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Valuable information is now less visible for young people, thanks to new online restrictions.
Tick, tock for an informed internet
Noah Braun, staff reporter • May 20, 2024

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I agree with Donald Trump.  This time, Congress didn’t leave me much of a choice. We all saw it coming for years: a bill...

Senior Chamila Muñoz, on her phone in Ms. Nixs classroom.
Screen teens
May 15, 2024
The constant rate of change creates a sense that all rules are temporary. To encourage obedience, administrators should stand firm on the policies they already have in place.
A rampage of rules
May 9, 2024
Government teacher Erin Summervile and dance teacher and boys basketball coach Terrance Carson smile as they race back on defense as the teachers team bench erupts in unison after Summervilles 3-pointer padded the faculty teams first-quarter advantage over the girls varsity. The teachers led by five after one, eight at half and ended up winning the game by nine.
Taking out the trash talk
Dave Winter, Shield adviser • May 19, 2024

Heading into Friday night’s faculty challenge against the girls varsity basketball team, both sides were talking some serious smack. Senior guard Lily Hobbs boldly predicted...

A gaggle of sophomores sport their Doc Marten sandals in the main hallway during lunch. Each pair carries a hefty price tag: at least $100 each. The sandals are popular among both boys and girls. For the first time, Doc Martens have made the full jump from grunge to prep. Caption by unknown student.
Doc Marten's: the price Mac students are willing to pay for fashion
Katie Grief and Rhea Hooper May 16, 2024

In an attempt to figure out how much money Doc Martens have made off McCallum students, we polled the school. Do you own Doc Marten shoes? Freshmen=67 Sophomores=176 Juniors=120 Seniors=65 Total...

Hundreds of young people gathered in Zilker Park following John Lennons Dec. 8, 1980 assassination.
Political bands
February 29, 2024
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Senior Gabe Scheibal holds up an Irish flag in front of the McCallum Baseball sign., representing the Irish college Scheibel has accepted admission to in the fall, Trinity College Dublin.
From DUBS to Dublin
Priya Thoppil, staff reporter • May 17, 2024

Former McCallum baseball player, senior Gabe Schiebel plans to head off to Dublin, Ireland, for college this fall, an unexpected opportunity that changed the course of his...

MAXWELL’S MASTERPIECE: Members of Zoe Maxwell’s choreographed dance for the spring student directed show Perennial form a group pose. 

For both the choreographers and directors the performance was an opportunity to show off their unique style of dance and bring together the dancers, the theme, and music to create a dance that resembled them.

For junior Zoe Maxwell the performance was unique because while it was her third year performing in the show, it was her first time getting the chance to choreograph a dance and have a more hands-on role with the show. 

“It was my last show with all of my senior friends and it was the first student directed show that I got to contribute to choreographically [which was special],” Maxwell said. “My favorite part of the experience was getting to showcase my creativity and seeing that come to life.” 

Maxwell said her song choice inspired her choreography. 

“Since I heard the song MOVE by Beyonce I knew I wanted to choreograph it,” Maxwell said. “The tricky part was matching it to the themes of the dance show, but luckily the song mentions fire so I connected it to the element theme of the show,” 

The role as choreographer proved to be a learning experience for Maxwell because the process of creating a dance differed from just performing in one.

“The biggest challenge was managing the rehearsal time we were given and planning accordingly so that our dances would be finished in time for the show,” Maxwell said. “I took some inspiration from videos and choreography online, but other than that I just kind of improved to the song until I found moves I liked.”
Mac Youth Dance Company proves 'Perennial' impact on students in annual spring show
JoJo Barnard, Campbell Epperly, Sophie Leung-Lieu, Chloe Lewcock, Harper Binfield Maxwell, Chloe Seckar-Martinez, Ingrid Smith, Maya Tackett, Camilla Vandegrift, Nate Williams, and Dave Winter May 14, 2024

The Mac Youth Dance Company performed in their spring dance concert, "Perennial", in the MAC last weekend. The showcase was directed by seniors Ana Mejia, Olivia Hexsel, Spirit...

MAXWELL’S MASTERPIECE: Members of Zoe Maxwell’s choreographed dance for the spring student directed show Perennial form a group pose. 

For both the choreographers and directors the performance was an opportunity to show off their unique style of dance and bring together the dancers, the theme, and music to create a dance that resembled them.

For junior Zoe Maxwell the performance was unique because while it was her third year performing in the show, it was her first time getting the chance to choreograph a dance and have a more hands-on role with the show. 

“It was my last show with all of my senior friends and it was the first student directed show that I got to contribute to choreographically [which was special],” Maxwell said. “My favorite part of the experience was getting to showcase my creativity and seeing that come to life.” 

Maxwell said her song choice inspired her choreography. 

“Since I heard the song MOVE by Beyonce I knew I wanted to choreograph it,” Maxwell said. “The tricky part was matching it to the themes of the dance show, but luckily the song mentions fire so I connected it to the element theme of the show,” 

The role as choreographer proved to be a learning experience for Maxwell because the process of creating a dance differed from just performing in one.

“The biggest challenge was managing the rehearsal time we were given and planning accordingly so that our dances would be finished in time for the show,” Maxwell said. “I took some inspiration from videos and choreography online, but other than that I just kind of improved to the song until I found moves I liked.”
Mac Youth Dance Company proves 'Perennial' impact on students in annual spring show
JoJo Barnard, Campbell Epperly, Sophie Leung-Lieu, Chloe Lewcock, Harper Binfield Maxwell, Chloe Seckar-Martinez, Ingrid Smith, Maya Tackett, Camilla Vandegrift, Nate Williams, and Dave Winter May 14, 2024

The Mac Youth Dance Company performed in their spring dance concert, "Perennial", in the MAC last weekend. The showcase was directed by seniors Ana Mejia, Olivia Hexsel, Spirit...

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The classical guitar program held its annual Battle of the Bands on Thursday, Jan. 18. The event is the program’s largest fundraiser, with ticket sales funding guitar purchases, guest masterclass and scholarships for performances. The top two winners earned the chance to play at Hole in the Wall. This year’s winners were Red River Trucking Co., who came in first, followed by Henry Jewesson.
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