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.


Clockwise beginning from top left: Kirstin Sullivan, Teresa Testroet, Joel Sullivan, Sonja Hayes. Created with Canva.

Celebrating Ames High School’s Retiring Staff

Teresa Testroet Each August, a new cohort of students wander deep into the math wing, a look of dread on their faces. However, Ames High math icon Teresa Testroet quickly dissuades their worry,...

Photo session for DECA. Photo by leelandphoto

A Journey Through DECA

Ethel Navarro, Features editor May 20, 2024

In the world of business education, DECA stands as a beacon of opportunity and empowerment for young individuals aspiring to make their mark in the industry. For one ambitious student, her journey...

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...

Seniors pose for a group photo on their first day of senior year in school facilities. Photo  by Building Minds School.

Exploring Excellence: Inside Building Minds School, an English Education System outside the U.S.

Ethel Navarro, Features editor April 8, 2024

Building Minds School, a bilingual school system in Honduras, students and staff talk to us about their school system and how English is taught outside the U.S. Alexa Aguilar, one of the BMS staff members/teacher,...

Jabari Hinson (middle) stands with his teammates before a tournament—photo by Adam Atkinson.

Grappling Greatness: Jabari Hinson

Brody Lang, Sports and Activities Editor April 5, 2024

Being a student-athlete can be a daunting task for most high schoolers. Maintaining acceptable grades while also making time for practice and competitions can be a struggle for a lot of student-athletes....

Dana Logan goes back to her high school years and tells us the story behind her skills. Photo by Kim Mohler.

From being an Ames High Cheerleader, to an Ames High Cheer Coach.

Ethel Navarro, Features editor February 9, 2024

Dana Logan (Coach Logan)is super proud to say that she’s an Ames High graduate, Logan feels Ames is known as one of the best schools academically in the state. Moreover, she’s aware of the numerous...

Sylvie McConnell showing off her skills at the fall cheer showcase before her state performance. Photo by Ryan Renger.

Athlete by Nature, Cheerleader by Choice.

Ethel Navarro, Features editor January 29, 2024

Since childhood, Sylvie McConnell has immersed herself in the world of dance, beginning at the age of three. Her journey into cheerleading unfolded when she tried out for the cheer squad in her freshman...

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