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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.
Buzzfeed Quizzes 2023-2024
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...


The Next Chapter – OPINION

No one truly talks about what it means to leave.
Makayla Atkinson
The writer hugs her mother at a track meet, May 5, 2023. It was her mother’s birthday.

No one really talks about how it feels to leave for college and all the hard goodbyes you have to make. All through high school, they prepare you for your future, push you to be involved, be a leader, have good grades, and test you for what’s to come. You become comfortable being around the people you’ve been with since elementary school – seeing the same teachers, coaches, and classmates every day. What they don’t prepare you for is leaving all of that behind, leaving your friends and family and the special bond you have with your teachers and coaches.

My mom is my best friend

When it comes to close family, leaving is 10 times harder. My mom is my best friend and the thought of having to leave her in a few months brings tears to my eyes. There’s a sense of guilt that comes with being the youngest and abandoning your parents. I have been with them for 18 years and suddenly I have to move out to be an “adult” on my own.

My mom and I have a bond that is so close people tell me all the time they wish they had a bond like ours, one that builds over time and not in just a day. Yes, we may argue, but by the end of that argument, we are hugging. I will miss that bond in college because I don’t know if it will get stronger with distance or weaken over time.

Leaving my hometown will be another of the hardest goodbyes. When I move, I will no longer have the streets memorized, know the best place to get ice cream or have a high school parking lot to hang out with everyone on weekends.

When you think of the college experience most people don’t look into the small things. You usually just hear about all the fun people are going to have and how they will be free and on their own. However, when I consider the small things, everything starts adding up. I will be completely on my own in college. I’m going to have to do laundry, make food, clean my apartment or dorm, vacuum, and do all the things I take for granted when still living at home.

I am going to get the “college experience” the moment my parents leave and I have to walk back to my room all alone. No one is going to hold my hand and guide me through life anymore. It’s all on me, and for most people, that is terrifying. Instead of walking out of the room to go ask parents for help, questions, or simply a conversation, we will now have to call them. We won’t see them every day anymore.  We will have to visit them when we want to spend time with them. We will have lives without them, and sometimes that’s okay. But it also brings up a whole range of emotions.

Your life is like a storybook

Your life is like a storybook, you all have chapters in it with multiple characters and different stages of life. Well, high school is one of those chapters. When you get to the end of the chapter, it starts to get sad because you don’t know the next stage and what it may bring. But it is worth flipping to the next page and finding out what’s to come with this new adventure. 

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Makayla Atkinson
Makayla Atkinson, YearBook
Makayla Atkinson is a senior and a part of the yearbook team in AHS journalism at Atlantic High School. This is currently Atkinson’s second year of journalism. Atkinson’s favorite parts of journalism are taking the pictures for the yearbook and the “creativity” she gets to use within it. She is looking forward to how this year's yearbook will turn out because of the ideas they have for it. She is most proud of the pictures she has taken while in journalism. Atkinson encourages others to join journalism. Atkinson said, “ If you're just thinking about it as something to do, just do it because of the opportunities you will learn about.” Atkinson is also involved in softball, volleyball, track, FFA, 4H, and AHS Fuel. Atkinson is looking forward to all senior things such as “senior nights and sports banner poster,” she said. Her future plans are undecided but she is hoping to go into real estate or photography. Story by Zoey Kirchoff  

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    J MolinaMar 12, 2024 at 12:16 pm

    Makayla, your story is so sweet and moving. I’m glad you touched on an aspect of college life that gets dismissed in favor of the adventure and thrill people associate with moving away from home. I’ve seen these bittersweet moments from those around me, and I know I’ll feel it too. You’re brave for sharing this out, thank you for giving these complex feelings a voice

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    BonnieFeb 9, 2024 at 1:42 pm

    So proud to call you my granddaughter. Love ❤️