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Mike Scaramellino

Mike Scaramellino

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

May 20, 2019

As he finishes his second year teaching at Ames High, industrial technology teacher Mike Scaramellino will be saying goodbye. “I love just working with the kids. It’s a lot of fun. We have great shops, great equipment, a great administration, and everybody is great to work with,” Scaramellino...

Team Neutrino gets hands-on with STEM

Senior Joel Neppl examines the wiring of the team robot.

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

April 18, 2019

For the first six weeks of the year, Sukup hall seems to come alive with the hustle of students. Each adorned with a pair of forest green safety glasses, Story County high school students are engrossed in designing, programming, and assembling a sophisticated robot. These students make up Team Neutrino, a FIRS...

Dominik McDonald

Dominik McDonald

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

April 18, 2019

If one happens to hear the stately timpani of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique or the lively xylophone runs of George Gershwin’s American in Paris drifting through the music wing, the source of the music can likely be traced to senior Dominik McDonald. Since he first began taking lessons in eleme...

April 8th: Ames High School United

Oliver Chen and Zoe Mamakos

April 8, 2019

April 8th: Ames High students and staff joined community members in a peaceful display of unity, in response to a coordinated protest from a well known hate group.   ...

The Sky Is Not The Limit: Astronaut Scott Kelly comes to ISU

The Sky Is Not The Limit: Astronaut Scott Kelly comes to ISU

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

March 13, 2019

A nervous but energetic anticipation seems to invigorate Stephens auditorium as the crowd makes its way into the main hall, the faint sound of Elton John’s “Rocket man” drifting in the air as the seats quickly fill. The lights dim, and onto the stage walks the man of the hour: astronaut, enginee...

FCS Suspension, Transparency, and the future of CTE at Ames High

FCS teacher Carol Vanwaardhuizen instructs foods students on how to make pancakes.

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

February 15, 2019

In a Jan. 11 press release, the district announced that Family Consumer Science classes would not be offered during the 2019-2020 school year. The school district cited budgetary concerns in several key areas. In order to comply with state Career Technical Education (CTE) standards, the district anno...

Finals After Break? An Investigation

Finals After Break? An Investigation

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

February 15, 2019

Winter break: a time to relax, celebrate the holidays and spend time with family. Yet for many, a once beloved respite from the academic year has turned into a prolonged period of stress over future final exams. Ames High’s current practice of holding finals after break is an unpopular one...

How do Ames High Students celebrate holidays?

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

December 15, 2018

“We go to night mass at a Catholic church, and y’know, gift giving, that whole sh’bang.” - Andrew Sailer   “When we’re in Ames, we celebrate it kind of normally, just standard setting up the tree, lights etc...but when we go to Colombia, we join our family and engage in other...

Michael Neppl

Michael poses for a photo near the Converse store in Paris.

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

December 14, 2018

  An 80s-style synthesizer arpeggio fades in and out as the track opens, repeating itself through a series of haunting arpeggios. The music crescendos as layers of punchy harmonic accompaniment emerge beneath it, swelling with each new level of complexity. The music continues until the track...

Ben Sasse Comes to ISU

Ben Sasse speaks at the great hall in the Iowa State memorial union.

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

November 22, 2018

Senator Ben Sasse addresses the Iowa State Memorial Union, his words seeming to echo through the crowded great hall. “The President is far more right than most of the foreign policy establishment gives him credit for in the fact that we do need to reevaluate some fundamental assumptions about th...