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JD Slajchert returns to Oak Park High School to discuss his novel “MoonFlower”

JD Slajchert returns to Oak Park High School to discuss his novel “MoonFlower”

Shoshana Medved and Leonie Humig

September 15, 2019

A year after his novel “MoonFlower” was published, Oak Park High School alumnus JD Slajchert returned to OPHS on Sept. 13 for the Luc Bodden Day of Gratitude.  Luc Bodden was born with sickle cell anemia, a disorder that breaks down red blood cells and causes symptoms such as infections and pain....

Debate team at state tournament

Rebecca Zait

May 22, 2019

Debate team members competed at the Tri-County Forensic League State Tournament in Long Beach, May 3-5. For Lincoln Douglas debate, the TCFL league has six competitors advance to state. Among them, senior Chase Bezonsky, junior Logan Prince and sophomore Charlie Nicks qualified for state. “The...

And the winner is…

Oliver Carter

May 22, 2019

Seven acts. One winner. $200. Hosted by film production teacher Allan Hunt and guest judges Jerry Ursetti and Traci Wilson, with help of two student hosts, senior Phil Frangou and sophomore Chris Watters, the annual Talent Contest showcased different talents from Oak Park High School students. A...

Alumni and seniors play in last Comedysportz game of the season

Alumni and seniors play in last Comedysportz game of the season

Amanda Lurey

May 15, 2019

At the last Comedysportz game of the 2018-19 school year, things were a little different. This night was dedicated to the senior players and Oak Park alumni. Instead of the players knowing the games ahead of time, giving them time to practice and become familiar with the game, the referee chose all...

Students perform at Five07 Coffee Bar and Eatery

Atmika Iyer

May 14, 2019

Every first Saturday of the month, the local Five07 Coffee Bar and Eatery hosts an open mic night for student performers. Oak Park High School students who attend include seniors Gaby Senderov, Samantha Heller, Arielle Markowicz and Vaishnavi Ramprasad. “Me and my friend Arielle Markowicz, we wanted...

Water Assassins stopped after incidents that impact students, community

Emily Francis

May 14, 2019

Water Assassins is a game played by seniors during the end of their senior year. Students are given “targets” and their goal is to squirt as many subjects with water to get them out. Water Assassins is completely student-run and is not a school-sponsored activity. However, after a few incidents this...

Brett Solny named Mr. Eagle, again

Amanda Lurey

May 14, 2019

The class of 2019 successfully won the Mr. Eagle pageant four years in a row. Senior Brett Solny, winner of Mr. Eagle 2016, won again on April 5, 2019 in the pavilion. Senior Wesley Harris, winner of Mr. Eagle 2018, received second place and, nicknamed the Tik Tok “legend,” senior Daryl Naranjo...

Summer school class sizes increase

Brianna Szabo

May 14, 2019

Life skills and world history classes for the 2019 summer school year are set to have the largest number of students in each class ever. Altogether, 74 students were accepted into world history and 98 were accepted into the Life Skills. According to administration, the number of students was somewhat...

Proposal for class of 2021 and beyond approved

Amanda Lurey and Juliette Setudeh-Nejad

May 14, 2019

After two off-site day-long meetings — the first on Jan. 24 and the second on April 10 — the Oak Park Board of Education approved amendment 6146.1 to board policy on April 23. This approved amendment came from the recommendation from the two Task Force meetings. The Task Force recommendation is...

Future of Life Skills retreat uncertain

Bailey Andera

May 14, 2019

Although the third and final Life Skills senior retreat, scheduled for April 10-13, has been canceled, the future of the retreat in coming years is unclear. With school days lost from the November SoCal wildfires in combination with Thanksgiving break, the team of teachers that work to coordinate...

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ highlights graduating talents

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ highlights graduating talents

Amanda Lurey

May 14, 2019

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring about two elderly women who murder people out of pity, was performed as this year’s senior spotlight production April 25-27. Each year, the third and final drama production is directed and produced by students. Drama Club...

FBLA wins big at State Conference

Rebecca Zait

May 14, 2019

The Future Business Leaders of America team has four competitors moving on to nationals after competing at the FBLA State Conference in Sacramento, April 25-28. Among the four OPHS students will be moving on to nationals, three are state champions: junior Aashika Srinivas placed first in Impromptu...