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Paying close attention, freshman Naomi Pearson takes notes during her fourth period geometry Zoom. During class, Pearson prefers to have her camera off while her teacher gives direct instruction because it allows her to focus on her work without the distraction of her appearance. Photo courtesy of Naomi Pearson.

A Zoom full of strangers

Alice Scott, staff reporter
April 15, 2021
Senior Bridget Russo, who works at Newk's Eatery, wipes down the soda fountain during her shift.

Life as a teenage essential worker

Lucy Marco, online co-editor in chief
March 19, 2021
Hughes played on the football team prior to moving to New Mexico for his senior year. At his memorial service, head coach Thomas Gammerdinger presented the Hughes family with a 2017 UIL semi-finalist medal.

A tribute to Connor Hughes

Bella Russo, co-editor in chief
March 17, 2021

A COVID-19 year in the life at Mac

Alice Scott, staff reporter
March 13, 2021
Jackson and Nate Baugh smile and act silly from their backyard playground after school — keeping recess going even after hours.

Recess back in session

Madelynn Niles, co-copy editor, co-A&E editor
March 2, 2021
Holding hand-decorated care packages, members of the Brown Girl Collective smile at their first ever event on Oct. 24. BGC hosted their care package distribution at Zilker Park. The event was a success, giving away around 30 boxes to BIPOCs and LGBTQ+ members. Photo originally posted on the  @browngirlcollective.atx Instagram account. Reposted here with permission.

Boxes made with love

Lily Prather, staff reporter
February 27, 2021
Christopher Purkiss accepts cake and flowers from principal Nicole Griffith and assistant principal Andy Baxa for being named Teacher of the Year. Purkiss was working with a student over Zoom when they arrived at his house.

Purkiss named Teacher of the Year

Sofia Ramon, staff reporter
February 22, 2021
The students and teachers of the Students of Color Alliance meet with Nicole Griffith over Zoom to share ideas about fostering dialogue between students and staff.

SOCA creating community at MAC

Bella Russo, co-editor in chief
February 21, 2021
A district-provided Wi-Fi bus parked in front of an apartment complex provides internet access for children living nearby who are attending school virtually. These buses are stationed around Austin every day to ensure that students can access their schoolwork.

Bus drivers double essential duties

Sofia Ramon, staff reporter
February 21, 2021
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