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English anthologies go digital

Michelle Chen

April 29, 2016


Filed under Student Life

With the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, the English department will be acquiring new Chromebooks to supplement the school’s old textbooks. The teachers agreed to adopt the Chromebooks after they created a digital library, an archive of works that includes digitalized printed works as well as links...

Freshman wins Mr. Eagle Pageant

Freshman wins Mr. Eagle Pageant

Michelle Chen

March 24, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Hip rotations. Pelvic thrusts. Boisterous laughter. Male students from all grade levels donned wife beaters, business suits and skirts at the Mr. Eagle Pageant on March 18. Freshman Brett Solny was crowned this year’s Mr. Eagle. Senior Jake Friedman placed second, and senior Nicholas Branigan...

Academic Decathlon places second at regionals, wins Super Quiz

Academic Decathlon places second at regionals, wins Super Quiz

Michelle Chen and Medha Vallurupalli

March 24, 2016


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The Academic Decathlon team placed second in the 35th annual Ventura County decathlon Feb. 6. Academic Decathlon has three teams: an A team, a B team and a C team. Each one comprises three ‘A’ students, three ‘B’ students and three ‘C’ students. In addition, there are alternates who compete...

Mock Trial team places third, moves up 10 places from 2015

Mock Trial team places third, moves up 10 places from 2015

Joe Calce

March 24, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

The Mock Trial team — including the competitive Black Team and the training-level Gold Team — attended the Ventura County Mock Trial Competition Feb. 22-25. The Black Team placed third overall, moving up 10 places from its 13th place finish in 2015. In addition, 10 team members won individual...

On lockdown: Responding to school violence

Nick Burt

March 24, 2016


Filed under Student Life

70 bullet casings littered a mile-long trail, reminders of the shooting rampage that ended the lives of six — including the gunman — at Santa Monica Community College in June 2013. The lone gunman, John Samir Zawahri, a 23-year-old former student, traveled from his childhood home to the school...

Science Olympiad Club places third overall, wins 26 medals

Science Olympiad Club places third overall, wins 26 medals

Michelle Chen

March 24, 2016


Filed under Student Life

The Science Olympiad team won third place overall and 26 individual medals for its performance in the Feb. 13 regional competition at Antelope Valley College. The team will advance to the state competition at Caltech April 2. “I believe that our team put in significantly more effort this year ...

WASC representatives visit school to assess classrooms, curriculum

Grace Ye

March 24, 2016


Filed under Student Life

The accreditation visiting team from the Western Association of Schools Colleges came to Oak Park Feb. 28 through March 2 to assess the school and its quality of education. After the visit, the school needs to put together a final report to send into WASC. The school will hear back either in the beginning...

5 students selected for county honor band

5 students selected for county honor band

Catie Herberg

March 24, 2016


Filed under Student Life

The Ventura County Honor Band welcomed five Oak Park students this year, breaking the previous school record of two students. The VCHB performed at a concert Feb. 28 at Ventura High School. The students who participated in this year’s VCHB are euphoniumist and senior Nathaniel Driggs, tenor saxophonist...

FBLA places fourth in Gold Coast

FBLA places fourth in Gold Coast

Grace Ye

March 8, 2016


Filed under Student Life

The Future Business Leaders of America Club won fourth place overall at the Gold Coast Section Leadership Conference Feb. 6. According to senior and FBLA president Chris Lee, students compete in more than 35 competitive, business-related events. The events are broken up into three categories: performance...

Chinese Culture Night features student and teacher talent

Chinese Culture Night features student and teacher talent

Meghana Mudunuri

March 8, 2016


Filed under News, Student Life, Uncategorized

The annual Chinese Culture Night was held in the Pavilion Friday, Feb.12. The sold-out show celebrated the Year of the Monkey through student and teacher performances. High school Chinese students, elementary school students, Chinese club members and high school staff participated in the festivities....

Cafeteria raffles promote participation in new lunch program

Cafeteria raffles promote participation in new lunch program

Sravya Gadepalli

March 8, 2016


Filed under News, Student Life

The lunch department began hosting raffles this semester, offering students a chance to win gift cards and certificates to local restaurants. To enter, students simply have to buy lunch at the school cafeteria. “I always buy lunch, but now I have something to look forward to every week. I really...

USC a cappella group hosts singing workshop

USC a cappella group hosts singing workshop

Arianna Kenig

March 8, 2016


Filed under Student Life

Whispers echo through the Pavilion; everyone sits, waits. A quiet hum begins, filling the room with soothing vibrations. The USC Troy Tones met singers in the Pavilion Friday, Feb. 26. The undergraduate a capella group hosted a singing workshop and mini-concert for more than 50 high school and middle...