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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...

SASHA

SASHA

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

Freshmen strive to improve mental health

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

The Community Academy: a new kind of summer experience

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

Four classes you may not have heard of

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

Zmolek Spices up Social Studies

Seth Bequette, Reporter

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...

The secret lives of teachers

The secret lives of teachers

Zoe Mamakos, Reporter

February 12, 2019

As you walk into the English hallway and burst into the first classroom on the left you feel a rush of relief that you aren’t sitting the those dreaded chairs waiting to open brown and white textbooks to a text titled Barn Burning. A familiar feeling, that upperclassmen and underclassmen alike can rel...

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