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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 NicholsMarch 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 MeyerMay 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.
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Intro to Journalism StudentsMay 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...


Seniors Say Goodbye to Homecoming

From football to band, seniors Thomas Leonard and Addie Welsh reflect back on their high school homecomings.
Nissa Molgaard

With Homecoming underway, seniors are able to reflect on the past four years and look back at the impacts Atlantic High School has had on their lives. From football to band, the whole school joins together to celebrate the school during Homecoming week.
Number 73 on the football field, senior Thomas Leonard is excited about Homecoming. His favorite parts of Homecoming are the dance, the game, and dress-up days. Leonard said, “I love dress-up days. I think we should have more of them.” He enjoys the dance as well, and said, “No matter if it’s dancing by myself, or dancing in the mosh pit, it’s gonna be fun.” Leonard has been involved in football for six years, and chose to stay involved because “the coaches are great.” This year the team had the opportunity to “coach little kids,” with Leonard remembering “being that little kid and getting coached by the high schoolers.” He enjoys “getting to return the favor,” and teaching the kids about football.
Standing tall with a foot-long plume, senior Addie Welsh is a clarinet with the AHS marching band. Welsh tries to be as involved as possible with Homecoming, and said “I loved building the Trojan on last year’s float.” With that tying into her favorite memory, the 2022-23 school year float building. Welsh is looking forward to float building this year and continuing the senior’s winning streak.
Whether or not you’re in the stands or on the field, Homecoming impacts everyone. Seniors Thomas Leonard and Addie Welsh have both faced the different impacts and effects Homecoming has had on their lives.

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Alix Nath
Alix Nath, AHS Needle Editor
Alix Nath is a junior editor for the senior magazine and AHS Needle who likes to “dabble in a little bit of everything”, including The Javelin. Nath credits their brother Felix Nath, a 2022 AHS graduate, as the biggest inspiration for why they joined the journalism program. Nath’s proudest journalism accomplishment is their work on the senior magazine during their sophomore year. They made several writing contributions, major edits that aided the production of the magazine, and felt “really proud of how [the senior magazine] ended up because of the effort everyone put into it.” Nath’s journalism work strives to capture the “things you wouldn’t normally see,” shining extra light on the behind-the-scene processes of well-known events. Their tendency to dabble goes further than journalism. Nath is an active participant in AHS theatre - usually working as crew or tech, - speech and debate, concert band, marching band as a member of the color guard, and QSA. They draw happiness from school activities as well as their three cats and two dogs. A quote that would describe Nath and their passions best is, “I’m not always the best at things, but I try my best at things.”   By J. Molina
Nissa Molgaard
Nissa Molgaard, Broadcasting/Yearbook
“Great people who happen to be great speakers.” This is a quote that junior Nissa Molgaard, 16,  lives by as it reflects her passion for speech and debate. She joined journalism, because it gave her the freedom to do things that she enjoyed, photography, and talking with friends. Molgaard has published two stories, the 100 Word Rant and Speech & Debate. Along with many photo entries. Molgaard has been involved in Debate since her freshman year and went to Nationals last year in extemp commentary and spontaneous speaking, and has been doing Debate since Freshman year. “I’ve done Extemp, Congress, Spontaneous Speaking, Expository Speaking, and Public Forum,” Molgaard said. She is planning on doing Info, Congress, and Extemporaneous Speaking. She is the Extemp Captian this year. She also loves “public speaking, gaining credibility, and tips on how to be a better speaker.”  Her accomplishments include advancing to “A” House of Congressional Debate, her sophomore year, which was her first year of Congressional Debate. “This year, I hope to win some awards, and my goal is to try to win in the categories I’m in; Congress, Extemp, and Info.”  In Molgaard’s free time, you can find her making origami, climbing trees, or hanging out with friends. After high school, Molgaard plans on going to college to study law.  Story by Jody Williams

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    RyleeSep 25, 2023 at 10:27 am

    I really think this story touched my heart, and it made me realize we aren’t gonna be in high school forever, shared the fun sports the seniors enjoy and the time they have for the last time.