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  • Jazzing Up New York

    Jazzing Up New York

    Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

    March 31, 2017

    On Feb. 15, the Jazz Band discovered they were one of 15 finalists in the Essentially Ellington jazz competition and will perform at Lincoln Center in New York City from May 11-13 amongst some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world. “We got the music in August and we have been working on it since,” senior Annalee Hixon said. “We went to a recording studio and recorded our pieces and then sent them off.” The 22 members of jazz band...

  • Respect All, Fear None

    Respect All, Fear None

    Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

    March 30, 2017

    There are many different aspects that define the girls varsity soccer team: long sleeve, dri fit game-day shirts, pregame meals at Jason’s Deli and early 2000s “throwback” rap music blasting from a portable stereo on away game bus trips. However, nothing exemplifies the team as well as the tight-knit camaraderie between the players. “We’re amazing friends and good teammates,” senior captain Emily Sample said. “I think that correlates...

    Before the home game at Clark Stadium, the girls soccer team shouts "Wolves" as part of their pregame tradition.

    Natasha Rahman

  • One Team, One-Act

    One Team, One-Act

    Violet Krause, Staff Writer

    March 29, 2017

    The actors presented their version of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing” to compete in this year’s University Interscholastic League (UIL) District One-Act Competition after performing it publicly for other students. Students rehearsed the weekend before spring break ended to get ready for their public performance, which was two days before their UIL competition. Unlike the previous performances put on by the students of productions, one a...

    The members of the One-Act play, "Much Ado About Nothing," get ready to perform.

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  • Girls Varsity Soccer Wins 1-0 vs Denton Guyer

    Girls Varsity Soccer Wins 1-0 vs Denton Guyer

    Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

    February 21, 2017

    Behind a late-game goal from junior forward Tessa Elizondo, the girls varsity soccer team defeated Denton Guyer with a score 1-0 in a home conference game on Feb. 15 at Clark Stadium. “Everybody had a hand in that win,” Balogh said. “It was such a battle and I’m so proud of them for their efforts. They didn’t quit.” Despite multiple efforts and extended periods of possession from both teams, the Lady Wolves and Lady Wildcats conclu...

    The team pays tribute to three fellow student athletes involved in a recent car crash.

    Emily Sample

  • 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...

News

Jazzing Up New York

Jazzing Up New York

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

On Feb. 15, the Jazz Band discovered they were one of 15 finalists in the Essentially Ellington jazz competition and will perform at Lincoln Center in New York City from May...

March 31, 2017No Comments

West Hosts State Debate

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

Over the weekend of March 10-12, Plano West hosted the Texas Forensics Association (TFA) State debate tournament, where students from across Texas competed in events such as Extemporaneous Informative Speaking, Prose Interpretation and Congressional Debate. West’s debate team put in weeks of preparation beforehand in order to excel at the competition. “Because eve...

March 31, 2017No Comments

One Team, One-Act

One Team, One-Act

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

The actors presented their version of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing” to compete in this year’s University Interscholastic League (UIL) District One-Act Competit...

March 29, 2017No Comments

Blood Drive, Saving Lives

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

The annual Carter BloodCare Blood Drive, hosted by the National Honors Society (NHS), is taking place in the gymnasium on Tuesday, April 11 to benefit patients who have illnesses that require a transplant or have suffered from tremendous blood loss. “Donating blood is a whole new experience and the benefits of donating are countless,” senior Daniya Sheikh said....

March 29, 2017No Comments

Today in History

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

1549  - The first capital of Brazil, The City of Salvador da Bahia was founded. It was established by the Portuguese and is one of the oldest colonial cities in South America. Salvador embodies Reconcavo, with its maritime industry and rich agriculture still continues to be a major port in Brazil.   1795 - Ludwig van Beethoven has his public debut performance...

March 29, 2017No Comments

PALs Put on Annual Prom Fashion Show

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs) held their annual Prom Fashion Show in the foyer on March 3 during both lunches to advertise for the prom closet at West as well as a few local dress and suit vendors. “Everyone knows that prom is super important to a student’s final year in high school,” senior Kate Grant said. “The prom closet makes it possible for every...

March 29, 2017No Comments

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Sports

March Madness

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer

As spring approaches, one of the most highly anticipated sporting events is set to start. As selection Sunday, March 12, reveals the dates, location...

March 31, 2017No Comments

Respect All, Fear None

Respect All, Fear None

March 30, 2017

There are many different aspects that define the girls varsity soccer team: long sleeve, dri fit game-day...

Track and Field Sprints For Success

March 29, 2017

Sprinting toward the end of their high school career, seniors on the track team train and build their endurance...

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Student Corner

Book Recs

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer

With millions of book options in the world, it can be difficult to decide what to read next. Who better than a teacher to suggest some of their all time favorite reads? Here...

March 31, 2017No Comments

College Choices Made Easy

March 29, 2017

Choose a Healthy Lifestyle

March 29, 2017

Quick Skincare Routine

Quick Skincare Routine

February 9, 2017

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A&E

Bill Nye Saves the World

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

On April 21, William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, will make his long-awaited return to popular media with his upcoming show “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Although most individuals remember Nye as the man of 90s and early 2000s...

March 30, 2017No Comments

Things to Do

March 29, 2017

Fashion Week Rocks New York

March 29, 2017

CBS Dramedy “Limitless” Makes its Debut

March 14, 2017

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Archives

Features

Preschool: the Perfect Prep for Future Teachers

Preschool: the Perfect Prep for Future Teachers

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

Situated in the main building is a vibrantly decorated room filled with art supplies, groups of small desks and educational posters illustrating types of transp...

March 31, 2017No Comments

Training With JROTC

Training With JROTC

March 30, 2017

An incoming generation of young adults is bound to have new leaders. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) gives adolescents skills they can use to take charge and make the future a better place for each other. “I joined JROTC so I could...

Students’ Spring Break Adventures

Students’ Spring Break Adventures

March 29, 2017

This spring break, many students traveled and experienced different cultures and adventures around the world. Here are some pictures from their journeys.

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