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Madelynn Niles

Madelynn Niles, co-copy editor, A&E editor

Junior Madelynn Niles has been a part of the MacJournalism program since her freshman year, and this is her second year on The Shield staff. She has loved writing since her very first project in third grade of writing the school play — a Snow White/Pokémon/fairy hybrid show (which she feels was a classy choice.) She has since written many stories for Mac, her favorite being feature profiles, and is a copy editor and arts & entertainment editor. Music is also a huge part of her life, as she is the woodwind captain for the McCallum Band. Most of her days are spent making music and writing down anything she can think of in her many, many journals. She hopes to continue journalism for a long time, and is so grateful for the amazing Mr. Winter!

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13 ACROSS: OCT. 25--Balloons and streamers adorn the campus as the tickled pink _________ program kicks off Mac's pep-filled Pink Week by decorating the school.

Just say the word.

December 31, 2020
STRINGS ATTACHED: At the Micro-Moon Festival held last November, junior Will Dooley takes center stage as he performs on his electric guitar. As a part of the musical duo Phonie, Dooley not only plays his guitar, but also records music, produces it, and more — experiencing the full process of creating a song, from the very early stages all the way to the releasement. “Music is a really accessible art form,” he said. “It’s just something I can sit down and do and can connect with.” Photo by Risa Darlington-Horta.

Music to Mac’s ears

February 20, 2020
The image is an overhead shot of junior designer Veronica Crist’s 
sketchbook for her line for tonight's benefit fashion show. 
“I’ve been interested in fashion forever,” she stated. “I was the kid in elementary school who started all the trends,

Passion for fashion

February 15, 2020
RAPID RACERS: Sophomores Bridget Cole and Anna Schlett complete a quick race before class begins. “I just love the competitive nature of (the app),” Cole said. “It’s also super  fun to add your friends and keep track of eachother’s scores.”

Mario strikes at MAC

October 29, 2019
As her fellow flute players Taelisen Hutson and Claire De Silva-Yost look ahead with intent focus, Crist giggles up a storm out on the field during the marching show. She told us that in this moment, the cheerleading team was yelling especially loud for her and making funny faces from the sideline, making it impossible for her to keep a straight face. Hutson stated that she really enjoys having Crist as a part of her section in band. “Having (Crist) on the field makes each performance so much better because her energy boosts everyone else’s,” Hutson said. “It must be hard trying to balance both band and cheer, but cheering her on is one of the best parts about football games.”

Pom poms and pep tunes

October 1, 2019
A LEG UP: Smiling brightly, Amelia Paul, Sydney Buford, and Ella Irwin perform their junior dance — a recreation of the pep rally performance to “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga. Each grade level was featured in their own showcase dance, alongside mass group dances and senior solos. “Working in a small group let us show off our skills in a fun way,” Buford said. Photo by Madelynn Niles.


April 16, 2019
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