The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from McCallum High School
Torrential rain leads to costly ruin
News

Ingrid Smith | September 27, 2022

On Monday Aug. 22, teachers across McCallum experienced leaks and flooding due to Austin’s heaviest rain in three years. Constructed in 1953, the school is aged and has been prone to rain leakage for…

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Back to the beginning
Profiles

Alice Scott | September 21, 2022

It’s 7:30 a.m. The smell of freshly brewed coffee wafts through Kealing Middle School’s upstairs English hallway. The source: Frank Webster’s eighth-grade English and songwriting classroom. The door…

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Flash flood strikes Austin as school dismisses Monday
Photo

Isley Cameron | September 19, 2022

After more than 50 days without rain in the metro Austin area, heavy rain coincided with student dismissal for the third consecutive school day on Monday. The torrential rain was more severe than it was…

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Budget constraints force Mac orchestra directors to take over Lamar Middle School program
News

Ingrid Smith | September 13, 2022

As a result of AISD’s budget crisis, the award-winning McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra faces a challenge it hasn’t encountered in over 20 years—sharing its directors with another school.

In…

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Cancer can’t stop Callan
Features

Francie Wilhelm | June 1, 2022

When junior Callan Spence discovered his passion for art, it was clear that he had something special. In his freshman year, one of his first-ever sculptures won the Gold Seal award in the VASE state event,…

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Fighting Fahrenheit in 512
Features

Grace Nugent | May 26, 2022

Kai Friesem hates talking about the weather. And it’s not only because he firmly believes that Texas has environmental mood swings—a statement he stands by—but because instead of using Celsius, like…

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Fire Station No. 2 will always be with her
Features

Lanie Sepehri | May 23, 2022

Lily Dashner’s first moments in the world were very nearly her last.

“When I was born—this is gonna sound really graphic, but—I died,” Dashner said. “That’s pretty much the right way to…

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You name it. Red River Trucking Co. plays it.
Audio

Julian Magee | May 19, 2022

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 8, Part 1: Red River Trucking Co.

Sophomores Joaquín Frazier and King Perez Cude had been pals since the dawn of time, but it didn’t dawn on them to start…

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‘Starry Knights’ return to their proper alignment
Photo

Zahraa Alogaili | May 16, 2022

History will remember the Blue Brigade Class of 2022 as the lucky ones, the senior class that was able to resume the full slate of team traditions that have made the dance team one of the most distinctive…

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Bob Bedard’s little acts of kindness made a big impact
Features

Sophie Leung-Lieu | May 11, 2022

It’s the little things in life that make your day better. As the busy hallways of McCallum fill with exhausted students, security guard Bob Bedard has dedicated himself to brightening the days of many…

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6,042 miles.
Opinions

Shield editorial board | May 6, 2022

As war rages and images of crying children and dead civilians flash across television screens, newspapers and social media feeds, Ukraine has become associated with tragedy. Faced with inhumanity, people…

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Fighting far from home
News

Lanie Sepehri | April 19, 2022

Since war broke out between Ukraine and Russia on Feb. 24, the Ukrainian community of Austin has banded together to provide support for their home country from afar. Despite a distance of over 6,000 miles…

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Between the borders
Features

Alice Scott | April 18, 2022

Sasha Konradi wears an orange vest in Przemysl, a town on the Poland-Ukraine border.

All the volunteers wear orange vests.

She’s there to help in any way she can.

Translating between English…

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Mac Robo Bonobos don’t monkey around
Features

Ingrid Smith | April 12, 2022

Ironically, it’s the humans that make a robot special. According to senior Miles Bourgeois, that is. 

The McCallum Robotics A-team, also known as the Apes, will be representing McCallum’s “Robo…

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Looks like chocolate, tastes like gold
Showcase

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | April 8, 2022

As she stands tall with a mallet in each hand, waiting for her cue to start playing her steel drum, junior Sabine Collins sports her red and yellow 2018 Special Olympics jacket. She doesn’t walk into…

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Elizalde to Paxton: We support our LGBTQ+ students
News

Samantha Powers | March 30, 2022

On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde claiming that AISD Pride Week is “indoctrinating” students on human sexuality without parental consent….

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‘Robin Hood’ is robbing us
Opinions

Shield editorial board | March 18, 2022

Faced with the urgency of a predicted $62 million budget shortfall, AISD is scrambling for a way out of it financial maze. Each time, however, that a plan has been proposed—whether a seven-period school…

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Teens locked on screens
News

Ingrid Smith | March 15, 2022

After living with eyes glued to screens for two pandemic-ridden years, people all over the world are now more reliant on electronic devices than ever before. But with school back in person and opportunities…

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سلام, Welcome, ښه راغلاست
Features

Kate Boyle | March 9, 2022

It’s 2014 and the Austin Airport is busy. It’s nothing like the movies that Elyas Akbari has seen. He hasn’t been to his country, Afghanistan, in five years. He arrives at the place he’s supposed…

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Confessions of a teenage CEO
Features

Madelynn Niles | March 7, 2022

If you ask senior Holden Satterwhite how he started his independent media business, including an Apple news account with 42,000 followers, he’ll tell you it’s a long story.

Here it is: Sixth-grade…

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Never judge a Knight by his armor
Features

Lanie Sepehri | March 3, 2022

In his time at McCallum High School, Andy Brown played soccer. He failed freshman year honors biology and had to go to summer school. He was on the debate team, and was class president his senior year….

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Abbott edict threatens trans children, their families
News

Ingrid Smith | March 2, 2022

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was asked by a Texas legislator for a legal opinion on whether gender-affirming medical and chemical procedures for transgender youth constitute child abuse under Texas…

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Students: Holocaust book ban ‘absurd’
News

Samantha Powers | February 23, 2022

It began with the display of a hateful banner above MoPac Boulevard. Next, Jewish Austinites began to receive hateful letters. And then, as if in culmination of these prior acts, a local synagogue was…

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After year and a half of online school, young students face whole new normal back on campus
Video

Alice Scott | February 22, 2022

For Hazel and Leo Tverskey, fifth-graders at Ridgetop Elementary, it’s come time to rule the school. They’re the big kids now. But what happens when the big kids lose a year and a half of school to…

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Navigating a financial maze
News

Alysa Spiro | February 21, 2022

After receiving pushback from teachers, parents and students, superintendent Stephanie Elizalde announced during a board meeting that AISD will not require teachers to instruct seven of eight classes for…

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To solve deficit, district to add a class to each teacher’s workload so fewer teachers are needed
News

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | February 9, 2022

In a Dec. 13 email sent to the AISD community, superintendent Stephanie Elizalde announced that AISD would not be switching to a seven-period schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. 

“The feedback…

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Tide begins going out on recent omicron wave
News

Samantha Powers | February 2, 2022

In recent weeks, total COVID-19 cases at McCallum more than tripled compared to last semester. Now, health experts predict that the worst is over as the omicron surge begins to subside, both nationwide…

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This time the ‘Breaking’ news is good news
Photo

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | January 18, 2022

The McCallum Youth Dance Company broke ground on “Breaking Ground” Friday night with the first of two 7 p.m. winter concert performances at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. The second performance…

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Universities, school districts respond differently to threat of omicron
News

Alice Scott | January 7, 2022

UT Dallas puts-off the start of spring semester classes.

Texas State University temporarily makes spring semester classes virtual.

Thousands of U.S schools delay the going back to school post-winter…

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The year in review in photos
Photo

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | December 30, 2021

On the last Tuesday of 2021, we are pleased to make our last Tuesday Top 10 photo essay of the year a review of some of our best photos depicting some of the most memorable, significant and poignant moments…

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Depop opens opportunities for clothes-minded Mac
Arts & Entertainment

Lanie Sepehri | December 22, 2021

Although the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” may have a nice ring to it, the online marketplace Depop begs to differ. The site is an alternative to thrifting for today’s online-focused…

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Triplets take on a triple rivalry
Features

Evie Barnard | December 20, 2021

Early in his triplets’ senior year, Bill Russo recognized the possibility of them attending three arch-rival schools. But he never expected them to actually follow through with it. 

Three triplets:…

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Juan Itzep wins Javier Niño Memorial Scholarship
Arts & Entertainment

Meredith Grotevant | December 17, 2021

Senior Juan Itzep began playing classical guitar as a “random” elective in sixth grade. Seven years later, Itzep played a piece to open a concert for Ana Vidović, one of the world’s greatest living…

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Coffeehouse enjoys triumphant return to Mac campus
Multimedia

Evie Barnard | December 15, 2021

The strum of an acoustic guitar, the sound of crisply-spoken poetry, the vibrations of Cello arpeggios — all could be heard from the library this Friday during Excalibur’s semi-annual coffeehouse.

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Standing up and walking out
Photo

Evie Barnard | December 14, 2021

“You are so loved!”

“It’s not your fault!”

“We believe you!”

Amidst a crowd of hundreds of participating students, shouts like these could be heard in response to victims of sexual…

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Trans athlete bill becomes law
News

Thomas Melina Raab | December 14, 2021

House Bill 25, which limits transgender students’ ability to compete in the sport that corresponds to their gender identity, was signed into law on Oct. 25 by Gov. Greg Abbott. The bill was introduced…

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District’s new surveillance software sparks debate over proper balance between student privacy, protection
News

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | December 9, 2021

“Electronic mail transmissions and other use of the electronic communications shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use for educational…

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Denning: ‘Sondheim is one of the greats. It’s like Shakespeare dying.”
Arts & Entertainment

Samantha Powers | December 2, 2021

Broadway composer and musical theatre revolutionary Stephen Sondheim died Friday at 91. In his career that lasted nearly half a century, he wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, composed shows like Sweeney…

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‘No Time To Die’ a sad send-off for Daniel Craig
Arts & Entertainment

Naomi Di-Capua | December 1, 2021

Bond. James Bond. These infamous words have been muttered by only the most fortunate actors since the release of the first James Bond movie in 1962, culminating in 25 movies under his name. On Oct….

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Forged by fire (fighting)
Features

Kennedy Weatherby | November 17, 2021

Bright colors shine upon his face and smoldering heat covers his body as 13-year-old Michael Valentino admires the 30-foot-tall blazing propane fire while his older brother, Chris Valentino, works to put…

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Ella Villalón to star as Susanna in Austin Opera’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in next chapter of eventful career
Audio

Samantha Powers | November 12, 2021

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 5 — Elena Villalon
Elena Villalón realized early that she wanted to pursue her passion for singing as a career. A class of 2015 alumna, she sang in the McCallum…

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King, queen and in between
News

Alice Scott | November 12, 2021

Nothing screams Texas like high school football. And as the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas.

Pep rallies, Friday night games and homecoming are just a few of the events that make up football…

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Not just a pipe dream
Features

Caroline Owen | November 2, 2021

The first pipe-cleaner figurine that Montrel Beverly ever made was mistaken for garbage and thrown in the trash. His most recent artwork, however, is sold for a profit and has its own display case right…

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New property developments mean big changes for Austin, McCallum, surrounding neighborhoods
News

Francie Wilhelm | October 29, 2021

Small businesses in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods around McCallum have recently shut their doors, but thanks to the desirable location, property developers have purchased many of the sites…

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Skating through struggles
Sports

Francie Wilhelm | October 28, 2021

Meghan Tomko is fearless, or at least that’s what her family and friends say. After spending nearly half her life in the fast-paced, male-dominated world of ice hockey, it appears there’s almost nothing…

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Class of ’22 is on fire (figuratively)
Photo

Josie Bradsby | October 21, 2021

The members of LBJ Fire Academy participated in a fire demonstration on Sept. 25 that required them to put into practice all of the skills learned in the course. The event was held at the Austin Fire Academy…

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‘Critical race theory’ bill spurs discussion, criticism
News

Alysa Bijl-Spiro | October 12, 2021

Senate Bill 3, the “critical race theory” bill, has ignited debate on the McCallum campus. This controversial legislation that restricts how history is taught in Texas public schools was signed by…

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Women’s rally delivers an unmistakable message: repeal Senate Bill 8, vote its creators out of office
Photo

Katherine Boyle | October 7, 2021

Activists of all ages gathered on the south lawn of the Capitol building Saturday morning to protest Senate Bill 8, a new, restrictive Texas abortion law that went into effect Sept. 1. From around 9 a.m….

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Allowing full capacity at AISD events is wrong
Opinions

Logan Davis | October 4, 2021

The annual Taco Shack Bowl. A yearly tradition in which McCallum and Anderson battle it out for glorious bragging rights in their first varsity game of the season. The stands are packed, students from…

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Vandalism wave beleaguers custodians, erodes trust
News

Francie Wilhelm | September 29, 2021

For the past few weeks, middle and high schools across the country have been victims of theft and vandalism, due to a TikTok trend known as “devious licks.” This trend consists of students taking items…

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