Wildcat Tales

CodeWars: Students place in programming competition

CodeWars: Students place in programming competition

Arim Lee, Staff Writer

May 13, 2015

A team consisting of three students taking the Computer Science course competed in the Hewlett-Packard CodeWars on March 7. This competition is one of the biggest programming contests and the students placed fourth in the novice category. Junior Casey Hopper was part of the novice team sent out to...

Missing integrity: students, staff, and plagarism

Ella Hunt, Staff Writer

May 4, 2015

Late night stress, last minute projects and forgotten homework can lead to what teachers and many students believe is unacceptable -- plagiarism. One teacher who often encounters plagiarism is history and geography teacher, Joe Snider. Snider said that plagiarism has become more and more acceptable to stu...

From Plano to Paris: Students win grant to travel France

From Plano to Paris: Students win grant to travel France

Erienne Terpak, Staff Writer

April 24, 2015

Paris has gone from dream to reality for junior Juan Arango and senior Jacqueline Doan. Last month, the pair received $1,000 each from the Societe Honoraire de Francais to travel in French-speaking countries this summer. The Societe is a national honors society that acknowledges French students across...

Figuring it out along the way: Teen mom pregnant with second child

Figuring it out along the way: Teen mom pregnant with second child

Stephanee Smith, Staff Writer

April 8, 2015

Every three minutes brought a circuit of agony. Tears fell down her face as she had no option other than to leave her and her baby's life in the hands of a doctor. In the end, each tiresome and frightening moment resulted in complete bliss. It was always an objective for junior Ashley Perez to be...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...