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.


Min Williamson stands with an LGBTQ+ flag draped across her shoulders. SF-496 has mandated that teachers must report student requests to go by different pronouns than those listed in school records. The legislation poses new challenges for trans youth. Created with Canva.

Iowa “Name Law” Bill Poses New Challenges for Trans Youth

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

On the first day of school, U.S Government and European History teacher Kirstin Sullivan began attendance with a warning; if students wanted to be identified by a different pronoun than that listed in...

Voters cast their ballots at caucus location Ames 01 at the Memorial Union on Monday January 15.

In Ames Caucus Voters Hesitate on Trump, Look to More Moderate Candidates

In frigid temperatures on Monday, January 15, Iowans showed up to local caucus centers, paving the way for a decisive Trump victory. The turnout, largely due to the cold, was the lowest Iowa had seen...

As Senate File 496 modifies provisions related to school district library programs, classics such as Toni Morrisons Beloved and Alice Walkers The Color Purple are pulled from classroom shelves.

Books Banned From Iowa Classrooms – What Does it Look Like at Ames High?

Charlotte Canny, News Editor October 28, 2023

In the back corner of English teacher James Webb’s high school classroom is a collection of large reusable bags. They’re filled with books. “And there are more that need to be pulled,” he said. On...

The greenhouse will give students the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to biology. Students will be given the opportunity to curate plant species of their choice and be actively involved in every step of the process. This image was created with Canva.

AHS Introduces New Greenhouse Renovations

Sam Galindo, Opinion Editor October 28, 2023

Many Ames students have noticed new facilities being constructed outside near the big lot, and surely they have asked themselves what these new facilities are. This school year, students will have access...

Dr. Paul Numedahl works at his desk in the afternoon. Numedahl began his position in September and is planning to stay. “I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

AHS Welcomes New Principal Dr. Numedahl

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Editor-in-Chief October 25, 2023

August 24th was not only the first day of school for returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors to Ames High, but for Ames High’s new principal, Dr. Paul Numedahl, as well. Numedahl is transferring from...

Creator: Sylvain Liechti | Credit: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Batteries Kill: Slavery In The Congo

Bennett Anderson May 19, 2023

The lithium-ion batteries in much of what you use, the rechargeable type, the type we are planning so much of our future on, require one resource responsible for an ever-growing wave of modern-day slavery....

Senior Zack Pinto speaks to students on the football field during the March 1st Ames High walkout.

AHS SPECTRUM Leader Zack Pinto Shares His Story Among Rising Anti-LGBTQ Iowa Legislation

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, Features Editor April 25, 2023

Ames High students walked out of classes earlier this month to protest proposed legislation by the Iowa House that poses a threat to LGBTQ rights. So far, Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law SF 538,...

NHS 5k Fundraiser for Belin Blank Childrens Hospital

NHS 5k Fundraiser for Belin Blank Children’s Hospital

David Lee, Multimedia Manager April 8, 2023

EVENT HIGHLIGHT! Feeling like you need to burn a few calories for a good cause? NHS is hosting a 5k run at Ames High to fundraise for Blank Children’s Hospital this April! The run will take place...

Ames High students leave the football field at the end of the walkout on Wednesday, March 1st.

Ames Middle and High School Students Protest Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills

Lily Lupardus, Editor-in-Chief March 27, 2023

On Wednesday, March 1st, and Wednesday, March 22nd, Ames High and Middle school students participated in walkouts protesting the numerous anti-LGBTQ+ bills that have been proposed in this legislative session.  Ames...

David Lee 23 works on a scholarship for the 2023-24 academic school year.

Non-Citizen High School Student Struggles to Receive Aid When Applying to Colleges

Chantal de Macedo Eulenstein, WEB Reporter March 17, 2023

For many seniors the final months of the school year are a time of reprise. Colleges have already accepted them - or they are awaiting acceptance, scholarships are wrapping up, and senioritis is finally...

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