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Rethinking I-35
Starbucks workers go on strike
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As the time between mass school shootings have passed and as the shootings become more and more part of our everyday reality, we have become desensitized to the fact that 20 children under the age of 8 were gunned down and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut almost 10 years ago. How have we not done more?
A Band-Aid for a bullet wound
Shield editorial board November 30, 2022

It's not an if, it's a when. This year, there have been 152 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in the United States. 50 deaths. 122 injuries. And what is the response? At...

Los fundadores del Escudo Español desde la izquierda a la derecha: Sr Daniel Fuentes, Mateo Rodriguez, Carlos Aldrete, Tallulah Wilson, Maggie Coulbourn, Liliana Rodriguez, Esme Moreno, Ana Mejia
El escudo español
September 16, 2022
Freshman Julia Copas consoles classmate freshman Cadha Proctor after Mexico falls just short of advancing to the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup despite defeating Saudi Arabia, 2-1, on Wednesday.
World Cup drama comes to Room 134
Macjournalism sports team December 3, 2022

A day after the U.S. men’s national soccer team scored a narrow 1-0 victory on Tuesday over Iran during seventh period to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup, an even...

Shield staff reporters JoJo Barnard and Sofía Thatcher took up the task of ranking and reviewing Thanksgiving flavor pies from Tiny Pies, as well as two of their personal favorites.
Making the Thanksgiving dessert decision easy as pie
JoJo Barnard and Sofia Thatcher November 23, 2022

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, comes the annual dilemma of deciding which pies to bring. With such an extensive range of flavors offered, the choice can be difficult....

Keke Palmer (Emerald Haywood), Daniel Kaluuya (OJ Haywood), and Steven Yeun (Jupe Park) star in Jordan Peeles new sci-fi thriller, Nope.
'Nope' gets a yes from me
September 8, 2022
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Alfarache and Villarreal set up for the November Science National Honor Society meeting.
Superstar of science
Lanie Sepehri, co-people editor & co-print managing editor • December 4, 2022

Newton’s law says an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. This principle was put into action by junior Gabi Alfarache, who wanted more...

Richter and Uehara are among the many teachers working second jobs in order to make ends meet in a city where the cost of living is always increasing and in a career that in notorious for having low pay.
Overworked from overtime
December 4, 2022
Biology teacher Gabriel Adame at the Bondi beach Bronte Coastal Walk in Australia.
All things Adame
December 2, 2022
Nathan McCallum teaching his AVID class. McCallum first gained experience in the AVID program teaching in Champaign, Illinois. After moving to back to Texas, he taught at Bedicheck Middle School before returning to an AVID teacher position at Mac.
McCallum meets Mac
November 27, 2022
Members of the Hershey production crew, intern Tuana Allen and man-of-the-moment Bob Bedard watch the sequence filmed during eighth period on Thursday. The clip shows Bedard standing still in the main hallway as the traffic rushes behind him as if they are apparitions.
Bob to hit the big screen
November 19, 2022
Despite an impressive performance by star actor Van Damme, Timecop failed to impress audiences at the time.
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Logic-defying 'Timecop' fails to tap into Van Damme's star potential
Otto Smith-Goeke, staff writer • December 1, 2022

So you wanna be like Ahknowld, huh Jean-Claude? In Timecop, directed by an underachieving Peter Hyams, Jean-Claude Van Damme takes aim at becoming the latest action hero,...

SUNNY CALIFORNIA: Principal Nichole Griffith poses with her wife Brenda and son Langston at the golden gate bridge in San Francisco. 

For Griffith, Thanksgiving break is perfectly timed. 

“Thanksgiving comes at just the right time every year when we all really need a mental break from school, and this year I was able to completely forget that I was a high school principal and just be on vacation with my family. I didn’t check my email which I needed to do. It was a nice refresher.

In their time in California, the group, along with Griffith’s mother, saw sights such as Alcatraz, took a cable car ride, rode a train and visited the science museum. 

“San Francisco is a fun place to be but it is also a place that is special to our family,” Griffith said. “My wife lived there and really loves it. I always joke that she left her heart there and we have to go pick it up every once and a while.”

Most excited for the trip was Langston. 

“[My son] loves travel. He gets so excited. He is a definite travel bug, which I don’t know where he gets that. But he loves travel, loves being around his grandparents. It was really great.” 

The young adventurer got to lean his head out the window on the train, learn cards with his grandmother and explore all of the sea creatures at the aquarium. 

Griffith was also thankful to miss the rainy weather in Austin. 

“The weather was beautiful [in San Francisco],” Griffith said. “We missed all the rain in Texas. By the time we got back on Saturday it had passed. But it was sunny in San Francisco and super clear. We never didn’t have these beautiful expanses of light.” 

Photo courtesy of Nichole Griffith. Reporting by Morgan Eye.
Thankful for Thanksgiving travels
JoJo Barnard, Julia Copas, Morgan Eye, Chloe Lewcock, Emerson Merritt, Alice Scott, Ingrid Smith, and Francie Wilhelm November 29, 2022

Knights traveled all around the world during the Thanksgiving break, seeing family, sleeping in and stuffing their bellies. From Texas, to Colorado and New Zealand, students,...

TO HELL AND BACK: Seniors Tyler Mankinen and Molly Holder perform their class piece, Seven Devils, choreographed by senior Khi Washington. Washington first choreographed the piece last year for Mac Youth Dance Co.s spring show, Solace. The piece was then adjusted for the senior class to perform on the Thursday and Saturday performances of the dance companys Building in Progress/Life Happening at the AISD Performing Arts Center. It was fun to perform because a lot of my friends who were in the class last year were there, so it was cool to do the piece again for them, Mankinen said. I think since the senior class is so close, watching the dance, you can see everyone’s connection with one another which I think is super unique.
Fine Arts beats the flood
October 25, 2022
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Junior Georgia Halverson performs at the Bowie Fiddle Contest on Oct. 1. For Halverson, nothing compares to the feeling of playing Texas-style fiddle music: her fingers flying, bow dancing, feet stomping and heart singing. She has put bow to string nearly every day for the past 13 years, competed at around 40 fiddle contests and, on June 24, placed second in the junior division of the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho. “I love fiddle because of the large variety of music that I get to be a part of and the kinds of people I meet along the way,” Halverson said. Video courtesy of Halverson.
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