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May 25, 2023

End of Semester Schedule

All Southview students will be on a revised schedule on May 26, 30, and 31.  Linked below you will find the end-of-semester schedule. Students will attend all classes during the end of semester schedule including PE, Health, and Study Hall.

End of Second Semester Schedule

May 22, 2023

Hawks Win National Mock Trial Championship

For the first time in school history, the Ankeny High School mock trial team won the 2023 National High School Mock Trial Competition after defeating New Mexico in the Final Round in Little Rock, AZ. In doing so, they became the fifth team from Iowa to secure the national title, giving Iowa the most wins of any state at the National Competition.

Participating students include Chloe Andersen, Nicki Casady, Sareena Casady, Hayden DeWitt, Mallory Jordan, Marissa Larson-Minar, Grant Miner, Hannah Pross, and Noah Yeager. The team is coached by attorneys Marcus Miller and Joe Metzger. Amy Akers serves as the teacher-coach.

This year’s competition case involved a fictional criminal case titled the State of Arkansas vs. Scout Cumberland, which involved the homicide of a school board member by another school board member, with New Mexico’s prosecution team arguing for premeditated murder and Iowa’s defense team claiming self-defense. The trial was presided over by Chief U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., and the jury was made up of a panel of judges and attorneys from around the nation.

Under National High School Mock Trial Association rules, teams consist of six to nine official members assigned to roles representing the prosecution/plaintiff and defense/defendant sides, with six members participating in any given round. In each round, three members serve as attorneys and three serve as witnesses. Time limits are strictly enforced. The trial scenario switches from year to year between criminal and civil trials.

The National High School Mock Trial Competition began in 1984 in Des Moines, Iowa, with five states competing: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

AHS National Mock Trial Champs

May 19, 2023

AHS Newspaper staff for The Talon bring home 13 awards

The Talon, the student publication of Ankeny High, competed with class C schools in the Iowa High School Press Association’s spring contest due to its size. The class C schools are known as phenomenal, impressive, groundbreaking student publications across the state that have been in the scholastic journalism for a very long time.  This did not deter the students of AHS since the publication secured a spot among the best of the best by showcasing quality work in both print and web. Judges were impressed by the phenomenal work of high school journalists across the state, and The Talon held its own alongside them. Their adviser Alissa Hansen cannot wait to see what they do next.

13 awards go to the following Talon journalists for their stellar writing and reporting:

  • First Place for Sports Story goes to seniors Gabby Risk & Sophie Rohlfing
  • Third Place for Sports Story goes to sophomore Adam Mein
  • First Place for School News Story goes to junior Vivian Wu
  • Second Place for School News Story goes to senior Sophie Rohlfing
  • Honorable Mention for School News Story goes to 2022 AHS graduate Lauren Kemp
  • Third Place for News Story goes to senior Gabby Risk for
  • Second Place for Editorial Cartoon/Comic Strip goes to junior Julien Noble
  • Third Place for Editorial Cartoon/Comic Strip goes to junior Julien Noble
  • Second Place for Reviews goes to senior Lejla Ahmetovic
  • Honorable Mention for In-Depth News Story goes to junior Julien Noble
  • Honorable Mention for Personality Profile goes to junior Vivian Wu
  • Honorable Mention for Personality Profile goes to junior Joanna Guerrero
  • Honorable Mention for Feature Story goes to senior Drew Taylor

The Talon is also among the top 15 contenders for the Iowa High School Press Association’s All-Iowa News Team. The winner of the prestigious award will be revealed during the IHSPA fall conference in October. It is indeed a remarkable achievement for The Talon to secure a spot on this list, and it speaks volumes about the newspaper’s dedication to excellence and journalistic integrity. Congratulations to the team behind The Talon!



May 18, 2023

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

Ankeny High School’s Drama 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 Wizard of Oz.

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.

AHS will be honored in a special video shown at the Showcase, in celebration of its receipt of an Outstanding Overall Performance Award – one of the program’s highest honors.

Jacynda Santiago and Jemma Bullock will represent AHS by performing in a collaborative inter-school medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer. Additionally, Carter Evans will perform an excerpt from his award-winning role in The Wizard of Oz as Zeke/Lion.

Carter Evans will also 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.

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

  • Outstanding Overall Performance
  • Outstanding Ensemble
  • Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role – Carter Evans as “Zeke/Lion”
  • Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Jenna Freeseman as “Glinda”
  • Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Grant Miner as “Hickory/Tinman”
  • Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Jacynda Santiago as “Dorothy Gale”
  • Special Recognition for Featured Ensemble – Oz Company Singers

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.

April 24, 2023

Register Now for Summer Enrichment Camps and Activities

Explore a wide range of summer enrichment camps and activities by visiting any of the Summer Enrichment links below. Whether it’s a cooking class, learning about horses, arts, reading, or sports, there are a variety of options for children of different ages and interests.

Activity Description Contact
Career Exploration Opportunities We have a wide range of career exploration opportunities to help you find your passion and prepare for your dream job. Our career exploration programs include internships, job shadowing, mentorship programs, informational interviews with professionals in various fields, career fairs, and networking events. Whether you’re a high school student or in middle school, we have programs and resources to help you explore different careers, gain valuable experience, and connect with industry professionals. Let us help you take the first step towards a fulfilling and rewarding career. Career Exploration website
Reading Activities to help prevent Summer Slide Suggestions to encourage children to open books even after school doors close. Have some fun and avoid the summer reading slide. 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures

2023 Summer Library Program for all ages – Find Your Voice

Kirkendall Library


Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

ACSD Summer Classes Ankeny Community Engagement is proud to offer quality continuing education courses for students and adults in the Ankeny community and surrounding areas. Whether it’s an adult fitness class, evening or weekend enrichment for kids, or a class to keep your finances in check, you’ll find a wide variety of courses. View our Summer Course Catalog.



Kristopher Koehler


DMACC Kids College Youth Camps Youth Tech Inc. in cooperation with Des Moines Area Community College West Campus’s Celebrate! Innovation program is an interactive computer camp that focuses on providing enrichment opportunities to students in the world of computers. Classes offered at DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus or virtually. Various courses offered. Age range: 6-17. Registration fee. DMACC Kids College website
Blank Park Zoo Summer Safari Camps Explore the world of animals and nature. Week-long half-day or full day camp options that consist of hands-on lessons, games, art, zoo explorations and live animal encounters. Age range: 3 years through 7th grade. Registration discount for zoo members. Registration fee. Blank Park Zoo Safari Camps website
Climb Iowa Summer Youth Camps Climb Iowa camps introduce young adventurers to climbing. Children will learn about trust, teamwork and problem solving while developing their rock climbing skills through interactive games and activities. Ages 8-12. Registration fee. Climb Iowa Youth Camps website
Jester Park Equestrian Camps Four fun-filled mornings of summer camp at Jester Park Equestrian Center. Enjoy learning all about horses and spending plenty of time riding, along with participating in other fun camp activities like games and crafts. Ages 5-12. Registration fee. Jester Park Equestrian website
Living History Farms Day Camps Half-day and full day camps offered for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. Registration fee. Living History Farms Camps website
Polk County Conservation Day Camps Variety of day camps offered for ages 6+. These day camps are designed to encourage hands-on learning through outdoor explorations, activities, games, crafts, and more. Camps will be led by naturalists. Campers are asked to bring a water bottle and sack lunch for day long camps. Prepackaged snacks will be provided. Registration fee. Polk Country Conservation Camps website
Love Lunches Love Lunches is served every weekday all summer long to kids and families in Ankeny that have need. Hot and cold lunches served daily at Ankeny Presbyterian Church, 317 SE Trilein Drive in Ankeny from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Monday-Friday and at Sunset Park, 1320 SW 3rd Street in Ankeny, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. Love Lunches facebook page

Mary Kohlsdorf, 515-965-1737, ext. 224. (Sunset Park location – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church)

Ankeny Park & Recreation Department The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of leagues and activities for children ages toddler to 18. Click link for full listing of leagues, camps and courses. Ankeny Parks and Recreation Activity website
Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps Young people sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities. With theater professionals as the instructors, students gain a deeper understanding of the process, build confidence, and benefit from a fresh jolt of creative energy. Grades 3-12. Des Moines Performing Arts Summer Camps website
Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Camps Variety of Camps held for grades K-12. Des Moines Community Playhouse Summer Camps website
Real Food 4 Kids Hands on cooking camp for kids and teens, ages 6+. Three options offered for 4 –day sessions. Cooking Class website
Elementary Math Activities and Games Have fun this summer incorporating math into each day.  You and your child can play dice and card games, engage in conversations about a picture, or solve a problem together.  You will find FREE resources to help you and your child develop a love of mathematics. Math Summer Resources
Des Moines Y Camps Overnight and day camp options for ages 6-13 (daycamp) and ages 9-12 (overnight camp). What better place for your child to spend their summer days than at the Des Moines Y Camp located in Boone?

Under the supervision of trained staff your child will spend their summer enjoying the outdoors through various program activities all while building new friendships and growing in the four Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Daily traditional activities may include: climbing, hiking, archery, fishing, canoeing, field games, Imagineering, crafts, swimming, gaga ball, horseback riding (additional fee), and so much more!

VIP Program for ages 14 – 17
As a VIP, campers take the first step in becoming a Y Camp Leader. This two-week program teaches campers about service to others. Their primary function is working in Cownie Dining Hall, where they will do dishes after each meal, clean the dining hall and help provide a great environment for the other campers on camp. When they aren’t serving others, they will take opportunities to enjoy camp and will go through several team-building exercises with their peers throughout the week. This program is a great first step into the Leadership Development Program and lays the foundation for good leadership: service.

Des Moines Y Camps website
April 19, 2023

Two Ankeny Southview Choirs Selected for the 2023 Iowa Choral Showcase

For the fourth time in six years, the Iowa Choral Directors Association has selected Ankeny choirs to participate in the 2023 Iowa Choral Showcase. This year, two Ankeny choirs were selected for the showcase to be held on April 26 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Iowa Choral Showcase is a statewide choral competition in which choirs from across the state are selected to perform in either a clinic or concert performance. To be considered, choirs had to submit recordings to be adjudicated by a panel of judges.

Southview’s Ninth Grade Treble Clef Choir, under the direction of Jill Bjorklund, was one of three choirs selected to perform in a clinic with Dr. Jeremy Manternach from the University of Iowa.

Treble Clef Updated

Southview Ninth Grade Treble Clef Choir

Southview’s Ninth Grade Bass Clef Choir, under the direction of Nick Oswald, was one of six choirs selected to perform at the Iowa Choral Showcase Concert on April 26th at 6pm at Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium. These two ensembles have the distinction of representing all middle schools in the entire state of Iowa.

Bass Clef Updated

Southview Ninth Grade Bass Clef Choir

Congratulations to these students and their directors!

April 5, 2023

9th Grade Formal

The 9th Grade Spring Formal will be held Friday, April 14th, 7:00-9:00 pm at Northview Middle School. (Semi-Formal Attire). The formal is open to both Northview and Southview 9th grade students only (no guests allowed).

Early Bird tickets can be purchased for $5.00 beginning Monday, 4/10 through Thursday, 4/13 5:00 p.m.  Click  here  for directions on purchasing tickets online.  We will also begin selling tickets during lunch on Friday, April 7 through Friday, April 14th (Cash only).

Tickets will also be sold at the door the evening of the event for $8.00.

All students must have their school ID.


March 30, 2023

Southview Mock Trial Teams Compete in Regional Competition

Six 9-12 teams from Southview Middle School and Ankeny High School learned about the law, practiced courtroom procedure, and developed public speaking skills during the high school mock trial season this spring. These teams then competed at the regional mock trial competition at the Iowa Events Center on Tuesday, March 7th.


27 Southview students competed at the regional competition on March 7th

One of the freshman teams from Southview was one spot away from advancing to the play-off round. This team, We Will Survive was led by Drake student Abby North and included: Brynn Blume, Luca Fratella, Michael Kennedy, Addison Meyer, Lilian Monthei, Eli Pattee, Jack Ponto, Caleb Sensor, and Lucas Zea. Two other freshman teams from Southview represented the school well and gained experience for the future. These teams were Survivors coached by high school student, Noa Jones and included: Jaida Evans, Connor Kamish, River McNeeley, Jessy Mendoza, Maya Nguyen, Cameron Overbaugh, Addy Pinion, Kyra Swenson, and Max Wardell, and The Other Team: Jakayla Campbell, Laila Evans, Nolan Gentry, Kaylee Krahenbuhl, Carter Lacina, Lynae Midkiff, Anders Repp, Holden Sungren, and Oren Talmon. Congratulations to all teams who competed!
Two Ankeny High School teams,  The Miller-Metzger Academy and Lawyer Cars Play Family Feud !Kachow!, earned the right to compete at the state competition March 27-29. Lawyer Cars Play Family Feud !Kachow! finished 10th at the State competition and The Miller-Metzger Academy team finished #1 in the state and was invited to represent Iowa at the National Mock Trial competition in May.
March 27, 2023

Quiz Bowl Team wins 2023 State Title

Jv quiz bowl

L to R: Anders Repp, Eli Pattee, Carter Ross, Nolan Gentry, Drew Coleman and Jack Ponto

The Ankeny JV Team won the Iowa State Quiz bowl JV title for the fourth time in the last six years. The JV team consisted of five 9th graders and one tenth grader. Ankeny finished the day with a record of 5-1 and won the State Title on the last question of the match against Waukee NW.   “These students did an amazing job all season and I am very proud of them,” said Nathan Coombes, quiz bowl coach. “Since the program began nine years ago, we’ve made history by winning a record seventeen championships among the different teams.” We have a great chance at a National title this year.

March 24, 2023

Spring Student Pictures

Student Spring Pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th. 

All students will have their picture take on April 11. These pictures will be used for the Student ID’s for the 2023-2024 school year. There will not be a make-up date.  The flyer with the information on how to purchase is below.


Lifetouch Flyer


If you have any questions, please call the Southview office at 965-9635.