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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

Alysa Spiro

Alysa Spiro, co-editor-in-chief


Alysa Spiro is thrilled to be returning to the MacJ staff for her third year, this time as a co-Editor-In-Chief. Alysa still considers the opinion section her child, but has ultimately taken a liking to all types of journalistic writing (though she has yet to write a sports story in her three years on staff). When not biting her nails off due to newspaper-induced stress, Alysa enjoys spending her mornings brewing her own espresso and her evenings re-watching Spirited Away. Recently, she’s taken a real liking to Russian literature (and is in search of someone to talk to The Brothers Karamazov about). She’d like to thank Samantha Power’s for continuing to correct her grammar and Dave Winter for giving her a place to call home.

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Kenta Asazu celebrates his completion of the full marathon at the Austin Marathon with a medal and a personalized sign.

Asazu’s magic shoes

February 23, 2022
When the world feels like it may fall apart any minute, escaping into a virtual world of flower-picking , house-building and exploring can feel like free therapy.

The rebirth of Minecraft

December 17, 2020
FEELING NOTORIOUS: Dressed in a full-length robe, collar, glasses and of course, crown,  Alysa has her picture taken at Austin Film Societys screening of The Notorious RBG. Little did she know, this film would mark the beginning of a life-long love for Ruth, both as a justice and as a person. Picture provided by Alysa Spiro.

Challah in Heaven

September 25, 2020
Ivy Jane Golyzniak performs her spoken word poetry at the annual Coffee House hosted by Excalibur. Photo by Ellen Fox.

Poetry in motion

February 12, 2020
Holiday music concerts, like the bands holiday concert in the Mac last Monday, should equally represent all cultures. Alongside Christmas favorites like “Sleigh Ride,” “Polar Express” and Christmas Festival, the band also played “Three Moods of Hanukkah.”

Happy Challahdays!

December 18, 2019
REVOLTING CHILDREN: At the end of the musical Matilda, the school children “revolt” against the evil rule of their headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. This results in a large. extravegant dance number, which Uehara states was definetly one of her favorite to choreograph. Uehara said that the young dancers expressed a joy of learning that was wonderful for her to witness. Photo by Brad Mondo.

Reviving joy in dance

October 4, 2019

Calling out for change

October 1, 2019
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