Gymnast Keeps Eye on the Prize

Gymnast Keeps Eye on the Prize

Kori Bennett

March 19, 2012


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Our school is home to a current participant of the Junior Olympics Program. Long intense hours of practice at the Elite Champion Gym and dedication to gymnastics are what have led junior Casey Dreyer to the Junior Olympics Nationals in the past few years. “I started gymnastics when I was about t...

Luck of the Irish

Zaynah Zafar

March 9, 2012


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Every year there is one day in March when green dominates work places and schools across America in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. However, this Irish holiday is about more than leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and elusive four-leaf clovers, although they all play prominent roles...

Who’s the Fairest of them All

Katie Ross

March 9, 2012


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Recently there have been a lot of spin-offs of Snow White, from the TV show Once Upon a Time, to the two new movies Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror. The new adaptations of the classic center around certain parts of the tale instead of the entire story, and a few even change some of the...

Sleepless in School

Karena Tsai

March 9, 2012


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Enter a high school classroom, and expect to find half the class yawning, a quarter of the class with their heads plopped down on their desks, and only several students wide awake and ready to learn. As society becomes more complex with busy schedules and infinitely long to-do lists, people, especially...

On the Job Hunt

Lauren Tsai

March 9, 2012


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In the upcoming months, many students will start the search for summer jobs. However, those who have had no prior work experience may not know where to begin. AVID teacher Allison Venuto recommends talking to friends and family. “Start networking,” she said. “If your friends have jobs, they...

Learning to Study More Effectively

Lauren Roytberg

February 14, 2012


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Studying is a key essential to a student’s high school life. With all the modern technology surrounding everyone’s lives, it can be hard to avoid surfing the net instead of preparing for the next test.  Sometimes students just do not know where or how to study and stay focused. “Most video...

Cupid’s Calling

Jennifer Schein

February 13, 2012


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Valentine’s Day to most people brings forth ideas of love, flowers and candy. What most people are not aware of is the actual history behind the holiday. There are many different versions, but they are all somewhat similar. There are elements of both ancient Roman and Christian histories involved....

A Coke and a Smile

Johnston von Springer

February 13, 2012


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Since 1886, the world has been captivated with the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Classic, and in January this American favorite hit the Plano West campus. In December 2011, PISD’s 13 year contract with Dr. Pepper expired leaving the administration to look at offers for the school’s next beverage...

West’s Art Teachers

Lauren Roytberg

February 10, 2012


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Teachers have the ability to hold the quality of the class. The art department is bursting with success and a big factor is the effort put into it by the teachers. Ted Kincaid and Suzanne Shelton are two out of many teachers that truly care about the students. “I enjoy the energy,” Kincaid said....

Zachary Stone

Zachary Stone

December 7, 2011


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Written by Paige Solomon Senior Zachary Stone’s academic accomplishments make for quite an impressive resume.  He is a valuable member of the debate team and Whiz Quiz.  Stone is nationally recognized for his ability in extemporaneous speaking. “I am ranked number six in the country for extem...

Summer Interning

December 7, 2011


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Written by Lauren Tsai To secure their summer plans, students often need to start researching opportunities and submitting applications months ahead. There are many available pathways to gaining knowledge, work, and social experiences. For senior Basil Hariri, attending Harvard summer school pr...

New Year, New You

December 7, 2011


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Written by Johnston von Springer Every year when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, millions of people set goals for themselves for the New Year. Whether it is losing weight or finding love, resolutions are made, and sometimes fail, though every year some think this will be the year that they r...

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