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.




Leola Almquist May 23, 2022

February first, 2022. I arrived at school promptly before 7:30. With a few minutes to spare, I scrolled through Instagram. Then my world was rocked. Not figuratively, but literally: my car got hit by a...

Retirement: Monica Behning

Retirement: Monica Behning

Leola Almquist, Features Editor April 22, 2022

Q: How long have you been at Ames High? A: I started during the 2004-2005 school year. Q: Did you work anywhere previously?  A: I have always worked with children and families. I worked as...

Girls Wrestling on the Rise

Girls Wrestling on the Rise

Leola Almquist, Features Editor February 28, 2022

Ames High’s 2021 wrestling poster is taped throughout the classrooms, and it’s not the default row of senior boys. At a glance, there's a pile of students, but those students belong to the boy's team...

A Semester in Ames

A Semester in Ames

Leola Almquist, Features Editor January 5, 2022

Imagine starting your senior year of high school in South America or Europe. It’s your first time there, and it’s your home for the next few months. Students from all over are presented with the option...

Ames girls and coaches cradle their trophy.

Ames Cross Country Impresses at State

Leola Almquist, Features Editor November 13, 2021

7:15 AM on October 29, a school bus sat outside the entrance of the athletics complex on 24th street. It was pitch black, but the headlights illuminated the steps into the bus. One-fourth of the girls'...

Ling Bai poses with her flowers after being awarded homecoming queen.

Ling Sting

Leola Almquist, Editor October 21, 2021

“You know, swagginess starts from kindness. That's what I like to say.”  Our queen, Ling Bai. Homecoming queen was awarded to the right person this year. Ling is genuinely genuine. You’ve likely...

Mr. Grapp in his classroom.

Mr. Grapp: The Start of a Teaching Journey

Leola Almquist, Editor September 24, 2021

A new face pops in and out of Mr. Schmidt's old room. Mr. Grapp is the new English teacher here at Ames High. While Mr. Grapp is new to Ames High, this also happens to be Grapp's first year in the profession.  “It's...

Photo credit: ACSD

Mr. Fedders: Ames High’s New Activities Director

Jack Wanamaker and Leola Almquist September 24, 2021

“I love sports, let’s just be honest,” says Mr. Fedders, Ames High’s new Activities Director. Prior to his arrival at Ames High on July 1, Fedders was over at Des Moines East for eight years.  “Des...

Mr. Gorman

Gorman the Great

Leola Almquist, Editor June 10, 2021

The singular orange classroom in the building, Mr. Gorman’s room is practically an Ames High spirit room, but with a calming effect. Stepping foot in the room, Little Cyclone pride rubs off onto you....

Mr. Schmidt

Mr. Schmidt: The Road Home

Leola Almquist, Editor June 7, 2021

Leaning on one of the round tables that vertically furnish the English halls, Mr. Schmidt smiles at the students passing while simultaneously congregating with his neighbors: Mr. Ripley, Mrs. Engelkes,...

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