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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.

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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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Columbus Day causes controversy
News

Aaron Boehmer | October 16, 2019

Columbus Day will be observed on Monday as a federal holiday commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. 

But the ocean wasn’t so blue for Indigenous peoples, as after…

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“The best choice I’ve made in my high school years”
Showcase

Aaron Boehmer | October 10, 2019

Cheerleading arrived in the United States with an all-male pep club in the 1880s at Princeton University.
Now more than a century later, in 2019, there’s been a nearly complete role reversal as about…

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Simply Shreya: the Tik Tok truth
Opinions

Shreya Jagan | October 3, 2019

Help me understand this. 

What is this obsession with Tik Tok?

Allow me to elaborate. When Musical.ly caught the internet by storm in 2014, it was cool. It was different. People could lip synch…

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Melvin’s summer with the Marines
Features

Akhil Katuri | September 27, 2019

In what was advertised as a free trip, a select few, including English Teacher Vanessa Melvin,  were chosen for a week long insider experience with the U.S. Marines, in bases all across the country.

“The…

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Editorial: Early AP registration deadline places burden on students
Opinions

Lucas Barr | September 26, 2019

The College Board has laid out a new system for AP test registration in the 2019-2020 year. Students in Frisco ISD must now register for their exams by Nov. 1 for full year and fall semester courses. That’s…

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Monday with Ms. Marvel: home is where the heart is
Opinions

Trisha Dasgupta | September 25, 2019

I don’t remember coming to America.

At three years old, there’s only so much you can store away. The one memory I can somehow conjure is vague, but present nonetheless.

I’m three years old….

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Back where it all began, Parks returns home as a pro
Sports

Kasey Harvey | September 25, 2019

It was a sense of deja vu for NYC FC’s Keaton Parks on Sunday. A 2015 Redhawk graduate, Parks took to the familiar pitch of Toyota Stadium, trading the red and black of his high school days, for…

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Once in the shadows, now in the spotlight
Features

Maddie Aronson | September 24, 2019

Schools and libraries across the nation are hosting Banned Books Week, Monday through Friday, an event that highlights controversial books, and defend students’ rights to reading books written from all…

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Soccer helps brings STEAM to Frisco ISD 6th graders
Sports

Kasey Harvey | September 23, 2019

Diving deeper into the education and science behind soccer, FC Dallas launched their STEAM FC program on Thursday at Toyota Stadium powered by NEC and sponsored by CoServ and Southern New Hampshire…

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Wearing red, white, and blue, Wenaas soars with Team USA
Sports

Maddie Aronson | September 20, 2019

Already considered amongst the top volleyball players in DFW, senior outside hitter Jenna Wenaas received a stars and stripes invitation over the summer as she was one of 19 girls asked to try out…

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More than just a game
Sports

Kasey Harvey | September 17, 2019

Just 33 days after a former Plano Senior High School graduate is accused of perpetrating a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso that left 22 dead, El Paso’s Eastwood High and Plano Senior High continue…

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Targets acquired
Video

Kasey Harvey | May 14, 2019

Stalking their prey, they scan their hit list, and wait. They wait for the perfect opportunity to strike.

Ambushing their victim, they draw their weapon and pull the trigger.

Screaming, they reel…

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Shenal’s story
Features

Shenal Christian | May 3, 2019

“You are not beautiful. It’s disgusting”

“Cut out your skin. Scrape it out”

“You look like a cow”

“Are you contagious?”

“No one cares enough about you let alone how ugly…

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Aiming high, Kabongo reaches new heights
Sports

Catie Reeves | April 23, 2019

Raising the bar for Texas track and field, senior Nissi Kabongo is the number one high jumper in the nation, after her 5’10” jump at the Wildcat Relays meet in February. Her performance not only…

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Zion the bobblehead
Video

Kennedy Williams | March 19, 2019

Despite an untimely ending to the season with a loss to Kimball in the area final, senior Zion Richardson’s accolades are just starting to rack up, as he has earned the title of District MVP for the…

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SAGA unites a community on campus
Features

Aaron Boehmer | February 28, 2019

Nearly 80 years after the first gay rights campaign, the U.S. Supreme Court decriminalized same-sex conduct in Texas in 2003. More than a decade later, gay marriage was legalized via Obergefell v. Hodges.

Now…

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Fostering a family
Features

Aliza Porter | February 25, 2019

For many parents, starting a family involves some planning. If nothing else, it usually takes approximately nine months for a family to have a child.

But for AP Government teacher, and assistant softball…

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Opioid addiction not just a number for Collin County mom
Features

Kasey Harvey | February 9, 2019

Opioid addiction is not a number to Collin County mom Susán Hoemke.

It’s not a trend or a statistic.

It’s her reality.

In 2014, her 22-year-old son Hayden died as a result of his opioid addiction.

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Clearing the air
Features

Lucas Barr | February 1, 2019

From vapor clouds and the frequent smell of sweet aromas wafting through the air, to empty cartridges in trash cans, it’s hard to miss the evidence of teenage vaping. With an estimated 11.7 percent of…

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Harvard lecture series inspires senior’s discussion forum
Features

Melody Tavallaee | February 1, 2019

An Ivy League lecture series inspired a conversation on philosophy and morals in the lecture hall on Thursday and Friday as senior George Rao launched what he hopes is a thought provoking discussion forum….

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Wrestling through pain
Video

Stephanie Qiu | January 29, 2019

Breaking out a good sweat is a bittersweet feeling for most athletes, but to senior wrestler Jordan Johnston, it may be more painful than rewarding.

“I have bulging discs,” Johnston said. “They’re…

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Life changing experience
Video

Isabella Santiago | January 29, 2019

It’s May of 2018, the school year was coming to a close.

Seniors prepared for graduation, teachers and students alike prepared for summer, but one student prepared for a much more life changing experience…

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400 years later, history classes mimic Martin Luther
News

Melody Tavallaee | January 28, 2019

Mimicking the actions of one of the world’s most well-known theologists, world history students posted a list of complaints in the front office about on the Frisco ISD student handbook Friday and Tuesday

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All Voices Matter: separating art from the artist
Opinions

Aviance Pritchett | January 17, 2019

A six-episode docuseries revolving R&B singer R. Kelly and the allegations against him recently debuted on Lifetime. To many, especially the older generation, this wasn’t anything new, from him being…

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NAHS painting reminds Harris of the big picture
Arts & Entertainment

Kanz Bitar | January 15, 2019

After listening to a sermon at his church about the importance of not getting wrapped up in little details, assistant principal Jason Harris reached out to the school’s chapter of National Art Honor…

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