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Administration is currently organizing to ensure a safe and successful ceremony for seniors. In contrast to last years drive-thru graduation, this years graduation will include pre-recorded speeches and a smaller audience at Orleans Arena. Senior year went well for me as I still was able to spend time with the people I care about even though it was in a reduced capacity, senior Micheal Brock said. It’s obviously bittersweet as it’s [graduation is] saying goodbye to a part of my life, but I’m excited for the future.” Photo Credit: MD Duran

In-person graduation scheduled for June 7 Leaving a bittersweet aftertaste, the upcoming 2021 senior graduation says their final goodbyes in limited circumstances

Hanae Furugaki May 19, 2021

With less than a month remaining, seniors are heading towards the finish line of their high school careers. Using CDC’s guidance, senior graduation is taking place at the Orleans Arena June 7 at 8 a.m....

Toxicity’s relationship with gaming has created a negative image over the years. The extreme pervasiveness of toxic players has left most with no options, but to simply tolerate and normalize the behavior, despite its hatefulness. I’ve played online games practically my entire life, so Ive had my fair share of toxicity, sophomore Ashley Harris said. Unfortunately, we can never get rid of toxicity anywhere, and we do what we have to do to get rid of trolls and rude people. We do our best to make a safe bubble for everyone, which is what the rest of the gaming community needs to replicate.Photo Credit: Florian Olivo

The increasing toxicity of gaming culture Normalcy around harassment on online platforms

Hanae Furugaki April 30, 2021

Gaming culture is often synonymous with hateful players constantly trash-talking each other with demoralizing insults and language. Though it may be easily dismissed as the normal gaming experience, it...

Due to coronavirus precautions, CollegeBoard is giving students the choice of taking the exam in digital or paper format at home or school. Individual testing schedules depend on three exam dates for each subject between early May and mid-June. “The biggest pro [to taking the test at home] is probably being safe from any exposure to COVID-19, sophomore Yusra Shafique said. You might also feel more relaxed and at ease since you’re in a comfortable, familiar environment rather than being stressed by going to school and sitting in a classroom with other students.
Photo Credit: Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu

Examinees given options for 2021 AP Exams Exams can be taken at home or in-person this year to accommodate for underlying health concerns

Hanae Furugaki April 6, 2021

As the school year nears the end, students are preparing to take the annual CollegeBoard AP exams. Due to COVID-19, students can choose to take their exams at home digitally alternately to the traditional...

Where are They Now: Nikki Molina

Where are They Now: Nikki Molina Former Nursing student working as a Navy engineer

Hanae Furugaki March 19, 2021

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February marks the beginning of Black History Month as teachers integrate traditional Black History Month topics as well as more current topics in their curriculum. “I keep in mind the importance of it that its not just a month its a mindset,” social studies teacher Jessica Kelly said. “You cant understand whats going on today without knowing the history behind it.” Photo Credit: Clker-Free-Vector-Images

The Enduring Significance of Black History Month Curriculum expanding beyond traditionally recognized figures

Hanae Furugaki March 4, 2021

It's been 45 years since "Negro History Week" evolved into the month-long celebration of Black History Month. This year, the celebration of African American contributions comes with the consciousness of...

Enjoy the luxurious view and healthy dining at Strip View Cafe

Enjoy the luxurious view and healthy dining at Strip View Cafe Try out their wide range of coffees and teas as well as breakfast and brunch

Hanae Furugaki March 2, 2021

Closed on Mondays Tues-Sun: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Credit Cards Accepted Locally owned and operated, Strip View Cafe is a decade into its establishment after returning with new management from a temporary...

While many of us are locked down in our homes, sophomore Genevy Machuca has found a way to utilize the time by making homemade cookies to sell online with her close friend Alyssa Yozamp. The new business offers cookies in a variety of flavors, such as red velvet and peanut butter. Credit: Genevy Machuca

'> Online cookie business owner: Meet Genevy Machuca Putting a smile on people's faces with homemade cookies

Hanae Furugaki February 11, 2021

Taking out the cookies from the oven, sophomore Genevy Machuca smells the aromatic fragrance that immediately fills the room. After spending hours baking, the cookies were finally ready. With her friend,...

Schoolwork and busy schedules have made students prone to sleep deprivation. The consequences of sleep deficiency are serious and this widespread issue can cause various health issues. “There are so many reasons that sleep deprivation is hindering the success of our teenagers,” Psychology 101 teacher Benjamin Lacombe said. “There is a connection between sleep deprivation and irritability, bad temper, weight gain, memory, and other mental health issues. Maybe we would see a reduction of these problems in teenagers if they just got more sleep.” Credit: Icons made by Flat Icons from

The teenage sleep deprivation epidemic signals alarms With staying up late becoming a norm amongst teenagers, numerous health issues are surfacing

Hanae Furugaki February 5, 2021

A third cup of coffee with deep-set circles under eyes and drowsiness taking over, staying up late has become a normal routine for sophomore Kennedy Taylor. It was already hours past midnight and not long...

Starting after winter break, adding new teachers has allowed for smaller class sizes for core classes. After a large intake of freshmen, many classes were larger than normal. “I love it at Southwest,” Whitney Lopez said. “Coming into the distance format, the biggest challenge was how do I adjust all these things that I know we used to hit on, but also, do I need to make adjustments so that I can kind of lighten the load a little bit, so that it’s not so overwhelming all the time.”

New faculty joins Southwest for second semester Due to the addition of new teachers, many students are having schedule changes

Juliana Borruso and Hanae Furugaki January 14, 2021

Three new members have joined the staff: Staci Fuller, teaching biology and chemistry, Whitney Lopez, teaching English 12 and Maritza De La Fuente, teaching English 9 and English 10.  “I have teenagers...

Working on her laptop from her usual Google Meets spot, sophomore Heron Yonas works on a PSA project to raise awareness about the harmful effects of reusable plastic masks. For the project, members took pictures of masks they found around the neighborhood and compiled them together in a video. I love how this club keeps us up with the new environmental issues, Yonas said. Honestly, if it werent for this club, I would be completely blind to everything going on. Photo Credit: Heron Yonas

Environmental Club studies COVID’s impact on non-reusable products 30-second videos being created to share with community

Hanae Furugaki December 10, 2020

COVID-19 has been continuing for over a year now, which raises concern over the lack of knowledge surrounding its detrimental impacts on the environment. In light of this situation, students in Environmental...

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