Best of SNO

#4
2018-2019
Distinguished Sites Rank for
McCallum High School
48
Published Stories for
McCallum High School
in 2018-2019
#4
2018-2019
Best of SNO Rank for
McCallum High School
Stories from McCallum High School
The story of a scout
Features

Alex Dowd | May 31, 2019

“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.”

If…

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Just Fund It, Texas
Features

Bella Russo | May 30, 2019

In a time where it seems like activism is dominated by Instagram rants and hordes of recycled, witty protest posters, Just Fund It TX, a grassroots, student-led campaign has turned to love letters to get…

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In the seventh episode of ‘The S Word’, senior Excalibur co-editor in chief discusses her story
Audio

Stella Shenkman | May 14, 2019

In the seventh episode of The Shield podcast series, The S-Word, podcast host Alex Dowd, and producer Stella Shenkman sit down with one of McCallum’s 2018-2019 Excalibur co-editor in chief’s, senior…

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Garrison to retire after 16 years as principal
Features

Sophie Ryland | May 14, 2019

When Winsley Melancon was displaced from New Orleans in 2005 by the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Katrina, her life changed. She was living in the Austin Convention Center, well aware that she could…

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Girls soccer makes it rain at Drip, ends Tigers’ reign
Sports

Kristen Tibbetts | April 19, 2019

As the perfect addition to International Women’s Day yesterday, 21 Lady Knights varsity soccer players deserve their names all over the McCallum Wall of Notable Women after a 1-0 victory over the previously…

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Photo essay: Surveying South Congress
Photo

Anna McClellan | April 19, 2019

South Congress, also known as SoCo to local Austinites, is home to Amy’s Ice Creams, Homeslice Pizza, and many other local hotspots. Whether you walk, drive, bike or scooter, SoCo is definitely worth…

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In second episode of ‘The S Word’ podcast, GAHSMTA nominees take us behind scenes of ’42nd Street’
Audio

Alex Dowd and Stella Shenkman | April 11, 2019

In the second episode of The Spoken Word, host Alex Dowd and producer Stella Shenkman sit down and talk with GAHSMTA-nominated members of the cast and crew of 42nd Street. Lauded as Austin’s version…

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Why they left McCallum
Features

Ellen Fox | April 3, 2019

Over the four years of their time, classes of high school get smaller. Every high school will have some students leave before graduation, and that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Students leave their…

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Bond around the ball
Showcase

Grace Nugent and Anna Schlett | March 27, 2019

It’s easy to show up and play when your team is obliterating the opposition. In that respect, the 2017 Mac football team had it easy, enjoying a record-breaking season, in which the team reeled off 14…

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Schooling the stage
Arts & Entertainment

Laszlo King-Hovis | March 25, 2019

McCallum’s second fifth annual teacher’s pageant was on Friday, Feb. 15.

“I actually screwed up with the Teachers and Tiaras poster,” film teacher Ken Rogers said before the show hit the stage….

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Caldwell leaves lasting Mac legacy
Sports

Kristen Tibbetts | March 19, 2019

At Coach Don Caldwell’s funeral service on Jan. 19, Caldwell’s wife, Dorothy thanked the McCallum community for being behind her husband throughout his career. They were all behind him because as multiple…

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Meet those dancing feet
Arts & Entertainment

Olivia Watts | March 12, 2019

Almost a month after MacTheatre closed its production of 42nd Street, the cast and crew are still reaping the rewards from their sold out musical.

Tuesday morning, members from the cast and crew of…

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Texas first in uninsured children
Features

Sophie Ryland | March 8, 2019

Last December, both of junior Rose Dotson’s parents lost their jobs, and with them, their family’s health insurance. It became a serious issue when her brother appeared to have walking pneumonia, costing…

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Improving improv skills under the bright lights
Photo

Madelynn Niles | March 7, 2019

Members of the jazz band had the opportunity to play Sunday night at the packed Parker Jazz Club on Fourth Street, a prestigious club known for its incredible music. Along with raising more than a $1,000…

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The secret Samaritans of the school
Features

Lily Dashner | March 6, 2019

Lights are out, doors are locked, all you can hear is the AC turn on and the footsteps in the ceiling tiles that you know aren’t human. The lights turn on.

It’s six in the morning and even though…

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Fulmore MS embraces Lively change
News

Jazzabelle Davishines | March 4, 2019

The AISD Board of Trustees voted on Dec. 17 to rename the Fulmore Middle School campus due to the Confederate ties of its namesake. The district has been going through the process of renaming several campuses…

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Remembering Carson Smith
Opinions

Sarah Slaten | March 1, 2019

Until my coach sent out a picture of Carson Smith, I didn’t know who he was. I had been trying to put a face to the name for a day, and this was the first time I actually realized who he was.

So,…

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From McCallum to mother to mayor
Features

Anna McClellan | February 21, 2019

People would tell her that it was “too tough for a woman,” that she should “stay in the house and take care of her family, cook dinners, and let the men take care of the government and political…

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Mr. Whiz to retire after 49 years of teaching
Features

Lucy Marco | February 10, 2019

Forty-nine long years. That’s about 17,885 days since McCallum’s Richard Whisennand began teaching. Whisennand or “Mr. Whiz” started teaching in 1969 but first came to McCallum in 1985, where he’s…

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Photo essay: A broken family. A broken home. A broken heart.
Photo

Maeve Walsh | February 5, 2019

Shane (not his real name) has been homeless for 6½ years. He has been living in this place for one month now. He has decorated his place with graffiti and things he has found for free rather than typical…

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Not a reading rainbow
Opinions

Emma Baumgardner | January 31, 2019

Speak Visually. Create an infographic with Visme
Data collected from Austin ISD reports from the 2015-16 school year.

My life outside of school is dominated by white female literature. My mom,…

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Better safe than scorched
Opinions

Sarah Slaten | January 31, 2019

If you missed it, the MAC caught on fire recently. Only the curtain ignited and ultimately, no one was injured. But this event did bring increased attention to fire safety procedures at McCallum. Though…

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A touchdown worth more than six points
Sports

Ez Guenther | January 30, 2019

The outcome of the freshman football game between McCallum and Lanier at Nelson Baseball Field on Oct. 10 had been determined long before a reserve running back from McCallum scored what seemed to be a…

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The show can’t go on without them
Features

Bela Tapperson | January 26, 2019

They run around unseen, unrecognized, in the darkness. They’re always there, waiting for something to go wrong, waiting for a change. They work tirelessly, rarely stopping, sacrificing everything to…

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Is Blend a help or a hassle?
Opinions

Ethan Holmes | January 25, 2019

Walking back to your computer, expecting to see your essay neatly typed greeting you, you are instead met with the pure defeat of a blank slate. It’s a slap that has probably stung you at least once…

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For these three Knights, cost of government shutdown hits close to home
The Shutdown

Gregory James | January 24, 2019

Junior Acacia Burnett doesn’t have to tune in to CNN or check the president’s Twitter feed to learn about the effects of the government shutdown. For Burnett, the effects of the government shutdown…

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Students storm Capitol to ask for safer schools
News

Madison Olsen | January 23, 2019

For most of us, the idea of gun violence at school is an abstract fear. If a potato chip bag pops in the cafeteria, we jump because our fear and awareness of school shootings is keen. For Crockett student…

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Population shifts threaten under-enrolled schools
News

Andrew Klager | January 22, 2019

In the last few years, many of America’s large cities, including Austin, have been experiencing a phenomenon known as gentrification. Gentrification is the process of richer people moving into a poorer…

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Students of color, their allies create new club
News

Janssen Transier | January 16, 2019

Jordan Bibby first had the idea for the Students of Color Alliance when she was attending a meeting for the MacJustice Coalition, the club that organized the walkout when Donald Trump was inaugurated….

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Knights win one for Coach Caldwell
Sports

Gregory James | January 16, 2019

The clock winds down as double overtime draws to a close. The Vikings lead the Knights 57-56 after a successful layup. The Knights call a timeout with 30 seconds left on the clock. The Knights hurry…

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