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Lanie Sepehri

Lanie Sepehri, co-editor-in-chief

Senior Lanie Sepehri is so incredibly excited to return for her third year on The Shield staff, this time as co-editor-in-chief. Sepehri was first drawn to newspaper to nurture her lifelong love of writing, but has come to love it for the community and late-night coffee shop work sessions it provides. Last year, Sepehri placed third in feature writing at the UIL state meet and was named to the 2023 All-State Journalism Staff. Although The Shield has caused her many sleepless nights, Sepehri truly can’t imagine her life without it. Apart from MacJournalism, Sepehri is involved in NHS, French Club, Link Crew and is a Writing Center tutor and a co-founder and tutor in History Center. Her passions include reading, cultivating her Spotify, beverages, getting beverages with her friends and listening to Taylor Swift.

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Then associate principal Andy Baxa instructs graduating seniors outside Burger Stadium as they prepare to enter Burger Center for the 2023 commencement ceremony on May 30.

Baxa named permanent principal

Lanie Sepehri, co-editor in chief
July 11, 2023

Lanie Sepehri — NSPA Writer of the Year Portfolio

Lanie Sepehri, co-people and co-print managing editor
May 31, 2023
Senior Ethan Kuhlken hangs from a rock during a party on a beach in Hawaii. I had wandered onto the beach and found a cave in the rock, Kuhlken said. I got a very strong urge to climb up the edge so I just started looking at my route and climbing. I felt very free and it was liberating, but it was so unsafe.

Kuhlken rocks the wall

Lanie Sepehri, co-people & co-print managing editor
May 30, 2023
Jolie Gabriel

Jolie Gabriel

Lanie Sepehri, co-people editor & co-print managing editor
May 1, 2023
Bette Reichman blows a bubble for the camera. An accomplished photojournalist before becoming a permanent sub at McCallum, Reichman said that she loved the power her camera afforded her on the legislative floor. “It was a power job,” Reichman said. “I got to boss people around. But in that capacity, I was bossing them around to get good pictures.”

Through Reichman’s lens

Lanie Sepehri, co-print managing editor & co-people editor
April 4, 2023
Junior Nathan Nagy started his spring break as a starter for the Knights as they started district play against Crockett on Monday March 13. Nagy combined with reliever Sam Stevens to extinguish the Cougar offense as the Knights won at Northwest Park going away, 10-0.

From T-ball to team leader

Lanie Sepehri, co-print managing editor & co-people editor
March 29, 2023
Inspired by her childhood days swimming and hiking along the Greenbelt, sophomore Hazel Johnson took over as the president of the Environmental Knights club to keep the campus clean and spread an environmentally-conscious message to her peers.

A Knight in shining arbor

December 17, 2022
Junior Mateo Jones performs at Tunnel Vision in July 2022. Performing live provides motivation for Jones. [Concerts] really got me really interested in making music again, Jones said.

A Starity is born

Lanie Sepehri, co-people editor & co-print managing editor
December 9, 2022
Alfarache and Villarreal set up for the November Science National Honor Society meeting.

Superstar of science

Lanie Sepehri, co-people editor & co-print managing editor
December 5, 2022
Sophomore Andrew Lavine playing at the varsity tennis teams challenge match on Sept. 1. Lavines powerful tennis skills and laid-back attitude have endeared Lavine to his teammates. 
“He’s humble, even though his skills are crazy good,” senior co-captain Liliana Rodriguez said. “He always is down-to-earth and would never want to make anyone feel like he’s better than us.”

Families that play together stay together

Lanie Sepehri, co-people and co-managing editor
October 10, 2022
One Summer, an original film written and directed by AV film teacher Ken Rogers, stars Julius Royale Duenas Cruz as the films protagonist, Julian. The film was largely based on Rogerss own life and experiences. [Rogers] is very determined to stay similar to the script as it was based on his own life, rising junior and assistant script supervisor Mikaela Washlesky said. However, he does leave freedom for the actors to do what they feel is comfortable or more natural because he trusts them a lot.

From dreams to the big screen

Lanie Sepehri, co-people and co-print managing editor
July 5, 2022
Protestors gather at the Texas state Capitol to show their support for Ukraine in its war against Russia. The Austin Ukrainian community has been organizing rallies every day since the wars start on Feb. 24. We will not stop the fight until Ukraine wins,” Darya Ledesma, a member of the Austin Ukrainian community, said. “We are fighting for existence and we’re fighting for the future.”

Fighting far from home

Lanie Sepehri, staff reporter
April 9, 2022
Andy Brown (class of 1990) pictured in his senior portrait, side by side with a photo taken after being elected county judge. File photo from the 1990 Knight; Photo courtesy of Andy Browns office.

Never judge a Knight by his armor

Lanie Sepehri, staff reporter
February 26, 2022
For my summer reading assignment this year, I read the The Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan.   We had no additional assignments with the reading, except for annotating the text.

It’s time to write off annotation.

Lanie Sepehri, staff reporter
October 25, 2021
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