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The final mic drop: Spence’s farewell after 9 years at Ames high

Zoe Mamakos, In-depth Editor

May 17, 2019


Filed under Academics and Arts, Showcase

Imagine the perfect scene. A gym, lacking air conditioning, fills with over a thousand students. Full of underclassmen, upperclassmen, the best teachers, the worst teachers, and the okay teachers all together in one space. The skippers have skipped, the ISU class attendees are at their classes, and the ...

Ann Lee leaves behind a loving legacy

Seth Bequette, Academics & Arts Editor

May 17, 2019


Filed under Academics and Arts, Archives

“You did not wake up to be mediocre today!” is the phrase written across Ann Lee’s whiteboard just inside the doorway of Room One. Throughout the room the walls are filled with newspaper clippings and photos of Lee’s students and their successes. Anything from play posters to photos of students...

Last class of Klass

Seth Bequette, Academics & Arts Editor

May 17, 2019


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With six languages and a plethora of curriculum under his belt, Daniel Klass is Ames’ High school’s very own “Renaissance man.” The multilingual humanity’s teacher is a regular attendee of the philosophy plus periods, and has taught at Ames for fourteen years, but the 2018 to 2019 term will b...

Rhonda Schmaltz

Rhonda Schmaltz

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

May 17, 2019


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After 20 years working at Ames High, business teacher Rhonda Schmaltz will be retiring at the end of the semester. In her time she has taught numerous classes including accounting, desktop publishing, intro to business, and personal finance. “I went to college to be an interior designer and m...

Bearing with the Block Scheduling

Bearing with the Block Scheduling

Seth Bequette, Reporter

April 18, 2019


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As soon as students found out, they were horrified: Block Scheduling. Quickly everyone was convinced doom was coming to drag students from their forty minute classes into some new tortuous ninety minute version. Ames High is set to have a test run of block scheduling during the 2019 - 2020 school...

A Senior Artist Snapshot

Seth Bequette, Academics & Arts Editor

March 14, 2019


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PRESTON WITTE Preston Witte didn’t discover art until his senior year, initially using robotics as his creative outlet. “I usually have all these ideas just swimming around in my head that I haven’t always been able to elaborate, and I’ve usually strayed away from elaborating,” said ...

A comprehensive college guide

A comprehensive college guide

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

December 14, 2018


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It's a rainy day. The sky is gray like the cobblestones of the road and the pale bricks of the buildings. In the distance, the towers of Healy Hall split the sky. Anu Lamsal pauses in front of the statue of Bishop John Carroll for a picture. Her college tour of Georgetown University begins a few minutes ...

Deam the Queen

Akshata Gandhe, Reporter

November 29, 2018


Filed under Academics and Arts, Archives, Profiles, Showcase

Ever heard of superwoman? Not too difficult when we have one at Ames High. You might see her in the language hallway saying, Hallo, Bonjour, or Hola. She is the only teacher at Ames High that has taught all three languages offered. Did you know that Mrs. Deam never intended to become a high sch...

New English options for seniors

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

November 20, 2018


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“At the beginning of the year we had a meeting with the English Department, and it was at that time it was shared that we could bring electives back,” Principal Spence Evans said. New district Superintendent Jenny Risner and new director of curriculum and instruction Amy Lanegave the green light t...

Complaints about Jostens ‘picking up steam’

Complaints about Jostens ‘picking up steam’

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

November 20, 2018


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Senior Sara Joerger is no stranger to high school graduations. As the youngest of five siblings she has seen many graduations come and go. She is also no stranger to the process of buying caps and gowns from Jostens, the company Ames High partners with for graduation. “I am the youngest of five so...

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