AHS’s struggle with combating youth substance abuse

AHS student vapes in the bathroom.

Bella Hoffman, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

During a Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in 2017, data stated that Aspen High School had the highest rate of vaping in the entire state of Colorado. Results for the 2019 survey are yet to be revealed, but AHS staff is hoping that the vaping rate will go down. Unfortunately, when it comes to kids and alcohol,...

AHS recovering from the absence of Paul Hufnagle

Paul Hufnagle on the job at AHS prior to his absence.

Maeve McGuire and Tatum Diemer

January 23, 2020

AHS has witnessed a turnover in Student Resource Officers (SRO), when Paul Hufnagle, commonly known as “Huff” around the school, was placed on leave by the Sheriff’s Office. According to the Aspen Times, after 12 years of working at AHS, Huff accepted a gift donated from a group of parents to over ...

AHS’s new athletics operations coordinator: Larissa Bohn

Aspen High School’s new Athletics Operations Coordinator, Larissa Bohn, poses while coaching the girl’s lacrosse team.

Lauren Fox, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

This November, Aspen High School's Assistant Girl's Lacrosse Coach, Larissa Bohn, stepped into the role of Athletics Operations Coordinator at AHS. Bohn moved to Aspen in 2015 to be a snowmobile guide at T Lazy. She moved to the East Coast for a year to go to medical school but soon moved back and...

Ava Mackie Going to South Korea

Ava Mackie, who is attending Yonsei University in South Korea, smiles at herself in the mirror.

Bella Hoffman, Staff Writer

January 17, 2020

Aspen High School senior, Ava Mackie, is planning to further her studies at Yonsei University, a college in Seoul, South Korea. Yonsei University is a private research university and is famous for its international inclusivity. Mackie, who has never been to South Korea before, is excited to immerse herself...

Profile on Jeremy Martin

Profile on Jeremy Martin

Storey Balko, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

Jeremy Martin, a junior at Aspen High, was recently selected to be a drummer in the Colorado All-State Small School Jazz Band. In Colorado, there are two all-state bands: one for students who attend a small school and another for students who attend a school with over 1000 students. Over 250 students...

Greta Thunberg and Trump feud

Trump on left and Greta Thunberg on right during the UN meeting.

Ava Thornely, Social Media Specialist

January 13, 2020

Greta Thunberg was 2019’s “Person of the Year.” Since 1999 TIME Magazine has released an issue every year about the “Person of the Year” people who have had a significant impact on that year are how candidates are chosen. This 2019 it came down to a final 5 candidates: Nancy Pelosi - speaker...

Profile on Committed College Seniors

Logan Sodaburg:
James Madison University

Lauren Fox, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

For AHS seniors, this fall has been packed with college essays, writing activities, and filling out the Common Application. For some seniors, all of this hard work is already beginning to pay off. Throughout December, many students who applied Early Decision to their top choice universities, a binding...

Will 16 year olds vote in Aspen?

Mayor Torre in a meeting with AHS students.

Hannah Smith, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

Today’s youth are advocating their beliefs and voices through protests and rallies, such as the Aspen School District’s March For Our Lives and the Climate Strike. These current issues, whether political, environmental, or discriminatory are being spoken out about as critical and urgent con...

Sex-trafficking rings uncovered in Colorado

The National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number and text support.

Katelyn O'Callaghan, News Editor

January 7, 2020

On December 8th, Colorado Spring residents Luis Hernande and Joshua Olmstead were arrested for two separate incidents involving human sex trafficking and prostitution. After further investigation by the police, it was revealed that both men were a part of a human sex trafficking ring in the town of Eads,...

Katy Frisch: ASD’s Newest School Board Member

Emily Kinney, News Editor

December 17, 2019

Aspen School District is known for striving to be the best and working to create a comprehensive education pathway for all students in the school. However, none of these improvements would be possible without leadership from the highest level\; the Board of Education. Made up of five elected community...

Climary’s Quest for QuestBridge

Climary Sanchez wears her Notre Dame sweatshirt after being matched to the University through the QuestBridge scholarship.

Lauren Fox, Staff Writer

December 17, 2019

The financial debt that both college applications and attendance places on students limit many future academic opportunities. The QuestBridge Scholarship gives students, who may not be able to attend college otherwise, a chance to go to some of the highest esteemed universities in our country. Each year,...

The Commons: more sustianable than you think

The commons after lunch once students have returned to classes.

Ava Cherry, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Three students at AHS are currently working on improving the commons, but many students are unaware of the kitchen staff’s current efforts. The students who are running the commons improvement initiative kickstarted their project in Diane Godfrey’s design thinking class. A few of the group’s...