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Embracing Culture with Dragon Dance

Dragon Dance team practice before the Academic awards assembly.

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Advertisement Manager

March 10, 2020

At Kennedy High School there is a little-known club called “Dragon Dance”. Dragon dance is one of the ways Chinese culture celebrates different holidays, like Chinese new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the beginning of the new year in the Chinese calendar.  “This was something that came with the job...

Music and Games at the Kennedy Band Carnival

The Kennedy marching band entering before a football game last season.

Arya Forbes, Writer

March 6, 2020

On Fri, March 6, Kennedy High School is hosting its annual Band Carnaval. The event is taking place to support the Kennedy band program.  There is a 5 fee for unlimited game wristbands. There will be snacks, bingo, henna tattoos, prizes, and buttons. Lilly Xayasouk, fr., plays the alto saxophone ...

Show Choir In the Spotlight

Chanteurs performing

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 4, 2020

Show choir allows students to express themselves through song and dance. It is also beneficial by letting students get out of their comfort zone. Students create memories with their friends, and team mates during the season. Kennedy High school’s three show choirs, including Happiness INC., Protégé...

A Splash of Color

The women's bathroom stall near the gym, prior to being painted.

Jasmine Hite, writer

March 2, 2020

During high school, students are trying to come up with exciting and large ideas to figure out how they want to be remembered.  Zelda Siegel, jr., hopes to leave Kennedy a little more beautiful before she graduates. Siegel plans on working with other students who like to dive into their artistic si...

Kennedy Celebrates the Chinese New Year

Performers participating in the Chinese New Year celebration. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Claire Beaman, Writer

February 6, 2020

The Chinese class of Kennedy High School wished everyone a happy New Year on Fri Jan 31. It’s not because they got a late start to 2020. China follows the Lunar calendar, meaning that the date of New Year’s day is different each year depending on the phases of the moon.  Grant Brown, the Chi...

If we Could Freeze Time….

Betsy Marlow playing her role as Anna center stage.

Nolyn Melsha, Mandy Weiss

December 12, 2019

The Kennedy Drama Department has already produced one weekend of shows and now they are preparing for another. Frozen will run three more times before it comes to an end. It runs on Thursday, December 12th at 5:00 and Friday, December 13th at 5:00 and 7:30. Senior, Betsy Marlow will take the stage as ...

Kennedy Alum Returns

Josh Young, sr., Kira Manuel, sr. acting in the fall play.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 21, 2019

Not every graduate wishes to come back to their highschool and work with former teachers and new students. For Caleb Marner, this isn’t the case. Marner studied theatre in Chicago for a year after graduating in 2016, and participated in children’s shows. He is now back and directed the second fall pla...

This Play is to Die For

The poster for Arsenic and Old Lace posted in several spots throughout the school.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 14, 2019

A dark satirical comedy called Arsenic and Old Lace will be coming to the Kennedy black box. The show directed by Caleb Marner will open on October 17 and play through the 19th with shows at 7pm. Tickets are $6 at the door. Arsenic and Old Lace follows Moritmer Brewster who discovers his elderly aunts have...

Was Kennedy Hoco a No-Go?

Disco lights at the 2019 Kennedy prom, contrasting the recent lighting situation at homecoming.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

October 10, 2019

Every year, students look forward to walking into the darkened school, preparing to dance the night away at homecoming. This year though, students filed in, illuminated by gym lights, waiting for darkness that would never come. Typically, Kennedy homecoming takes place in the west gym with the lights turned ...

BSU: A Call For Understanding

The BSU recruiting new members at the club fair.
Left to right:
Rahma Elsheikh, Raafa Elsheikh, Victoria Lea, Kaylah Ajram-Wright, Sophia Malcom, Divion Ocheltree , Angel Lesure

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

October 9, 2019

In an effort to incorporate more cultural understanding within Kennedy high school, students have introduced a new organization focused on creating a diverse yet unified community known as The Black Student Union, or BSU for short.  “Our goal is to bring understanding for diversity to kennedy a...

Homecoming On a Budget

Daniel Juarez and date attending the 2018 homecoming dance.

Lindsey Matus, Writer

October 4, 2019

Everyone loves tradition, that’s what homecoming is all about. However traditions are expensive and not everyone is able to afford them.  When preparing for homecoming, students tend to make multiple purchases.  “I mean the basics are really just clothes, dress shirt, bowtie, suspenders, or...

Crimes of the Heart Coming Soon to Kennedy Theatre

Poster for Crimes of the Heart

Joel Dillman, Writer

September 23, 2019

A dark comedy play called Crimes of the Heart hits the Kennedy Theatre next week. Crimes of the Heart, directed by Nick Hayes, will have a preview during school on Wednesday, September 25th. The performances are at 7 p.m. from the 26 through the 28. The story is about three sisters who have to...

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