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Cambria Larks to attend Fashion Institute of Technology after years of designing her own styles

Cambria Larks to attend Fashion Institute of Technology after years of designing her own styles

Jay Dugar

May 14, 2019

Senior Cambria Larks will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) campus in New York City this fall. She will be studying fashion design. Larks has known she wanted to go into fashion from a very young age, she has been “hooked ever since” she went into her elementary school library an...

Alex Labrecque to join the Marine Corps: ‘I just really love this country and want to serve it in my own way’

Alex Labrecque to join the Marine Corps: ‘I just really love this country and want to serve it in my own way’

Sam Barney-Gibbs

May 14, 2019

Life after high school can on average be defined by brick-walled university buildings and cavernous lecture halls. But, senior Alex Labrecque, who junior Aidan Schnurr describes as “definitely patriotic,” has decided to divert from post-grad collegiate norms by joining the United States Marine...

Claire Epstein to attend University of Pennsylvania

Claire Epstein to attend University of Pennsylvania

Katya Kiseleva

May 14, 2019

Senior Claire Epstein will attend the University of Pennsylvania this fall, where she plans to continue her advocacy for Chinese adoptees. She will most likely major in Political Science, East Asian Studies or Cinema Studies. She plans on minoring in Penn’s Legal Studies and History program. Epstein...

Santa Barbara City College is where it’s at – for Jackson Torgrove at least

Santa Barbara City College is where it’s at – for Jackson Torgrove at least

Amanda Lurey

May 14, 2019

Senior Jackson Torgove is going to Santa Barbara City College this fall, where at least 10 other Oak Parkians will join him. He is planning on doing two years at SBCC and transferring to the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is still unsure about what he would like to study. Torgove will be ...

Obstacles in raising awareness for climate change

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen and Mina Jung

May 13, 2019

Squinting at the sky, freshman Dylan Jones recalled the fateful day he had already tried to purge from his memory: The day when his home, his belongings, and his life were at stake. “It looked like a movie,” Jones said. “It was cloudy, and … there was no light.” Extreme winds carried bi...

Climate change: permanent effects on the world

Climate change: permanent effects on the world

Bailey Andera and Kellen Beckett

May 13, 2019

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish school girl and climate change activist, has met with Pope Francis and addressed the European Union, the United Nations and the British Parliament to bring awareness to the urgent need to work against climate change. Thunberg was influenced by the survivors o...

Witchcraft goes mainstream

Witchcraft goes mainstream

Katya Kiseleva

May 8, 2019

Tarot cards. Crystals. Sage. For many people, the word “witchcraft” calls forth an image of a hunched old woman stirring something bubbling in a cauldron and cackling evilly. This inaccurate portrayal has, until recently, impressed negative stereotypes on witches and witchcraft. “A lot of...

Exploring the legend of the Queen Mary

Exploring the legend of the Queen Mary

Oliver Carter and Sophia Lippel

May 7, 2019

Jacqueline “Jackie” Torin never left the RMS Queen Mary. Her lungs filled with water and her mind went slack as she landed into the second class swimming pool and drowned. Jackie was never able to leave the RMS Queen Mary, however, we were able to on March 31. Jackie was one of the many passengers...

Lily Graeff to attend Moorpark College in the fall

Lily Graeff to attend Moorpark College in the fall

Amanda Lurey

April 26, 2019

Senior Lily Graeff is going to Moorpark College this fall and is planning on transferring after two years. She said she would prefer to go to community college for two years rather than go right into a four-year university because she would rather pay much less for the same generalized education. Graeff...

Education System and Student Brain

Education System and Student Brain

Sam Barney-Gibbs and Olivia Buccieri

March 30, 2019

“The idea that the adolescent years don't serve a purpose other than annoying parents or hanging out with friends, is … misguided,” said Adriana Galván, associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “All of the experiences that happen during adolescence are important for the individual's growth....

Oak Park Alumni: Kimia Mohebi

Oak Park Alumni: Kimia Mohebi

Sravya Gadepalli

March 29, 2019

Furthermore, what do walkouts, tea parties and Germany all have in common? Yet again, Oak Park High School alumna Kimia Mohebi. Now a freshman at Moorpark Community College, Mohebi has been on the forefront for local change as an activist and recently elected official as the Assembly District Delegate...

Mandated reporting: What even is it?

Mandated reporting: What even is it?

Amanda Lurey and Atmika Iyer

March 26, 2019

Mandated reporting is the law. Penal Code Section 11166 states that individuals who work with minors must report any instances of abuse, which can come in many forms, to the correct authorities. In some cases, this may be to Child Protective Services, while in others it may be more appropriate to contact...