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  • Humanitarians Help Victims of Harvey Heal

    Humanitarians Help Victims of Harvey Heal

    Whitney Patterson, Associate Editor

    October 5, 2017

    Drooping palm trees, trunks broken and leaves filled with water are now commonplace in Corpus Christi. Piles of debris haphazardly strewn along the roadside decorate the streets of Houston. Battered houses, yards flooded with sand from nearby beaches, adorn the coastal town of Rockport. The entirety of the Texas coast lay in ruins, decimated by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey, a category four major hurricane, hit the Texas coast on Aug. 25, with winds re...

  • Banding Together: Director Sees Life In Full Color

    Banding Together: Director Sees Life In Full Color

    Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer

    May 18, 2017

    Red. Pink. Green. Brown. These were the colors that band director Preston Pierce could never fully differentiate on his own. On Friday, April 21, the band students eagerly waited outside in the band field, with an array of brightly colored balloons floating high above their heads. The colors danced in the wind in all hues of the rainbow. Senior Nicole Levy stood apart from the crowd, carrying a polkadot box in her hands. Inside the box were color...

    Levy with Mr.Pierce, after giving him the glasses

  • 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

Meet the New Junior Class President

Malvika Mahendhra, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

As the new school year kicks off, students begin to settle in their daily schedules of homework and extracurriculars slowly morphing into one united student body. However, every year there are a handful of students who strive to represent the individualism of each member of the class population and give them a voice. The election of the junior class president was awar...

The Art of Modeling

Jiayi Zhu, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

Metal easels and drawing boards clang. Sheets of paper rip as they are torn from their pads. Tables screech as students push them together towards the center of the room to form a platform under a yellow spotlight. A student climbs onto the platform and the noise slowly dies down while she stretches and adjusts her pose. Someone starts a timer and then the only sound t...

Dress Code Petition

Ava O'Reilly, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

Students have taken action against the school dress code by creating an online petition for individuals to sign to protest the current restrictions listed by Plano Independent School District (PISD). “Dress code is a freedom of expression and they are not letting us be ourselves,” senior Alexa Grow said. Among the junior and senior classes, nearly 1,000 people...

Things To Do in Dallas

Ava O'Reilly, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

Santa’s Village When:  Weekends starting Dec. 2 - Dec. 17 Where:  411 W. Arapaho Rd. (North side of City Hall) Price:  Free Visitors near and far can attend for Christmas spirit with 16 cottage attractions for families to enjoy. Live performances and hot chocolate are extra bonuses when entering the village.   Prairie Lights When:  Thanksgivin...

Red Ribbon Week

Ava O'Reilly, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

Red Ribbon Week was held Oct. 23 to Oct. 27 and was dedicated to making students across the United States aware of the dangerous effects of drug and alcohol abuse. “The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to raise awareness and promote a drug-free lifestyle,” Peer Assistance and Leadership member (PAL) Auburn Berry said. The school worked to enforce a fun yet important...

Humanitarians Help Victims of Harvey Heal

Humanitarians Help Victims of Harvey Heal

Whitney Patterson, Associate Editor

October 5, 2017No Comments

Drooping palm trees, trunks broken and leaves filled with water are now commonplace in Corpus Christi. Piles of debris haphazardly strewn along the roadside decorate the stree...

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Malvika Mahendhra, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

The Plano West Lady Wolves of volleyball began their new fall season with a team filled with new and familiar faces and hope to conquer their goals...

Fantasy Football Unites Fans From Across the Country

November 29, 2017

Although the National Football League (NFL) has been the spotlight of major political controversy this season...

Fantasy Football is Back for the Fall

September 29, 2017

As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change, everybody in Texas knows what is on the horizon: f...

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Johanna Svensson, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

  Gather all of your materials from prior units: It is important to keep the worksheets and tests you have completed throughout the year so that when exam week comes arou...

Gift Ideas 2017

November 29, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

November 29, 2017

Fall Inspired Playlist

November 7, 2017

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Violet Krause, Staff Writer

May 18, 2017No Comments

For those who had been fans of the best-selling young adult novel “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, the miniseries that hit Netflix, March 31 was an exciting chance to see some of the story’s memorable characters come to life. The series has collected...

Bill Nye Saves the World

March 30, 2017

Things to Do

March 29, 2017

Fashion Week Rocks New York

March 29, 2017

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Women in STEM: Succeeding in a Male Dominated Field

Gina Quatrino, Production Editor

December 12, 2017No Comments

A recurring idea in contemporary society is the empowerment of women. Especially in the growing generation, the social barriers and stigmas surrounding wome...

New Rap Group Broke Boy$ Break into Music

November 29, 2017

Today’s rap stars headline the biggest music festivals, wear the hottest brands, date the most popular models and have all of the kids looking up to them. With social media platforms such as Soundcloud and Twitter it is easier than ever for up and coming...

Teacher Feature- Dr. Croman

November 29, 2017

What is an interesting fact about yourself? I’m a “has been” biker. I always wanted to ride and at 21 years old, I decided it was time. I bought a Yamaha and worked my way up to a Harley. I got a 1938 Indian that I started to restore, but the...

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Elizabeth Price, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2017No Comments

“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race.” -Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait   The introducti...

Avery Klatsky, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017No Comments

The “Star Spangled Banner,” otherwise known as the national anthem, is a patriotic song which honors our military servicemen and women, first responders, and everyone else who has risked their lives...

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