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Southwest Shadow

Gray Barranco

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer

Hey, I'm Gray! I'm a junior and this is my second year on the Southwest Shadow staff. I can't wait to see what this year brings for me.

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‘The Year Between’ follows the story of a college student recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Rating: CPhoto Credit: Full Spectrum Features

‘The Year Between’ Sends an Unclear Message

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
April 26, 2023
“The Year Between” gives a confusing representation of mental illness.
Cat Clyde represents heartfelt human experiences in her most recent album.Rating: B-Photo Credit: Cat Clyde Music

‘Down Rounder’ is a typical love themed album

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
April 24, 2023
Attempting to explain the marvels of life, Cat Clyde falls short in her exploration of unique themes.
Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: April 2023

Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: April 2023

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
April 19, 2023
Find new artists to listen to this month.
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.
Infographic: How To Use ChatGPT As A Tool For School

Infographic: How To Use ChatGPT As A Tool For School

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
January 31, 2023
With the introduction of the new technology, ChatGPT can be used as a helpful instrument within education.
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.
Laughing at a joke, Engineering teacher Rizalito Nicolas brings his students to the lab. Nicolas has been preparing to introduce the four-year program to incoming students. Its a good program, because it teaches you many skills about the technology world. However, I can only take in about 40 freshmen every year for engineering, Nicolas said.

Program Area Leaders, Students Set to Welcome Prospective Coyotes

Gray Barranco and Rhamil Taguba
November 15, 2022
The event will have representatives from each of the program areas to welcome the community and answer questions.
Hosting new Splatoon 3 matches each week, ESports members set up their Nintendo Switches on September 13.


Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
November 1, 2022
ESports competes against other Splatoon 3 players, Culture Club delves into Italian culture, and Filipino Club hosts introductions and fun games.
After finishing the clubs icebreaker, Key Club members pose for a photo for the clubs historian on September 14.


Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
October 20, 2022
FCCLA/FIDM holds a pumpkin painting contest, Key Club prepares for RTC, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Club begins their teaching.
Podcast: When We Were Young Music Festival Preview

Podcast: ‘When We Were Young Music’ Festival Preview

Gray Barranco and Ayma Malik
October 14, 2022
Ayma and Gray weigh in on this upcoming emo music experience.
Grimm Lynn’s new album adds no new value to the R&B music sceneRating: D-Photo Credit: Lovers Club Record

‘Sweet Heat’ Leaves Listeners Cold

Gray Barranco, Staff Writer
October 10, 2022
Grimm Lynn’s new EP does not raise street cred for the small artist.

Technology and Entertainment, It’s All A Mind Game

Wake up. Grab your phone. Scroll through social media for long periods of time. A typical routine for Generation Z. One of Generation Z’s defining features is the connection between social media and...

PODCAST: Living Without a Job

PODCAST: Living Without a Job

Gray Barranco and Kathryn Peterson
May 11, 2022
In this episode, listen as we talk about our opinions on high school jobs.
‘Tall Girl 2’ is a let down that makes an attempt to be genuine. Rating: C-Photo Credit: Netflix

High school movies are all the same, ‘Tall Girl 2’ is no different

Gray Barranco
April 26, 2022
‘Tall Girl 2’ adds no value to the romance and drama movie scene and did not need to be made.
Half•Alive shows an alternative interpretation of raw emotions through their new music.Rating:A-Photo Credit: RCA Records

Taking a Ride Through Life with ‘Give Me Your Shoulders’

Gray Barranco
April 1, 2022
With the release of the first part of their album “Give Me Your Shoulders,” Half•Alive walks through life and its possibilities.
An Hour In... P.E.

An Hour In… P.E.

Gray Barranco
March 4, 2022
Beginning a new sport, students are placed in to teams while learning the ins and outs of basketball.
PODCAST: Normal People Scare Me

PODCAST: Normal People Scare Me

Arcadia Encarnacion and Gray Barranco
February 21, 2022
Labels often lead to stereotypes, we talk about how emos don’t always follow the cliché.
After‌ ‌dedicating‌ ‌much‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌running,‌ ‌senior‌ ‌Danyom‌ ‌Yosief‌ ‌gets‌ ‌to‌ ‌show‌ ‌off‌ ‌his‌ ‌
talent‌ ‌during‌ ‌competition.‌ ‌Training‌ ‌rigorously,‌ ‌Yosief‌ ‌competed ‌to‌ ‌win.‌ ‌“There’s‌ ‌more‌ ‌out‌ ‌there‌ ‌to‌ ‌
look‌ ‌out‌ ‌for‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌feel‌ ‌like‌ ‌my‌ ‌job‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌athlete‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌accomplished‌ ‌yet,‌ ‌Yosief‌ ‌said.‌ ‌“I‌ ‌know‌ ‌
there’s‌ ‌more‌ ‌out‌ ‌there‌ ‌for‌ ‌me‌ ‌and‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌probably‌ ‌even‌ ‌better‌ ‌people‌ ‌than‌ ‌me‌ ‌out‌ ‌there‌ ‌so‌ ‌I‌ ‌
can’t‌ ‌stop‌ ‌working‌ ‌hard‌ ‌even‌ ‌after‌ ‌I‌ ‌reach‌ ‌my‌ ‌goals.”‌ ‌Photo‌ ‌Credit:‌ ‌‌Jevon‌ ‌Dyer‌

Devoted Runner: Meet Danyom Yosief

Gray Barranco
February 14, 2022
Senior Danyom Yosief finds passion and relief in racing competitively in cross-country.
Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: January 2022 Edition

Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: January 2022 Edition

Gray Barranco
January 21, 2022
In need of new music? Check out these artists.
An Hour In… Photography I

An Hour In… Photography I

Gray Barranco
December 16, 2021
While practicing different photography techniques in Photography I, students work on forced perspective.
While playing in one of her tournaments, math teacher Tawanna Ervin prepares herself to hit the cue ball to make a shot. “I think Im more logical than some people and definitely see the angles on the table, even though I always cant get the ball to go in that direction,” Ervin said. Photo Credit: Tawanna Ervin

Ambitious Pool Player: Meet Tawanna Ervin

Gray Barranco
November 16, 2021
After a rigorous day of teaching quadratic formulas and factoring, Tawanna Ervin spends her afternoon playing competitive pool.
Infographic: Twitch Leaks

Infographic: Twitch Leaks

Gray Barranco
October 28, 2021
Find out more about how to keep your information secure online.
Teaching a lesson, History teacher Vincent Thur ensures that his students genuinely understand what he is trying to teach. Thur tries to give students a proper workload and make a friendly environment for the students to feel supported. “I think about pushing them hard but also being kind, empathetic, and supportive,” Thur said. Photo Credit: Gray Barranco

Teaching, Training Program Welcomes a New Teacher

Gray Barranco
October 4, 2021
History teacher Vincent Thur is now the program leader for Teaching and Training.