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Ankenys Visual Adrenaline sings all together in the choir room.

Music’s impact on us

Amelie Kerrigan May 23, 2024

Music is always around us. It is in the air when the birds chirp and the wind blows. It is in the water when it falls, streams, and trickles, everflowing. It is in the fire when it crackles and burns the...

2024 AHS graduate Taevah Ganahl wears a dress from HelloMolly, a fast fashion website, and carries her Stanley tumbler cup. 
Infographic made by Josie Babcock using Canva

Fashion trend cycle

Josie Babcock and Ava Sarenpa May 22, 2024

It is human nature to try to fit in with a group. Teenagers are often pressured to enjoy the same things as their friends or other people their age, which can come with a cost. This is where fast fashion...

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...

With the reality of the post-high school world starting to hit, and everything required to end senior year with good grades, many seniors can seemingly feel weighed down by everything that needs to get done, and this is when senioritis tends to strike... 
Art by Jason Dennis

It’s senioritis season

Scott Kruse, Business Editor May 16, 2024

Merriam-Webster defines senioritis as “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” This supposed increase in laziness and loss of motivation...

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...

Original album cover of “meet the grahams” by Kendrick Lamar, Record label Interscope Records

“meet the grahams” by Kendrick Lamar

Levi Foster, Staff Reporter May 14, 2024

In the midst of a rap beef between the industry’s biggest artists, Kendrick Lamar released a diss track targeted towards Drake that is as good as other iconic disses like "Hit Em Up" by Tupac and...

Album cover for Taylor Swifts most recent album, Tortured Poets Department 
Record label Republic Records, Photographer Beth Garrabrant

“The Tortured Poets Department” – A deep dive

Hunter Boswell, Staff Reporter May 9, 2024

It was on the stage during the 66th annual Grammy Awards, where global pop juggernaut Taylor Swift, was accepting her 13th award for Best Pop Vocal Album when the "1989" TV (Taylor’s Version) era was...

Dua Lipas most recent album, Radical Optimism, dropped in May. Label Warner Records 
Album cover photo by Tyrone Lebon

Dua Lipa’s “Radical Optimism”

Charlie Christensen, Staff Reporter May 9, 2024

On Friday, May 3,  the three-time Grammy and seven-time Brit award-winning pop sensation, Dua Lipa, released her third studio album titled “Radical Optimism.” The album dives into joy and happiness...

Talon reporter Levi Foster talks about who he thinks will win the Cy Young (best pitcher), Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Rookie of the Year for the American League and the National League. Infographic made by Levi Foster using Canva

Way too early MLB awards

Levi Foster, Staff Reporter May 2, 2024

With the season still in its early stages, we have seen some hot starts from top players and breakout stars alike as they push for the postseason this coming October. As of the morning of Thursday, May...

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