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Beyoncé surprised audience members in an advertisement during the 58th Super Bowl in partnership with Verizon to announce her upcoming album Act II. 
Beyonces cover for single “16 CARRIAGES” from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia
Beyoncé goes country?
Rose McGill, Staff Reporter • March 4, 2024

On Feb. 11, Beyoncé partnered with Verizon to run a commercial during the 58th Super Bowl. The commercial featured Beyoncé trying to “break...

Griffin and I talk about current music tastes at AHS. Design by Charlie Christensen using Vista Print.
The Gray Room Podcast
Charlie Christensen and Griffin Nye March 4, 2024

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) mentors led sophomore Hawk Times through an introductory presentation. Participants created collectively a list of norms they will revisit each month with a new MVP lesson.
Mentors in Violence Prevention launches at Ankeny High
Vivian Wu, Web/Print/Multimedia Editor; Videographer • February 29, 2024

Starting Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Ankeny High School (AHS) officially launched its Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program.  “It is...

The Hawks advance to State with a 64-41 victory over Centennial.
Hawks beat Centennial to advance to State
Ava Gifford, Staff Reporter • February 28, 2024

AHS junior Ryan Tomlinson scrolls through Instagram.
Since the 1990s, mental health disorders have risen as a leading cause of health loss, reports National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

In the United States and globally, more people than ever before are suffering from mental and emotional disorders, and are dying to suicide. The cause of these trends has been linked to many different factors, including the lack of access to mental health aid, increased substance abuse, and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, according to numerous studies conducted across the globe, the use of social media has been a major leading cause of societys decline in mental health, reports the Center for Disease Control.
The social dilemma
Nolan McNulty and Julius Wiegand February 28, 2024

In the United States, 50 thousand people a year die by suicide, making it the highest rate of suicide the country has ever seen, NBC News reports....

This months theme was to include a rose(s) in your work. Art by Jason Dennis
February Literary Magazine
K.E.M, Taylor Walker, Cael Fahrmann, Reagan Prendergast, Sareena Casady, Saydie Burgos, Bella Beeman, and Sophia Hughes February 26, 2024

Poetry By K.E.M. "Roses to Bristol" Been watching through a window, That unnamed walking widow. Who always carries roses, On her way up...

Mentors in Violence Prevention launches at Ankeny High
Vivian Wu, Web/Print/Multimedia Editor; Videographer • February 29, 2024
A proposed bill will remove gender identity from the Iowa Civil Rights Act
Vivian Wu, Web/Print/Multimedia Editor; Videographer • January 31, 2024
Safety in the Hawk Nest
Nolan McNulty, Staff Reporter • January 9, 2024
Beyoncé goes country?
Rose McGill, Staff Reporter • March 4, 2024
“Madame Web:” A messy web of disaster
Nolan McNulty, Staff Reporter • February 16, 2024
Beyoncé surprised audience members in an advertisement during the 58th Super Bowl in partnership with Verizon to announce her upcoming album Act II. 
Beyonces cover for single “16 CARRIAGES” from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia
Beyoncé goes country?
Rose McGill, Staff Reporter • March 4, 2024

On Feb. 11, Beyoncé partnered with Verizon to run a commercial during the 58th Super Bowl. The commercial featured Beyoncé trying to “break...

Griffin and I talk about current music tastes at AHS. Design by Charlie Christensen using Vista Print.
The Gray Room Podcast
Charlie Christensen and Griffin Nye March 4, 2024

Griffin, Mrs. Williams, and I talk about Williams current musical taste.
The Gray Room Podcast
Charlie Christensen and Griffin Nye February 26, 2024

The Hawks advance to State with a 64-41 victory over Centennial.
Sports
Hawks beat Centennial to advance to State
Ava Gifford, Staff Reporter • February 28, 2024

Friday, Feb. 12, the Ankeny Hawks faced off against Norwalk in a close match-up. Senior Cade Pederson goes in for the layup.
Hawks battle Norwalk in a fight to the finish
Ava Gifford, Staff Reporter • February 14, 2024
On Friday, Feb. 2 the Ankeny Hawkettes faced off against Centennial in a pink-out rematch. Sophomore Ainsley Kiene shakes hands with an opponent before the game.
The rivalry
Ava Gifford, Staff Reporter • February 5, 2024
Karin Cowger spending time with former exchange student, Elora, while on vacation in Berlin, Germany.
Embracing roots: Exploring the German heritage of an English teacher
Ava Gifford, Staff Reporter • February 8, 2024

On a train bound for Einbeck, Germany, passengers were surprised to find that the train had abruptly stopped. Moments later, a family traveling...

TCA Titans runner Mathew Edwards (left) and Ankeny Hawks runner Ethan Zuber (right) leading the Boys Gold race at the 2023 Rim Rock Invitational meet. Zuber took first place.
State champion and Gatorade Player of the Year
Julius Wiegand, Staff Reporter • February 2, 2024

Ankeny High School’s very own junior Ethan Zuber has grown one of the most commanding records in cross-country history including Class 4-A...

AHS junior Evan Huegel is a highly involved student at Ankeny High School who is admired by students and teachers alike for his numerous talents and fun-loving personality. He captivates the crowd with his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” for the Ankeny Marching Hawks production of “Catch Me If You Can.”
'The Real Deal'
Josie Babcock, Staff Reporter • February 1, 2024

The muggy, midsummer marching band rehearsals are not what all band kids live for. However, beginning band as an alto saxophone player is different....

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