This Land is Our Land: Why National Parks Matter

This Land is Our Land: Why National Parks Matter

Elizabeth 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


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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

Elizabeth 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


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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


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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


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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


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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

Elizabeth Price, Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


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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...

The Debate Regarding Vaccines and What They Do

Shriya Senguttuvan, Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


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Vaccines are a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity to several diseases. Parents have been getting their children vaccinated for decades after realizing that it was a way to prevent detrimental illnesses. However, after an inaccurate research paper was published...

Public Schools Deserve Support

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2017


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Betsy Devos began her career as a billionaire lobbyist in Michigan, using her monetary upper hand to sway support toward private and charter schools. With so many qualified people vying for the position of Secretary of Education, it is more than surprising that a woman with no actual supporting credentials...

A Holiday That Lost its Meaning

Michael de Silva

February 13, 2017


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Candy, cards, flowers, diamonds. This sounds like a Valentine's Day shopping list. The holiday, although meant to focus on love, now revolves around materialism. Over time, Valentine’s Day has become too commercialized, and it is starting to lose its true meaning. Starting in childhood, Valentine’s...

Disadvantages of Dallas Park

Mellica Askari, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


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The city of Dallas is planning to build America’s largest urban park along the Trinity River, reaching 10,000 acres of greenery by 2021, roughly 12 times larger than Manhattan’s Central Park. The park is being funded by generous private donations and is projected to attract many tourists and move...

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