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SAAC - The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is made up of 14 girls from all corners of Iowa. The girls met at the IGHSAU headquarters in Des Moines.
Empowering Today to Lead Tomorrow
Claire Pellett, AHS Needle Lead Editor • April 30, 2024

FOCUS - Junior Hailey Huffman focuses on nocking her arrow to get the perfect shot. Huffman  made sure her stance was strong and her bow arm did not shake. Huffman shot 3D where she shot all the different animals at all different distances.
Archery Is On the Rise
Anna Potts, Editor • February 23, 2024

Archery- in its tenth year at AHS, the sport is gaining numbers and more of its events are gaining publicity. On Feb. 25, Atlantic is hosting...

Fletcher Toft and Megan Birge dance with glee as vampire villian siblings plotting to kill human students. The play New Kids at Vampire High will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Point Episode 11: Spring Play Special
Ella Meyer and Kate Nichols March 15, 2024

Hosts Ella and Kate talk with some members of the upcoming spring play "New Kids at Vampire High." Music by AHS graduate Evan Brummer.

IHSSA State Debate last January.
The Road to National Qualifiers
Alyssa Neal, Writer/Editor • February 9, 2024

It’s that time of year when AHS Speech and Debate heads to National Qualifiers, or “nat quals” as the team likes to call them. There are...

The Point Episode 14: Goodbye Seniors
Kate Nichols and Ella Meyer May 15, 2024

Hosts Kate and Ella talk with AHS seniors about their high school career and their futures. Music by AHS graduate Evan Brummer. This...

THINK ABOUT IT - Kylie Templeton contemplates her answer as she takes one of the Intro to Journalism students quiz.
Buzzfeed Quizzes 2023-2024
Intro to Journalism Students May 9, 2024

Annabelle Meyer and Aubrey Winford: What AHS Car Parker Are You? Aunika Darrow and Rylee Bengel: What Type of Lift Style Are You? Addison...


New Teacher: Dr. Jim Brauer

AHS welcomes new teacher for the 2023-24 school year.
Abigail Muller
Dr. Jim Brauer teaches his classes with enthusiasm. His classroom contains many fun colors and decorations.

New English teacher Dr. Jim Brauer is “blown away” by the students and community Atlantic High School has. Brauer is teaching English Three, Intro to Drama, and Career Communications. He is “extremely excited” to see what this school year can bring. This is Brauer’s 20th year teaching, but his first in the Atlantic district. Previously he has been a special education teacher, assistant principal, and a full-time principal for a virtual school in Iowa for 10 years.

I am a lifelong learner,

— Dr. Jim Brauer

Brauer has six degrees to back up his resume.  He has already brought energy to the teaching community is now sharing it with AHS. Brauer has his master’s in Business Administration, a master’s in Special Education, a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, and a bachelor’s in Social Studies Education. He completed his Education Specialist, and also his Doctorate. “I am a lifelong learner,” said Brauer. 

Abigail Muller

The Trojan community, family, and teaching in person with high school students made taking this open position a “no-brainer” for Brauer. His wife is a teacher at AHS and has been for 10 years. They have two sons, also in the district. While not teaching or necessarily being a part of all the great activities offered in the district, it had Brauer feeling left out from all the excitement. This new chapter for him and his family is full of so much gratitude and emotion.


I really strongly believe we can learn and we can grow as individuals but sometimes the traditional school environment holds us back,

— Dr. Jim Brauer



Brauer’s classroom is something special. “Balance” between the school classroom and a place where students are excited to be every day is what he had envisioned for his classroom.  With tons of color, pillows, and desks arranged in a circle, no one is feeling left out. “I really strongly believe we can learn and we can grow as individuals but sometimes the traditional school environment holds us back,” said Brauer.

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Abigail Muller
Abigail Muller, Senior Magazine Lead Editor
Senior Abigail Muller is the co-lead editor of the Senior Magazine as well as an editor of Muller has been involved in journalism the three years that are offered. Her jobs are Senior Biographies, assigning/organizing the senior magazine, and reporting for the Needle. Muller’s favorite pieces she has written are the Ryan Hawkins story and biographies of new teachers. "I am better with getting information, and creating a story from that. Which is why the Senior Magazine is my favorite thing," Muller said. ''The first Senior Magazine story I ever did was Reagan Lenoard’s, and after that, I just fell in love with it.'' Her favorite part of journalism are the trips such as seeing the ''inside newsroom at KCCI'' that has the local aspect. She believes joining journalism gives you opportunities and has a diverse group of members. Muller said that "90%'' of the things assigned she can finish in class. ''If I focus and buckle down, I can get an entire senior story done in one class,'' she said. This facet enables her to do other activities. Mueller is also involved in volleyball, golf, AHS Fuel (secretary), National Honor Society and works at Brown’s Shoe Fit. Story by Makenna Schroeder

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