Wildcat Tales

Teach students real-world skills

Teach students real-world skills

Lauren Girgis, Staff Writer

December 20, 2016

    As students change gears from high school to adulthood, it is necessary that they learn practical, real-world skills in school before they are on their own.     While real-world life skills, such as financial or repair skills, are taught in optional, elective classes, few students ...

Know the signs of gun violence

Libby Cooper, Staff Writer

December 20, 2016

    Last Friday, an organization known as Sandy Hook Promise released an eye-opening video that shows just how easy it is to overlook prominent signs of gun violence.     The beginning half of the video depicts the budding friendship between Evan and a mysterious girl who replies to his messa...

Twitter decides to murder Vine

Twitter decides to murder Vine

Grace Tsichlis, Staff Writer

December 9, 2016

Twitter made the executive decision to shut down the Vine app, depriving the world of not only a creative outlet, but a source of hilarious content and inside jokes the whole internet is in on. For three long years, the Vine app never failed to convince millions that watching and creating...

Election creates perilous situation

Election creates perilous situation

Ted Wu, Staff Writer/Sports Editor

December 9, 2016

The 2016 presidential election set a dangerous precedent for future elections, with lamentable campaigns run by both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President-Elect Donald Trump endangering the media’s ability to report major news. Threats against the press throughout this election cycle...

Standardized testing inadequate

Standardized testing inadequate

Ted Wu, Staff Writer/Sports Editor

November 16, 2016

Standardized testing is a poor indicator of academic readiness, drawing attention away from students’ good grades and extracurricular activities. As many seniors get ready for the next four years of their lives by applying for college, a huge emphasis is placed on their standardized testing...

Christmas in stores before Halloween again

Christmas in stores before Halloween again

Lauren Girgis, Staff Writer/ A&E Editor

November 16, 2016

Corporations are turning Christmas into an economic venture rather than keeping the significant holiday the way it should be seen by placing holiday decorations on shelves long before the holiday shopping season begins, trapping consumers into the Christmas creep trend. Christmas decorations are being...

Care for Mental Health

Amanda McNatt, Staff Writer/ Feature Editor

November 16, 2016

According to Youngminds, 1 in 10 people aged 5 to 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder, but some remain untreated because they are unaware or have not told others about it. Being able to recognize a mental illness is the first step to getting better and feeling more comfortable in everyday...

Vaccines don’t cause autism

Vaccines don’t cause autism

Grace Tsichlis, Staff Writer

October 24, 2016

Refusing to get vaccinations due to the fear of them being linked to autism is an irresponsible endeavor as there is currently no valid research proving it. In 1998, The Lancet, a British medical journal, published a study linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination (MMR) to cases of autism....

Teen voters not ready

Ted Wu, Staff Writer/Sports Editor

October 24, 2016

The American people, including the student body, is unwilling to cast their votes in the upcoming election on Nov. 8. According to the Wall Street Journal, the vast majority of voters cannot name their congressman or any congressional candidates. Almost half of American adults cannot name...

Don’t stereotype Donald Trump supporters

Don’t stereotype Donald Trump supporters

Sabrina Lebeouf, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2016

Donald Trump deserves to taken seriously as a candidate for presidency, despite name calling from the media and the assumption that Trump supporters are racist and inflexible. The media has constantly criticized Trump for his ideas of strict immigration reform without fairly covering the rest of his...

Dallas Morning News endorses democrat

Dallas Morning News endorses democrat

Ted Wu, Staff Writer/Sports Editor

September 30, 2016

    The Dallas Morning News made a difficult decision in supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but made the right choice.     Their 544-word takedown of Donald Trump was sharp, biting, and never flinching, saying that he was “impulsive”, putting “sound bites ...

Varsity volleyball player committed as sophmore

Varsity volleyball player committed as sophmore

Khara Ekes, Layout Editor/ Opinion Editor

September 30, 2016

For the past six years, senior Jaclyn Childress has devoted her time and effort to playing volleyball for both her club team, Skyline, and Plano Senior. As a result of having played on a volleyball team since she was 12 years old, Childress has known that this game would be a big part of her...