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Dustin Green uses his bedroom wall to display his more than 250 Funko Pops.
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A Collection that Pops!
Emma Keller, reporter • November 14, 2022

For most people, plastic collectible Funk Pops—small vinyl figurines with oversized heads—might be a fun novelty item to own of a favorite pop culture icon. But for local collector Dustin Green, Funko Pops are serious business. Green casually mentioned...

ILA Improv teacher Sean Hancock
Making It Up as He Goes
Chloe Lyon, reporter • November 14, 2022

When Sean Hancock took a Saturday night acting class, he had no idea it would lead to him doing improvisational comedy for over a decade now. "We...

Boise State beach volleyball senior Joey Benson prepares to set in one of her recent tournaments.
An Improbable Rally
Audrey Erps, reporter • November 14, 2022

 The weather was a bit chilly on a mid-October morning, but things were heating up on the Boise State beach volleyball courts. Joey Benson,...

Tennessee fainting goats always look surprised to see you.
Don't Faint!
Kara Strickland, reporter • November 14, 2022

It's not everyday that you see an animal faint. But sneak up on a certain kind of goat and you're almost guaranteed a unique reaction. Tennessee...

ILA Spanish teacher Wendelyn Pentz has contagious passion for the language.
Pasión en mi corazón
Hannah Gregg, reporter • November 14, 2022

Wendelyn Pentz, a Spanish teacher at ILA—or Profesora as her students call her—has had an interesting journey with the fourth most common...

Dustin Green uses his bedroom wall to display his more than 250 Funko Pops.
A Collection that Pops!
Emma Keller, reporter • November 14, 2022

For most people, plastic collectible Funk Pops—small vinyl figurines with oversized heads—might be a fun novelty item to own of a favorite...

The Northern Lights on full display in northern Russia.
Catching a Green Wave
Olivia Easterday, Science Writer • May 19, 2022

Every so often, waves wash across the sky in a rush of fizzles and excitement, shadowing the Earth in rays of the rainbow. These strobes of color...

Family Movies Everyone Can Agree on?
Family Movies Everyone Can Agree on?
Tanner Koepke, reporter • November 14, 2022

With the holidays almost here, it's that time of year when families want to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. But finding one that...

Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete Maverick Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
Top Gun is Top Flight
Grant Lyon, reporter • November 14, 2022

After Top Gun: Maverick was delayed by nearly two years due to the pandemic, when it finally released this summer, it did not disappoint. The...

Sea of Change
Justin Wolfenbarger, reporter • November 14, 2022

As ILA has changed over the past year, so have the needs of its community. The ILA Administrative Team, which consists of ILA Academic Coordinator...

The Homeschool Boom
The Homeschool Boom
Corbin Long, News Reporter • April 25, 2022

For decades, homeschooling has offered an alternative way of education for students in the U.S. While some parents always saw homeschooling...

Ask Ellis: Crutches, Dirty Rooms, and Little Brothers
Ask Ellis: Crutches, Dirty Rooms, and Little Brothers
Ellis Jones, Advice Columnist • May 19, 2022

Dear Ellis, I have to use crutches, what are some fun things that I can do? ~steve   Dear Steve, Getting crutches can be disappointing,...

How Schools Have Changed
How Schools Have Changed
Lucy Cantrell, Features Writer • April 28, 2022

Have you ever wondered what school was like in the 1960s? I interviewed my grandpa, Dave Long, on March 9th, 2022. I asked him what school was...

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