Meet the Barkhursts

Meet the Barkhursts

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


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No whining. There are only two classrooms that have these ominous words posted on their walls: Rooms B142 and A2024. Teachers William “Bill” and Karelyn Barkhurst did not hang this sign as a threat to their students, but as a call to action to overcome even the most difficult of obstacles. “Accept...

Diving Into New Experiences

Diving Into New Experiences

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

May 18, 2016


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With almost 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, it is no surprise that juniors Carley Torres and Sarah Harrell find delving into the deep blue fascinating. These students put time and effort into obtaining a diving license, also known as a scuba certification, which legally gives them the opportunity to e...

Flying High in the Future

Sana Hameed, Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


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While many teenagers may prefer a more laid back Sunday afternoon, lounging around on the couch, remote in hand, junior Jheel Patel has an alternative routine for the weekends. Patel is currently a member of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and spends two...

Adventures in Video Games

Sriya Reddy, Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


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On Nov. 19, 1972, American video game developer and home computer company Atari released what is known as the first successful video game: Pong. Ever since this development, the video game industry has been a growing to captivate more people by the minute. In video game design, students taking the cour...

The Art of Teaching Art

Fatima Bhaiwala, Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


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Art has an infinite number of meanings. It is a way for people to express their ideas and create something that represents them. Through art, students can learn many lessons, values and problem-solving skills. Art teachers help students take their creativity and produce something of their own. “We...

Gymnast Goes for Gold

Gymnast Goes for Gold

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

May 18, 2016


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Plano was first put on the map of the gymnastics world when hometown hero Nastia Liukin became “America’s sweetheart” by bringing home the women’s all-around gold medal in Artistic Gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Eight years later, junior Nicky Wojtania has emerged as one...

Teacher Feature: Jonathan Cherry

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

April 8, 2016


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What is an interesting fact about yourself? I do accents and languages for fun. I can communicate with various levels of ability in English, Latin, Spanish, French, and bits of Japanese, German and Koine Greek - all still in progress. What is the best part about teaching? When I worked in software development,...

Students Embark on a Journey to Israel for Gap Year

Molly Shipper, Staff Writer

April 8, 2016


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As this school year comes to an end, many seniors are thinking about what their next move is after high school. For seniors Molly Cooke, Izzy Kreider and Matt Stein, the plan for next year involves them going out of the United States and embarking on a journey to Israel. These students have decided to...

Government Club Educates About People And Politics

Sana Hameed, Staff Writer

April 8, 2016


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With the controversial antics of Donald Trump dominating the media, students shift their attention from schoolwork to the upcoming presidential elections. On Tuesday afternoons, the members of the government club, a group of individuals dedicated to developing a comprehensive understanding of general...

Feminist Club Unites

Feminist Club Unites

Sriya Reddy, Staff Writer

April 8, 2016


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The Third Wave of Feminism began in the 90s and focuses on issues that are commonly disregarded by the general public, such as reproductive rights and derogatory terms. It is a revival of the Second Wave of Feminism, which began in the 70s, and seeks to accomplish anything that was not achieved earlier....

Volunteer and Help Stand Up to Cancer

Fatima Bhaiwala, Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


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Stand Up To Cancer is a national organization that helps raise money for cancer research. Students at the school decided to create a club of their own based off of the organization. The Stand Up To Cancer club enables members  to help those in the battle with cancer. Students are given the opportun...

International Students Move to West

Chloe Oani, Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


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It’s a small world according to the famous Disney song, and this is most evident within the student body. The school is made up of a unique group of international students from regions around the globe, including Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Northern Europe. “There are international students at West ...

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