The WEB

Madeline Topf’s senior column

Madeline Topf's senior column

Madeline Topf, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2014

First, I want to thank Mr. Johnson for overseeing this publication and allowing me the opportunity to be Editor-in-Chief. The WEB as a class is truly a place where open discussion occurs daily. We take for granted our freedoms and the supportive community that is Ames High School. I have certainly...

Nick Ellis’ undercover life

Madeline Topf, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2014

Favorite teacher: Mr. Jahn How did he ask his prom date: With flowers If he could have dinner with any person, living or dead, it would be: His grandma Ellis Junior Nick Ellis is finding himself a home here at Ames High. He moved from Nevada last year. “My life was really boring there...

Gretchen Kramer shatters her horizons in semester abroad

Gretchen Kramer shatters her horizons in semester abroad

Madeline Topf, Editor-in-Chief

February 18, 2014

Every day last semester, senior Gretchen Kramer arose to the beautiful sunrise that can only be experienced in the land of her ancestors. The subtle mix of the yellows and oranges of the light gently stirred her from her sleep every morning. For Gretchen spent last semester abroad in Germany, where she...

The true meaning of Hanukkah

The true meaning of Hanukkah

Madeline Topf, Editor-In-Chief

December 6, 2013

As Hanukkah draws to a close tonight, senior Naomi Peterson will be lighting eighth and final candle on her family’s menorah. She will also light the candle in the middle, the shamash, which sits above the other candles on the menorah. The shamash was used traditionally for practical lighting purposes,...

Promoting dialogue on GMOs

Promoting dialogue on GMOs

Madeline Topf, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2013

I had the amazing opportunity to attend this year’s World Food Prize Global Institute, where we attended talks and viewed the presentation of the most controversial World Food Prize award to date. The winners were three scientists who advanced in the study of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to...

Eight ways the government shutdown affects you

Eight ways the government shutdown affects you

Madeline Topf, Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2013

The government shutdown was initiated yesterday, due to the fact that congress could not agree on a spending bill. This is a budget that must be passed in order to allow government funds to be spent. Many questions have been raised in response the stalemate. How does this affect me?  Is this when I r...

Shelter-in-place initiated in response to domestic incident

Shelter-in-place initiated in response to domestic incident

Will Fowler, Reporter

October 1, 2013

Junior Justin Sung was walking down the hallways after orchestra. He entered the cafeteria and sat down. Because he was unable to hear the intercom over the noisy lunch room, he got a particularly loud announcement of the shelter in place on Thursday, Sept. 19. “A teacher screamed at us to get into St...

What can “they” see?

Seniors Moriah Cooper and Jessica Harvey use their laptops in class

Madeline Topf, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2013

With every Ames High student now in possession of a school-issued computer, questions are being raised about what “they” can and cannot see. And that turns out to be most everything. “Tech staff and media staff can see all the documents you have on your computers,” IT specialist Karl Hehr said....