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Thomas Price

Thomas Price, Website Manager

Thomas Price is a second-year student in Journalism who has been heavily involved in The West Press over the last school year. He participates in many of Lakota’s extra-curricular and in-school programs, such as being a member of the Hope Squad, Junior Board, Lakota West Drumline, performer in the Marching Band, and a Percussionist in Symphonic Winds. As a creatively driven student, Thomas is also skilled in many technical areas, whether through the use of photography, video design, or media creation. Through The West Press, he focuses on writing local news and opinion articles, giving daily insight into the good and bad West has to offer to its students and staff.

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Prom 2024: Behind the Scenes

Prom 2024: Behind the Scenes

Thomas Price, Website Manager May 9, 2024

As the end of the year approaches, many students look forward to prom, a long-standing tradition for upperclassmen (Juniors and Seniors) to celebrate their final years in high school through a night of dancing, dresses, and spending time with friends....

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Should Prom Include ALL Main Campus Students?

Should Prom Include ALL Main Campus Students?

Thomas Price, Website Manager May 3, 2024

Since its creation, Prom has always been an event focused on giving upperclassmen (Juniors and Seniors) a way to celebrate the things they have accomplished, through a dance held at the end of the year: Prom. With a theme selected by the prom-planning...

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Eclipse of a Lifetime: Great American Eclipse 2024

Eclipse of a Lifetime: Great American Eclipse 2024

Thomas Price, Website Manager April 11, 2024

On Monday, April 8th, millions across North America were able to experience the Great North American Eclipse 2024, with millions of sightseers traveling to the path of totality to experience the incredibly rare phenomenon. Starting its route in Texas,...

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Its Time to Modernize Lakotas High Schools

It’s Time to Modernize Lakota’s High Schools

Thomas Price, Website Manager March 14, 2024

Since the 2019-2020 school year, Lakota has meticulously chipped away at the creation of their star-studded Master Facilities Plan, which has been paraded around as the district's most innovative and impactful changes since its creation. With plans to...

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Lakotas Master Facilities Plan: 2024 Edition

Lakota’s Master Facilities Plan: 2024 Edition

Thomas Price, Website Manager March 4, 2024

Over the past few years, Lakota’s School Board has been hard at work constructing the future of the district; everything from designing new buildings, changing grade setups throughout the entire district, and even adding a potential third branch of...

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Taylor Swift vs. The NFL: Whos in The Right?

Taylor Swift vs. The NFL: Who’s in The Right?

Thomas Price, Website Manager February 15, 2024

Over the past 6 months, football fans from around the United States have been taken aback by Taylor Swift, the global popstar who has dominated every corner of the music industry throughout the last decade, making an appearance at the Chiefs vs Bears...

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Introducing the Lakota West Broadcasting Club

Introducing the Lakota West Broadcasting Club

Thomas Price, Website Manager February 2, 2024

Lakota West prides itself in featuring the work of students from around the school, from sharing their creations online to talking about the students’ successes during the morning announcements. Over the past 2 years, West has been witness to one of...

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Lets Talk Main Campus Bathrooms

Let’s Talk Main Campus Bathrooms

Thomas Price, Website Manager February 2, 2024

One of the most essential quality-of-life needs for schools is the ability to relieve oneself in a public restroom. Even if they aren’t the highest quality or most modern design ever, they get the job done and allow you to carry on with your day. Is...

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Changing for the Worst: Lakota Does it Again

Changing for the Worst: Lakota Does it Again

Thomas Price, Website Manager January 30, 2024

Since the first day I can remember attending Lakota West, there have always been changes made throughout the year to things we are oftentimes familiar with. Whether it be the XH schedule change from last school year to this school year or the most recent...

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Schools Across The US Receive Russian Bomb Threats

Schools Across The US Receive Russian Bomb Threats

Thomas Price, Website Manager December 14, 2023

Schools around the country have been receiving threats from a “Russian Terrorist Organization” about bombs being placed across American schools. Last Friday, the threat was emailed to many northern Texas school districts, claiming that explosives...

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Destination, Hawaii! East/West Marching Band Trip

Destination, Hawaii! East/West Marching Band Trip

Thomas Price, Website Manager December 14, 2023

If you had to go on vacation to any place in the world, where would it be? Some people might say London or Tokyo; Others might say Paris or Australia. One of these places is a must-see bucket list type of place: Hawaii. Announced early 2022, The Lakota...

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A Look Inside the Lakota West Marching Band 2023

A Look Inside the Lakota West Marching Band 2023

Thomas Price, Website Manager November 16, 2023

Lakota West has always been known for having spectacular athletics and extra-curricular activities for students. With all of their impressive wins and records held over the years, one program West offers has become a pinnacle of the school’s success:...

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National Emergency Alert Test Strikes Devices Nationwide

National Emergency Alert Test Strikes Devices Nationwide

Thomas Price, Website Manager October 12, 2023

As the clock struck 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4th, hundreds of millions of phones prepared to light up and make a loud, buzzing noise. This was part of an effort required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be carried out with the...

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Lakota West Marching Band Wins Obetz Regional for 3rd Consecutive Year

Lakota West Marching Band Wins Obetz Regional for 3rd Consecutive Year

Thomas Price, Website Manager September 28, 2023

In 2021, The Lakota West Marching Band made history by placing first at the Bands of America Obetz Regional, something the program had never done before. Winning a Regional this competitive is not an easy achievement and very few bands have ever had the...

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What Lakota NEEDS to Add in the NEW East + West High Schools

What Lakota NEEDS to Add in the NEW East + West High Schools

Thomas Price, Website Manager September 21, 2023

Earlier this year, the Lakota School Board approved a new Master Facilities Plan that would include a price of over 500 million dollars going into destroying older schools, renovating aging schools, and creating some new schools. Among these proposed...

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How to Start The New School Year Off Right

How to Start The New School Year Off Right

Thomas Price, Website Manager August 16, 2023

As the students of Lakota West return to school and prepare for another nine long months of tests, projects, and essays, it’s always good to reflect back on the previous year, and things that went well (or not). With a clean slate in front of you, there...

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Taylor Swift Travels to Cincinnati for The Eras Tour

Taylor Swift Travels to Cincinnati for The Eras Tour

Thomas Price, Website Manager July 7, 2023

Taylor Swift, the pop star who has reshaped the music industry in its entirety over her 17-year career, announced earlier this year she would be going on tour again after releasing her newest album, Midnights, just a week prior. On the first day of ticket...

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Lets Settle This: Which is Best, East or West?

Let’s Settle This: Which is Best, East or West?

Thomas Price, Website Manager May 24, 2023

Back in 1997, Lakota made the decision to split the district into two different sides, Lakota East and Lakota West. As with many districts, the two were often compared, and continue to be to this day, as each side's clubs and sports clash with each other...

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2022-2023 in Review: What Can WE Do Better?

2022-2023 in Review: What Can WE Do Better?

Thomas Price, Website Manager May 24, 2023

Congratulations, we’ve made it through the 2022-2023 school year! With exams complete and summer now in our grasp, it's always a good time to look at all the fantastic things you’ve done this year. Seniors have most likely chosen what they want to...

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Closing the Book on Summer Homework

Closing the Book on Summer Homework

Thomas Price, Website Manager May 18, 2023

Earlier this month, the Lakota East and Lakota West English Departments made the decision to cut summer homework for the 2023-2024 school year. This comes after complaints were received by students and parents throughout the years, gaining enough traction...

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Is AI Chatting The New Future?

Is AI Chatting The New Future?

Thomas Price, Website Manager May 1, 2023

On Friday, April 21st, Snapchat released its AI to its users for free, after previously keeping it restricted for only Snapchat + users to use by paying for its service. The bot has an extensive list of features, from understanding complex math problems...

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Curriculum Controversy: Do I Really Need to Learn This?

Curriculum Controversy: Do I Really Need to Learn This?

Thomas Price, Website Manager March 30, 2023

From the start of Kindergarten to the end of senior year, students around the world learn things like scientific properties, how to analyze famous novels and plays, calculate the mass and density of a 16-inch tall triangle, and of course understand the...

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Why are Graduation Requirements Getting so Complicated?

Why are Graduation Requirements Getting so Complicated?

Thomas Price, Website Manager March 1, 2023

As the Class of 2023 is preparing to leave, the requirements to graduate become more and more critical. Do you have at least two seals? Are you getting all your credits? Are your grades passing, have you paid all your school bills, did you find the right...

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Lakotas Master Facilities Plan: 2023 Edition

Lakota’s Master Facilities Plan: 2023 Edition

Thomas Price, Website Manager March 1, 2023

Authors Note: The contents of this article have since been changed by the District. An updated look at Lakota's Master Facilities Plan can be found by searching "Lakota's Master Facilities Plan: 2024 Edition" Over the past few years, Lakota’s School...

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A Major Miscalculation: Where Schools Went Wrong With Calculators

A Major Miscalculation: Where Schools Went Wrong With Calculators

Thomas Price, Website Manager January 30, 2023

As students prepare to enter another year of high school and go through a rigorous 9 months of lectures and projects, teachers will post their lists of classroom procedures and items they need to have in class each day. While most seem like everyday items,...

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A Look Inside the Lakota West Marching Band 2022

A Look Inside the Lakota West Marching Band 2022

Thomas Price, Website Manager November 17, 2022

Over the past few years, The Lakota West High School Marching Band has been on the rise after winning numerous awards and growing in musical strength. They made it into Grand National Semi-Finals for the first time in 2019, are two-time, back-to-back...

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Recycling in West Chester gets Trashed

Recycling in West Chester gets Trashed

People in the West Chester community have been dumping everything from car seats to toilets in recycling bins across the area. The after effects include social service employees having to work extra shifts and wasting their time, money and efforts towards...

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