Category: News

Experiencing the Caucus

Having recently turned 18, I was super excited to caucus for the first time. I’m glad I got the opportunity before leaving for college because Iowa is a particularly important state when it comes to caucusing. Because Iowa is the first to caucus, the results tend to set the tone for the rest of the […]

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 […]

Trio & One

Trio & One is Pella’s hottest new band, coming right out of Pella High and featuring seniors Grayson Parisee on keyboard and trumpet, Jack Stratton on bass,  Jake Schulte on vocals, and junior Issac Piersma on drums.  The band was first dreamed up by Piersma and Stratton after they had the opportunity to play in […]

NCMP boys swim team gets a new head coach

The Newton Colfax-Mingo Pella (NCMP) boys are beginning their season of high school swimming, and this year they have a new coach. Replacing Coach Sarah Patterson, who had been the head coach of the team for the past three years, Coach Steve Jones begins his first season as the NCMP head coach. Jones has had […]

Frozen 2 Preview

Frozen 2 Preview Almost 82 years ago, the first Disney princess was born. Snow White was the first of many Disney princesses to come. Snow White and the other Disney princesses put Disney on the map with amazing stories and animation.  However,  Disney didn’t have many Disney princesses after Mulan in 1998.  Princess and the […]

Valleyfest Showdown

Every year in western Des Moines the Pella Marching Dutch is invited to compete in the Valleyfest Showdown. This is only one of typically four competitions they participate in and is the biggest one, both in importance and in size. This year’s show, The Art of Tango, was awarded best drumline and second place in […]


With the recent change to Chromebooks, the school introduced the new system/program, GoGuardian. The new system/program allows teachers to look at student’s computers and be able to block websites, videos, and games. However, as technology improves, so does the student’s understanding of that technology.   There has been a recent situation involving GoGuardian where students at […]

First All-Woman Spacewalk

On October 18,  a new milestone was achieved in the space program: the first all-female spacewalk. United States astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir went into space for more than seven hours, starting at 7:38 AM EDT. The two were repairing a faulty battery discharge unit on the International Space Station. The unit was part […]

One fad to the next: TikTok

In 2014, the first prototype came out into the world and became a very popular social media app. The main headquarters was in Shanghai with an office in Santa Monica, California. App users are able to create and share short lip-sync videos. Later in August of 2014, the official version of was launched.  […]

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 […]