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Seniors selected for All-American team

Seniors selected for All-American team

Amanda Lurey

September 29, 2017


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Seniors and varsity cheer captains Mallory McCormick and Ashley Wiederspahn were selected for the All-American cheerleading team July 13. McCormick and Wiederspahn were selected out of several hundred other cheerleaders in their summer cheer camp. They will represent the United States in a parade in ...

Profile: Wes Slajchert

Profile: Wes Slajchert

Harper Wayne

September 29, 2017


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Q: When did you start basketball? A: Honestly, before I could remember. Q: What is your favorite sport you have played? A: Basketball because everyday I get to practice and spend time with Tim. Q: Who are your idols? A: Jake Keller, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Beyoncé. Q: In one word what does the ...

Senior creates design to celebrate ethnic diversity

Senior creates design to celebrate ethnic diversity

Katya Kiseleva

September 29, 2017


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Senior Ellie Reisman is at the intersection of two seemingly separate domains: art and politics. Inspired by recent political events, particularly the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Reisman created a design portraying ethnic diversity in the United States. The original design was created abo...

Profile: Jessica Conway

Profile: Jessica Conway

Olivia Buccieri

September 29, 2017


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Senior and marching band drum major Jessica Conway is proficient in topics ranging from the B flat musical scale, hot sauce, and circus ventures with aerial hoops. Conway has led the Oak Park Marching Band for the past two years. She also spends most of her free time peer tutoring, walking dogs, study...

Seniors paint Serrania Elementary School mural

Seniors paint Serrania Elementary School mural

Vinay Pillai

September 28, 2017


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Seniors Shaya Barzilai and Sasha Rybkina finished painting a mural at Serrania Elementary School in June 2017, inaugurating what they dubbed “The Mural Movement.” According to Rybkina, the work the seniors completed reflected their shared desire to give back to the community through art. “Me an...

Football team adds 2 female players

Football team adds 2 female players

Olivia Buccieri and Ethan Land

August 31, 2017


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For the first time in the history of Oak Park High School, more than one girl will be joining the football team. Freshmen Faith Vom Cleff and Tamy Beruzon have joined the junior varsity football team for the 2017 season. Former kicker Courtney Adhoot joined the varsity team in 2016, ending a 20-year...

School adds new layer to class selection

Jonathan Carmeli

August 31, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Oak Park High School is adding a new layer to selecting classes in an attempt to help students manage their classes and extracurricular activities. Snapshot of Daily Activities — a new form laying out students’ available hours — has been handed out by the Oak Park counselors from the beginning of...

Profile: Jake Iazzetta

Profile: Jake Iazzetta

Matt Neville and Daniel Nuban

August 31, 2017


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Senior Jake Iazzetta is the newest addition to Oak Park High School’s Varsity Football team, replacing alumna Courtney Ahdoot as the starting kicker. Without any high school football experience, Iazzetta said he relies on his extensive background in soccer to help him convert field goals and extra ...

Music festival showcases middle, high school talent

Music festival showcases middle, high school talent

Nick Burt

May 12, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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 ...