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The topics of school mask mandates and vaccines has been widely polarizing as schools across the country open up for in-person learning. On Dec. 7, the Ankeny School Board voted to discontinue the mask mandate for the Ankeny Community School District beginning Dec. 8. “It’s everyones choice; they arent saying you can’t wear a mask. They’re just saying for the people who don’t want to, then they arent forced to, which I’m not big into, but I literally got vaccinated for a reason,” junior Sharice Mamuya said.

The fate of mask mandates, vaccines, and the lawsuit that changed Iowa

Dominic Luna, Social Planner December 15, 2021

As of Dec. 8, masks have become optional to staff and students in the Ankeny  Community School District (ACSD). This decision was determined by a 4-3 vote made by the ACSD School Board on Dec. 7. The...

AHS students share their favorite holidays and traditions during  the holiday season.
“I hope everyone has a great holiday season this year, and have fun and be safe,” senior Grace Gibbins said.

An all-inclusive holiday season

Katie Hernandez, Graphic Designer December 14, 2021

It is undeniable that the transition between fall and winter brings giddy feelings about the upcoming holiday season. However, it can become easy to get wrapped up in our own traditions and forget about...

Gift shopping is one of the most recognized traditions each holiday season. What is your plan for gifting this season for the ones you love?

Holiday shopping gift guide

Elisabeth Poock, Staff Reporter; Social Media Manager December 10, 2021

The holidays are quickly approaching, and with this comes the tradition of gift-giving. Giving gifts to others has been a tradition since cavemen were around, however, it continues to get more difficult...

The Ankeny dance team celebrate their team spirit at dance camp.

Ankeny dance team competes at ISDTA state competition

Mackenzie Slump, Social Media Manager December 3, 2021

The Ankeny dance team prepares all year for the moment they step out onto the stage at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) competition Friday, Dec. 3. Through hard work, early morning practices,...

Holiday Polls!

Jemma Bullock, Staff Reporter; Movie Reviewer December 3, 2021

Happy Holiday's everyone! Enjoy these festive polls and share your favorite parts of the holidays!      

Crochet/Knitting Club founder, junior Ocn Brown, ready to go with her knitting supplies.

Welcome to the Knitting, Crochet Club

Vivian Wu, Web/Print/Multimedia Editor; Videographer November 18, 2021

Do you ever walk around and see someone bent over with half a scarf made between two needles? Nowadays, it is not too rare to find someone exactly like that at school, and chances are, that person is probably...

Weekly Polls

Weekly Polls

November 18, 2021
New polls every Thursday! Check in each week to see results and share your opinions!
Marvels Studios 2021 movie Eternals came out on November 5th

Marvel “Eternals” Movie Review

Jemma Bullock, Staff Reporter; Movie Reviewer November 9, 2021

Fans have been debating the quality of Marvel’s new movie, “Eternals.” Specifically, Marvel fans have debated whether watching the movie is worth it. The movie features actors Angelina Jolie (Thena),...

National French Week

National French Week

Jemma Bullock, Staff Reporter; Movie Reviewer November 9, 2021

From Nov. 1-5, students in the French Honors Society organized events to celebrate National French Week. Student members organized activities after school for all students to participate in that were centered...

Know My Name by Chanel Miller, written in 2019, is a 368 page memoir about a sexual assault survivor.

“Know My Name” by Chanel Miller

This opinion piece was submitted to the Talon by Aya Fouad about the book "Say My Name" by Chanel Miller.
A Spot of Trouble by Teri Wilson.

Teri Wilson’s A Spot of Trouble

Brianna Peterson, Staff Reporter November 5, 2021

Dalmations, softball, and crazy enemies, to lovers’ romance, are all encompassed in Teri Wilson’s book, A Spot of Trouble. Her book dives right into the plot without a hitch, grabbing the reader’s...

Ankeny Marching Hawks are at the 2021 Waukee Invitational performance. Ankeny won more competitions this year than in the previous years, winning valley fest for the first time since 1997 according to Ankeny School’s announcement page, winning by only a tenth of a point. “It’s been incredible to build friendships with new people and see the amount of growth of individuals and the band as a whole,” junior and drum major Jayda Archer said.

Marching Band Season 2021

Bennett Olkiewicz, Marketing Manager November 5, 2021

The anticipation is overwhelming. The lights are blinding, and the crowd is dead silent. The aroma of a marching band is unlike any other. The Ankeny Marching Hawks have placed first at Valley High School’s...

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