Changing the culture of football at OPRF

Bryant practicing for the upcoming season

Calvin Roe, News/Opinion Editor

September 30, 2020

On the football field, senior captain Naahlyee Bryant takes down the fastest and strongest athletes under the Friday night lights. This summer, Bryant has tackled a new challenge, this one off the gridiron, as he has started a fitness training business, Ball Like Bryant. Bryant, who is committed to...

Activist profiles: Eliza Russell

Courtesy of Eliza Russell

Cora Gardner, Staffer

September 30, 2020

To understand the nationwide protests against police violence and understand how collective action is mobilized, one must examine the stories and identities of the individual protesters, like freshman Eliza Russell. This past summer, amidst the internet’s social revolution, they came out as nonb...

An Update from the Library

An Update from the Library

Isabel Richmond, Staffer

September 29, 2020

The Oak Park Public Library aims to be the glue that holds Oak Park together. Through their books, databases, music, movies, a surplus of different programs, and more, the library has every resource necessary to fill the needs of their town and maintain an educated, and engaged community. The State...

Jalen Sharp wins sophomore poetry slam

Sophia Desai, Staffer

February 28, 2020

As the students and teachers poured into the auditorium, Jalen Sharp and 11 other sophomores excitedly waited to perform. They could hear the murmur of people finding their seats from behind the curtain as they did tongue twisters before the show. Sharp had been selected along with 11 others to parti...

Speech team season ends at sectionals

Group photo of speech team

Finn Greenstone, Managing Editor

February 28, 2020

On Feb. 15, OPRF’s speech team finished their season with a bang. At the hardest sectionals event in the state, the 10 members of the team who qualified for the event delivered dramatic monologues, persuasive speeches, and comedic performances until their throats were sore. Although none of the OPRF...

Students celebrate Black History Month

Marshall movie poster

Lev Working, Contributor

February 28, 2020

Students and staff at OPRF celebrated Black History Month with a protest, a film festival, and a breakfast to discuss the futures of minority students. The Black Leader’s Union held the Black and Goal’D Breakfast, on Feb 26 to discuss goals and the future of students of color at OPRF. Traditionally...

Students grapple with Tik Tok fame

Camille Grant, Staffer

February 28, 2020

These days, youths enjoy not 15 minutes of fame, but rather 15 seconds of “Tik Tok fame.” This type of celebrity is distinctly Generation Z — borne from, of all things, a cell phone app.  Tik Tok was engineered to produce viral content. The video clips uploaded are limited to 60 seconds, ma...

“Otherness” and social isolation: causes and solutions

Alex Goldstein, Contributor

February 4, 2020

It is time again for a gathering of the Olson family. A row of people are spread across the couch at the residence of the Olson children’s grandparents. They each take turns chastising and commending American politics, one comment pouncing on top of the next. All but one Olson is present in the...

OPRF student and activist attends United Nations conference

OPRF student and activist attends United Nations conference

Camille Grant, Staffer

February 4, 2020

   Roz Beile is fighting the climate crisis. Representing local youth advocacy group It’s Our Future, Beile attended the 2019 United Nations Conference in Madrid, Spain. Beile left, inspired by the “utter fierceness” of international youth activists, ready to impart these lessons on OPRF stud...

Conley makes cheering more accessible

Iry Conley in front of USA Cheer sign

Julia Youman, Staffer

January 31, 2020

After multiple days of three hour practices, OPRF junior Iry Conley stands with her teammates under the blazing hot Costa Rican sun. Many of them had never left the country, but after several days the initial excitement has faded as they sit irritated from the heat. Despite grueling practices in the rain a...

Poolside jobs help OPRF students become leaders

Junior Jackson Tanner

Camille Grant, Staffer

December 13, 2019

On Nov. 22, the OPRF student lifeguard program received special recognition. After a swimmer became distressed during a gym class, the on-duty student lifeguard quickly noticed and assisted them. This happening was relayed via email to the greater OPRF community by Karin Sullivan, director of communica...

Treating the winter blues

Treating the winter blues

Camille Grant, Staffer

December 13, 2019

As we enter winter, our days shorten and the climate freezes. For 14 percent of American adults, this change affects the mood, causing the “winter blues.” An additional 6 percent of Americans have its more severe cousin: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Your body cycles through wakefulness and sleep....