The Student News Site of McCallum High School

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

Francie Wilhelm

Francie Wilhelm, co-online managing editor, co-news editor

Francie is a junior and a co-news and co-online managing editor. This is her second year on the McCallum newspaper staff. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and going on runs. She has loved writing since elementary school, so being on MacJ as an editor is very exciting. This year she is hoping to help others and learn new skills. 

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GETTING IN THE SPIRIT: On Saturday, Aug. 20, the cheer team gathered at the Domain Northside for a cheer-off against the Anderson cheer squad. Freshman Vivian Medina thought the cheer-off helped prepare her for cheering at the Taco Shack football game. “The cheer-off help me feel out what it would be like to cheer in front of a crowd,” she said. “It helped me overcome some of my nerves and got me excited [for] the game.”

Despite narrowly losing the Domain cheer-off and the football game, Medina felt that this year’s Taco Shack was still a positive learning experience for the cheer team. “I was a little disappointed but I know there’s always next year. We know now what we can work on and what we can improve.” 

New kids on the pyramid

September 26, 2022
Construction equipment is now an everyday sight in the former fine arts parking lot. The parking lot was fenced off in August in anticipation of construction for a new dance studio, which is being funded by the 2017 bond.

Breaking down the bond

September 10, 2022
SENIOR SEASON: Decked out in their jerseys, senior Parker Mitchell takes a photo of senior Sophia Kramer and friends before the first day of school in the senior parking lot. The night before, the class of ‘23 decorated their cars to show their senior pride going into their last year of high school. “It’s tradition for seniors to come and take [pictures] the morning before the first day of school,” Kramer said. “Being able to share that memory together is definitely bittersweet. I’m super excited for this year but I am anticipating all the lasts.” Reporting by Alice Scott.

Welcome back to Mac

August 16, 2022
CORE MEMORY: Following senior Ocean Reilley’s performance of an impromptu Irish drinking song, he and senior Eden Goodman embrace. “I was overwhelmed with happiness,” Goodman said. “It was like, ‘Core memory: unlocked.’” Photo by Madelynn Niles. Reporting by Alysa Spiro.

Coffee and cupid

February 16, 2022
Principal Griffith at the first Spectrum meeting of the year. Club leaders Caytie Brown and Ceder Herring invited Griffith to a meeting so she could share her story as an LGBTQ+ person. Having the support from Griffith has allowed Spectrum to facilitate more open discussions. I feel  like other schools would be weirded out,  Brown said. Like, The principals telling a story?  But I think Mac culture is pretty accepting.

A safe space for all

November 21, 2021
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