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Student discovers nail in school pizza

Students wait in line to receive school food. As a result of the discovery of  the nail, the Ventura County Health Department has launched an investigation. (Staff photographer/Talon).

Benjamin Porat

April 24, 2015

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

Vice Principal Bryan Martin raps against seniors Alec Mandel and Griffin Hughes just before it was cut short. Behavior concerns make this Martin's last rap battle (Staff Photographer/Talon)

Jessica Ji and Ashley Siavoshi

April 24, 2015

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

Juniors Jake Whealen and Kenny Park team up as ASM co-presidents. The two were appointed to the position after a close election (Photo Illustration/Talon)

Jake Davis

April 24, 2015

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

Senior Laura Woo, junior Lauryn Wood and junior Hannah Rose Balke pose with their winning artwork. All three artists represented Oak Park High School at the Westlake Village Art Guild competition along with two other students (Photo Illustration/Talon)

Juliana Furgala

April 24, 2015

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

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

The expanded budget will create the opportunity for the school district to increase maintenance staff (Staff Photographer/Talon).

Irena Yang

March 24, 2015

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

(Photo courtesy of Shruti Aggarwal).

Eric Kellenberger, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015

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

Campus monitors control access to the parking lot and enforce permit policy (Carly Albert/Talon).

Taylor Bongiovi, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015

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

National Honor Society members participate in annual ethics conference at Cal Lutheran campus (Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Hawkins).

Harini Pathak, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015

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

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...

Liquid assets at stake

Senior Tara Aleagha, right, “assassinates” opponent Austin Smith (Photo Courtesy of Molley Agapiou).

Kailee Canty and Tushar Jois

March 2, 2015

Second semester senioritis manifests itself in many ways. One of them this year is the popular underground game water assassins, organized and played by seniors. However, this year, the allure of a large, more than $1,000 cash prize is leading to disputes between participants, as well as concerns...

Technical skills grant finances new courses

Ashwarya Srinivas

March 2, 2015

The staff at Oak Park High School has extensive plans involving technological developments for current and future students. The school has recently received a three-year career technology grant to compensate for equipment funds for the new classes. One of the new projects for the 2015-2016 school...

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