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May 22, 2023

Congratulations to the NHS Inductees

NHS inductees

Ankeny Centennial High School honored 98 new members of the National Honor Society in an induction ceremony on May 15th. 49 sophomores, 41 juniors, and 8 seniors were recognized for their academic achievements and leadership qualities. State Representative Molly Buck gave a keynote speech at the event, which took place in the school’s auditorium.

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.

Sophomores: Jackson Anonson Michaela Auderer Maddison Balashaitis Brody Barnes Charlee Bender Josie Bishop Finley Blackmore Nathan Boehlert Emilia Brooks Makenzie Bugh Addison Burkle Kayla Clark Quinn Coenen Cora DenHartog Abigail Drosieko Zoe Geiger Ashley Green Aammin Hassan Isabella Hodges Emma Hoeppner Caitilin Horner Emmy Hughes Erna Huskic Haley Hveem Olivia Kroska Isabella Kuehn Abilgail Leaders Isabel Makovec Alexis Metzger Kerigan Miller Elliana Minter Anika Mohrhauser Emily Obermeier Kacy Olson Audrey Patkin Hilary Paulson Isabelle Phipps Makenzie Piper Kaydee Quam Barron Roovaart Leah Schafer Grace Silvey Tillie Smith Katelyn Thierry Corbin Vander Weerdt Ellie Vaudt Rachel Willey Meghan Wolf Kyra Zinn

Juniors: Jenna Benkufsky Jacob Chizek Luis De la Cuba Duy Duong Mary Faidley Abigail Fickbohm Kelsey Fornoff Avery Gavin Jackson Guddall Noah Hook Talia Keuning Colin Littlefield Ara Lofgren Addison Linder Carter Lust Aleah Maritim Mustafa Miari Lucas Muta Eli Mwesigwa Anh Nguyen Crystal Opoku Brendan Owens Blue Pries Natalie Prill Piper Robie Braydon Schmitz Jillian Scroggs Madison Semrow Aaron Schermerhorn Jennah Skelton Holden Smith Logan Sobaski Ruby Sprecher Rosalyn Sterling Isaiah Stotts Corinne Swalve Rachel Takle Cole Tjaden Hannah Varangkounh Lana Walker Seth Wright

Seniors:  Lilliana Carreon Joshua August Cowie Jakub Kwiatkowski Ava Lensch Adelynne Peterson Hayden Scheffert Andrew Smith Autumn Zogg

May 19, 2023

Message to Seniors & Families from Dr. Urich

Ankeny Centennial High School Seniors and Families,

We are in our final days and hours leading to Commencement!  Below are important reminders and expectations.

Between now and June 3:

  • Senior Calendar
  • As a reminder, you must be in good standing in order to participate in the ceremony on June 3, defined as follows:
    • Academic Enrollment: If a student is enrolled in 6 credits and PE and has met the academic graduation requirements, they are eligible to participate in commencement.
    • Discipline: Senior students are subject to all expectations for student conduct outlined in building handbooks and board policies including but not limited to Student Conduct, Good Conduct Rules, and Student Attendance. Principals will annually advise students that behavior like “senior skip day”, senior pranks, initiations, or other similar misconduct is not exempted from the expectations in this policy. Students who fail to follow the District’s expectations may be subject to disciplinary action and could be prohibited from participating in commencement.
    • Fines/Fees: Parents are able to view their student’s fees/fines balance using the In-Touch system. Students are to have all outstanding fines paid in full prior to commencement or have a plan in place with the district. Payment may be made online, in person using a credit/debit card, or by contacting Dallon Christianson at the district office at 515-965-9600 ext. 57124.
  • Commencement practice begins at 8:15 on Thursday morning, June 1st. Breakfast will be provided by our Student Council in the cafeteria when you arrive, then we’ll transition into the gymnasium. Attendance is required.
  • REPEAT from an email on April 10:  Linked here is important information from our commencement photographer. Action is needed on your part: Centennial Commencement Photography Information

Commencement is on Saturday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

  • Seniors are to arrive at Hilton by 9:00 a.m.
  • For those unable to join us in person, you are invited to celebrate with us by watching the livestream at this link:
  • We have received a few questions regarding what medals and cords can be worn during the ceremony.  Commencement is a ceremony where we celebrate the Centennial Class of 2023, therefore, it is expected that we dress in a unified fashion. The approved cords and medals are those received formally at Centennial and recognized in the Commencement program:
    • Medals: Academic recognition, Spirit of the Jaguar, and, Seal of Biliteracy.
    • Cords: Top 5%, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, French Honor Society. National Art Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Society, Silver Cord Award, and. Mentors in Violence Prevention.
  • Please know, you may wear other cords and medals outside of the commencement ceremony for pictures with loved ones, and you should certainly display them at your graduation open house as this is a time to celebrate your individual accomplishments. We look forward to presenting as a unified class at Hilton, demonstrating our school pride one last time together.

Parents/Guardians, you will receive a more detailed email with information highlighting important commencement reminders for seniors. Check your inbox for this information on June 1 after rehearsal. I want to make sure you are in the loop!  We are in this together.

I look forward to celebrating the Class of 2023 with you!

Dr. Jill Urich

May 18, 2023

CHS Theater Department to participate in the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase

IHSMTA Full Cast Photo IHSMTA Distinguished Scene Photo

Ankeny Centennial High School’s theater department will participate in the 2023 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for its April production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

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 Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. and will recognize a total of 94 schools from across the entire state.

Ryan Henzi and Abby Fickbohm 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.

Ryan Henzi will perform an excerpt from his award-winning role in The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as William Barfée.

Additionally, select students will represent Ankeny Centennial High School by performing in a collaborative inter-school medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer.

Ankeny Centennial will also be recognized with the following awards and honors:

  • Distinguished Scene – “The I Love You Song”
  • Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Rai San Martin as “Chip Tolentino”
  • Special Recognition for Achievement in Choreography – Kenzie Halbach,
  • Kaitlin Like, Rai San Martin, Drew Carter, & Caroline Trout

Tickets to the Showcase, which start at $15, will go on sale on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 10 AM at, the Des Moines 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 Friday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.

May 18, 2023

Senior Transcript Requests

A reminder to senior parents – ALL high school transcript requests must be submitted through Naviance. If your student is in need of a midyear or is ready to request their final transcript, they will need to do so through Naviance. Final transcripts will be ready for seniors in June and sent to schools

Seniors who also have a DMACC transcript must request their transcripts through DMACC. Students who may need a copy of their DMACC transcript before June can log into their MyDMACC account and access and a list of their completed classes and grades. Students who have questions on how to access this can set up an appointment with Kam Klaver, Centennials DMACC representative. Kam can be reached at

May 12, 2023

Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

ACHS’s spring musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned several honors through the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards! The cast and crew earned a Distinguished Scene Award for “The I Love You Song,” featuring soloists Abby Fickbohm, Kemble Rains, and Elliana Minter. In addition, Ryan Henzi and Abby Fickbohm each earned Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role, and Rai San Martin earned Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role. Finally, Kenzie Halbach, Kaitlin Like, Rai San Martin, Drew Carter, and Caroline Trout earned Special Recognition for Achievement in Choreography. These achievements will be honored at the IHSMTA Showcase on June 1!
  IHSMTA Awards 2023
May 4, 2023

Graduation Caps & Gowns

Seniors – please pick up your graduation caps and gowns from the front office.

May 4, 2023

CHS Yearbooks for sale

CHS yearbooks can be ordered off of the Jostens’ website through June 30th.  Click here to order.

April 26, 2023

French National Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to the 25 new & 4 returning members who were inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français Sunday April 16th!
Seniors: Lydia Boehlert, Charlie Brink (2nd year), Addie Brooks, Abigail Brown (2nd year) Michaela Coleman, Rebecca Gabrielsson (2nd year), Emma Goff, Esther Guan (2nd year) Brenna Halsted, Megan Heldt, Cam Hershberger, Bri Hynick, Olivia Joensen, Jenna McClain, Maddy Moen, Emma Plate, Kemble Rains, Dayanara Sanchez, Rai San Martin, Kelsey Taylor, Katie Tschirren, Sari White
Juniors: Chloe Bredice, Mary Faidley, Abby Fickbohm, Ara Lofgren, Logan Sobaski, Addie White & Chrissi Zachariades
April 26, 2023

Spanish National Honor Society Induction

This week, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica inducted 23 members. In addition to the rigorous academic requirements to join the Spanish Honors Society, these 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:  Eliana Baca, Anna Bradford, Abigail Brown, Lilliana Carreon, Brooklyn Conger, Luis (Nicholas) De la Cuba, Duy Duong, Tommy Gilbert, Sophie Giles, Megan Heldt, Andrew Law, Haidyn Lilly, Ava Lowe, Lauren Meredith, Avery Minter, Gabby Mixdorf, Eli Mwesigwa, Madilyn Nelson, Adelynne Peterson, Addie Pollock, Anna Sash, Corinne Swalve, and Julia Yount