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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from McCallum High School
Class of ’22 is on fire (figuratively)
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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
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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
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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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Third shot gives boost to immunocompromised
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Alice Scott | September 27, 2021

A third does of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was officially authorized for use in adults over the age of 65, immunocompromised individuals and essential workers by the FDA on Wednesday to provide…

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Supporting trans teens: video reporting from national summer workshop
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Alice Scott | September 21, 2021

Last spring, I was selected as a fellow for the PBS Student Reporting Labs yearly Summer Broadcast Academy — an opportunity to spend two weeks in June working with and learning from the PBS team and other…

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A songwriter first, Baxter Low views their lyrics as a dialogue with the subconscious mind
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Theo Roe (he/him) | September 20, 2021

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 4 — Baxter Low
Baxter Lowrimore has always struggled with time.

“Whether it’s moving too fast or moving too slowly,” they said, “time and I have never…

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Pandemic provides no rest for the weary
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Sophie Leung-Lieu | September 17, 2021

Since the pandemic, working in the medical field has become more rigorous, pressure-filled and detrimental to one’s health. Pre-COVID, Emergency departments saw 50-100 patients per day. Now, they are seeing…

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For close Bush adviser, 9/11 emotions remain strong
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Anna McClellan | September 15, 2021

It was a sunny Tuesday. Most people weren’t even at work yet. 

At 8:20 a.m. Betty Ong, a flight attendant on United Airlines flight 11, placed a call. 

“The cockpit’s not answering,”…

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Reports of Asian hate on the rise
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Bella Russo | May 25, 2021

Hundreds gathered on the lawn of Huston-Tillotson University on April 20 in a rally to Stop Asian Hate.

The rally served as a vigil for the lives lost to violence against the Asian American and Pacific…

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Weathering the storm
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Sofia Ramon | May 19, 2021

Over the past year, life has shifted completely, turning our sense of normal upside down. With all this change, it’s been harder and harder for people to obtain a sense of normalcy. When every day holds…

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Students gradually coming ‘Back to Mac’
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Samantha Powers | May 18, 2021

On April 6, McCallum principal Nicole Griffith sent an email entitled “Back to Mac” encouraging parents to send their students back to campus for the final six weeks of the school year. After a year…

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A Zoom full of strangers
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Alice Scott | May 13, 2021

As summer approaches, many students have yet to attend an in-person class or interact face-to-face with their classmates. Instead of being inside classrooms together, lessons have taken place in kitchens…

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Restrictive trans athlete bill likely to reach House floor
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Lucy Marco | May 13, 2021

On April 15, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 29 in an attempt to ban transgender students from competing in school sports teams based on the gender they identify with. The bill passed in an 18-12 vote…

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Bill to ban transgender athletes creates problem where there was none
Sports

Thomas Melina Raab | May 10, 2021

Texas Republicans are once again introducing a bill that would limit the rights of transgender students, and it passed through the Senate on April 14. It’s one of several bills attempting to restrict the…

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Blue Brigade ends tough year with triumphant show
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Marley Angle | May 3, 2021

After not having a spring show in 2020 and after a 2020-2021 campaign that director Nancy Searle said was often characterized by frustrations, disappointments and cancellations, the Blue Brigade ended…

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Archery team surprises founder with national Coach of the Year Award for his work to build, sustain team
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Sophie Leung-Lieu | April 28, 2021

“The dream is free, the work costs extra.”

These words echo from Coach Jim DeLine at the Highland Park Elementary School gym at the end of every practice.

We practice at 6:15 in the morning,…

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Their struggle recognizes ours
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Lucy Marco | April 27, 2021

For students and teachers alike, the past 13 months have posed continuous challenges as we adjusted to and grew weary of our isolated and remote way of living and learning. For many teachers, their jobs…

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How to keep your cool despite sizzling summer heat
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Samantha Powers | April 26, 2021

The air is thick with a humidity that slows everything down, like life is moving through molasses. Sweat drips down the back of your neck and your tongue is dry as sandpaper from dehydration. If you sit…

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Celebrating Black history should be a year-round thing
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Theo Roe | April 23, 2021


macshieldonline · Real Talk, Episode 2: The essential importance of Black History Month
In the latest episode of Real Talk, sophomore Caytie Brown, freshman Serena Galloway-Mark, senior Zakiya Robertson,…

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Q: Why is Fine Arts Academy coordinator job being cut? A: You better sit down for the answer. It’s complicated.
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Evie Barnard | April 20, 2021

In Heather Ramsay’s five years at McCallum as Academy coordinator, she has built-in strategic planning, strengthened team-building between academies, established Academy Ambassadors, co-designed a software…

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For one Austin neighborhood, community during a pandemic began with a song … or two
Features

Naomi Di-Capua | April 15, 2021

As Covid-19 cases persisted across the country, communities, families, and friends have had to find ways to adapt. This has certainly been true for a small group of people in the downtown East Cesar Chavez…

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Squishmallow craze contagious during pandemic
Arts & Entertainment

Alysa Spiro | April 14, 2021

A cult has swept across America. Thousands of teens have been blinded by the cult’s charismatic leader, dedicating their time and money to move up the cult’s inner-hierarchy. Teens dream of having…

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Server issues disrupt STAAR exams across Texas
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Evelyn Griffin | April 12, 2021

This morning, as students across Texas prepared to take State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests, the online testing platform Educational Testing System (ETS) experienced a statewide…

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Virtual SXSW allows wider reach, deeper experience
Arts & Entertainment

Alice Scott | April 6, 2021

In early March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had just begun to make its way to Austin, shutting down the community and shuttering one of the cities most notable events: the South by Southwest Festival. Now,…

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‘Minari’ at once authentically turbulent, wonderful
Arts & Entertainment

Madelynn Niles | April 5, 2021

Lee Issac Chung’s Minari paints the raw portrait of a Korean American family planting the seeds of their American dream in the rich soil of Arkansas — a snapshot both authentically turbulent and wonderful….

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One last visit to ‘Urinetown’
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Marley Angle | March 31, 2021

Performers graced the newly-built outdoor stage for the first time with the McCallum musical Urinetown, rehearsed and performed entirely during the pandemic.

The show ran from March 4 to March 7 and…

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Life as a teenage essential worker
Features

Lucy Marco | March 22, 2021

Part-time jobs were hard enough to balance with school before the pandemic. Now working students are putting their health at risk while also finding themselves responsible for protecting the health of…

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A tribute to Connor Hughes
Features

Bella Russo | March 18, 2021

In a moving memorial ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16 on the football practice field, the McCallum community gathered to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Connor Hughes, a member of the Class of 2018….

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A COVID-19 year in the life at Mac
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Alice Scott | March 15, 2021

On the one year anniversary of the first cases of COVID-19 in Austin, Texas, and the cancellation of AISD schools before spring break of 2020, McCallum students reflect on their last day of pre-pandemic…

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Hudnall can’t be pinned by opponents or pandemic
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Alice Scott | March 11, 2021

With years of experience under her belt, London Hudnall, the senior co-captain of the wrestling team, who attended last year’s state competition, is now ranked second in the state in her weight class….

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Recess back in session
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Madelynn Niles | March 9, 2021

Good things about third grade during COVID: more recess, no homework, cool masks.

Bad things: less friends at school, you can’t play tag.

According to third-grader Jackson Baugh, going back to…

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Boxes made with love
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Lily Prather | March 8, 2021

The picnic tables were lined with white boxes hand decorated with the words “Brown Girl Collective” written in the center. Each box was packed with various self-care items and some extra fun things. All…

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Bus drivers double essential duties
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Sofia Ramon | March 2, 2021

On any given day in Austin, there are hundreds of buses sitting on the side of the road quietly providing essential Wi-Fi service to students. With Austin currently in a Stage 4 COVID risk factor, most…

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Pilot program proves positive
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Samantha Powers | March 2, 2021

A new program is changing the way schools ensure the safety of students and teachers on campus. The program, a partnership between the teachers union Education Austin and AISD, was created with the intention…

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Winter storm leads to systemic power, water outages
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Ellen Fox | February 26, 2021

After a week of extreme winter weather for Texas, many Austin families found themselves dealing with no heat, no power, no water, and no way out in the midst of an uncharacteristic freeze. The 7.9-inch…

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Planting the seeds of change
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Olivia Capochiano | February 25, 2021

The Austin Climate Coalition is a youth advocacy group, where all the members are local highschoolers. The group doesn’t have a president or official roles; instead, people can choose to take charge…

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Jacob’s ladder knows no limit
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Madelynn Niles | February 22, 2021

When Jacob Martinez started playing trombone, his instrument was taller than he was. It was sixth grade, and all he wanted was to play saxophone or trumpet, so when the directors gave him his horn, all…

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Meet the multiple multiples of McCallum
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Lily Prather | February 19, 2021

Out of the 7.7 billion people on Earth, only about 28 million are twins and triplets, and sometimes it feels like all of them go to Mac.

This school year, there are multiple sets of multiples enrolled,…

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Stepping up as leaders
Sports

Alice Scott | February 9, 2021

Three freshmen girls are in the middle of their first-ever tryout at McCallum.

And it’s tough.

Their focus – making the team, not making friends.

But four years later, varsity basketball captains…

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Lozano performs Mozart as Mozart at Mozart’s
Arts & Entertainment

Madelynn Niles | February 8, 2021

Senior Luke Lozano played piano last Wednesday at a party 265 years in the making. An ode to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his birthday on Jan. 27, the celebration took place and was hosted by Mozart’s…

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Dear Mr. President and Madam Vice President,
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Alice Scott | January 27, 2021

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris assumed their roles as the president and vice president on Jan. 20, PBS Student Reporting Labs asked McCallum students what they wanted to see from the Biden-Harris administration.

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Being actively anti-racist is sometimes uncomfortable
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Theo Roe | January 25, 2021

macshieldonline · Real Talk Podcast: Episode 1, Part 2
In a continuation of episode one of Real Talk, host, Javier Vela, joined by Mac Student Leaders, Emily Arndt and Bobby Currie as well as English…

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At-risk district teachers get New Year’s shot in the arm
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Alysa Spiro | January 25, 2021

A limited number of Austin ISD teachers and staff began their spring semester with a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the arm. The first round of vaccine distributions for the district’s teachers came about through…

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Mac students hold out hope that Biden-Harris inauguration can usher in era of civility, unity, progress
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Samantha Powers | January 22, 2021

The nation watched history in the making this morning when President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office, ending Donald Trump’s presidency and igniting hope that today…

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How COVID testing works in a free-standing ER
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Sophie Leung-Lieu | January 22, 2021

In this week’s Tuesday Top 10, we explore precisely how COVID testing is done at a free-standing emergency room in Austin, thanks to the photography and reporting of freshman digital media student Sophie…

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Inspired in 2005 to help prospective parents succeed, Moore wrote guide to interracial adoption
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Ellen Fox | January 21, 2021

Tonya Moore’s book begins with a question: “Are Caucasian parents able to raise African-American children who are equipped to handle the challenges they will face in today’s society?”

And then…

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Kicking it with Austin Anthem president, Josh Babetski
Sports

Tallulah Wilson | January 21, 2021

In recent years, Austin has marked its spot as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. With this rapid growth has come bigger buildings, hundreds of thousands of new people, and now, an official…

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In COVID times, interactive gaming a stream come true
Arts & Entertainment

Javier Vela | January 20, 2021

Live streaming is no longer the niche medium it once was. With platforms like Twitch, Mixer and YouTube allowing anyone to share themselves in an interactive way that other social platforms just can’t…

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