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Rachel’s Senior Column

Rachel Kim, Reporter

May 12, 2015

I am terrible with personal anecdotes. I lack the ability to inflate my life story with both heroism and tragedy, and I have always been reluctant in sharing my internal self. But, I am going to break this enduring shell that has protected, or possibly hindered, me by disclosing who I am. After all,...

Meals from the heartland

Meals from the heartland

Rachel Kim, Reporter

May 12, 2015

On April 13, Ames High School made history with its first food packaging event. Over 140 students from various clubs such as National Honor Society, Key Club, DECA, SHEPH, and FCA participated, packaging exactly 40,176 meals in less than five hours. Based on the statistics, the event appears to be a...

Should I take a gap year?

Rachel Kim, Reporter

April 15, 2015

Ever since I received acceptance letters from various colleges, one thought has constantly irked my mind: taking a gap year. When I contemplate about taking a gap year, people think I am burned out. Truth is, I am burned out, but not in a “my brain is fried” or “I’ve reached the limit of my ...

Keeping it up with the kustodians

Keeping it up with the kustodians

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Editor

March 30, 2015

With over 1,200 students wandering in one single building for over seven hours per day and 180 days per year, sanitation and personal hygiene are inevitably factors that can hugely impact Ames High.   By the end of the school day, the restrooms’ garbage cans are overfilled with damp paper to...

Teachers need to be graded

Teachers need to be graded

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Editor

March 11, 2015

The majority of students come to school everyday, not necessarily because they enjoy the classes or anticipate the next lesson but because they feel obligated to come. On top of that, many students do not study for an upcoming exam because of the intrigue of learning content but because of the external...

How Project Loon changed my stance on technology

How Project Loon changed my stance on technology

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Editor

February 23, 2015

Recently I got the opportunity to travel to San Jose, California, also known as Silicon Valley and the birthplace of the technology age, for the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) conference.   Though I was excited to meet and bond wi...

High school students attempt to change virtual identity

High school students attempt to change virtual identity

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Editor

January 28, 2015

I recently logged into Facebook, unable to recognize the majority of friends on my newsfeed. Instead, I saw a few too many pun-intended nicknames decorated with fanciful fonts and unconventional punctuation replacing the common first and last name. This trend of changing Facebook names prevails every...

Fellows After School Program: Starting new clubs should be simple and rewarding

Fellows After School Program: Starting new clubs should be simple and rewarding

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Edtior

January 9, 2015

Fellows After School Program (FASP) is a one-on-one mentoring program between Ames High students and students at Fellows Elementary. The program was initiated by seniors Nadia Huffman, Rachel Kim, and Grace Mills during their freshmen year in efforts to share enthusiasm for an intellectual challenge...

Ames High students share Thanksgiving traditions

Ames High students share Thanksgiving traditions

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Editor

November 26, 2014

Food has always been the essence of Thanksgiving, with the entire family helping with the meal preparation. People usually cook turkeys, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and pies for this festive feast. Some Ames High students have shared their favorite...

Ames High reflects on Veteran’s Day

Ames High reflects on Veteran's Day

Rachel Kim, In-Depth Editor

November 17, 2014

Above the numeric beauty of Nov. 11 with its palindromic nature, this significant date serves to annually commemorate veterans that have served our country. Veterans Day is designated as an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.   Nine-and-a-half decades ago, President Woodrow Wi...