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Show Choir Under the Lights of COVID-19

Zoey Olson, sr., at show choir dance practice.
October 30, 2020

Group choir is one of the most dangerous activities to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article from the Los Angeles Times. The Cedar Rapids Community School District has struggled to find...

Embracing Culture with Dragon Dance

Dragon Dance team practice before the Academic awards assembly.
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...

Music and Games at the Kennedy Band Carnival

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

Show Choir In the Spotlight

Chanteurs performing
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...

A Splash of Color

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

Kennedy Celebrates the Chinese New Year

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

If we Could Freeze Time….

Betsy Marlow playing her role as Anna center stage.
then the musical would last forever.
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...

Kennedy Alum Returns

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

This Play is to Die For

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

Was Kennedy Hoco a No-Go?

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

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
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...

Homecoming On a Budget

Daniel Juarez and date attending the 2018 homecoming dance.
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...

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