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Madelynn Niles

Madelynn Niles, co-editor-in-chief


Senior co-editor-in-chief Madelynn Niles has been a part of the MacJournalism family since her freshman year, this year being her third on The Shield staff. She fell in love with storytelling in the third grade, writing school plays featuring both Snow White and Pokémon, and has since grown to photograph and write about some of her favorite McCallum magic. Aside from journalism, music plays a huge role in Madelynn’s life. As woodwind captain and Mac Band president, she is sure to be found, if not in room 134 with the beautiful Shield Staff, in the band hall. She hopes to continue telling stories for a long time, and is so incredibly grateful for the amazing MacJ team and wonderful Mr. Winter!

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There were seven students in Carly Kehn’s advisory class on Monday, April 18, and that is more than usual. They were tasked with SEL-related arts and crafts. It came as no surprise to Kehn that they all just worked on their computers instead. Like many teachers, Kehn admits to skipping over slides that seem redundant. I don’t ignore the lessons, I just skip over parts,” she said. “I try to go through it so students get the idea but we don’t do every single slide. It’s also hard to ‘think, pair share’ when there are only five people.”

Revise advisory, extend lunch.

Madelynn Niles, co-editor in chief
May 17, 2022
Many people view the CAP and PACE programs as a form of rejection, but they are in reality just alternative paths to admission to the University of Texas that provide two additional paths to arrive at the 40 acres.

Following the burnt orange road

Madelynn Niles, co-editor in chief
April 16, 2022
A portrait from senior Nicholas Wheats year-long AP Photography project focused on capturing the human figure and motion. I used the illustrations to emphasize parts of the subjects, Wheat said.

Rock and roll (of film)

Madelynn Niles, co-editor in chief
January 2, 2022
THE LAST HOORAH: As pins knock to the polished wood floor and the cafe kitchen bustles with business, the cafe line beside the arcade games grows longer and longer. Although the wait for food was long, the legacy of this old school bowling alley will surely be longer. Photo by Madelynn Niles.

Madelynn Niles: NSPA Writer of the Year portfolio

Madelynn Niles, co-copy editor, co-A&E editor
June 25, 2021
Jackson and Nate Baugh smile and act silly from their backyard playground after school — keeping recess going even after hours.

Recess back in session

Madelynn Niles, co-copy editor, co-A&E editor
March 2, 2021
Senior Jacob Martinez stands to perform a trombone solo at downtown Parker Jazz Club alongside fellow McCallum Jazz Ensemble musicians. In addition to earning TMEA All-State recognition in the concert band competition, Martinez earned a state spot in jazz as of last semester.

Jacob’s ladder knows no limit

Madelynn Niles, co-copy editor, co-A&E editor
February 13, 2021
13 ACROSS: OCT. 25--Balloons and streamers adorn the campus as the tickled pink _________ program kicks off Macs pep-filled Pink Week by decorating the school.

Just say the word.

Madelynn Niles, co-news editor, co-copy editor
December 31, 2020
Senior Aranza Sanchez talks with principal Brandi Hosack and assistant principal Gabriel Reyes on the first day of school. Photo by Anna McClellan.

Sixteen going on school staff

Madelynn Niles, staff reporter
April 15, 2020
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