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Shayna Migalang

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer

Hi! My name is Shayna, and this is my second year as a staff writer for the Southwest Shadow. I’m super stoked to improve my stories this year! :)

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Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: February 2024

Six Artists You Should Be Listening To: February 2024

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
February 15, 2024
Listen to some new artists this February.
Attracting customers, FBLA Parliamentarian Arcade Encarnacion advertises the club’s hotdog stand at Winterfest. The club sold hotdogs and soda, making around $70 total. “Our club president decided to borrow a costume from her friend, and I was appointed as the hotdog mascot,” Encarnacion said. “It was kind of slow, but then I had this wonderful idea of going up to people and saying that I would dance for them if they bought a hotdog from our stand.”

Club Preview: A look into the week of Feb. 5

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
February 5, 2024
Art Club paints music album covers, Key Club introduces new board, and FBLA prepares for state conference.
Guests are guaranteed to find a meal they’ll enjoy at Cheongdam Food Hall.
Grade: A-

Chow Down at Cheongdam Food Hall

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
January 31, 2024
Taste the soul of Korea, along with other cuisines, at this elevated food court.
Ensuring safe hygiene, treasurer Gia Naguiat assists in distributing cookies at the beginning of a NHS meeting. Hand sanitizer was required because the cookies weren’t individually wrapped. “Admittedly, the snacks we serve our members aren’t always the same and we do put thought into it,” Naguiat said. “It may be a small gesture, but especially after school it’s always nice to have a small treat after a long day.”

Club Preview: A look into the week of Jan. 29

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
January 30, 2024
TSA prepares for state competition, NHS hosts positive attendance meeting, and Crochet Club introduces their Valentine’s Day project.
Infographic: Christmas Traditions Around the World

Infographic: Christmas Traditions Around the World

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
December 12, 2023
Learn about the seemingly untraditional ways other countries celebrate Christmas.
An Hour In ... Art I

An Hour In … Art I

Shayna Migalang and Kylie Dacquel
December 1, 2023
For their Inktober project, Art I students create textured pieces of art.
Focusing on your next social media post instead of your eight classes can lead to a plethora of low grades.

Don’t Get Caught Up in Content Creation

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
November 28, 2023
While the idea of becoming a teenage content creator sounds intriguing, I’ve learned over the years that it’s ultimately not worth it.
Infographic: College Major Statistics

Infographic: College Major Statistics

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
October 20, 2023
With dozens of factors to take into account, high school students may use these pieces of data to narrow down their college major choices.
Infographic: Ousting of the Speaker of the House

Infographic: Ousting of the Speaker of the House

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
October 13, 2023
Learn about the ousting of Kevin McCarthy, why it happened, and who might be the next Speaker of the House.
In room H207, board members juniors Marc Chae and Tyrah Lamay lead the first SHFAA meeting. The club’s first meeting was on September 28th, but new members who are interested in joining are still welcome. “We’re looking for volunteer opportunities for our members right now,” Lamay said. “As vice president, I have to help plan our fundraisers and help advertise SHFAA. I really like what we’re planning to do with the club.”

[Photo] Shelter, Homeless & Foster Animal Advocates Ready to Meet Goals

Adrienne Vera-Perez, Staff Writer
October 19, 2023

In room H207, board members juniors Marc Chae and Tyrah Lamay lead the first SHFAA meeting. The club’s first meeting was on September 28th, but new members who are interested in joining are still welcome....

Lifehacks: Bird Owner Edition

Lifehacks: Bird Owner Edition

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
September 13, 2023
Want to entertain and feed your pet birds in a more interesting and efficient way? These bird owner hacks might just be for you.
Lifehacks: Crochet Edition

Lifehacks: Crochet Edition

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
May 4, 2023
Improve your crochet skills with these tips and tricks.
The South Korean bakery franchise TOUS les JOURS finally has a Las Vegas location. 
Grade: A-

Treat Your Appetite at ‘TOUS les JOURS’

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
April 17, 2023
This bakery and cafe is a great place to snack on sweet treats and hang out with friends.
INFOGRAPHIC: The state of Anti-LGBTQIA+ bills

INFOGRAPHIC: The state of Anti-LGBTQIA+ bills

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
April 5, 2023
Become informed on the bills targeting America’s LGBTQ+ community.
Infographic: Chinese Surveillance Balloons Timeline

Infographic: Chinese Surveillance Balloons Timeline

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
March 7, 2023
Learn more about the surveillance balloons connected to China that have been floating all over North America.
White Noise” is stellar in some aspects of filmmaking, but its complicated plot may ultimately drive people away. 
Grade: B-
Photo CreditNetflix

‘White Noise’ Manages to Silence and Clutter Thoughts Simultaneously

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
February 3, 2023
Witness the Gladney family navigate through a toxic crisis and its aftermath with their intense fear of dying.
Lifehacks: School Lunch Edition

Lifehacks: School Lunch Edition

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
January 11, 2023
Struggle to make a school lunch every weekday? Check out these tips that could help you out.
“Wayward Strand” is a graphic adventure with nostalgic artwork and unique characters. 
Rating: B 
Art Credit: Ghost Pattern

Assist airborne hospital patients in ‘Wayward Strand’

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
November 21, 2022
Learn about the lives of patients and staff through a touching storyline in “Wayward Strand”.
Infographic: Where do people get their news?

Infographic: Where do people get their news?

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
November 2, 2022
With an increase in technology usage, more people are using the internet to get their regular dose of news.
“Drifting Home” tells a story about growth and savoring childhood through survival.
Grade: B+
Photo Credit: Studio Colorido

Soar into another world with ‘Drifting Home’

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
October 20, 2022
This heartwarming Japanese animated film touches on loss, forgiveness, and cherished memories.
Introducing herself to new members, GSA President Maya Pantic presents information about the club before starting ice breaker activities. Board members planned to focus on creating strong bonds with other members of the club. “The GSA club just offers a kind of atmosphere where we can all talk to each other,” secretary Daphne Huang said. “I know in a lot of other clubs, it’s difficult to communicate between the board and the members, so we want to get rid of that boundary. We just so happen to have a mic, but we want everyone to talk with us.” (Photo Credit: Alexa Rondez)

School pride club officially reforms, rebrands as Gender and Sexualities Alliance

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
October 11, 2022
With a pride club finally being present at SWCTA again, GSA has several plans to improve campus life for LGBTQ+ members and allies.
Contorting her body in the air, sophomore Zoey Henson strikes several dance trapeze poses. Henson says it takes a ton of core and upper body strength to successfully execute a trick. “You don’t need outside practice, but it is good to have. I used to go twice a week for six hours total, so I built a lot of strength from that,” Henson said. (Photo Credits: Zoey Henson)

Astounding Aerialist: Meet Zoey Henson

Shayna Migalang, Staff Writer
September 22, 2022
Sophomore Zoey Henson has been executing aerial circus performances since elementary school.

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