The Shield

Our Footlighters Cast

November 20, 2020

This past month, I've highlighted the hard working members of Footlighters and how they have adapted to this new method of learning. This month, I'm highlighting individual cast members and interviewing...

Footlighters VS COVID

November 2, 2020

Coronavirus has changed everyone's life drastically. From only having school online to social distance circles in stores, there's no doubt about it. We can definitely see a change in the Mercy community....

Lance Submissions 2020

Lance Submissions 2020
March 11, 2020

The Lance Staff is now accepting submissions for poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, and art pieces for the 2020 edition of Mercy's literary magazine The Lance. Throughout the next few weeks, we will...

“Act So Final” by Makaela Tracey

An Interview with Makaela Tracey and Her NAACP "Act-So" Poem "Act So Final"
November 6, 2019

Senior Makaela Tracey has been writing in her free time for many years, using it to find her voice and tell her story and the stories of others, especially when it comes to social justice. Starting back...

Before the Curtain Opens: Behind the Scenes of Steel Magnolias

Truvy’s Beauty Parlor
November 4, 2019

On the weekend of October 25, Mercy’s Footlighters put on a modern take on the 1987 classic Steel Magnolias, a play that follows a group of six women— Truvy, M’Lynn, Shelby, Annelle, Ouiser, and...

5 Creative Writing Prompts That Cured My Writer’s Block

5 Creative Writing Prompts That Cured My Writer's Block
September 18, 2019

As a writer, you sometimes hit a point. Face flat against the desk, hair splayed, eyes screwed shut as you rack your brain for just one more idea. I know I've been in this prompt purgatory one too many...

Things Unseen

Things Unseen
May 8, 2019

Hosted by Mercy High School on May 2nd and organized by senior Kristin Rekus, who’s art was also featured in the show, the Things Unseen art show displayed a number of pieces that have been submitted...


March 25, 2019

Mercy High School's production of Beehive: the Musical was an outrageous success that had the entire audience on its feet. Featuring music by Lesley Gore, Tina Turner, Mama Cass Elliot, and countless...

Writing Prompt for the week of 1/7/19

Writing Prompt for the week of 1/7/19
January 7, 2019

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! The Lance is starting off the year with a challenge for the Mercy community: a prompt from Ms. Yanson herself. Prompt: The following words have multiple definitions...

Fearlessly Freddie

Fearlessly Freddie
December 11, 2018

“I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me.” Hollywood sure agreed with this statement, made by Freddie Mercury, as the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rocked audiences...

Chosen Response for the Hands Prompt!

November 26, 2018

Hands that Feed Blen Mulugeta Stuck in a dark, and cold cell, The only human interaction I have are the hands that feed me. Through the small slot in the wall, a foot wide And a half a foot tall Five...

Poetry Prompt for the Week of 11/26

November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018 Every other week, The Lance will be posting a writing prompt to The Shield’s “poetry corner.” Responses to these prompts could be featured in The Lance itself, or they may...

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