Volunteers Needed: Ankeny Service Center Community Event
The Ankeny Service Center will host “Sharing our Resources: A Community Event” from
Noon to 5 pm: Saturday, January 30
10 am to 3 pm: Sunday, January 31
at the Lakeside Center, Ankeny.
The event, which is open to the public, will offer coats, winter gear, personal care and household items, and non perishable food items. All visitors will be required to wear masks, and a maximum of 30 visitors will be allowed into the facility at a time. Social distancing will be enforced.
January 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.
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.
Senior Calendar 2021
The following attachment 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.
Thirty-Eight Ankeny Schools Students Selected for the 2020 All State Music Festival
Thirty-eight Ankeny Schools students attained the highest honor available to high school musicians by being selected as members of the 2020 All State Band, Choir and Orchestra. 17 of these students were selected from Ankeny Centennial High School, and 21 students were selected from Ankeny High School.
1,081 students were selected to receive this honor. 268 students were selected for the Band, 211 students were selected for the Orchestra, and 601 students were selected for the Chorus. These students represent the top 1.7% of all Iowa high school musicians.
The 2020 Festival concert would have celebrated the 74th anniversary of this prestigious event. District Auditions for the 268-piece All-State Band, 211-piece All-State Orchestra, and 601-member All-State Chorus were held virtually October 22-24, 2020 at Le Mars, Hampton, Independence, Atlantic, Indianola, and Washington. While the 2020 All-State Music Festival Concert has been cancelled due to health safety concerns caused by the ongoing pandemic, that in no way diminishes the accomplishment of the young musicians designated as members of the 2020 All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra.
We are proud of the resilience and dedication that these musicians have shown in working for and achieving this honor.
Congratulations to the honored students from Ankeny Centennial High School.
2020 All State Choir Members: Emma Donnelly, Carson Ferree, Logan Hoff, Jaiden Holt, Abby Housker, Alex Ladner, Grant Miller, Lauren Playle, and Gracie Valerio-Garsow.
Mandy Bendezu and Mason Wisecup were selected as alternates.
2020 All State Band Members: Sydney Clark and Sydney Madison.
Jordyn Jumper and Sarah Williams were selected as alternates.
2020 All State Orchestra Members: Madeline Scheve and Devon Tsia-Olson.
The Ankeny Centennial High School Band directors are Scott Hook, Janelle Hook, and Nick Rueckert. Nolan Henkle, Abby Saner, and Elliott Stern are the Choir directors.
Congratulations to the honored students from Ankeny High School.
2020 All State Choir Members: Evan Albaugh, Alex Gates, Noah Hackbart, Harrison Ingham, Addy Kiene, Lauren McCarville, Hannah Pross, Blake Schumacher, Sydney Stover, Marcus Ugolini, Adam Van Thomme, Gabe Wagner, and Halle Wulfekuhle.
Carson Doss was selected as an alternate.
2020 All State Band Members: Clara Freese, Avery Hickcox, Sam Stember, and Amanda Ritland.
Jayda Archer and Mason Bush were selected as alternates.
2020 All State Orchestra Member: Philip Na
Directors of the Ankeny High School Band Program are Joel Poppen and Jennifer Williams. Ben Walters and Adam Brown are directors of the Ankeny Choral Music program.
Mask Up for Ankeny Schools
It will take our whole community pulling together to slow the spread and help keep our students in school. We’ve been hearing it for months, but now is the time to go back to mitigation basics.
- Wear Your Mask
- When Sick, Stay Home
- Wash Your Hands
- Watch Your Distance
This week, we’re launching a #MaskupforAnkeny campaign alongside the @CityofAnkeny. Partner with us by downloading an email signature and social media graphic at the link below and answer the question “What do you mask up for?” #MaskUpforAnkeny #MaskUpforAnkenySchools #SlowtheSpread
Two Ankeny Schools Students Selected for the 2020 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute
Two Ankeny Community School District students were selected to attend the World Food Prize’s 2020 Global Youth Institute. The honored students include Abbi Brown, from Ankeny Centennial High School, and Sharice Mamuya, from Ankeny High School.
Each year, 200 exceptional high school students from around the world are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Brown and Mamuya were chosen for the 2020 Global Youth Institute after being acknowledged as one of the top students in the Iowa Youth Institute, which takes place in April. Since 1994, over 2,000 Iowa high school students and 400 teachers from across the state have participated in the Global Youth Institute.
The annual Global Youth Institute kicked off mid-October and brought student delegates from Bahrain, Canada, China, Cuba, Honduras, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States together virtually to discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues.
During this year’s event, student leaders were given opportunities to connect with one another, present and discuss their own research papers with international experts, and virtually tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities. The week started with a focus on the Iowa Hunger Summit, sessions in the remaining days explored topics including the role of youth in inspiring climate action and the power of gastronomy to drive change in food systems.
Centennial Marching Band Receives Superior Rating
On October 17th, the Centennial Marching Band participated in the 2020 IHSMA “Virtual” State Marching Band Festival, where they received a Division I “Superior” rating. This is the highest rating that a high school marching band can receive at this festival. This is the 7th consecutive year in which they have received this rating. To participate, the band submitted a video of their 2020 show “Lift Your Heart & Voice”, which was then adjudicated by a panel of judges from across the state of Iowa. “I am so proud of all of the hard work the students put in this year in order to not only put together a fantastic show, but to also take care of each other and keep each other safe every day. The students went above and beyond all expectations and I couldn’t be prouder of them!”- Scott Hook, director. The Centennial High School Marching Band consists of 200 students in grades 9-12 and is directed by Scott Hook, Nick Rueckert, Janelle Hook, Marcus Price, Mary Harris and Jake Thieben. Congratulations!