Lisa’s Senior Column

Lisa's Senior Column

Lisa Cochran, Co-Editor in Chief

May 21, 2018

As a Junior, I frequented Café Diem over double lunch. Consequently, I was often late for AP Lit (the consecutive class period). One day, I felt an internal drive to not, perhaps, disappoint Mr. Webb for once. I started to speed. After coming to a 4 way stop and seeing the car to the left drive throu...

Radical Feminism

Lisa Cochran, Co-Editor in Chief

April 25, 2018

At its root, Radical feminism is an incredibly complex ideology. It is a movement that pushes for a restructuring of the current social hierarchy in order to “liberate people of the female sex,” according to The theory operates under the pretense that people of the female...


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Lisa Cochran, Co-Editor in Chief

March 30, 2018

Many are familiar with the comedic scene from Tina Fey’s film Mean Girls in which the P.E. teacher dramatically says “Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don’t have sex in the missionary position, don’t have sex standing up, just don’t do it, ok, promise?” The sent...

Ames High Gets High

Ames High Gets High

Lisa Cochran, Co-Editor-in Chief

December 19, 2017

Luke Smith* is a riveting conversationalist, sociable and lively. He is well-known for his outgoing nature and he is a strong student in multiple AP classes. Smith has a wide range of friends of all ages and prides himself on his rampant political activism. Smith has also just returned from a three-mo...

The Pool Dilemma

The somber entryway to the current high school pool, clearly outdated and decrepit.

Lisa Cochran, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2017

  Senior Olivia Jenks secures her swim cap over her hair, determinedly snaps her goggles onto her face and prepares to swim briskly to the other side of the Ames High pool. A stench of mildew perfumes the air, most likely due to the faulty air quality in the facility. Jenks takes a breath an...

De-Collectivizing Collective Bargaining in Iowa

De-Collectivizing Collective Bargaining in Iowa

Lisa Cochran, Co-editor-in-chief

May 17, 2017

In the wake of recent political events, the issue of collective bargaining has become prevalent in our community. Recently, the district took a vote on this issue and a new law was put into place by Republican legislators- House file 291. While not all facets of the Iowa workforce were negatively affec...

Mrs. Burnett

Mrs. Burnett

Lisa Cochran, Co-editor-in-chief

April 24, 2017

It takes a certain zeal and flare for one to be able to teach the subject of Health sufficiently, especially to developing high school students. Kim Burnett,  who matches these criteria, is currently consummating a 34 year teaching career in the field. Approaching her retirement, Burnett awaits the ...

Ames High School vs. Lycée Duplessis-Mornay: A Comparison

Ames High School vs. Lycée Duplessis-Mornay: A Comparison

Lisa Cochran, Co-editor-in-chief

April 17, 2017

The difference between American and French schools lies not only in curriculum but in general academic attitude and school structure. While, of course, one must not generalize all French schools merely by the daily happenings at Lycée Duplessis-Mornay in Saumur, it is evident that notable differences...

We Won’t ‘Shut our Mouths’: A Message from the media to Steve Bannon

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Lisa Cochran, Co-Editor in Chief

February 15, 2017

The recently appointed chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has made derogatory claims against the media. More specifically, he has alleged that the media is “the opposition party” and that the media “needs to shut its mouth.” What incited this exactly? We are ricocheting into a time where the media i...

Is Pink Season in Season?

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Liam Struck, Reporter

February 14, 2017

The musical phenomenon known as Pink Season debuted on January 4th 2017 and had erected itself to the number two album on Itunes top 50 chart closely following that one sound track about some hawaiian girl and The Rock saving the world. With such hit songs like “Dora the explora” and “Please st...