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Prepcast Episode 7: Feminism Explained (feat. Olivia Martin-Johnson)

The Prepcast cover art, hosts Julian Concepcion and Paulino Mercenari.
January 26, 2021 In this next episode of the Prepcast, hosts Paulino Mercenari and Julian Concepcion bring on junior Olivia Martin-Johnson,...

It’s Not Black and White: AAVE, code-switching and digital blackface

The hosts of It’s Not Black and White, seniors Zoe DeYoung and Bri Davis.
January 26, 2021

Transcript: [Funky music comes in.] Bri: I ain’t ever seen two pretty best friends. Zoe: Chile! Anyways, so... Bri: It’s the salty attitude for me. Zoe: Go off sis! Bri: Periodddddt. Bri:...

How university professors are dealing with classroom restrictions

January 26, 2021

Educators across the world have had to adjust to teaching in a pandemic for the past few months. For many university professors, this meant compressing the content of their courses to fit within a shorter...

Being actively anti-racist is sometimes uncomfortable

The panelists agreed that encouraging diverse perspectives in the classroom is essential but also that such exchanges need to happen organically to avoid tokenism and putting minority speakers uncomfortably on the spot. Mr. Myers said the pandemic has actually helped create safer spaces for this to happen by allowing more indirect ways to communicate in the online classroom.
In part two of the first episode of 'Real Talk,' our panelists discuss how to use your voice to fight for what's right
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...

How COVID testing works in a free-standing ER

THE PROCESS OF COVID TESTING: The routine process of testing for COVID is a technique that the ER technician has perfected. “After scanning in the patient’s information into the Sofia, you get reagent tubes and use a bit of solution inside and mix it with your swab,
If you don't know the difference beween a Sofia and a PCR test or what a Winex filter or an I-stat machine is for, read on. We got you covered.
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...

White-Passing Episode 1: Finding connection to two cultures

January 22, 2021

Welcome to White-Passing, where I, Ali Juell, and Jillyan McKinney, the Ethnic Studies teacher at Granite Bay High School, discuss being white and latinx. This podcast series will focus on ethnicity,...

Podcast: Inside the Mob: Jan. 6, 2021

Jacob Chansley, also known as the
Photojournalist shares harrowing experience covering Capitol insurrection
January 21, 2021

As President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and others in the new Biden Administration call for unity, the country is just two weeks removed from the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol – the climax...

The silent struggle: Teens battle depression amid pandemic

January 21, 2021

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 14, 2021.

What do students want to see from Biden?

January 21, 2021

Today marks the date of President Joe Biden's first day in office. Students reflect on what they want to see from Biden and what his first priority in office should be. This story was originally published...

Side Hustle: How quarantine helped Rob Archibald find his new hobby

January 20, 2021

This story was originally published on The Bullseye on January 20, 2021.

Navigating 10 months of coronavirus

January 20, 2021

Junior Yei Bin Andrews talks to Dr. Tom McGahan, Chief Medical Officer at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital, and the Pickering family about coronavirus cases on the rise and safety measures. This story was...

Pandemicast: Improving Extended Campus

Pandemicast: Improving Extended Campus
January 19, 2021

Ft. Kim De La Cruz and Elise Smith Intro Music: Stealth Groover by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License This story was originally published...

APS staff, parents protest to remain virtual

January 19, 2021

Today, around 70 Atlanta Public Schools teachers, staff and parents demanded that APS should not return to in-person learning due to coronavirus safety concerns at a protest outside of the district board...

MHSNews | New Donut Shop Opens In Chesterfield

January 19, 2021

St. Louis natives Dr. Julie and Dr. Daniel Ring opened up a new donut shop in Chesterfield in November. This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on January 16, 2021.

Dynamic Duo

Senior swimmers commit to swimming together in college
January 19, 2021

This story was originally published on The Catalyst on January 14, 2021.

Ringing in the New Year

Students talk about their New Year Resolutions
January 19, 2021

This story was originally published on The Catalyst on January 14, 2021.

Burning through the canvas

Senior creates wood artwork with various mediums
January 14, 2021

This story was originally published on The Catalyst on January 13, 2021.

Colette Crutcher pieces together city art

January 14, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are seeking outdoor activities more than ever. Public art is an enjoyable yet safe activity for people of all ages and Colette Crutcher is the artist behind some of...

Pandemic survival: Austin businesses adapt

Shopping safely: Kinokuniya is a Japanese book and gift store that has been taking many COVID precautions these last few months, including a mandatory shopper temperature check at the entrance to ensure the safety of their customers. Pictured here, a Kinokuniya worker checks the temperature of customer Jenny, who said, “I feel safer knowing that the store is being so careful.” A sign at the door lists all of the store’s COVID precautions and rules, stating that “during holiday season, there is a 20-minute shopping time limit in order to avoid a long wait outside.”
COVID-19 has challenged the city's retail and service institutions to innovate in order to remain open.
January 13, 2021

In this week's #TuesdayTop10, photojournalism student Ingrid Smith documents the many ways the Austin businesses and cultural institutions have adapted their practices to stay open and serve the citizens...

On The Mic Ep. 004 features Music Producer Carneyval

With insight about music production during the pandemic, Senior Emily Reish calls in music producer Carneyval and talks about his music, Covid, and more. Carneyval started music production in 2016, with his single
January 12, 2021

In this "On The Mic," podcast episode, host Emily Reish calls in music producer, Instagram and TikTok verified, Carneyval. This podcast covers the insides and outs of the music industry and what may...

COVID-19 impact on small businesses around the Quad Cities

January 12, 2021

This story was originally published on Spartan Shield on January 11, 2021.

Chaos at the Capitol

January 8, 2021

This story was originally published on The Southerner on January 7, 2021.

The Political Aesthetic of Instagram

January 7, 2021

Filmed and edited by Kaitlyn Huang. Produced by Shayla Gossain and Sofia Rodriguez Baqeuro. This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on January 7, 2021.

2020: A Year in Review in Photos

MAY -- PROTESTORS ADVOCATE JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD, MIKE RAMOS: A woman is forced over a wall as state troopers force protesters off of the Capitol grounds. Hundreds of protesters met at the Austin Police Department headquarters downtown on the afternoon of May 30 to demand justice for African-American victims of police brutality. The protests filled the streets surrounding the Police Department headquarters and at times blocked traffic on I-35, and eventually protests spread to Austin City Hall and the Texas Capitol. Some protesters were met with pepper spray and rubber bullets as APD officers tried to control the crowd and clear the highway. This protest comes as part of a national spread of protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer. Austin protesters are also calling for justice for Mike Ramos, an Austinite who reportedly was unarmed and shot by the police in late April.
The news was often bad this year, but there were also moments of strength, power, resilience and community.
December 30, 2020

On the last Tuesday of 2020, we are pleased to make our last Tuesday Top 10 of the year to a review of some of our best photos depicting some of the most memorable, significant and poignant moments of...

Beyond the Ponytail: Episode 3

December 28, 2020

"Women's Rights," Episode 3. This episode covers 100 years of Women’s Suffrage, background information on the movement, an interview with Amelia Curia (CHS Historical Society Member), and how women still...

MHSNews | Seniors Write Thank You Notes to Rockwood Teachers

December 21, 2020

Seniors in Emily Stockwell's Multicultural Literature class decorated and wrote thank you cards to current and past Rockwood teachers. What they didn't know is that they had to read out their card to the...

“We migrated to this country for the way of work”

Day labor provides source of income
Workers seek day labor jobs on Main Street as way of added income.
December 21, 2020

It is easy to notice the diversity of ethnicities on campus, which is no different from Texas as a whole.  But due to its proximity to the U.S. border with Mexico, Texas receives immigrants from different...

History’s Forgotten: Episode 3 – Holiday Special

Seniors Caroline Wilburn, Maddie Moats and junior Christi Norris discuss different holiday topics.
December 17, 2020

 In this Episode: Most families have their favorite holiday traditions to celebrate each year together, and for many of these traditions, there is a hidden and sometimes unusual history behind...

Our Footprint Ep. 7: Erasing our tracks

Our Footprint Ep. 7: Erasing our tracks
December 16, 2020

After six episodes of exploring the climate crisis and the many avenues for change, the largest takeaway is that anyone can get involved. So in the series's finale of Our Footprint, host Kaylene Lin...

VIDEO: Code to Success

December 15, 2020

A senior shares his passion for programming and creating his own video games. This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on December 15, 2020.

Oddballs Ep. 7: Doug the demon

Oddballs Ep. 7: Doug the demon
December 15, 2020

Some may refer to Doug "Demon" Thompson as a real-life Icarus - he's constantly pushing his body to its extremes while literally playing with fire in his performances. Aiming to set endless new records...

COVID-19: Beyond the states

December 15, 2020

COVID-19 has affected every country across the globe differently. In countries like Brazil, China, and England, people are still trying to slow the spread of the virus, and daily life has changed for everyone. This...

Covid Doesn’t Stop Horseback Rider Wyatt Marshall

December 15, 2020

Many athletes had to put their sport on hold during quarantine, but not junior Wyatt Marshall. Wyatt rides horses and through COVID only looked on the positive side like being able to spend more time with...

Pandemicast: A Semester in Review

Pandemicast: A Semester in Review
December 14, 2020

Ft. Diana Schergin and Zohra Sahak Intro Music: Stealth Groover by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License This story was originally published...

VIDEO: Mastering Mechanics

December 14, 2020

A senior pursues his passion of becoming a mechanic alongside his dad. This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on December 10, 2020.

California to End the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars

December 14, 2020

This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on November 3, 2020.

The ATLien Podcast: Holiday Traditions

December 14, 2020

This story was originally published on The Southerner on December 11, 2020.

Drama Debrief: The excitement and glitches of tackling a virtual fall play

December 11, 2020

Linganore Drama needed no help desk in their fall production of Help Desk, a play in 13 short virtual vignettes. The creative team for the show gathered to discuss the joys and challenges of experiencing...

Building a foundation

STS students learn through a hands-on approach as they construct a house
December 10, 2020

This story was originally published on The Catalyst on December 9, 2020.

Parents, students rally for face-to-face option

December 7, 2020

Over 150 parents and students from Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools gathered on Dec. 6 along 10th Street for the Rally to Reopen Schools. Protesters, young and old, advocated for a face-to-face...


Exploring how remote learning affects twins
December 7, 2020

This story was originally published on El Estoque on November 30, 2020.

Times like these

STRIKE A CHORD: Oliver Bennett works on his music theory book pages to learn what the new chords they are playing look like. He wrote C, F and G7 chords in the empty boxes above the chords. Bennett takes extra precautions to make sure online learning goes smoothly.  “'Hi, my name is Oliver Bennett. I’m in second period first piano' that’s what I say every time I start recording to avoid any confusion if I turn it in wrong,
Students adapt and grow as virtual learning continues
December 4, 2020

As we near the end of the first semester, students share their experiences of what it's been like to learn online. BUST A MOVE: Sophomore Sofia Ramon works on smoothing the face of her latest clay...

MHSNews | A History Teacher’s Dream: Living in a 119-Year-Old House

December 3, 2020

Social studies teacher Scott Szevery has been living in a 119-year-old house, featured in three world fairs before being transported to its current location in Webster Groves. This story was originally...

History’s Forgotten: Episode 2 – Edith Wilson

Maddie Moats, Christi Norris and Caroline Wilburn record episode two of the Best of SNO winning podcast,
December 2, 2020

In this Episode: Second wife and First Lady to President Woodrow Wilson, Edith Wilson was an impressive woman that played a critical role in America during and after WWI. After President Wilson...

Justice and Diversity League help students learn the past

Students create display to celebrate Native American Heritage Month
December 1, 2020

This story was originally published on The Catalyst on November 20, 2020.

Voting for the first time with humanity in her heart

After a citizenship quest that spanned more than a decade, Altamirano-Cancino casts her first ballot in 2020 election
November 30, 2020

Telvi Altamirano-Cancino, or ‘Sra. A’  as her McCallum students know her, was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and at age 10 immigrated to the United States. The path to citizenship took more than a decade...

Senior commits to walk-on role at Nebraska

November 30, 2020

This story was originally published on The Catalyst on November 20, 2020.

One Seed Dos Flores: A Doctor, Lawyer and the Armed Forces

Episode Two: A Doctor, a lawyer, and the Armed Forces
November 30, 2020

Today, Gissel and Dasy talk about the influence that immigrants parents have on their children's career choices and from where the push to pursue STEM-related careers and high-earning jobs comes.  [Music...

Westminster Ties. Ep 3. Joseph White

Joseph White, senior, listen to him talk about his future as a rapper.
November 25, 2020

Join our hosts Annessa Shively, and Anna Fregene as they talk with, WCA Senior, Joseph White about his Westminster experience, faith journey, and future as a rapper. This story was originally published...

Weekend fire drill

Students from the LBJ Fire Academy work their way towards a propane fire, using fire hoses to control the blaze. The purpose of the drill wasn’t to put out the fire, but to use the spray to get close enough to the propane tank to turn off its fuel source.

Five McCallum seniors, John Hughes, Thomas Lucy, Tex Mitchell, Molly Odland and Will Russo, participated in the live fire skill day, where they put into practice what they’ve learned during the two year student-sharing program at LBJ High School.

“Being in the live fire gave me really intense adrenaline,” senior Molly Odland said. “I was the head of my group, meaning I was in charge of directing the hose line at the fire while my group supported me from behind.”

Senior Will Russo, who also had the chance to lead the group, said that the drill felt like being in a hot car.

“It wasn’t all that scary since you were with a bunch of people, but it was kind of intimidating because there was nothing in between you and the fire but water,” Russo said.
Students at the LBJ Fire Academy put year of training to use in combating propane, car and building fires
November 24, 2020

On a chilly October evening, onlookers watched as a group of firefighters inched closer and closer to a column of fire that shot into the sky. Using their hoses to push back the flames, they advanced towards...

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