The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.


The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.


The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.


Senior Akshay Sarda raises his hand to answer a journal prompt provided by the RULER curriculum. RULER aims to provide students with the tools needed to regulate their emotions beyond high school.

New Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum Seeks to Create More Positive School Environment

At the beginning of the school year, Ames High School joined more than 1,500 schools nationwide who have implemented RULER, an approach to social and emotional learning developed by Yale University in...

EAST volunteers work through a math worksheet with elementary school students as Akshay Sarda, one of the leaders of EAST, observes.

Club Spotlight: EAST Q&A

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief April 17, 2024

EAST, short for Elementary After School Tutoring, was founded by Rachel Kim in 2015. Kim is one of the few Ames High graduates who has gone on to study at Harvard University. The club no longer tutors...

Elizabeth Brenneman sits and poses at her desk. Brenneman seeks to create an environment in her classroom where all students, regardless of skill level, can feel empowered.

Teacher Spotlight: Elizabeth Brenneman

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief April 17, 2024

For Elizabeth Brenneman, teaching was never the plan. Physics, however, had been her intention since her senior year of high school.  “[Physics is] just so powerful. If you know the initial conditions...

Conchas, a Mexican sweet bread topped with colored sugar, sit in a display case in the center of Rinconcito Hispanos grocery section. They are one of the many hispanic specialty items sold at the store.

Pupusas and Community: Rinconcito Hispano

Editor’s Note: The quotes featured within this article have been translated from Spanish to English and edited for clarity. It’s close to one in the afternoon and Rinconcito Hispano is full. A group...

In honor of Valentines Day, The Advice Fairy decides to write about one of the lesser-known evils of romance - creepy guys. Created with Canva.

What Do I Do About a Creepy Guy Who Stalks My Friends?

Shelby Yap, Advice Columnist February 13, 2024

Guys are the root of all problems. They’re stupid, clingy, and dumb. Even worse, obsessive creepy guys are all over the place. Most of the time, they just can’t take the hint! Dealing with someone...

In this weeks column The Advice Fairy offers advice on one of the most difficult tasks - asking for a raise. Created with Canva.

How Do I Ask for a Raise?

Shelby Yap, Advice Columnist February 6, 2024

Wanting to ask your manager for a raise, but don’t have the guts to? That’s okay. Whether you have the guts or not, here are some tips to approach this burdening conversation: Choose the Right Time Timing...

As second semester rolls around more and more students face burnout when it comes to studying. What is the best way to maintain balance? Created with Canva.

Are You Burnt Out From Studying?

Shelby Yap, Advice Columnist January 30, 2024

Let’s be real. I know how school feels - like a constant burden on our backs. The endless homework, the sleepless nights, and the rage over not feeling good enough. However, poor study habits can lead...

Min Williamson stands with an LGBTQ+ flag draped across her shoulders. SF-496 has mandated that teachers must report student requests to go by different pronouns than those listed in school records. The legislation poses new challenges for trans youth. Created with Canva.

Iowa “Name Law” Bill Poses New Challenges for Trans Youth

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

On the first day of school, U.S Government and European History teacher Kirstin Sullivan began attendance with a warning; if students wanted to be identified by a different pronoun than that listed in...

Key Club secretary Carissa Andorf and Key Club editor Wenjun Liu pose for a photo at ICON, the Key Club International Convention in Anaheim, California in 2022.

Club Spotlight: Key Club Q&A

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief January 24, 2024

Hannah Song ‘24 is the 2023-24 club president of key club at the high school as well as a co-webmaster at the district level. She is responsible for communication, task delegation, and planning district...

Print has diminished in value as the world has moved online, yet they remain a valuable resource for engagement in a high school setting. Created with Canva.

For High School Newspapers, Print is the Answer

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief January 23, 2024

Last year when my high school newspaper’s funding to print reached all-time lows, our once 13-member staff became eight, and our engagement rates were at enduring lows, the solution was simple: Cut...

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