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Academic competition teams restricted

Bailey Andera

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Advisors of academic competition teams received a notice from the Ventura County Office of Education Oct. 16 that each of their teams could be limited to sending only one group of students to competitions instead of the usual two. Teams such as Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad and Robotics co...

Rallies: past and present

Maddy Quon

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Friday, Dec. 1 marks the second rally of the 2017-18 school year. Rallies, at Oak Park High School, have had their share of changes over time — some viewed as positive, some as negative. Cheer and dance teams have regularly performed at rallies, but the school did not have any musical performances until 2...

Junior codes at Pixar Animation Studios

Junior codes at Pixar Animation Studios

Mia Melideo and Kirthan Reddy

November 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Junior Sabrina Stone is one of 20 girls who participated in Pixar Animation Studios’ Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program during the summer of 2017. “A couple of years ago, I found a blog post featuring the organization Girls Who Code at Pixar Animation Studios,” Sabrina wrote to the Talon...

Title IX: Girls’ frosh-soph soccer team cut, prompts controversy

Title IX: Girls’ frosh-soph soccer team cut, prompts controversy

Ellie Hand and Lauren Nicholson

October 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Student Life

The athletic board and soccer coaches reached an agreement to eliminate the frosh-soph girls’ soccer team on Oct. 9, due to a shortage of girls trying out. The suspension of the girls’ team provoked questions about what would happen to the boys’ frosh-soph soccer team. “There’s plenty of bo...

Lee commits to Cornell

Lee commits to Cornell

Amanda Lurey

October 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Student Life

Senior and varsity football captain Hunter Lee accepted a scholarship offer to play football for Cornell University Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Lee also had offers from Brown University, Azusa Pacific University and University of San Diego. He plays defensive lineman and offensive tackle. “I think whe...

Volleyball: Girls’ varsity wins second consecutive 8-0 record

Volleyball: Girls’ varsity wins second consecutive 8-0 record

Harper Wayne and Wes Slajchert

October 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Student Life

The Oak Park Girls’ varsity volleyball team has remained undefeated in league this season, with a 8-0 record. Seniors Allyson Hawkins and Lauren Herrera are varsity team captains and commits. They have both reached high numbers on their kills and assists. Hawkins is a 5 ft 7 inch outside hitter com...

ASB holds first Bennie the Eagle event

ASB holds first Bennie the Eagle event

Jay Dugar

October 25, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Bennie the Eagle has made his debut as part of the "games" theme implemented this year by ASB. So if you find a stuffed eagle hidden around campus, take him to the ASB room – he’s worth a free meal. Bennie is a stuffed eagle that is hidden around campus for students to find and can be redeemed fo...

Seniors selected for All-American team

Seniors selected for All-American team

Amanda Lurey

September 28, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

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 28, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

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 28, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

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 28, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

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 27, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

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...