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New faculty hired from around the globe

Bailey Andera and Rebecca Oddes

August 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, News

Jerry Frizell, a newly hired campus supervisor, previously worked as a film editor for shows such as “Survivor” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as well as movies such as “Quantum Leap”. He, along with other new faculty members whose previous careers have taken them to places spanning from Si...

Profile: Señora Boone

Profile: Señora Boone

Emily Francis

August 29, 2018


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Say ‘Hola’ to Spanish teacher Sheri Boone. Boone has been teaching for 32 years, half of which have been at Oak Park High School. Last year, she took over the position of Foreign Language Department Chair when Michael Bolyog announced his retirement. Boone currently teaches Spanish I and II....

Oak Park’s Fast and (not so) Furious

Oak Park’s Fast and (not so) Furious

Alex Goldbeck

August 25, 2018


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Parking permits may all look the same, but student drivers come in all shapes and sizes. Parking permits at Oak Park High School are usually given to upperclassmen who have pursued the necessary hours to gain a driver’s license. But, even if a student has a parking permit, it does not guarantee ...

Vape Sensors update

Jay Dugar

May 8, 2018


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The initial wave of vape sensors for Oak Park High School arrived in the first week of April and are to be installed by the next school year. The sensors will be installed in bathrooms and locker rooms throughout campus in an effort to eliminate student vaping. “[We only have] the first four to ar...

Blood Drive donations

Ellie Hand

May 8, 2018


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Students donated blood in the pavilion April 26 for the tria nnual blood drive. Oak Park High School has participated in hosting blood drives since the 2007-08 school year. Over the course of ten years, OPHS has donated 176.875 gallons of blood, which has saved 4,245 patients’ lives. The eve...

Decreasing college acceptance rates

Maddy Quon

May 8, 2018


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In case the college application process wasn’t stressful enough, colleges are becoming more competitive and are cutting down on acceptances. According to the New York Times, an audit released March 2016 confirmed that the University of California system is giving favorable admissions treatment to out-o...

Seniors compete in annual Quidditch tournament

Seniors compete in annual Quidditch tournament

Amanda Lurey

May 8, 2018


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Raise your brooms, seniors. The Children’s Literature class competed in a tournament of muggle Quidditch at the close of their “Harry Potter” unit for the fourth consecutive year. “We have the regulated equipment for the sport,” English teacher Tris Wenker said. “They wear different color...

Yellow is the New Black

Yellow is the New Black

Olivia Buccieri

May 4, 2018


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Formal robes for graduation at Oak Park High School used to be unified in the same black color. In the late ‘90s, however, administrators split the tradition by gender, giving girls the goldenrod colored robes and leaving boys with the customary black robes. The fact that the previous all-black robes w...

Academia teams succeed

Academia teams succeed

Sean MacKinnon

May 2, 2018


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The Odyssey of the Mind, Rocketry and Robotics teams have encountered recent successes in competitions. Odyssey of the Mind, in its second year, is an international program that encourages critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Students were assigned five problems in September, and chose...

Spotlight Profiles

Bailey Andera and Rebecca Oddes

May 2, 2018


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Brady Reiter Profile Senior Brady Reiter has been acting since the age of four, taking on roles such as Mindy Minus in the Nickelodeon show “100 Things to Do Before High School” and Nyx in the movie “Tooth Fairy 2.” Reiter has been attending Oak Park Independent School since her freshman. “I’ve ...

Owl boxes installed around district

Olivia Buccieri

May 1, 2018


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Sophomore Liam Buchanan teamed up with Oak Park High School woodshop students and the district’s Integrated Management Program to install 12 owl boxes across district grounds for his Eagle Scout Project in an effort to address the area’s growing rodent infestation. First created in 1995 by Steve Simmons, a Me...