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June 24, 2022

Dustin Roland Named Head Varsity Girls Wrestling Coach For Ankeny High Schools

ANKENY, Iowa (June 24, 2022) – Dustin Roland has been named as the head girls wrestling coach for the new girls wrestling program at Ankeny High School and Centennial High School. Dustin previously served as the head wrestling coach at Lincoln High School in the Des Moines Community School District.

Coach Roland has a rich background in wrestling and coaching. In addition to wrestling, he has served as an assistant coach for many sports in the Des Moines, Southeast Polk, and Bondurant-Farrar school districts. Additionally, Dustin is the 16U USA-Iowa Wrestling Division Director and has experience working within several levels of the USA-Iowa Wrestling Program.

Selection committee members were able to ask questions and give feedback on finalists. Committee members noted that Coach Roland’s wealth of background knowledge in how to lead a program makes him an excellent fit for starting a new program. They also indicated that he showed commitment to building a state-contending team and to increasing the interest in girls wrestling in Ankeny and across the state of Iowa. 

Southview Middle School activities director Mike Bakker and Northview Middle School activities director Holly Anderson collaborated to lead the interview and selection process since both high schools are transitioning to new activities directors that will start on July 1.

“Dustin Roland was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates to lead the process of starting the Ankeny Girls Wrestling program,” said Mike Bakker, Activities Director at Southview Middle School. “His experience as a head wrestling coach at DM Lincoln, his role with the USA Iowa Wrestling program, and his background in coaching multiple girls’ sports in his coaching career make him a natural fit. Dustin is highly respected in the wrestling community by his peers and will work closely with the boys’ programs and coaches at Centennial & Ankeny High Schools.”

The Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union sanctioned girls’ wrestling for the 2022-23 school year, and there is much excitement surrounding the program. Ankeny High School and Centennial High School are partnering together through a co-op agreement to pioneer the Ankeny girls wrestling program.  More information about the program will be available soon.

May 27, 2022

National Honor Society Inductees

The Ankeny Centennial High School National Honor Society held its induction ceremony in the ACHS auditorium  on Monday, May 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. Ankeny Mayor Mark Holm gave the keynote address.  40 sophomores, 29 juniors, and 7 seniors 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, and 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, or by telephone at 515-965-9610. 

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Inductees by grade:


Mara Blevins, Anna Bradford, Charli Brady, Chloe Bredice, Geneva Christoph, Brooklyn Conger, Alana Crawford, Payton Drefke, Sydney Frideres, Madeline Fuller, Thomas Gilbert, Autumn Harris, Jocelyn Heidrick, Chloe Jamieson, Maxime Janelle, Aidan Jones, Ella Jumper, Jordyn Jumper, Andrew Law, Avery Lewis, Emma Liechti, Haidyn Lilly, Ava Lowe, Lauren Meredith, Avery Minter, Gabrielle Mixdorf, Kaitlyn Muehring, Khushi Nagar, Madilyn Nelson, Anja Peck, Addie Pollock, Mayci Rasmus, Anna Sash, Owen Schwebach, Charles Stevens, Josi Syata, McKenna Vallejo, Ty Walker, Addison White, Chrissi Zachariades


Bennett Blakeslee, Olivia Burkhart, Brady Carr, Zachary Clark, Elizabeth Deng, Leah Eichhorn, Ethan Graham, Ester Guan, Alayna Harken, Megan Heldt, Layla Hughes, Olivia Joensen, Kendra Kasperbauer, Adam Henry Loos Jr., Jenna McClain, Lauren McClellan, Kyle Melcher, Megan Munter, Mariah Nithang, Bradon Packebush, Noah Schafer, Jada Schmidt, Brylee Smejkal, Maddie Starr, Chloe Suarez, Sarah Truong, Maxwell Vernon, Malin Vallejo, Sarah Vorthems


Morgan Den Beste, Sara Farlow, Teagan Hall, Kellen Jones, Jack Lacey, Kaylee Cutsforth Neuhaus, Emily Petersen

May 16, 2022

Law Day Celebration

The annual Law Day celebration was held on Monday, May 2 and was presented by the Polk County Bar Association. Law Day has been celebrated on or around May 1 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. The Polk County Bar Association partners with ARAG each year to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories.

This year’s theme was “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.” Numerous Ankeny students from across the district won awards and are mentioned below.

High School Poetry Competition

Emma Smith
Emma Smith,
Centennial High School
2nd place

High School Essay Competition

Elizabeth Deng
Elizabeth Deng,
Centennial High School
1st place

Finn Stukerjurgen
Finn Stukerjurgen,
Southview Middle School
3rd place

High School Visual Arts Competition

Josie Bishop
Josie Bishop,
Northview Middle School
2nd place

High School Technology Competition

Noah Yeager
Noah Yeager,
Ankeny High School
1st place

Middle School Technology Competition

Aakansha Ganesh
Aakansha Ganesh,
Prairie Ridge Middle School
1st place

Middle School Performing Arts Competition

Middle School Performing Arts
Lauren Boka, Katelyn Henzi, Camryn Johnson, Abigail Willardson, Cathy Owusu-Anokye, Josefina Willkom, Maia Bredice, Kaley Swanson and Sydney Heithoff
Northview Middle School
1st place

Middle School Poetry Competition

Rosie Howieson
Rosie Howieson,
Northview Middle School
1st place

Middle School Essay Competition

Kalyani Bhat
Kalyani Bhat,
Northview Middle School
1st place

Harrison Jansen
Harrison Jansen,
Northview Middle School
2nd place

Martha Willard
Martha Willard,
Prairie Ridge Middle School
3rd place

Middle School Visual Arts Competition

Hollin Hansen
Hollin Hansen,
Southview Middle School
1st place

Eve Russell
Eve Russell,
Prairie Ridge Middle School
2nd place

Middle School Visual Arts 3rd Place
Jamie Miara, Lauren Harmon, Ava Barten, Marleigh Munger and Mabelle Way
Northview Middle School
3rd place (tie)

Elementary School Poster Competition

Ainsley Schnurr
Ainsley Schnurr,
Ashland Ridge Elementary
1st place

Jillian Tournier
Jillian Tournier,
Ashland Ridge Elementary
2nd place

Thomas Dunne
Thomas Dunne,
Northeast Elementary
3rd place

Elementary School Visual Arts Competition

Brinley Feuerbach
Brinley Feuerbach,
Ashland Ridge Elementary
1st place

Jillian Moses and Siena Peddicord,
Northeast Elementary
2nd place

Meyer & Heither
Stella Heither and Lia Meyer,

Ashland Ridge Elementary
3rd place

Elementary School Coloring Competition

Camryn Taxted,
Prairie Trail Elementary
1st place

Elle Evans,
Prairie Trail Elementary
2nd place

Kyla Leach
Kyla Leach,
Prairie Trail Elementary
3rd place

Elementary School Essay Competition

Brynlee Moeller
Brynlee Moeller,

Southeast Elementary
1st place

Elementary School Poetry Competition

Clayton Gardner
Clayton Gardner,

Prairie Trail Elementary
1st place

Elementary School Technology Competition

Chatham Beck
Chatham Beck,

Ashland Ridge Elementary
1st place

Madeline Lynch
Madeline Lynch,

Northeast Elementary
2nd place

Kaitlyn French
Kaitlyn French,

Ashland Ridge Elementary
3rd place

May 13, 2022

CHS to be recognized at Musical Theater Awards

Centennial theater department

Ankeny Centennial High School’s theater department will participate in the 2022 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for its April production of CHICAGO: High School Edition.

Produced by Des Moines Performing Arts as the culmination of a year-long education initiative, the Showcase will be held at the Des Moines Civic Center on Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. and will recognize a total of 85 schools from across the entire state.

ACHS will be honored in a special video shown at the Showcase, in celebration of its receipt of an Outstanding Overall Performance Award – one of the program’s highest honors.

Emily Devick and Ryan Henzi each earned Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role Awards and are eligible to participate in the Triple Threat Award program with other advanced performing students. In addition to a special performance at the showcase, students will audition for theater camp scholarships and the opportunity to represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City this summer.

Emily Devick will perform an excerpt from her award-winning role in CHICAGO: High School Edition as Roxie during the Showcase.

Abby Mayo, Logan Eilers, and Drew Carter will showcase their award-winning work as the choreography team as part of the program’s Behind-The-Scenes Awards track.

ACHS also earned the Outstanding Ensemble Award. In addition, select students will represent ACHS by performing in a collaborative inter-school finale medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer.

Tickets to the Showcase, which start at $15, will go on sale on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 10 AM at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

The Awards Showcase will be live-streamed at as part of a collaboration with Iowa PBS. Iowa PBS will also broadcast a highlights special of the event on July 18 at 9:00 p.m., with a repeat airing at 1:00 p.m.


May 10, 2022

French and Spanish Honor Society Inductees

Ankeny Centennial High School held their induction ceremonies for the National French and Spanish Honor Societies in April. These chapters have been active since 2017.  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 during high school. French and Spanish Honor Society students must maintain an average GPA of A- or higher for three consecutive semesters in the language and an overall minimum GPA.  Students organize and lead club activities, volunteer their time to tutor others, and participate in various service projects at school and within the community. Students also demonstrate good character and leadership skills throughout the year. We would like to recognize the outstanding achievements of these individuals this academic school year. The National French and Spanish Honor Societies (La Société Honoraire de français & Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) are sponsored by Madame Lund and Señorita Smith.

French National Honor Society inductees for 2022:

(Seniors) Maddy Adams, Amanda Barnes, Austin Beam, Joseph Bettle, Xaria Campbell, Kaylee Cutsforth Neuhaus, Isaac Ericson, Autumn Graybill, Sadie Kuehn, Cameron Larson, Olivia Lucy, Alexa Niemi, Tucker Pease, Noah Segar, Ashley Simpson, Emma Smith, Julianne Stevens, Sam Stewart, Ava Stork, Ellie Weesner, Lindsay Wilford, Jordan Wyer

(Juniors) Charlie Brink, Abigail Brown, Rebecca Gabrielsson, Esther Guan


Spanish National Honor Society inductees for 2022:

(Seniors) Kaitlyn Ault, Ella Becker, Katelynn Bender, Thomas Brustkern, Maddie Carleton, Anna Christopherson, Dara Cleveland, Jamie Culver, Morgan DenBeste, Emily Devereux, Madeline Erickson, Elizabeth Ernst, Jeanna Fuller, Alayna Feilmeier, Kennedy Hade, Mason Inman, Evan Larson, Gracey Mann, Braden Miller, Kaylin Miklo, Hailey Paulson, Erica Peters, Emily Petersen, Graham Randell, Delaney Reece, Isabelle Sash, Elise Swalve, Nathan Willey


May 4, 2022

May 2022 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.

Click here to view the Jaguar Journal Newsletter.

May 2, 2022

Apply for Scholarships!

Did you know that the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce is offering three scholarships to students this year? It’s true!
The deadline is TODAY – May 2nd at 5:00p.m. Visit the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce Scholarship page for complete details and to download applications.
April 20, 2022

Join Us April 21 for the Parent Advisory Committee

Please join us for the April 21, 2022 PAC meeting. This will be an open discussion about the draft Strategic Plan and Graduate Profile. The partnership between families, parents, students, and the school has always been a priority in Ankeny. This collaboration will grow as parents and families unite in support of student learning experiences such as career exploration and awareness of work-based learning.  Determining a student’s vision for their future and engaging in learning that centers the student’s voice and choice in the process is best done when the educational team and the family work together.

When: Thursday, April 21 • 6-7:30pm

Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard

Click here to review documents and provide feedback.

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