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Welcome to the Alpena Yearbook and News page.    Mrs. Graves

The Leopard Spread


Alpena Senior High Lady Leopards Basketball

Alpena Lady Leopards have a struggling season ahead. The  lady leopards don’t have the depth they did last year. They started the season off with 8 players and high hopes, but it just went downhill from there. With a rough start, forward Amelya Cook was hurt in the beginning of the season, before the Maroon & White games. That left them with 6 players. After 4 weeks with Cook out, she came back strong, then a player chose to leave the team. Leaving the team with only 6 players, the lady leopards stayed strong. Tuesday November 5th, the lady leopards played a rough game against Eureka Springs. In the fourth quarter with a minute to go Kayleigh Armer went down because of a brutal hit to the knee leaving the Lady Leopards with only 5 players.

Red Ribbon Week – by Katie Wheately

Alpena School District participated in Red Ribbon Week October 23rd -31st. Red Ribbon Week is an event that specifically educates students about drug abuse and encourages them to avoid drugs altogether.

Sophia Bright, an 8th-grade student, had the idea to have dress up days for Red Ribbon Week to get high school students more involved since, in the past, it had been mainly an elementary school ordeal. This year, Alpena started the week with an assembly where a video was shown, cautioning students of the effects of drugs, and Travis Connor, the school’s resource officer, told his real-life experience of trying to save a mother and daughter from an overdose. Alpena also had themes for each day of the week. High school students dressed up according to the theme and earned points for their class at the same time.

The themes for the week were “Wear Red” (for the kickoff), “Do your hair, not drugs!” (crazy hair day), “Too smart to start!” (nerd day), “Caps on drugs” (hat day), “Stop drugs and start to dream!” (pajama day), “Put down drugs and pull up your socks!” (crazy sock day), and “Say boo to drugs!” (Halloween).



On Tuesday August 13, 209 Alpena students were waking up and getting ready for the first day  of school. The first day of school is one of the most exciting days of the year. Getting to see all of your friends and going to your classes and meeting all of your teachers.The first day is the easiest  and most relaxed. It is fun and you just sit and learn about your class.  – By Makayla Oliger


Buddy Bass Tournament

On Saturday August 24, 2019, Alpena FFA officers, members, and supporters joined together for a Bass Tournament fundraiser at Cricket Creek Marina. After many months of planning, getting sponsors and boats signed up, it was finally showtime. At 6 o’clock 36 boats launched off for many hours of fishing. At 11 o’clock weighing fish was in full swing. Raffles, places, and big bass were awarded. It turned out to be a successful fundraiser despite the foggy, cold weather. – By Kendra Hulsey

Buddy Bass Tournament

Alpena’s 2019 golf team has been practicing hard at the Range in Branson and The Links and Country Club in Harrison for the last month. All of the players have greatly improved. Their next match is Tuesday September 17 against Lead Hill and Deer at The Links. – By Katie Wheatley

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Michele Graves offers a photography elective during enrichment at Alpena High School. Photography is offered, among other electives for students who did well on their Aspire testing last school year. This is done during enrichment, the time between fourth hour and lunch. Lighting, perspective, and repetition of patterns have been learned so far.  – By Miriah Williams


On Tuesday August 27,  2019 the Alpena Lady Leopards played their first home volleyball game of the season. The starting line-up for the Junior Leopards are Emma Johnson,  Allison Napier, Kelsey Kolb, Sarah Johnson, Elizebeth Surface, and Cassidy Ohler. The Junior Leopards fought hard but they faced a challenging team. Up next for the starting line-up for the Senior Leopards is Kayleigh Armer, Ashlin Usrey, Alex Hill, Desiree Deitrich, Amelya Cook, and Anniston Armer. The Senior Leopards also fought hard but faced another challenging team. The Lady Leopards are looking forward to a great Volleyball season! – By Kaylee Moore

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On Friday August 30, 2019 the FBLA members gathered in Mrs.Shelton’s room for a meeting to discuss upcoming events and meet the officer team. With the help of the officers and adviser, this meeting was able to take place. During the meeting topics such as fundraisers, district competitions, and competitive events were discussed.  – By Hadassah Toliver


On September 16, 2019 a volleyball game was hosted at the Alpena gym. Both junior and senior high teams played against the Bergman Tigers. The Alpena leopards junior high team won all three sets in a matter of no time. The senior high also won all three sets, but it happened to be a close game. - By Lydia Hinson

The Alpena Lady Leopards volleyball team was 3-0 in Thursday’s dominating game against Decator. Working up to their first game,many practices over the summer, and various inspirational talks. The teams time to shine had just begun. 8 teammates all working towards their team goals took home the win along with individual accomplishments. – By Anniston Armer



Family Career and Community Leaders of America, is a club where we focus on our community and the people in our community. Our very own Alpena FCCLA group went and represented our school in Russellville, AR, on September 10th,  where they got to experience the true meaning of working together as a community, and to tour Arkansas Tech University. – By Missy Davila


What’s New in Alpena Cheer?

For the past five years, the Alpena cheer team has had many different coaches. This year, Mrs. Cherra Dickard will be coaching the cheerleader. Mrs. Dickard cheered for the Leopards for three years and was captain for two of those years.  There was a meeting for those wanting to join the team on September 10th. The team will be given new bows and uniforms this year. Uniform fittings took place at the meeting. Caza Berry, who has been an Alpena cheerleader for five years, says that she is hopeful that “this year will be one of the best yet” for the team. – By Caza Grinder



Lakeisha Nichols, Tyler Keeter and the Osteen boys, the cowboys and cowgirls of Alpena Public Schools, hustle to get their final points in before AFR Rodeo Finals in Midway, Ar at the Bar None Cowboy Church. “ for each rodeo you compete in, you get points,” says Nichols. It is important to these young ladies and gentlemen to compete in in the AFR Finals. “ It is important to us because there’s a lot of dedication, time, late nights, hardwork and blood, sweat, and tears in a sport known as the most dangerous sport in history,” says Nichols. Once a person gets all their points they qualify for finals in Midway, Ar at the Bar None Cowboy Church Arena. – By Lakeisha Nichols

Senior night!

Senior night for Alpena volleyball will be on October 10, 2019 at 4:30 in the new gym. Please come and support our seniors on their last home volleyball game! It would mean the world to them. Don’t forget to bring your school spirit! – By Reanna Sisco


Fall Festival

Alpena School is having a Fall Festival on October 25th at the new gym.  The Fall Festival brings kids and parents together for a fun evening to raise money for the school.  It helps students have something to do and it’s a good way to have fun with friends and family. – By Toni Cole



2019 Alpena Homecoming Court – by Caza Grinder Berry

This year’s Alpena Homecoming Court has been determined by the students at Alpena. Homecoming will take place on November eighth in the New Gym at 5:30 pm. The Homecoming Queen of 2019 will be announced on November eighth between the first and second games. 

The seventh grade maid is Crandal Epps who will be walking with Kent Bruce. Clarity Day-Sharpe will be representing eighth grade as a maid; she will be walking with Barron Ohler . Ninth grades’ maid is Carlee Keeter who will be walking with Peyton Johnson. Anniston Armer from tenth grade will walk with Bryce Martin. Trinadi Crosley will also be representing the sophomores and will be walking with Kolbe Hicks. Representing the juniors is McKenzie Lewin who will be walking with Nicholas Stone and Zoie Crawford, who will be escorted by Kyle Wheeler . The senior maids are Kayleigh Armer who will be walking with Trevor Woodworth and Brock Bolding and Mackenzie Sims who will walk with Will Criner and Zane Crawford. 

When asked what her favorite part about Homecoming is, Kayleigh Armer says, “My favorite part about Homecoming is the Homecoming Dance and Spirit Week because everyone has fun and enjoys themselves!” Mackenzie Sims says her favorite part about Homecoming is, “Dressing up and having fun with my friends.”

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Class of the Year Standings

The class of the year standings go towards a trip to St. Louis at the end of the school year. The class that has the most points gets to go see the Cardinals play baseball. The standings constantly change throughout the school year depending on pep rallies and class competitions. As of right now the 10th grade is in the lead with 626 points. Following after is the 8th grade with 535 points. Next is the 7th grade with 414 points. 9th grade has a total of 333 points. Following the 9th grade is 12th grade with 308 points, and lastly the 11th grade with 251 points. The points are constantly changing so there is still a chance for the other classes to catch up with the Sophomores and win. – by Lydia Hinson



Alpena Receives A+ Rating

by Kendra Hulsey

In October of 2019 Alpena High School received an A+ rating by the Arkansas Department of Education for their excellence in performance. The ranking for each individual school is based on multiple things including testing scores, average number of graduates, and teacher performances. Out of 276 schools within Arkansas, Alpena High School was ranked 27th. Only two schools within their region received this major accomplishment. Trying to become an A+ school takes many hours of dedication and motivation from students, faculty, teachers, School Board Members, and parents/guardians. The community of Alpena knows the privilege of an A+ rating, and have always supported Alpena School District.   












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