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School Operations Closed For Summer Break

School Operations Closed For Summer Break

Philipos Alebachew, Editor in Chief
May 21, 2024
Classes will resume on Monday, Aug. 12
Celebrating Earth Week and Earth Day, Environmental Club is hosting a scavenger hunt today. The event is taking place within the quad, with groups and individuals searching for prizes. “Last year, we came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt because the Environmental 101 teacher made digital escape rooms for her students in her class. The hidden caches we have are stickers, bracelets, stamps, and little trinkets that revolve around Earth Day in the shape of trees,” Ruiz said.


Ayma Malik and Travis McGinnis
April 24, 2024
Celebrating Earth Week and Earth Day, Environmental Club is hosting a scavenger hunt on April 24.
Posing for the crowd, senior Kyla Rodriguez models another students’ garment during the Fashion Forward event. “It was pretty stressful, especially with the time that we were given,” Rodriguez said. “With everything going on, weve had so many projects. My mind was going to so many different places, but I mainly put my focus on this, just preparing for it. I had to put 100% into it.”

Fashion Students Sweep ‘Fashion Forward’ Event

Achilles Caranto, Staff Writer
April 19, 2024
Students from the Fashion Design program have finished competing in the Fashion Forward event, with several placing highly as a finalist.
Photo Caption: Before the start of class, sophomore Connor Wiggins assists in setting up virtual reality headsets. Students have been engaging in VR-integrated learning. “We are working to integrate projects we’ve made with Unity, which is the game engine that we use,” Wiggins said. “Once its into virtual reality, you can control every aspect of your 3D world as if it were really there.”

Virtual Reality Integration starts in Digital Game Curriculum

Calahan Davis, Staff Writer
April 19, 2024
Digital Game Design students can expect an increase in virtual reality involvement in the classroom.
Standing in line during lunch, juniors and seniors wait to buy their prom ticket. Tickets were sold at the banker’s window, with Student Council members positioned nearby to exchange receipts for physical tickets. “I was there for the first day that we were selling tickets so I’ve seen the line get somewhat long, but the system of them getting their receipt from the banker then going to us for their ticket was a simple process. It’s been going pretty fast and really efficiently,” StuCo member Mya Brown said.


Ayma Malik and Travis McGinnis
April 17, 2024
The event will be held on April 20.
Sitting with moderators Angela Ferrel-Zabala and Xochitl Gomez, Vice President Kamala Harris speaks on the importance of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. A week prior, it was revealed that background checks before purchasing a gun were improving and that the “gun show loophole”, a way people could acquire guns without a background check, could no longer be exploited. “It’s an important step that we needed to take,” Vice President Harris said.

Vice President Kamala Harris Visits Southwest CTA

Adrienne Vera-Perez, Staff Writer
April 16, 2024
Vice President Harris participated in a moderated conversation on campus in front of an audience composed of high school students, staff, and representatives from outside organizations.
Image by Sara Svensson from Pixabay

Vice President Kamala Harris to Speak at Southwest CTA

Vice President Kamala Harris will be visiting Southwest CTA.
During last year’s Coyote Coachella, performer Aerhann Casupang sings “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” by Mac DeMarco for the crowd. The event allowed him to share his talent with the school community. “I was a little nervous to perform at first,” Casupang said. “After a little I was not really nervous because my friends came to support [me].”

Stuco Dance Committee Hosts Coyote Coachella

Zelina Panissidi, Staff Writer
April 3, 2024
The event is to be held on April 4 from 2-4 p.m.
Relighting her candle, junior Kailie Sicolo prepares to take a picture during the NHS induction ceremony. Members enjoyed refreshments and utilized photo opportunities after the ceremony. “The induction ceremony made me feel proud of myself and it was nice to celebrate getting into the club with my friends,” Sicolo said. “I missed the first meeting because I was out of state for a field trip, so I’m excited to attend my first meeting as an inducted member.”

Club Preview: A look into the week of April 2

Kylie Dacquel, Staff Writer
April 2, 2024
NHS begins the process of board elections, Art Club makes felt creations, and Book Club discusses their book of the month.
In between sessions, advisers Jennifer Gonzalez and Levi Harbeson stand with their students before entering the award ceremony and learning their students´ scores. After working on their projects all year, their hard work was assessed by panels of judges.  ¨I planned to have us practice our presentations, but we did not have the time. I wish I would have done that to help everyone more,” Gonzalez said. “When you are preparing different students for the same event it is hard to know who is going to come out on top, even if you ideally have a feeling.¨

FCCLA Members Sweep at State Leadership Conference

Violet Moreno, Staff Writer
April 2, 2024
Southwest FCCLA competitors take top placements at the State Leadership Conference.


Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief
March 28, 2024
Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Bowing their heads, Team Serbia receives their medals for earning the most points and winning the Coyote Olympics.

Coyote Olympics Day 4: Serbia takes it all the way

Philipos Alebachew, Staff Writer
March 25, 2024
Friday was the final day of the olympics where the top three teams played an array of minigames to earn some final points.