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Sitting For a Silent Protest

Sitting For a Silent Protest

Shriya Senguttuvan, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions

As the national anthem blares throughout the stadium, everyone rises and stands in silence, as a way to recognize the supposed opportunity our nation has given to us. Yet, recently many athletes, primarily National Football League (NFL) players, have started to kneel during the national anthem in order...

Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorld

Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorld

Lizzi Price, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions

Blistering heat, roaring crowds, deafening music and tiny tanks: these are not conditions most would consider ideal for whales or any sea creature. In fact, they are conditions that threaten the health and safety of maritime animals. Hundreds of whales and dolphins have suffered this captive fate at...

Education Opens a Door Filled with New Opportunities

Education Opens a Door Filled with New Opportunities

Malvika Mahendhra, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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As the new school year kicks off, students begin to settle in their daily schedules of homework and extracurriculars slowly morphing into one united student body. However, every year there are a handful of students who strive to represent the individualism of each member of the class population and giv...

Affirmative Action: Discrimination

Avery Klatsky, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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Affirmative action is discriminatory; plain and simple. It is illogical that people get accepted in public colleges based off of factors such as race or ethnicity, as opposed to grades and academic achievements. All legal American citizens are equal under the laws of the United States. As a result, we...

This Land is Our Land: Why National Parks Matter

This Land is Our Land: Why National Parks Matter

Lizzi Price, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017


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“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders... for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” -Theodore Roosevelt   Boundless green wraps across the curve of a river, strok...

Speak Out, Speak Now

Shriya Senguttuvan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017


Filed under Opinions

The United States prides itself on being a nation of the people. Since the start, the Founding Fathers built the foundation of America based on democratic values and equality for all, even if it meant minor disagreements throughout the nation’s history. However, as time pressed on, what the United...

Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

May 18, 2017


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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 known as Multiple Personality Disorder, a mental illness in which a person copes with a horrible trauma b...

Volunteering: A Passion or a Necessity?

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Top Stories

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 afternoon. Volunteering should be a meaningful, intrinsic process; something that one does for the...

Truth, Integrity and Honesty: The Value of the Press and Journalism

Truth, Integrity and Honesty: The Value of the Press and Journalism

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

May 18, 2017


Filed under Opinions

They call it “The Rock of Truth.” “They built The News upon the rock of truth and righteousness, conducting it always upon the lines of fairness and integrity, and acknowledging the right of the people to get from the newspaper both sides of every important question.” These words are...

The Kids of Public Broadcasting Services

Gina Quatrino, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions

In contemporary society, most of a child’s day is spent watching television (TV). While technology and TV shows continue to advance and appeal to all generations, the educational value of what consumers are being shown is questionable. Before cable, people relied on broadcast networks, notably from the Pub...

“Chance Me?” : The Con of College Confidential

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2017


Filed under Opinions

College Confidential. The name of the popular forum causes tremors of anxiety to race up and down the spines of high-achieving students as if they were Hot Wheels streaking across a fast track. According to The Washington Post, College Confidential (CC) had more than 40 million unique users in 2016...

Grade Point Average Does Not Define Us

Lizzi Price, Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Opinions

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is defined as a number representing the overall average of students’ grades over time. A GPA is weighted or unweighted. A GPA is a determining factor in college admissions. A GPA does not and never will determine your personal value. For years, Plano West has been one...

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