April 14, 2017

“Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.” This powerful quote from Just Mercy written by Bryan Stevenson addresses an ever present issue in this country. The United States justice system is fundamentally flawed in that it is biased against those who cannot afford lawyers,...

Our Beautiful Struggle (4th Period)

April 14, 2017

“I did not know then that this is what life is - just when you master the geometry of one world, it slips away, and suddenly again, you're swarmed by strange shapes and impossible angles.” ― Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood.   Although th...

AP vs. Regular vs. Advanced: taking what’s right for you

AP vs. Regular vs. Advanced: taking what's right for you

Selaam Dollisso, Online Managing Editor

March 24, 2017

Deciding your course schedule can be one of the most exciting and daunting tasks as a student. The piercing, pressuring voices of older siblings, upperclassmen, friends, parents, as well as your own thoughts, cloud your mind and interfere with your judgement. Pretty soon, it becomes less like school and...

Adios Sra. Billings, ¿Hola Jurg?

Adios Sra. Billings, ¿Hola Jurg?

Hayley Martens, Campus Life Editor

March 22, 2017

Spanish 4 has long been a subject taught by Mrs. (Sra.) Billings. She has been here for 15 years teaching students the complexities of Spanish grammar and introducing the basics to new learners. This year (2017) will be Sra. Billings’ final year at Ames High. When asked what she will miss about Ames Hig...

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Jourdan-Ashle Barnes, Reporter

February 23, 2017

Recently, New York Times bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates gave a lecture at Iowa State. The Great Hall was packed with students and adults eager to listen and participate in Coates’ discussion about race. Many Ames High English students have been reading and analyzing Coates’ books Between the Wor...



Lucas Bleyle, Managing Print Editor

February 22, 2017

PART 1: The English electives we had The vast, gold engraved ceiling of Carnegie Hall stretched far above, the rows of red seats extended far behind, but Ella Bartlett sat at the very front. She was here to receive national honors for her flash fiction piece, “Vertebrae.” “I always, no matter w...

Reggie’s Sleepout – Ames

Reggie's Sleepout - Ames

Hayley Martens, Campus Life Editor

February 14, 2017

Mark your calendars for March 25th! For the first time ever, Reggie’s Sleepout will be held in Ames. It is one of the most well-known community events in Central Iowa. The event has been held in Des Moines since 2001, raising more than $1.7 million for funding to support child and youth homelessness in our communiti...

No ITBS Bribe

No ITBS Bribe

Sonja Paulson, Features and Profiles Editor

February 6, 2017

There’s something nice about the start of a new semester. New schedule, new teachers, and (hopefully) a new attitude. Along with that new semester however, comes the much dreaded, standardized testing. Last year, Gilbert High School showed more growth on standardized testing than Ames High. That...

Madrigal Madness

Achala Thippeswamy, Reporter

December 16, 2016

With the holiday season at it’s peak, the annual traditions of Ames High have resurfaced and filled the halls of the school with joy. Among the many other traditions here, the Orchestra, Choir, and Drama students have once again come together to bring us another unique and special performance to cele...

Teacher Scapegoating

Sam Stuve, Reporter

November 29, 2016

Been there. Done that. That’s what I like to call my Freshman year. What is Teacher Scapegoating, one might ask? Teacher Scapegoating is the act of blaming the teacher for your bad grade(s) in their class whether or not the grade is your fault or not. Teacher Scapegoating is a way for students to keep...