The Plano West BluePrints The Student Newspaper of Plano West Senior High School Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:49:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Homecoming: The Enchanted Evening Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:49:20 +0000 On Oct. 26, the night that promised dancing and fun was upon West: homecoming. The night before at the football game, the homecoming king and queen were announced. Homecoming king was Deijon Jefferson representing football and the homecoming queen was Brooke Adams representing Student Council. 

The Enchanted Evening theme covered the cafeteria from dangling leaves to swooping curtains, from lights covered by a green paper that cast a shade of dark, to pretty backdrops in the foyer.

Though fun, many did not enjoy the rule of once you leave, you can not come back in.

 “I was disappointed that we were unable to get group pictures, as part of our group had gone inside before the pictures, and they had a no re-entry rule,” junior Chase Haskell said.

While, some people not being able to leave to take group pictures, there were some that had friends that were stuck outside.

“When my friend walked out to take a call because of the noise, mind you he is right outside the doors, they did not let him back in,” junior Daiana Aguilera said. “He was stuck outside for an hour waiting for the dance to end so he could be reunited with his friends.”

Though even without group pictures and friends stuck outside, people still managed to have fun, especially with some of the music played.

“I did not pay much attention to a lot of the music they played, but I noticed when they put on Bohemian Rhapsody,” Haskell said. “That is a good song.”

Though for some, the song did not matter. What mattered is just jamming out to it.

“Dancing with friends to popular songs while we sang them out, from the minute it started until the minute it ended.” Aguilera said.

The reigning homecoming queen agrees with Aguilera.

 “I enjoyed the music and dancing, ” Brooke Adams said. “My favorite song they played was ‘I Love It.’”

Even the ones who are not the most accustomed to dancing danced the night away.

“It is called a homecoming dance for a reason,” Haskell said “I am terrible at dancing, but at least I tried.” 

There were some complaints when it came to the food at the dance.

“They did not have any brownies at the snack table,” senior Deijon Jefferson said. The table was filled with chips, cookies and soda but no brownies.

Even without having brownies at the dance, Jefferson does enjoy being Homecoming king.

“I laugh every time someone yells HOCO king at me during the passing period,” Jefferson said.

Both the king and queen of homecoming were hoping for the title and when they heard their names called they were both surprised and happy.

“I was stunned when they said my name,” Adams said. “All I knew was that I was supposed to smile.”

Homecoming was fun and memorable for everyone from the juniors to the seniors.

“I will definitely remember the night as being a lot of fun,” Haskell said, “and while there wasn’t anything that stands out as too memorable, I definitely enjoyed all of it.”


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Swimming Team Makes a Splash Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:51:57 +0000 The faint smell of chlorine, rhythmic splashing and the constant ripples across the water signifies one thing: swimming season is here for the Wolfpack to sit back and watch the action. Led under the direction of Coach Allison Looney, the annual swim season started off smoothly with the first home meet at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center on Oct.1.

“This is my second season with Plano West Swim,” Looney said. “I have a lot of hard workers and it definitely shows in the results they have posted this season so far.”

Looney works together with the team to refine techniques and sharpen form, training her athletes to look and move flawlessly. 

“A typical day of practice looks like some stroke refinement and aerobic conditioning as we are still on the earlier side of our season,” Looney said. “Training for the West swimmers definitely has harder days, but I do believe in giving the swimmer’s bodies a break from the grind as well.”

While providing a safe space to train and build up a healthy body, Looney also makes sure of giving each of her swimmers a full experience during weekly meets. 

“I try and make the kids take a different view point on the events they swim to get them out of their comfort zone and not always swimming the same events every meet,” Looney said.

Looney is not the only one working to become the best as her swimmers also take a stance alongside her with the rigorous workouts.

“I practice for an hour and a half,” senior Lillian Le said. “If there is a meet coming up I will not eat sugary foods or fast foods for a week prior.”

The plentiful practices are a great time investment, but the members of the team know that in order to reach their big goals for the year, the price to pay now is worth it.

“My goal for this year is for my relay team to make State,” Le said. “The goal for the team is to have more fun events every month.”

Le works throughout the week with her personal training strategies, similar to others on the team who are working to meet individual goals at the end of this year. 

“I try to swim to the best of my physical abilities and personal training consists of going to the gym on weekends,” Kai Joshi said. “My goals for this year are to do better, improve and have 58 seconds for a hundred meter backstroke.” 

The other members of the team can also say with confidence that although practice is tough, it is a fulfilling experience to swim alongside friends and friendly rivals while all working towards the same goal.

“This year’s team atmosphere is a lot more goofy than last year,” Joshi said. “The new people on the team definitely mess around more during practice and meets.”


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Everything You Need to Know About the Impeachment Inquiry Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:48:27 +0000 The past few months have been a political hailstorm, beginning with a whistleblower complaint against incumbent President Trump and quickly escalating to an impeachment inquiry. New developments surface by the day, but here is a brief timeline of the events that have transpired thus far. 


Aug. 12: A member of the intelligence community files a whistleblower complaint with the following accusation: “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” The complaint refers to a phone call between President Donald Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine on July 25th in which Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden, a major domestic political rival, and his son for corruption. 


Aug. 29: The Defense Departments states there has been a hold placed on $250 million of military aid to Ukraine.


Sept. 9: Three house committees launch an investigation on whether Trump and Rudy Giuliani, his lawyer, pressured the Ukrainian government to assist in Trump’s reelection efforts. 


Sept. 11: Senator Rob Portman requests Trump to release security aid to Ukraine, which the administration does the same night. 


Sept. 24: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, announces the beginning of an impeachment inquiry.


Sept. 25: The White House releases a memo of the phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky. It is not a word-for-word transcript, but rather notes taken by staff who were present. 


Sept. 26: A redacted version of the whistleblower complaint is released. 


Oct. 6: ABC News reports that Mark Zaid, the whistleblower’s attorney, is now representing a second whistleblower. 


Will the president be impeached? 

Although the story is still developing, speculation continues over whether recent events will lead to President Trump’s impeachment and subsequent removal from office.

 In order for a president to be impeached, a simple majority is required in the House of Representatives. The next step in the process takes place in the Senate, where a ⅔ majority is needed to convict. 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has long maintained that impeachment would be too divisive of an action to take. However, her stance, as well as those of more moderate House Democrats, appears to have shifted. Pelosi recently released a statement that said,“If the president has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his administration and our democracy.” 

It seems likely that the House of Representatives, which is currently in the control of Democrats, will vote to impeach President Trump. The same can not be said about the vote to convict in the Republican-controlled Senate.

In the midst of the constantly growing story, it remains highly unclear whether the current accusations will truly result in the impeachment and eventual conviction of President Trump. 


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The State Fair of Texas is Back Up and Running Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:04:11 +0000 The smell of fried food, that old Ferris wheel turning once again, crowds upon crowds arriving greeted by the smiling face of Big Tex and his shiny new size 96 Lucchese boots. All signs that it is that time of year again: The State Fair. Grab your ticket and get ready to explore all the State Fair has to offer.

Head on over to Tower Building Food Court and eat your weight in fried food. Wondering what some of the best tasty treats are? Look no further. Here is the list of the 2019 State Fair food winners.

Best Taste- Savory: Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Taco Cone, a taco shell in the shape of an ice cream cone filled with a mix of black beans and cilantro rice, topped with pico de gallo, queso fresco, and homemade salsa verde. Enjoy this easily transportable savory snack as you explore the rest of the State Fair.

Best Taste- Sweet: Big Red Chicken Bread, a donut covered in mouth-watering Big Red flavored frosting with a chicken wing settle right in the middle. sporting a pair of sunglasses.

Most Creative: Fla’mango Tango a mango fried twist with citrus glaze drizzle topped with whipped cream and a little flamingo sticking up- served alongside a strawberry mango sorbet.

If you don’t like the sound of those (But really, who does not love the sound of them?) then try some of the finalists.

Savory Finalists:

  • Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl
  • Fernie’s Fried Burnt End Burrito
  • Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball
  • Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters

Sweet Finalist:

  • Peanut Butter Cup Snookie
  • Quick Fried Black Gold Truffles
  • Deep-Fried Bayou Fruit Bites


After enjoying some food, make sure to see some of the daily events.

  • Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation: A nightly firework show over the reflecting pools that includes lively music and performances.
  • TX Stunt Jam at The Xtreme Sports Zone: Get ready for an Xtreme show filled with BMX, scooter and skateboard stunts, featuring a course filled with everything from loops to half pipes.
  • Splashdance: A show of acrobats and dancers performing on a stage with the Esplanade Fountain.
  • Contain Yourself(ie): Stroll down a path lined with 10 painted shipping containers painted by various artists around Texas.
  • Also make sure to explore the Midway, and enjoy all the rides and games available. Tickets can be purchased for these rides at various booths for $0.50 each. Most rides cost about 10-12 coupons.

Also, make sure to go to the Musical Events on the Chevrolet Main Stage.

  • Tye Tribbett on Oct. 6 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Big and Rich Featuring Cowboy Troy on Oct. 12 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus on Oct. 13 at 8:30 p.m.
  • 98 degrees on Oct.19 at 8:30 p.m.


Here are some tips and tricks to make your State Fair trip easier.

  • To avoid walking a mile from the parking lot and save gas, take the green line Dart rail. It stops right in front of the fair and cost $6.

Go on discount days:

  • If you have lost your school fair ticket, on Tuesdays bring a Dr.Pepper can at any time and get half off. Or any day after 5 p.m., bring a Dr.Pepper can and enjoy half off tickets as well.
  • Also, enjoy half-off rides every Tuesday.








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Big Mouth Returns For Season Three Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:47:22 +0000 The iconic cartoon Big Mouth is coming back to Netflix this Friday and people could not be more excited. The raunchy comedy has fans all over the country preparing for the big release. In February, the directors released the “first” episode of the third season to keep fans at bay. The episode was called “My Furry Valentine”, to keep up the excitement about the series as well as coming in time for the season of love. 

The new season has some surprise guest voices as well, featuring members from the original Netflix series Queer Eye, voicing themselves as cartoons in Big Mouth. More controversial topics are going to be coming to life in new episodes, such as toxic masculinity and more puberty issues facing the young kids. 

Big Mouth will have its fans rolling on the floor and binge watching the new season. Director and writer, Nick Kroll, has already announced that the show will most likely return for three more seasons after this one, so hold on tight— there is a lot more coming.

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Homecoming Mums: The Texas Tradition Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:37:23 +0000 Living in the Lone Star State, homecoming is a huge time for high school students. Everyone knows it is not just the football games and dance, but the homecoming mums, as they have broken through to the Texas culture. 

The homecoming “mum” originated from chrysanthemums, after it became the unofficial flower of high school homecoming events. It started as a sweet token of affection given to a girl by her date in honor of the event. In the olden days, a boy would take a real flower bloom and add a few ribbons. It typically would cost around three dollars. 

As time progressed, mums evolved in the later half of the 20th century. When the popularity increased, so did the size of the mum. By the 80’s and 90’s, these mums became very incredibly elaborate and decorative, as real chrysanthemum blooms were replaced with artificial flowers. Additionally, instead of pinning the blooms to clothing, it became too large and was changed to be worn around the neck.

Today, high school students all over Texas are getting involved with the homecoming festivities. Mums are now designed to match school colors, offering a white style to the senior class. They are filled with sparkly ribbons and all kinds of trinkets to emphasize the spirit of the event. Mums are typically worn the day before the school dance and at the homecoming football game. 


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Students Are Getting Psyched For Psych Club Tue, 24 Sep 2019 18:32:45 +0000 With the year starting again, new members of the psychology club are beginning to join. The officers this year have some changes in mind and are ready for a successful year to help the incoming students be more prepared for the AP exam.

“This year, we made a website,, to serve as a one-stop resource for members to gather information about the meetings,” president of psychology club Rachel Chen said. “They are able to ask us questions anonymously, and have access to review resources.”

This efficient change will help new members in the club be more up to date with what is going on in and out of the classroom, as well as having students feel comfortable coming to the club.

“Rather than kids only coming for bonus points, we are hoping to create an atmosphere were the members are genuinely excited to learn,” psych club officer Robert Tal said. “We want them to be able to hang out with us and learn regardless of the bonus points.”

The unique style of the academic club allows the officers to teach students from a better perspective.

“The club members should expect to gain a more comprehensive understanding of psychology from each officer’s unique perspective and style of teaching,” Chen said. “I think the officers and I all have something special to bring to the table and the members can really benefit from that.”

Vice President Ethan Wainman agreed with Chen, weighing in on how members can benefit from this club/teaching style.

“I think they can expect to have the opportunity to review material they may be familiar with and get a chance to clarify topics they don’t understand,” Wainman said. “I also hope some of the more fun events give people another reason to come.”

There are usually a large amount of students at every club meeting, with games and reviews that allow students to have fun and learn at the same time.

“We are educating the students so they better understand the curriculum by providing lots of review material we go through every week,” Tal said. “We have a website with all of our presentations, a Kahoot at the end of every meeting and inviting personalities which welcome any questions from the members.”

The officers are looking forward to the 2019-2020 year with the psychology club and are inviting all students in the class to join.

Without a doubt, members of the club learn more with all the extra information that we cover in the reviews,” Tal said. “The members in the club will always have an advantage over regular students only enrolled in the class.”


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Band Marches Into Their First Performance of the Season Tue, 24 Sep 2019 18:21:55 +0000 After working for weeks, day and night in 100 degree heat, the Mighty Wolves Band got to shine at their halftime show Night Shadows on Aug. 29 at the Toyota Stadium.

“I continue to stay in band because to me, there is nothing more amazing than making music with others,” Rachel Ball said. “It is knowing that you are contributing to something bigger than yourself.

Drum major Camille Heidelbaugh agrees with Ball on how important band is but for her it is not just the music, it is the people.

“I have stayed in band for so long because for me band is home,” Heidelbaugh said, “We truly are a family.”

Heidelbaugh has participated in band since middle school and soon her time in band is coming to an end.

“After halftime, it felt somewhat bittersweet knowing it was the start of the end of my time in West marching band,” Heidelbaugh said. “This performance is really making me look forward to the rest of the season.”

Ball shares Heidelbaughs view on the rest of the season after how the performance went last Thursday.

“Our visuals got a great reaction from the crowd and we did a great job of staying together,” Ball said.

The band has spent hours upon hours working to perfect their performance.

“We usually spend 2-3 hours outside in the morning learning how to march and in the afternoon when we rehearse our music,” Heidelbaugh said.

While the practices took weeks, the planning took even longer.

“I pick a list of tunes first, then we cull it down, then other people bring in ideas, and we start in late fall,” band director Jackie Digby said. “Then we had a meeting with our music arranger and show designer in February and finalized plans. Then our arrangers started working on it some time in late spring.”

The music that was decided upon by Digby and others made its way into the show all planned and timed out.

“We have a couple of famous pieces featured most notably In The Hall Of The Mountain King composed by Ddvard, Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens  and This Is Halloween by Danny Powell,” Heidelbaugh said.

The theme for this year’s halftime show is Halloween, chosen for the band to perform for 10 weeks.

“We are going to perform at least parts through the football season and two marching contests,” Digby said “It is something I think we can live with for that amount of time. It is going to benefit the kids and the audience will enjoy it as well.”

Heidelbaugh looks into the future with excitement for what is to come.

“During the second movement of the show, the whole band, brass especially have a big musical hit that absolutely blew me away,” Heidelbaugh said. “I cannot wait to hear them throughout the rest of the season.”

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After Week One Loss, Plano West Prepares for Next Week Against Flower Mound Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:23:25 +0000 After a tough loss to Frisco Reedy last week, the Wolves are planning their return home to Clark Stadium for next week’s game against non-conference team, Flower Mound, Friday Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Flower Mound is coming off a win from Thursday’s away non-conference game against Fossil Ridge (Keller, TX) by a score of 55-31. Senior quarterback Blake Short led Flower Mound’s offense with 505 total yards (331 passing, 4 TDs). In the 2018 season, the Flower Mound Jaguars finished with a 7-0 record in district play and clinched the 2018 District 6-6A title. 

West’s Players to Watch

For the Wolfpack, quarterbacks Danny Davis (#5), Will Cannon (#4), and Andrew Picco (#14) will look to maintain a successful passing game, as Picco posted 107 passing yards and one touchdown last week. Wide receivers Wyatt Johnson (#3) and Cole Carter (#8) will most likely be their primary offensive targets.

On the other side of the ball, defensive end Tabron Yates (#7) will look to apply pressure on Blake Short, Flower Mound’s QB. Yates is a junior coming from Shepton High School where he played on the varsity team since freshman year.

Flower Mound’s Players to Watch

Running back Pierce Hudgens and previously mentioned wide receiver Jake Welch are two offensive players to look for to go up against West’s defense.

Hudgens had 123 rushing yards and 2 TDs in his game against Fossil Ridge. 

District 9-6A Week One Recap

  • Allen beat Cedar Hill 41-28
  • Prosper defeated Rowlet 31-7
  • Plano East lost to Bell (Hurst) 21-27
  • Plano Senior lost to Hebron 26-53
  • McKinney lost to McKinney North 42-44
  • McKinney Boyd beat Naaman Forest (Garland) 45-7
  • Plano West lost to Reedy (Frisco) 7-17
  • Jesuit lost to Arlington 21-38

District 9-6A Week Two Match-Ups

  • Allen vs. Dickinson
  • Prosper @ Timber Creek (Fort Worth)
  • Plano East @ Lake Highlands
  • Plano Senior vs. Eastwood (El Paso)
  • McKinney @ MacArthur (Irving)
  • McKinney Boyd @ Marcus (Flower Mound)
  • Plano West @ Flower Mound
  • Jesuit @ DeSoto 
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Beverly Hills 90210 Gets Rebooted After 29 Years Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:06:07 +0000 The rumors are true, Beverly Hills 90210 is back. The 90’s show that captured teens by the heart had made a reappearance on TV this year. Here is everything you need to know about the shows reboot.

The Past

Beverly Hills, 90210 ran on air for 10 seasons from 1990 to 2000. The original series starred Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), Brian Austin Green (David Silver), Luke Perry (Dylan McKay), Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman) and Tori Spelling (Donna Martin).


Spelling and Garth became even closer after the series wrapped up and are now the co-creators of the reboot. 

According to Entertainment Weekly Garth said, “Jen and I co-created it with Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler. I mean, I do not know if it is art imitates life or life imitates art — but we have had a close friendship. She is one of my best friends, for 30 years. We have gotten to the point in our lives where we just want to work together. Our kids are friends, and we want our families together all the time, so we wanted to develop something together. And that is when we started talking about, ‘Was it the right time to do something with 90210 finally?’”

According to US Weekly and Access Live Spelling stated,  “It is the OG crew back together, and we are playing heightened versions of ourselves. The fans will be pleasantly surprised, though, because we will intercut that with scenes from the show. So it will be a whole ensemble cast.”

Premiere Date

BH90210 premiered on Fox Wednesday, August 7, at 9 p.m. ET

How Many Episodes

Fox has ordered six episodes of BH90210.

Dylan McKay’s Absence

Luke Perry, who played heartthrob character, Dylan McKay passed away a month after Spelling announced the show’s revival. The actor, who starred in the CW’s Riverdale at the time suffered a stroke. He was 51. The show is continuously creating on screen tributes to Perry signifying his importance on the original airing. 

According to CNN, “The episode also ends with a clip from ‘The Green Room,’ the second episode of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and the first one to feature Perry in all his smoldering ’90s-take-on-James-Dean glory. Text appears on the screen that reads, ‘For our friend, Luke Perry.’”

Theme Song

It was revealed earlier that the reboot was planning to use the original theme song for BH90210. They are planning on using the same music and credits. Spelling told the EW, “..So [fans] get a little bit of both.” 


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