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Kennedy Celebrates the Chinese New Year

Kennedy Celebrates the Chinese New Year

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….

If we Could Freeze Time….

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

Kennedy Alum Returns

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

This Play is to Die For

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?

Was Kennedy Hoco a No-Go?

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

BSU: A Call For Understanding

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

Homecoming On a Budget

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

Crimes of the Heart Coming Soon to Kennedy Theatre

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...

Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Abby Bonat, Writer

June 11, 2019

To the naked eye, Jackie Garcia may seem like an average eighteen-year-old high school student, but behind her tightly curled hair and relaxed demeanor is a girl who has encountered more challenges and overcome more obstacles than most adults.   Garcia is a student at Kennedy High School who moved to Iowa fro...

A Journey of Understanding

A Journey of Understanding

Jack McGrane, Writer

June 10, 2019

Imam Hassan Selim from Cairo, Egypt, is an integral leader of the Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He leads prayers at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and is the vice president of the Inter-religious Council of Linn County. His journey has brought him across the world where he has encountered...

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 30, 2019

Located in downtown Cedar Rapids is a small pizza parlor that makes traditional pizza a little more interesting. Rather than normal toppings of pepperoni or sausage, Fong’s Pizza has many Asian-inspired courses, as well as other strange combinations. Most of which wouldn’t be seen at a local pizza...

Move to Express

Move to Express

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 13, 2019

Fifteen years is a long time to be committed to something. In 15 years, Lily Hartney has dedicated her mind, body, and soul to dance, and continues to push herself at dance practices and competitions. To Hartney, dance is almost second nature. It gives her a creative outlet unlike any other, allowing...

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