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Science Olympiad team places sixth at regionals

Science Olympiad team places sixth at regionals

Loren Yona

March 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Life

Thirty-two schools. Twenty-three events. Fifteen Oak Park competitors. The Oak Park Science Olympiad team placed sixth out of 32 schools at the 31st annual Los Angeles Regional Science Olympiad at Antelope Valley College on Saturday, Feb. 18. As only the top five competing teams are invited to the state c...

Students form local punk band ‘Los Besos’

Students form local punk band ‘Los Besos’

Peter Ye

March 2, 2017


Filed under Student Life

Noise, noise and more noise — five Oak Park students who share in their passion for music formed a new band at the end of last semester. With this shared passion, students — sophomore Stephen Burt, juniors Sammy Archer, Jake Iazzetta, Sean Greenfield and Jason Paras — now meet regularly to create...

Red Cross, ASB collaborate on Blood Drive to save lives

Red Cross, ASB collaborate on Blood Drive to save lives

Wayne Xiao

February 24, 2017


Filed under Student Life

The Associated Student Body held its third blood drive of the school year Tuesday, Feb. 7. The drive is a collaboration between the school district and the American Red Cross, which ASB has facilitated for nearly 20 years. This year, the three blood drives pulled in about 85 students each for a total...

Sophomore takes third place at UCLA Brain Bee

Sophomore takes third place at UCLA Brain Bee

Serene Raslan

February 24, 2017


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Sophomore Anish Natarajan earned third place out of 92 competitors at the 2017 Los Angeles Brain Bee, a one-day knowledge-based neuroscience competition hosted at the UCLA Neuroscience Research Auditorium Saturday, Jan. 21. Designed to encourage participation in neuroscience, the Brain Bee is an international...

FBLA students place 9th in annual competition

FBLA students place 9th in annual competition

February 24, 2017


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Oak Park students competed in the Gold Coast Future Business Leaders of America competition at Westlake High School Saturday, Feb. 4. Oak Park placed ninth out of 24 schools. Out of the 45 students who competed, 15 qualified for the April state competition in Sacramento. Last year, Oak Park FBLA pla...

Acadeca wins third at regionals

Acadeca wins third at regionals

Olivia Buccieri

February 24, 2017


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After pacing  the speech-preparation halls (characterized by anxiety and white paint), freshman AcaDeca member Rhea Bhutada said she felt good — very good. “All the underlying pressures literally shed off me by the end of the competition. All I felt afterwards was joy,” Bhutada said. Bhutada...

Students form local punk band ‘Los Besos’

Students form local punk band ‘Los Besos’

Peter Ye

February 24, 2017


Filed under Student Life

Noise, noise and more noise — five Oak Park students who share in their passion for music formed a new band at the end of last semester. With this shared passion, students — sophomore Stephen Burt, juniors Sammy Archer, Jake Iazzetta, Sean Greenfield and Jason Paras — now meet regularly to create...

Cartoon animator talks art careers at OPHS

Cartoon animator talks art careers at OPHS

Camille Driggs

February 20, 2017


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Wes Archer, an animator, gave a presentation to technology teacher Tony Peluce’s animation class Feb. 6. several cartoon programs “Rick and Morty,” “The Simpsons,” Bob’s Burgers” and “Alien Gregory” Students from several other classes attended to hear Archer speak, including d...

Juniors receive women’s technology award

Maddy Quon

February 20, 2017


Filed under Student Life

Juniors Sumedha Attanti and Maddy Phillips received awards in the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s “Aspirations in Computing” program. NCWIT is a non-profit organization chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation. The organization is a “collective impact" e...

Oak Park alumni share college wisdom at panel event

Oak Park alumni share college wisdom at panel event

Serene Raslan

January 31, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Graduates from the class of 2016 returned to Oak Park High School to participate in a college panel Jan. 12. The graduates reflected on the college admission process and their experiences, while current students convened in the College and Career Center to ask questions about college life. Taking...

Sea Shepherd member discusses organization, goals for future

Sea Shepherd member discusses organization, goals for future

Camille Driggs and Maddy Quon

January 31, 2017


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Students Protecting Animals and the Environment club hosted a speaker from Sea Shepherd in G9, Wednesday, Jan. 25. Sea Shepherd is a non-profit marine conservation society that protects a variety of marine life and is based in Friday Harbor in San Juan, Washington. Sophomore Skylar Hartmire said...

Senior wins inaugural poetry competition

Senior wins inaugural poetry competition

Meghana Mudunuri

January 31, 2017


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Oak Park held its first Poetry Out Loud competition, hosted by science teacher Ken Jones and English teacher Leslie Miller in the Pavilion Tuesday, Jan. 24. Five students competed in the competition for which they were required to recite a memorized poem, one selected from a bank of published poems...