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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...

High prices are a common sight for many students at stations around the Des Moines metro area as well as the U.S. It takes a whole lot more to fill gas tanks right now, and the price does not seem to be plateauing.

OPINION: Price on the rise

Lejla Ahmetovic, Staff Reporter May 19, 2022

As gas prices continue to rise, people begin to ask more questions while searching for answers. If you have not noticed already, gas prices and inflation seem to dominate the news these days, often...

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is playing at B & B in Ankeny currently through May 25. The science fiction action film is part of the Multiverse franchise and has fans of the Marvel empire talking.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie review

Justin Banks, Staff Reporter May 17, 2022

To continue the tradition of Marvel movie reviews, comes the newest edition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU ), "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (MoM)," teased back in 2019. Through multiple...

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...

Spider-man No Way Home has not only been one of the most hyped up movies of 2021, but one of the most hyped up movies ever. People from across the globe have had Dec. 17 circled on their calendar since the summer of 2017 when the movie was originally announced by Marvel. 
Senior Bradley Dacus and self proclaimed movie critic at Ankeny High School stated, “This is what it all has led up to, Spider-Mans biggest movie. I’ve been waiting for about a year for this movie and I can’t wait to see what happens.”

“Spider-man: No Way Home” movie review

Jemma Bullock and Connor Boger December 23, 2021

The spark of nostalgia is the driving force behind the movie, “Spider-man: No Way Home.” With the confirmed appearances of Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and JK Simmons, as well as the potential cameos...

Where can one find the perfect peppermint mocha for this holiday season? This iced peppermint mocha from Starbucks is one of five reviewed.

Peppermint mocha: Coffee Review

Brianna Peterson, Staff Reporter December 16, 2021

1. Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha ($3.59 for 32 fl oz) For me, making a nice cup of peppermint mocha at home is the best warm and cozy you could possibly get. Everything is up to you, and everything you...

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...

Holiday Polls!

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!      

The huge Black Friday crowds and disputes over deals created a headache for the police, who worked longer shifts than usual as they dealt with traffic jams, accidents, shoplifting, and other issues. The phrase Black Friday originated in Philadelphia back in the 1960s which was coined due to the chaos that tends to come along with the deals. Now Black Friday is known as a day for scrambling for good holiday gift deals and cheap discounts (and the door deals). 

Black Friday tips, tricks

Bennett Olkiewicz, Marketing Manager November 25, 2021

The day after Thanksgiving is often referred to as “Black Friday.” Britannica states that the use of the name dates back to the early 1960s when police officers in Philadelphia began using the phrase...

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),...

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