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From the Midwest to the Middle East

From the Midwest to the Middle East

Elianna Novitch, Editor-in-Chief

September 8, 2015

When senior Sweta Sudhir boarded her flight to Eskişehir, Turkey, she didn't know what awaited her upon her arrival in the foreign country that she had only heard about in the news. She was set to spend two months working in a research facility through the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an...

The skinny on Sanders: a day in the life of intern Maia Bennett

The skinny on Sanders: a day in the life of intern Maia Bennett

Abby Donovan, Editorial Editor

September 8, 2015

For senior Maia Bennett the last month has been nothing but busy. Bennett began interning for the Bernie Sanders campaign at the beginning of August. She will continue interning until the caucuses on Feb 1. Bennett’s internship is held at the Marion field office of the Sanders campaign. She says that ...

Equality earned for all

Equality earned for all

Gabby Olejniczak

July 5, 2015

Last Friday started the same as any other day for many people. Everybody went about their normal routines. No one could have ever imagined that this day would go down in history for transforming the way that the United States defines marriage. On June 26, in a five to four ruling, the Supreme Court...

Looking forward: the 2016 senior class project

Looking forward: the 2016 senior class project

Elianna Novitch

June 2, 2015

Changes are coming for both the community and the senior class project. Starting with the 2016 senior class, National Honors Society will be in charge of leading the senior class project. “It’s really different and exciting because I think that is what National Honors Society is about,” Teacher...

Grand March photos

Grand March photos

Hadley Rittgers, Writer and Photographer

May 6, 2015

Kennedy students had their senior prom last weekend at the Czech and Slovak Museum downtown. The beautiful venue and great music made for an unforgettable evening. Before the event students promenaded across the stage at Grand March, showing off their dates and their attire. It took place in the Kennedy...

Getting to know the new guy in charge

Getting to know the new guy in charge

Xander Riley, Abby Donovan, Elianna Novitch, and Naomi Hofferber

April 3, 2015

Brad Buck is returning to his hometown to become the superintendent of the school district he graduated from in 1987. He graduated from Jefferson High School, and has since moved away from Cedar Rapids to take on other things -- most recently as the Director of the Iowa Department of Education. Now...

Kennedy students go to All-State for Speech

Emily Sass

February 26, 2015

After a long season starting in December, 44 Kennedy students made it to All-State for Speech. “We had a good season because we have a lot of talented students and fun pieces that we are doing and everyone put in the work necessary to be successful,” Melissa Osborn, speech coach, said. Kenne...

One campaign and penny wars

Hadley Rittgers, Writer

January 22, 2015

Kennedy’s Penny Wars fundraiser is off to a great start! It began Monday, January 19 and will continue through Friday, January 30. Last year Kennedy raised about $10,000, and this year we hope to reach that same goal. The money raised during this fundraiser goes toward meal packaging for Kids ...

The new hours system

The new hours system

Abby Donovan, Web Editor

January 13, 2015

On July 1, 2014 all Iowa school districts had the option to choose to go by hours rather than days. The rule before this change was that all school districts had to go to school for 180 days throughout the year. As of this past summer the districts had the option to switch from 180 days to 1,080 hours. The...

A Holiday Twist

A Holiday Twist

Rowan Bergen

December 23, 2014

Every year the moment I walk into my grandparent's house the first thing I smell is cod and potatoes. Since my grandma is 100 percent Norwegian we make lefse, cod, and potatoes for our Christmas dinner. Lefse is a tortilla with sugar and butter spread on it. It’s customary to put cod mixed with potatoes...

Life after high school seminars

Hadley Rittgers, Writer

December 21, 2014

Kennedy now offers “Life After High School” seminars once a month during SMART lunch. These seminars are aimed for juniors and seniors who want to plan for the future, although it is offered to freshmen and sophomores as well. The seminars are held in the black box during A tutorials once a month...

Kennedy’s cold case: 35 years later

Kennedy’s cold case: 35 years later

Xander Riley, Web Editor

December 19, 2014

Michelle Martinko was a senior at Kennedy High School in the 1979/1980 school year. She was involved in Kennedy’s concert choir as a singer and the treasurer. In fact, she was at a choir banquet on the evening of Dec. 19, 1979. That same evening, after the banquet, she was murdered in the parking...

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