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Avery Mosher

Jonathan Watt, Opinion Editor

April 19, 2019

“...generally, I’m a pretty boring person.” - A.M.   As high school students at the best school in the state, many of us dedicate ourselves to achieving satisfaction, something that never seems to be quite within our reach. So far we have gone, so hard we have worked, that many of us ...

Life is worth living

Life is worth living

Zoe Mamakos, Reporter

April 18, 2019

Life is worth living. The everyday routine. The constant argument with your alarm clock as it shakes, ringing 7:00. Again. A brand new day. You sit up in bed, accepting the idea that it’s not quite summer yet. Followed by your parent's words of encouragement floating out the door, as you promis...

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...

The future of sustainability at Ames High: Carbon neutral by 2030?

OPN's vision for new school.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

April 17, 2019

On February 21, the school district hosted a showcase of the latest plans for the new high school building. At the meeting, architects from OPN, the architecture firm tasked with designing the new high school building, showed slides of the floor plans and walked the community through the different ph...

Very Barchofski

Very Barchofski

Zoe Mamakos, Reporter

March 21, 2019

"I'm tired," said junior Vera Barkosky, going to bed at 8 p.m. This is a common conversation experienced every day by her stay-up-late friends who can’t relate and literally anyone else who knows her. Imagine the dream life, going to bed early every night, getting your homework done RIGHT after...

Life Without A Phone

Life Without A Phone

Liam Struck, Review Editor

March 13, 2019

Life has gone on undisturbed for millenium without cellular towers, twitter or instagram. Then came the iPhone, a revolutionary device that changed the way we imagine reality. Something most of us couldn't live without, something I thought I could not live without.  The same night I lost my phone was ...

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...

Sean Prell: Ames High’s kindly herpetologist

Sean takes a selfie with his Tegu.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

March 13, 2019

The Reptile Room is the second book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. In the book, the Baudelaire orphans find themselves in the home of their uncle and renowned herpetologist Dr. Montgomery. An entire room in Dr. Montgomery’s home is packed to brim with the reptiles. One might assume reading this novel...

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...