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the all shook up poster for the play
Marieanne Quiroz

Buena High School is thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited spring musical, “All Shook Up School Edition”, inspired by the timeless tunes of Elvis Presley and featuring a book by Joe DiPietro.

Buena High School is thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited spring musical, “All Shook Up School Edition,” inspired by the timeless tunes of Elvis Presley and featuring a book by Joe DiPietro.

Theatre Director Karen Rodrigues expresses her excitement, stating, “We are elated to bring you this lip-curling, hip-swiveling musical.  It is a hilarious comedy that celebrates love and the transformative power of music.”

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “All Shook Up,” directed by Karen Rodrigues, with vocal direction by Kevin Downey and Choreography by Buena High School Senior Elena Ozuna, promises an unforgettable experience.  Performances kick off on Thursday, April 18, at 7 pm, with a limited run through Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Set in 1955, the musical introduces a guitar-playing young man who arrives in a conservative town, stirring up excitement and change. As the mayor enforces laws against loud music and tight pants, the townsfolk embark on a journey of self-discovery and liberation. This musical fantasy will have audiences jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Director Karen Rodrigues reflects on the significance of this production, her last before retiring, stating, “I am proud that “All Shook Up” is my final production at Buena. It is a reflection of the resilience of Buena’s Theatre Department.  We had scheduled to open it in April 2020, and we had to close due to the COVID-19 shut down.  Now, we are bringing it back with a full cast of outstanding performers. Audiences will love this show.”

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to support the arts in our local, public schools, and fill your heart with laughter and love.  Tickets are on sale now at, and you can also purchase tickets at the door.  Performances will be held at the Buena High School McConnell Auditorium, located at 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003. 

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alumni Candice Dominguez kissing the Lombardi Trohpy
Marieanne Quiroz

And kissed it for a third time when the Kansas City Chiefs won this past Super Bowl! Alumni Spotlight- Candice Dominguez


Candice Dominguez, a 2014 graduate of Ventura High School who participated in track and field and was a cheerleader, has achieved remarkable success in her professional career. Now in her sixth season with the Kansas City Chiefs as the Player Engagement Coordinator, Candice has had the opportunity to celebrate three Super Bowl victories with the team, including kissing the Lombardi Trophy, a moment she cherishes.

After graduating from Ventura High School, Candice pursued higher education, earning her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Sacramento, and her Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska, where she also competed on the Track and Field teams, earning two conference championships in the High Jump.  She was a Graduate Assistant in Equipment in Olympic Sports at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before joining the Chiefs.  In her current role, she focuses on player’s personal and professional development, financial education, and continuing education.

Reflecting on her time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Candice shared a memorable experience from her early days as an intern. Hosting Coach Reid’s guests during Training Camp, she had the honor of meeting Bill Snyder, legendary Kansas State Football coach, who came in with his son and grandson to practice one day.  A few weeks later, she received a piece of mail.  “It was a handwritten thank you note from Coach Snyder in iconic K-State purple marker.  This Hall of Fame Coach, one of the greatest to do it, took time out of his day to send a brand-new intern a proper thank you.  It is almost five years later and I still cherish that note and the impact it made on me,” stated Candice.

Candice is also appreciative of all of her Ventura Unified teachers, who helped ensure she was prepared for future success. “It’s hard to pick a favorite teacher. I was fortunate to have such wonderful educators, but a few were very influential throughout the years, including Ms. Garmon and Ms. Tygell (Saticoy Elementary), Ms. Taylor (Anacapa Middle School), and Mr. Anderson and Ms. Bergfeld (Ventura High School).” 

Offering advice to students facing challenges with attendance, finding purpose in school, and overcoming mental health issues, Candice encourages them to find their space at school and pursue their passions, emphasizing that they have the opportunity to shape their future selves. “It can be a club, a sport, a teacher, the right group of friends, yearbook, metal shop, or something else entirely. Just having something to look forward to and be passionate about helps. The best part about it all, though, is that you have still have the opportunity to be whoever you want to be in ‘the real world.’ Take advantage of that and make educated decisions now to help your future self,” suggested Candice.

Addressing all students, Candice had this advice, “Take advantage of your ‘student card’ for as long as you have it. People often share their stories, successes, and lessons with students to help guide them. Set up informational interviews with people in positions you want or who work at organizations you want to work for. Learn from their stories and use that to help carve your unique path.”

As for Candice’s future, she loves her current role. “It is a unique space these young men are in managing both high-performance sports and life outside. I plan to further my career in the athlete development space, whether that be for professional or collegiate athletes. That can always change, though, as there are often new and unique roles in sports, and the space is ever-changing.”

We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for Candice and all of our other VUSD alumni as they continue to seek out new opportunities for success.


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Marieanne Quiroz

With a student focus, the content for this platform will be created by new VUSD Communications Interns who are students at our VUSD High Schools. 

We're thrilled to announce the launch of VUSD's brand new Instagram account, with a special focus on our amazing students!  Content for this account will be created by our talented Communications High School Intern Team, working tirelessly to bring you all the latest updates and highlights from across our district. "Our students deserve a platform where their voices can shine, where we can celebrate their achievements, and where they can find important district-wide information," says Marieanne Quiroz, our Communications Director.  In addition to a student focus, information will be shared on this platform that current and prospective families will also informational. We're proud to introduce our team of seven high school student interns, each bringing their unique perspective and energy to showcase the incredible happenings on our campuses.Be sure to follow us on Instagram @SchoolVentura to be a part of the excitement!


Our 23-24 VUSD Communications High School Student Intern Team!

kendall, a VUSD communications intern

 Kendall Nagaoka, ‘24, Buena High School
 Campus Involvement: Swim Team, Captain Girls Water Polo Team, and Athletics Council Event Coordinator
 “I think it is important for students to get involved on campus because no matter what you join, it is like having this whole other family on campus. When I was   a freshman, I did not know anyone; none of my friends were going to Buena. I met my best friend on the first day of practice. It’s not just about sports; it could   be any club or even a class. School isn’t just about academics; it's also about building connections.”




cassius, a vusd communications intern

 Cassius Rankin, ‘26, Ventura High School
 Campus Involvement: Cassius enjoys his time at Ventura High in the Digital Photography, English, and History classes offered. He also participates in film club where he can pursue his interest in film further.

 “I like photography and believe that the job is good for growth and will allow me to start my career in a positive way. I am very excited to be starting on my path to a professional career.”




eve, a vusd communications intern

 Eve Cobos, ‘24, Foothill Tech
 Campus Involvement: Photography student, Previously part of the FTHS Student Art Show
 “I wanted this job because it’s a way to get my photography and artwork out there and to obtain experience in the workforce”







naomi, a vusd communications intern

 Naomi Schwartz, ‘26, Foothill Technology High School
 Campus Involvement: ASB Sophomore Class President, Vice President of the Gardening Club, a part of the GRAFX pathway
 “One of the main reasons I applied to be on the Communications Team was to get work experience and improve my skills in graphic design and photography!”






lizzie, a vusd communications intern

 Elizabeth Okubo, ‘26, El Camino High School
 Campus Involvement: Communications Liaison, Baking Club President, School Site Council Member
 “Something about me is that I’m a firm believer in self-improvement. There are always ways to grow and better yourself as a person!”







henry, a vusd communications intern

 Henry Escobar, ‘27, Buena High School
 Campus Involvement: X Country, Track & Field
 “The most important aspect of becoming successful is to fail, to learn from your mistakes and be better."










connor, a vusd communications intern

 Connor Upham, ‘24, Ventura High School
 Campus Involvement: PTSA Member
“I really wanted this job because it emphasizes communication with others and also introduces us to a new professional field. I think that’s really important at our age.”


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