Student Singer’s Musical Drive and Passion Leaves Performances on a High Note

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer

February 10, 2017


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Her hands trembled as she stepped up to the mic. She could feel the adrenaline rushing through her veins. Her first time in front of an audience, she was flustered by the thought of forgetting the words. However, once the music started playing, those thoughts quickly escaped her mind. The trembling stopped...

Latin Dance Queen

Latin Dance Queen

Sophia Gonzalez, Senior Editor

February 10, 2017


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The dim light of the television glowed gently across junior Lindsay Stapleton’s face as she and her grandmother gazed at the dancers gliding across the screen. While they watched the contestants of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ drift across the dance floor, a suggestion was made by Stapleton’s grand...

Indian Classical Dance: A Cultural Coming-of-Age

Indian Classical Dance: A Cultural Coming-of-Age

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

February 9, 2017


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Wearing a sleek golden top, bells at the feet and a somber face, junior Apoorva Kakkilaya stood at the side of the stage waiting to begin the “War Dance, Part Two” for the Srutilaya School of Dance Production of “Amrapali” last Autumn at the Granville Arts Center. With exaggerated facial expressions...

Teacher Feature: John Scott

Teacher Feature: John Scott

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


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What is your favorite part of teaching? “I enjoy having the ability to help students gain an understanding of the world and having the ability to encourage and inspire them to better fulfill their own goals and desires.” Do you enjoy teaching economics or American Studies (AMSTUD) more? “I e...

Meet the Real MVP

Meet the Real MVP

Leah Martineau, Senior Editor

February 9, 2017


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Most Valuable Player (MVP), linebacker of the year of the Offense and Defense All-American 88 team and Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the U-18 United States National Team Mohamed Sanogo represents where he comes from in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After years of training, he received an invitation to pl...

Cirque du Success

Cirque du Success

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

December 8, 2016


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In her bright red costume and matching lips, junior Rian Briscoe put her audience in a state of awe as she showed off her mastery of the aerial lyra, a circular apparatus suspended from the ceiling, at the 2015 TEDx Plano event in the show titled “Beyond the Expected: Cirque Youth.” Her trainer,...

From the Classroom to the Workroom: Alumna Alisha Ebrahimji

From the Classroom to the Workroom: Alumna Alisha Ebrahimji

Sriya Reddy and Leo Rocha

December 8, 2016


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In 2007, a young girl works diligently at the back of a brightly lit classroom, surrounded by bulky computers and students bustling around. Yearbook teacher Deanna Martin leads them all, searching for headshots, pages and quotes. The young girl, Alisha Ebrahimji, a senior at the time, had found herself...

Dancing for a Cause, Performance for a Purpose

Dancing for a Cause, Performance for a Purpose

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


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For students looking to exercise, meet new people and give back to their community, Dancing For a Cause (DFC) gives them a club that fits their wants. DFC performs in order to spread awareness for various issues and charities, all while promoting dance. “Once I joined [DFC], I really got to know...

Let’s Meditate

Harrison Sites, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


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Meditation is one of the oldest and most commonly practiced forms of self reflection, as well as being a common method to access someone's spirituality and it is an integral part of many people's lives. Because of meditations profound influence on many people and society it's not surprising that students...

Ballerinas are on Pointe

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

November 3, 2016


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For hours, the ballet students work to perfect their turns and jumps to make sure that there are no flaws in the routine. They work to put together a production to leave their audience in awe. The show has months of preparation behind it, but they would not complain.  They effortlessly and gracefully...

Small World, Blue Nation

Small World, Blue Nation

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


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During the homecoming parade, onlookers watched as a group of students rode in the back of a red pickup truck, waving an array of small flags and blasting “Waka Waka,” the official song of the 2010 World Cup by Shakira. Meet West’s world ambassadors, the representatives of the school’s diverse...

So You Think You Can Greek Dance

So You Think You Can Greek Dance

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2016


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As senior Avy Taylor prepared to perform at the annual Greek Food Festival, she looked in the mirror and felt pride swell within her. Clad in her Grecian shepherd costume, Taylor understood the importance of clinging to one’s culture despite becoming integrated within another. Taylor can trace her...

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