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Students advocate for new policy

Students advocate for new policy

Sam Barney-Gibbs and Preston Green

November 4, 2019

Two stress fractures and deep compartmental syndrome developed in the legs of junior Jordan Julius after two years of participating in cross country and track. After months of rehabilitation strategies and many specialist doctors, nothing changed. In an interview, Julius shared that she, along with many other s...

New senior activity to replace Life Skills retreat

New senior activity to replace Life Skills retreat

Felipe Andrade and Havi Rubenfeld

November 4, 2019

In place of the traditional Life Skills retreat, Oak Park High School seniors will be given the opportunity to participate in a new one-day “retreat” in January of 2020. After several conflicts arose with the previous overnight retreat that prevented the Oak Park faculty from administering it,...

California working to lower the voting age to 17

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad and Brooke Yungfleisch

November 4, 2019

Assembly Constitutional Amendment Eight (ACA-8) is a new proposal that would allow 17-year-old residents of California to vote in all state elections.  (ACA-8) passed in the state Assembly on Aug. 26 and is now in the Senate waiting for a vote. Currently, the 26th Amendment in the Constitution gives citizen...

U.S. History trip being planned

U.S. History trip being planned

Bailey Andera, Features Editor

November 4, 2019

Independent study teacher Kellie Gross, in collaboration with Education Foundation Tours, is working to bring a custom U.S. History tour to the students of Oak Park High School, which will be held over spring break.  Planned to last about a week, the trip will be open to all high school grade leve...

Oak Park mother accused of felony offences

Oak Park mother accused of felony offences

Emily Francis and Lucy Heine-Van Fossen

November 3, 2019

An Oak Park mother has been accused of committing lewd acts upon a minor, oral copulation of a person under 16, furnishing marijuana to minors over 14, and maintaining a place for selling or using controlled substances. On here arraignment on Oct. 25, she pleaded not guilty on all accusations.  Superi...

Californian residents lose power in PG&E and SCE outages

Shoshana Medved and Emily Francis

November 1, 2019

Over 2.3 million people lost electricity in Northern California on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 26, becoming the biggest outage in PG&E history. Two days later, more blackouts occurred in Southern California, affecting approximately 25,0000 customers. Utility companies PG&E and Southern Cali...

Teacher turned TikTok star

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

November 1, 2019

“Look, I’m embarrassing the children,” she said with a smile on her face and a thumbs-up, surrounded by her supportive students. Science department chair and teacher Winnie Litten uploaded her first video on the popular social media platform TikTok, a video that has exceeded 12,500 views. Her...

“Mamma Mia!” debuts as OPHS fall musical

“Mamma Mia!” debuts as OPHS fall musical

Havi Rubenfeld and Brooke Yungfleisch

November 1, 2019

Here we go, again! Musical season has arrived for the Oak Park High School Drama Department as they debut their first performance of the 2019-20 school year with “Mamma Mia!” on Oct. 24, 25 and 26. The show, directed by Allan Hunt, with music direction by Heidi Cissell and choreography from Casey...

Pilot killed after small plane crashes near Camarillo Airport

Pilot killed after small plane crashes near Camarillo Airport

Mina Jung, Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Pilot John Lewis, age 82, died after a small plane crashed near Camarillo Airport on Tuesday, Oct. 8 around 12:30 p.m. According to James Baroni of Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, Lewis died from a combination of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. The crash resulted in a fire which was extinguished by 12:55 p.m. The one-seat, single-engine plane struggled to gain altitude and crashe...

Litten wins teacher leadership award

Litten wins teacher leadership award

Ellie Hand, Digital Media Editor

November 1, 2019

Due to her dedication to implementing Next Generation Science Standards and focusing on a sustainability-driven education, Science Department Chair Winnie Litten received a leadership award presented by the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit on Oct. 17.  According to the Green...

VC Alerts system installed for community emergencies, power outages

VC Alerts system installed for community emergencies, power outages

Shoshana Medved and Preston Green

November 1, 2019

To prepare for an emergency, some people pack supplies like flashlights, personal documents and non-perishable food. For residents of Ventura County, a digital tool can now be added to the list: the VC Alerts program.   VC Alerts is a free notification system set up by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office ...

SSA looking to create a feeling of connectedness

Alex Goldbeck, Editor-In-Chief

November 1, 2019

Students and faculty of Oak Park High School took a survey during third period on Oct. 8. The survey was released by the Safe School Ambassadors. SSA is a group of students from all grade levels, as well as counselors, teachers, the school psychologist and a technology district representative who work...