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Reading her music, junior Ashley Cheung performs with Varsity Chorale. Cheung has participated in for all three years of her high school career.

Chorus performs in spring concert

Salena Kahassai, News Editor April 23, 2021

Chorus classes performed in the annual spring concert Wednesday, April 21.  Students were allotted 2 guests but could request more tickets if they were available. A limited number of people could...

Vaccine eligibility expands in Hillsborough County

Vaccine eligibility expands in Hillsborough County

Salena Kahassai, News Editor April 20, 2021

As of Monday, April 5, all Florida residents 18 and older became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  “I got vaccinated because I wanted to be able to go out more, see friends and hopefully...

Asian-American discrimination on the rise in the U.S.

Asian-American discrimination on the rise in the U.S.

Eve Murdick, Staffer April 16, 2021

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, originating in Wuhan, China, an abundant amount of Asian discrimination is rising.   Individual Asian-Americans, as well as Chinatowns, across the United...

Restrictions to be placed on Bright Futures causes fret

Restrictions to be placed on Bright Futures causes fret

Eve Murdick, Staffer April 7, 2021

Republican Florida Sen. Dennis Baxley announced that he intends to make requirements for Bright Futures stricter when he proposed Senate Bill 86.   This bill consists of intentions of only giving...

The boys lacrosse team defeated Jesuit High School 8-9 in a close battle on Wednesday, March 30. After the sold-out game, the Panthers received the Ihrig-Shaler Cup, which is awarded to the winner.

A week at Plant (April 5th- April 9th) 

Samantha Macuare, Managing Editor April 5, 2021

Wondering what’s happening this week at Plant? Down below you can find all of Plant’s activities Monday through Friday.   Monday:  Early Release  3:00-5:00 pm- Tennis vs. Hillsborough...

A week at Plant (March 29th- April 1st ) 

A week at Plant (March 29th- April 1st ) 

Samantha Macuare, Managing Editor March 29, 2021

Wondering what’s happening this week at Plant? Down below you can find all of Plant’s activities Monday through Friday.   Monday:  Early Release  3:00-5:00 pm- Tennis vs. Robinson (Boys...

Gathered at the front of the school, students hold a moment of silence for junior Charlie Carl who passed away March 18. Students were asked to wear purple, the representative color for epilepsy awareness.

Moment of silence held in memory of fallen student

Salena Kahassai, News Editor March 26, 2021

A moment of silence was held for junior Charlie Carl on the morning of March 26. The junior class e-board organized this moment of silence in honor of Carl, who passed away on Mar. 18.  “When...

Since the start of the pandemic, authors, filmmakers and screenwriters have been quick to create works of both fiction and nonfiction surrounding COVID-19. The levels of sensitivity, accuracy, and overall approach are being watched closely by audiences as more and more of these works are released.

The rising depiction of COVID-19 in books, film and television 

Gaby Jones, Culture Editor March 11, 2021

Over many decades, it has been shown through various works of art that the world has seen a growing fascination in exploring the before, during and after of deadly viruses. Viral outbreaks have become an...

Third COVID-19 vaccine is released

Third COVID-19 vaccine is released

Eve Murdick, Staffer March 5, 2021

The Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration expert panel on Saturday, Feb. 27. Millions of this third COVID-19 vaccine are planned to be distributed throughout...

Constitutional Crisis in Haiti  

Constitutional Crisis in Haiti  

Eve Murdick, Staffer February 24, 2021

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse, according to many Haitian citizens, is causing constitutional issues due to his alleged actions during his presidency.  Cities and towns in the country have been...

Singing underneath a mask, senior Natalie Yale looks out into the audience during “Anything Goes.” The concert will be livestreamed online due to the pandemic.

Chorus prepares for annual show

Salena Kahassai, News Editor February 19, 2021

Chorus classes are finishing up their final preparations in anticipation of the annual show, Ricks Café, that will be held virtually this Saturday, Feb. 20.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there...

People in eligible groups are trying to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as Florida and other states roll out their distribution plans. Issues with distribution arose because not all of the doses held were able to get to those who fit requirements. State and federal governments have worked to develop new plans.

Florida encounters new issues with vaccine distribution

The COVID-19 vaccine has been available to some groups in the United States since early December, but now, as distribution plans are being implemented, new issues are arising.
Jessie Larrinaga, Managing Editor February 17, 2021

My grandparents received their first dose of the vaccine in early January and scheduled an appointment for their second shot to be given on at the end of January. When I spoke to them about this, I...

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