The Student News Site of North Polk High School

The Orbit

The Student News Site of North Polk High School

The Orbit

The Student News Site of North Polk High School

The Orbit

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Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen
Zoe Marquez, Editor • May 27, 2024

Memorial Day has been a federal holiday since 1971, though it had been celebrated over a century earlier on May 30, 1868 in order to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Civil...

Picture of protesters in support of keeping the TikTok app taken from The New York Times.
Banning TikTok or Free Speech?: An Evaluation of the TikTok Ban’s Impact on Communication 
Addy Happ, Editor • May 24, 2024

Coffee shops, the movies and parks used to be some of the so-called “third places” where people would go to make new friends and socialize. A “third place” refers to a...

Perry Band Olympics
Zoe Marquez, Editor • February 7, 2024
Image from the Clear Space Theatre Website.
Oh the Places You’ll Go
Zoe Marquez, Editor • November 2, 2023
The marching band along with a color guard member performing during a home halftime show. Picture from the North Polk Flickr page.
Marching Comets
Zoe Marquez, Editor • October 6, 2023
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The “Weight” of Athletic Enhancement Class on Students:
Jillian Halupnick, Intro to Journalism Student • May 28, 2024
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Is Homework Beneficial?
Alex Mohlke, Intro to Journalism Student • May 28, 2024
Image sent by Paige Kerr showing the damage to her garage.
Community through Catastrophe
Zoe Marquez, Editor • May 28, 2024

On Tuesday, May 21, a series of tornadoes hit the midwest leaving destruction and chaos within communities, one of them being North Polk. These resulted in the North Polk...

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Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense?
Aubrey Happ, Intro to Journalism Student • May 10, 2024
The North Polk Rugby Team founding players. From top left to right is Dominick Hobby, Nick Plautz, Ian Marquez, Owen Wasko, Judah McKay and Preston McKay. Not pictured are Jess Phillips, Karson Cordero.
A New Tradition
Zoe Marquez, Editor • May 10, 2024
What is the Most Beneficial School-Day Schedule?
Lauren Feldmann, Jillian Halupnick, and Alex Mohlke May 28, 2024

Eight-Class Schedule by Lauren Feldmann North Polk uses an eight-class schedule with each class being around 45 minutes long and a four-minute passing period. Like North Polk,...

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“Standardized Stinks”
Addy Happ, Editor • May 10, 2024

With the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress taking place next week, it is important to emphasize that standardized testing does not measure one's intellectual ability...

Photo of the home page of the DMACC website where students can find more information on classes.
DMACC Fall Registration
Addy Happ, Editor • March 23, 2024

With registration for DMACC courses opening up soon, students will be provided with many potential opportunities that will benefit their future. DMACC classes can be taken online...


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North Polk Starts a Book Club
Zoe Marquez, Editor • March 5, 2024
Christmas tree in the commons where one can donate gifts for Blank Childrens Hospital.
‘Tis The Season
Zoe Marquez, Editor • December 11, 2023

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