Electric, Erick Rivera

Smiling Erick posing for picture day.

Erin Murphy, Reporter

March 3, 2020

Don’t just stand there, bust a move! Everyone can dance when it comes to a party, but not everyone can do it while being competitively judged. Some may say that dance is not a real sport, however, it is one of the most grueling sports out there because a dancer does everything another athlete may ...

Sam Johnson: Ames High’s (Irish) Dancing Queen

Sam at an Irish dancing competition.

Erik Nelson, Reporter

February 25, 2020

Precision. Fluidity. Large hair. The mysteries and secrets of Irish dancing are held within unassuming senior Sam Johnson. Already an accomplished and active student, you could find Sam planning Dance Marathon or showing off her skills on the swim team. After school, her dedication to a surprising skil...

Music Man Avery Suza

Photo Provided by Avery Suza

Akshata Gandhe

December 16, 2019

As high school students, we spend hours procrastinating. One thing we all struggle with is time management, with all the schoolwork, extracurriculars and the pressure of having a social life makes it even harder to balance out life. But for sophomore Avery Suza that’s not the case. For Avery, high sc...

Radiant Rowan Daniels

Radiant Rowan Daniels

December 15, 2019

Keyboard keys racing as a harmonious sound escapes from a choir practice room. The familiar, recognizable sound of the Amélie theme song brightens the bleak fluorescent lighting in the small brick room. And as laughter and repetition of well loved music fills the echoing hallway, it’s time for audit...

Jeremy’s Joyful Journey through life

Jeremy's Joyful Journey through life

Akshata Gandhe, Profiles Editor

October 25, 2019

Imagine you’ve had a terrible day at school. You’re walking down the stairs with a heavy backpack causing your shoulders to ache with pain. Every step you take is dragging you to the floor and the only thing you’re looking forward to is an after-school nap. Everyone at school has had a bad day...

A Winning Overachiever

Leslie showing her prize she won during the National History Day Nationals. Picture taken by Kijune Kim.

Tamaiah Crawford, Reporter

October 25, 2019

Being the smartest person in the room isn't impossible. It takes effort, commitment and much concentration on the things you are devoted to. A lot of people accomplish this in many ways than one, whether it'll be in sports, architecture, theatre, literature, or even card games. Every person is profoun...

The Lone Kid Behind Lonewolf

The Lone Kid Behind Lonewolf

Dani Adams-Valenzuela, Guest Writer

October 25, 2019

In some ways, senior Bjorn Iverson is similar to many other Ames High students. He is a member of quiz bowl and marching band, and he enjoys being a part of a team. If you know him, he is most definitely ‘supportive, relaxed, and encouraging,’ the three words he used to describe his character. But wha...

Carol VanWaardhuizen

Ezra Shirtcliff, Reporter/Editor

May 24, 2019

These are the final days for the amazing FCS teacher Carol VanWaardhuizen. She hosted several clubs, co-wrote a book, and recently became a grandmother. VanWaardhuizen began her career with food when she was a kid. Before she moved out of the house, VanWaardhuizen used to live on a dairy farm. The cons...

Sparkman: A bird finally set free..

Akshata Gandhe, Profiles Editor

May 22, 2019

From derivatives and integrals to chain rules, Stuart Sparkman has saved every struggling AP Calculus student at this school. Mostly known as the “Calc God” by several students, Sparkman has been around teaching Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus for a long time at Ames High School. He probably taught...

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 ...