The School Newspaper of Plano West High School
  • Tennis Wins State

    Tennis Wins State

    Gina Quatrino and Chloe Oani

    December 8, 2016

    On Nov. 3, the school’s tennis team won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A State Championship at Texas A&M University in College Station. Led by Head Coach Morgen Walker and Assistant Coach Mike Bischoff, the team rallied to defeat Houston Memorial High School in team play by a margin of 10-6. This is the tennis team’s fifth State title in West history, the first since 2006.   Quotes from the Court What is the one thing yo... READ MORE »»

    The Tennis team poses after defeating Houston Memorial to win West's fifth State Championship.

    Richard Thai

  • Changes in the DFW Area

    Changes in the DFW Area

    Sana Hameed and Mellica Askari

    December 8, 2016

    With time the DFW area has evolved to encompass more than just the implied cityscape of Dallas and Fort Worth. Plano, formerly regarded as a little known suburb, an outlier of Dallas, has grown in prominence recently as it has become the headquarters for renowned businesses like Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, FedEx and more. Gifted the given name “Plano 3.0” and affectionately nicknamed “the Center of the Universe” by Mayor Harry LaRosiliere,... READ MORE »»

  • From the Classroom to the Workroom: Alumna Alisha Ebrahimji

    From the Classroom to the Workroom: Alumna Alisha Ebrahimji

    Sriya Reddy and Leo Rocha

    December 8, 2016

    In 2007, a young girl works diligently at the back of a brightly lit classroom, surrounded by bulky computers and students bustling around. Yearbook teacher Deanna Martin leads them all, searching for headshots, pages and quotes. The young girl, Alisha Ebrahimji, a senior at the time, had found herself in the room as a result of a scheduling mishap. Little did she know that this small incident would impact her for the rest of her life. “Alisha... READ MORE »»

  • Kickin’ It with the Royales

    Kickin’ It with the Royales

    Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

    November 3, 2016

    Although dance may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “sport,” the dedication and hours of work the Royales put into dance rivals that of any conventional sport. “We dance two to three hours every single day,” junior lieutenant Lexi Anderson said. “Some weeks we have performance so it will be around four.” For those who consider dance their passion, the group of girls is what makes all the sweat, tears and... READ MORE »»

    Per tradition, Royales line up before a football game.

    Winston Henvey

News

Model United Nation Attends First Conference

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

On Nov. 12, the Model United Nations (MUN) club attended the Dallas Area Model United Nations conference at North Hills Preparatory. This was their first conference of the year and for many of the students their first conference overall. Seniors Mindy Dai and Chloe Oani and junior Kamran Kazmi all won Honorable Delegate awards in their respective committees. “Model...  Read More »

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District Builds New Performing Arts Center

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

On May 7, 2016, $94,305 of a multi-million dollar bond was allocated to build a new Plano Independent School District (PISD) arts center, which will provide space for University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions, school theatre, choir, and art showcases, as well as regional performances. The designated 16 acre property is east of Alma Drive, across the street from...  Read More »

Dec 8 • No Comments

Changes in the DFW Area

Changes in the DFW Area

Sana Hameed and Mellica Askari

With time the DFW area has evolved to encompass more than just the implied cityscape of Dallas and Fort Worth. Plano, formerly regarded as a little known suburb, an outlier...  Read More »

Dec 8 • No Comments

You Can’t Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

Oct. 27-29, the theatre program put on their first production of the year, “You Can’t Take It With You.” Comparing this production to the show that will be entered in...  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Drumming to Victory, the Drumline Preps for the Lone Star Drumline Competition

Drumming to Victory, the Drumline Preps for the Lone Star Drumline Competition

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

In the first week of November, the drumline will be traveling to Marcus High School to compete in the annual LoneStar Classic Drumline competition. Last year, the group took...  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Everything is Bigger and Better at the Texas State Fair

Everything is Bigger and Better at the Texas State Fair

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

The Texas State Fair, an annual celebration of Texas food and culture festivities, was open from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. The State Fair is the largest in the country, and this...  Read More »

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Sports

Art of Archery Aims For Success

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

Sports of all kinds have a place at the school, from football to golf. However, senior Shabeeh Rizvi wanted to share his passion for a more uncommon...  Read More »

Dec 12 • No Comments

Cubs Bear a Big Victory

December 8, 2016

The Major League Baseball World Series ended on Nov. 1, crowning the Chicago Cubs as champions. Although any...  Read More »

Tennis Wins State

Tennis Wins State

December 8, 2016

On Nov. 3, the school’s tennis team won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A State Championship...  Read More »

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Student Corner

Holiday Recipes

Leah Martineau, Editor

Hot Apple Cider A warmer drink to sip during the colder weather, hot apple cider is a sweet and healthy substitute for hot chocolate. It is also an easy drink for differ...  Read More »

Dec 8 • No Comments

Holiday Gift Guide

December 8, 2016

Fall For These Autumn Recipes

November 3, 2016

Festive Turkeys

Festive Turkeys

November 3, 2016

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A&E

Movie Review: Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

With Marvel’s Phase Three of movies being kicked off with “Captain America: Civil War” earlier this year, “Doctor Strange” is here to continue the new wave of superhero films. While it definitely feels like a Marvel creation, it brings a lot...  Read More »

Dec 12 • No Comments

What’s the Buzz?

December 8, 2016

Gilmore Girls Revival: Where They Lead, We Will Follow

December 1, 2016

The Growing Garden

November 28, 2016

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Archives

Features

Cirque du Success

Cirque du Success

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

In her bright red costume and matching lips, junior Rian Briscoe put her audience in a state of awe as she showed off her mastery of the aerial lyra, a circular...  Read More »

Dec 8 • No Comments

From the Classroom to the Workroom: Alumna Alisha Ebrahimji

From the Classroom to the Workroom: Alumna Alisha Ebrahimji

December 8, 2016

In 2007, a young girl works diligently at the back of a brightly lit classroom, surrounded by bulky computers and students bustling around. Yearbook teacher Deanna Martin leads them all, searching for headshots, pages and quotes. The young girl, Alisha...  Read More »

Dancing for a Cause, Performance for a Purpose

Dancing for a Cause, Performance for a Purpose

November 3, 2016

For students looking to exercise, meet new people and give back to their community, Dancing For a Cause (DFC) gives them a club that fits their wants. DFC performs in order to spread awareness for various issues and charities, all while promoting dance. “Once...  Read More »

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The School Newspaper of Plano West High School
The School Newspaper of Plano West High School