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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

Kristen Tibbetts

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief

Senior Kristen Tibbetts is a second year staff member for The Shield and currently co-editor in chief. She is a future college journalism major who loves sports, dogs and pasta. Outside of working on the newspaper, she plays classical guitar, is a member of a national award-winning quartet, tutors for the McCallum writing center and is a part of Model United Nations.

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CONDUCTOR OF THIS TRAIN: Assistant orchestra director Erika Elder conducts the non-varsity full orchestra before its Pre-UIL concert, on Tuesday Feb. 11. The performance helped the orchestra stay on track with its weekly Tuesday rehearsals. “I thought we did pretty well overall, Elder said. Of course there was stuff that needed improvement, but I was happy with the performance. I think we will do great at UIL.” Photo by Steven Anzures.

Formerly taught, currently teaching

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief
February 27, 2020
Especially now, when the media is seen as an unreliable source, it imperative for the next generation of reporters to be committed to the truth. Graphic by Bella Russo.

A journalist’s take on fake news

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief
November 16, 2019
Senior Sarah Slaten waits for someone to open the back door in the hallway across from the front entrace, which usually does no take long. Photo by Kristin Tibbetts.

Locked doors better than nothing

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief
October 28, 2019
DIVING UP: Zaplatar dives into the water at the Dripping Springs Swim meet on Sept. 14.  In the first meet of the season, Zaplatar finished first in both the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke.  His teammates and fellow competitors from other high schools congratulated him on his wins. “I really want to drop my time,” Zaplatar said, “but also, I [want] to make a better connection with the rest of the team.”

Boys sports profile: Izak Zaplatar

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief
October 3, 2019
Junior outside hitter Sarah Weisbrodt leaps up for a kill against Travis on Friday, Sept. 27. After defeating the Rebels, the Knights have a 5-0 conference winning record, as does Dripping Springs, their opponent for Tuesday nights match.

Setting up for revenge

Kristen Tibbetts, Co-editor in chief
September 30, 2019
The view of the UT tower from the famous turtle pond.

UT for almost-free

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief
September 30, 2019
The Yard Bird sandwich with a side of beer-battered french fries.

Flavor Profiles: Yard Bird at Yard Bar

Kristen Tibbetts, co-editor in chief
September 6, 2019
Gibson competes in the Dripping Springs meet on Feb. 28, where she threw her personal record. On March 9, she beat her record again during the Saint Andrews meet by throwing 26’9.25.

Taking her shot (put)

Kristen Tibbetts, staff reporter
April 11, 2019
Students of Color Alliance president, junior Jordan Bibby, speaks to the audience about the topic of code-switching. Bibby said she speaks differently at home then she does at school, depending on the race to whom she is speaking.

Beginning Black History Month

Kristen Tibbetts, staff reporter
February 10, 2019

[Photo] Austin Symphony performs at Mac

Ellen Fox, staff reporter
February 4, 2019
Since the Robin Hood plan began in 1994, AISD has paid more than $3 billion into the program.

We have all been Hood-winked

Kristen Tibbetts, staff reporter
December 27, 2018
On May 6, 2015, the yearbook staff posted this picture of archived yearbooks to promote sales of surplus 2015 yearbooks. It was the first post on the @macjournalism page.


Kristen Tibbetts, staff reporter
December 19, 2018
Co-captain Claire Rudy performs her winter guard routine, “Incased,” at the Texas Color Guard Circuit on March 3 last year.

Claire Rudy enjoys being busy

Kristen Tibbetts, staff reporter
December 7, 2018
Koslan gives a lecture to his AP Physics 1 class about momentum. Koslan loved chemistry as a student, but grew to love physics when he became a teacher.

[Photo] Down to a science

November 29, 2018
The cost of printing newspapers like these has increased dramatically in the past year

Paper industry faces high prices

Kristen Tibbetts, Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018
Senior co-captains Piper Wiest and Marianna Vandenbout pose for a picture in front of Decker Lake, the same location where they first became friends three years prior. Photo by Kristen Tibbetts.

Going the extra mile

Kristen Tibbetts, staff reporter
October 26, 2018
Mr. Martinez demonstrates acrylic painting techniques to his first-period Painting 1 students. The class contains students from Drawing II, Drawing III and Painting III spread throughout the room and hallway. “[This is] why we do stacked classes,” Martinez said. “So that students have choices about where they can go at different periods during the day.” Photo by Kristen Tibbetts.

Been there, done stacked

Kristen Tibbetts, Staff Reporter
October 19, 2018
Sophomore Abby Green shows off her ears while waiting in line for rides at Disneyland. On Sunday, the final full day in California, students were given the choice to either go to the main Disneyland park or to California Adventure Park and enjoy food, music, and fun. Photo by Kristen Tibbetts

Mac Guitar Ensemble does SoCal

Kristen Tibbetts, MAC Photojournalism
February 27, 2018
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