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Music festival showcases middle, high school talent

Music festival showcases middle, high school talent

Nick Burt
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Students from Oak Park High School and Medea Creek Middle School came together to participate in the second annual Oak Park Unified School District Music Festival at MCMS on Sunday, April 2. The event featured more than 300 student musicians in musical performances ranging from contemporary to classic...

Student athletes follow superstitions to victory

Student athletes follow superstitions to victory

Devika Bedi
May 12, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

Student athletes across the nation have certain superstitions or pre-game rituals that they believe will help them succeed in their sports — no matter what the sport may be. “Before every game, I write my number with my foot in the deck circle. But, before I get into the batter’s box, I fix the...

Model ‘delegates’ win big

Loren Yona
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

Four students from Oak Park’s Model United Nations club won six high distinction awards at a conference  Saturday, April 1. At the conference, called GriffMUN at Los Alamitos High School, all four Oak Park High School delegates won awards: junior Amogha Koka won a research award and outstanding delegat...

Business is booming for junior and entrepreneur Jake Keller

Business is booming for junior and entrepreneur Jake Keller

Michelle Deyski
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

At age 17, junior Jake Keller is a published photographer and the owner of two successful businesses. With 6,086 followers on his Instagram photography account, Keller frequently posts pictures of surfers and the ocean while traveling the world’s beaches. Keller’s passion for photography first started ...

Sophomore wins Mr. Eagle pageant

Sophomore wins Mr. Eagle pageant

Anika Krishnan
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

The slapping of thighs echoed throughout the Pavilion as 12 of the school’s most eligible contestants gyrated through a rendition of “The Jingle Bell Rock.” On Thursday, March 30, males from all four grade levels participated in the Mr. Eagle pageant in an attempt to snatch the top prize: the titl...

ComedySportz raises over $3,500 for ALS research

Maddy Quon
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

Oak Park High School’s ComedySportz team raised $3,500 in the ALS charity game Friday, April 28. The ComedySportz team donated the funds to the ALS Association to support the family of a team member, junior Amanda Kristensen. “My dad had been diagnosed with ALS last year, and [the ALS Association’...

Two students place at local art competition

Two students place at local art competition

Olivia Buccieri
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Black and gold may be the colors of school pride, but two Oak Park artists find their calling in a wider palette. From April 21 to 28, senior Jack Wulf and junior Jillian Rifkind presented their art pieces at the Westlake Village Art Guild’s teen show in the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center....

Oak Park claims third place at state Odyssey of the Mind competition

Oak Park claims third place at state Odyssey of the Mind competition

Katya Kiseleva
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

Oak Park High School students placed third in the California State Odyssey of the Mind competition at Heritage High School Saturday, Mar. 25. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that encourages critical thinking and creative problem-solving. The program released five problems in September and ...

Debate team captains qualify for state

Debate team captains qualify for state

Camille Driggs
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Debate team captains Max and Jake Freeman qualified to represent Oak Park in the California State Championship for High School Speech and Debate at Arcadia High School Sunday, April 30. The sophomore twins formed the debate club last school year, and began competing in December 2015. The team has won...

Youth and Government delegates win model election

Youth and Government delegates win model election

Amulya Maddali
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

Around 90 Oak Park students, among thousands from across the state, attended the final conference of the Youth and Government season in Sacramento Feb. 18, in order to elect the next Youth Governor. As a simulation of actual state government, this conference not only allows delegates to debate on bills...

Debut Literary Magazine to feature 36 student entries

Loren Yona
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

A man who spins a tale of a heroic hound. A monkey who scathingly addresses the human race. A starving boy who helps a fallen woman — and receives his own aid in return. Each of these characters and far more appear in the first edition of Oak Park’s literary magazine, Veritas, which will appear on...

HOSA club breaks school record at state

HOSA club breaks school record at state

Maddy Quon
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

The Health Occupations Students of America club broke the school record for individual awards at the State Leadership Conference in Sacramento Saturday, March 18.  HOSA is an international student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education...