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For many of the pickleball players, spending time with friends is just as much a part of the league as the game itself. The league is built to be flexible in working around players’ schedules. Because many of the players involved with the Ankeny Pickleball League are busy with other sports and activities, teams are open to finding any time to play, even if it means getting up early on a weekend for a game. 

On Sunday, May, the Houston Red Rockets and the Big Picklers went head-to-head in an early morning match-up. Sophomore Hayden Carlson hits the ball over the net.

An Ankeny Pickleball League is born

Ava Gifford and Levi Foster May 21, 2024

What started as a casual game of pickleball with friends at a birthday party grew into what is now known as APL (the Ankeny Pickleball League). Everything started when a group of friends got together...

Demographic information provided by Ankeny Community School District showing the divide between numbers. Infographic made by Ava Tomlinson using Piktochart

A changing community

Vivian Wu, Web/Print/Multimedia Editor; Videographer May 17, 2024

Ankeny Schools is a thriving community residing within the beautiful sprawling suburbs of Ankeny, Iowa. The district houses over 12,750 students, 78.8 percent of which are white. Though Ankeny has found...

Senior Hunter Boswell deletes the app Tik Tok due to the recent news about the controversial, yet potential, Tik Tok ban in the U.S.

Imminent TikTok ban?

Julius Wiegand, Staff Reporter May 15, 2024

Within six months, every American could lose access to the overwhelmingly popular app, TikTok. On March 13, 2024, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, now going on to the Senate, stating that...

Album cover of “WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU” by Future and Metro Boomin. Album cover from Epic / Freebandz / Republic / Boominati Worldwide

Meet National Merit Scholar finalist, senior Hannah Howard

Josie Babcock, Staff Reporter May 2, 2024

As students and workers, we are often told to play to our strengths. The National Merit Scholarship focuses on students whose strengths lie in academic achievement and proficient scores on standardized...

 Southview eighth grader, Noemi Gavilan, runs to celebrate with teammates. Special Olympics is unique because it presents opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to compete in athletics.

AHS takes on Special Olympics

Lydia Gerety, Staff Reporter April 30, 2024

On April 24, 712 athletes came to Ankeny High School (AHS) to participate in the Special Olympics, along with more than 300 staff members and 90 Special Olympics volunteers. Special Olympics has a mission...

These are the classes that will not be offered next year to Ankeny High students. Associate Principal Wade Grinhaug works with teachers and heads of departments to design class schedules and will inform them if classes are at risk of not running. He says building a schedule is very complex. There are around 1,400 students at AHS and the scheduling requests average around 6.5 per semester. Grinhaug estimates that there are over 30,000 requests total. To help Grinhaug sort through all of this information he uses Scheduling Wizard on Infinite Campus to build the schedules. It is a computer algorithm that analyzes all of the requests and recommends the times to offer each class to reduce conflicts. Infographic made by Lilyan McCracken using Google Drawings

Class changes coming to AHS

Lilyan McCracken, Staff Reporter March 7, 2024

AHS has had flexible scheduling in the past for classes because of student choice, but there are some classes that will not be offered for the 2024-2025 school year. Ankeny High School (AHS) has had changes...

The student financial aid process can be an intimidating experience for students and parents alike. Knowing where to start and having steps and/or a plan for tackling the process can make it much easier. Infographic made by Josie Babcock using Canva

FAFSA frenzy

Josie Babcock, Staff Reporter March 7, 2024

As graduation rapidly approaches, students find themselves frantically searching for their next steps. Most plans for students require some sort of financial aid, where a majority of students will turn...

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 a preventative program,” co-coordinator of MVP and AHS counselor...

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. Depression rates have also experienced a near 50 percent...

House File 2082 will remove gender identity from the Iowa Civil Rights Act and list gender dysphoria as a disability. A hearing will be held at noon today, Jan. 31, at the Iowa Capitol about the bill.

A proposed bill will remove gender identity from the Iowa Civil Rights Act

Vivian Wu, Web/Print/Multimedia Editor; Videographer January 31, 2024

UPDATE: On Jan. 31, members of the Iowa House rejected House File 2082. (02/01/2024) On Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, Iowa legislators will hold a meeting over the proposed House File 2082, a bill that...

January has been tough when it comes to weather. Iowa has seen record numbers of snow and below zero temperatures causing people to crave warmer temperatures and the sun more than ever. The lack of sun and less than ideal weather conditions force people to stay indoors more, which in turn turns into what can only be referred to as, the winter slump. 

Here stands the Ankeny water tower covered by snow on a frigid January day.

The winter slump: It’s more than being lazy

Hunter Boswell, Staff Reporter January 24, 2024

It is 6:30 in the morning with an alarm buzzing in your ear, and only the light from the street greets your eyes. As the drive to school continues, the sun begins to slowly wake up and rise, only fully...

In the wake of the Perry school shooting on Jan. 4, safety is at the forefront of many students, teachers, parents, and community members minds when it comes to schools. Ankeny High School’s biggest current safety concern, the fine arts parking lot doors.

Safety in the Hawk Nest

Nolan McNulty, Staff Reporter January 9, 2024

During the 2021-2022 school year, there were 327 school shootings, according to reports by the National Center for Education Statistics. As a result, 2023 and 2024 have seen more schools cracking down...

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