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Two seniors lead softball team with a new culture

Two seniors lead softball team with a new culture

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

Before every game, the softball team meets at the on-deck circle, a circle where the batters stand when they’re next to bat, to write their initials and numbers in the dirt. Then, they step into the middle of the circle to pray to the softball gods and chant the Eagles’ cheer. Their goal: to get...

On carbon dioxide, our oceans

On carbon dioxide, our oceans

Sam Barney-Gibbs, Ombudsman

March 17, 2020

The Founder and Director of MERITO — Multicultural Education for Resources Issues Threatening Oceans — Foundation, Rocio Lozano-Knowlton, held two objects up to the class: one was a reusable water bottle, the other a ringed binder. “Everything we buy, like this binder, has a cost,” Lozano-Knowlton...

OPUSD shuts down

OPUSD shuts down

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

March 14, 2020

In order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, local schools, including the Oak Park Unified School District, are shutting down. OPUSD, as of March 12, will shut down for the week of March 16.   This is in response to the course of COVID-19: not including those aboard the Grand Prince...

Girls Varsity soccer ranked second in league

Girls Varsity soccer ranked second in league

Charlie Nicks, Senior Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

After a successful preseason with an overall record of 9-2, the OPHS Varsity Girls’ Soccer team kicks off Coastal Canyon League play, winning three out of their first four games. Despite facing challenging opponents, the team is ranked first in the league, as of Jan. 29. “Oak Park is in Division...

Coronavirus spreads internationally

Coronavirus spreads internationally

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

February 13, 2020

Dec. 31, 2019 — Wuhan saw the first case of the coronavirus and became the epicenter of a deadly epidemic. From one city, the virus has spread to France, India, Japan, Nepal, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, the United States and more, according to the Washington Post. This spread...

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashes, leaves 9 dead

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashes, leaves 9 dead

Lucy Anne Heine-Van Fossen, Kellen Beckett

February 12, 2020

Salary caps, luxury taxes and personnel changes. Just a few reasons why any NBA player would never want to stay in the same city for too long. It takes a special type of player to be able to play in the same franchise for 20 seasons. The player would have to first be drafted by a top franchise and be...

Teachers and students initiate #NoWasteWeds

Teachers and students initiate #NoWasteWeds

Atmika Iyer, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2020

A group of Oak Park Unified School District teachers, staff and students have been meeting regularly to discuss different ways to promote environmentalism and sustainability at Oak Park High School, led by math teacher Robin Midiri. This group began brainstorming ideas to develop environmental awareness...

Benioff leaving Medea creek after 13 years

Benioff leaving Medea creek after 13 years

Brooke Yungfleisch, Senior Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Medea Creek Middle School Principal Brad Benioff is changing positions starting July 1. Benioff has been the principal at MCMS for the last 13 years. He will become OPUSD’s new Director of Student Support and School Safety as current director, Stewart McGugan, will be taking over Dr. Leslie Heillbron’s...

Student athletes commit to various colleges

Student athletes commit to various colleges

Atmika Iyer, Editor-In-Chief

December 15, 2019

Student-athletes at Oak Park High School took part in National Signing Day where high school athletes sign a letter of intent for playing their respective sports in college. There will be a second one in the spring. Seniors Ori Bitton, Malia Cohen, Abigail Dermott, Kelly Dobson, Grace Hanley, Havi...

Was it truly in the stars?

Was it truly in the stars?

Shoshana Medved, Public Relations manager

December 12, 2019

Sorry to break it to you, but your breakfast today was not determined by the fallacy of free will. Grabbed some pancakes instead of granola? The heavens above made that decision. Drowned said pancakes in way too much syrup? Why … that was scrawled within the stars. As seemingly every teenager knows,...

Oak Park CAASPP scores higher than surrounding schools

Oak Park CAASPP scores higher than surrounding schools

Sawyer Nicoll and Aidan Scott

December 10, 2019

After half a year, it was announced that Oak Park High School placed within the top 1% of California schools on the standardized California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress testing, more commonly known as the CAASPP test. 91% of Oak Park students met the English standard and 74% met...

No, It’s Not Weed

No, It’s Not Weed

Aidan Scott and Nick Harvey

December 10, 2019

CBD seems to be everywhere in the news recently, but does it deserve the attention? Positive or negative opinions aside, the product is a bit of a mystery in its infancy of public use. However, CBD manufacturers’ claim of positive impacts on health and industry potential has people wondering what it ca...