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Chirp for the cure: Senior uses crickets to investigate causes of leukemia

Chirp for the cure: Senior uses crickets to investigate causes of leukemia

Erienne Terpak, Staff Writer
February 13
Filed under Student Life, Top Stories

Cancer has become an increasingly large field for study in the scientific world. Scientists across the country continue their searches for cures to diseases that cause people to suffer every day. Senior Prithvi Thavanampalli is trying to do just that. Thavanampalli is conducting a study, the results...

What dreams are made of: Spring trips a welcome sight for students

What dreams are made of: Spring trips a welcome sight for students

Rose Rana, Staff Writer
February 8
Filed under Student Life

After a semester with fewer planned breaks from school compared to past years, Planoettes and debate students look forward to spring trips with their teams. Junior Zachary Kolodny said that getting a break from his duties at school on a recent debate trip to San Antonio was relieving and made the...

Meet 2015’s Mr. Plano Candidates

Meet 2015’s Mr. Plano Candidates

Erienne Terpak, Staff Writer
January 27
Filed under Student Life, Top Stories

After a school-wide vote, 12 male seniors have been chosen to face off in the annual Mr. Plano competition, which will take place on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be sold for $7 in the cafeteria from Feb. 2-6 during lunches and will be $10 at the door. The winner...

Crocheting for change: Junior sells hats in support of GSA

Crocheting for change: Junior sells hats in support of GSA

Lizzy Ritchie, Staff Writer
January 20
Filed under Student Life

Bright colors are popping up all over campus as junior Carla Martinez is crocheting and personalizing hats for sale in support of the Gender Sexuality Alliance. Not only is Martinez making a pretty penny with the sales, but she also believes her hats are getting the word out about GSA and informing the...

More than Socratic seminars: Seniors create philosophy club

More than Socratic seminars: Seniors create philosophy club

Mari Brown, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist
January 15
Filed under Student Life

Anything from domestic issues to international conflicts are discussions that occur in the Unconditional Student Foundation Socratic Organization. They cover a wide range of topics and dig deep into how to solve problems in their own community with volunteer and charity work. Club president senior...

SparkNotes shortcut: English students avoid required reading

SparkNotes shortcut: English students avoid required reading

Tashy Hunter, Staff Writer
January 14
Filed under Student Life

The night before the reading check, students aren't reaching for the assigned reading. With only hours to read an entire novel, SparkNotes is the tool of choice. Junior Ronnell Davis said SparkNotes helps him with book tests, and writing papers in English class. "I feel my grade will remain high while using...

Doing the dirty work: Future technicians discuss careers in cars

Doing the dirty work: Future technicians discuss careers in cars

Nina Dillon, Staff Writer
December 19
Filed under Student Life

Their hands are covered in grease, their clothes are stained and they reek of oil. This is what it is like to be a auto technician. Senior Alec Schlemmer wants to be a technician and said that he has enjoyed working with cars since he was a kid. He is currently in Auto Tech, a class that allows students to experience what it i...

Laying down the law: Law symposium sparks interest in criminal justice

Laying down the law:  Law symposium sparks interest in criminal justice

Ella Hunt, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist
December 7
Filed under Student Life

For the first time in PISD history, an annual Law Symposium was hosted on Dec. 1 in the auditorium. Law enforcement teacher Philip Sanders planned the symposium for months, inviting several representatives in law enforcement careers, such as members of the Plano police department, the FBI, and the DEA. "The...

Building for the better: Habitat for Humanity hosts annual coin drive

Building for the better: Habitat for Humanity hosts annual coin drive

Maggie Cross, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist
November 30
Filed under Student Life

Spare change can make all the difference in sheltering fellow Plano citizens thanks to Habitat for Humanity. The organization's annual coin drive for building homes for the homeless in Plano started in early November and ends Dec. 3. Other schools throughout Collin County are also part of this project,...

Aspiring artist launches publishing company

Aspiring artist launches publishing company

Rose Rana, Staff Writer
November 21
Filed under Student Life

Senior Katherine Hinton wants to turn her passion for art and comics into something much more in order to help other artists get on their feet. After partnering up with a friend to start a publishing company, she is now building everything from scratch in order to work her way to the top. “I actually...

Agricultural Mechanics course encourages DIY mindset among students

Agricultural Mechanics course encourages DIY mindset among students

Piper Nowlin, Staff Writer
November 13
Filed under Student Life

Agricultural Mechanics is a course that teaches welding and wood working skills. The class is designed for the student to decide what they want to build, from a cattle guard to a boot scraper designed to look like a bear trap. Teacher Joe Molina said he has a passion for teaching Ag Mechanics. "Ag...

Commitment to Christ: Students consider dedicating lives to God

Commitment to Christ: Students consider dedicating lives to God

Falyn Traina, Staff Writer
November 11
Filed under Student Life

Considering a commitment to a life of purity and God, students like junior Bryce Baumann and senior David Mourlam are facing some big decisions. Baumann is currently contemplating becoming a Catholic priest, while Mourlam is interested in becoming a pastor and preacher. Mourlam acknowledges how big...

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