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Oak Park Alumni : Jonalyn Saxer

Oak Park Alumni : Jonalyn Saxer

Navya Batra

October 29, 2018


Filed under Feature

On Wednesdays, Jonalyn Saxer is not only dressed in pink, but she wears it on the stage of Broadway musical in New York. Throughout her theatrical career, Saxer has been in a total of five Broadway shows as an ensemble performer: “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Holiday Inn,”...

Oak Park Alumni : Bryan Sammis

Oak Park Alumni : Bryan Sammis

Hunter Keaster

October 29, 2018


Filed under Feature

Screaming fans, flashing lights and roaring speakers have all become routine for Oak Park High School alumnus Bryan Sammis. Sammis is the lead singer for the band La Bouquet and creates his own music under the stage name Olivver the Kid. He has toured around the world with artists like Halsey and...

School Cents program comes to OPHS

Amanda Lurey and Oliver Carter

October 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

Founder and owner of Shopping Partnership, Nora Levy, got the idea of creating this company while she was a Marketing Director for a local shopping center. She knew that the program would be successful and decided to refocus her time on Shopping Partnership. Shopping Partnership strives to su...

How recycling works and where it all ends up

How recycling works and where it all ends up

Emily Francis and Preksha Rao

October 1, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

National Geographic wrote in 2017 that a whopping 91 percent of plastic does not get recycled and instead ends up in landfills or littering the Earth. However, when done properly, recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, conserves natural resources, reduces pollution,...

Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes

Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes

Nick Harvey

October 1, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

The Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance presents three drama productions every school year. The audience fills the Pavilion with laughter and cheer, especially at the end of the night when the whole cast comes out on stage for applause. But who is behind all of these productions? Throughout the years,...

Minding mental health

Minding mental health

Sam Barney-Gibbs and Amanda Lurey

September 28, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Showcase

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 90 percent of Americans struggling with suicidal thoughts have an underlying mental health issue. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and with an attempt to increase awareness of suicide prevention, mental...

Wellness policy update impacts fundraising efforts

Katya Kiseleva and Kellen Beckett

September 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

The choir can no longer sell chocolate bars as they have done for years. In fact, no class or club can sell any food item with a sugar content greater than 35% by weight, barring naturally-occurring sugars in fruit and vegetables. The Oak Park Unified School District updated its nutritional code Dec....

Oak Park alumni: Troy Gentile

Oak Park alumni: Troy Gentile

Hunter Keaster

September 18, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Online Features

From a young age Troy Gentile had an interest in acting, and today he stars on the award-winning TV show “The Goldbergs.” Troy Gentile graduated from Oak Park High School in 2012 and currently resides in Southern California. Gentile plays the middle child, Barry Goldberg, on the TV show “The ...

Oak Park alumni: Alisha Valavanis

Oak Park alumni: Alisha Valavanis

Navya Batra

September 18, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Online Features

After a 3-0 lead, the Seattle Storm WNBA team won the League Championship for 2018. The first person to be interviewed after the win was the President and General Manager of the team as well as Oak Park Alumni: Alisha Valavanis. Starting from the very beginning, Valavanis said, “I grew up in Indiana then ...

Mastering the art of the master schedule

Mastering the art of the master schedule

Ellie Hand and Alex Goldbeck

August 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

During the time of registration, it’s not uncommon for students in all grade levels to find differences in their schedule that clash with their original requests. However, the scheduling process is not as simple as it seems. Former Vice Principal Bryan Martin organizes each individual schedule with co...

How to build a club

How to build a club

Aashika Srinivas and Jacob Wagman

August 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

At this school, almost anybody can find their space. 76 clubs existed on the Oak Park High School campus in the 2017-18 school year. Every year a few more are added to the list: Creative Writing Club to K-Pop Club to Speech and Debate to Jew Crew. But how does one create that space and make commit...

New faculty hired from around the globe

Bailey Andera and Rebecca Oddes

August 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

Jerry Frizell, a newly hired campus supervisor, previously worked as a film editor for shows such as “Survivor” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as well as movies such as “Quantum Leap”. He, along with other new faculty members whose previous careers have taken them to places spanning from Si...