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New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

In Fastbreak Fashion
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

Lancers lead the way in the second half. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into Thousand Oaks Tuesday night for the CIF quarterfinals and with them...

Perserving in Penalty’s
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

The Lady Lancers traveled to a neutral site in Anaheim to take on the Katella Knights in the second round of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs....

Kanye - He's Back at it...or Maybe Not?
Elijah Brown, The Lancer Staff • February 14, 2024

Kanye West's new album “Vultures 1”, many nationwide were skeptical at first about Kanye's new album considering the controversies he has...

It’s Valentine’s, Baby
It’s Valentine’s, Baby
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 14, 2024

St. Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine, but for others, the holiday marks a day of birth. Junior Chokee Weezer was born...

Health Science Majors Program hosts their senior showcase
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 12, 2024

Last week, the seniors in Health Science Majors hosted a showcase, featuring various professions that they hope to pursue in the future. At the...

Advancing Again
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers left campus during lunch to travel to Temecula for their round two playoff game, and the ride wasn’t enough to stop the Lancers....

Double-Double Galore
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers once again came out of a playoff game as a victor, behind a powerful Trent Maclean performance nonetheless. Maclean powered his way...

Avid Attack
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 9, 2024

A massive performance from standout freshman led the way for the Lancers at Ventura College, freshman Maddie Linville started the game off strong...

Advancing at last!
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Fast start, with no slowing down, your Lancers took down the Chaffey Tigers 3-1. A very early goal from junior attacker Gabriel Torreblanca gave...

Elias Chin ready to take a shot
Onto the Next
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Advancing at last!  Despite a close score after each of the first two quarters, stars Elias Chin and Trent Maclean were able to help the Lancers...

Valentines Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Valentine's Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With Valentine's day approaching quickly, the student store is crowded with students buying Valentine's Grams for people they know -- and those...

Sephora Takeover
Sephora Takeover
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With the rise of popular skincare brands coming from Tiktok, Sephora is seeing a rise in sales but a massive drop in age. “10-13 year old kids...

Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar February 8, 2024

Two The Lancer columnists -- Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar -- have strong opinions about the upcoming Super Bowl. Here, they square...

on the bottom is real animal based leather, while on the top is “vegan” leather, or “pleather”
Vegan Leather is Worse for the Environment than Real Leather
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 8, 2024

Throughout the the past 20 years the interest in sustainability and ethicality has risen immensely, especially in regards to fashion, as the...

Fight the Flames


While most seniors are unsure of their future career paths, senior Colt Sanders has been planning his for years.

Sanders first signed up for the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Program the summer after his sophomore year when a friend informed him about the opportunity. The Explorer Program is created for youth who are interested in learning about the fire service.

“It’s kind of like a pre firefighter program,” Sanders said. “You get to go to the station [and] learn about all the different things you have to do, how fires work, all about the engine, how to set up ladders and different things.”

After Sanders went through the long process of the Explorer Program, he went through the second level of the program, the academy, where he learned in more depth about fire fighting. For part of the training, Sanders had to shave his head.

“[In the academy] you learn a lot more, you get hands on training with fire, and you get to learn in even [more] depth,” Sanders said.

With the Los Angeles Explorers, Sanders was able to get hands on experience that will prepare him for a future as a firefighter, including 24 hour ride alongs.

Sanders was able to assist the fire fighters during all of the recent fires that plagued Thousand Oaks.

“I got to help out during all the big fires that were going on. That was cool. [I gained] a lot of experience,” Sanders said. “[I did] mostly medical calls for people that got burned. That was the biggest thing.”

Because of the expansive and dangerous conditions of the recent fires, Sanders and the explorers were not permitted to fight the fire.

“We weren’t allowed to fight the fire because it was so crazy, but in other circumstances we would get to,” Sanders said. “I helped out around the station, [with] all the firefighters coming in, making sure that they’re fully stocked with everything that they needed.”

Now that Sanders has graduated from the academy, he helps out with the other students in the program.

“I’ll try to go at least once or twice a week. So now I’m training people, which is what people did with me before I was certified. So that’s fun,” Sanders said.

Sanders said that his favorite parts about the program are the opportunities to help others and fight the fires. Sanders also finds many parts of the program challenging.

“There’s definitely a physical edge to it, you have to be in shape and you have to maintain staying in shape because you’re going to be working a lot,” Sanders said.

To Sanders, the hardest part about being a firefighter are the mental challenges.

“On certain calls, there’s things that you are going to see, and you’re going to experience terrible things that no one else does,” Sanders said.

When Sanders first signed up for the program, he did not plan on finding a career. Now, he looks forward to being a full time firefighter after graduation.

“I didn’t take it that seriously at first. And then I got into it and I loved it. I kind of decided that this is what I want to do,” Sanders said. “For this summer I’ve applied for jobs with the forest service and all these different departments. So hopefully I can get at least one job.”

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