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November 13, 2020

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.

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 17, 2020

Fall Photo Ordering

If you wish to order photos, please go to , type Ankeny High School in the search bar, select the school, and follow through the simple ordering process.

For those wishing to pay by cash or check, flyers are available at the school for your student to pick up, and should be returned to the school by September 25th.   Should you need any assistance please contact HR Imaging’s customer service department at 815-433-1766.

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