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Overbooked

Serene Raslan, Yael Kaufman, Wayne Xiao, and Michelle Deyski
May 12, 2017
Filed under News

The United incident re-ignites conversations about race Four passengers chosen at random on a United Airlines flight were asked to exit the plane due to an overbooked flight in order to make room for crew-members Monday, April 10. After being chosen by a computer generator, one of the passengers, Dr...

Failure to pass Measure A will affect class sizes, teachers, budget

Olivia Buccieri
May 12, 2017
Filed under News

The Oak Park Unified School District vote to renew the “Measure A” parcel tax did not pass, according to the election results released Thursday, May 11. Out of 2,957 ballots cast, 1,944 Oak Park residents — 65.83 percent — supported the parcel tax and 1,009 residents — 34.17 percent —...

Music festival showcases middle, high school talent

Music festival showcases middle, high school talent

Nick Burt
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Students from Oak Park High School and Medea Creek Middle School came together to participate in the second annual Oak Park Unified School District Music Festival at MCMS on Sunday, April 2. The event featured more than 300 student musicians in musical performances ranging from contemporary to classic...

Police close investigation of Nazi-themed notes

Harper Wayne
May 12, 2017
Filed under News

Following the February police investigation of the anti-Semitic notes left on various Oak Park buildings, investigators closed the case due to a lack of leads. Seven homes and the Chabad of Oak Park received threatening cards with pro-Hitler sentiments Saturday, Feb. 11. Through camera surveillance on ...

Raising the heat: 3-D Design expansion approved

Raising the heat: 3-D Design expansion approved

May 12, 2017
Filed under News

After a two-year process, the school board approved a $100,000 proposal to expand the 3-D Design class curriculum for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The proposal includes new high-fire and glass kilns ranging from $1,700 to $40,000 each. This new equipment will allow students to partic...

Model ‘delegates’ win big

Loren Yona
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

Four students from Oak Park’s Model United Nations club won six high distinction awards at a conference  Saturday, April 1. At the conference, called GriffMUN at Los Alamitos High School, all four Oak Park High School delegates won awards: junior Amogha Koka won a research award and outstanding delegat...

Teacher, loved community member Rob Hall injured hiking

Wayne Xiao
May 12, 2017
Filed under News

Oak Park High School government teacher and assistant varsity baseball Coach Rob Hall suffered severe injuries during a hiking accident Friday, April 14. Hall was injured while hiking on a trail that he had walked many times before; however, this time, an opening in the fence leading into the trail was c...

Business is booming for junior and entrepreneur Jake Keller

Business is booming for junior and entrepreneur Jake Keller

Michelle Deyski
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

At age 17, junior Jake Keller is a published photographer and the owner of two successful businesses. With 6,086 followers on his Instagram photography account, Keller frequently posts pictures of surfers and the ocean while traveling the world’s beaches. Keller’s passion for photography first started ...

Sophomore wins Mr. Eagle pageant

Sophomore wins Mr. Eagle pageant

Anika Krishnan
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

The slapping of thighs echoed throughout the Pavilion as 12 of the school’s most eligible contestants gyrated through a rendition of “The Jingle Bell Rock.” On Thursday, March 30, males from all four grade levels participated in the Mr. Eagle pageant in an attempt to snatch the top prize: the titl...

Ventura commercial marijuana proposals repeatedly rejected

Wayne Xiao and Maddy Quon
May 12, 2017
Filed under News

The community Municipal Advisory Council affirmed a ban on the commercial sale of both recreational and medical marijuana in Oak Park Tuesday, April 25. The issue was introduced when the Ventura County Board of Supervisors convened to vote on the potential legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries ...

ComedySportz raises over $3,500 for ALS research

Maddy Quon
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

Oak Park High School’s ComedySportz team raised $3,500 in the ALS charity game Friday, April 28. The ComedySportz team donated the funds to the ALS Association to support the family of a team member, junior Amanda Kristensen. “My dad had been diagnosed with ALS last year, and [the ALS Association’...

Two students place at local art competition

Two students place at local art competition

Olivia Buccieri
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Black and gold may be the colors of school pride, but two Oak Park artists find their calling in a wider palette. From April 21 to 28, senior Jack Wulf and junior Jillian Rifkind presented their art pieces at the Westlake Village Art Guild’s teen show in the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center....