Madison Street, where some funeral processions take place

South Oak Park grapples with “rowdy,” dangerous funeral processions

Calvin Roe, Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2021

Business owner David Lipka has been complaining about this issue for years. Resident Elizabeth Debowey says she’s seen these cars swerve into oncoming lanes of traffic. Resident Lauren Frenden said she...

Uptick in COVID cases prompts temporary extracurricular ban

Uptick in COVID cases prompts temporary extracurricular ban

Alex Goldstein and Luke Gilfillan December 12, 2021

On Dec. 4, OPRF students and community members rallied in front of OPRF to protest Superintendent Greg Johnson’s decision to postpone all District 200 athletic practices, events, clubs, and other extracurricular...

OPRF to make Jewish holidays non-attendance in new schedule

OPRF to make Jewish holidays non-attendance in new schedule

Jackson Hassler, News Editor December 12, 2021

In September 2020, then-junior Maddy Niewoehner’s math test was abruptly rescheduled to the day after Rosh Hashanah. Frustrated at her teacher’s apparent inattentiveness, Niewoehner decided to send...

Athlete in focus: Justin Mullins

Max Friedman, Staffer December 11, 2021

On Nov. 24, the OPRF boys varsity basketball team seized a win against the Thornwood Thunderbirds, scoring 72 points. Senior Justin Mullins accounted for over half with a hefty 38 points and also tallied...

A Help Wanted sign in front of the Lake Street Track

Food Service struggles with employee shortage

Luke Gilfillan, Managing Editor December 11, 2021

A nationwide shortage of service workers has made OPRF's food service department desperate to find workers to help distribute food to students.  “We need part-time workers who are not eligible for...

One of Bowkers pronoun pins, with a variety of colors and large lettering

OPRF student promotes equity, inclusion through pronoun pins

Cora Gardner, Staffer December 11, 2021

In mid-September, OPRF freshman Belle Bowker found a discarded pronoun button pin on the ground. They tried to refurbish it with epoxy resin and magnets, but something wasn't right. “I had it, and I...

Derrick Echols II, creator of the Sloche Instagram page

Sloche: the ESPN of Illinois High School Sports

Calvin Roe, Editor-in-Chief December 11, 2021

After a highly anticipated OPRF sports game, you will see one Instagram account’s content reposted all over Instagram. Sloche, run by South Elgin High School alum Derrick Echols II, aims to cover the...

The Dennies at Vals Halla

The Dennies serve fresh punk music

Harrison Dear, Opinion Editor November 21, 2021

On Oct. 30, the Dennies stood out among a host of artists at a local show at Val’s Halla, a record store on Harrison St. Playing both covers and originals, they lit up the venue with their skill and...

Clash Royale: creating communities through mobile gaming

Drew Koenig, Staffer November 21, 2021

Through more than 80 clubs and activities, a student is bound to find a community at OPRF that they can be a part of. Whether it be through athletics, theatre, activism, or art, there are many ways to...

Young Life welcomes all OPRF students

Young Life welcomes all OPRF students

Calvin Roe, Editor-in-Chief November 21, 2021

OPRF Young Life is not your typical religious group. With its events packed with OPRF students playing games and building friendships, OPRF Young Life emphasizes community over anything else. Young...

Athlete in focus: Easton “The Golden Hammer” Bogard

Archie Beecroft and Calvin Roe November 21, 2021

In his sophomore season, Easton Bogard helped lead the varsity soccer team to a 19-4 record and a sectional championship.  Bogard made the varsity team last year as a freshman, but this year he...

YC4C with Cate Readling (front center)

YC4C bolsters community initiatives

Isabel Richmond, Staffer November 21, 2021

YC4C (Youth Committee for Change) is a group of young people looking to affect the systemic issues in Oak Park to create change. While the group is not affiliated with OPRF, their students make up a majority...

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