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ASB takes down announcements containing “model minority myth” video
News

Bailey Andera | September 28, 2020

EagleTV featured a video created by Diversify Our Narrative on the model minority myth on Sept. 11. This video discussed the model minority myth which is the stereotype that Asian Americans have gained…

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English curriculum highlights authors of color
News

Charlotte Nicks | September 15, 2020

A national push for increased inclusion of figures of color in public school curriculum has become local. The campus may be quiet, but that doesn’t mean the student body isn’t bustling with activity.

In…

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Family-owned 805 Goats protects the community from wildfires
Features

Olivia Horstman | May 12, 2020

Until Scott Morris attended Toastmasters, an international public speaking and education club, he never considered starting his own goat-grazing service. Morris met Ventura County Fire captain, Vaughn…

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Heroes in the midst of uncertainty
Coronavirus

Alex Goldbeck | May 4, 2020

During the craziness of the pandemic, nurses, doctors and many health officials are putting themselves on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. But, there are other uncredited heroes on the frontlines…

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Asian American racism grows amid COVID-19
Coronavirus

Allie Wang | April 29, 2020

Quiet. Intelligent. Proper. Achievers. Listeners.

Demure.

It all began with a regular, sunny afternoon. I sat at my kitchen table, learning new vocabulary words through the educational website, Membean….

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Spring sports suspended
Coronavirus

Shoshana Medved | April 6, 2020

All spring sports are officially over, prompted by concerns over COVID-19 and the physical end to Oak Park’s school year. In a ParentSquare notice, superintendent Tony Knight explained the situation.

“As…

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My faith wavered, then disappeared
Opinions

Atmika Iyer | March 24, 2020

I was wearing a blue and pink half-sari, standing under a thick cover of branches and leaves to seek shelter from the rain. My bare feet were bouncing up and down lightly in the puddles on the cold, stone…

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California voting age potentially to be lowered to 17
News

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad | February 13, 2020

A new bill about the voting age in California, Assembly Constitutional Amendment Eight (ACA-8), has passed in the state assembly and has been referred to the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee.

The…

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Bouquets and bigotry
Features

Shoshana Medved | January 27, 2020

In the living room of my house hangs a painting of a beautiful bouquet.

The canvas explodes with hues of periwinkle, merigold and fuschia. Emerald leaves sprout from soaring stems, and dozens more scatter…

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A climate crisis, an international outcry
Features

Atmika Iyer | January 22, 2020

The worst typhoon Japan has seen in 60 years — Typhoon Hagibis. 

Power companies in California fearing fire during the Santa Ana winds — blackouts. 

Hottest month for the world in over a century…

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OP alumnus aims for 2020 Olympics
Sports

Kellen Beckett | January 22, 2020

“Oak Park holds a very special place in my heart.”

Kareem Maddox graduated from Oak Park High School in 2007 and went on to attend Princeton University as a player on their Division I basketball…

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Holds parent meeting on new elementary school ‘Gender Diversity’ lessons
News

Havi Rubenfeld | September 23, 2019

An RSVP only parent meeting, regarding the new gender diversity grade school lessons, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Oak Park High School Pavillion.

Oak Park Unified School District’s #OakParkConnects…

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Cap decorating sparks conversation
News

Sarah Levy | May 24, 2019

The graduating class of 2019 will begin a new Oak Park tradition: all students will dress in black robes and will be permitted to decorate their graduation caps.

The district decided upon this change…

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Varsity softball gains new coaches mid-season
Sports

Nicole Ash | May 22, 2019

Former junior varsity softball head coach Harold Hale and OPHS government teacher Robert Hall have rejoined the coaching staff for varsity softball after coaching changes occurred mid-season in March.

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Oak Park Alumni: Kimia Mohebi
Features

Sravya Gadepalli | April 19, 2019

Furthermore, what do walkouts, tea parties and Germany all have in common? Yet again, Oak Park High School alumna Kimia Mohebi.

Now a freshman at Moorpark Community College, Mohebi has been on the forefront…

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Ventura County Girl Up Coalition hosts Hats and High Tea event
News

Jacob Wagman | April 19, 2019

The Ventura County Girl Up Coalition came together March 17 to host the second annual Hats and High Tea event at the Los Robles Gardens in Thousand Oaks. The event brought women together for International…

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Lynsay Garrett leaves an impact on girls’ basketball program
Sports

Amanda Lurey | April 5, 2019

Senior Lynsay Garrett started playing basketball when she was around 6 years old. She is a two-year varsity player and co-captain on the 2018-19 girls’ varsity basketball team.

Garrett wrote to the…

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Britt Hermes makes a living off the internet
Features

Navya Batra | March 22, 2019

Ex-Naturopathic doctor, popular blogger and Oak Park alumni has practically lived a life straight out of a movie.

Hermes even has her own Wikipedia page.

Britt Hermes is currently an online blogger…

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Third Life Skills retreat canceled
News

Olivia Buccieri | March 5, 2019

For the first time since former Life Skills teacher Dr. Jeff Appell created the Life Skills retreat, some seniors will not have the opportunity to attend.

It was Feb. 26 when Principal Kevin Buchanan…

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Westboro Baptist Church preach at Thousand Oaks High School
News

Amanda Lurey | March 3, 2019

Westboro Baptist Church preached in front of Thousand Oaks High School Feb. 11, mentioning that Thousand Oaks is full of sinners, and that was why God sent the Borderline Bar & Grill gunman and the…

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Plastic straw ban pending in California legislation
News

Hunter Keaster | February 13, 2019

Plastic straws have been made only available upon request at full-service restaurants in California. Bill AB-1884 was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 20, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

State…

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Small fish, large pond
Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Levy | February 12, 2019

Selected out of over 1,700 Senior Division poetry entries, senior Ariel Davydov won the 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest for her poetry submission.

The Ocean Awareness Contest is annually sponsored by Bow…

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Pole vaulting returns to track program
Sports

Bailey Andera | February 11, 2019

Pole vaulting has returned to Oak Park High School at the beginning of the 2018-19 track season, led by newly appointed head coach David Garcia.

Pole vaulting is a track and field event in which an…

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Homecoming fireworks replaced with new pyrotechnics
News

Olivia Buccieri | February 11, 2019

Birds falling from the sky, houses burning down and dogs having panic attacks. These are some of the possible phenomena observed when fireworks go off, particularly around New Year’s Eve and the Fourth…

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Schultheis to study at Oxford summer program
News

Kellen Beckett | February 6, 2019

English teacher Kathleen Schultheis is traveling abroad to study English Literature at Oxford University this summer. The program is invitation only and lasts three and a half weeks.

“It is called…

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Educators on strike – What’s the deal?
News

Olivia Buccieri | February 6, 2019

Recently, educators, students and families protested the Los Angeles Unified School District. The event made front-page headlines in the Los Angeles Times for 10 days straight Jan. 14-23.

On the first…

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Burn areas impacted by showers
News

Anusha Rao | February 5, 2019

Oak Park residents kept a close eye on their surroundings during the week of Jan.14 to Jan.18 due to the chance of mudslides caused by heavy rain. Many in recent burn areas became aware of the danger after…

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Sloan incorporates meditation into his classes
Features

Sam Barney-Gibbs | January 31, 2019

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

Chemistry and physics teacher David Sloan has been taking time out of his normal teaching schedule to add meditation sessions for his students.

According to the Exploration…

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“Am I next?”
Opinions

Sravya Gadepalli | January 28, 2019

“Am I next?”

I remember asking my parents this on December 14, 2012. My first exposure to the tragedy occurred as I listened to back to back clips of children crying within the walls of Sandy Hook…

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Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes
Arts & Entertainment

Nick Harvey | January 17, 2019

The Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance presents three drama productions every school year. The audience fills the Pavilion with laughter and cheer, especially at the end of the night when the whole cast…

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Students evacuate throughout southern California due to wildfires
California Fires

Anusha Rao | January 11, 2019

When the Woolsey fire arrived in the city of Oak Park Friday, Nov. 9, residents evacuated to avoid the flames that came down the Santa Susana Mountains toward their homes.

The fire was predicted to…

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Woolsey Fire destroys Gindling Hilltop Camp
California Fires

Juliette Setudeh-Nejad | December 28, 2018

As the Woolsey fire burned through Malibu, many religious camps, including Gindling Hilltop, Camp were severely damaged.

The Gindling Hilltop camp has been the location for the Oak Park High School…

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Students gather in gym in response to Borderline
News

Daisy Calderon | December 27, 2018

Students gathered in the gym Nov. 8 to support each other following the shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

After the incident that occurred less than 15 minutes from Oak Park,…

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Fire survivor shares experience
California Fires

Oliver Carter | December 21, 2018

Over a year has passed since the Thomas Fire began on Dec. 4, 2017. The fire directly affected Ventura County and many families within, persisting until Jan. 12, 2018 after 1,063 structures were destroyed.

Mindy…

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Community grieves double tragedy
California Fires

Olivia Buccieri | December 21, 2018

“I feel like it’s impossible to talk, at least in Thousand Oaks, about one tragedy without talking about the other one because of how close together they have been,” Los Angeles Times reporter Soumya…

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In times of destruction, many feel grateful to return home
California Fires

Anusha Rao | December 21, 2018

The Woolsey and Hill fires threatened many communities where Oak Park High School students live, forcing them to evacuate. Some students lost their homes, while others were more fortunate.

Those who…

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Man threatens violence against OPUSD
News

Kellen Beckett | December 20, 2018

Summer programs across the Oak Park Unified School District were shut down Wednesday, July 11 due to a threat against the school that was posted on Facebook.

The threat was posted by Morton Green, a…

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Out with the gold, in with the new
News

Anusha Rao | December 19, 2018

The Class of 2019 will see a major change at their graduation: uniform black robes for all genders. The black robes will replace the goldenrod robes worn by girls in previous years.

This decision stemmed…

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Vintage plane hits center divider on 101 freeway
News

Ethan Kastenberg | December 13, 2018

A World War II era airplane made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of the 101 freeway near Liberty Canyon shortly before 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Alaska Airlines pilot Rob Sandberg and the plane,…

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