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Cinder

Cinder

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

May 8, 2018

Cinder is the science-fiction retelling of the classic story of Cinderella. Unlike the original Cinderella story, it has an evil queen who rules the moon, a plague outbreak, spaceships, and cyborgs. The story is set in New Beijing, a futuristic version of Beijing, China, and follows the main character,...

Cell Phone Disasters

Cell Phone Disasters

Kaitlyn Le Compte-Roy ‘19

May 2, 2018

During our Shield meeting on Monday, 30 April, we were talking about our weekends and I brought up my own cell phone disaster. I dropped my phone while going to my friend’s car and shattered my phone screen completely. Sara Matvey told her own story as well. She said, “One time while I was eating...

The Magic Behind Black Mirror- What Makes the Show So Enticing

The Magic Behind Black Mirror- What Makes the Show So Enticing

Heather Shanty, Author

April 30, 2018

Charlie Booker’s Black Mirror- named after the black screen that appears when your device turns off- has become a worldwide phenomenon since its 2011 Netflix release date. Black Mirror features episodes with individual storylines- each where we meet characters who navigate their way through a technol...

Sports on The Shield: Two Student Perspectives’ on the Orioles

Sports on The Shield: Two Student Perspectives’ on the Orioles

Savannah Collins and Kaitlyn Le Compte Roy

April 18, 2018

The Baltimore Orioles have recently begun their 2018 season. The beginning of this season has produced many opinions from the fans. Fortunately, The Shield happens to have two major Orioles fans on their staff, Kaitlyn Le Compte Roy and Savannah Collins. Here are their perspectives on the season so far. Kaitlyn So far, this season...

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

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....

A Knife of Never Letting Go

A Knife of Never Letting Go

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

March 14, 2018

A Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the science fiction series Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness, follows the story of Todd Hewitt. Todd Hewitt, an uneducated twelve-year-old boy, lives in Prentisstown on the planet of New World, a world that is home to only men who can hear each other’s tho...

College Life: Interview with Grace Rappazzo

College Life: Interview with Grace Rappazzo

Julia Shovan, Author

March 5, 2018

This year, the shield staff decided to begin a SoundCloud podcast. In December, I talked to 2017 graduate Grace Rappazzo about her experience as a freshman year college student. Here is a transcript of my interview with her. Feel free to read along while you listen at https://soundcloud.com/user-121033327 JS: Hi everyone, my name is Julia Shovan, I’m a senio...

Mercy’s Robotics Team… Yes, We Have One!

Mercy’s Robotics Team…           Yes, We Have One!

Sara Matvey, Staff

March 5, 2018

This year Ms. Melinda Johnson started Mercy’s newest club, the Robotics Team. Robotics meets on Mondays after school until 4:30. The Robotics Team’s room is 218 B. The room is filled with partially made robots and parts. The floor has a metal arena filled with foam balls that fully built and pro...

how many of us?

how many of us?

Leah Williams '19, Guest Contributer

March 5, 2018

 A view point from the students to bring awareness to the issue of gun policy and gun violence  everything was coming together now he knew what senior year meant and Samuel Zeif was starting to appreciate his four years at highschool he had spent that school he once called home  it was somewhere so sa...

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

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...

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