The Little Hawk

A Long-Distance Farewell

City High Music Staff poses for a picture after All-State auditions 2019.

Rachel Meehan, A&E and Copy Editor

May 20, 2020

City High’s beloved choir director, Dr. Greg Grove, announced his retirement this year to students throughout the music department. Dr. Grove has been a colleague, mentor, and friend to countless lives throughout his time at City High. Because their farewells are unable to be said in person, below is ...

Energy Usage at City High

Recently, a pair from Americorps did an energy audit on City High's energy usage. City High is using energy in many different ways and finding ways to reduce.

Shoshie Hemley, News Editor

May 17, 2020

Recently, a pair from the Americorps visited City High in order to review their emissions and do an energy audit, which the school has not yet received. According to the ICCSD’s Climate Action plan of 2019, the ICCSD’s greenhouse gas emissions are split up by buildings and facilities, solid waste, the bus fleet, gasoline vehicles, and water usage. All these sec...

Climate Stress in Students

According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, one in five Americans are very worried about climate change and a majority of Americans feel helpless about the issue.

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle and Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos

May 16, 2020

For Avery Wilson ‘20, living with anxiety is a struggle, but over time, she has developed ways to cope. However,  when it comes to climate change, she can’t talk herself down. “Climate anxiety is hard to stop. Because for lots of things I feel anxious about, I can talk myself down and realiz...

Farming Green

With climate change and environmental concerns on the rise, farmers are starting not only to recognize their contributions to environmental degradation, but also the effects climate change has on them

Shoshie Hemley, News Editor

May 15, 2020

Iowa is a state known for farming, leading the nation in corn, soybean, pork, and egg production according to the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In 2012, there were 30,622,731 acres of farmland in Iowa according to the Iowa Data Center.  However, according to the Nation...

Native Land

Climate change is an issue that is increasingly growing awareness, however this has been an issue for many Native Americans for years.

Shoshie Hemley and Henry Mildenstein

May 15, 2020

One of the most known aspects of Native American culture is the connection with the land and nature. However, Native Americans across Iowa, and the rest of the nation, are having to deal with the destruction of their land and the environment.   “We consider nature to be a part of us. We’re a part of natu...

The Depths of Water Pollution

The Iowa River is about 330 miles long, starting in northcentral Iowa and flowing past Iowa City on its way to the Mississippi River.

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle and Paris Fuller

May 14, 2020

Silvia Secchi often takes walks along the Iowa River with her dog Chiquita. She enjoys the fresh air, and watching the eagles, but also keeps a careful eye out for algae blooms and the water level. She worries about the contamination in the river, if the pH is too high for the fish to survive, or if ...

Culinary Club Presidents Bakes Over the Quarantine

Culinary Club Presidents Bakes Over the Quarantine

Haileigh Steffen, Reporter

April 23, 2020

What to do?... oh! What to do!? The coronavirus has created bushels of questions for students. None more pressing (for some) than how to occupy the endless hours while socially distancing. Ana Laura Leyser ‘22, however, has answered the mystery of time-occupation quite elegantly with a simple flick o...

City High in Quarantine

Downtown Iowa City is nearly empty with some businesses open for delivery.

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Feature Editor

April 10, 2020

From last minute, at-home weddings to stir-crazy athletes, many people are feeling the stress of being self-quarantined at home.  “My parents aren’t letting me go to the store with them or anything, because they’re really worried about [COVID-19] too, just because of how it’s affecting you...

The Racism and Economics Behind Climate Change

Climate change and environmental issues disproportionately affecting lower income communities and communities of color

Cecile Bendera and Victoria Weckmann

April 10, 2020

The negative effects of climate change are expected to have a greater impact on lower-income communities, according to a federal report released in 2018. Additionally, these specifically in the United States, are made up primarily by minorities. The American Psychological Association reported that 39% of A...

Climate Strikers One Year Later

Greta Thunberg came to Iowa City in October and over 3,000 gathered to hear her and the other Iowa City climate strikers speak

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Feature Editor

April 4, 2020

Sitting in class, Alex Howe ‘23, Massimo Biggers ‘23, and Ian Martinez ’23 carefully watched the clock, waiting for the time to come. Walking out of South East Junior High for the first time was scary. Teachers and students' heads turned as the then-eighth graders stood outdoors, signs in hand, ...

Walking on Sunshine

Everly Eldeen ‘20, who grew up spending time outdoors, feels a biological connection to nature.

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Feature Editor

March 5, 2020

Reconnecting with your soul. That’s how Amanda Hardy, a psychologist who works at Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center in Des Moines, describes what it is like to spend time in nature. This is in reference to the biophilia hypothesis stating that “humans possess an innate tendency to seek conn...

Race in the Classroom

Teachers and students often feel as though conversations about race can be difficult to navigate in a classroom environment. However, these discussions can influence students’ views of race and racial issues.

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Feature Editor

March 3, 2020

Teachers and students often feel as though conversations about race can be difficult to navigate in a classroom environment. However, these discussions can influence students’ views of race and racial issues. “I think there's always room for conversation about any topic—especially race. With h...

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