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Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Having a constant sleep schedule is a struggle for many students who have to spend hours on homework every night. Caffeine is often used by teens who feel the need to stay up past their natural sleep time. “My sleep schedule is kind of sporadic,” senior Josh Burgos said. “There are days where I get eight hours of sleep and there are others where I have to stay up until 3 a.m. just to finish all my homework.”
Sleepless Students: The fight for eight hours
Philipos Alebachew, Staff Writer • February 5, 2024
There are many detrimental, long-term effects, of sleep deprivation that most teens don’t realize.
 Lots of students have major tunnel vision about life after high school, but there are a lot of options other than college or the workforce. While many seniors have set plans after high school, others who are undecided look to college to help them figure things out. “College is the next step,” senior Alyssa Hong said. “For me, I feel like I need to go to college because theres going to be more opportunities for me in college, although not everyone has to go to college to succeed.”
Maybe College Isn’t the Next Step
Achilles Caranto, Staff Writer • February 2, 2024
Plans for after graduation are very college-centered, despite worthwhile alternatives.
The New Years tradition of making resolutions has prompted people to make unrealistic goals that rarely get accomplished.
New Year, Same Me
Ava Julian, Staff Writer • January 30, 2024
New Year's resolutions fail society year after year.
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Standing beside their prized plushies, sophomore Marcrow Farinas has grown their collection bit by bit. “I got my plushies online,” sophomore Marcrow Farinas said. “Sometimes from my parents or birthdays too. My favorite is the Springbonnie plush. I bring it everywhere with me and I clean it at least once a day.”
FNAF Fanatic: Meet Marcrow Farinas
Venice Jingco, Staff writer • January 8, 2024
Sophomore Marcrow Farinas expresses their obsession of eight years; FNAF.
Competing in the Vegas Cubing Fall 2023 competition, sophomore Preston Schwartz rushes to solve the Pyraminx puzzle. Schwartz has competed in various competitions to display his skills. “The Pyraminx [puzzle] is my best event,” Schwartz said. “It’s the one that I focus the most on.”
Rubik’s Cube Champion: Meet Preston Schwartz
Zelina Panissidi, Staff Writer • December 6, 2023
Sophomore trains his skill of solving Rubik’s Cubes.
Janitor Darryl Bryant poses beside his rare 1964 TR4 in 1984. It was the first car he ever owned and considered a classic car at the time, and even more so now. “I’ve always been with cars,” Byrant said. “Back in my day when you were fifteen you had a drivers license. My parents bought me a 1964 TR4, it was broken, it didn’t have an engine, and I rebuilt it myself, that’s how I got into it. I’ve always loved cars, engines, things that go fast, in a straight line, 400 mph in about 2 seconds.”
Mechanic, Navy Sailor, Motorcyclist: Meet Janitor Darryl Bryant
Ava Torres, Staff Writer • November 15, 2023
Janitor Darryl Bryant shares his varied life career paths.
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THIRST FOR URGENCY
THIRST FOR URGENCY
Ayma Malik, Ethan Bull, Jianna Aganon, Kalista Palarca, Kathryn Peterson, Travis McGinnis, and Yaritzza Montenegro December 11, 2023

What Makes an Adult?
What Makes an Adult?
Tishie Nyitray January 11, 2023
Do people magically become adults on their eighteenth birthday? Or does more go into this label?
Everything wrong with Gen Z
Everything wrong with Gen Z
Juliana Borruso September 14, 2022
Despite their strong suits, Generation Z is discovering their flaws.
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Holding up the neck of the bottle, junior Monica Sarkisian watches as her partner cuts the base of their project. Students cut two liter bottles with scissors, learning about planting as well as reusable sustainability. “[Mrs. Horner] drew it on the board and then we just cut it and kind of replicated it and everyone did their own thing at the end, which I thought was kind of interesting to see,” Sarkisian said. “I feel like cutting the bottle was kind of hard because it was really sturdy.
An Hour In ... Environmental Science
Violet Moreno and Ava Torres January 23, 2024
Rushing to the mannequin, sophomore Bryan Pratt beats his opponent to spot the muscle. Pratt placed his hand on the rectus abdominis muscle in the stomach. “I’m not good at remembering stuff off the top of my head,” Pratt said. “But with this, especially when someone wants to become a nurse, they have to know how to work hands-on. If we know how to do this to a patient, we’ll be good.”
An Hour In ... Principles of Health Science
Zelina Panissidi and Venice Jingco January 16, 2024
After everyone is finished scooping, sophomore Don Balmaceda starts cleaning up their area and materials. Cleaning the area makes sure that everything is well placed and sanitized. “I like doing dishes because here I have classmates to help me out,” Balmaceda said. “I don’t have that at home so everything feels organized here.”
AN HOUR IN...FOODS I
Joy Ryan and Amelia Castellanos January 8, 2024
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What You Love Contest
'What You Love' Contest
Kathryn Peterson, Social Media Coordinator • February 14, 2024
Tell us what you love for a chance to win.
New Years Resolution Contest
'New Year's Resolution' Contest
Kathryn Peterson, Social Media Coordinator • January 2, 2024
Tell us about a New Year's Resolution that you have completed for a chance to win.
Best Gift Contest
'Best Gift' Contest
Kathryn Peterson, Social Media Coordinator • December 5, 2023
In this time of giving we want to know the best gift you've ever gotten.
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