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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 Awards event in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She went on to...

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 he announced his resignation from AHS to pursue his further...

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 5th studio album, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.” His...

The outdoors fall fiesta brings Ankeny High School students to the turf field to eat walking tacos and play a series of fall related games on Oct. 4, 2021.

AHS’ Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) welcomes all

Jaci Shrum, Staff Reporter May 6, 2022

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an organization “working to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes,” reports the national organization...

Ankeny boys and girls soccer go head to head with a crosstown rivalry showdown for both the Hawks, Hawkettes, and the Jags. Hawk boys senior forward Lucas Newhard (left) and senior starter Connor Wahlburg (right) celebrate against Marshalltown.

Pack the pitch: crosstown rivarly

Devin Cooper, Sam Hansen, and Anthony Hawkins May 3, 2022

For the end of this school year, Ankeny High School looks to witness a historic run from their boys soccer team. A couple weeks into their season and the record stands at 13-0. Following one of the best...

Ankeny High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and Student Political Engagement Club (SPEC) will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 19 to support transgender students and bring awareness to legislation recently put in place, such as House File 2416.

‘Victory for girls’ sports’?

Lauren Kemp, Editor; Staff Reporter April 14, 2022

The Ankeny High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and Student Political Engagement Club (SPEC) plan to host a fundraiser before and after school on Tuesday, April 19 to support transgender students and...

Will the paper towel dispensers be replenished this school year? The answer is not likely, according to AHS administration. Bathroom incidents are on the rise and this is causing frustrations on all fronts.

Students get answers about paper towels in bathrooms

Sophia Rohlfing, Staff Reporter April 5, 2022

Do you wonder why there are no paper towels in the student bathrooms? The Tik Tok trend “devious licks,” saw the destruction and vandalism of Ankeny High and with it the removal of the paper towels...

AHSs mixed varsity show choir Visual Adrenaline performs Heal Their Their hearts/Freedom at the Southeast Polk Ramification Showcase on Feb. 26. This performance won them third place overall.

Show Choir: the pretty, the gritty, and the challenges

Scott Kruse, Staff Reporter; Social Media Manager March 25, 2022

Show choir is one of Ankeny High School’s (AHS) longer-running activities and one that comes with a lot of behind-the-scenes time commitments. Despite this, members manage to find joy in show choir and...

A rainy street in Mons Belgium just begging to be enjoyed by tourists on a stroll. 
Europe is such an breathtaking continent. The different cultures and countries all in one place is truly amazing. All European countries are different, yet somewhat similar. So if you are traveling across Europe and going through different countries: It is important to keep in mind that while you’re still on the same continent, you are not in the same country. 

What I mean by this is that all of these countries, or at least most of them, speak different languages. They have other differences, but this is one of the most important to remember. So, if you were to start your trip in France, and travel to Germany and then maybe to Italy, you have to be prepared for the switch in language.

Tips, tricks, tidbits: Surviving travel in a different country

Jemma Bullock, Staff Reporter; Movie Reviewer March 10, 2022

Over this winter break, I went on an overseas trip to five European countries, and I have come back with many different pieces of advice on how to survive such a trip. Trips to different countries are...

Ankeny esnior guard Ryan Crandall (#5) shoots a jump shot against Valley senior forward Ruot Bijiek (#22).

Reactions to Ankeny’s substate draw: boys basketball

Paul Erredge, Sports Reporter January 28, 2022

Iowa high school basketball substates just came out, which means it is playoff time. The Hawks are in substate bracket number one, which features Sioux City East, Sioux City West, Sioux City North, Council...

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