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With many firsts, Harris’s inauguration impacts girls of color on campus
News

Trisha Dasgupta | January 22, 2021

Kamala Devi Harris, born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father in the time of Jim Crow and segregation, was sworn in as the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian to ever hold the office…

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Teens and religion: a lost faith or a renewed belief
Features

Cooper Ragle | January 21, 2021

From Hanukkah to Christmas, and Rahmadan to Diwali, the year is filled with dozens of days that are religiously significant to billions of people around the world.

For some people, these days aren’t…

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Sleep paralysis: Ana’s waking nightmare
Features

Ana Cuen | January 19, 2021

Dark and quiet after a long day, the perfect recipe for sleep. 

With heavy eyelids, tiredness takes over. 

In the middle of the night you awaken. 

And standing in front of you is a dark figure. 

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Witnessing history, Bryant recalls King’s most famous speech
Features

Trinity Williams | January 19, 2021

The year was 1963 and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial to an estimated crowd of 250,0000, including the secretary…

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Redhawks react to pro-Trump mob attacks on U.S. Capitol
News

Aaron Boehmer | January 8, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021 around 1:10 p.m. the United States Capitol was stormed by a pro-Trump mob, waving Confederates flags, hanging a noose and cross, and replacing the American flag with a “Trump 2020” one.

The…

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“We migrated to this country for the way of work”
Video

Alicia Hernandez | December 21, 2020

It is easy to notice the diversity of ethnicities on campus, which is no different from Texas as a whole. 

But due to its proximity to the U.S. border with Mexico, Texas receives immigrants from different…

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FISD parent participates in Pfizer vaccine trial
Features

Trisha Dasgupta | December 16, 2020

Dozens of cameras and reporters watched a historic scene play out as the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines were distributed at Dallas Methodist Medical Center early Monday morning. 

Produced in a record…

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Diwali celebrations being adjusted due to COVID
Features

Saachi Kuchu | November 17, 2020

This year, the coronavirus pandemic has changed how many Hindus will celebrate one of their biggest festivals on Saturday. 

“Diwali is a hindu holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil,…

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8 months later and the championship memory lives on
Sports

Remi Williams | November 10, 2020



It’s been eight months since a Frisco ISD high school earned the district’s first state championship in basketball.

Eight months.

It’s been eight months since the Redhawks beat…

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“My favorite thing about Red Rhythm is everything”
Sports

Remi Williams | November 2, 2020

Only one year after the first male cheerleader and first female football player, Redhawk students continue to defy gender norms in sports and fine arts as the campus has their first male dance team member,…

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9 years in the making, Tumbleweed TexStyles opens first physical store
Features

Madigan Gunia | October 27, 2020

In 2011, two teachers on campus, Jeb Matulich and Brian Wysong started the clothing brand Tumbleweed TexStyles, with most of its sales coming from an online site. Now, nine years later, their first physical…

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Mother and daughter create hairstyle account
Video

Karina Grokhovskaya | October 26, 2020

With more than 1 billion people on Instagram, freshman Ashton Hatch has managed to gain over 40,000 followers. But it’s not because of where she’s gone or what she’s done.

It’s because of her…

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Their heritage is more than a month
Features

Caroline Caruso | October 23, 2020

More than a percentage.

More than a statistic written on paper.

Their heritage reaches far beyond the confines of a population census.

Their story is more.

Although a national holiday, many…

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Redhawks launch sustainable coffee ground company
Features

Hannah Beeler | October 21, 2020

For many students, the thought of coffee is one of the first things on their minds in the morning. What some don’t think about is the amount of waste their cup of joe creates.

After use, coffee grounds…

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Rocking the vote by wearing the “vote.”
Features

Wingspan Staff | October 14, 2020

Inspired by the social studies department at Lebanon Trail High School, the social studies department on campus is wearing “Vote.” T-shirts every Tuesday leading up to Election Day on Nov. 3. Hear…

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Quick thinking saves the day
Features

Shreya Jagan | October 12, 2020

21 days.

It’s been 21 days since freshman Carsten Swallow potentially saved someone’s life.

September 17 was just another normal day for Carsten as he sat in his 2B class expecting to learn Spanish….

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Two teachers, one mission for change
Features

Aaron Boehmer | October 5, 2020

Then-kindergartener Malcolm Hill sits with his dad in the bleachers at a Frisco High School football game in 1998. A racial slur is chanted by fans.  

“Go c—-s!” Hill remembers being yelled…

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Dancing to the kitchen, Red Rhythm sophomore baking sweet treats
Features

Ashika Deshpande | September 24, 2020

From baking alongside her mom to making it a daily part of her life, sophomore Hannah Beeler has cultivated her talents into creating her own business, the Tearose Bakery. For over a year, Beeler has run…

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Unfiltered: accent inferiority complex
Audio

Hamsa Madhira | September 17, 2020

Hosted by junior Hamsa Madhira, this podcast talks about various socio-political issues, ideas, and experiences that are personal to her identity as a South Asian and Immigrant. This week, she will discuss…

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Monday’s with Ms. Marvel: Trump tapes
Opinions

Trisha Dasgupta | September 16, 2020

Bob Woodward, one of the journalists who broke the Watergate stories, released exclusive tapes from a series of interviews he conducted with President Trump from January to March of this year, tapes that…

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Restroom break turns into breaking the door
Sports

Remi Williams | September 2, 2020

What most people consider a quick break turned into a little over an hour long ordeal when soccer player and senior Kallin Brown realized she was locked in a bathroom Thursday morning with no one around.

“I…

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Helping her community with a mask-making campaign
Coronavirus

Ana Cuen | May 28, 2020

Scissors, thread, stitches, and a camera.  

Simple materials on their own, but with the potential to save lives together. 

Most people have been staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19….

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Local AC/DC tribute singer auditions for spot on tour
Features

Aaron Boehmer | May 28, 2020

It’s likely the dream of most cover or tribute band singers: the chance to perform with the real band. For local AC/DC tribute band, Back in Black, it happened in 2016. That’s when lead singer Darren…

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Soccer works with IntelliGym technology to sharpen skills
Sports

Remi Williams | May 8, 2020

Over the years technology has been accepted as useful in the classroom. However, in recent  years technology has been developed to help athletes excel on the field with the Redhawk soccer teams using…

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Orchestra performs See You Again by Wiz Khalifa via Zoom
Coronavirus

Lucas Barr | April 8, 2020

With COVID-19 closing campus until at least May 1, a short video from the orchestra officers grew into a much different kind of viral sensation. Over the last few days, a pieced-together performance of…

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COVID-19 perspectives from around the world
Coronavirus

Amelia Jáuregui | March 31, 2020

What started off in Wuhan, China in late 2019, is now a global pandemic impacting people everywhere. To get an idea of what is happening in other areas, Wingspan reached out to students across America…

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City updates COVID-19 response at town hall
Coronavirus

Aaron Boehmer | March 27, 2020

“We’re a little bit in uncharted waters,” Frisco mayor Jeff Cheney said on the Frisco Town Hall on Coronavirus Monday evening.

In light of declaring COVID-19 a public health emergency, Cheney…

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Abbott addresses the state
Coronavirus

Aaron Boehmer | March 27, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott held a virtual town hall Thursday night to discuss his statewide executive order and address public concerns over COVID-19. 

Abbott’s executive order provides the following restrictions: 

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“Ready for the fight”
Features

Lucas Barr | March 10, 2020

In over 20 years of teaching and four years of education, nothing could have prepared AP Literature and Humanities teacher Beth Evans for what she had to say. 

The news was unlike any lecture, lesson,…

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Casting ballots: the politics of voting
Features

Aaron Boehmer | February 24, 2020

Texas is amongst the states that holds low voter registration and turnout, ranking 47th compared to all the other states in terms of voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election.

Although 15.8…

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Nine years in the making, senior gets his one shining moment
Sports

Aaron Boehmer | February 20, 2020

For nine years, the Redhawks were his high school favorite, watching as his two siblings suited up in the red and black.

First it was his older sister Sarah.

Then it was his older brother Joshua.

Then,…

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Coronavirus spreads local concern
Coronavirus

Yael Even | February 12, 2020

Wreaking havoc on the nation as well as the world, a deadly strand of coronavirus first took its course in China in late January and since then has killed over 600 people across the planet.

In response…

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A ‘diamond in the rough’
Sports

Maddie Aronson | February 12, 2020

With a winning record and almost 500 wrestling matches in the past four years, freshman Mitchell Borynack entered high school as one of the team’s most experienced athletes, bringing the Redhawk…

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More than just a sideline attraction, cheer takes the spotlight
Arts & Entertainment

Kasey Harvey | February 6, 2020

Hitting the masses less than a month ago on Jan. 8, Cheer has become a hit sensation on Netflix. Rated 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, numerous students and staff members on campus have been binge watching…

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Rachel’s recovery: a battle with depression
Features

Ana Cuen Alcelay | February 6, 2020

Anxiety. Depression. Atypical anorexia.

Symptoms to some, but a checklist of disorders for junior Rachel Wilson. And on World Suicide Prevention Day, she decided to share her story via social media.

The…

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Remembering the Holocaust
News

Kirthi Gummadi | January 28, 2020

In 1933 the world took a dark turn, when the systematic persecution of millions of people occurred because of their ethnic, religious and political views.

In 2019, the state of Texas passed Senate Bill…

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From farmers markets to local restaurants, Frisco’s new culinary trend
Features

Sydney Andros | January 27, 2020

Processed foods.

It’s a term most of us have heard, but few understand.

Yet by most accounts, anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of what we eat is processed which means that the food in question has…

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No school Monday means more than a day off
News

Aaron Boehmer | January 21, 2020

The 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday to honor the civil rights leader and his contributions to American society. 

As a federal holiday, many government agencies and offices…

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Aftermath of Soleimani killing leaves countries tense, students conflicted
News

Lucas Barr | January 15, 2020

The Trump administration is targeting Iran with sanctions, days after Iran fired missiles at a U.S. occupied base in Iraq in retaliation for an American drone attack that killed top Iranian general Qasem…

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Lights, music, Christmas
Video

Advik Dixit | December 26, 2019

Planning on majoring in lighting design and production, senior Kyle Strickland usually puts his talents on display in various theatre productions in the area.

However, every December for the last 6…

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Junior set for national esport semifinals
Arts & Entertainment

Aaron Boehmer | December 17, 2019

Eight weeks of a regular season, playoffs, and pre-quarterfinals prepared junior Andy Trinh for his quarterfinal win on Wednesday.

Next up for Trinh is the High School Esports League’s national semifinals…

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Helping heal Harper’s heart
Features

Kasey Harvey | November 22, 2019

It was supposed to be a normal 20 week checkup and sonogram for former Vandeventer Middle School coach and teacher Brittany Manning on Nov. 14, 2018.

It quickly became something else.

“They told…

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“They say that girls are weaker than men”
Sports

Catie Reeves | November 19, 2019

Out of forty one freshman football players on campus there’s one in particular that stands out from the rest. In a predominantly male sport freshman Shaniyah Hart takes the field as a defensive linemen…

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Redhawk’s win makes national TV
Sports

Yael Even | November 12, 2019

The afterglow of Friday’s win over Wakeland 45-35 continued with highlights from the game aired on NBC’s broadcast of Sunday Night Football between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings.

“Seeing…

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Redhawks break losing streak
Sports

Aaron Boehmer | November 12, 2019

45-35, the score that broke a two year, 20 game losing streak for the Redhawk football team and led to the team’s first win of the season on Friday against Wakeland at the Ford Center.

It’s a score…

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Thousands of steps, hundreds of miles, three make it to state
Video

Walker Shippy | November 11, 2019

Hours and hours of training.

Thousands upon thousands of steps adding up to hundreds of miles.

All the work is going to be put to one final test as senior Amelia Jauergui, sophomore Jada Williams,…

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Making bonds with military life
Features

Parijat Somani | October 30, 2019

In 1974, the Marines and Navy totaled about 2.5 million members, but in 2016, that number fell to about half a million. Today, the Army is the one with the most members, with it alone having half a million…

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Behind Closed Doors: the Student Opportunity Center
Features

Aliza Porter | October 24, 2019

What started out as the only school in Frisco in 1939 now serves as the Frisco ISD’s Student Opportunity Center (SOC). In this four-part special report, Wingspan explores the history of the building…

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Freshman flies towards pilot’s license with the Civil Air Patrol
Features

Caroline Caruso | October 23, 2019

He’s not waiting for a traffic light to turn green, or having to sit behind a line of cars in the process.

He’s not having to worry about the steering wheel or using his blinker either.

Instead,…

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Tornados touch ground in DFW Sunday
News

Shreya Jagan | October 22, 2019

Trees were breaking, roof shingles were falling, families were hiding, and yet most people on campus never expected a single thing Sunday night.

“It was very sudden,” yearbook adviser Kimberly Breen…

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