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Mental Health Club at Ames High
May 26, 2021

Mental Health Club at Ames High

For students across the country, this pandemic school year reinforced the importance of focusing on mental health. At Ames High, seniors Tatum Lillibridge and Jamey McCalley serve as student leaders of the Ames High Mental Health Club after first joining the group a year ago. 

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Project STOMP Winning PSA from Ames High
May 19, 2021

Project STOMP Winning PSA from Ames High

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6C6fgTXgRs Ames High students Adrian Guan, Camden Wacha, and Jason Ahn were recognized by Iowa State University's Project STOMP (Steps Toward Opioid Misuse Prevention) for their work on a video Public Service Announcement "Don't Drink Your Life Away". They won first place in the high school teams group in not only video but also the radio competitions. 

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Richard Day: Ames High Music Man
May 14, 2021

Richard Day: Ames High Music Man

Performing arts were minimal in the early years of Ames High School. Small groups would perform as a chorus or cornet band, dependent on student interest. Orchestra was formed in 1903, and band in 1920. Participant numbers were low due both in part to lack of initial interest and the inability to secure instruments. That began to change when a new band director, Richard Day joined Ames High. While the band’s main purpose was to assist the Pep Club in putting pep into school, with Day’s leadership, they began turning out at a full array of athletic events and other activities. 

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Science in the City
May 7, 2021

Science in the City

Ever sit in a science or math class when you were in school and wonder, either quietly or out loud, when will I ever use this? Davis Verhoeven, a senior at Ames High School, aims to showcase exactly how science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) are used every day and in almost every career through a self-founded after-school program called, Science in the City. 

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A Decorated Musician: Ames High Senior Seth Durbin
April 13, 2021

A Decorated Musician: Ames High Senior Seth Durbin

At a time when most high school seniors are planning for graduation and what lies ahead, Seth Durbin leaves 2021 not only as an Ames High School graduate, but also as a decorated pianist. Playing piano for 10 years, the Ames High senior has received multiple awards in just the past two months. 

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Masked Hero: Andrea Lowe
November 24, 2020

Masked Hero: Andrea Lowe

Superpower: Generate weird and random teaching examples. Understanding the how and why concepts work together, rather than just presenting facts and numbers, can create long-lasting learning for students. This is how Ames High Earth and Space Science teacher Andrea Lowe approaches the classroom. “I'm spending more time teaching the hows - how to use technology wisely and beneficially, how to complete certain actions or functions, how to find information when you don't have immediate access to the teacher.”

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Ames High School graduation rates trending upward
April 18, 2017

Ames High School graduation rates trending upward

Overall four-year graduation rate increased for third year in a row. State data on four-year graduation rates released by the Iowa Department of Education…

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