PHS News

Election Spotlight: Florida House District 60 

With election day rapidly approaching, democrat Julie Jenkins challenges incumbent republican Jackie Toledo for her seat in the Florida House of Representatives. The term for a Florida representative is two years.

Rowan O'Flanagan, Staffer

October 20, 2020

Every two years, all the seats in the Florida House of Representatives are up for election. The House, in which Republicans currently hold a 73-47 member majority, has the power to make laws governing the whole state, covering issues from education to the environment to taxes. The seat for District 60, which encomp...

College applications in a Covid-19 world

Starting to prepare for college plans, seniors are researching colleges and finishing up standardized assessments. COVID-19 has caused changes in the normal application process.

Julia Wolfe, Opinions Editor

October 14, 2020

Since COVID-19 hit Americans across the nation, many questions have arisen about what will happen to the college application process. The class of 2021 has a different application experience due to the pandemic and almost all colleges have changed their policies.  Because SAT and ACT exams we...

Timeline of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020

Timeline of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020

Gaby Jones, Culture Editor

October 6, 2020


Supreme court justice passes away at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court Judge for over 20 years, passed away due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. Her assertion of the change of society persisted and was challenged by many, though these challenges did not compare to her passion and soul.

Eve Murdick, Staffer

September 30, 2020

Justice Ginsburg, through surviving cancer in the past and overcoming the impossible that she made possible, gave her word to serve on the Supreme Court until she could not serve anymore. She upheld this promise until Friday, Sept. 18, when she passed away in her home in Washington D.C. at the ...

New covid rules create more plastic waste

Stacked three layers high, packages of plastic water bottles line the hallway near the cafeteria. The school began providing plastic water bottles this year to compensate for water fountains being shut off to prevent coronavirus spread.

Rowan O'Flanagan, Staffer

September 28, 2020

As Plant High School implements changes to help protect against the coronavirus, environmental considerations have been sidelined in favor of improved safety precautions.   In an effort to protect students from the virus, the school district has enacted new rules including requirements that meals be served wrapped in bags or boxes and that all water fountains be turned off. While the...

Quarantine Commits

After decomitting from Ohio State University, senior soccer player Claire Rain reached back out to University of Tennessee, which had their eyes on her since her freshman year. They immediately offered her a spot for the team that was the highest ranked SEC team headed into the 2019 season. 
“I chose to go to Tennessee because I wanted to be closer to home, and I wanted to play in the SEC,” Rain said. “I am looking forward to play at the college level and to grow as a player and hopefully get on the national team. I am also excited to get all the free gear.”

Hartley Hill, Copy Editor

September 24, 2020

Despite coronavirus and cancelled seasons, PHS student athletes have committed to colleges to pursue their sports for the next four years. These athletes, coming from seven Plant teams, are continuing their athletic journeys all over the country, from Florida to New York to Texas. ...

Passing of supreme court justice results in conflict within Senate

After 27 years on the supreme court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18th. Ginsburg's replacement has caused a divide in congress.

Salena Kahassai, News Editor

September 23, 2020

Tensions within the Senate have risen after the passing of supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18.   Just hours after the passing of Justice Ginsburg, talks of her replacement, who would be nominated by President Donald Trump, was up in the air. Democrats in the Senate ...

Lightning defeat Islanders in OT

The Lightning defeated the Islanders in double overtime to send them to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2015. The winning goal was scored by Anthony Cirelli.

Emma Kuschmeider, Staffer

September 18, 2020

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in game six of the Eastern Conference Final in Edmonton, Canada. The Lightning are moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars, who defeated the LA Kings in the Western Conference Final.   Anthony Cirelli scored at 1...

AMC theaters releases plans to reopen

The film industry is making a move as AMC is reopening many of their theaters across the nation. To make up for the lack of movie production across the globe, due to the coronavirus outbreak, AMC theaters are displaying movies from past years.

Hyatt Criser, Staffer

September 14, 2020

The film industry is making a move as AMC is reopening many of their theaters across the nation. To make up for the lack of movie production across the globe, due to the coronavirus outbreak, AMC theaters are displaying movies from past years, including the original “Jurassic Park” from 1993 and “R...

Varsity football prepares for opening game

After months of practicing during the pandemic, the football team will take the field Friday, Sept. 11. This game will used as the team's senior night.

Tyler Grubbs, Sports Manager

September 10, 2020

After three months of practicing socially distant the varsity football team will be taking the field Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.   “It’s a great feeling to get back on the field again, however we’ve got a lot of catching up to do after being gone for so long,” senior wide receiver Davis Versaggi said...

Hillsborough County announces Return to Athletics Plan

 Walking up the bleachers blue masking tape X’s mark where spectators will sit. Each group of four spectators submitted by the student athlete will sit between the X’s.

Kate Caranante, Editor in Chief

September 10, 2020

As students headed back to school at the end of August, there was still uncertainty about what would happen as fall sports were set to begin.   However, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Hillsborough County school district rolled out their Return to Athletics plan. This plan announced that fall sports contests would begin...

Going Virtual

Hillsborough County Public Schools announces classes going online for remainder of school year

Salena Kahassai, Staffer

April 24, 2020

As Hillsborough county public schools gradually pushed back the return date for students from spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that all K-12 schools would be going virtual for the remainder of the year.  Hillsborough County Public Schools soon foll...

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