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New Year’s Day Shooting Near Kennedy

New Year’s Day Shooting Near Kennedy

Joel Dillman, Writer

January 3, 2020

For Kennedy High School, the new year began with the sound of gunshots. The shots were heard around 6:00 PM. No one was hurt in the shooting, but one house was damaged. The house was across from Kennedy’s Performing Arts Center. Dana Melone, psychology teacher at Kennedy, was close by when the shooting occurred...

Romaine Calm: Lettuce Club is Here

Romaine Calm: Lettuce Club is Here

Savanna Sievert, Writer

December 19, 2019

From the banana sprite challenge to the spicy noodle challenge, Lettuce club is the new and healthy challenge coming to Kennedy High School.  Dylan Sines is the first-ever head of lettuce club at our school. He recently learned about the club at a college visit and is excited to bring it to Kenned...

George Anderson: 2020 Iowa Teacher of the Year

George Anderson: 2020 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

December 10, 2019

Kennedy’s very own George Anderson received the Iowa Teacher of the Year award on December 4, 2019. It was presented to him by Gov. Kim Reynolds at the Winter pep assembly. Before teaching, Anderson served in the Marine Corps, as he traveled while in the Marine Corps he found himself researching ...

This Week’s Forecast: Frozen Jr.

This Week’s Forecast: Frozen Jr.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

December 5, 2019

For the first time in ever, Kennedy High School presents Frozen Jr.  Frozen Jr. will be performed in the Kennedy Auditorium on December 5, 6, and 12 at 5:00 p.m. and on December 7 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Their last shows are on December 13 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Theatre is a great way ...

Your Voice Matters: Kennedy PTSA

Your Voice Matters: Kennedy PTSA

Savanna Sievert, Writer

November 25, 2019

Melissa Zachman is determined to make the PTA or the PSTA as she calls it, a place to find the best resources to help the students.  “I think students need a voice. I think parents need a voice.  Kind of a support system to voice concerns and to voice opinions,” said Zachman.  Zachman wa...

Homeless Night Success

Homeless Night Success

Anabel Bradley, Writer

November 14, 2019

On Friday, October 25, Kennedy High School sponsored Homeless Night to raise awareness for homelessness in Cedar Rapids.  Since 2002, Kennedy students have gathered in front of the school to support the homeless by spending the night outside. The event has been successful since the start.  Thi...

Robotics Club in Action

Robotics Club in Action

Jasmine Hite, Writer

November 6, 2019

Kennedy High School's robotics team is putting their skills to the test. This year, they are making great strides. The Cougar Bots have been a team for seven years. Alyssa Jacobson. It was created by a few students and teachers who were interested in the FTC Robotics program. “A student heard...

Raising Awareness in the Frigid Tempuratures

Raising Awareness in the Frigid Tempuratures

Lindsey Matus, Writer

October 25, 2019

On October 25, student government, with the help of their advisor Joseph Benedict, will be hosting Kennedy’s annual Homeless Night. So far, 54 students are signed up. Adrian Evans and Benedict will rough the frigid temperatures while chaperoning this event.  “We will be outside all night in the lovel...

Kennedy Hoco: What Comes Next?

Kennedy Hoco: What Comes Next?

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

October 22, 2019

The 2019 Kennedy Homecoming dance left students with much to be desired. With the lights left on and the music requests largely ignored, students are left with one pressing question: What comes next? Last week Jason Kline, principal at Kennedy, held a meeting with student government to discuss the trad...

Rowdy for the Wrong Reasons

Rowdy for the Wrong Reasons

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

October 11, 2019

 Kennedy High School is known for their ability to demonstrate support and encouragement for the football team on the field. Unfortunately, this level of respect has not been shown toward the cheerleaders.  It started with the student section asking the cheerleaders to pick up items they dropped ...

Was Kennedy Hoco a No-Go?

Was Kennedy Hoco a No-Go?

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

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 that would never come. Typically, Kennedy homecoming takes place in the west gym with the lights turned ...

BSU: A Call For Understanding

BSU: A Call For Understanding

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

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 Union, or BSU for short.  “Our goal is to bring understanding for diversity to kennedy a...

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