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AMGEN scientists discuss cultural adaptation

Vinay Pillai

January 31, 2017


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As part of Oak Park High School’s Awareness Week, AMGEN scientists Mariano Janiszewski and Gustavo Buchele gave a presentation Jan. 18 on their experiences living and working around the world. The event is new to this year’s Awareness Week. According to senior and Advanced Peer Counselor Camille...

GSA talks sexuality and community during Awareness Week

GSA talks sexuality and community during Awareness Week

Olivia Buccieri

January 31, 2017


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The Gay-Straight Alliance Club organized a discussion panel for Awareness Week Wednesday, Jan. 18. The event’s discussion — hosted by GSA president Will Carter, co-vice presidents Kyra Ratusnik and Melanie Katz and secretary, Katie Randazzo — covered a range of topics that GSA leaders said could...

Sophomore places second in ad competition

Sophomore places second in ad competition

Shirin Dravid

December 16, 2016


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Sophomore Navya Hari won runner-up in this year’s Drive Safe Los Angeles contest, the National Road Safety Foundation announced Nov. 10. The contest spanned from early August to the end of October and included schools within the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Barbara...

Jay Greenlinger, director of curriculum

Jay Greenlinger, director of curriculum

Camille Driggs

September 30, 2016


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Jay Greenlinger, the new director of curriculum and instruction, spent several years working for the Oak Park school district in the beginning of his career. Since then he has taught and worked at multiple schools, but Greenlinger said that he is especially impressed by how Oak Park values every individual,...

Zaloa Goiri Virto, chemistry teacher

Zaloa Goiri Virto, chemistry teacher

Camille Driggs

September 30, 2016


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Zaloa Goiri Virto, a native of Spain, now teaches chemistry in her first year at Oak Park High School. A graduate of the University of Basque Country, in Northern Spain, Goiri taught at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School for four years before coming to Oak Park. “It was a big commute...

Allen Prescott, woodshop instructor

Allen Prescott, woodshop instructor

Camille Driggs

September 30, 2016


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Since junior high, woodshop teacher Allen Prescott has loved woodworking. But circumstances did not allow Prescott to pursue his dream of becoming a woodshop teacher — until now. Prescott replaced former woodshop teacher Ken Paulson, who retired at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. “I wanted...

Casey Webb, football head coach

Casey Webb, football head coach

Camille Driggs

September 30, 2016


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Casey Webb, the new head football coach, was born and raised in Oak Park. Prior to working at the high school, Webb worked at Medea Creek Middle School for several years. “[Growing up] I hated the concept of being in a desk job, so teaching I always thought would be a great option, and that’s kind of why I fell into line,” We...

OPHS welcomes 17 from abroad

OPHS welcomes 17 from abroad

Jack Burnison and Hannah Caltabiano

September 30, 2016


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Oona Sulkunen leaned against the window of Scandinavian Airlines flight 0903, her face pressed gently against the cool glass pane. Beneath her, street lights illuminated New York City, and in the distance, the Statue of Liberty welcomed another visitor with the warmth of her torch and open arms. Passport...

Renee Matzner, Dance Team head coach

Renee Matzner, Dance Team head coach

Camille Driggs

September 30, 2016


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Renee Matzner replaced former Dance P.E. teacher Kristin Atkins this summer as the new head coach of the dance team. “My goal for the dance team is to create a safe and fun environment for the girls to grow in their gifts as dancers and just to create a bond for the girls,” Matzner said. “I just want them...

Riley Battin: District of Choice varsity basketball player

Medha Vallurupalli

August 31, 2016


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Oak Park junior Riley Battin may be forced to return to his home school district, Conejo Valley Unified, due to the suspension of the District of Choice program. Battin entered Oak Park Unified School District through the DOC lottery system as a freshman. Previously, he attended Colina Middle school...

Paulsons to retire

Paulsons to retire

Vaishnavi Tippireddy and Medha Vallurupalli

May 25, 2016


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Ken and Toni Paulson plan to retire after working at the high school for 10 and 26 years respectively. “It’s time to change it up while we are still young enough,” wood shop and architecture teacher Ken Paulson said. For the past 10 years, the two have worked in close proximity. At the end...

Performing arts on display at district-wide events

Performing arts on display at district-wide events

Veena Reddy

April 29, 2016


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The first annual Oak Park music festival was held at Medea Creek Middle School April 17. The purpose of the event was  to encourage students, entering middle or high school, to join a music program. “We wanted to inspire others to get more involved with music, like taking classes,” junior...