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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...

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...

Football team adds 2 female players

Football team adds 2 female players

Olivia Buccieri and Ethan Land

August 30, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Student Life

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 30, 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 30, 2017


Filed under Sports, Student Life

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 11, 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...