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Jazzing Up New York

Jazzing Up New York

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

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...

West Hosts State Debate

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under News

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 preparati...

One Team, One-Act

One Team, One-Act

Violet Krause, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
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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 th...

Blood Drive, Saving Lives

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under News

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...

Today in History

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under News

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...

PALs Put on Annual Prom Fashion Show

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 29, 2017
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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,”...

HOSA Goes to Competition

Harrison Sites, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under News

The Future Health Professionals (HOSA) members competed in this year’s Area 3 Competition on Feb. 17-18 at Frisco Centennial High School in Frisco with four members coming away with awards. “The HOSA competitions are a way for all HOSA members, who aspire to be future health care professionals,...

Visual Arts Competition

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer
February 14, 2017
Filed under News

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...

Science Fair Wins

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer
February 14, 2017
Filed under News

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...

Volunteer Organization Old School Band Makes a Difference for Senior Citizens

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer
February 10, 2017
Filed under News

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...

Mr. West Helps Local Charities

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor
February 10, 2017
Filed under News

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...

Rare Shark Tooth Found on Dig

Rare Shark Tooth Found on Dig

Leah Martineau, Senior Editor
February 9, 2017
Filed under News

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 (AP) Biology class on Jan. 24. “We started digging where no students were and literally just stumbled upon the tooth,”...

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