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Head Cheer Coach Julie Phippen, Cheerleaders Gabby Porter and Amaurie McCullough, and Assistant Coach Kayla Mendenhall pose with the trophy. They won the spirit award at the John J. Wrestling Tournament.

Cheer For the Cheerleaders!

Claire Pellett, AHS Needle Lead Editor January 23, 2024

The AHS wrestling cheerleaders won the Spirit Award at the annual John J. Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 19th- Jan 20th. The award itself is measured based on the cheerleaders' spirit and sportsmanship....

Colton Rasmussen high-fives fans at a basketball game. Parents and students alike cheer on athletes from the stands.

Breaking News: Noon Ball With a Different Meaning

Jaydin Nowatzke, Staff Writer January 5, 2024

Varsity Trojan basketball will compete with a full crowd of students on Jan. 16, according to Athletic Director Andrew Mitchell. The teams will play Red Oak at 11:30 a.m. for girls and 1 p.m. for boys....

Vice President Pence will offer the opening coin toss on Oct. 6.

Pence to Appear at Pink-Out

Claire Pellett, AHS Needle Lead Editor September 28, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Oct. 6 Pink-Out football game at the Atlantic Trojan Bowl. His events coordinator recently contacted ACSD Activities Director Andrew Mitchell about having...

Its hard to hire teachers when the cost is higher than the reward.

“Why is there a teacher shortage?”

Ally Peterson, Editor March 28, 2023

In recent years, there’s been a teacher shortage in the United States. Much of this is due to the recession during COVID-19, which then resulted in tax cuts and salary cuts. This caused a wave of teachers...

Ms. Niceswanger keeps a jar of pride flags in her classroom. Other teachers also show support for the QSA with flags, stickers, and posters.

Walkout Organized for March 1

Genevieve McCalla, Editor February 28, 2023

On Wednesday, March 1, a group of students plans to facilitate a walkout to protest the recent anti-LGBTQIA+ bills being debated in the Iowa legislature. The Iowa QSA, or Queer Student Alliance, a youth-led...

The Point host, Molly McFadden, sits down with senior Olivia Engler to discuss holiday favorites, Christmas in the Engler household, and best holiday traditions at AHS. Tune in to hear all about madrigal dinners, Mr. Petersons scary Christmas narrations, and the tea on Christmas trees.

The Point: Spongebob Squarepants the Musical ft. Reese DeArment, Grace Mitchell, and Micaiah Andersen

Dakota Oswalt and Alex Garcia November 15, 2022

Alex Garcia brings exclusive interviews from the lead cast members of Spongebob Squarepants the Musical. Also, Dakota Oswalt gives a personal review of her experience of watching the musical live. We hope...

Last year, AHS held two blood drives. With the help of the National Society, they signed people up and made the blood drive run smoothly. Cathy Knuth often gives blood at the blood drives.

National Honor Society Holds a Blood Drive

Elizabeth Anderson, Lead Editor October 26, 2022

Atlantic High School's chapter of the National Honor Society has been experiencing hardships this year. After being unable to find a replacement advisor for the group, NHS has been officially taken over...

ALL ABOUT THE BRASS - The jazz band boasts five trombone players, the largest section group. Two of the players also play bass guitar, so they switch out on that instrument at times.

Marching Band’s Final March

Katie Birge October 20, 2022

The marching band had its final performance last Friday, Oct. 14. The band transitioned its focus to concert band on Monday, Oct. 17. Angelica Anderson, a senior and bass clarinet player, said that the...

Lexi Reynolds is shown taking deep breaths after a race at a swim meet.

Swimming Away the Future

Claire Pellett, Editor October 19, 2022

In 2015 the first-ever Atlantic Swim team was formed, comprised of 13 girls. In 2019 that number dropped to seven. Now in 2022, a mere three students are participating in girls' swim, with only two from...

Archers prepare to shoot their arrows. The archery team is comprised of middle and high schoolers.

Archery Pre-Season News Brief

Mariah Hadley October 13, 2022

With archery season around the corner and tournaments coming up, archery members are getting their bows out and ready to compete.  Sophomore Conner Johnson said he is most excited for "My best year...

Lola Comes sings in last years Concert Choir. All freshmen start out in the Concert Choir and can audition for Chamber Choir their Sophomore year.

Fall Choir Concert Coming Up

Katie Birge October 12, 2022

On Oct. 18, 2022, the Choir Fall Concert will be held in the Atlantic High School auditorium. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m., but the Chamber Choir will need to be at the school by six so they can...

Students line dance at last years Homecoming Dance.

Homecoming Dance to be Held on Saturday

Katie Birge September 23, 2022

Homecoming tickets were sold this Friday morning as well as during lunch. The tickets cost $5 per person. Tickets are also available at the dance entrance, which will be held on Sept. 24. All Student Council...

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