The student news site of Aspen High School


The student news site of Aspen High School


The student news site of Aspen High School


Seniors pose on the boat in the AHS commons in the last few weeks before IB exams and the end of school for the class of 2022.

Seniors’ Last Month of High School

Jenny Ellis, Editor-in-Chief May 23, 2022

The final quarter for the class of 2022 is filled with a multitude of events and emotions. As four years of high school come to a close, it is a busy and potentially stressful time. College decisions,...

A diagram detailing the planned size and angles of the wall including the color scheme.

Facing the Struggles of AHS’ Rock Wall

Beau Toepfer, News Editor May 20, 2022

At the beginning of COVID, the Aspen climbing club was unable to continue due to lack of access to an adequate training facility, but now, students and teachers are aiming to restart the club by building...

Anxiety has especially affected teens’ mental health.

The pandemic shifted our mindsets — but we can shift them back, too

Lauren Kinney, Social Media Editor May 20, 2022

*This article originally published in the Snowmass Sun on March 16, 2022* So much of the COVID-19 conversation over the last two years has focused on mask mandates, case counts and overall deaths....

The Skier Cafe, an in-house coffee shop that serves caffeine to teachers and students alike.

Addiction in Moderation: Legal vs. Illegal Addictive Substances

Beau Toepfer, News Editor May 16, 2022

Cannabis, caffeine, and sugar are all substances that can create addiction, but how dangerous can they actually be? Why do these legal drugs all affect our brain and how can we work to stop our dependencies?...

All 11 athletes at the athlete signing.

AHS athletes sign to continue their athletic career

Stella Iverson, A&E Editor May 16, 2022

On Wednesday, April 27th, seniors at AHS signed their athletic commitments to colleges. Three of our very own journalists,, Brenon Reed, Jenny Ellis, and Kayla Tehrani were three of the 11 students to...

A winter day at Aspen School District during October 2021.

AHS Implements Delayed Start for Winter Conditions

Quintessa Frisch, News Editor May 2, 2022

When it comes to large amounts of snowfall and icy road conditions, snow days are all the Aspen School District has ever known. For the first time ever, ASD joined schools around the country in delayed...

An image of the IB characteristics poster up in all AHS classrooms.

Schools and IB credits

Beau Toepfer, Staff Writer April 29, 2022

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is used by some high schools internationally as an alternative to Advanced Placement (AP) classes as a harder curriculum, but colleges and universities often...

AHS students posing as unmotivated and burnt out

Students ‘Burnt Out’ From This Year’s Schedule

Cassia Bone, Staff Writer March 24, 2022

During the 2021/22 school year, students have felt overwhelmed by the new schedule. Without having Wednesdays to check in with teachers and study, they are struggling to find time to do schoolwork. Last...

Photo of Jimmys after its recent closing in downtown Aspen.

Craving For Locals

Haley Schmela, Staff Writer March 15, 2022

Some of Aspen's most beloved restaurants, such as L'Hostaria, Red Onion, and Victorias, are closing their doors within the last couple of months of 2021 leading into 2022. Covid 19 has had a deep financial...

Boys Basketball team featuring a celebration after a win

AHS Boys Basketball Off To States and Making History

Stella Iverson, Staff Writer March 9, 2022

AHS boys basketball is on their way to the Great Eight states competition following their undefeated season. The entire team is seniors, apart from Tommy Franceschi, a freshman. With endless support from...

Image of Aspen Mountains 1A lift, where AHS students completed 40 runs

High School Students Do 40 Laps on 1A In One Day, Are You Up For The Challenge?

Carolina Lanefelt, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

High school students Sasha Forman and Asher Weinberg jump off the lift, exhausted but enthusiastic after skiing their 39th lap down Aspen Mountain. With their poles in hand, skis on, and only one lap to...

Image of brain and altitude from The Salt Lake Tribune article, University of Utah research shows high altitude linked to depression and suicidal thoughts

Can Living at Higher Altitudes Increase Risk of Depression?

Hannah Smith, Editor-In-Chief March 7, 2022

Higher-than-national rates of death by suicide have been a consistent trend in Colorado, along with other mountain states like Montana and Wyoming. Developing research suggests that higher depression and...

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