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Celebrities catastrophic effect on the environment
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

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....

Cheers, Starbucks: a new staple in TO

Newest local coffee shop embraces TO students and faculty and finds early success
Nikolas Walter

“Can I get a Lancer Frappuccino?” was something Starbucks manager Miguel Medina heard a lot of following the opening of the new store adjacent to Thousand Oaks High School.
This new location has been very successful, with students, teachers, and parents popping in for drinks and pastries.
“So far it’s been really great,” Medina said. “Everyone’s been nothing but nice and friendly to us in this community.”
When plans were first being made for the store’s construction, there was lots of concern from the community regarding traffic. With the store being on the corner of a busy intersection, people were worried that the pre-existing congestion would be made worse.
“It has not been as bad as people thought it would be,” Medina said. He explained that the store is a little busy at the beginning of the day with students and adults trying to get their morning coffee, but it’s “nothing to what we expected.”
With the new Starbucks being so close to the school, it has served as a popular hangout spot for students. Supervisor Tanna Ceehoffer shared that the location of the store and its accessibility to students has had a direct effect on its success.
“Our main customer area is a lot of the high schoolers and the families that drop them off, as well as the neighbors that live behind and go to the school,” Ceehoffer said. “It has definitely contributed to the success of our store.”
A regular customer from TOHS expressed her love for the new Starbucks.
“I love it so much,” freshman Jessica Garrett said. “I’ve gone there like 50 times. It’s my favorite place.”
Running a popular coffeehouse isn’t an easy job, but Medina has it under control. Medina, having been a manager for nearly eight years, shared some of the joys and frustrations of the job.
“It would be watching the growth,” Medina said. “The growth of the workers, from when they first start to one, two months, four months, five months, even a year — the professional progression as they get better, that’s the best part of it.”
It’s frustrating when “things are out of our control” Medina also said. He listed problems such as scanners not working properly, computers not working, and other tech issues.
Ceehoffer also enjoys the morning rush, as it allows her and the baristas to “really work as a team.
We really work on connections here and making goals as a group, then at the end of the day we see if we met those goals.” Ceehoffer said.
The students of TOHS have represented their school well at Starbucks. Medina and Ceehoffer said they haven’t encountered many behavior problems with the teenagers. They only had one complaint.
“[The students] are a little messy. Of course, we’ll pick up after everyone, but if they can pick up their own trash, that would be nice. It’s manners,” Medina said.
Nonetheless, Medina has good news for the Starbucks lovers of TOHS.
“I am so excited to be near the school. I would like there to be a partnership, just like how we had the Lancer Frappuccino.”
Medina shared plans for monthly trivia nights “for the students to come, hang out, win free prizes, free drinks, and free food. That’s what I’m most looking forward to, so you can help spread the word that that’s coming.”
Medina also wants TOHS to know that “this isn’t just any other Starbucks, this is their Starbucks.”

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Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff
Nikolas Walter, Assistant Opinion Editor