The School Newspaper of Plano West High School
  • Small World, Blue Nation

    Small World, Blue Nation

    Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

    November 3, 2016

    During the homecoming parade, onlookers watched as a group of students rode in the back of a red pickup truck, waving an array of small flags and blasting “Waka Waka,” the official song of the 2010 World Cup by Shakira. Meet West’s world ambassadors, the representatives of the school’s diverse International Club. “International Club is where people celebrate diversity,” president, senior Jin Jin Wu said. “We want to bring together... READ MORE »»

    Waving flags of various countries, members of the International Club enjoy the view of the homecoming parade.

    Winston Henvey

  • So You Think You Can Greek Dance

    So You Think You Can Greek Dance

    Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

    November 3, 2016

    As senior Avy Taylor prepared to perform at the annual Greek Food Festival, she looked in the mirror and felt pride swell within her. Clad in her Grecian shepherd costume, Taylor understood the importance of clinging to one’s culture despite becoming integrated within another. Taylor can trace her Greek roots back to her mom’s side of the family, which immigrated over to the United States from a suburb of Athens called Marousi to study poetry.... READ MORE »»

    Avy Taylor poses with friends after her night performance at the Holy Greek Orthodox Church.

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  • 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

  • You Can’t Take It With You

    You Can’t Take It With You

    Violet Krause, Staff Writer

    November 3, 2016

    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 the University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition, the students were given a lot of leeway with deciding factors involving set design, lighting, sound and more. The story followed an eccentric family with unusual hobbies and professions that led to a run-in with the law. “The... READ MORE »»

    Rehearsing on stage, theatre students Megan Dowell, Alden Yates and Will Essig prepare for the show.

    Sophia Gonzalez

  • Olympic Dreams Achieved

    Olympic Dreams Achieved

    Leah Martineau, Senior Editor

    September 29, 2016

    Olympians start out as normal athletes, but continue their careers with a special drive that sets them apart. This drive is rare and the families that see it in their athletes will give everything they can to help them reach their full potential. The Navarro family understands the sacrifices and endless support it takes to raise an Olympic athlete all too well. Their son resides in Mexico City and is training in Taekwondo, more than 1,000 miles... READ MORE »»

    Navarro siblings, Silvia and Carlos, represent Mexico after returning from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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News

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 »

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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 »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Choir All-Region

Choir All-Region

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer

Auditions for All-Region choir were held on October 1, 2016. All-Region choir is a group of the top 160 choral singers in the Plano and Frisco area. “All-Region is the...  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

National Merit Semi-Finalists

These are the Semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarship for the class of 2017. National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists have met a specific Selection Index score and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program requirements. Syra G. Abraham Nathan P. Bennett Ankur S. Bhagwath Raymond K. Biju Maxwell G. Bu Hannah Chen Phillip J. Chen Serena T....  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Month

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

The United States Hispanic population is the second fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the United States, with 57 million people of Latin American or Spanish origin. In 1988, as a celebration of Latino culture, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 was declared Hispanic Heritage Month. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson decreed that National Hispanic Heritage Week would begin...  Read More »

Oct 21 • No Comments

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Sports

Kickin’ It with the Royales

Winston Henvey

Per tradition, Royales line up before a football game.

Kickin’ It with the Royales

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

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...  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Swimming Wolves Starting Off Strong

Swimming Wolves Starting Off Strong

November 3, 2016

The swim team has returned motivated and prepared for another year of leading the pack with pride. After a...  Read More »

Let Us Table It for Later

November 3, 2016

Two players clutch hard rubber paddles, their eyes focused on the small white ball bouncing across the table...  Read More »

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Student Corner

Fall For These Autumn Recipes

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

Pecan Tarts Tart pan needed 1 cup butter 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups all-purpose-flour 4 eggs 3 cups packed brown sugar 4 tablespoons melt...  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Festive Turkeys

Festive Turkeys

November 3, 2016

Secret’s Out: Hidden Menus Revealed

Secret’s Out: Hidden Menus Revealed

November 3, 2016

Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows to Waste Your Time On

November 3, 2016

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A&E

Gilmore Girls Revival: Where They Lead, We Will Follow

Violet Krause, Staff writer

After countless cups of coffee, a couple of nights of stress-relieving tap dancing, a funeral, a few run-in’s with the ‘Thirtysomething group’ and even a rare sighting of Emily Gilmore in jeans, the “Gilmore Girls (GG) Revival: A Year In The Li...  Read More »

Dec 1 • No Comments

The Growing Garden

November 28, 2016

Bruno Back at it Again

November 15, 2016

The Girls are Back in Town

The Girls are Back in Town

November 3, 2016

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Archives

Features

Dancing for a Cause, Performance for a Purpose

Dancing for a Cause, Performance for a Purpose

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

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...  Read More »

Nov 3 • No Comments

Let’s Meditate

November 3, 2016

Meditation is one of the oldest and most commonly practiced forms of self reflection, as well as being a common method to access someone's spirituality and it is an integral part of many people's lives. Because of meditations profound influence on...  Read More »

Ballerinas are on Pointe

November 3, 2016

For hours, the ballet students work to perfect their turns and jumps to make sure that there are no flaws in the routine. They work to put together a production to leave their audience in awe. The show has months of preparation behind it, but they would...  Read More »

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