SPEECH & DEBATE
This past weekend the Oak Park Speech and Debate Team competed at the MSHSAA District Tournament held at Liberty North High School.
Congratulations to District Finalists:
Alexandra Meyer, 7th Place, Radio Speaking
Lucas Smith, 6th Place, Humorous Interp
Brandon Beshears, 4th Place, Lincoln – Douglas Debate,
And Congratulations and Good Luck to our State Qualifiers:
Ally Laytham & Lucas Smith, 3rd Place, Duet Acting
Ally Laytham, 2nd Place, Storytelling
Steven Horn, 2nd Place, Original Oratory,
Ally Laytham, 1st Place, Prose
Laytham, Smith, & Horn will compete for the MSHSAA State Championship in their respective events in April on the MSU campus in Springfield.
OP SCIENCE OLYMPIAD ANNOUNCEMENT
Please join me in congratlating Solomon Whitaker and James Macken. This past Saturday, Solomon and James, as well as the rest of the Science Olympiad team, competed in the Regional Science Olympiad competition. Although Oak Park had a huge amount of success in the 23 event academic competition, these two placed 1st in Wright Stuff (where the contestants design, build, and fly a rubber band powered plane). These young men are Regional Champs, and are qualified to compete at the State SO Tournament April 18th at Westminster University in beautiful Fulton MO. Please give Solomon and James a pat on the back as you see them walk by. They are the best kids flying rubber band powered planes in a 6 county region.
MIPA JOURNALISM AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association announces the results of its top awards for high school journalism. Winners will be recognized at the J-Day awards ceremony in the afternoon of April 8, 2015, at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. 9th St., Columbia and on the MIPA website, www.MIPAjournalism.com.
The 2015 Taft Award goes to two teachers, Christina Geabhart, journalism, photography and broadcast teacher at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, and Michelle Turner, photo/art/TV production teacher at Washington High School in Washington. Despite being on opposite sides of the state, these two teachers transformed the MIPA contest system by moving the 2015 contests online, making the process as smooth as possible. The Taft Award is given to a person or group giving outstanding service to scholastic journalism; it is named after the first winner of the special award, Associate Dean William H. Taft of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Todd E. White, superintendent at North Kansas City Schools, a four-high-school system, has been named the 2015 MIPA Administrator of the Year, which is given to an administrator who has provided outstanding service to journalism. In reviewing his nomination packet, the judge wrote: “Dr. White looks like a worthy recipient of this year's award. He is creating a new program in broadcasting—particularly sports broadcasting—the latter being one of the really hot college programs in America today. And he did it by partnering with a local company to provide expertise and equipment. Not many places can do that. He could and he did.”
SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION'S DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
This past weekend the Oak Park Speech team competed at the National Speech & Debate Association's District Tournament. The Heart of America District encompasses schools in the northwestern part of Missouri, from Independence to the Iowa state line. Steven Horn, junior, placed 5th in Original Oratory and is an alternate to the national tournament. Alexandra Meyer, senior, qualified for the NSDA Nationals - the largest academic competition in the world - to be held in Dallas. Meyer qualified in Dramatic Interpretation.
AMERICAN LEGION GIRLS STATE OF MISSIOURI PROGRAM
Hiba Mahgoub and Mikayla Winkler have been accepted for Girls State this year. Both have been paid by the American Legion Women’s auxiliary. Congratulations!
Oak Park High School has been named a Safe Sports School 1st Team! This program will not only spotlight the vital work Oak Park does, but positions the school as a leader in sports safety and a community concerned with its student athletes and their care. Look for Oak Park High School's name on www.athletictrainers.org within the next few days.
AMERICAN LEGION BOYS STATE OF MISSIOURI PROGRAM
Congratulations! The following student(s) from Oak Park High School have been accepted to participate in the 2015 American Legion Boys State of Missouri program - June 13-20, 2015!
1. Noah Brown
2. Steven Horn
3. Brady O'Donnell
4. James Woebke
We invite you to visit www.moboysstate.org during the week of Boys State as photographs, election results, and newspaper articles throughout the session will be posted. You are also invited to attend the closing ceremonies and experience "Democracy in Action" on the final Saturday of the program. The event is from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
GENERATIONS OF SUCCESS - HUNTER SHELTON WINS 152LB WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Hunter and his uncle, John Burwell, are pictured above. John Burwell is the second ever state champion from Oak Park High School.
OP Wrestling capped off its season at the state tournament in Columbia last weekend.Izzy Estaban and Remington Brelsford joined Hunter as state qualifiers. Several other athletes earned All-Conference and are listed below.
106 lbs – Nick Anello – Honorable Mention
120 lbs – Chase Ballard – 2nd Team All-Conference
138 lbs – Chance Pitman – 2nd Team All-Conference
152 lbs – Hunter Shelton – 1st Team All-Conference
182 lbs – Remington Brelsford – Honorable Mention
285 lbs – Jordan Williams – Honorable Mention
OAK PARK YEARBOOK EARNS HIGHEST NATIONAL RATING
Over the course of the fall semester, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Board of Judges critiqued student publications, produced in the 2013-2014 school year. The NSPA critiques rank publications from the top honor of All-American to First down to to Third Class ratings. It also allows publications to earn up to five Marks of Distinction.
The 2014 “Cambia” yearbook at Oak Park earned an All-American rating with four Marks of Distinction in Concept/Essentials, Coverage, Writing/Editing and Photography.
"The Northmen’s Log” newspaper for 2013-2014 earned a First Class rating with above average scores in all five categories.
To learn more about the Memorial Golf Classic please read below and click here! To sign up you will find the entry form attached here.
Several years ago one of Oak Park's classmates lost a battle with cancer and several of his friends were driven to create an event to pay honor to their dear friend Greg Smith. They created The Memorial Golf Tournament. The Memorial was designed to pay tribute to a special person or group at OP and raise funds to have available for any group to use to purchase equipment that they needed. It was basically another revenue stream to help the school meet their needs.
The tournament went along for about ten years. However, due to conflicts and other issues the event sort of faded away. Prior to that it generated quite a bit of money for several different groups. Now we are celebrating our 50th anniversary and are interested in reigniting the flame for The Memorial.
Everyone that participates can choose where their proceeds are directed. If any club or organization finds players or sponsors, they can request that their donations be directed to that OP team or club. Please feel free to sign up and play!