride scholarship. The Agoura High graduate plans to enroll in the university’s nursing program and wants […]

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