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The October 2014 Issue is Out!

Late, I know. While the November issue is being sent to print, catch up on student news, prep profiles, and artist of the month with the October issue! This month, Spartans cheered their lungs out at the Homecoming Pep Rally, protected themselves from Ebola, and prepared for the doom and gloom of college applications. As always, … Continue reading

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  • Note from the Editor: And we're off! It's been one month since the new school year began, and all around the building freshman are getting lost less often, sophomores are infuriated with their chemistry books, juniors are feeling the power of being upperclassmen, and seniors are reminding juniors who actually holds the real power. As we're a month in, students of all grades are joining or returning to many different clubs. From tennis and football to DDAF and SYS, freshmen, seniors, and all those in between them are discovering their passions (shameless plug: if you're a fan of writing, photography, news, sports, or the arts, consider contributing to The Sword & Shield). If you've been following the news this month, you'll know that the United States has begun conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic terror group ISIS, the Ebola virus has spread to Texas, and Wisconsin's controversial Voter ID requirements have been reinstated. While it is highly unlikely that any JMM student can coordinate quarantine relief efforts or punch Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the face, what we can do is respond to these latest voter suppression measures. Election experts across the country have overwhelmingly concluded that actual incidences of voter fraud are exceedingly rare, and that Wisconsin's new voter ID requirements stand to disenfranchise a disproportionate amount of poor and minority voters. To uphold the values that our Founding Fathers enshrined and so many have died for since the Constitution's ratification, I highly encourage- nay, implore- all JMM seniors who will be 18 before this November's election to register to vote, regardless of your political affiliation. Also, progress reports are out! By this point, you should be getting a feel for your classes and be familiar with your grades. Work hard, remember to check Infinite Campus regularly, and stop by the Tutoring Center if you need studying assistance. If you enjoyed this month's issue of The Sword & Shield and want more student-created content, be sure to check out our website at http://jmmswordandshield.com/ for news, sports, and entertainment reviews. Good luck, and godspeed! - Vishal Narayanaswamy, October 2014   Vishal Narayanaswamy ('15) is a senior and Co-Editor-in-Chief and Webmaster of The Sword & Shield.  (more…)


The 12th annual Memorial Holiday Art Fair runs this Thursday, Friday during regular school hours and Saturday from 10-2. It is a great outlet for lovely handmade objects of art. Join us in the Art Gallery...it will be a feast of artwork before your eyes!

Summit Credit Union is excited to announce the finalists for the Project Teen Money Scholarship Challenge. Congratulations to the finalists: Sylvan Gu, Tian-Tian He, Renee Kar-Johnson and Jorden Radloff. Please stop down to the Summit Credit Union branch at the beginning of lunch today for a surprise.

ALL students and teachers in need of scholarship information, please see Mrs. Brown by room 500 this week for information. She has over $500,000 worth of scholarships for your college expenses.

There will be a MANDATORY Science olympiad meeting Thursday morning at 8am in room 661.

Are you into graphic novels or superheroes? Comic Book Club will hold SUPERHERO MOVIE NIGHT today, afterschool in the literacy center. Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided.

Attention creative writers and artists: Memorial's literary magazine is now accepting applications for its spring publication. Please see your English teacher, Ms. Guse or Mr. Walkner for more information.

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