District Builds New Performing Arts Center

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016

On May 7, 2016, $94,305 of a multi-million dollar bond was allocated to build a new Plano Independent School District (PISD) arts center, which will provide space for University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions, school theatre, choir, and art showcases, as well as regional performances. The...

Changes in the DFW Area

Changes in the DFW Area

Sana Hameed and Mellica Askari

December 8, 2016

With time the DFW area has evolved to encompass more than just the implied cityscape of Dallas and Fort Worth. Plano, formerly regarded as a little known suburb, an outlier of Dallas, has grown in prominence recently as it has become the headquarters for renowned businesses like Toyota, Liberty Mutual...

You Can’t Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016

Oct. 27-29, the theatre program put on their first production of the year, “You Can’t Take It With You.” Comparing this production to the show that will be entered in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition, the students were given a lot of leeway with deciding factors involving...

Drumming to Victory, the Drumline Preps for the Lone Star Drumline Competition

Drumming to Victory, the Drumline Preps for the Lone Star Drumline Competition

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016

In the first week of November, the drumline will be traveling to Marcus High School to compete in the annual LoneStar Classic Drumline competition. Last year, the group took home 4th place in what is considered one of the biggest drumline competitions in Texas. “The competition is hosted by Marcus...

Everything is Bigger and Better at the Texas State Fair

Everything is Bigger and Better at the Texas State Fair

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016

The Texas State Fair, an annual celebration of Texas food and culture festivities, was open from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. The State Fair is the largest in the country, and this year, some new and exciting attractions, as well as inventive fried foods, helped attract a whopping 3.5 million people, according...

Choir All-Region

Choir All-Region

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016

Auditions for All-Region choir were held on October 1, 2016. All-Region choir is a group of the top 160 choral singers in the Plano and Frisco area. “All-Region is the first step to the All-State process,” junior Ananya Desai said. “Those who make it into the top 15 for each voice part get put...

National Merit Semi-Finalists

November 3, 2016

These are the Semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarship for the class of 2017. National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists have met a specific Selection Index score and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program requirements. Syra G. Abraham Nathan P. Bennett Ankur S. Bhagwath Raymond...

Hispanic Heritage Month

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2016

The United States Hispanic population is the second fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the United States, with 57 million people of Latin American or Spanish origin. In 1988, as a celebration of Latino culture, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 was declared Hispanic Heritage Month. In 1968, President Lyndon...

West’s Success Not Up For Debate

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

September 30, 2016

With the school year being over a month underway, debate season has officially begun. The debate team has been working at each competition to qualify for advancement. “Debate has allowed me to be in a competitive environment and talk about issues that really matter,” senior Marghi Jani said. “We...

Students Make a Change Through Music

Students Make a Change Through Music

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

September 30, 2016

Three years ago a group of students united together to create change through music. They formed a club called Music Above All. Today, that club has turned into a official non-profit organization that has a mission to use music to make a difference in the community. “[Music Above All] is run by six...

From Six Weeks To Nine Weeks

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016

The school has recently adopted a new nine week grading system to replace the previous six week system. Teachers and students are buzzing with either excitement or confusion regarding the new change. The system has been used by other schools in local districts such as the McKinney Independent School...

The Cowboys: Moving On Up And In

Harrison Sites, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016

When the Dallas Cowboys started drafting a plan to build their new headquarters and training complex, few would have imagined that it would end up in Frisco after the team had spent most of their recent history training in Oxnard, California, near the bright lights of the City of Angels. When the City...

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