Centennial doubles Tennis team wins state championship
The Ankeny Centennial co-ed doubles tennis team of Will Blevins and Claudia Guan defeated Dowling 6-3, 6-3 in the State Tennis Championship Tuesday, June 8.
Centennial coach Tami Lewton said we were super excited for this pair up. Blevins had placed second in State singles and Guan had placed 6th in doubles. “We had no idea how they would play together on the court and they competed with such unity, dedication, and teamwork they were unstoppable!”
The Dowling team that they beat had placed first in State singles. Blevins had an individual goal of placing first in the beginning of the season but instead ended up with a championship title along with partner Claudia. Coach Lewton said, “This pairing showed these two were able to triumph over by working together and proves if you are a great team player, amazing things happen.”
Centennial holds its National Honor Society induction ceremony May 27
The Ankeny Centennial High School National Honor Society held its induction ceremony on Thursday, May 27th, at 7:30 p.m. Since there was no ceremony last year we awarded memberships to both the 2020 and 2021 inductees at this year’s event. Brigadier General Shawn Ford, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa Air National Guard gave the keynote address. A grand total of 135 students were admitted to National Honor Society. The ceremony was attended by many parents, friends, and family members.
Students apply to become members of National Honor Society, an organization chartered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which has been in existence since 1921. Successful applicants must have a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or above, a demonstrated record of scholarship, extracurricular involvement, community service, and character. Tim Garner is the sponsor of the Ankeny Centennial High School chapter of National Honor Society, and he can be reached at email@example.com, or by telephone at 515-965-9610.
Below is a list of the 2020 and 2021 memberships:
Last Day of School – Wednesday, June 2
As we approach the last day of school, we’d like to remind our families that the last day falls on Wednesday, June 2. This means that it will be a late start and early dismissal day. Please see below for your building arrival and dismissal times. *Reminder to Preschool parents their last day is this Friday, May 28th.
Start time: 8:55 a.m.
Dismissal: 12:55 p.m.
Middle School (6-7)
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:45 p.m.
Middle School (8-9)
Start time: 9:20 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:35 p.m.
High School (10-12)
Start time: 9:25 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:40 p.m.
28 Ankeny Centennial High School Students Inducted into the Société Honoraire De Français and Spanish Honor Society
Congratulations to 28 students from Ankeny Centennial High School who have been inducted into either the Société Honoraire de Français (French Honor Society) or the Spanish Honor Society!
Ankeny Centennial High School held its third annual induction ceremony for both Societies on April 26. The French and Spanish Honor Societies are national organizations that promote interest in the language and culture and recognize students’ outstanding effort and dedication to the study of the language.
To be considered for Honor Society membership, French and Spanish students must maintain an average GPA of A- or higher for three consecutive semesters in French or Spanish language courses. Members must also maintain an overall minimum GPA. In addition, students organized and led club activities, volunteered their time to tutor others, and participated in various service projects. They also demonstrated good character and leadership skills.
The Société Honoraire de Français is sponsored by Madame Pamela Lund and the Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by Señora Jennifer Aguirre.
Société Honoraire de Français
15 senior inductees: (from left to right) Volta Adovor, Lauryn Auderer, Jaclyn Carlson, Katlyn Carlson, Sydney Clark, Amukta Gantalamohini, Grace Meador, Abby Miller, Jade Nettrour, Elizabeth Overberg, Raina Paeper, Natalia Portal-Figueroa, Jenna Ringwald, Olivia Schaeffer, and Isabella Sterling (Not pictured: Amukta Gantalamohini).
Spanish Honor Society
13 senior inductees: (left to right) Eugene Viti, Angela Bambo, Hannah Bender, Eva DiMeo, Johnathon Beuter, Jakyla Kaniaru, Alison Lundberg, Mason Jensen, Alyson Jumper, Grace Mullins, Grace Dickinson, Kaylyn Peel, Zachary Solis
Law Day Winners
Students from ACSD competed in the Polk County Bar Association’s Law Day contest and garnered several awards in each category. Students in grades K through 12 were invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay, and poetry categories.
This year’s theme was Advancing the Rule of Law Now. The Rule of Law is the bedrock of our democracy because the same laws apply to everyone, and no one is above the law. The Rule of Law is a system of laws, rules, policies, and principles that apply to everyone to ensure a fair and just society where everyone is treated equally under the law. This includes having a fair and independent judiciary and making sure human rights are guaranteed for all.
Law day has been celebrated since 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation declaring it a day to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law.
This year’s celebration was held virtually. Guests from the legal profession spoke to students, emphasizing the importance of the Rule of Law, and entertained questions from the students. A visual presentation was shared that showcased student work.
Anna Rowling (Prairie Trail) – 1st Place in Poster
Vivian Zhang (Rock Creek) – 2nd Place in Essay
Zena Jorgensen and Ingrid Weber (Ashland Ridge) – 1st Place in Visual Arts
Alanna Bredice (Prairie Ridge) – 1st Place in Technology
Kalyani Bhat (Prairie Ridge) – 1st Place in Music & Performing Arts
Emmarie Becker (Prairie Ridge) – 3rd Place in Poetry
Rosie Howieson (Prairie Ridge) – 2nd Place in Poetry
Maia Bredice & Lauren Boka (Prairie Ridge) – 3rd Place in Visual Arts
Avery Bacon (Southview) – 2nd place in Middle School Visual Arts
Josie Bishop (Northview) – 3rd place in Middle School Essay
Olivia Madison (Northview) – 1st place in Middle School Poetry
Finn Stukerjurgen (Southview) – 1st place in Middle School Essay
Meghan Wolf (Northview) – 1st place in Middle School Visual Arts; 2nd Place in Middle School Essay
Lio Aguirre (Northview) – 3rd place in High School Essay
Lio Aguirre, Caeden deBruin, Mary Faidley and Addison Pollock (Northview) – 1st place in High School Visual Arts
Kylie Kinzie (Northview) – 2nd place in High School Visual Arts
Julia Yount (ACHS) – 2nd place in High School Poetry
Allison Su (ACHS) – 3rd place in High School Visual Arts
On The Prowl – It’s happening!
What: On the Prowl
When: May 17th – 7:00 pm start time
Who: Juniors and Seniors that signed up with a team. You MUST be on a team or volunteering with Student Council to be on the field.
Where: ACHS Football Stadium (at the High School, NOT Ankeny Stadium)
Student Arrival Time and Info: Teams should arrive with all team members and staff sponsor no later than 6:50 pm as the start time is at 7:00 pm. Teams will enter by the home concession stand on the football field and then enter through the gate behind the home stands to the field west of the stadium.
Spectator information: Due to our smaller field this year and Covid, we are not allowing spectators to follow teams. There will be an area where spectators may watch, but they will NOT be allowed on the field this year. Staff members will be taking pictures throughout the night and these will be available to download for free. A link will be sent out once the pictures have been uploaded.
Masks REQUIRED: Teams will not meet the social distancing policy, per the district, so even though we are outside, teams must still wear masks. Team captains will be reminded of this at their captain’s meeting. Teams should provide their own masks.
May 2021 Newsletter Now Available!
The new edition of the Jaguar Journal, the Ankeny Centennial High School electronic newsletter for parents and students, is now available online. The Jaguar Journal can help you keep up to date on important news and information, event dates, and opportunities at your student’s school.
Senior Calendar 2021
Here is the Senior Calendar for 2021.
Please note, this calendar includes important dates for Seniors and their families. Many items are still “TBD” (to be determined) as details are still being finalized. This document will be updated as that information is available.
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Ankeny Schools Celebrates the School Lunch Heroes Serving Healthy Meals – May 7, 2021
Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Ankeny Community School District nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Ankeny schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 7. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.
All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored and recognized from students, school staff, parents, and the community.
The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. The Ankeny Schools Nutrition Services mission is to promote a culture of health and wellness in the Ankeny Community School District by providing safe and nutritious foods that support the learning process. Join us in thanking our School Lunch Heroes throughout the District! Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Ankeny Schools, visit https://www.ankenyschools.org/departments/nutrition-services/.