The School Newspaper of Plano West High School
  • Latin Dance Queen

    Latin Dance Queen

    Sophia Gonzalez, Senior Editor

    February 10, 2017

    The dim light of the television glowed gently across junior Lindsay Stapleton’s face as she and her grandmother gazed at the dancers gliding across the screen. While they watched the contestants of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ drift across the dance floor, a suggestion was made by Stapleton’s grandmother. What if Stapleton herself were to emulate the angelic moves seen on screen? “My grandma is an avid fan of ‘Dancing With the Stars’, an... READ MORE »»

  • 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 »»

News

Visual Arts Competition

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

On April 28, qualified students will be traveling to San Antonio to compete in the 2017 State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). VASE is a prestigious Texas art competition that begins with Regional level events and culminates in a large-scale state event. “It’s a competition where you can bring up to two pieces to a convention center or school,” senior Tiffany...  Read More »

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Science Fair Wins

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer

On Dec. 8, the school science fair took place and awarded six people the privilege to progress to the next stage in the project competition. The annual competition of the science fair takes place across the country. During this process, students with a talent for science and technology come together to create research projects that can really make a difference in the community. Junior...  Read More »

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Volunteer Organization Old School Band Makes a Difference for Senior Citizens

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

Every Saturday in the foyer of a run-down nursing home, several bright faces bring joy to an eccentric group of senior citizens. These bright faces belong to a volunteer organization started by three juniors, a group called Old School Band. Kaitlynn Li, the founder of the group, started the band freshman year as a way for volunteering to mean more than showing up to...  Read More »

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Mr. West Helps Local Charities

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

On Feb 11., Mr. West, the school’s annual male pageant show, will be held in order to raise money for various charities. Ten seniors will perform different acts and entertain the crowd to achieve the title of “Mr. West” and win money for the charity of their choosing. “The whole reason of Mr. West is to present charities in a fun way,” senior Paolo Adorable...  Read More »

February 10No Comments

Rare Shark Tooth Found on Dig

Rare Shark Tooth Found on Dig

Leah Martineau, Senior Editor

The remains of a possible 18-foot-long shark that used to roam the campus 85 million years ago was found by junior Lillia Blasius during a fossil dig for her Advanced Placement...  Read More »

February 10No Comments

BPA Qualifies For State

BPA Qualifies For State

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

From March 2-4 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, members of West’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter will compete at the State Leadership Conference (SLC). Individuals...  Read More »

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Sports

Wrestling Team Competes to Own the Mat

Leah Martineau, Editor

Tension runs high while the wrestlers are at a stalemate in the third period. Sweat dripping down their faces, muscles shaking from the past two ...  Read More »

February 9No Comments

Patriots Win Super Bowl

February 9

On Sunday, Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the New England Patriots of the American Football Conference...  Read More »

Girls Shoot to Win

February 9

With girls basketball looking to win a ninth consecutive District title and advance to State, members of the...  Read More »

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Student Corner

Quick Skincare Routine

Quick Skincare Routine

Leo Rocha, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Teenagers are constantly at war with their skin. Acne is always on their minds, regardless of their gender. No matter how bad your day is going, acne will make it even worse....  Read More »

February 9No Comments

Make It Out Alive

Make It Out Alive

February 9

Love is in the Air

February 9

Future Senior Year Advice

February 9

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A&E

The Controversy Behind Coachella

Harrison Sites, Staff Writer

When the artist lineup for the 2017 Coachella festival was released on January 3, 2017 the major story surrounding the festival were the headlining acts including Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. In less than 24 hours following the announcement ...  Read More »

February 9No Comments

A Series of Unfortunate Events

February 9

New Show Alert: Riverdale

New Show Alert: Riverdale

February 9

Things to Do in the Dallas Area

February 9

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Archives

Features

Check and Mate with “Mates”; the Rooks and Rookies of Chess Club

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Walking into the windowless room A1167, eyes immediately zero in on the moss green and white checkered placemats strewn in organized chaos across a long...  Read More »

February 13No Comments

Student Singer’s Musical Drive and Passion Leaves Performances on a High Note

February 10

Her hands trembled as she stepped up to the mic. She could feel the adrenaline rushing through her veins. Her first time in front of an audience, she was flustered by the thought of forgetting the words. However, once the music started playing, those...  Read More »

Latin Dance Queen

Latin Dance Queen

February 10

The dim light of the television glowed gently across junior Lindsay Stapleton’s face as she and her grandmother gazed at the dancers gliding across the screen. While they watched the contestants of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ drift across the dance...  Read More »

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