The importance of good relationships between students and teachers

May 21, 2019

You walk through the classroom door and are greeted by a smiling teacher who calls you by your name and asks about your day, you instantly feel happier and like you are welcome and accepted in that class. The room is brigh...

Women and video games

Bri Riney

May 21, 2019

Gamer girl, girl gamer, or just simply, gamer? Whatever you want to label us, believe it or not, both women and girls play video games. Us women also exist inside video games themselves. Some strong female characters include, Faith...

The R word (Retard)

Fabiana Centeno

May 21, 2019

How can one word build up enough anger inside of you that it makes you want to explode?  How it can one word cause so many mixed feelings that you don’t know how to feel? There are many words that can cause mixed emotions and som...

The benefits of Planned Parenthood

Joselyn Hildebrand

February 26, 2019

High school students often find themselves very uneducated about all things relating to sex, pregnancy and STIs. This is mainly because some find it uncomfortable to talk about or don’t have the resources they need. This is...

The True Colors of Des Moines

Shelby Alsted, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019

What is Des Moines? Love, unity, laughter, creativity, diversity, and most importantly a place to express yourself. Des Moines is a city full of creativity and even more full of people ready to express that creativity. Des Moines...

Holiday Movie

December 14, 2018

“The Santa Clause”: Nov. 11, 1994 Rated PG In 1994 Tim Allen became Santa Claus. All started when Scott Calvin’s son heard noises coming from the roof, Scott went outside and there he saw a jolly man in a red suit wh...

It’s her body

Alyssa Ayersman, Design Editor

May 16, 2018

A·bor·tion: the ending of pregnancy by removing an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. Studies have proven that a fetus may survive outside of the womb as early as 22 weeks but, the child will need excessive...


Cat Hexamer

May 16, 2018

First the dirty looks, then the insults and gossip. Is this how a person deserves to be treated? No. This is how some youth treat people they don’t know that are different. People raised in this generation are disrespectful...

Too Much Gun

Abby Folkerts, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2018

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. All three of these school shootings were considered at one point the “deadliest school mass shootings in American history”. But when does it stop? How can we stop future sc...

Early bird gets the worm

Early bird gets the worm

February 26, 2018

A Note To Dmps

February 26, 2018

The graduation rate in Des Moines Public Schools has gone from 72.68 percent to 81.16 percent between 2011- 2016. Although this may seem that students are improving this is very misleading. The graduation rate is improving bu...

They need a voice

February 26, 2018

Have you ever sat in a classroom with your hand up in frustration but multiple people in line in front of you waiting for help? Imagine being a kid with special needs or a student who struggles in the classroom. You’re completely...