• January 5Congratulations to Coach Nighswonger, who was selected as this week's "Las Vegas Raiders Tom Flores High School Coach of the Week!"
  • January 5Congratulations to Marissa Ruiz and Renee Dexheimer for placing 1st in the Women's division at the Doubles Tournament on Dec 28th!
  • January 5Congratulations to Seth Stovall and Jerrad Barczyszyn for placing 1st in the Men's division at the Doubles Tournament on Dec. 28th!
  • December 31Women's Flag Football Wins the Mustang Rodeo on Dec. 30th!
  • December 13Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony is Wednesday, June 1, 2022 starting at noon at MGM
  • December 10Semester Exams start on Tuesday, December 14, 2021
  • November 30Congratulations to Austin Parker for placing in the top 100 nationally for the GIAC GFACT and winning a $2500 scholarship!
  • November 15Juniors and Seniors: If you're interested in going to UNR, consider participating in Fly-Up. Check Mentorship for more information
  • October 20The 23rd Annual Economic Summit & Student Leadership (Virtual) Conference is December 11, 2021 from 9am-12pm
  • April 6Follow The Lariat on Instagram @srhs_lariat
The Student News Site of Shadow Ridge High School

The Lariat

The Student News Site of Shadow Ridge High School

The Lariat

The Student News Site of Shadow Ridge High School

The Lariat

2021-2022 Staff

Kale Nelson
Editor In Chief

Kale Nelson

Kale is the Editor In Chief of The Lariat newspaper (the backbone of Shadow Ridge High School) and persistent athlete,  who excels at overthinking every little detail in the paper.  In fact, he went through his camera roll four times before choosing this profile picture.  Kale has been in training for this role since he was two years old. Not only is Kale the Editor in Chief of the school newspaper,...

Violet Flanagan
Features Editor

Violet Flanagan

Violet is a junior at Shadow Ridge High School. She likes to read, play guitar, and learn new things. She also enjoys history, music, and funny people. She’s a journalist and editor for The Lariat and she’s always loved to write. She hopes to write articles that shed light on difficult situations or help people better understand each other.

Aryssa Gallardo
Campus Life Editor

Aryssa Gallardo

Aryssa Gallardo is a junior at SRHS who loves spending time with her family and tries to do fun activities whenever she feels up to it. Her favorite things to do are watch movies/TV shows, listen to music, hang out with her two cats, and write. She is very excited about being in her second year of Journalism as the Campus Life Editor for The Lariat. She hopes to gain more knowledge about what it me...

Camryn Watkins
Entertainment Editor

Camryn Watkins

Camryn provides much needed comic relief to The Lariat and she likes to think outside the box.  She has dedicated much of her time to chasing down the important stories in vindicating her role as the in-house researcher.  Camryn has her finger on the pulse of the Shadow Ridge Student Body.  Camryn's favorite saying in journalism is, "Spell check yourself before you spell wreck yourself."

Marley Martinez
Mustangs Editor

Marley Martinez

This is Marley's second and final year writing for the SRHS Lariat. As the editor of Mustangs (Mrs. Smith's favorite editor), she hopes to highlight the diverse students of Shadow Ridge and tell their stories. Aside from working full-time for The Lariat, Marley works part-time at Buffalo Wild Wings where she can be seen cheering for the Dodgers and Golden Knights.

Mallory Priest
Athletics Editor

Mallory Priest

This is Mallory’s second year involved in The Lariat, and she can’t wait for the new adventures and responsibilities that will come her way being the Athletics Editor. She enjoys cooking, baking, painting, cheering, and is mildly space obsessed. She enjoys learning new things, so she is willing to reach out to anyone to get a good article. Even though she may wait until the last minute to write ...

Katy Daley
News Editor

Katy Daley

Katy Daley is now starting her second year writing for The Lariat, and can't wait to write about all of the new and current news in the world. She might wait until the last minute to write her articles but she always puts 110% into each article. She is excited about her new responsibilities that will come with being the News Editor. She enjoys swimming, dancing, cooking, and watching movies with friends. ...

Spencer Corbett
Broadcast Journalism Editor

Spencer Corbett

Spencer is a sophomore at Shadow Ridge High School who is a determined worker and dedicated family man. His hobbies include baseball, golf, and video games. Spencer states that he has watched around 1000 hours of movies and considers it "time well spent." He is a great people person with amazing social skills. Spencer states that ideas "just float out of my  head because I am creative and I have a...

Jamarion Whitson
Journalist

Jamarion Whitson

Jamarion Whitson is a freshman who loves football. His dream is to one day make it to the NFL and be a professional football player. Jamarion likes the great outdoors and music because it helps him escape reality. Jamarion loves journalism and writing articles for the school newspaper website. The number one thing he enjoys doing is spending time with family and friends.

Jeremiah Campbell
Journalist

Jeremiah Campbell

"Miah," is excited to start writing for The Lariat. He loves to watch sports and listen to music. Jeremiah plays varsity football at Shadow Ridge.

Emma Bennett
Journalist

Emma Bennett

Emma Bennett enjoys journalism because she hopes to have a career in media, and she likes learning the journalistic aspect of media. She wants to report the news in an objective and interesting way. She enjoys editing and writing, K-Pop and nostalgic properties. Emma is a gifted writer and can write an article about pretty much anything.

Ashley Enciso
Journalist

Ashley Enciso

Ashley Enciso is a sophomore at Shadow Ridge High School. Ashley's pronouns are she/her, and she sometimes prefers to go by Ash. She enjoys going to school for the social interaction and loves making new friends. Her hobbies include writing, listening to music, and watching TV shows. Ashley joined Journalism Foundations because of her love for writing, and she hopes that her articles can reach a wide...

Cass Soldate
Journalist

Cass Soldate

Cass Soldate, also known as "Joker hair girl" or "Beetlejuice hair girl," is a sophomore at Shadow Ridge High School and a new journalist to The Lariat. Cass is looking forward to covering entertainment, features, the foreign exchange student program, and student profiles in Shadow Ridge's 21-22 newspaper. Aside from working on The Lariat, Cass also volunteers at animal hospitals where she can be seen...

Jack Monson
Journalist

Jack Monson

Jack Monson is a sophomore in his first year of writing for The Lariat. He runs for the SRHS track and cross country teams. In his free time, he enjoys reading and hanging out with his friends. Jack likes finding challenges and creating an over-complicated solution to them. He is excited to write about athletics, features, and current events for The Lariat this year.

Aron Bihasa
Journalist

Aron Bihasa

Aron Bihasa is a junior at Shadow Ridge High School. He loves to play video games, talk to his friends, and just chill out. Aron doesn't care how people pronounce his name because so many people pronounce his name in a weird and different way. He looks forward to having happy and funny moments in journalism and creating interesting articles for the people to read. Aron also likes chicken.

Madi Miller
Journalist

Madi Miller

Madi Miller is a freshman at Shadow Ridge High School. She is excited to start journalism and work on the 'Pasta la Vista' and 'Flippin Awesome' cooking blog. She is also excited for her upcoming school and club volleyball seasons. Madi loves the ukulele, her dog, Marvel and Star Wars movies, swimming, traveling, and jamming out to pop music.

Taylor McEvoy
Journalist

Taylor McEvoy

Taylor McEvoy is a first year journalism student. She is excited to write sports articles and student profiles where she can talk with the student body of Shadow Ridge. She plays flag football for Shadow  and in her free time she binge watches Marvel movies. Her favorite thing to do is travel and try new foods all around the world.

Laisha Martinez
Journalist

Laisha Martinez

Laisha Martinez is a first year student in journalism, and she is very excited to learn about all things journalism. Laisha loves fashion, specifically shoes and clothing. She loves to hang and go out with her friends and family. Laisha is a very smart young woman who loves to play sports and is very competitive. She was born in Dalton, Georgia and she moved to Las Vegas when she was in the 4th grade....

Kaliyah Luna
Journalist

Kaliyah Luna

Kaliyah Luna is junior and is in her first year of journalism. She is looking forward to covering articles that relate to sports and other events that Shadow Ridge hosts. Kaliyah enjoys listening to people talk about her passions, and would love to interview people. She plays lacrosse and appreciates getting a better understanding about other sports. Along with her appreciation for sports she also...

Tommaso Vescovo
Journalist

Tommaso Vescovo

Tommaso is a foreign exchange student from Italy, he is 17 years old, a senior, and a member of the journalism class and varsity soccer team. Tommaso will be at Shadow Ridge High School until June and he is very happy to have this experience. Tommaso is excited to discover a new culture and new people, but he is afraid that he is losing too much weight since he doesn't enjoy American food.

Destiny Parra
Journalist

Destiny Parra

Destiny Parra is a first year journalism student. Destiny is looking forward to writing about real world issues and improving her writing.  Everytime Destiny is laughing hard, she ends up crying; she is very entertaining and loving, and is a great support to her friends. She is looking forward to interviewing people and getting to know more about everyone . In her free time, Destiny enjoys reading...

Bella Hawkins
Journalist

Bella Hawkins

Bella Hawkins is a first year journalism student, and she is very excited to be in journalism because she is ready to write entertainment articles in the paper. She wants to write about music, TV, movies, and food reviews, as well as stories on things like zodiac signs and astrology. Bella also wants to use her place on The Lariat to help people by writing about mental disorders, mental health issues,...

Leilani Avalos
Journalist

Leilani Avalos

Leilani Avalos is very excited for journalism; it is her first year and she can't wait to see what's coming for her. Leilani has a different sense of humor but it is enjoyed by the entire journalism staff. She loves writing and she feels that writing "calms and eases her mind."  Leilani is looking forward to participating in many different Shadow Ridge sports and activities throughout her high school...

Arionna Holmes
Journalist

Arionna Holmes

Arionna is a 15 year old student at Shadow Ridge High School. She is in journalism because of the profession she wants to pursue and she hopes be able to write articles that inform the public. Arionna is known for her beautiful smile and general friendliness in a classroom setting, both of which will prove valuable as she writes hard hitting journalism stories for The Lariat.  It's funny that she...

Diego Faulkner
Journalist

Diego Faulkner

Diego Faulkner is a football player who is also in his first year of Journalism and is excited to publish and tell people's stories through The Lariat. Diego is the WR/OLB on the Shadow Ridge Mustangs JV Football Team. He grew up in Wisconsin but when he was 12 years old he moved Las Vegas. He loves to watch his favorite team the Green Bay Packers play on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays. He also loves...

Charlotte Larason
Journalist

Charlotte Larason

Charlotte Larason is a junior at Shadow Ridge High School. She loves talking to new people and learning new things.  Her hobbies include acting and listening to true crime podcasts. Charlotte feels most at home in the theater and acting is her all time favorite thing to do. She is looking forward to writing about performing arts at Shadow Ridge and the entertainment world in general.

Liam Guthrie
Journalist

Liam Guthrie

Liam Guthrie likes football, basketball and spending time with his family.  One of his hobbies is playing NBA 2K22. He has two dogs, Roxy and Coolidge that he loves very much. He is an excellent student who looks forward to covering all things athletics in The Lariat.  

Olivia D. Watson
Journalist

Olivia D. Watson

Having traveled all around the world as a military child, Olivia D. Watson finally landed here in Nevada this January 2021. She is known to be sufficiently book smart, but not very good with social interaction, and often gets labeled as the "Eccentric Professor" or just plain goofy. However, despite her flaws socially, she never fails to gain the affection of animals and would do anything to be suffocated...

Sam Robinson
Journalist

Sam Robinson

Sam is a sophomore at Shadow Ridge. This is Sam's first year in Journalism and she's very happy to be a part of the Lariat. She's excited to write stories for the community to read. She loves writing and can't wait to write about world events and entertainment.

Virginia Cardinali Pietracci
Journalist

Virginia Cardinali Pietracci

Virginia is an exchange student from Italy, who is so excited to become a ''journalist'' for a few months. She is 17 years old and she will be a ''senior'' until the end of the first semester. She is enjoying her first weeks at Shadow Ridge High School and she's on the Shadow Ridge Women's Tennis Team  (the most amazing team ever). She is really into fashion and music. She is looking forward to covering...

Mikayla Maluyo
Journalist

Mikayla Maluyo

Mikayla is a junior at Shadow Ridge High School who is ecstatic to start her first year writing for The Lariat. Her interests include bullet journaling, writing poetry, and reading books that fill her hopeless ideas of romance. Mikayla spends an obscene amount of time looking for songs that fit her ever-changing moods. She hopes to write articles that would bring a smiles to people's faces while still...

Kaliyah Marie Norwood
Journalist

Kaliyah Marie Norwood

Kaliyah Marie Norwood is very excited to be a part of the Lariat/Journalism class this year because, sadly, this is her last year at Shadow Ridge High School.  She plans on making a lot of memories and thriving during her last year of high school.  One thing that Kaliyah loves doing in her spare time is studying or working; she does not like to sit around and do nothing. One funny thing about her...

Elaina Smith
Journalist

Elaina Smith

This is Elaina Smith's first year as a journalist for The Lariat although she has read The Lariat her entire life. Elaina is looking forward to contributing cooking features called ¨Pasta La Vista,¨ and ¨Flippin' Awesome¨ for the newspaper website. Elaina is also excited to cover athletics and entertainment as a novice journalist. Elaina is a multisport athlete who doesn't get enough sleep and...

Mustang Mack
Hype Mustang

Mustang Mack

Mustang Mack has been a part of The Lariat since the school opened in 2003. Mack is a vital member of the journalism program because he is responsible for "hyping" up the crowd, "sending positive vibes," and informing the journalists about anything happening at The Ridge.  Mack is invaluable to this program and he spends the majority of his free time making the school a better place for all students.

Abigail Davis
Marketing Consultant

Abigail Davis

Abigail is a Marketing Consultant for The Lariat Instagram @srhs_lariat. She spends countless hours analyzing the Instagram algorithm in order to help The Lariat go viral and reach people worldwide. She designs eye catching Instagram posts that promote stories in The Lariat. In her free time, she plays tennis and watches Marvel movies.

Mrs. Tania Mason
Contributing Photographer

Mrs. Tania Mason

Mrs. Tania Mason is the Shadow Ridge High School Publications teacher and adviser. Not only is Mrs. Mason in charge of publications, but she is also the one who can be credited with taking all of the amazing photographs of Shadow Ridge events. She has willingly allowed The Lariat to feature her extraordinary photographs throughout the newspaper website. Mrs. Mason's photos can be seen most prominently...

Audrey Davis
Freelance Artist

Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis is a freshman at Shadow Ridge High School and upon request, creates art masterpieces for The Lariat. She particularly enjoys drawing portraits and besides that, typically specializes in realism. The Lariat isn’t the only way she shows her art to the world, she can also be found on her Instagram @artbyaudrey246

Nicole Easley
Headline Coorespondant

Nicole Easley

Ms. Easley is the unsung hero of The Lariat. She works countless hours in the background cultivating the wittiest and punniest headlines. The Lariat was on the verge of extinction prior to Ms. Easley's arrival. She saw a need and filled it. She has been working as an underling for nearly four school years, beginning with her student teaching days. Whenever you experience an uncontrollable chuckle...

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