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What’s Going on with Homecoming?

Kennedy High School facilities damaged by the Derecho Aug. 10. The gymnasium was hit especially hard.

Claire Beaman, Writer

October 28, 2020

This year the dance will not be held in October. Is there still a possibility of a homecoming dance this school year? Jason Kline, principal of Kennedy High School, said that it would not be possible for Kennedy to hold a dance at this time. “Linn County is currently in phase 2, which recomme...

Restoring Kennedy After Derecho Storm Damage

The Kennedy High School Auditorium under renovations due to extensive damage from the storm.

Elise Hrabik, Photo Editor

October 23, 2020

Kennedy High School was hit the hardest of the Cedar Rapids Schools during the derecho this summer. On August 10, 140 mph winds were hurled across parts of Iowa and the surrounding states resulting in widespread damage. Due to the significant damage, Kennedy was unable to open its doors this fall. ...

Candlelight Vigil Held in Memory of Breonna Taylor

Photos of victims of police brutality were placed on the stairs during the vigil. Attendees of the vigil laid flowers, candles and other memorabilia by the photos.

Joel Dillman, Writer

October 15, 2020

A candlelight vigil was held Sep. 21 in Newbo City Market to honor Breonna Taylor, an African American woman who was fatally shot by a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky. The vigil was organized by Advocates for Social Justice, a local group focused on supporting people of color. At the event, phot...

Academic Decathlon in a New Way

Academic Decathlon in a New Way

Anabel Bradley, Writer

October 13, 2020

Kennedy High School’s Academic Decathlon team will continue this year but with new obstacles. The decathlon team is in the process of recruiting members. This process has been made more difficult by the online format of school. It is a challenge to talk to those who may be interested in joining. ...

COVID-19 Keeps CRCSD Closed Through April

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced an extension to the school closures due to COVID-19.

Joel Dillman, Writer

April 2, 2020

On Thursday, April 2, the Cedar Rapids Community School district announced the extended closure of all school facilities within the district through April 30. CRCSD schools were previously closed until April 13, but that date was extended following Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ press conference, in whic...

Virtual Pep Assembly

The class of 2021 at the Winter Pep Assembly who emerged victorious. Which will win this year's virtual pep rally?

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 has turned the 2019-2020 school year on its head. With WPA canceled and prom looking unlikely, many students feel as if their school year was stolen. After school had been canceled for four weeks, The Cougars brainstormed a way to show spirit while still practicing social distancing. This ye...

CRCSD Offers Aid in this Time of Need

Cougar Pantry, the resource that Kennedy offered to students who needed or wanted  food to take home.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Community school district made the decision to shut down schools for four weeks to combat the Coronavirus that continues to spread globally. Seniors are wondering what will become of their final year of high school, asking if there is still going to be prom and if spring sports are b...

The Final Show of the Year

Josh Young, sr., sings his solo with sorrow, as he changes the words to explain his feelings on leaving show choir.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 17, 2020

The Going Out Concert was an emotional event for the Kennedy High School community, as the seniors of Happiness put on their final performance of their high school careers. Tears were seen throughout the audience as the group danced and sang their hearts out. While performing their ballad, Josh ...


Photo of the COVID-19 Coronavirus provided by the National Park Service.

Joel Dillman, Writer

March 16, 2020

On Sunday, March 15, the Cedar Rapids Community School District announced it would close its schools for four weeks due to COVID-19, or coronavirus. The district is following the recommendation from Iowa’s Gov. Kim Reynolds to close all schools in the state for four weeks. This is an attempt to stop...

Inclusivity at Kennedy High School

The red sticky notes that line the Kennedy hallways as a part of Inclusion Week.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 9, 2020

With over 1800 students at Kennedy Highschool, it can be hard to feel included or respected. Kinder Kennedy and Best Buddies put together Kennedy’s Inclusion Week to bring students together, attempting to counteract this problem.  Mary Gibney is an inspiration for all. She helped put together t...

Calling All Artists: The Plain Brown Wrapper

Photo of last year's copy of the Plain Brown Wrapper.

Adam Sullivan, Writer

March 3, 2020

The Plain Brown Wrapper, or the PBW, is an editorial board of students receiving different types of arts, including poetry, non-fiction, and artwork. Members compile it all together into one magazine for Kennedy.  This year, the PBW has a new advisor, Elizebeth Nelson. “Being the advisor for t...

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library Job Fair

The Job fair will take place on Saturday, feb. 29 at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library. Photo provided by ArchDaily

Jackson Berry, Writer

February 28, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library is hosting a Job Fair on February 29th at 10:00 A.M., with the purpose of helping teens and high schoolers find jobs.  Finding jobs as a teenager can be a tough thing to do. But, it may get a little bit easier with the Job Fair. Teenagers, job seekers and ...

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