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Julia Jauregui

Julia Jauregui, Social Media Editor

Hi everyone! My name is Julia and this is my fourth and final year in journalism. I am the Social Media editor and I am very eager to produce unique content on both the site as well as on our social media platforms.

All content by Julia Jauregui

Teachers’ half-hopeful, half-terrified response

August 29, 2022

As the new school year approached, many teachers had a sense of uncertainty lingering around due to the grading reform policy.    Not knowing whether it was going to remain the same or change,...

SOUTHWEST SHADOW ASKS: Joshua Ly

SOUTHWEST SHADOW ASKS: Joshua Ly

May 8, 2022
Find out some fun facts about senior Joshua Ly.
Covid-free Summer Contest 2022

Covid-free Summer Contest 2022

May 2, 2022

We are so close to the finish line. Despite the stress of final exams, AP tests, transferring college credits and for seniors, the mixed emotions of stepping on stage for graduation, this is our first...

Treat oneself to a true fine dining experience at ‘Blossom’

Treat oneself to a true fine dining experience at ‘Blossom’

May 2, 2022
Blossom is not your typical restaurant.
Spring Break Contest 2022

Spring Break Contest 2022

April 5, 2022
Enter the second to last contest of the year!
Five things you should do before you graduate

Five things you should do before you graduate

April 5, 2022
There is 55 days until graduation for seniors and it's time to make the most out of the last two months.
PODCAST: Parental Standards

PODCAST: Parental Standards

March 10, 2022
In this episode, learn about different parental standards in regards to education, friends, and life that a majority of students experience.
Q&A: Are you participating in the Coyote Olympics?

Q&A: Are you participating in the Coyote Olympics?

March 6, 2022
Students tell us whether or not they are participating in Coyote Olympics.
Outdoors in March Contest 2022

‘Outdoors in March’ Contest 2022

March 3, 2022

The heat is slowly rising, we're putting our winter clothes away and bringing out our summer outfits. It's the perfect time to venture outside without it being too hot and visit national parks, the beach,...

Love is in the Air Contest 2022

Love is in the Air Contest 2022

February 7, 2022
Stores are slowly stocking up Valentine-themed gifts, so many of us are torn with the idea of, "Do I have a Valentine?"
2022 New Year, New Me Contest

2022 New Year, New Me Contest

January 6, 2022
It's 2022 and it's time for the first contest of the year.
Perfect Day Contest 2021

Perfect Day Contest 2021

December 4, 2021
The Southwest Shadow would like to know your perfect Winter day. 
Be pleasantly surprised with authentic Vietnamese dishes at Pho4Real

Be pleasantly surprised with authentic Vietnamese dishes at Pho4Real

November 22, 2021
Pho4Real offers an array of entrees ranging from rice plates to soups and noodles.
Q&A: Do you believe the government should be able to negotiate prices for medicines?

Q&A: Do you believe the government should be able to negotiate prices for medicines?

November 19, 2021
We ask students their opinion on government and medicines.
Fast-Food Chains Increase Starting Wages

Fast-Food Chains Increase Starting Wages

November 9, 2021
Fast food-chains make efforts to entice more people to work for their understaffed businesses.
Thanksgiving Dinner Contest 2021

Thanksgiving Dinner Contest 2021

November 4, 2021
Thanksgiving is slowly coming up and we'd like to know your favorite traditional foods.
Q&A: What scary movie are you going to watch this Halloween season?

Q&A: What scary movie are you going to watch this Halloween season?

October 18, 2021
Students name scary movies for the Halloween season.
Q&A: What kind of TV shows are you binging?

Q&A: What kind of TV shows are you binging?

October 8, 2021
Students express their favorite TV shows.
Q&A: Should the U.S. follow Chinas lead and ban video game usage during the week for anyone under 18?

Q&A: Should the U.S. follow China’s lead and ban video game usage during the week for anyone under 18?

October 4, 2021
We ask students' their opinions in regards to China's new video game ban.
2021 Halloween Costume Contest

2021 Halloween Costume Contest

October 1, 2021
We would like to know your Halloween costume ideas.
September Friends Contest

September Friends Contest

September 1, 2021

In a school setting, having friends is one of the most important things that will help us survive high school. Not to mention, having peers might make school more enjoyable. The year has just just begun,...

2021 Back to the Future Contest

2021 Back to the Future Contest

August 27, 2021

Students have learned virtually for almost two years. It's a big deal that this time around, we are returning to in-person learning. While masks are still put in place as well as social distancing measures,...

PODCAST: Skin Care

PODCAST: Skin Care

May 18, 2021
As teenagers, our skin is constantly changing and today were going to talk about how to handle it.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

May 3, 2021
Take a look at last weeks' news.
2021 Road to Summer Contest

2021 Road to Summer Contest

May 1, 2021
We'd love to know your upcoming summer plans.
Don’t shy away from ‘Not Your Muse’

Don’t shy away from ‘Not Your Muse’

April 28, 2021
The production of Celestes’ new album started in the pandemic lockdown and the results do not disappoint.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

April 27, 2021
Did you read all the news you needed to? Let's find out!
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

April 20, 2021
Take a look at this weeks' news.
Job interviews should not be this difficult

Job interviews should not be this difficult

April 20, 2021
Interviews are like a test, we study and hope we pass, but in this case, we hope we get a call back saying we’re hired.
2021 Sweet Tooth Contest

2021 Sweet Tooth Contest

April 8, 2021
We ask students their favorite dessert spot as the heat is slowly rising.
Spark: Guide to Reselling

Spark: Guide to Reselling

March 29, 2021
A guide for those who want to get into the reselling game.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

March 26, 2021

In observation of Spring Break, classes will not be held from March 27-April 5. During this time, some new content will be published, but not at our regular rate. We hope everyone has a wonderful...

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

March 22, 2021
Take a look at some news you may have missed this week.
COM 102 students explain the intricacies of relationships using TikTok

COM 102 students explain the intricacies of relationships using TikTok

March 17, 2021
Students have one week to create a TikTok about relationships.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

March 9, 2021
Look into the news that took place during the first week of March.
 Over the course of four years, drastic changes occur. Whether it may be one’s style, personality, or even physical characteristics because of a growth spurt, this affects how we present ourselves and our confidence behind it all.  Art Credit: Dean

The reality of the golden years

March 8, 2021
Truths behind freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

March 1, 2021
Take a look at the news that occured during the last week of February.
2021 Feature Film Contest

2021 Feature Film Contest

March 1, 2021

Although movie theaters may not be everyone's ideal spot to watch movies right now due to circumstances, we all still have our favorite films to binge on when we're feeling down, happy, or even just bored...

Questions still remain for how, when high school students will return for face-to-face instruction

Questions still remain for how, when high school students will return for face-to-face instruction

February 25, 2021
Fourth grade to 12th grade students have no set date to return.
INFOGRAPHIC: Healing crystals for beginners

INFOGRAPHIC: Healing crystals for beginners

February 18, 2021
Begin your spiritual and healing journey with these five starter crystals.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

February 15, 2021
Check out the news during the week of February 8.
PODCAST: Balance between both school, work

PODCAST: Balance between both school, work

February 9, 2021
In this podcast, we discuss the difficulties of having a job while going to school at the same time, time management and stress.
2021 Not-so Valentines Day Contest

2021 Not-so Valentine’s Day Contest

February 2, 2021
Participate in the 2021 February contest.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

February 1, 2021
Tune into this weeks events to see what you may of missed.
Q&A: Should the minimum wage in the U.S. be raised to $15/hr?

Q&A: Should the minimum wage in the U.S. be raised to $15/hr?

January 29, 2021
We ask students to voice their opinions on whether the minimum wage should be increased or stay the same.
Where are they now: Grinesa Bajrami

Where are they now: Grinesa Bajrami

January 28, 2021
Former Southwest Shadow news editor, Grinesa Bajrami is currently pursuing journalism in college.
Fast fashion is not the only option

Fast fashion is not the only option

January 26, 2021
Fast fashion may seem harmless, but dig deeper and you will find that it is a buyer’s choice that should be reconsidered.
QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

January 25, 2021
Take a look at the news you might have missed out on the week of Jan. 18.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

January 18, 2021
From news about politics to food regulations, this week is worth to take a look at what you've missed out on.
For many, one New Year’s resolution is to begin exercising more consistently. According to “Fitplan,” exercising is ten times easier for users to start because the workouts are right at your fingertips, while both fast and free.  Rating: BPhoto Credit: Fitplan

Take the first step of your New Years’ resolution with ‘Fitplan’

January 14, 2021
“Fitplan” includes free, personalized workouts for all skill levels.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

January 11, 2021
Take a look into the second week of January.
2021 New Beginnings Contest

2021 New Beginnings Contest

January 5, 2021
We'd love to know what you'd like to begin for the first month of the 2021 year.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

January 4, 2021
Take a look at what happened during the first week of the new year.
Spark: Local small businesses to support this holiday season

Spark: Local small businesses to support this holiday season

December 8, 2020
Check out small businesses in the Las Vegas area to support.
I wasn’t too surprised [we were a finalist] because we have such dedicated, hard workers that work so well with one another, A&E editor Naila Yazdani said. I’m so happy for all the new staff members to experience an accomplishment like this and for us editors who [have tried our best] to get all our deadlines in and help out any members we can. I’m genuinely excited to see what’s next for the Southwest Shadow.  Photo Credit: CSPA

Southwest Shadow earns finalist spot for CSPA crown

December 2, 2020
The Southwest Shadow staff has been made finalist for the 2021 CSPA Crown.
2020 December Wishes Contest

2020 December Wishes Contest

December 1, 2020

From gingerbread houses to decorating your home for the coming holidays, December is all about bringing cheer and enjoying the last month before the new year. If you celebrate Christmas, what are your...

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

November 30, 2020
Test your knowledge from the week of Nov. 23.
Taste out of your comfort zone at ‘Sushi Neko’

Taste out of your comfort zone at ‘Sushi Neko’

November 24, 2020
Sushi Neko offers great tasting appetizers, nigiri and more in the Chinatown area.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

November 23, 2020
From more news about the 2020 Election results, to a new Star Wars themed hotel, find out if you've kept up with the events in the past week.
2020 Best of (Teen) Las Vegas

2020 Best of (Teen) Las Vegas

November 20, 2020
For six consecutive years, students have made their voices known on the places they appreciate in Las Vegas. Take a look into this years' winners.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

November 16, 2020
Take a look into what you may of missed in the week of Nov. 9.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

November 9, 2020
Take a look into the week of Nov. 2 where life-changing events occured.
Spark: Five ways to be politically active as a teenager

Spark: Five ways to be politically active as a teenager

November 2, 2020
Here are just a few ways to be more politically active during election season.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

November 2, 2020
Test your knowledge from the week of Oct. 26.
2020 November Thanks Contest

2020 November Thanks Contest

November 1, 2020

November is the month of giving thanks and celebrating Thanksgiving with your friends and family. With an uncertain year, as well as going into lockdown and transitioning into online-schooling, it is still...

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

October 26, 2020
Look into the week of Oct. 19th to see if you've kept up to date with the past weeks' events.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

October 19, 2020
Take the quiz to see if you've kept up with this past weeks' events.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

October 12, 2020
Find out what happened throughout the week of Oct. 5.
With a world of possibilities, students in Graphic Design III are given ultimate freedom to create their very own logos to use for when applying for jobs. Students have been adding onto their digital portfolios with their headshots just recently taken as well. “All the students are on Adobe Creative cloud so they have access to Illustrator and Photoshop to design their logos and any of their brand identity,” Olvina said. “I guess [the most difficult part for students] will be how they choose to represent themselves.”Photo Credit: Adobe Illustrator

Graphic design III students create personalized logos

October 7, 2020
Students in Graphic Design III create logos in order to add onto their digital portfolios.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

October 5, 2020
Test your knowledge on this weeks' past events.
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2020 Fall Changes Contest

October 1, 2020

Congratulations Joshua Ly! This contest is now closed. While the leaves and weather are in constant flux, we are constantly changing as well. From having a "glo-up," to altering hair colors, what change...

QUIZ: Do you know what happened last week?

QUIZ: Do you know what happened last week?

September 28, 2020
Are you one that keeps up to date with events? Test your knowledge!
QUIZ: Do you know what happened last week?

QUIZ: Do you know what happened last week?

September 21, 2020
From more news about the TikTok ban to new CDC guidelines, the week of Sept. 14 had many events occurring.
Where are they now: Ruffa Mae Fortin

Where are they now: Ruffa Mae Fortin

September 18, 2020

Alumni Ruffa Mae Fortin is currently a Special Events Coordinator at Dave and Buster’s. Loading... (function(d){var js, id="pikto-embed-js", ref=d.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];if...

QUIZ: Do you know what happened last week?

QUIZ: Do you know what happened last week?

September 14, 2020
Find out what happened throughout the week of Sept. 7.
Distance education has presented many challenges, including the uncertainty of how physical education courses will work. Students will still have to do physical activity through fitness logs, as well as complete modules to learn the importance of exercise. “I would say I was a bit bummed we wouldn’t be returning to school in person, but in times like we just keep moving forward,” senior Christina Chen said. “Lifetime Sports is a more laid back class and the daily question quiz, as well as weekly lessons, are pretty reasonable and easy.”  Photo Credit: Rosalie Schmitt

PE Teachers find ways to transition course online

September 11, 2020
With PE mainly consisting of outdoor activities with sports and teams, teachers and students slowly adjust to a virtual environment.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

September 7, 2020
With a Dunkin' Donuts drink populating to new Disney movies, this week has a lot occurring.
Q&A: How was your first week of school?

Q&A: How was your first week of school?

September 4, 2020
Student's express their opinions about the start of their year.
Students aim to lessen daily workload by enrolling in new guidance elective

Students aim to lessen daily workload by enrolling in new guidance elective

September 4, 2020
A new form of ‘study hall’ has just begun for all sophomore to senior students to partake in.
2020 Virtual Goals Contest

2020 Virtual Goals Contest

September 3, 2020
We'd love to know your goals for the virtual school-year.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

August 31, 2020
Sneak a preview of the events that occurred in the week of Aug. 24.
Virtual education starts with minor bumps amidst Canvas, Infinite Campus outages

Virtual education starts with minor bumps amidst Canvas, Infinite Campus outages

August 26, 2020
After the technology complications were resolves, the remainder of the day continued without noticeable complications.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

August 24, 2020
Sneak a preview of the events that occurred in the week of Aug. 17.
Small business owner: Meet Janelle Castillo

Small business owner: Meet Janelle Castillo

August 22, 2020
After three months of working on her new sneaker brand, sophomore Janelle Castillo sold out her first line of products in one day.
PODCAST: School during COVID-19

PODCAST: School during COVID-19

August 21, 2020
As we get ready to go back to school, still in the middle of a global pandemic, we still have questions about what life is going to be like each day.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

August 17, 2020
With new reports about COVID-19 to drama regarding the App Store, this week has a lot occurring.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

August 3, 2020
Take the quiz to see what you've missed out on the week of July 27th.
Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

Quiz: Do you know what happened last week?

July 20, 2020

Every day, something happens—no matter how big or small. Take the quiz to see a few things that you missed in the past week!  

Releasing music year after year, Raveena has recently come up with a new EP called “Moonstone”, portraying reminiscents from her past, seeking the little glimpses of life and having a bright side to any bad story.  Rating: APhoto Courtesy of Moonstone Recordings

Head into a state of euphoria with ‘Moonstone’

May 8, 2020
Raveena uses her soft-spoken voice and soothing ambient sounds to bring her audience to a relaxed mindset.
2020 Summer Plans contest

2020 Summer Plans contest

May 4, 2020
Tell us about your upcoming Summer plans.
Faculty member producing face coverings in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Faculty member producing face coverings in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

April 25, 2020
Interior Design teacher Shannon Sheldon is making face masks and selling them to anyone in need, even outside of Las Vegas.
Bouncing off the walls in Interior Design III

Bouncing off the walls in Interior Design III

March 13, 2020
Juniors in Interior Design III are creating scale models of shed walls.
PODCAST: Course selection is here

PODCAST: Course selection is here

February 26, 2020
Choosing courses can be a very difficult time for students because they must take many things into consideration, such as which electives to choose.
Conflict is served in Communications 102

Conflict is served in Communications 102

February 18, 2020
Students in Communications 102 engage in a 'dinner party' made to debate as different types of conflict and learn more about differences in opinion in general.
An Hour In ... U.S. History Honors

An Hour In … U.S. History Honors

February 14, 2020
Juniors took part in a conversation about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
Club Preview: A look into the week of Feb. 3

Club Preview: A look into the week of Feb. 3

January 29, 2020
If you are still looking for a club to join, check out what these groups are up to.
Where Are They Now: Jemimah Ramos

Where Are They Now: Jemimah Ramos

January 23, 2020
Seeing a look into former SWCTA student's lives.
An Hour In ... Chemistry Honors

An Hour In … Chemistry Honors

January 17, 2020
Students in Chemistry honors get ready for the start of their new project balancing chemical equations, teaching peers.
PODCAST: New year, new unrealistic expectations

PODCAST: New year, new unrealistic expectations

January 15, 2020
With 2020 rolling in, we breakdown our predictions for the new year.
‘We the People’ members earn third place in district three

‘We the People’ members earn third place in district three

January 9, 2020
‘We the People’ members have their first competition with less competitors than normal.