Author: Amy Blanton

Staying Close from Afar

During this weird time in all of our lives where it feels like we’re doing a whole lot of everything and a whole lot of nothing simultaneously, it is important to maintain our connections with others throughout social distancing and quarantine. Not only does this include platonic and romantic connections, but familial connections as well. […]

Pete Buttigieg Speaks at Tamory Hall

Credit to Luci Laidlaw Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg came to Pella and spoke at Tamory Hall on Monday, January 20. He first presented his ideas to the crowd and then spent the majority of the time answering questions from the audience members. Some of the main topics he covered were related to gun laws and […]

Happy Accidents with Zandra Spiker: The End of an Era

As we approach the end of the 10’s era, I find myself reminiscing on everything that has happened since 2010 began. Although I was alive for the majority of the 2000s, it isn’t really the same when a majority of your memories are watching Dora and retold stories from your family.  At the beginning of […]

Movements of the 2010s Era

2012: The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado and Washington The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington is significant due to the pressure it has put on the government for the reformation of the system. Marijuana usage has a highly unbalanced racial incarceration rate. Some see legalization as a step towards fixing the racial disparities […]

Almost, Maine Review

Almost, Maine is the most commonly performed high school production in the United States, showcasing roughly nine different couples in different stages of their relationships.  Some are meeting for the first time, and others are meeting for the last time. Almost, Maine is the perfect show for a high school audience as it addresses many […]

Pella Journalism Department Attends IHSPA 2019

Every year, the Iowa High School Publications Association, also known as IHSPA, put on a fall conference where high school journalism groups can attend sessions, meet other journalists attending different high schools, and be inspired to tell the stories of their respective high schools in ways they had never previously considered. Speakers at IHSPA range […]

In the lense: Crowded cafeteria

SMART Lunch was introduced in the 2017-2018 school year.  It features an hour long lunch from 11:15 to 12:15 with two separate sections, lunch A and lunch B.  Students can choose when to eat lunch or when to get extra help from teachers. According to some students, when SMART Lunch is not used properly, there […]

Maggie Leach with Operation Share the Load

At the age of nine, Maggie Leach’s family lived in an extended stay without a washer or dryer while their house was built. They had to use a laundromat for six weeks and met many families that were less fortunate than theirs.  These families would sometimes have to choose between food or clean clothes. “What […]

Jessica Williams joins Speech team as Individual Coach

English teacher Jessica Williams has joined the speech team as an Individual Speech Coach at Suzanne Jones’ request. In previous years, she has been involved with the speech team informally giving students advice on how to improve their individual acts. “I enjoyed speech as a student. I have helped out here by giving feedback to […]

Happy Accidents with Zandra Spiker: Christmas Month

October is spooky month. Everyone spends the entire month looking forward to Halloween, and on November first, Halloween is over and people move on. December should be Christmas month. Everyone spends the entire month looking forward to Christmas, and afterwards, they move on. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I don’t approve of […]