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Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2019

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

December 10, 2018


Filed under Features

As the year draws to a close and we recall the events of the past year, we look to 2019 in hopes of new beginnings. Along with those new beginnings come the release of new movies, tv shows, and books. Here are ten of the most anticipated books for the new year.   1. Again, but Better (M...

Student Responses to the “Fake News” Prompt

Student Responses to the “Fake News” Prompt

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

November 28, 2018


Filed under Features, School News, Showcase

The “‘Fake News’ Prompt” we previously posted was given to a group of juniors in Mr. Davis’ AP Language and Composition class for responses. A sample of the responses can be found below: Ariyanna Cozart Although many want to completely rely on the media to help us stay informed and not i...

Snow in Review: November 15, 2018

Snow in Review: November 15, 2018

Sara Matvey, Contributer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle

The first snow of the year is never a great one, only a foretaste of what is to come. If last Thursday's snow was any indication of how the rest of our snows this year will be, we're in for some online learning. The snowstorm, which many were skeptical about, ended in a day off and a two hour delay....

Seven Publishing Myths

Seven Publishing Myths

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

November 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Showcase

  Many people who love to read and write come up with new stories every day, during class, during homework, or in a dream, but most are not aware of the different methods of publishing to share their stories. Publishing is not an easy process, here are seven myths to give you a jump start ...

“Fake News” Prompt

“Fake News” Prompt

Maya Kempf-Harris, Editor

November 12, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

The term “fake news” itself originates from authoritarian governments, and has historically been used to silence reporting in favor of state media (media outlets that are run, monitored, and filtered by governments, often at the expense of reporting truth). The term was popularized by President D...

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

October 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Showcase

When you think of a genius you may think of Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking, but do you think of Nikola Tesla? The radio, x-ray, light and wireless technology are part of our everyday lives, but do you know the mind behind them? During a lightning storm in Smiljan, Croatia, Nikola Tesla was...

The Scoop on Snow and Possible White Christmas

The Scoop on Snow and Possible White Christmas

Sara Matvey, Contributer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Showcase

I’m sure many of you have noticed that it has been getting very cold outside. It isn’t that cold, but compared to how hot it has been, it is freezing! Just yesterday, I was walking around in several layers and I was still cold. The most important factors for snow and for snow to stick are temperature...

Seniors Before Sweaters

Savannah Collins, Co-Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Features, School News, Slideshow

With Senior Unity Week under way, we at the Shield would like to take a trip down memory lane. Here's a gallery of the Class of 2019 before they were the seniors we know today!

Close to Home: Baltimore’s Impact on Housing Discrimination Nationwide

Close to Home: Baltimore’s Impact on Housing Discrimination Nationwide

Savannah Collins, Coordinating Editor

March 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Showcase

This year in Sophomore English, Mr. Eric Coles and his students are reading the critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. The play follows the Youngers, a black family in 1950s Chicago. The Youngers face the struggles of the discriminatory housing practices of 1950s America....

Citizen Journalism’s Impact: Thoughts from Two Media Professionals

Citizen Journalism’s Impact: Thoughts from Two Media Professionals

Maya Kempf-Harris, Author

February 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

On Wednesday, February 14, 17 people were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As students were hiding in a closet, student David Hogg pulled out his phone and began to interview those around him. When asked in an interview with CNN why he began to film while there was an active shooter, Hogg said that he wanted “‘to show...

Twin Day Pictures Spirit Week 2018

Twin Day Pictures Spirit Week 2018

Meg Kennedy & Julia Shovan, Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Athletics, Features, Lifestyle, School News, Uncategorized

In order to celebrate Spirit Week and The Big Game this Friday, the Mercy community picked out their favorite matching outfits and dressed like a friend. Here are some pictures from Twin Day 2018!

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase, Uncategorized

Elsa is a seven-year-old girl who is not like the typical seven year old. Her grandmother is a seventy years old and crazy. Not only is she the neighbourhood crazy lady, she is Elsa’s best and only friend. But when her grandmother dies, she seeks refuge in the Land-of Almost- Awake, the imaginar...

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