Students distribute handmade bowls at Empty Bowls 2021. Local studios Terra Incognito (246 Chicago Ave.) and ViaClay (208 S. Marion St.) helped with bowl production.

Empty Bowls succeeds in supporting community

Alex Goldstein, Staffer May 21, 2021

Empty Bowls places a strong emphasis on bringing the community together for a good cause. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new definition of community. The nationwide fundraiser,...

OPRF students welcome vaccines with open arms

Jackson Hassler, Staffer May 21, 2021

Vaccine eligibility in Illinois has opened up to everyone age 12 and above, and OPRF students have been getting COVID-19 vaccines. The Village of Oak Park’s website reported that 24,689 residents...

Georgia voting bill rattles OPRF

Georgia voting bill rattles OPRF

Alex Goldstein, Staffer May 21, 2021

On March 30, Georgia Republicans passed a bill that largely altered the state’s voting system. S.B. 202 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. New restrictions include, but are not limited to: requiring...

Board searches for successor to Pruitt-Adams

Jackson Hassler, Staffer April 8, 2021

As Joylynn Pruitt-Adams’ time at OPRF draws closer to an end, the current school board has been working on finding their next superintendent. Through focus groups, interviews, and surveying, feedback...

Grade trends during remote/hybrid

Grade trends during remote/hybrid

Luke Gilfillan, Staffer April 5, 2021

It's no question that the new types of learning that have arisen over the past year have presented a challenge for a lot of students in terms of their grades. Grade data for OPRF backs this up. According...

Nicole Ebsen, OPRF's new Athletic Director

Meet OPRF’s new athletic director

Jackson Hassler, Staffer April 5, 2021

OPRF has hired Nicole Ebsen to be the next athletic director, replacing John Stelzer, who is retiring. Ebsen, who will start on July 1, has experience in multiple positions, including the athletic and...

Marcus Evans Jr., the Illinois State Rep. who proposed HB3531, which would ban certain violent video games

Could GTA be causing the rise in carjackings?

Dante Berry, Staffer April 5, 2021

On Feb. 22, Chicago Representative Marcus Evans Jr. proposed the banning of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and other violent video games to limit the rates of carjackings. He said the recent rise in carjackings...

A poster shared on social media publicizing the press conference and candlelight vigil

L!VE Cafe and community recuperates

Jackson Hassler, Staffer February 23, 2021

On the morning of Jan. 6, Reesheda Graham Washington discovered her Oak Park L!VE Cafe was vandalized overnight. A brick had shattered the glass of the black-owned cafe with a racist message written on...

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Is it time to double mask?

Harrison Dear, Staffer February 23, 2021

Recently, the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) found that alterations to how we mask ourselves should be considered. It is common knowledge that masks work. The CDC once again reaffirmed in their...

Last year, Science Olympiad won fifth place at regionals, and made it to state for the first time in OPRF history

Sci-Oly gears up to compete

Elizabeth Short, Staffer February 23, 2021

Shortly after the OPRF Science Olympiad team finished in fifth place at Regionals in March of 2020, qualifying for the Illinois Science Olympiad State Tournament for the first time in school history, the...

Speech Team continues competitions

Speech Team continues competitions

Alex Goldstein, Staffer February 23, 2021

OPRF’s speech team prides itself on its community. So when the IHSA announced their season would go forward, albeit via Zoom, Head Coaches Patt Cheney and Lynette Welter felt extremely lucky. “We’re...

Oak Park bookstore fights to stay afloat

Oak Park bookstore fights to stay afloat

Archie Beecroft, Staffer February 23, 2021

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat in a sea of wreckage. The Oak Park Chamber of Commerce does have resources available for local businesses, including the Oak...

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