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Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Painting the base layer for each board, seniors Gurleen Swaich and Juliana Borruso prepare for the design portion of the project. The journalism staff stayed after school to decorate each teachers boards to their own specifications. I really hope that teachers appreciate this small gesture because as journalism kids we definitely annoy them and I think this will show that we are thankful for them putting up with us, Editor-in-Chief Gurleen Swaich said.  Photo Credit: Crystalyn Estabillo

Journalism staff Creates Customized Gifts for Teachers

Crystalyn Estabillo May 4, 2022
Journalism II students work together to paint and design small boards for each teacher.
Academic validation is when a student relies on their academics to feel recognized as an individual. What many don’t realize is how draining constantly worrying about your grades and pushing yourself to only do your best in school really is in the mind of a teenager.
 Art Credit: Crystalyn Estabillo

Academic Validation: Is it Really Worth All The Stress?

Crystalyn Estabillo April 13, 2022
Pushing oneself past personal limits for a 4.0 GPA is not worth it.


Crystalyn Estabillo March 30, 2022
Find out some fun facts about sophomore Jacob Benedicto in this video questionnaire.
For the past two years, it has been normal for students to go out in public with some sort of facial covering for their health and safety. Nevada’s mask mandate was lifted at the beginning of this year, so sophomore Madison Davis stopped wearing her mask in public. “I hope that things will be able to go back to how they were pre-pandemic,” Davis said. “I think that we have come a long way from where we first started, but hopefully things will get better.”

A New Mask-Free Era

Crystalyn Estabillo March 24, 2022
When will students start to feel comfortable going out without their facial coverings on?
An Hour In... Chemistry Honors

An Hour In… Chemistry Honors

Crystalyn Estabillo March 14, 2022
Chemistry Honors students expand their knowledge on types of chemical reactions.
Where Are They Now: Mary Micaella Intal

Where Are They Now: Mary Micaella Intal

Crystalyn Estabillo March 10, 2022
Take a look into the life of 2018 graduate, Mary Micaella Intal.
Lifehacks: Stress Relieving Edition

Lifehacks: Stress Relieving Edition

Crystalyn Estabillo February 25, 2022
Stress is one feeling that is hard to avoid throughout life, but these hacks will help ease that unnecessary tension.
Working together to color code their electrical wire diagram, seniors Joshua Yero and Abigail Battaglia differentiate which wires connect to each other. Students in Engineering III learned how to connect the different components of an electrical car together. “Since I have a good understanding of how the diagram works, I think I should have an easy time wiring the electric car,” Battaglia said. “I also hope to offer any help to my group wherever it is needed.”  Photo Credit: Crystalyn Estabillo

Engineering III students start work on their electric car

Crystalyn Estabillo February 4, 2022
They are starting with hands-on wiring of the vehicle.
PODCAST: School Safety

PODCAST: School Safety

Madelynn Evans and Crystalyn Estabillo January 26, 2022
In this episode, listen to all the ways our school keeps us safe from everything going on, as well as the ways we could improve our school safety.
Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: December 2021 Edition

Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: December 2021 Edition

Crystalyn Estabillo November 21, 2021
In need of new music? Check out these artists.
PODCAST: The Fears of Growing Older

PODCAST: The Fears of Growing Older

Crystalyn Estabillo and Raeness Lantaya November 17, 2021
The future is daunting, and growing up itself can be a scary thought.
Q&A: After Fridays Tragic Events at the Astroworld Music Festival, What are Some Precautions Festival Promoters Should Consider Putting in Place?

Q&A: After Friday’s Tragic Events at the Astroworld Music Festival, What are Some Precautions Festival Promoters Should Consider Putting in Place?

Crystalyn Estabillo November 13, 2021
We ask students what precautions festival promoters should put in place after the tragic events that occurred at the Astroworld music festival.