The School Newspaper of Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Looking up to his Pez Candy Dispensers, junior Jaidyn Rogers has been displaying and organizing his collection for the past two years. Rogers has incorporated more rare and limited edition pieces in the past years. “My favorite in my collection is Bugs Bunny wearing a sombrero,” Rogers said. “But I also love my large dispensers as well because they aren’t as common.”

Avid Pez Collector: Meet Jaidyn Rogers

Ava Julian
April 11, 2023
Jaidyn Rogers owns Pez dispensers from an inherited collection.
Creating his own head to toe cosplay attire through 3D printing, Staheli proudly poses for his professional photos. Im most proud of the things I make because not many people have the chance to make something thats one of a kind, like my suit, Staheli said. Its the same with everything I make. Im really proud because it was by my effort that it exists.

Creative Cosplayer, 3D Printer: Meet Samuel Staheli

Paizley Swaney, Staff Writer
March 20, 2023
Cosplayer and 3D Printer shares his experiences, goals and more.
Toasting granules of rice Kimberly Bakke stays busy in the kitchen. Chef Bakke joined this school in the year 2021 and has been working hard ever since. “Even if you told me youre going to work a lot at your new job as a teacher I wouldnt change what I do, and I think all that I did back then made me who I am today.”


Carmen Ruiz, Staff Writer
March 6, 2023
Baking & Pastry and Foods instructor shares her journey from executive pastry chef to magnet high school teacher.
Working with passion and interest on his first project, DiPaulo-Gross has found his future career. “Do what youre passionate about and make what you do for fun a job,” DiPaulo-Gross said. “So you dont have to do something that you dont like as your job.” Photo Credit: David DiPaulo-Gross

Successful Roblox Game Developer: Meet David DiPaulo-Gross

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
March 2, 2023
Senior David DiPaulo-Gross discovers passion within creating games.
Gliding through the water, junior Justyn Grayce Moceros races towards the finish line. She has been swimming since she was 4. “I like how swimming is more of an individual sport,” Moceros said. “You don’t really have to rely on other people, which I really like. I don’t really like to depend on people because people usually tend to disappoint you and it’s better to just make sure that you can do things yourself.”

Sensational Swimmer: Meet Justyn Grayce Moceros

Yaritzza Montenegro, Staff Writer
January 30, 2023
Moceros continues to grow in her swimming journey.
Standing beside his personal “Dig Dug” cabinet, freshman Nicholas Arone is working towards adding more machines to his collection. He has had an interest in arcade games since five years old. “My dream cabinet is a six player ‘X-Men’ or a dedicated ‘Ghosts and Goblins’ cabinet,” Arone said. “But my favorite game from the old school era is ‘DigDug.’”

Dedicated Arcade Game Renovator: Meet Nicholas Arone

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
January 10, 2023
Freshman Nicholas Arone has spent the past four years working on repairing his own arcade cabinets.
Posing for pictures and hanging out with Minnie Mouse Catherine Viggato recounts her time working at Epcot in the year 2006. I really enjoyed the time I spent there because I got to know a lot of people from different parts of the country, Viggato said. It was the first time I was out on my own so it was good to get that experience.

Experienced Hospitality Industry Worker: Meet Catherine Viggato

Carmen Ruiz, Staff Writer
January 5, 2023
Hospitality teacher Catherine Viggato shares her experiences as a worker in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Competing in the Esports Mountain Region league playoffs, the Southwest Squids celebrate their hard-earned win. Practicing since September, their hard work pays off. “What sets us apart from the other school teams is that we have a lot more power and a lot more strength as players,” junior Carl Reiner said. “I’m noticing that whenever we play the best teams the region has to offer, I’m just kind of disappointed. I felt like we would have a much bigger competition but it turns out we’re beating them with no more than eighty percent of our power.”

First place, undefeated: Meet the Southwest Squids

Kailie Sicolo, Staff Writer
December 12, 2022
Team will play for the championship on Tuesday.
In preparation for their contortion class, sophomore Lex Boyd builds their stamina by running through their poses and stretches in the gym. Equally an outlet and source for their stress, contortion plays a major role in Boyd’s life. “Working out has especially helped me to build not only my strength but more importantly my confidence to excel in my contortion journey,” Boyd said. Photo Credit: Lex Boyd

Beginning Contortionist: Meet Lex Boyd

Paizley Swaney, Staff Writer
November 29, 2022
Sophomore is progressing in their journey.
Holding up her tennis racket, sophomore Ihsan Seman finishes out a great tennis season. She made many new friendships while still donning her hijab proudly. “I came to play every single day,” Seman said. “I wasn’t forced to do this. I’m dedicated to this sport, and I want to be there.”

Committed Tennis Player: Meet Ihsan Seman

Philipos Alebachew, Staff Writer
November 22, 2022
She tells her story of embracing her culture while still playing a sport she loves.
Using coding as a creative outlet, senior Austin Brigida lives life with autism spectrum disorder. Brigida found ways to live life just like other students. “I truly believe that Austin is where he is today because of his hard work and the combined efforts of his therapists, teachers and family,” mother Tracy Brigida said.

Living On The Spectrum: Meet Austin Brigida

Kylie Dacquel, Staff Writer
November 7, 2022
Ready to graduate, Austin has shown perseverance throughout his four years of high school.
During her “Sow What?” Journey in San Diego, sophomore Delaney Knight takes part in an animal workshop hosted by Zovargo. Proud to be a part of the organization, Girl Scouts has allowed Knight to grow as a person through earning badges and completing journeys.  “Being a Girl Scout makes me a better person in many different ways,” Knight said. “One of those ways is learning valuable skills that I can use for my whole life. Some of the skills are business and finance skills from selling cookies, survival skills, learning how to cook while camping, and more.”

Empowered Girl Scout: Meet Delaney Knight

October 27, 2022
Delaney Knight shares her experience being a Girl Scout.

Comments (0)

All Southwest Shadow Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest