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Band Director by Day, Ping Pong Champion by Night

Band Director by Day, Ping Pong Champion by Night

by Elena Hamlin, Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Q: How long have you been a band director? A: “This is my 5th year, so four years at McMillen and then start of the 5th year now.”   Q: What made you want to become a band director in the first place? A: “When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to do architecture or culinary art...

Salutatorian Named for 2017-2018 School Year

Salutatorian Named for 2017-2018 School Year

by Juliette Roberts, Staff Writer

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features

Senior Mohit Gupta received the title of salutatorian for the 2017 2018 school year. Salutatorian is given to the student with the second highest grade point average, the highest going to the valedictorian. In a graduating class cut from a school body of around 3000 students, the decimal separating...

Three Students, Three Athletes, One Family

Three Students, Three Athletes, One Family

by Reid McEowen, Co-Editor in Chief of Content

May 30, 2018


Filed under Features

The dedication and talent it takes to be an IB student or play varsity sports is no doubt impressive, but for one family, both accomplishments don’t seem to be a problem. Twin seniors, Mason and Jasmine Reiter, and their younger cousin, freshmen Connor Johnson, are all enrolled in IB and play at the ...

New Path

New Path

by Jacob Murphy, Co-Sports Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Features, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Varsity basketball coach Jeff Clarkson will not be returning next year as he has accepted the head coaching position at Prestonwood Christian Academy. Clarkson has been head coach of the Panthers since 2012, when he moved away from Naaman Forest.   “I hope to stay connected to the program even though I’m not a coac...

Sweeping at State

Sweeping at State

by Keara Barron, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Local News, News, Slider

After at least five hours of judging at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio on March 24, students found out if their project placed and if they would be advancing to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), set to take place this May in Pittsburgh. Twenty four Plano E...

Tumbling Towards College

Tumbling Towards College

by Pantea Jamshidi Nouri, Digital Media Editor

February 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Sports

The Friday night lights blare with brightness as the crowd watches the cheer team perform flips, handsprings and tucks on the sea of green covering the football field. The student section screams with pride as the cheerleaders successfully garner excitement and enthusiasm amongst the student body. This ...

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

by Baysia Herron, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Basketball season is the busiest time for the coaches, and they are currently in the thick of it. To accommodate all the practices and games, they have to sacrifice a majority of their personal time, which can also be an inconvenience for their families. “There is not a lot of time for fun and fa...

Humble Hand

Humble Hand

by Sarah Dolder, Social Media Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Features

After interning with a hand surgeon, two high school students were inspired and able to create a 3-D printed prosthetic hand that they designed and built by themselves. Juniors Rakaan Alhaddad and Rohan Mehta spent the summer trying to create the best design for their prosthetic arm for amputees to ...

Dancing to the Taal

Dancing to the Taal

by Mahi Patel, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Features

      After their energetic performance at the September and November pep rallies, everyone wonders who these dancers are and what their story is. Taal is the new Bollywood dance club, created by juniors Manisha Abraham and Kareena Senghani.         “Taal means rhythm in Hindi,” Manisha said.  “[Ta...

Students Begin IB Program in Sophomore Year

Students Begin IB Program in Sophomore Year

by Juliette Roberts, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features

A small number of sophomores are picked every year to be entered halfway into the preparatory courses for the International Baccalaureate program. In eighth grade, many students apply to the high school International Baccalaureate program, an advanced curriculum that prepares students for college and...

Students Make Worldwide Connections Through Art

Students Make Worldwide Connections Through Art

by Juliette Roberts, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Features

The National Art Honor Society club is participating in the Memory Project that allows art students to create and donate portraits to children in overseas countries facing crises. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that sends pictures of children in residential homes and care centers to art students, and then mail...

Seniors Reserve Parking Spots

Seniors Reserve Parking Spots

by Pantea Jamshidi Nouri, Digital Media Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Features

The school’s reserved parking spots incited excitement among the senior class, eager to start the school year right by painting their parking spots. 118 spaces were sold in the parking lots of  portables, fine arts and Africa. The idea of reserved parking spots was proposed before, yet the details of...