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Fallen, but not defeated

Fallen, but not defeated

Grace Ye

June 5, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

A group of juniors led by English teacher Kathy Schultheis held a memorial on May 22 for Brian Wolverton, an Oak Park alumnus who died in combat while serving in the War in Afghanistan. At the memorial, two scrapbooks, filled with writings from Schultheis’ students meditating on Wolverton’s sacrifice,...

School crowns 2015 Mr. Eagle

School crowns 2015 Mr. Eagle

Jasmine Flora

April 24, 2015


Filed under News, Student Life

Backstage, senior Matt Yulish makes some last minutes adjustments to his talent portion. In one room the sophomore contestants go over their choreography. In another, co-host Becca Lonngren is writes a script. Co-host and ASB member Zach Finn runs around between various rooms until the start of the show. This...

Student discovers nail in school pizza

Student discovers nail in school pizza

Benjamin Porat

April 24, 2015


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Junior  and content editor Nicholas Branigan hoped to enjoy a slice of barbecue chicken pizza from the cafeteria on April 1 when he noticed a hard object baked into the pizza — a black, 3/4-inch nail. “I was shocked. I was in a state of disbelief,” Branigan said. “How could a nail have possibly...

School punishes rally misconduct

School punishes rally misconduct

Jessica Ji and Ashley Siavoshi

April 24, 2015


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Several seniors now face severe punishments after showing up intoxicated to the senior rally Friday, April 24. Others may face similar consequences for throwing tennis balls from the stands at rally performers. The rally began with the usual class spirit competitions but when the lights went out for the dance team’s performance, chaos followed. Students began throwing tennis balls and fruit at the dance team while they finished performing their number.

Two presidents elected

Two presidents elected

Jake Davis

April 24, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Oak Park held its annual Associated Student Body Elections April 13-17 in which the freshman, sophomore and junior classes made their votes—and history. For the first time ever at Oak Park High School there will be two cabinet co-presidents instead of the usual one. Juniors Kenny Park and Jake...

Westlake Art Guild showcases student artwork

Westlake Art Guild showcases student artwork

Juliana Furgala

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, News

Every year Oak Park art students enter the Westlake Village Art Guild competition, a collaboration between the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and the Westlake Art Guild, which is open to high schools in Conejo Valley. These juniors and seniors are drawn from art teacher Anna Lovejoy’s Advanced...

Student animation receives White House award

Student animation receives White House award

Ashley Siavoshi

April 1, 2015


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The Youth Project Animation club, headed by seniors Amanda Zhao and Olivia Zhao, was recently awarded an honorable mention for their participation in the White House Student Film Festival. The festival, currently in its second year, received over 1,500 student created entries on this year's theme:...

District to receive $2.2 million for next year

District to receive $2.2 million for next year

Irena Yang

March 24, 2015


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Oak Park Unified School District will receive an estimated $2.2 million in new revenue for the 2015-2016 school year under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget for education. Under the proposed budget, the district hopes to use the new funds to address certain needs the district has had over...

Senior wins $20,000 scholarship

Senior wins $20,000 scholarship

Eric Kellenberger, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015


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Senior Shruti Aggarwal earned the title of a Coca Cola scholar and a $20,000 scholarship in February. She is one of 150 students nationally who have been selected by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation to receive substantial academic funding for their efforts as exceptional people. Aggarwal displays...

Students frustrated by lack of parking passes

Students frustrated by lack of parking passes

Taylor Bongiovi, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015


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Juniors and seniors have recently received a bit of a shock regarding their parking privileges. Near the beginning of the second semester, the administration conveyed to the students over the morning announcements that, due to the considerable amount of drivers, parking passes would not be sold for the...

NHS participates in Cal Lutheran ethics conference

NHS participates in Cal Lutheran ethics conference

Harini Pathak, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015


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Fourteen members of the National Honor Society, which promotes the character, leadership and service potential of all students, attended The Homer Dickerson Youth Ethics Conference at Cal Lutheran University on March 5. The seminar explored different topics regarding ethics and how ethical conduct...

Science program attracts Oak Park juniors

Grace Ye, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


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Many students at Oak Park High School are looking for a fulfilling summer program to apply to that can enlighten them intellectually and help in the college application process. Amongst juniors, the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) has been a popular choice. “I...