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October 19, 2018


Zoe Card Goes to the Global Youth Institute

Every October, about 200 students from all around the world gather at the World Food Prize Headquarters for a three-day conference in Des Moines to talk about their solutions to World Hunger. The conference is called the Global Youth Institute (GYI). This year, junior Zoe Card will be one of the attendees. GYI was started

Pella High Student questions what student rights entail

On February 24, 1969, in the landmark case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, it was decided that students do not surrender their constitutional rights at school. But what does this mean for students today? Obviously, certain rules apply at school. While you are permitted to express your opinion according to your freedom

Pella High Students go on Costa Rica Trip

Seventeen students embarked on a seven-day journey to the country of Costa Rica on June 13.  This trip is organized every other year through the Spanish department at Pella High School, with the help of Mellissa Walker and Paloma Soria. In years past, the group has traveled to Spain, but this was the first year

A Student’s Perspective on the New ‘No Backpack’ Policy

What is the beginning of the school year without a new change for students to complain about? Last year, students complained about homeroom every Monday and flexiSched. This year brought around many fun changes! Of the changes, a policy banning backpacks during the day is perhaps one of the most drastic. As a student, I

How to ace your summer job interview

With summer fast approaching, many students are scrambling to find jobs to make some extra money. In order to get a job, you not only need to apply, but you (usually) have to be interviewed as well. Interviews are tricky, but also the key to landing your job. Here’s five tips to ace the interview

Graduation Speakers Send Off Pella Students of 2018

This year, the student body has selected middle school English teacher Joan Nikkel to be the commencement speaker at graduation on May 25. Nikkel has worked for the Pella Community school district for twenty-three years. During her year with the class of 2018, she made many fantastic memories. “The best memory of the Class of

Welding Apprenticeship Established At Career Academy

With the help of the Vermeer Corporation and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Career Academy has established a welding apprenticeship program. In early fall, Principal Eric Nelson was approached by Governor Reynolds’s Stem Council about creating the apprenticeship program. The goal of the apprenticeship is to advance students’ education and prepare them to be

Advice to Underclassmen

Being a senior is kind of scary. Everything is coming to an end, and my next journey awaits. There are many times throughout high school that I would like to go back and redo, but that isn’t how life works. Here I am, as a senior, giving advice to you underclassmen. I remember my freshman

Meeting your heroes: Little Talk With Lily

“Never meet your heroes.” That’s what we’re told anyway. I wasn’t sure why until I met one of my own heroes. I met the hero in question, David Sedaris, at a reading in Kansas City. David Sedaris writes primarily autobiographical stories, some of which are humorous, some of which are sad, and some of which

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