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  • 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

  • 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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News

Banding Together: Director Sees Life In Full Color

Banding Together: Director Sees Life In Full Color

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer

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...

May 18, 2017No Comments

Lights, Camera, Fashion

Lights, Camera, Fashion

Gina Quatrino

On April 18, nine fashion design students participated in the school fashion show titled, “The Art of Fashion.” “We’ve been developing the concept for the fashion ...

May 18, 2017No Comments

There’s a New SCP in Town

There’s a New SCP in Town

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer

On April 14, junior Ashan Ranmuthu was elected by the student body as the new Senior Class President (SCP) for the class of 2018. “Initially it didn’t really sink in,”...

May 18, 2017No Comments

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

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Sports

Beach Volleyball Provides Fun In The Summer Sun

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

The Lady Wolves have just celebrated their sixth annual co-ed beach volleyball tournament held on May 6 at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Teams consisted...

May 18, 2017No Comments

Banding Together: Director Sees Life In Full Color

Banding Together: Director Sees Life In Full Color

May 18, 2017

Red. Pink. Green. Brown. These were the colors that band director Preston Pierce could never fully differentiate...

Softball Season Staying Strong

May 18, 2017

The girls softball team is preparing for the State playoffs after winning the 2017 Co District champion title...

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Student Corner

Plano West in Polaroids

Plano West in Polaroids

Fatima Bhaiwala and Leo Rocha

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May 18, 2017No Comments

Teacher Advice

Teacher Advice

May 18, 2017

Book Recs

March 31, 2017

College Choices Made Easy

March 29, 2017

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A&E

13 More Reasons Why

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

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...

May 18, 2017No Comments

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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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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Opinions

Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

Mental illness is something that society tends to tiptoe around. This allows for many inaccurate interpretations to prevail. The 2016 film Split deals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly...

May 18, 2017No Comments

Volunteering: A Passion or a Necessity?

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

Volunteering: a simple way to brighten the day of tables of retired people playing cards, groups of young children at an after-school program playing Simon Says or citizens at a soup kitchen on a Saturday...

May 18, 2017No Comments

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