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The student news site of Atlantic High School


The student news site of Atlantic High School


Molly McFadden

Molly McFadden, AHS Needle Editor in Chief

Senior Molly McFadden loves everything she does. That's why she does it all. McFadden is involved in choir, show choir, fall musical, spring play, football and wrestling cheerleading, tennis, NHS, MVP mentoring, speech and debate, and Villa Dance Company. When she isn’t grinding out those activities, she can be found in the journalism department. McFadden is one of the lead editors of She writes and edits stories, checking to make sure they are relevant, high quality, and consistent. McFadden's favorite part about being a journalist is “getting to connect with students at AHS and the community.” She also spends time as the Student Representative for the Atlantic City Council. McFadden wasn't always interested in journalism, as it happens freshman year she didn't intend on taking the course. It was thanks to a friend and teacher that she was convinced to try it.

When McFadden is not busy with her many activities, she enjoys spending time with her friends who always play frisbee. McFadden’s faith is important to her. “I want everything I do in life to lead back to Jesus,” McFadden said. She is thankful she has friends that share the same faith as her and that she “has people to lean on.”


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Junior Jaci Smith closely follows her music at the Late Winter Concert earlier this year. Smith has been in band and choir all throughout high school and plays the flute.

One Last Concert

May 5, 2021
The AHSneedle staff smiles together at the beginning of the year. The staff worked hard this year to reach goals and improve the journalism program.

A Distignuished Site

April 21, 2021
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

February 23, 2021
Senior Ethan Williams focuses on his music as he play bass at Swing Inn. Williams is also involved in cross country, basketball, tennis, musical pit, and marching and concert band.

Swinging Inn to Season

February 2, 2021
Card games pile up around my house. Everyone has a favorite game to play, and these are just a few of mine.

The Top Ten Card Games

January 15, 2021
This questions resides in the quiz What State Are? This quiz was created by sophomores Abby Smith and Aubrey Guyer.

[Photo] AHS Quiz Whiz

November 23, 2020
Students and community members gather together and shine their lights for Steele McLaren. The hashtag #32strong is to represent McLarens jersey number on the varsity football team.

Strong as Steele

October 28, 2020
Freshman Faith Altman rushes towards the finish line at DCG. Altman placed 46 with a time of 25:00.9 in Pella.

Trojan XC Takes to Pella

September 21, 2020
Former science teacher Valerie Jaehrling sits down for an interview. She said in an email sent to students, You are the reason leaving is difficult.

Chemistry Teacher Resigns

September 8, 2020
Senior Ethan Williams races to the finish line. Williams is one of seven varsity runners on the boys team.

Starting the Season

September 1, 2020
Three seniors pose for a picture at last years prom. Prom 2020 is themed The Roaring 20s.

Prom is On

May 15, 2020
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May 14, 2020
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, individuals are encouraged to practice social distancing, which results in many staying at home for the majority, if not all of the day.

The COVID-19 Diaries

March 26, 2020
Substitute teacher Julie Kennon takes a selfie. Kennon can be found at the high school four to eight days a month.

Superb Substitute

March 4, 2020

Atlantic Specialty Care

February 18, 2020

10. Moskau Remix

February 18, 2020

9. “Praying” by Kesha

February 18, 2020

8. “hahaha i do that”

February 18, 2020


February 18, 2020
Junior Kennedy Goergen shows two elementary students the book she wrote for her English 3 class. Goergen volunteers at Washington Elementary everyday.

Learning to Teach

February 13, 2020
The Pebbles McLittle Toe meme of junior Haley Rasmussen is proudly displayed on Spanish teacher Dan Vargasons whiteboard. Other well-known memes include the Roomba meme of junior Craig Alan Becker and the soccer meme of 2019 grad Alyssa Ginther.

Making the Memes

January 31, 2020
Junior Garrett Reynolds shares his childrens book with two first graders. Reynolds is involved in a variety of sports.

Role Models Among Us

January 30, 2020
Seniors McKayla Weppler and Ana Muell perform at the Fall Debut Concert. Muell will be one of the students attending the festival later this month.

Choral Masters

January 15, 2020
Senior McCade Stillian and sophomore Brianna Buliche prepare to bowl. Both students are a part of Mr. Larsons third period P.E. class.

Heading to the Superbowl

December 16, 2019
Junior Nate McLean plays the alto saxophone. This year, he plays first part.

Getting Jazzy With It

November 27, 2019
WONDER WOMAN --  Principal Heather McKay wears a cape to complete her Wonder Woman costume. McKay’s love for Wonder Woman doesn’t stop at her attire. Artwork and knick knacks of the superhero can be found all over her office.

Halloween at AHS

November 1, 2019
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