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Empowering Today to Lead Tomorrow
Claire Pellett, AHS Needle Lead Editor • April 30, 2024

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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

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What’s Your Roman Empire?

A new TikTok trend has students and teachers wondering what their “Roman Empire” is.
Addie Freund
Roman Empire books are stacked in the library. The TikTok trend has been circling for many weeks now.

The Roman Empire. This is a topic that seems to be on every guy’s mind lately. Think back, has the Roman Empire ever crossed your mind? If not, what is your Roman Empire?  

Recently, TikTok’s “For You” pages have been filled with viral videos of girlfriends asking their boyfriends how often they think about the Roman Empire. Without fail, most say once a day or once a week. The question is, why? Some say that males think about it because the idea of conquering and governing an entire empire is enticing. Others say the fall of the Empire was one of the more interesting aspects of the time period. AHS teachers and students shared how often they think about the Roman Empire and why they think about it. 

“I think about it at least once a day, maybe 20 times per week,” sophomore Xander Cook said. His thoughts of the Roman Empire are based off of the people in it, the architecture, and that the thought put into the Empire caught his eye.

Sophomore Colin Rudy said he thinks about it almost monthly. He agreed with Cook, the architecture and thought put into the whole operation interested him.

I think about it at least once a day, maybe 20 times per week,

— Xander Cook

Senior Korbin Johnson thinks about the empire on the daily. He said, “It’s a part of our heritage,” referring to our mascot, the Trojan. In Johnson’s eyes, the Trojans were a part of the Roman Empire and AHS should take pride in that fact. 

The Roman Empire is not limited to students. AHS custodian Rich Smith, never thinks about the Roman Empire. However he said that his equivalent is that he thinks about his biggest regret often. Smith shared that he regrets not going into the military.

Another crucial point of view is those who have studied the Roman Empire before. Trace Peterson’s substitute, Cody McCreedy is a history major and he thinks about the Roman Empire two or three times a week. He described the Roman Emperors as, “the wack jobs that were the leaders.” He also discussed the correlations, similarities, and parallels between their government and some of our modern governmental systems. 

Although not everyone thinks about the Roman Empire. Alivia Knuth, a freshman, subconsciously thinks about Australia. “It’s just in the middle of nowhere,” Knuth said.

An AHS sophomore, Zoey Kirchhoff, thinks about the possibilities of getting kidnapped or murdered and her “what-ifs” in the back of her mind.

Whether it’s possible situations or the actual Roman Empire, it seems that AHS has a lot on their mind, including their own “Roman Empires.”

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Ellie Butler
Ellie Butler, Staff Writer
Sophomore Ellie Butler is taking her second semester of journalism. Butler joined journalism because "It was a new class that we have not had before. So it would be nice to try it." Butler's favorite part of journalism was when she got to take pictures of girls varsity basketball. Her favorite story she wrote was with one of her friends about the Roman Empire. Butler said they got a lot of good feedback from peers. "Also it was a very popular trend at the time. Going all around TikTok." Butler also likes to interview people and she is looking forward to "trying new things and being independent." Butler recommends this class since “the class is really fun and is easy.”  While in high school Butler is also involved in tennis and football cheer. Outside of school Butler is either driving around with friends or playing with her dog.  Bio by Aunika Darrow

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