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Zachary Placek
Hello, I am Zachary Placek. I am a senior at Alliance High School. This is my second year on the SPUD, and I am our Senior Editor. Last year, I competed at the state journalism competition in two events, but did not place. This year, I would like to qualify again for state and hopefully medal in competition.

I am the son of John and Lynn Placek, brother to Nicole Placek. We have a cat, Hobbs, who is less than a year old and very playful. As a family, we like to go to at least one Nebraska Husker game and one Rapid City Rush game each year.

Each year in high school, I have played tennis and run track. I have lettered in tennis and competed at state every year. For track, I have been on the varsity team each year.

When I graduate from Alliance, I plan to go to college to study pre-dental. After that, I plan to go to dental school and later open a private practice.

In order to reach this goal, I am applying for the RHOP and KHOP programs for Chadron and Wayne State Colleges, as well as the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Another way I can reach my goal is by applying to West Point Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy. I have a lot of options but also a lot of decisions to make.

I’m a reader and a lover of movies. I love to read just about any book that can keep me on my toes. I also hate good books that don’t have any sequels because I’m always left wanting to read more. My favorite movies to watch are Marvel movies, they’re the best, even the X-MEN movies.

In my free time, I tend to watch a lot of Youtube and Netflix, because it allows me to relax and I get to watch basically anything from sports highlights to old vines… RIP vine.

Zachary Placek, Senior Editor

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May 01, 2019
Gifts for Grads (Story)
Apr 25, 2019
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Mar 22, 2019
Senior Side: Spring? Where? When? Now? No. (Story)
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Breaking News… Nothing New (Story)
Feb 14, 2019
Cloudy with a Change of Nothing (Story)
Feb 01, 2019
Alliance FBLA Wins Best of the West (Story)
Jan 31, 2019
My Monthly Issue: It’s All Talk (Story)
Jan 29, 2019
Benefits of Being an Eagle Scout (Story)
Dec 21, 2018
My Monthly Issue: Lost In the Times (Story)
Dec 14, 2018
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Nov 27, 2018
My Monthly Issue: Giving Thanks (Story)
Nov 27, 2018
Jacob McCracken: Striking Success (Story)
Nov 06, 2018
Exchanging Education: Sharing Struggles (Story)
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My Monthly Issue: My Major Dissapointment (Story)
Oct 08, 2018
Jumpstart Your Future (Story)
Oct 05, 2018
Coaches vs Cancer (Story)
Sep 25, 2018
What is Boys/Girls State? (Story)
Sep 06, 2018
My Monthly Issue: Round 2 (Story)
May 14, 2018
My Monthly Issue: Peace Out Homies (Story)
Apr 30, 2018
My Monthly Issue Goes to State (Story)
Apr 11, 2018
My Monthly Issue: I Am Not Alone (Story)
Apr 10, 2018
FBLA: Getting Down to Business (Story)
Mar 15, 2018
Are We Safe? (Story)
Feb 27, 2018
My Monthly Issue: Love Struck (Story)
Feb 22, 2018
Dylan Horton: Anchors Away (Story)
Feb 21, 2018
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My Monthly Issue: Double Trouble (Story)
Jan 15, 2018
Bad Driving (Story)
Dec 20, 2017
My Monthly Issue: They’re All Getting Coal (Story)
Dec 08, 2017
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My Monthly Issue Goes to Lincoln (Story)
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Oct 26, 2017
FBLA Installation (Story)
Oct 10, 2017
My Monthly Issue: The Initial Shock (Story)
Sep 25, 2017
Dr. Troy Unzicker: Superintendant (Story)
Sep 18, 2017
Ms. Laura Schroer: Science (Story)
Sep 12, 2017
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