Scratch Pad

Ames High is rife with undiscovered talent, and Scratch Pad, an annual publication that features student artwork and writing, is here to reveal that talent. Submissions are welcome throughout the year; submission boxes can be found in all English classrooms and in the Media Center. Students may submit using their real name, a pen name, or simply as anonymous. “Every form of writing writing is welcome, along with 2D artwork,” said sophomore editorial board member Christopher Jackson. “We really want Scratch Pad to be a creative outlet for the students of Ames High.” The Scratch Pad editorial board meets weekly after school to review and discuss submissions. When under review, submissions are anonymous to maximize fairness. This year, co-leaders seniors Kayla Schaudt and Katie Scott have faced several challenges. A main source of revenue of Scratch Pad is sales of the publication. However, due to last year’s late publication date, which fell after the seniors’ last day, over half of last year’s copies remain available for purchase. They can be bought in Mr. Schmidt’s room for $5. Students who are interested in Another issue is the lack of submissions. In previous years, students have put off submitting, missing the deadline. “The deadline will be in the beginning of April, but we want everyone should submit as soon as possible,” said sophomore editorial board member Jens Hoifeldt. The members of Scratch Pad want to show off the gifts of Ames High’s finest writers and artists. “Everyone is welcome to contribute; we want to give everyone a chance to show what they have to offer,” said Peterson.