Happy/Bad memories?

A high school student pondering their memories in class.

Tamaiah Crawford, Reporter

February 20, 2020

A good friend asked me this and, at that moment, I couldn’t find an appropriate response to it: Does one’s past torture one’s memory, or does one’s memory torture one’s past?  A convoluted question that can result in so many interpretations, but how I saw it as a whole is the corruption...

The Bloody Truth

Sanitary Products

Dani Adams-Valenzuela, Guest Writer

December 16, 2019

Imagine this: you’re sitting in study hall, when suddenly your friend whispers to you - “Do you have a tampon?” You say yes and discreetly, secretly, slide it to her. She walks to the bathroom with it up her sleeve to make sure nobody sees. This is a scenario that every girl in our high sch...

The Dead Zone Outside the Window

The the constriction site of the new Ames High School. Picture taken by Erin Murphy.

Tamaiah Crawford and Erin Murphy

October 28, 2019

Whether the community of Ames High has noticed this or not, there is currently something outside our classroom windows, a new and, possibly, reformed future Ames High waiting for the next generation to experience.   There isn’t anything wrong about polishing a school or extending the place to b...

Alexa, Play Africa By Toto

The classroom in Uganda with the lyrics of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star written on the board.

Zoe Mamakos and Tim Mooney

October 25, 2019

Bare mango trees, empty, with unripe ones growing on top, are just out of reach. Long dirt roads are beaten down by the radiant African sun. Beautiful greenery, filled in every space you pass, is in every corner you turn. Echoing voices of fragmented English resonate from the classroom. The simple exch...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Saving Private Liam

Saving Private Liam

Liam Struck, Reporter

February 13, 2019

Up to 5% of the US general population suffers from claustrophobia in some form, including mild versions of this phobia. I was not one of them, but all that changed Saturday, January 12th 2019. The lights were dim, the music was loud and the atmosphere was carefree. I was surrounded by friends, laughter...