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Zea one and only: Teacher nominated for Teacher of the Year

Zea one and only: Teacher nominated for Teacher of the Year

Stephanee Smith, Staff Writer
May 14
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Each year there comes a day when teachers are recognized for their dedication to both their students and their job. This past year in October, special needs teacher and former softball coach Cynthia Zea was selected as a nominee for Teacher of the Year. On May 14, the winner will be announced. "I...

Putting the pieces together: School participates in Autism Awareness Month

Mari Brown, Staff Writer
April 27
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April may be known for its showers that bring May flowers, but the month also has a deeper meaning. April is Autism Awareness Month, featuring April 2 as National Autism Awareness Day. Keesha Williams, the chair of the Special Education Department, has been working with kids who have special needs...

Candidates make their case for senior class president

Candidates make their case for senior class president

Gabe LaBounty, Staff Writer
April 13
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The junior class will hear speeches from three candidates running for senior class president in an assembly this Tuesday. Juniors can vote on voting4schools.com or through the app "Voting4Schools." The results of the election will determine which of the three students -- juniors Zane Vakser, Isabelle Mc...

Vaccine crisis in California sparks controversy at home

Vaccine crisis in California sparks controversy at home

Gabe LaBounty, Staff Writer
April 2
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More and more parents across the nation are hesitating to vaccinate their children. The debate has resurfaced recently due to the measles outbreak in Disneyland, including 51 cases diagnosed in the past months. According to the CDC, 88 percent of Texas teens have the Tdap vaccine, and 90 percent have...

English classes use hashtag to connect students to “Walden”

English classes use hashtag to connect students to “Walden”

Erienne Terpak, Staff Writer
February 25
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A recent study of Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" in English classes has resulted in a new hashtag that has been tweeted by students over 50 times: #PSHSreadsThoreau. After reading "Walden," students were prompted to delve deeper and find Thoreau quotes that spoke to them. English teacher Kimburley...

Classes cancelled due to inclement weather

Classes cancelled due to inclement weather

Haley Samsel, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 23
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After cancelling classes Monday, Feb. 23 due to inclement weather, classes and after school activities for Tuesday, Feb. 24 have also been cancelled due to continued dangers of ice and snow, per the Plano ISD website and Facebook page. This news comes after several conflicting reports were released via...

StuCo to host leadership camp for elementary school students

StuCo to host leadership camp for elementary school students

Stephanee Smith, Staff Writer
February 22
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For the first time ever, Student Congress will host a leadership camp for students from third to fifth grade. The camp will be held on Feb. 22 from 9:30 am to 12 pm in the cafeteria. Although the chairpeople of the unity committee, junior Caroline Gaggini and senior Alex Kravchenko, were the main...

Seniors unfazed by upcoming GPA freeze

Seniors unfazed by upcoming GPA freeze

Anna Villano, Assistant Graphics Editor
February 20
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As the final six weeks gets closer and closer, seniors work to get their desired grade point average and rank. On April 17, seniors' grades will freeze, finalizing their academic standing. Despite the finalizing of GPA and rank, most other grading processes will remain routine for the last six weeks. "It...

Scientists named semifinalists in Intel Talent Search

Scientists named semifinalists in Intel Talent Search

Abigail Werner, Staff Writer
February 6
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The Intel Talent Search, a major research-based science competition for high school seniors, has named two seniors from Plano as semifinalists. Seniors Ria Chhabra and Ahneesh Mohanty are two of the eighteen students selected from Texas out of 300 semifinalists nationwide. 40 of those students will be...

PALS hold annual hygiene drive

PALS hold annual hygiene drive

Mari Brown, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist
February 3
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PALS have begun preparing for their annual Hygiene Drive this year to collect necessities for those who cannot afford them. From Feb. 3 through Feb. 13, the PALS will set up boxes in each classroom for students to donate hygiene supplies. "We're collecting bars of soap, deodorant, small bottles of sha...

Ongoing PAC renovations continue to cause problems for swim team

Ongoing PAC renovations continue to cause problems for swim team

Gabrielle Lammons, Staff Writer
January 29
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The Plano Aquatic Center has remained closed with ongoing repairs after a man fell through the grates in August. It was set to reopen at the beginning of January, but the reopening was canceled due to complications with parts for the pool. Evidence of the center being out of service is everywhere....

HOSA members prepare for regional competition

HOSA members prepare for regional competition

Stephanee Smith, Staff Writer
January 23
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Each year, HOSA prepares students who plan to compete by having a showcase that allows them to present and receive feedback. This year's showcase was held on Jan. 21. The HOSA competition as well as the showcase contain several categories such as public service announcement, medical reading and medical...

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