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Chasing dreams across an ocean

Chasing dreams across an ocean

Alexis Perno, Print Editor

October 9, 2019

When senior Kailee-Rose Casey stepped into the Boston airport for the first time, the first thing she noticed was a Dunkin’ Donuts.   “I kind of never thought that the day would actually come, so like when we got off, I was like 'holy cow we're in f****** America',” Casey said.   C...

Student finds camaraderie through fantasy game

Student finds camaraderie through fantasy game

Ava Nelson, Features Editor

October 3, 2019

Casting spells, strategic play, card advantage and resource management, contests and champions are just a few aspects of fantasy card play, a familiar activity to senior Riley Schofner. In middle school, Schofner bought his first set of cards from Walmart for the fantasy game Magic: The Gatheri...

Sisters unite volleyball team

Sisters unite volleyball team

Hartley Hill, Copy Editor

September 26, 2019

The girls volleyball team takes the court as the reigning 8A state runner-up, but that is not the only reason they are a force to be reckoned with. Not one but two pairs of sisters build this team to their greatest potential. Lily and Birdie Frierson and Macy and Adele Cassidy have sh...

Teacher openly speaks about mental illness

Teacher openly speaks about mental illness

Ava Nelson, Features Editor

September 23, 2019

As students present information on select art works from AP Art History’s top 250, teacher William Renninger asks specific questions regarding the pieces to encourage academic discussion. Holding the highest passing rate in the nation for his class, art, culture and history are all researche...

Swimmer qualifies for Olympic Trials

Swimmer qualifies for Olympic Trials

Kate Carnante, Sports Editor

September 19, 2019

Ten times a week, junior Ella Bathurst arrives at Bobby Hicks Pool for swim practice and has been doing so since she was 6 years old.   “Originally, I got into swimming because my parents wanted all my siblings and I to be safe in the water,” Bathurst said. “We all had to do one season of ...

Siblings given opportunity to play soccer in the Caribbean

Siblings given opportunity to play soccer in the Caribbean

Cole Morgan, Staffer

September 17, 2019

Siblings Jake and Elyse Iller will be playing on the U.S. Virgin Islands national soccer team as of summer 2020 after finishing their senior and junior year respectively. Both siblings were invited to the national soccer camp in the islands for a week last summer to see if they were a good fit for the team. After pro...

Plant adds five new teachers

Plant adds five new teachers

Ava Nelson, Features Editor

September 6, 2019

As freshman raced to reach unfamiliar classrooms and seniors traced through old hallways, five new teachers awaited students the starting day of school. AP Economics teacher Scott Donald returned to Tampa after teaching AP Human Geography in his home state of Indiana for a year. Donald had previo...

Student helps design 2020 Special Olympics logo

Student helps design 2020 Special Olympics logo

Ava Nelson, Features Editor

August 19, 2019

Q: Can you tell me a little about the design, like what it means to you, where the inspiration came from?  A: I got inspired by other artists and my mentors and I talked about Florida, Orlando Special Olympics and I drew out many designs for the logo.  Q: How did you draw the designs?   ...

Student shares struggle with eating disorder

Student shares struggle with eating disorder

May 20, 2019

Junior Leah Burgin, a student with a history of disordered eating starting around seventh grade, recently went into residential treatment for six weeks after a relapse in summer. She was diagnosed in August and is currently in Partial Hospitalization Program for the disorder. Content warning for mentions of eating disorde...

Freshmen create knitting group

Freshmen create knitting group

Jordyn Lutz, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

The process of creating a club includes going to the main office, getting a form to fill out and even joining an official waiting list. But despite the long process, two freshmen, Gabriel Moore and Shannan Adams, are working on creating a new club, the Knitting Club. They applied in October and plan to be official...

Student becomes finalist for the Cadet of the Year Award

Student becomes finalist for the Cadet of the Year Award

Carol Kornworcel, News Editor

May 8, 2019

Senior, Junior ROTC student and cadet Annahlia Hernandez became a top ten finalist for the Cadet of the Year Award from the Air Force Association March 28.  “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into because no one from Plant who had been nominated had made it that far before,” Herna...

Ice hockey club places third in states

Ice hockey club places third in states

Nicole Prus, Online Editor

April 26, 2019

Skates glide quickly across the ice to pass the puck amongst teammates to score a goal. At Ice Sports Forum Rink, where the team is led by Coach Dax Burkhart, this is a reality for hockey club members who practice there once a week.   "Me being Canadian, I have always played hockey, and when I moved to Flori...

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