• The district FFA Convention will be Saturday, March 6 at Harlan
  • State girls basketball is this week
  • The late winter band and vocal concert is Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • There will be a 1.5 hr early dismissal Wednesday, March 3
  • The mobile food pantry will be open Wednesday, March 3 from 3-6 p.m. in HS commons
  • Varsity boys basketball substate is Monday, March 1 at Indianola
  • Girls and boys track practice starts this week!
  • Order your yearbook!
Senior Devin McKay chases after the ball during a game in 2019. McKay will be competing for his fourth year during this upcoming season.

Starting Spring Sports

While last year’s spring was season cut short, student athletes are eager to return to their sports for the 2021 season.
Molly McFadden, Taliya James, and Da'Jai Wesson February 23, 2021

With less than 30 days until spring, and the winter season of competition coming to a close, spring sports preparation is underway. Students have been attending meetings and hitting the gym for this upcoming...

The band students perform at the 2020 Late Winter Concert. The concert will look a little different this year due to social distancing.

The Sound of Winter

The band and choir will perform in their Late Winter Concert on March 4.
Camryn Church, Editor February 23, 2021

The band and choir will perform a selection of songs on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Chamber Choir is performing “Unclouded Day” by Shawn Kirchner, Treble Choir is performing “The Seal Lullaby” Eric...

Students at Washington Elementary celebrate culture day. One of ESL Coordinator Brielle Cerven's main goals is to

Celebrating Culture: The ESL Program

Serving as a fundamental aspect of the school district, the ESL program helps students build English speaking skills while also celebrating their culture.
Da'Jai Wesson , Editor February 23, 2021

“I want to give these students a chance to gain the language they need to be successful in our community, but also remind them that their culture has value. Because the community can learn from their...

Set designer Mark Andersen poses by the first set he built for an AHS production.

Mark Andersen: The Mind Behind the Masterpiece

By creating the last two musical sets, Mark has become a common name in AHS theater department.
Camryn Church, Editor February 16, 2021

Those keeping up with AHS theater know the grand sets that have come along with the last two productions, but do they know the mind behind them? Mark Andersen designs and builds the sets for the musical...

Quill and Scroll Inductees received a certificate and a pin after lighting their candles during the ceremony. Seniors also received a blue and gold cord for graduation.

The First Quill and Scroll Induction

Selected journalism students participated in the first AHS Quill and Scroll induction.
Taliya James , Editor February 16, 2021

Dedicated to working hard in the classroom and showing leadership in journalism, Quill and Scroll is an honorary journalism society established in 1926 for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing students....

Icy Fundraiser for #32Strong

Brave the snow for a snow cone to support Steele McLaren.
February 16, 2021

Shaved ice from Shaved Tail Louie's will be sold on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to the family of Steele McLaren.

Encountering new regulations, the girls basketball team stayed masked as often as they could. The girls were able to play all of their games this season despite COVID.

Girls Basketball: Season Update

The girls basketball team looks back on the triumphs and growth of their season.
Taliya James , Editor February 16, 2021

With spring sports approaching, the girl’s basketball team is onto districts. This gives the girls time to evaluate the season and celebrate their success. Coach Dan Vargason said, “I thought we had...

Teachers In Love

In honor of February, teachers share the stories of how they met their spouses. 
February 16, 2021

With many games of many genres, the Switch offers something for everyone.

Switching it up with the Top 10 Games

The Nintendo Switch is a popular gift, though most people remain uncertain as to what they should play on it.
Ariel Clark, Editor February 16, 2021

The Switch is one of the most popular gaming consoles currently being used. With constant updates, new games added every week, and the ease of using a variety of payment methods, it’s no surprise that...

This episode of The Point features freshman Nick Bennett. Bennett is involved in speech and debate, play, football, tennis, and baseball.

The Point: Springing into Season, Ft. Nick Bennett

Nick and Molly discuss school activities this time of year.
Molly McFadden, Editor February 12, 2021

Although the temperature in Iowa is still rather low, spring is quickly approaching. With this new season comes many different activities at AHS. Tune in to hear all about speech and debate, the upcoming...

Many people buy jewelry for their beloved on Valentine’s Day; a cost that quickly adds up. Meanwhile the social customs that wrap around Valentine’s Day can be detrimental in many aspects, especially for the poor or people of minority. Our media should showcase more interracial and LGBTQ+ members in their advertising and holiday shenanigans.

Eros’ Arrow of Capitalism — OPINION

While being in love is one of the most wonderful feelings, a holiday abusing the emotion for easy money and developing harsh social customs is pitiful at best.
Ariel Clark, Editor February 10, 2021

Contrary to what others may believe, I am not inherently biased against love or Valentine’s Day. In fact, I would consider myself to be a rather emotionally weak person. However, the capitalistic stigma...

Bus driver Ken Crane stands beside his bus last November. Crane joined the transportation department in 2011 and became a full time route driver in 2013. He served as a ACSD bus driver for 9 years.

Ken Crane: A Route Not Forgotten

Ken Crane, a beloved bus driver for the Atlantic Community School District, passed away at age 77.
Ariel Clark , Editor February 9, 2021

Honest, hard-working, and protective of his students, who he tended to refer to as “his kids,” bus driver Ken Crane passed away at age 77. According to his obituary, he had been in a “short battle...

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