The Student Newspaper of Plano West Senior High School

The Plano West BluePrints

The Student Newspaper of Plano West Senior High School

The Plano West BluePrints

The Student Newspaper of Plano West Senior High School

The Plano West BluePrints

Is Social Media Dangerous?

Meron Mesfin, Writer April 22, 2022

According to the website, Aacap, ninety percent of teens aged 13-17 use social media. Lots of people enjoy using social media, but can social media be harmful to society?  Several students at Plano...

Pros and Cons of Binge Watching

Meron Mesfin, Writer April 22, 2022

For some people, binge-watching is a daily activity, while for others it's an occasional activity. People often binge-watch as a form of entertainment. It can be both something incredibly unhealthy,...

How Well Do Standardized Tests Measure a Students Ability?

How Well Do Standardized Tests Measure a Students Ability?

Alyssa Royston April 1, 2022

Since the mid-1800s, standardized testing has served as a crucial benchmark for measuring a student’s knowledge and capabilities. Along with a transcript and resume, colleges often look towards standardized...

What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch?

Meron Mesfin, Writer February 18, 2022

In order to get free lunch at Plano West the school requires students to get one fruit and vegetable. The problem is students who don’t want the fruit or vegetable end up wasting the food. If students...

Things we forgot how to learn

Hadia Khatri, Writer February 7, 2022

We all knew last year was hard. There was the covid outbreak and pandemic; and if that wasn’t enough, we had much of Australia in flames, Black Lives Matter protests, Kobe died, murder hornets invaded,...

From seasons greetings to seizing the means how Christmas has become a capitalist nightmare

Avni Vallab February 7, 2022

Modern American Christmas is far detached from its humble Christian origins. Today, many Americans participate in Christmas's aesthetic and capitalistic nature despite having no connection to Christianity,...

Why I Still Want to Be a Journalist

Reo Lee May 25, 2021

It is virtually impossible to ignore the blaring headlines that many news media pump out by the hour. Ranging from educational information to heartwarming stories, journalists all around the world work...

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Why I Still Want to be a Journalist

Elizabeth Secor, Editor May 21, 2021

College is fast approaching, as are the questions of “do you know what you are going to do?” I myself have known that I wanted to be a writer since elementary school, and only more recently (the past...

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#Me Too: Standing Up To Sexual Assault

Shriya Senguttuvan, Co-Editor-In-Chief February 21, 2018

“Name it, shame it and call it out. Join me” -Actress Rose McGowan Driven to the point where silence can no longer be a solution to a problem that is far louder than it is heard, thousands of women...

The American Flag Codes

Dana Sung, Staff Writer January 22, 2018

United States Code: Title 4 - The Flag With the rising controversy towards the American flag and its codes, one must pay close attention to other rules that are commonly violated in our society. Chapter...

Columbus: Hero or Villain?

Dana Sung, Staff Writer January 22, 2018

From Scholastic Books to holidays, Christopher Columbus is painted as a hero in our society. But the standing question is if he truly was the courageous, fearless, brave traveler that we paint him to be,...

Seniors Lindsay Stapleton, Soha Rizvi and Hallie Dumas (left to right) strive to be breakthrough minds in their respective fields.

Women in STEM: Succeeding in a Male Dominated Field

Gina Quatrino, Production Editor December 12, 2017

A recurring idea in contemporary society is the empowerment of women. Especially in the growing generation, the social barriers and stigmas surrounding women in the workforce are being attacked from all...

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