The Student News Site of McCallum High School

The Shield Online

The Student News Site of McCallum High School

The Shield Online

The Student News Site of McCallum High School

The Shield Online

New guidelines limit FIT options
PSAT goes digital
Baxa’s 100 day report card
View All
The Class of 2024 is catching an extreme case of senioritis, making CommonApp deadlines comes with extreme stress and even physical side effects.
The CommonApp cold
Caroline Owen, print managing editor • December 4, 2023

If a patient is experiencing symptoms like compulsive class skipping, constant exhaustion and non-stop daydreaming about life beyond high school, the doctor may diagnose a...

Saturated with a consumption and consumerism, Thanksgiving has drifted from its ostensible objective—pausing to be grateful—to become something bordering on the gluttonous.
No thanks for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2023
Even deep into the 20th Century, school staff remained adamant in their paddling policy.
Paddles raise doubts
November 16, 2023
One of the main changes to the PSAT is that students are now given access to calculators for the entire test. Graphic by Nate Williams.
Digital does damage
November 16, 2023
Film crew members freshman Shyla Manhart and junior Ivy Christie record a play  at the LASA game Oct. 13.
Football filmers find friendship on the field
Winnie Roberts, staff reporter • December 5, 2023

macshieldonline · The S Word, Episode 22: The football film crew In this episode of The S Word podcast, junior Ivy Christie, junior Hazel Johnson and freshman...

Junior Theo Northcutt blocks the ball at first water polo tournament of the season in Round Rock on Sept. 15.
The sport that no one knows
November 28, 2023
The capital city doesn’t escape the notice of major professional sports leagues. The NBAs San Antonio Spurs, for example, have made appearances at SXSW and Austin City Limits, and they have played regular season games at Austins Moody Center.
Swinging into the future
November 11, 2023
Stereotypical Barbie played by actress Margot Robbie looks at herself in a toy mirror. The fact that there was no reflection is one of the ways director Greta Gerwig used the aspects of the toys in the film. Warner Bros. image reposted here under the doctrine of fair use.
Barbie movie exceeds its high expectations
Lillian Gray, staff reporter • September 29, 2023

Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling hit theaters on July 21. The highly anticipated film quickly turned into the year’s...

Sophomore Lillian Gray powers through the course at the District 24-5A cross-country meet on Oct. 13 at Walter E. Long Park. Gray ran the 5,000-meter course in 	21:33.8, fast enough for a top five finish but below her personal best of 20:57.3 achieved the week before in Georgetown.
Steady as she runs
July 12, 2023
Hans Kloppert (left) and Alex Mutz (right) pose together at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the preliminary rounds of the drum corps international championships in 2018. It was the third year that Mutz, a Texan, would compete internationally with Klopperts European drum corps. He also competed with them in 2011 and again in 2015. In 2011, Jubal would go on to place highest out of all of the European drum corps in the competition.
Hook 'Em Hans!
July 1, 2023
View All
Seniors Adele Boerner and Olive Greene, junior Townes Hamre and sophomores Owen Tachovsky and Rocket Hoff repair houses and hang out away from technology while volunteering with ASP.
Austinites take on Appalachia
Ingrid Smith, co-editor-in-chief • November 21, 2023

Senior Adele Boerner comes to school each day with two silver washers on a chain around her neck. The washers, engraved with “ASP,” are a reminder of the three summers...

Jace Klein prepares to be pied by PALS Hana Diamond and Ariana Mendez at the 2022 Pink Week pep rally.
Coming up Klein
October 18, 2023
Alumnus takes Manhattan
Alumnus takes Manhattan
Maggie Mass and Sofia Saucedo December 8, 2023

Evita, one of the many shows put on by McCallum, was performed 10 years ago, and captured the audience’s attention when it went all the way to Central America, as the...

Francis and Ethan Azarian perform on the Marfa Texas public radio station on a show hosted by Julie Bernal called Olds Cool .
Azarian awakens artistry
December 7, 2023
The Region 18 Symphony Orchestra stands after its performance on Nov.18 at the AISD PAC.
A region to remember
December 3, 2023
D-minus for Disney+
D-minus for Disney+
November 29, 2023
Seniors Marshall Clifton, Danielle Todd-Harris and August Krosta perform “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.” “Cell Block Tango” is the behind-bars ballad of six women accused of killing their significant others. After singing “Cell Block Tango” with choir friends, Krosta felt inspired to bring the song to Cabaret auditions.

“Last year me and a couple of my friends would reenact it because we do a bunch of karaoke stuff in choir,” Krosta said. “I wanted to get all of them together because I thought itd be really fun. We didn’t actually think that wed be able to get in but kind of just wanted to put it all together and see what happens, but he really liked the idea.”

Krosta said “Cell Block Tango” stood out in the setlist because of mood and murder.

“The mood was different than a lot of the other numbers,” Krosta said. “It just had a different energy because were killing people on stage. My character actually didnt kill anyone on stage, but it was fun watching everyone else do it. Because the looks on peoples faces are like, ‘What in the world is going on right now?’” 

Junior Sam Kruck was one of the three male dancers “killed” during the performance. During a choreographed fall on the third night, he accidentally broke a chair. 

Kruck said faking his death was an “interesting” experience. 

“Ive never had to do it before, but I think Im an expert on it now,” Kruck said.

Kruck’s second scene was a ballet number that occurred during Krosta’s French monologue. Krosta worked with a French teacher to learn the lines describing the male character’s disappearance. 

Krosta said the highlight of performing “Cell Block Tango” was the audience’s enthusiastic reaction.

“As we finished they [the audience] started like screaming,” Krosta said. “It was super cool to have everyone cheer like that.”

Caption by Ingrid Smith.
Choir harmonizes new changes into Cabaret
JoJo Barnard, Naomi Di-Capua, Gaby Esquivel, Shila Gill, Chloe Lewcock, Callen Romell, Lanie Sepehri, Ingrid Smith, and Francie Wilhelm December 5, 2023

Members of the McCallum choir are often presented with classical and other typical choral pieces to perform, but one annual show really strives to branch out by bringing more...

MacJ does Boston
MacJ does Boston
November 14, 2023
View All
Print Edition

Official 2023 homecoming week throwback teacher quiz


There was an error. Please try again.

14 Total Questions

Seventy years ago—on Sept. 8, 1953—McCallum opened its doors for the first time. To commemorate the occasion, Shield co-editor in chief Alice Scott sat down with Class of ‘57 alum Maggie Slocum, who was a first-day freshman on that day, and Carl Shepherd, one of the builders who helped work on the school’s construction. To bring the story of the school’s never-ending construction and evolution, Scott also talked to current dance director Natalie Uehara about the construction of the new dance studio that continues the 70-year-old trend of McCallum reinventing itself yet staying true to its origins at the same time.
Macjournalism Instagram feed

Comments (0)

All The Shield Online Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest
Activate Search
The Student News Site of McCallum High School