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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

Senior Bella Russo is a third year staffer for The Shield, and is currently co-editor in chief. On staff, she likes to do everything from reporting and photography to illustration and page design. Outside of newspaper, Bella is a visual arts major, PAL, writing tutor, and loves to go on joyrides in her honda odyssey minivan.

Bella Russo, Co-editor in chief

Senior Bella Russo is a third year staffer for The Shield, and is currently co-editor in chief. On staff, she likes to do everything from reporting and photography to illustration and page design. Outside of newspaper, Bella is a visual arts major, PAL, writing tutor, and loves to go on joyrides in her Honda Odyssey minivan.

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Protesters Rally to Stop Asian Hate at McPherson Square in D.C. on March 3. Like in Austin, the D.C. rally joined a national movement of  rallies against anti-Asian hate crimes.

Reports of Asian hate on the rise

Bella Russo, co-editor in chief
May 15, 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. Despite the fact that he was not here for his senior season, he certainly deserved that medal and to be recognized as a member of that historic group, Gammerdinger said.

A tribute to Connor Hughes

Bella Russo, co-editor in chief
March 17, 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
Students from the LBJ Fire Academy work their way towards a propane fire, using fire hoses to control the blaze. The purpose of the drill wasn’t to put out the fire, but to use the spray to get close enough to the propane tank to turn off its fuel source.

Five McCallum seniors, John Hughes, Thomas Lucy, Tex Mitchell, Molly Odland and Will Russo, participated in the live fire skill day, where they put into practice what they’ve learned during the two year student-sharing program at LBJ High School.

“Being in the live fire gave me really intense adrenaline,” senior Molly Odland said. “I was the head of my group, meaning I was in charge of directing the hose line at the fire while my group supported me from behind.”

Senior Will Russo, who also had the chance to lead the group, said that the drill felt like being in a hot car.

“It wasn’t all that scary since you were with a bunch of people, but it was kind of intimidating because there was nothing in between you and the fire but water,” Russo said.

Weekend fire drill

Bella Russo, co-editor in chief
November 17, 2020
Rozman’s teammates gather for a picture  in the library on Feb. 26 after watching her sign to play for Pratt’s volleyball program. Varsity volleyball coach Amy Brodbeck said that Rozman’s  leadership as a team captain “is admired by not only her coaches but her teammates as well.” Photo by Dave Winter.

Rozman does it all in style

Bella Russo, visuals editor
May 27, 2020
Senior Gabby Sherwood displays her art at the McCallum Art Fair. The event took place on Dec. 7 and 8, and was a chance for both student and professional artists to sell their work. “It was my first time participating in the fair of the art,” Gabby said. “My favorite part was getting to see all of the other artists at their booths with their art.” Photo by Josie Bradsby.

Sherwood a Bear to watch

Bella Russo, visuals editor
April 8, 2020
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIRE FIGHTING: MAC seniors Ena Nolan and Zach King joined the rest of their LBJ Fire Academy crew in a live propane fire exercise on Saturday Oct. 12 at the Austin Fire Academy. The goal of the practice was for the group of seniors to control the fire enough for a member to get close enough to turn off the tanks gas valve, which would extinguish the flame. Earlier in the day, the juniors in the program, including MAC students Molly Odland, John Hughes, Thomas Lucey, Tex Mitchell and Will Russo, underwent an obstacle course in full gear while trying to conserve air, and stuck around afterwards to watch the seniors and to help replace their air tanks in between rotations. “I don’t even know how to describe it,” Nolan said, who is in her second year in the program. “Watching it [last year] was an ethereal experience, and doing it myself was absolutely amazing, definitely one of the most epic things I’m gonna do in the next couple of years.” Photo by Bella Russo.

A trial by fire

Bella Russo, staff reporter
November 12, 2019
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