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November 4, 2020

Two Ankeny Schools Students Selected for the 2020 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

Abbi Brown Sharice

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.

October 13, 2020

Secondary Hybrid Calendar through Nov. 6

View the secondary schedule for Oct. 26-Nov. 6

Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

The Ankeny Board of Education voted to set a target date of Monday, November 9 for sixth through twelfth-grade students to return to a traditional on-site model. Setting a target date allows the district to make a final decision in response to current public health data closer to the November date, while simultaneously preparing for the return to on-site. This will be reviewed again at the November 2 Board of Education meeting.

September 23, 2020

Meet your ACHS 2020 Homecoming Court

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Back row: Trey Hansen, Jack Davis, Owen Vernon, Tyler Johnson & Scott Talmadge

Front row: Ryann Marzen, Volta Adovor, Meghan White, Rachel Allen & Lauryn Auderer


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September 16, 2020

Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger

Dr. Al Azinger

The Ankeny Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Al Azinger was unanimously appointed as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Ankeny Community School District. Dr. Azinger has significant experience as a secondary and university administrator. He will step in as Interim Superintendent on September 16, 2020 when current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jen Lindaman will assume her permanent role as Chief Officer of Academic Services for Ankeny Community School District.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Azinger has agreed to serve as the Ankeny Interim Superintendent, his expertise in growing leaders, and his dedication to public education make him the perfect leader for our school district,” stated Dr. Lindaman. “The Ankeny Community Schools values of community, challenge, leadership, excellence and inspiration were exemplified in Dr. Azinger’s responses to our interview teams giving us the utmost confidence in his ability to support our mission: Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”

“The Ankeny School Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Azinger for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the experience and depth of knowledge he brings to that role and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to Dr. Jen Lindaman for her leadership as she stepped in to temporarily fill that role,” said Lori Lovstad, President, Ankeny Board of Education.

Prior to joining the Ankeny Administrative Team, he served as Dean of the College of Education for Illinois State University. Throughout his years as an educator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas and Associate Superintendent in Iowa City, IA.

Dr. Azinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Missouri State. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Iowa.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” stated Dr. Azinger. “I’m looking forward to working to maintain the high quality of education represented in Ankeny Schools during this transition.”

Dr. Azinger has strong ties to Ankeny and the school district. His daughter’s family calls Ankeny home and his three grandchildren are currently attending Ankeny schools.