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National Hispanic Scholars awarded

Olivia Buccieri

October 24, 2018


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Each year, along with the National Merit Scholar awards, the College Board grants recognition to the National Hispanic Scholars. Senior Stephen Burt was one of the few Oak Park High School students to receive this title. “It puts you at an advantage over other kids,” Burt said. “It’s an...

Record 750 students attend this year’s homecoming

Record 750 students attend this year’s homecoming

Oliver Carter and Felipe Andrade

October 24, 2018


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By 7 p.m., hundreds of students began to check in at the pavilion where they were soon presented with a walk across a red carpet into the world of the 1920s. Oak Park’s Associated Student Body hosted the annual homecoming dance Oct. 5. A redecorated foyer led into the school gym, which was renovated...

Club Spotlight: Muslim Student Association

Club Spotlight: Muslim Student Association

Aashika Srinivas

October 24, 2018


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This year, for the first time, the Muslim Student Association has arrived at Oak Park High School. MSA is a national organization that strives to integrate Muslim students and their values into a community. MSA club president, junior Hadia Hamza, said she wants to change the direction of the club fro...

Campus break-in by local teens

Campus break-in by local teens

Angus Hsieh

October 24, 2018


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A group of five teenage boys trespassed on Oak Park High School campus and took the school golf carts for a joyride on the nights of Aug. 6 and Aug.7 The incident occurred around 11 p.m. - 12 a.m. on the first night and 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. on the second. According to Assistant Principal Jason Meskis,...

Coach Billingsley receives CIF Champion of Character award

Katya Kiseleva

October 23, 2018


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Athletic director Richard Billingsley received the CIF Champion of Character award Monday, Sept. 24 at the Grand Long Beach Events Center. This award is given annually to five student athletes, five coaches and five athletic administrators from 565 public and private high schools in the Southern Section...

“The Dining Room” cast dishes out laughs

“The Dining Room” cast dishes out laughs

Anusha Rao and Mina Jung

October 23, 2018


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“The Dining Room,” performed by Oak Park High School drama students, featured an innovative technique of blending different characters’ stories by leaving out standard drama components such as curtains closing or lights blacking out to signify change of scene. The audience could detect the change...

Conejo Valley hosts first pride festival

Conejo Valley hosts first pride festival

Shri Arulmani and Anoushka Jasuja

October 1, 2018


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Rainbows, music and story time with drag queens. Conejo Valley hosted its first LGBTQ+ pride festival at the Civic Arts Plaza Sept. 22. Inspired by the results of the 2016 election, Founder and Board Chair member of the Conejo Valley LGBTQ+ Pride group, Narissa Petchumrus, brought the idea of a pride...

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


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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


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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


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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


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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....

Community joins for “Wishtree” discussion

Community joins for “Wishtree” discussion

Megan Satorius and Mikayla Kresc

September 27, 2018


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As advertised in a post from the district’s Twitter, all ages are welcome to attend and discuss “Wishtree,” this year’s Oak Park community book, at the Corner of Calle Rio Vista and Oak Hills Drive by the high school varsity softball field. At the end of the talk, attendees will be able to tie...