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The Journey from Freshman to Senior Year

The Journey from Freshman to Senior Year

Alaina Beaman, Writer

September 22, 2017

High school: four years in which teenage students prepare for adulthood and a future career. It can be clearly seen that there is a huge gap between the incoming freshman and the experienced seniors. “I was worried about stress, like all the homework I heard people were getting, and just my mental ...

Active Minds: New Club

Active Minds: New Club

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

September 21, 2017

"Nothing like this exists here," Dana Melone, AP teacher at Kennedy High School, said. Active Minds is a new club to Kennedy that she is hoping will help Kennedy become more educated and better suited to help someone with a mental illness. Active Minds is the national leading non profit that encourages...

Kennedy Students’ Advice for Job Shadows

Kennedy Students’ Advice for Job Shadows

Mary Shaine Devaras, Writer

September 15, 2017

Job shadow online applications are due on Sept. 20. For any questions and more information, see Mr. Goodlove in room 56 or visit Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection's website. "Make sure to keep an open mind during the job shadow," Olivia Schirm, jr., said. Job shadows allow students to explore ...

Senior Summertime Blues

Senior Summertime Blues

Jamison Prull, Writer

September 8, 2017

A lot of things change senior year. A few of those changes begin the summer before senior year. "I realized that I was a senior during this past summer," Angela Garcia, sr., said, “It hit me like right in the middle of summer, but then I kind of forgot until I was buying school supplies.” For...

Graduation Party Happenings

Graduation Party Happenings

Hannah Ratzer, Writer

June 5, 2017

Graduation Season arrived, and with it graduation parties. Seniors commemorated their time in high school with pictures, food, and fun.  I decided to take pictures of these various graduation aspects in an attempt to show what a true grad party looked like. Each of the parties had excellent fo...

Dear Freshmen, Take Our Advice

Lizzy Dennis, Writer

May 26, 2017

"Challenge yourself," Katie Jensen, fr., said.

Tips for organizing your graduation party

Tips for organizing your graduation party

Jenna Anderson, Opinion Editor

May 22, 2017

Already stressing about planning your graduation party? The class of 2017 has some tips for you. Plan early. For most, senior year flies by so getting organized early is a huge help. “It’s never too early to start planning. You don’t realize how much there actually is to plan and all the...

Grand march and prom photos

Grand march and prom photos

Leeanne Mehring, Madylin Kircher, and Kayla Jacobson

May 18, 2017

Senior Class of 2017 just attended their last prom, May 13. The Grand March was held in the auditorium, followed by a dance at the Czech Museum in downtown Cedar Rapids. After the dance, students then went to post prom held at the Rockwell Collins Recreation Center until 3:30 a.m., an event which...

Thinking about a college semester abroad?

Thinking about a college semester abroad?

Kayla Jacobson, Writer

May 17, 2017

As college approaches for many high school seniors, they may start considering opportunities that will let them go abroad, as with a program called 'Camp Adventure' at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Christopher R. Edginton is the founder of Camp Adventure, a youth services program for university...

Students strive for Honor Roll

Mary Shaine Devaras, Writer

May 15, 2017

Being on the Honor Roll can be very important to students. It can matter when students start filling out college applications and, if going to college is the plan, working hard and being on the Honor Roll can help students achieve their goals. “I agree that standard grades are great," Emily...

How do you Celebrate Mother’s Day?

Claire Fluent, Writer

May 15, 2017

Mother’s Day has been held on the second Sunday of every May since 1914. It is a National Holiday meant to honor mothers, motherhood, and the influence of mothers in society. This year Mother’s Day fell on Sunday, May 15. Students around Kennedy have their own unique ways of celebrating. “Every...

Things To Do On Senior Skip Day

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Writer

May 8, 2017

Sleeping in on May 15, 2017 for Senior Skip Day is on Jayden Lovell and Anna Long's agenda. "I'm not sure what my plans are yet, but not school work that's for sure," Jayden Lovell, sr., said. Some seniors at Kennedy High School plan on having a grill out, as did other schools in the district. "I...

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