The School Newspaper of Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

Southwest Shadow

All content by Cassie Valdez
SATIRE: I miss freshman me

SATIRE: I miss freshman me

May 14, 2018
Someone take me back to freshmen year.
Win by losing

Win by losing

May 8, 2018
Before you waste your time, remember that some battles just aren't worth fighting.
Not to get political but

Not to get political but

April 27, 2018
Don't base potential friendships off of political beliefs.
SATIRE: PRO/CON: Nursery rhymes: the real banger

SATIRE: PRO/CON: Nursery rhymes: the real banger

April 20, 2018
Nursery rhymes are the outright best form of music.
Dance, dance, revelation

Dance, dance, revelation

April 12, 2018
School dances are overrated, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go to them.
Times ticking

Time’s ticking

April 3, 2018
There's only a limited amount of time in high school; don't let it go to waste.
Anything But Normal yearbook to be distributed next month

‘Anything But Normal’ yearbook to be distributed next month

April 3, 2018
Yearbooks will be distributed on May 7.
Protests are welcome (sometimes)

Protests are welcome (sometimes)

March 9, 2018
Protests are an important right that citizens have, but they aren't effective without a clear purpose.
An Hour In ... the Lip Sync Battle

An Hour In … the Lip Sync Battle

February 23, 2018
Numerous clubs participated in the first ever Lip Sync Battle hosted by Journalism.
President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
 
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In the FBI we (should) trust

February 9, 2018
The Nunes Memo is an attempt by House Republicans to silence the Russian investigation that threatens President Donald Trump's role in office.
The American Dream(ers)

The American Dream(ers)

January 24, 2018
Despite the government shutdown, the fate of DACA has yet to be rescued.
Cheers to a new year

Cheers to a new year

January 6, 2018
Blissful ignorance is great until you realize there's no escaping the consequences.
The people’s branch? Think again

The people’s branch? Think again

December 26, 2017
Congress has been making decisions that do not entirely reflect the views of the masses.
Because life is amazing, and we can, in the capital of a world learning to <3 better :) "

Washington, DC's Capital TransPride was on May 20, 2017, hosted by The Studio Theatre

Protect through policy

December 8, 2017
At a recent public meeting, negative comments regarding a statewide gender diversity regulation convinced the State Superintendent Steve Canavero to push back on advancing the policy for final approval from the state Legislative Commission.
Falling short

Falling short

November 9, 2017
After evaluating all of the Editors-in-Chief before me, I feel like I'm not good enough to be in this position.
SATIRE: Apple is back at it again

SATIRE: Apple is back at it again

November 1, 2017
The iPhone X comes out this Friday. Buy one to not only to show off, but also to prove how responsible you are with money.
An Hour In ... Senior Seminar

An Hour In … Senior Seminar

October 23, 2017
During the Senior Seminar, seniors experienced a college fair, writing workshop and alumni panel.
Its not that deep

It’s not that deep

October 17, 2017
Don't take high school drama so seriously.
PRO/CON: Land of the brave cant behave

PRO/CON: Land of the brave can’t behave

October 1, 2017
Was kneeling during the National Anthem a good idea?
Beyoncé sand sculpture at the Fiesa 2015 International Sand Sculpture Festival in Pêra, Portugal

Too good to be true

September 25, 2017
Idolizing celebrities too much can be a problem.
Time to dwell on the past

Time to dwell on the past

September 17, 2017
History plays an important role in our present; that's why we must always remember.
Awfully funny

Awfully funny

September 10, 2017
What better way to deal with serious situations than to joke about it?
SATIRE: UF(Oh no)

SATIRE: UF(Oh no)

September 2, 2017
Attention all humans: an alien takeover will soon begin.
Forgive or regret

Forgive or regret

August 28, 2017
When you let grudges last for longer than necessary, you end up missing out on opportunities to make quality memories. Don't let anger justify the reason why you're ignoring loved ones. You'll never be able to make up for the lost time.
Are you still watching?

Are you still watching?

June 8, 2017
CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, has a new strategy to increase their show cancellation rate.
SATIRE: Water we going to dew?

SATIRE: Water we going to dew?

May 24, 2017
H2(Oh) my gosh, here are the answers to all of America’s water system woes.
Libraries? Never heard of them

Libraries? Never heard of them

May 12, 2017
Libraries and museums across the country are at risk with President Trump's first-draft budget proposal.
Caution: beware of self-destruction

Caution: beware of self-destruction

April 20, 2017
Opening up to people? Never heard of it.
SATIRE: A heartfelt letter from YouTube

SATIRE: A heartfelt letter from YouTube

March 24, 2017
YouTube has been under a lot of heat recently because of their "Restricted Mode" feature. But if you ask me, their apology definitely makes up for it.
Click here for instant gratification

Click here for instant gratification

March 22, 2017
Expecting immediate results won't get you anywhere.
Disregard: a modern proverb

Disregard: a modern proverb

March 3, 2017
Hate crimes have become the new norm.
PRO/CON: Make room for the Raiders

PRO/CON: Make room for the Raiders

February 17, 2017
Not only would the Las Vegas Raiders bring in millions of dollars for the community, it would also invoke a sense of pride within the locals.
Press play, not fast forward

Press play, not fast forward

February 13, 2017
College level courses are a waste of adolescence. There are countless opportunities students are missing out on because they're too busy with school work.
The Instagram paradox

The Instagram paradox

February 3, 2017
The “finsta” trend has revealed many insecurities within people’s social media usage.
An Hour In ... Algebra II

An Hour In … Algebra II

January 31, 2017
After taking notes on rational functions, Algebra II students race to multiply fractional expressions.
Peace in the streets

Peace in the streets

January 26, 2017
Last Saturday, people all around the world participated in the Women's March to advocate human rights. Fortunately, I was able to attend the local march.
Mauna Kea vs. the universe

Mauna Kea vs. the universe

January 5, 2017
A dormant volcano engraved in generations' worth of ancient history is the spotlight of a controversy over a $1.4 billion telescope.
PRO/CON: Education through a new lens

PRO/CON: Education through a new lens

December 13, 2016
Cameras in classrooms don't equate to a "Big Brother"-esque experience but rather an opportunity to revolutionize education even further.
If I was privileged...

If I was privileged…

December 2, 2016
Throughout my 16 years of living, I have noticed the impact of skin color in both my perception of the world and the world's perception of me.
Living off impulse

Living off impulse

November 6, 2016
Thinking before doing is often forgotten when making decisions.
Life on rainbow road

Life on rainbow road

October 19, 2016
Inaccurate portrayals of the LGBTQ community lead individuals to a doomsday that will either end in a victory or a loss.
If I were a toy

If I were a toy

October 7, 2016
Imagine how it would be like if food was segregated by gender. See how ridiculous that would be? Now, why do we the same thing with toys?
Monday night rumble

Monday night rumble

October 3, 2016
The presidential debate has been a controversial topic for many.
A fading identity

A fading identity

September 23, 2016
The bond between American immigrant generations and their culture get lost in the process of growing up.