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.


For many teens social media can be almost addictive. There are various factors why social media negatively affects teens.

Managing the Effects of Social Media on Teens

Aaron Perrotte, Web Reporter February 7, 2023

Before they shower, brush their teeth, and eat breakfast most teenagers start their day by reaching for their phone. They might scroll through Instagram posts from classmates, look at TikToks from their...

Rising Depression Rates Limit Talk Therapists, Here Are Some Alternatives;

Rising Depression Rates Limit Talk Therapists, Here Are Some Alternatives;

Celeste Symons, Sports & Activities Editor December 15, 2022

In recent years, the topic of mental health has become more and more acknowledged due to how important it is to a person, however, mental health issues are increasing due to a multitude of things and it...

Mr. Ewan, former band director and future photographer.

Mr. Ewan’s Farewell: What’s a Summer?

Sophia Cordoba and Sofia Mamakos May 23, 2022

After 27 years of teaching at Ames High, Mr. Ewan- an icon of the Ames band community- is set to retire. Mr. Ewan’s journey in the band started much like any other student. At Fellows Elementary, he...

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Humza Maqsood, Director of Multimedia May 21, 2022

Although we’re sad to see them go, it’s time for some of our teachers to start a new chapter in their lives. Mr. Woolery is no exception. Having taught in the English department for well over 14 years...

Varun´s Senior Column

Varun´s Senior Column

Varun Prasanna, A&E Editor May 20, 2022

4 years, well really 2.75 in person years, thanks to Covid. That went fast. A lot of changes, different schedules, a decent bit of classes that don't exist anymore. Well, let's keep this short and sweet. People...

Heathers blue spirit brick that she painted in her graduating year of 2002.

Heather Spangler: Where is She Now?

Sofia Mamakos, Editor-in-Chief (Outreach) April 22, 2022

As my Web career comes to a close, it’s hard not to wonder what I will remember from this class in 20 years. Will it be DJ’s kind-hearted nature, or memories of Leola bullying our innocent, wholesome...

Sunday Ogunsola

Lagos to Ames and Back: Sunday Ogunsola

March 22, 2022

Sunday Oluwagbemiga Joseph Ogundele Ogunsola Adisa Ogundiran, known as Mr.O to most, is a world studies teacher and now a sociology teacher as well. Hailing from Nigeria, Mr.O came to the United States...

The Web staff enjoying their caffeinated beverages from North Burgies. (October 2021)


Sofia Mamakos, Editor-in-Chief (Outreach) February 18, 2022

It’s 5 AM and my eyes peel open with exhaustion. As high school students, we have all been there. An early wake-up call for a long day ahead. Remains of my unfinished homework lay sprawled across my...

Genesee Diggins-Kennedy warms up her hops for a Wednesday night game.

Girls iBall: Will the Legacy Carry On?

Sophia Cordoba, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2022

Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day.... there’s much to celebrate in the winter. However, many would argue that these days pale in comparison to the main event: iBall Season. Starting in December,...

Mr. Johns, Ames High Schools principal starting this school year.

Introducing: Mr. Johns

Varun Prasanna and Humza Maqsood January 7, 2022

Since 2019, Ames High has had at least one new administrator every year. The latest principal, Mr. Johns, voices his support for a “stable, safe learning environment.” Steve Johns grew up in Colo,...

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