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Southwest Shadow

Paizley Swaney

Paizley Swaney, Staff Writer

Hi, I'm Paizley, one of the staff writers. This is my second year working with the journalism team and I'm excited for what's to come!

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Podcast: 2023 Trend Predictions

Podcast: 2023 Trend Predictions

January 30, 2023
Listen to this episode for trend predictions in 2023.


January 27, 2023
Millions make New Year's resolutions to start off the year on the right foot, but how many of them actually follow through with them?
“For Black Friday, I bought clothes and perfume,” sophomore Akela Custodio said. “The clothes were more for summer but had a large discount and the perfume was also low priced.”

Q&A: Did you buy anything for Black Friday?

December 2, 2022
Students let us know if they bought anything for Black Friday.
Announcing that they will be resigning their current positions, Dental teacher Kirsten Winfield and Health Science teacher Cynthia Wong are shown great appreciation on their last day. While Winfield is leaving the district, Wong takes over just next door. Im not excited to see Winfield leave, but I am very grateful to get a teacher like Dr.Wong to step in, junior Daphney Garcia-Hatton said.

Head of Dental Program Kirsten Winfield Leaves, Dr. Cynthia Wong Steps In

December 1, 2022
With teachers coming and going mid-school year, students are left with mixed emotions.
In preparation for their contortion class, sophomore Lex Boyd builds their stamina by running through their poses and stretches in the gym. Equally an outlet and source for their stress, contortion plays a major role in Boyd’s life. “Working out has especially helped me to build not only my strength but more importantly my confidence to excel in my contortion journey,” Boyd said. Photo Credit: Lex Boyd

Beginning Contortionist: Meet Lex Boyd

November 29, 2022
Sophomore is progressing in their journey.
Infographic: Student Guide To Finding A Job

Infographic: Student Guide To Finding A Job

November 9, 2022
Learn the tips of finding a job manageable with your busy schedule.
Using the tools of Paper tutor, students are quickly moving forward in their learning curriculum. Students are directed towards tutors that specialize in their area of demand to guarantee a successful session. Paper is a great option for anyone looking to work through questions or writing one on one in the Classroom or in the Review Center, Paper tutor Hannah said. The goal is to empower students in their own learning.

New Online Tutoring Service Provided Free For Students

October 24, 2022
Students and teachers recently explore the digital way of tutoring.
Dunking the ball into the net, sophomore Xavion Staton scores yet another point for the Sierra Vista varsity boys basketball team. Staton enjoys being able to create memories with his new team. “My teammates have a lot of fun because they get to experience throwing stuff up and having me immediately dunk it,” Staton said. “It brings a lot of energy to the court.”


October 18, 2022
Sophomore is just an inch away from reaching seven feet tall.