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The Ankeny Community School Districts current strategic plan, which outlines the districts operations from 2022 to 2027, is divided into three pillars, each representing a set of goals relating to a different part of the education process. The first focuses on preparing students for success after high school, the second focuses on effective teachers, building leadership, and other staff throughout the district, and the third focuses on providing students with a learning environment that enhances education.
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'This is a five year plan, and this is only year one'
Noa Jones, Staff Reporter • November 21, 2022
The Alibis cast in costume rehearsing during tech week on Wednesday, Nov. 2.  The fall play had its opening show Friday, Nov. 4. There are two additional showings Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:00 p.m.
All hands on deck
Joanna Guerrero , Editor; Staff Reporter • November 5, 2022
Grades vs. mental health: students voice their concerns
Gabby Risk, Staff Reporter; Web Editor • May 5, 2022
‘Victory for girls’ sports’?
Lauren Kemp, Editor; Staff Reporter • April 14, 2022
Hawks spread cheer for all to hear
Vivian Wu, Staff Reporter; Videographer • December 23, 2021
Holiday Hawks with heart
Vivian Wu, Staff Reporter; Videographer • December 20, 2021
Peppermint mocha: Coffee Review
Brianna Peterson, Staff Reporter • December 16, 2021
Happy holidays, AHS
Vivian Wu and Sarah Rose December 14, 2021
Holiday shopping gift guide
Elisabeth Poock, Staff Reporter; Social Media Manager • December 10, 2021
Pulitzer Prize winning musical artist, Kendrick Lamar, makes quite a comeback with his new album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.
United in Kendrick: a review
Lejla Ahmetovic, Staff Reporter • May 25, 2022

After a long hiatus, Kendrick Lamar has returned to broadcast the fruits of his labor.  After a five-year dry streak, Lamar released his...

High prices are a common sight for many students at stations around the Des Moines metro area as well as the U.S. It takes a whole lot more to fill gas tanks right now, and the price does not seem to be plateauing.
OPINION: Price on the rise
Lejla Ahmetovic, Staff Reporter • May 19, 2022

As gas prices continue to rise, people begin to ask more questions while searching for answers. If you have not noticed already, gas prices...

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is playing at B & B in Ankeny currently through May 25. The science fiction action film is part of the Multiverse franchise and has fans of the Marvel empire talking.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie review
Justin Banks, Staff Reporter • May 17, 2022

To continue the tradition of Marvel movie reviews, comes the newest edition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU ), "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse...

Schmitz (left) and Johnson (right) pose for a photo with Ankeny’s new trophy for tennis team-state quarter finalists. Schmitz and Johnson both played singles against Dowling Catholic during the team state tournament last Saturday, May 21.
Sports
The road to state: AHS seniors help take girls’ tennis to new heights
Gabby Risk and Sophie Rohlfing May 24, 2022

Since the split between AHS and Ankeny Centennial High School (ACHS) in 2013, the AHS girls’ tennis team has never had a doubles team qualify...

Senior Ryan Crandall (#5) shoots a jump shot against Marshalltown. The Hawks took on Waukee Northwest Dec. 17 with a final score of Waukee Northwest 57 and Hawks 50.
Diving into the statesheet
Paul Erredge, Sports Reporter • December 17, 2021
With high confidence and great senior leadership, the Ankeny Hawkette volleyball team began their road to defending their state championship title on Tuesday, Aug. 24
Hawkette volleyball season recap
Ashtyn Billings, Sports Reporter; Social Media Manager • November 24, 2021
The Alibis cast in costume rehearsing during tech week on Wednesday, Nov. 2.  The fall play had its opening show Friday, Nov. 4. There are two additional showings Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:00 p.m.
All hands on deck
Joanna Guerrero , Editor; Staff Reporter • November 5, 2022

Entering Mollie Jo Blahunka’s room, head of Ankeny’s drama department and English teacher, it is filled with laughter and chatter from the...

AHS junior Chloe McGrath poses with the stuffed animal chipmunk collection she used to create the video that won her an Upper Midwest Student Production Award from the National Academy of Television and Arts, “Chipmunks Lost in Time.”
Video and Audio Broadcasting is class for people with passion
Brylee Moyer, Staff Reporter • May 31, 2022

Chloe McGrath is a junior at Ankeny High School (AHS) who was nominated to go to the 11th Annual Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation Student Production...

Social studies teacher Nicholas Covington poses against the whiteboard in his classroom after writing down notes for his economics class. Covington said that it was tough to tell everyone he was leaving, but glad they all understood.

 “That was the hardest part I think, telling the students because there were audible gasps,” Covington said.
Social studies teacher opens up on departure from Ankeny Schools
Sophie Rohlfing, Staff Reporter; Web Editor • May 30, 2022

Nicholas Covington has worked at Ankeny High School as an Advanced Placement European History and economics teacher since 2012. In Feb. 2022...

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