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April 9, 2021

Ankeny Community School District to Conduct Controlled Burns

Ankeny Community School District will conduct controlled burns at Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny High School, and Crocker Elementary School as weather conditions allow.

The school district’s burn permit runs from now until June 1, 2021, work will be done as site conditions allow during this time-frame. Burn times and locations will be announced via the district website,, Facebook, and Twitter.

Natural and native areas need periodic fires to thrive and prescribed burning is an important, cost-effective tool for maintaining and restoring native plant communities and wildlife habitat, managing invasive species, and reducing wildfire danger. Many of the plants and animals of Iowa’s woodlands, prairies, and wetlands are fire adapted.

Ankeny School District grounds crew, trained in wild land firefighting, are working with local fire rescue agencies, police, and county health department to insure safe, successful burn events.

February 11, 2021

Congratulations to the Jaguar National Merit Finalists

All Twelve Ankeny Schools Students Named 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Finalists

Ankeny Community Schools is proud to announce that all 12 students that were recognized as Semifinalists in September have now been named as Finalists in the 66th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. This is a record number of NMSC Finalists for the Ankeny Community School District.

The honored students include Ankeny Centennial High School seniors Kiran Bhat, Lawrence Deng, Grant Miller, Andrew Stapleton, Allison Su, Jordan Su, Spencer Thiele, and Meghan White.

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The academically talented high school seniors who are selected for this honor have an opportunity to compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered this spring. More than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar® title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Steps in the 2021 Competition

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 advanced to the Finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

February 4, 2021

National Honor Society

The Ankeny Centennial High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be accepting applications in January and February of the current calendar school year.  


Applicants may be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and students must have an unweighted cumulative (all grades starting in 9th grade) grade point average of 3.5 or above to apply.


The virtual informational meetings will be held on January 18th at 10 a.m. and January 18th at 7 p.m. Students only need to attend one of these meetings. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held on Google Meet. Please join the National Honor Society classroom using the code 3dl6szq (the letter after the d is a lower case l, not the number 1). The meeting will be recorded, so if neither of those times is convenient, you may watch it at a later date on the NHS Google Classroom site.


Again please join the National Honor Society classroom using the code 3dl6szq. 


The application can be found at the Centennial High School website. Click HERE to be directed to the National Honor Society Centennial High School Page and to access the application. Upon completion of the online form, a printed version must be turned into Mr. Garner in room 1409.


The deadline for applications is February 19th. If an extension is needed, contact Mr. Garner.

Any questions should be directed to Mr. Garner, National Honor Society sponsor at Centennial H.S.