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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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GELLA, YES! Freshman middle hitter Gella Andrew spikes the ball into the Cougar block for one of her six kills during the second set of the Knights’ 3-1 bi-district playoff loss on Friday night. The Knights lost the set, 25-23, in heart-breaking fashion to fall behind, 2-0. The Knights rebounded to win the third set, 25-17, before losing the fourth set, 25-20, and the match, 3-1. Andrew was solid in the middle in the final game of her breakout freshman season. Her kill percentage was a team best 37.5 percent, and she had one of the Knights’ four solo blocks for the match. Photo by Bella Russo.

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March 16, 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

November 17, 2020
Elizabeth Street Café on South First Street is famous for their fusion of French baked goods and creative Vietnamese eats. Photo courtesy of Steele Bradford.

What to do this February

February 16, 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

November 12, 2019
Lucy Griswold poses in her classroom, where she teaches ethnic studies and world geography.  Photo by Bella Russo.

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July 8, 2019
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