Voting, take one

One of the major functions of a democracy is the ability to elect people and effect change through free and fair elections. At age 18, Americans can finally vote. But how much do 18-year-olds...

Chromebooks for almost all

The money which would have been used to replace laptop carts at ARHS has gone instead to a one-to-one initiative in which every student in grades nine, 10, and 11 has an opportunity to...

Girls’ Leadership Forum a success

The last decades of the twentieth century have produced inspiring examples of women’s leadership, from Malala Yousafzai, who advocates for women’s education in Pakistan, to Emma Gonzalez, a teenage girl from Parkland, Florida, who...

How effective is the new firewall?

Approximately two years ago, Amherst Regional High School implemented a new firewall that made it harder to access previously unblocked websites and apps. Amherst District IT Manager Jerry Champagne says that the new firewall...

Alyssa Ranker runs AAC on positive momentum

Alyssa Ranker was hired as the new lead teacher in the Academic Achievement Center at ARHS, after Sarah Bourbeau, who ran the center last year, assumed a full-time social studies position. Ms. Ranker was...

Welcome, Sean Duram

New math teacher Sean Duram, is happy to be living and teaching in the Pioneer Valley. He grew up in the suburbs of Beverly, Mass. and attended Beverly High School. After that, he moved...

PIP room full of new faces

Several new staff members have come to ARHS to work in the Pathways to Independence Program (PIP), for students with developmental disabilities, located in room 167. The program aims to enrich students’ lives, provide...

Lovers of science

After a one year hiatus, ARHS is returning to the Science Olympiad, a competition between students in a variety of different scientific fields. These competitions are held on state, regional, and national levels. Rudi...

Mad scientist, Rudi Scherff

Imagine  10 year old Rudi Scherff: mixing chemicals, creating reactions, and dreaming of the time when he becomes a mad scientist. Though he isn’t a mad scientist, Mr. Scherff is busy pursuing the career...

Game club a thrill for all

The ARHS Game Club is a place where students gather to meet new people, play board games with each other, and have fun. Club advisor Kathleen Olson, an ARHS special education teacher and coordinator...

Feminism alive at ARHS

“We are feminists! We are working to create equal rights for women and men. That does not mean we think women are better,” said Maya Sessions, co-leader of the ARHS Women’s Rights Club, referring...

Student Union builds community

Since 2011, the ARHS Student Union has been working to achieve a positive school environment and “improve the general social atmosphere of the school.” Previously, they have worked on creating the language of the...

Best Buddies Club takes off

Every Tuesday in the ARHS English hallway, the Best Buddies club meets in the Pathways to Independence Program (PIP) room. Best Buddies is an international organization that aims to promote friendship and social opportunities...

Students for a Free Tibet Club

The Buddhist mountainous region of Tibet has been governed by Communist China since 1959, after a failed uprising to gain its independence. Since then, many activists and dissidents have been arrested, tortured, or exiled...

POCU bigger than ever

POCU, or People Of Color United, is a club that has been at ARHS for decades. Interim Assistant Principal Mary Custard  and health and physical education teacher Elizabeth Haygood co-advise the club. This year’s...