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Winter Break Events

Winter Break Events

Katie Butler, Staff Writer
December 23, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

Edge of Seventeen: Modern Teen Reality

Kiera Riley, Opinion Editor
December 20, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

The dreaded stereotypical teen movie tends to consist of overdone cliches and 30 year olds parading around as 16 year olds. With situations so far fetched and so exhausted, it’s hard to find a movie to relate to these days.  Coming of age films that skip the misconception are hard to come by and that’... Read more »

Jamming the trunk into a new space

Jamming the trunk into a new space

Sara Windom, Style Editor
December 20, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

With Christmas lights dangling from the walls, balloons covering the floor, and ribbons draping from the ceiling, the Trunk Space held their first Semi-Social event inside their new permanent home at the Grace Lutheran Church. The Trunk Space showcases the local art and music scene of Phoenix, and af... Read more »

Timeless Christmas Tale of Nutcracker told through dance

Elizbeth Bennett and Grace Haycraft-Mckee
December 20, 2016
Filed under Spotlight, Uncategorized

Zoolights. Polar Express train. A visit to Santa’s Village. Each December, thousands of families attend events that celebrate the holiday spirit. One tradition, the Nutcracker, has become a popular family holiday ritual. This children’s tale is performed all around the world. The story is abou... Read more »

A Tuna Christmas: Anything but Fishy

Olivia Stickel, Food Editor
December 20, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

A Tuna Christmas takes place in a town called Tuna, dubbed “the third smallest town in Texas”, following the lives of various individuals, all connected by the littleness of the town. The main plot of the play centers around a Christmas yard display contest, but a mysterious “Christmas phantom... Read more »

Teachers learn valuable skills from service in military

Annalen Barnett, Sports Editor
December 13, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

Before they were known as teachers, several Cactus Shadows staffers travelled the world, aided their country, and underwent military training all in service to various branches of the United States military. Augustus Angeli, a math teacher, joined the Navy one year after graduating high school. H... Read more »

Sugar and Spice and everything nice on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Sugar and Spice and everything nice on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Grace Haycraft-Mckee, Staff Writer
December 13, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

Sugar and Spice has been in the spotlight for their impressive dancing and videos they have done for Youtube. Putting into perspective, these group of girls were on America’s Got Talent and received a “yes” from Howard Stern, Mel B, and Heidi Klum, sending them to the next round. “It was v... Read more »

Brady takes over choir as they prepare for winter concert

Brady takes over choir as they prepare for winter concert

Hallie Wooldridge, Staff Writer
December 13, 2016
Filed under Spotlight

In order to get prepared for upcoming concerts and other events, the Cactus Shadows choir meets daily during second period. During these meeting, student members and choir teacher, Kevin Brady, rehearse their featured songs with techniques, such as repetition. “First, we warm up our voices wit... Read more »

Niko Rose: Musician, Artist, Inspiration

Niko Rose: Musician, Artist, Inspiration

Zoie Lambesis, Staff Writer
December 13, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

Music artist, Niko Rose, has many talents, from playing multiple instruments to producing his own music, Rose uploads it for thousands to listen to online. He had always known he wanted to create music one day, but he did not know he would be putting out music this soon. “I was just going to star... Read more »

Battle of the Bands

Emma Russello, Staff Writer
November 1, 2016
Filed under Archive, Spotlight

Every year local singers and bands participate in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding competition. During the next several weeks, a couple bands from Cactus Shadows will be preforming, such as Sunland and Homestretch. The competition is over nine weeks starting September 27th, and ending Nov... Read more »

Record Stores: Back In Action?

Record Stores: Back In Action?

Sara Windom, Style Editor
October 31, 2016
Filed under Archive, Spotlight

In an attempt to go back to an era almost forgotten about, record stores are on the rise again. “I have had records all my life, my first records were little 45’s, I still have them,” said Doni Nasr, a spanish teacher. Nasr has maintained her record collection for most of her life. Little did she know... Read more »

I See Reality Worth The Read

Dominic Davies, Staff Writer
October 31, 2016
Filed under Archive, Spotlight

I See Reality is a unique collection of twelve short stories using simple text and comics to depict what it is like being a teen. I See Reality, edited by Grace Kendall,  covers many topics such as addiction, sexuality and speculating a breakup. Twelve authors contribute their own fiction short sto... Read more »

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