Wildcat Tales

Taking on the trek: Teens experience pioneer traditions

Taking on the trek: Teens experience pioneer traditions

Maggie Cross, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist

March 18, 2015


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Mid-calf skirts and canvas pants were the trend last spring break for a group of Mormon teens. The annual Plano Stake Trek event requires all attendees to dress up like pioneers and pull around carts to experience what the early Mormon Church did and walk the way their ancestors had. Trek took place...

Flipping the tables: Wildcat alumni become teachers

Flipping the tables: Wildcat alumni become teachers

Stephanee Smith, Staff Writer

March 6, 2015


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Every year, new faces overwhelm the halls and history repeats itself. Students rush to their classes while getting stuck in B building traffic. Some plan out how they will manage to complete last night’s homework due next period, and others debate the importance of classes and sleep. Choral assistant...

Babysitting blues: Students discuss working in child care

Babysitting blues: Students discuss working in child care

Gabe LaBounty, Staff Writer

March 4, 2015


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The word babysitting has become an umbrella term describing several different jobs relating to childcare. As teenagers gain more experience, their babysitting jobs become more and more complex. Yet the basic need remains -- when parents need someone to watch their little ones they tend to hire teenagers...

Words of wisdom: Seniors share favorite classes

Words of wisdom: Seniors share favorite classes

Maggie Cross, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist

March 2, 2015


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We asked seniors what classes they would recommend for the Class of 2016. Here's a taste of the answers we got: Christina Moen  "I recommend you take Government, Economics, Health, all of those classes online over the summer because your senior year, you're not going to want to do anything, and it's ...

Feeding the fire: Scientist develops formula to predict wildfire outbreaks

Feeding the fire: Scientist develops formula to predict wildfire outbreaks

Cameron Drummond, Staff Writer

February 27, 2015


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As politicians, scientists, and everyday people continue to debate the legitimacy of global warming and the dangers it may pose, junior Vishal Rajesh is using his brainpower to resolve a current consequence of it. Rajesh, a member of the LASER club, is the designer of two mathematical models whose...

Prepping for perfection: Juniors discuss SAT prep techniques

Prepping for perfection: Juniors discuss SAT prep techniques

Emily Perez, Staff Writer

February 19, 2015


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When it comes to being prepared for the SAT, some students will take hours of prep classes, buy practice books and exercise any chance they have at being ready for the test. Junior Madison English is familiar with the world of SAT prep, as she started taking classes from an young age. "I am in a college...

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, 2015


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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, 2015


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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, 2015


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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, 2015


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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, 2015


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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, 2015


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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...

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