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Stuck in CR for Spring Break?

Downtown Cedar Rapids during the daytime.

Zaidin Boehmke, Writer

March 13, 2020

For all of us stuck at home this spring break, what is there to do in Cedar Rapids?  Those interested in classic arcade games should hop on down to the Quarter Barrel, which features original, authentic arcade games. This, along with signature pizzas, can be a great way to start spring break. Ma...

I Bet You Won’t Read This

A student at Kennedy High School pulling a book off of the shelf.

Maggie Talbott-Malone and Lindsey Matus

November 13, 2019

High school students have been trading in their books and replacing them with screens as they try to stay connected to an ever changing world of digital media.  As daily screen time has increased over the last few years, daily reading has declined. For some this is cause for alarm. What if people never...

The Stresses of Homecoming

A beautiful gold dress paired with a matching corsage, yet another stressor adding to the pressure of homecoming.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 2, 2019

Getting a manicure, styling your hair with a curling iron, and zipping up the dress, all in preparation to spend a Saturday night dancing to bop after bop. Students prepare for the dance in many ways, from finding an outfit to deciding where to take photos and eat dinner, in hopes that the prepar...

Best Spirit in America

Seniors showing their cougar spirit at the fall pep assembly by cheering on their class. Photo by Haylee Brewer.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

September 7, 2019

1800 Kennedy students dressed in green and gold, crammed into the fluorescently lit gym for this year's first pep assembly. Their goal; the spirit stick.  At last year’s spring pep assembly, the seniors walked away with their heads held high after a triumphant win. They entered the gym at the beginn...

It’s Payday Cougs

Cassie Lehman sr., making some taco pizza in the snack shack at The Play Station.

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

June 6, 2019

Although the spring rain doesn't show any signs of stopping, the 2019 school year is almost at an end and summer break will be in full swing. While spending time at the pool with your friends sounds like a summer well spent, you might as well make a little cash on your time off. Finding a job can be...

Kamae Jacobus: The Sister on the Sidelines

Senior Kamae Jacobus smiles as she looks out at the football field.

Jenna Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

June 2, 2019

Fall Friday nights consist of cheering on the football team from the stands for most high school students. Yet senior Kamae Jacobus had a different experience with the football team. As football manager, Jacobus had the privilege of spending her Fridays on the sidelines, right next to the athletes and...

Behind the Scenes

Kennedy High School counselor information, available on the Kennedy Homepage.

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

June 1, 2019

Providing students with academic support, emotional support, behavioral support, and college career readiness, the Kennedy High School counselors are hard at work behind the scenes making sure every student is given the opportunity to have comfortable high school experience. Around 300 students are...

Home Grown Stan Lee

Senior Christian Cahalan poses for a senior photo.

May 31, 2019

Getting into All-State would be considered an achievement for students involved in activities such as sports or music. However, was it made known that there was an Art All-State as well? Senior Christian Cahalan, is certainly aware, as he is the only student from Kennedy High School to make it to the...

Remembering Classmate Brielle Thompson

Anna Reinhart, Writer

May 23, 2019

The Class of 2019 graduates this Friday, May 24. Best friends are picking out their outfits for the big night, coordinating the long schedule of grad parties they will attend together, and still discussing the entire sequence of events that occurred on prom night. However, the Class of 2019 is missing...

Freshman Expectations vs. Reality

The John F. Kennedy High School building from the outside.

Claire Beaman, Writer

May 6, 2019

It’s hard to anticipate what will happen in someone's high school career, and even more so as a freshman. Freshmen earned their name because they are new to high school life. It may have been confusing for them at the start, but what do they think about high school now? "I thought it (high school)...

Selective Service for All

The form that is filled out of the Selective Service or draft.

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

April 16, 2019

Registering for the draft is something men ages 18-25 are required to do. However, the draft registration has started to open to women. It is about time for the draft to allow women to sign up, which is a great step for women in the Armed Forces and in society in general. For a long time, women who...

Chinatown Trip

The Nine Dragon Wall of Chinatown, Chicago.

Claire Beaman, writer

April 8, 2019

The Chinese class of Kennedy High School had the opportunity to go to the Chicago Chinatown as an educational field trip. This field trip allowed students to practice what they have learned about Chinese culture and language in the real world. “The most important reason (for the trip) is to experience...

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