The student-run news site of H. B. Plant High School

PHS News

The student-run news site of H. B. Plant High School

PHS News

The student-run news site of H. B. Plant High School

PHS News

Erica Hooks is a recent addition to the Plant teaching family. Her involvement with the school is not limited however, being the sponsor of two clubs and substituting for almost a decade.

Erica Hooks: From Temp to Teacher

Lizzy Breen, Staffer January 24, 2023

Erica Hooks is an English and reading teacher at Plant High School, but her story is far from traditional. Without an education degree, Hooks had to take and pass multiple courses, tests, and classes to...

Posing with a “P”, the Plant softball team poses with MLB first baseman Pete Alonso. The softball team helped host Alonso’s charity event at Plant High School this weekend.

Pete Alonso Charity Event

Parker Wielkens, Staffer January 24, 2023

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the New York Mets first baseman, Pete Alonso, returned to Plant High School to host an event supporting his charity- The Alonso Foundation. The event held food trucks, entertainment,...

Posing then and now, a former Plant High School student, Lauren Lampinen, shares about her experience at Notre Dame University. Now, after spending 4 years at Plant High School, Lampinen just finished her first semester at Notre Dame as an electrical engineering major.

Lauren Lampinen- From Plant to Notre Dame

Luka Vaicekauskas, Features Editor January 19, 2023

Lauren Lampinen, a PHS’ 22 graduate, is a current student at Notre Dame University, initially majoring in Civil Engineering, but I recently switching to Electrical Engineering. Studying at a rigorous...

Whether being a new year’s resolution-maker or not, the month of January is often a time to reflect and create new habits to make the new year as best as it can be. By following these 5 simple steps, one can not only become a better version of oneself, but too healthier and happier in 2023.

Five Ways to Self-Improve in 2023

Luka Vaicekauskas, Features Editor January 11, 2023

As January 1st comes and the year number changes, individuals often decide to change their ways to where they are closer to becoming the best version of themselves. Whether small things such as making...

Junior Jay Spencer (23) keeps eyes locked on the opponent during the teams season opener at Gaither. At the end of the 2012-2022 school year, he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin large B-cell lymphoma, which required six rounds of intense chemotherapy.

Jay Spencer; Shooting for the Stars

Luka Vaicekauskas, Features Editor January 10, 2023

Junior Jayden "Jay" Spencer, a part of Plant's varsity basketball team, has returned to the basketball court after a months-long battle against non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a ruthless scourge that attacks a type...

Holding his trumpet, Pierce White poses with a smile. After lots of hard work, White proves himself worthy of multiple far-reach leadership positions, such as Beta Executive President and Trumpet Section Leader.

From Normal Student to Leader

Emma Kuschmeider, Sports Editor January 9, 2023

“Hi, my name is Pierce White, Executive President of Beta,” Senior Pierce White said, introducing himself to all Beta students during the induction ceremony. White has shown numerous leadership qualities...

Released on Nov. 23, the first season of Wednesday was released on Netflix. Based on the original “Addams Family,” the new show broke Netflix streaming records in a matter of mere days. The show took the number one sport on Netflix with 341.23 million hours viewed by 50 million households.

New Show on Netflix: Wednesday

Parker Wielkens, Staffer December 12, 2022

Released on Nov. 23, the first season of Wednesday was released on Netflix. Based on the original “Addams Family,” the new show broke Netflix streaming records in a matter of mere days. The show took...

Posing then and now, a former Plant High School student, Zoe Beckenstein, shares about her experience at Barnard College. Now, after spending 4 years at Plant High School, Beckenstein just finished her first semester at Barnard as an economics major and a minor in art history.

Zoe Beckenstein- From Plant to Barnard

Luka Vaicekauskas, Features Editor December 6, 2022

Zoe Beckenstein, a PHS’ 22 graduate, is a current student at Barnard College, with an economics major and a minor in art history. Studying at a rigorous and selective school in the heart of New York...

If you are interested in high-quality Italian dishes, then head over to Olivia. This restaurant is sure to have something on the menu to satisfy your cravings and leave you with a great experience.

Olivia: Redesigned Modern Italian Cuisine

Emily Mangione, Opinions Editor December 5, 2022

The Italian restaurant Olivia is located at the intersection of Swann and Henderson. Before Olivia was introduced to the Tampa Bay area, the Carmel restaurant was in its place. Carmel was a fan favorite...

Swinging at the golf course, senior Brooke Riffey shares about her experience about playing varsity golf at Plant. Now, after playing 4 years at Plant High School, Brooke gives advice to new players, reflects on her experiences, and reminisces on her growth as a varsity athlete.

Brooke Riffey- Swinging for PHS Varsity Golf

Luka Vaicekauskas, Features Editor December 5, 2022

Golf is not a sport for everyone. Required discipline, perfectionism, and relying only on yourself while fighting the “Me V. Mind” battle are constant struggles players both in high school and professional...

Senior, Grace de la Torre, poses with her Stanford crewneck. After a long, tiring process, De La Torre finally committed to a school to continue her athletic and academic career.

Plant Senior Commits to Stanford

Sophia Gray, Online Editor-in-Chief November 7, 2022

Plant senior coxswain, Grace de la Torre, recently committed to Stanford Women’s Crew team to continue her athletic career in rowing. De la Torre talked with many coaches, and after careful consideration,...

Mayor’s Youth Corps is an organization with the goal of increasing the participation of youth in the community. Members of MYC take part in service opportunities, get hands on experience with city government, and learn leadership skills.

Mayor’s Youth Corps

Emily Mangione, Opinions Editor November 3, 2022

In November of 2003, an organization called Mayor’s Youth Corps was created to assist the youth in getting involved with our city government. MYC is available for ninth-11th grade students, where they...

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