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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...

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...

This is a page from “Pasta,” a zine made by sophomore Julien Noble. In this zine, the protagonist makes spaghetti, the swirling noodles symbolize his swirling thoughts, and he is eventually consumed by his anxiety.

Youth in crisis

Vivian Wu, Staff Reporter; Videographer January 13, 2022

Homework, school, and other activities, worldly problems, personal problems - these are issues that all students face. With so much going on in teens’ lives, it can be difficult to find balance through...

Juniors Brendan Peteresen and Hannah Pross are captivated by the filtered reality on their cell phones. Sometimes the line between expressing your creativity through social media and letting it have too much of a hold on your life is unclear, and an issue both students and even adults can struggle with. Social media is something many have their own take on, and it is often reasoned that it has a light and dark side to its influences.

The filtered reality

Luke Mora, Staff Reporter January 12, 2022

Social media is arguably one, if not the most prominent, form of communication and entertainment in the 21st Century. From posing for Instagram selfies to dancing in a Tik Tok video, social media is a...

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...

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

Welcome to the Knitting, Crochet Club

Vivian Wu, Staff Reporter; 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...

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.
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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