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The Kids of Public Broadcasting Services

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
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In contemporary society, most of a child’s day is spent watching television (TV). While technology and TV shows continue to advance and appeal to all generations, the educational value of what consumers are being shown is questionable. Before cable, people relied on broadcast networks, notably from the Pub...

“Chance Me?” : The Con of College Confidential

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 18, 2017
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College Confidential. The name of the popular forum causes tremors of anxiety to race up and down the spines of high-achieving students as if they were Hot Wheels streaking across a fast track. According to The Washington Post, College Confidential (CC) had more than 40 million unique users in 2016...

Grade Point Average Does Not Define Us

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
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A Grade Point Average (GPA) is defined as a number representing the overall average of students’ grades over time. A GPA is weighted or unweighted. A GPA is a determining factor in college admissions. A GPA does not and never will determine your personal value. For years, Plano West has been one...

The Debate Regarding Vaccines and What They Do

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
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Vaccines are a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity to several diseases. Parents have been getting their children vaccinated for decades after realizing that it was a way to prevent detrimental illnesses. However, after an inaccurate research paper was published...

Public Schools Deserve Support

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 28, 2017
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Betsy Devos began her career as a billionaire lobbyist in Michigan, using her monetary upper hand to sway support toward private and charter schools. With so many qualified people vying for the position of Secretary of Education, it is more than surprising that a woman with no actual supporting credentials...

A Holiday That Lost its Meaning

Michael de Silva
February 13, 2017
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Candy, cards, flowers, diamonds. This sounds like a Valentine's Day shopping list. The holiday, although meant to focus on love, now revolves around materialism. Over time, Valentine’s Day has become too commercialized, and it is starting to lose its true meaning. Starting in childhood, Valentine’s...

Disadvantages of Dallas Park

Mellica Askari, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
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The city of Dallas is planning to build America’s largest urban park along the Trinity River, reaching 10,000 acres of greenery by 2021, roughly 12 times larger than Manhattan’s Central Park. The park is being funded by generous private donations and is projected to attract many tourists and move...

New Year, Same Me

Leah Martineau, Senior Editor
February 9, 2017
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Every new year, people plan to better themselves in the upcoming year by making resolutions. These resolutions can either be a goal to achieve by the end of the year, a challenge to attempt every day, or a new habit to pick up that they did not have before this year. New Year’s resolutions have the ...

Make Up for All : Diversity of Complexion Should Mean Diversity in Foundation

Make Up for All : Diversity of Complexion Should Mean Diversity in Foundation

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor
February 9, 2017
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There are 100 shades of “nude.” There always has been. Different people from different parts of the world have different skin tones. This is diversity. There are skin tones ranging from ivory to ebony. Despite this, make up companies refuse to acknowledge the lack of color representation in their...

A Waste of Our Time

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
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Junior year is often called “the worst year” in a student’s high school career by previous students. Although classes may increase in difficulty, the main difference is that students must now take major standardized tests in order to attend college, mainly the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT, and...

Therapy: Break the Stigma

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
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Hyperventilations, tachycardia, cold sweats, trembling, chest pains, and nausea. You cannot breathe. You cannot focus. But despite how you might feel, you are not alone. One in five people experience a mental illness, and yet there is such a stigma surrounding therapy. Therapy is an outlet for people...

The Bachelor: The Truth

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
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Early this year, the 21st season of “The Bachelor” returned to the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) channel, starring Nick Viall, who previously competed on seasons 10 and 11 of “The Bachelorette” and season three of “Bachelor in Paradise,” as the show’s leading man. Approximately seven...

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