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Everything is Still Upside Down

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer April 7, 2021

We’re a year into a pandemic. The world is in shambles. In March 2020, I was sent home from school for what was said to be two weeks. Those 14 days were transformed into months and months. Initially,...

Vaccinations are available to all teachers in the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

Cedar Rapids Teachers Receive Vaccinations

James Belding, Writer April 5, 2021

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. Now that Cedar Rapids teachers have been offered the vaccine for COVID-19, they are hopeful school can return to normal soon. “My hope lies...

Including Women in History

Claire Beaman, Writer March 31, 2021

Many women in history are left unnamed due to being overshadowed by men. March was International Women’s History Month, where we honor women for their contributions to society.  “Women have contributed...

Happiness Inc. performs with masks on to lower the risk of COVID-19.

Dancing Through the Pandemic

Noah Hargrafen, Writer March 10, 2021

At the beginning of March 2020, the future looked bright for juniors in Kennedy’s varsity show choir group Happiness Incorporated. After a season where they finished in third place or higher three times,...

Senior Braden Hoyer (left), freshman Luke O'Brien (middle), and Junior Laci Mchenry (right) discussing at their State Competition.

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Speech

Grace Niemuth, Writer February 25, 2021

High school speech has suffered many hindrances during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped the Kennedy High School Speech program from excelling. 10 of the school's 12...

Toxic relationships can be very harmful to one's mental health. If you or someone you know is suffering, please reach out.

Do You Feel Safe with Your Romantic Partner?

Claire Beaman, Writer February 13, 2021

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and couples everywhere are making plans. It’s easy to view a couple as perfect without knowing what’s really going on in private. Sometimes things aren’t so...

Barton and Marner wearing their masks, prepared to lead the younger generation of Kennedy Speech into victory.

Speech Under the Direction of Alumni

Molly Martin, Writer February 3, 2021

Kennedy speech is starting the 2020-2021 season with new directors, individual contests and masks for all. Kennedy graduates and speech alumni Grant Barton and Caleb Marner are ready for their second...

Some students brought pets with them to the drive-thru. Mrs. Claus holds a student's puppy, named Kinnick.

Kennedy’s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Merideth Langton, Photographer January 5, 2021

The Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at Kennedy was held as a drive-thru this year. On Dec 22, staff and students volunteered to stand outside in the school’s south parking lot. They passed out candy,...

Reworking Routines for Remote Learning

Reworking Routines for Remote Learning

Joel Dillman, Writer December 22, 2020

Remote learning forced by COVID-19 transformed the way students learn. The removal of the classroom environment, face-to-face conversations and physical class materials has impacted students and teachers...

Kennedy High School teacher, Craig Malicoat, displaying his new musical skills.

Pandemic Pastimes

Maggie Talbott-Malone and Dylan Sines November 13, 2020

Instead of the typical week-long Spring Break, COVID-19 afforded students across the world a six-month hiatus. It wasn’t anticipated, but it gave students and staff ample time to give rise to new skills,...

Downtown Cedar Rapids during the daytime.

Stuck in CR for Spring Break?

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...

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

I Bet You Won’t Read This

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...

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