Wildcat Tales

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

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

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

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

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...

Tipping the scale: Servers discuss gratuity

Tipping the scale: Servers discuss gratuity

Anna Villano, Staff Writer

May 12, 2014

Working a few hours on the weekend, she makes only $2.13 each hour. For staff like senior Rachel Whittemore, gratuity serves as at least half of what they make. As opposed to those who are paid an hourly salary, these students must depend on customers with fluctuating tips to determine how much they...

Unspoken friendship: Horseback riders pursue passion for riding

Unspoken friendship: Horseback riders pursue passion for riding

Sonam Benakatti, Staff Writer

May 1, 2014

About 10 years ago, senior Victoria Roberts’ mother brought her to a barn in Fairview, and she began doing horse trail rides. Her grandpa raised horses at his ranch where her passion first began with a pony named Jack. She soon learned not to be afraid, and fell in love with the special bond sh...

PTSA after prom party to feature $12,000 in giveaways

Karian Chard, Journalism 1 Writer

April 10, 2014

Attending the dance is only the first step in one’s Prom night. What sparks debate, however, is how to spend your night after the dance. Steve Register, the president of the PTSA, advocates for students to attend Plano’s official after prom, at Dave and Busters in the Stonebriar Mall from midn...

Finding the fit: Girls search for prom dresses

Finding the fit: Girls search for prom dresses

Audrina Alexander, Journalism 1 Writer

April 8, 2014

With prom rolling around, many girls already have gone out to the stores to find perfect dresses to wear for the big night. Whether it is buying the dress at a store or online, the girls were set on a mission to find a dress that they would fall completely in love with. Although finding the perfect dress...

Senior takes gap year to Taiwan

Senior takes gap year to Taiwan

Rachel Zhang, Staff Writer

March 25, 2014

A different language, culture, climate, food, education and life, on top of living with a new family – senior Vig Balakrishnan will opt for going to Taiwan for one year as an international exchange student, while the majority of seniors are off to college. Balakrishnan attended Camp RYLA, Rotary Youth Leaders...

Vet Clinic students explore career choices

Vet Clinic students explore career choices

Rachel Zhang, Staff Writer

March 18, 2014

Every day, the students in Vet Clinic get out of school at fifth period, go to their working places and live slightly different lives from those of regular students'. The requirements for taking Vet Clinic include getting a job at a local veterinarian clinic, fitting a double-block class into senior...

Student reveals transgender identity to peers

Student reveals transgender identity to peers

Sonam Benakatti, Staff Writer

March 7, 2014

After suppressing her true identity for so long, junior Sydney Dela Rosa decided it was something she could no longer hide from those around her. After feeling uncomfortable in a tuxedo, Dela Rosa announced to her orchestra class that she was transgender. "Usually being in a tux isn't so bad for me,"...

Father and son create Pokémon Club

Father and son create Pokémon Club

Ashley Stuber, Staff Writer

February 24, 2014

On the last Wednesday of every month, over 50 students fill two combined rooms to talk about and play Pokémon. Life-long fan and Pokémon club president junior Mark Yee creates every tournament and t-shirt. “It takes a lot of planning,” Mark said. “More than people would think.” Part of...