Wildcat Tales

Striking a balance: Debaters discuss time management

Striking a balance: Debaters discuss time management

Rose Rana, Staff Writer

October 25, 2014


Filed under Student Life

School can be difficult for many -- add on the pile of extracurricular activities kids do in order to meet with the standards of most colleges, and time is hard to come by. According to senior debate students, trying to maintain a steady GPA while having to participate in other activities is an art that...

National Merit semifinalists reflect on achievement

National Merit semifinalists reflect on achievement

Anna Villano and Sonam Benakatti

October 18, 2014


Filed under Student Life

18 seniors were named National Merit semifinalists on Sept. 12 after achieving high scores on the Oct. 2013 PSAT. The Wildcat Tales congratulates seniors Rohan Bhatt, Serena Chen, Ria Chhabra, Min Cho, Jeremy Doan, Claire Goeckner-Wald, Jessica Hong, Elaine Hu, Justin Jang, Brittany Kiattitananan, I-Chun...

International Club promotes understanding between cultures

International Club promotes understanding between cultures

Lydia Sebany, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist

October 17, 2014


Filed under Student Life

A new club has come onto the scene and is bringing with it inspiration to students that want to dip their feet in many different cultures, no matter what their background. The International Club was started this year after current president, junior Anning Xu, came to Plano from her previous 9-10 high...

Spreading the love: Students embark on mission trips

Spreading the love: Students embark on mission trips

Falyn Traina, Staff Writer & Featured Columnist

October 13, 2014


Filed under Student Life

After hours of traveling, they finally arrived to their destination, Haiti. The sight is heart breaking, with impoverished children huddled around a dim light with only the comfort of song and prayer to get them through the week. This is just one of the life-changing memories experienced by senior Jenny...

Language clubs compete in annual soccer tournament

Language clubs compete in annual soccer tournament

Mari Brown, Staff Writer

October 11, 2014


Filed under Student Life, Video

As part of an annual soccer tournament, language clubs competed against each other on Wed., Oct. 8 in a battle for a coveted trophy. The competition between the Spanish, French, Chinese and German clubs started after school on the soccer field, ending with Spanish Club's victory over French Club in penalty...

From Wildcat to Razorback: Ex-NFL player reflects on time at Plano

From Wildcat to Razorback: Ex-NFL player reflects on time at Plano

Lizzy Ritchie, Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


Filed under Student Life

The year is 1977. A cool crisp December breeze is blowing through the walkways of the campus. A pep rally is in full swing as junior Billy Ray Smith Jr., known as BR to the student body, is preparing with the varsity football team to play for a state championship title. Smith started out as an average...

Behind the mask: Theatre students plan UIL short film

Behind the mask: Theatre students plan UIL short film

Erienne Terpak, Staff Writer

October 4, 2014


Filed under Student Life

As featured on Best of SNO A boy slides in and out of the crowds, struggling to balance the different personas he possesses, the identities only he knows about. From friends to family to teachers to strangers, he has a mask for every one of them. Seniors Jason Head and Maggie Harvey are making this ...

Homecoming court nominees 2014

Homecoming court nominees 2014

Gabrielle Lammons and Emily Perez

September 23, 2014


Filed under Student Life

The Homecoming court nominees were selected over a week ago to represent Plano at the upcoming football game against Flower Mound on Fri., Sept. 26 at John Clark Stadium. Vote for your favorite king and queen nominees using the app Voting4Schools, available for iPhone and Android, or through the website...

Protect our house: Rivalry sparked by t-shirt design

Protect our house: Rivalry sparked by t-shirt design

Anna Villano, Assistant Graphics Editor

September 16, 2014


Filed under Student Life

Plano’s identity is most commonly associated with one word: tradition. As the oldest high school in the city, it has had the chance to develop and hold true to its many rituals and habits. Senior Student Congress chairman Alan Liu decided it would be fitting to design t-shirts for students, staff and al...

Holding onto the motions

Holding onto the motions

Stephanee Smith, Staff Writer

September 3, 2014


Filed under Profile, Student Life

Wires and tubes leave her stranded in the same position on the hospital bed. Staying alone in the room leaves her emotionally and physically exhausted. Unable to rely on herself to do any necessary tasks like going to the restroom or bathing, she’s fully dependent on medical help. Junior Victoria...

None of these selfies: Sub reflects on photography

None of these selfies: Sub reflects on photography

Priyanka Hardikar, Online Editor

May 19, 2014


Filed under Student Life

An Ansco camera. Twin lens. It was a glorified box camera. There wasn't much to it, but it was his first camera. Now a substitute teacher, Jerry Kasten had the opportunity to work as a secretary for a photography magazine in downtown Manhattan. His mom’s friend bought him a camera for his bir...

“One big family:” Plano unites to celebrate student’s life

Anna Villano, Staff Writer

May 17, 2014


Filed under Student Life

Former Rice Middle School student Nicole Wilson died on Sat., May 3 due to complications with Type 1 diabetes. After her sister Kelly posted a moving tweet on Twitter in order to reach out to Nicole’s favorite band, Nicole’s story has brought together not only Plano, but communities around the world. As...

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