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DANCING QUEENS: IN March 2019, Adamson hosted the Teachers and Tiaras pageant, an annual fundraiser that director Ken Rogers stages as a fundraiser for cinematic arts program. In addition to hosting, Adamson performed a duet with pageant winner Nikki Northcutt. The duo did a karaoke version of “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Adamson remembers it as one of her fondest McCallum moments. Both Adamson and Rogers retired from McCallum at the end of this school year.

Adamson’s final lesson, a conversation about her career

Gaby Esquivel, host, audio engineer June 1, 2023

 macshieldonline · THE S WORD, EPISODE 20: A conversation with Diana Adamson In this episode of the S word podcast, English teacher Diana Adamson reflects on her years as a teacher and her...

After over a decade spent loving learning, four Knights weigh passion over money and choose to become educators.

Future teachers face obstacles, follow passion

Ingrid Smith, audio engineer May 13, 2023

macshieldonline · The S Word, Episode 19, Part 1 — Knights who aspire to be teachers In this episode of The S Word, seniors Thea Krische and Yamini Shekhar join juniors Alex Moses and Hazel Reddy...

McClellan explores the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain during her first week of classes.

En route to college, McClellan studies in Spain

Ingrid Smith, audio engineer January 30, 2023

macshieldonline · The S Word Episode 18: Anna McClellan and her Spanish adventures In this episode of The S Word, McCallum class of 2022 graduate Anna McClellan reflects on her study abroad semester...

Levin speaks at an abortion rights protest they planned with TX4Abortion on Sept. 4.

Levin finds their voice in the fight for abortion rights

Ingrid Smith, audio engineer September 23, 2022

macshieldonline · Real Talk, Episode 4 -- Cassidy Levin In this episode of Real Talk, junior and abortion rights activist Cassidy Levin shares why they think teens have the ability to change the world....

In part 2 of our Feeback Loop conversation, Red River Trucking Company prime movers Joaquin Frazier and King Perez Cude talk about the benefits of adding a bass player, of having divergent musical tastes and of performing without a complicated agenda.

Frazier: ‘He brings the energy. I bring the countriness.’

Evelyn Griffin, Julian Magee, and Theo Roe July 20, 2022

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 8, Part 2 -- Red River Trucking Company In the second part of our conversation with the Red River Trucking Company, King Perez Cude and Joaquín Frazier...

BALLADS AND BLUES: Sophomores King Perez-Cude and Joaquín Frazier, from the student band Red River Trucking Company, play a set of country-rock tunes, including traditional bluegrass tunes, Chris Stapleton’s “Midnight Train to Memphis” and an original song called “Ballad of an Outlaw Fugitive” at the Mr. Myers send-off concert. “We’re a rock band usually, but we have a lot of old school country and blues elements, so we decided to go acoustic,” Frazier said. He describes their style as complicated. “We’re kind of all over the place, but I would say blues or southern rock with some serious country and psychedelic influences,” Frazier said. Although he never met Mr. Myers, Frazier wanted to perform in honor of him. “[I] never got to know Mr. Myers, but I’ve heard great things he had done for our friends, and we wanted to play in honor of him,” he said. “We put together a short set together the night before and decided to go for it.” Reporting by Lucy Marco.

You name it. Red River Trucking Co. plays it.

Julian Magee and Evelyn Griffin May 16, 2022

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 8, Part 1: Red River Trucking Co. Sophomores Joaquín Frazier and King Perez Cude had been pals since the dawn of time, but it didn’t dawn on them to start...

Lucas shares that they find it more difficult to be on stage as a musician as opposed to a thespian because they are sharing their own story. The worst fear of all, Lucas admits, is being fake in any way in their music.

Jessie Lucas stays true to themself through their lyrics

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 7, Part 2 -- Jessie Lucas Jesse Lucas’ upcoming album will be titled Ignition, but the singer-songwriter thinks another name for it could be The Jessie Show. “It’s...

Lucas has to admit theyre getting better all the time

Lucas has to admit they’re getting better all the time

 macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 7 -- Jesse Lucas, Part 1 Jessie Lucas’s songwriting has grown up with them. “The first song I ever wrote was in sixth grade,” they said. “I drew...

Robin Kulhaneks most recent release, “Siren,” was inspired by a toxic friendship: “The only way they could get me to stay friends with them was by talking and talking and making me believe.”

For Kulhanek, music a way to cope and to connect

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 6: Robin Kuhlhanek a.k.a. Spacedevil To Robin Kulhanek, known as “Spacedevil” on Spotify, music is a tool to work through his emotions. “Talking myself...

After graduating from McCallum in 2015, Elena Villalón studied at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. At age 21, she won the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, one of the top opera competitions in the world.

Ella Villalón to star as Susanna in Austin Opera’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in next chapter of eventful career

Samantha Powers and Theo Roe November 4, 2021

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 5 -- Elena Villalon Elena Villalón realized early that she wanted to pursue her passion for singing as a career. A class of 2015 alumna, she sang in the McCallum...

Over their two pandemic albums, Baxter Low, the self-proclaimed “musician/occultist/aspiring artist,” has seen their sound improve and evolve into what they call “cosmic folk pop.”

A songwriter first, Baxter Low views their lyrics as a dialogue with the subconscious mind

Theo Roe, Alysa Spiro, and Evelyn Griffin September 5, 2021

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 4 -- Baxter Low Baxter Lowrimore has always struggled with time. “Whether it's moving too fast or moving too slowly,” they said, “time and I have never...

Let’s talk disordered eating and rape culture

Samantha Powers, audio engineer June 15, 2021

In part 2 of the latest episode of Real Talk, junior Samantha Powers, freshman Alice Scott, sophomore Malia Walewski, sophomore Leah Gordon, junior Keely McNab, junior Kendall Smith, senior Erin Toliver,...

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