Sports: Pandemic Edition

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Haley Reeves, WEB Reporter

October 8, 2020

Ames schools were on a two-week mandatory online schooling recently. Along with the closing of schools came the hold on sports. Can AHS sports survive this?  The ever-changing schedules, Covid-19 in general, and the whole Return To Learn ordeal, students are bound to be stressed. Add athletics to t...

A Will to Play

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Junior Alexa Kopaska wears her mask as she prepares for a spike.

Sophia Cordoba, Editor

October 8, 2020

  Nearly 4 weeks ago on September 7th, students from around the Des Moines metro area gathered at Terrace Hill to raise their voice in protest. This gathering even brought in some of our very own students from Ames High, who pleaded with the district to bring back sports. Now that the school ha...

The Gallant Efforts of Girl Up

The 2019-2020 Girl Up Group

Akshata Gandhe, Reporter

October 25, 2019

As we approach the end of the first quarter, we all can agree that being at school has gotten a bit monotonous. What better of keeping yourself occupied than joining Ames High Girl Up! Girl Up is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation and its goal is to address the fifth sustainable development...



Akshata Gandhe, Profiles Editor

April 18, 2019

92 seconds. That is how often a person is sexually assaulted in this country, be it a 12-year-old or a 50-year-old. Junior co-leaders of SASHA (Students against Sexual Harassment and Abuse) Victoria Kyvergya and Silvia Aydinyan knew that something could be done from their part about this issue. Speaking...

Freshmen strive to improve mental health

Students participate in Mental Health first aid training in February.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

April 17, 2019

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24, making high school a critical time to identify and treat mental illness. Mariam Mkhitaryan and Preksha Sarda have spent their Freshmen year working on a projec...

April 8th: Ames High School United

Oliver Chen and Zoe Mamakos

April 8, 2019

April 8th: Ames High students and staff joined community members in a peaceful display of unity, in response to a coordinated protest from a well known hate group.   ...

The Community Academy: a new kind of summer experience

Teacher Collin Reichert explores a stream at Ledges with students involved in TCA Summer Experience 2018.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

March 13, 2019

Preschool and elementary school kids dart around wooden benches layed out in the grass. In each eager hand is a natural item; a pinecone, a leaf, a blade of grass that they dip in paint and use to leave patterns on the benches. A few paces away, older kids use wood burners to engrave a quote into th...

Four classes you may not have heard of

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Seth Bequette, Academics & Arts Editor

March 13, 2019

Anyone who’s flipped through a student course book knows about the class descriptions plastered on the pages. Reading like an IKEA direction manual, some courses sound nothing like what they actually are. Other paragraphs are so formal and technical that it’s hard to figure out what the authors were...

Finals After Break? An Investigation

Finals After Break? An Investigation

Oliver Chen, Co-Editor in Chief

February 15, 2019

Winter break: a time to relax, celebrate the holidays and spend time with family. Yet for many, a once beloved respite from the academic year has turned into a prolonged period of stress over future final exams. Ames High’s current practice of holding finals after break is an unpopular one...

Zmolek Spices up Social Studies

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Seth Bequette and Erin Murphy

February 12, 2019

A punching bag that’s verbally bludgeoned, slaughtered and slandered for being boring, dull, and stale —  history class has been dragged through the dirt by everyone who’s ever been stuffed into a wobbly desk and had a textbook with six hundred pages (or more) thrown at them. Including myself. Chad...