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

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Time is Tiking: Managing the Tik Tok Obsession

Wilmal Stewart, Staff Writer December 1, 2022

It’s so easy for people to fall into the endless rabbit hole of TikTok. The app can make people lose track of time and distract them from completing anything else that was planned to get done. TikTok...

Should we lower the voting age?

Should we lower the voting age?

Blaire Bayless, Writer November 14, 2022

With the 2022 polls concluding on November 8th, these elections will play a significant role in shaping the future of teens and upcoming generations.  The question “Should we lower the voting age?”...

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Time to Toss the Plastic Bag

Izzy Nielsen, Writer November 14, 2022

Americans use billions of plastic bags every day, whether it’s for buying groceries or just shopping in general. As of late, many institutions worldwide, such as the United Kingdom and Ireland, are putting...

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Dahmer’s Effect: The Problematic Nature of True Crime Media

Alyssa Royston, Co Editor in Chief November 14, 2022

From Ted Bundy to Charles Manson, serial killers have always been a topic of interest and conversation. Particularly during the Fall season, when the temperatures drop and hours of daylight decrease, elements...

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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