Best of SNO

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2018-2019
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McCallum High School
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McCallum High School
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2018-2019
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McCallum High School
Stories from McCallum High School
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

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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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A circuitous route to counseling
Features

Sarah Slaten | January 14, 2019

Mickey Folger has had many different and unique jobs in her life. Up until halfway through college, Folger was planning on being a theatre technician and working on Broadway. When life eventually got in…

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A new health crisis
Features

Diamante Diaz and Olivia Watts | January 14, 2019

As class begins, no one’s really concerned about the 14-year-olds trying out their new mango pods in the science hall bathroom, but everyone knows about it. Whether you’ve walked into the familiar…

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Always on the field of play
Features

Grace Nugent | January 7, 2019

It’s game day for the freshman football team and two key players, Johan Holmes and Gavin Freedman, aren’t at the team’s mandatory morning lift … again.

But they aren’t slacking off. They…

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From Honda store to Pearl next door
News

Evelyn Griffin | January 2, 2019

The Honda dealership on West Koenig Lane was frequented by many McCallum students. Some used it as their personal graffiti park, some used it to get to Thunderbird faster, and some used it as a secluded…

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It’s the finals countdown …
Features

Kennedy Weatherby | December 27, 2018

It’s the most studious time of the year!

Isn’t that how the song goes?

As the semester is coming to its end, the school work is beginning to drastically increase. With finals right around the…

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A blessing in disguise
Showcase

Gregory James | December 21, 2018

The Knights football season may have been over after McCallum lost to Hutto in the first round of the 5A-D1 playoffs on Nov.  15 , but for senior defensive back Elijah Griffin a postseason saga was just…

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Sufjan Stevens is out of this world (literally)
Arts & Entertainment

Lily McCormick | December 20, 2018

The renaissance of instrumental music has begun and it’s back in a way unimaginable.

An ambassador of this revival is Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens. Born in 1975, Stevens has built a long-lasting career…

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Trio of teachers reinvent AP English
News

Janssen Transier | December 18, 2018

Tom Watterson taught AP English Literature to seniors in Room 110 for 12 years. It would have been a challenge for any one teacher to replace him, so language arts department chair Diana Adamson knew from…

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Senior sets goals high, toe touches higher
Showcase

Bella Russo | December 11, 2018

By the end of her junior year, Naiya Antar was determined to make the most of her upcoming last year at McCallum. The basketball athlete tried out for the cheer squad, and now she’s spending the football…

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Stretched too thin
Features

Kelsey Tasch | December 3, 2018

Cristela Garcia, one of McCallum’s five counselors, considers the day a success if she doesn’t have any voice-mail messages blinking when she walks in that morning. From district deadlines to parent…

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Take it to the bank
Midterm Elections

Laszlo King-Hovis | November 20, 2018

Junior Jordan Bibby can’t vote yet, but with the midterms just around the corner, she’s getting involved in other ways, like phone banking.

“A lot of times people aren’t interested,” Bibby…

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Going the extra mile
Sports

Kristen Tibbetts | November 20, 2018

People oftentimes meet their best friends in unique ways. For seniors Piper Wiest and Marianna Vandenbout, it was on the back of a school bus on the way to McCallum after a district cross country meet….

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Boswell does it all
Sports

Sarah Slaten | November 20, 2018

Until six years go, volleyball wasn’t very important for McCallum sophomore Preslie Boswell.

She wasn’t on a team, and she hadn’t even played a game. To her, volleyball was just an opportunity…

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Been there, done stacked
Features

Kristen Tibbetts | November 20, 2018

Most teachers have enough distractions in their classroom to deal with: cellphones and overly talkative students to name a couple. But, for art teachers Carey West and Jeff Seckar-Martinez, they have to…

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The adventures continue for Zulmy Galindo
Features

Bella Russo | November 16, 2018

Growing up as an immigrant in California, college once seemed like a very distant possibility to Zulmy Galindo. Born and raised in Guatemala until age 7, she never really saw herself as the kind of person…

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Church holds services in the PAC
News

Jazzabelle Davishines | November 14, 2018

The AISD Performing Arts Center, a community center for district schools to showcase their fine arts performances, is an unlikely location to find hordes of shouting protesters surrounded by police. On…

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20-year-old runs for school board
Midterm Elections

Sophie Ryland | November 12, 2018

Arriving at his interview with The Shield, Zachary Price burst into Thunderbird Cafe, out of breath, in a crisply-ironed purple shirt and black blazer. The 20-year-old had just come from a lecture, and…

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