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Bean drives to the hoop through Iowa City West defenders.

Cougar Boys Basketball Aims for a Ticket to the Well

Maggie Goldberg and Miya Parker February 27, 2024

The Kennedy Boys Basketball Team (22-0) needs to beat North Scott (16-6) on Feb. 27 to continue their undefeated season and win their ticket to state. Their unscathed record has earned them the title of...

Kennedy Wind Symphony travelled to Chicago this past January to perform at the Field Museum and receive a clinic from Northwesterns Mallory Thompson.

Wind Symphony Set to Perform at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in May

Aanya Tripathi, Writer February 22, 2024

Kennedy’s Wind Symphony was selected as a clinic performance band at the 97th Annual Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference (IBA). They will perform at this conference on May 9, 2024. “It has been...

Onlookers gather in the Kennedy auditorium.

Kennedy Spring Musical Choice “Hairspray” Sparks Controversy

Madelyn Gilchrist, Writer February 16, 2024

In late January, the musical Sweeney Todd was chosen over Hairspray by the Kennedy Theater Department for the spring production. The original announcement of Hairspray created a stir among the students...

The Cedar Rapids School District suffers a school bus shortage.

The Impact of Bus Driver Shortages on Cedar Rapids Community School District

Aanya Tripathi, Writer February 6, 2024

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) has continued to suffer from bus driver shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the district implemented new ways to maximize transportation...

Taft and Harding Middle Schools domes evacuated for beginning of 2023-24 school year.

Taft Domes Experience Structural Issues, Leading to a New Building Layout

Brooklyn Gilchrist, Writer January 3, 2024

On Oct. 11, Taft Middle School's east dome was shut down due to structural issues found with supporting beams, later other complications arose in the west dome closing over 30% of Taft’s floorspace....

UnityPoint Apprenticeship Sign-On Day Welcomes 24

UnityPoint Apprenticeship Sign-On Day Welcomes 24

Delaney Mann, Writer December 15, 2023

UnityPoint Health’s sign-on day was held at 8 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Kirkwood Linn Regional Center. This day welcomed two dozen high school students into their apprenticeship program. Students who...

Drumline leads the Kennedy Marching Band, following closely behind the drum majors.

Kennedy Sends 22 Musicians to Perform at the All-State Music Festival on November 18

Haile Miller, Writer November 17, 2023

After the conclusion of auditions for the annual All-State Music Festival on Oct. 21, the Kennedy Music Department will send 20 accepted musicians as well as 2 alternates to perform on Nov. 18.  The...

Freshman Elle Rammelsberg receives a medal and ISDTA shirt for qualifying at State Solo Qualifiers.

Kennedy Dance Team Begins Their Season with State Solo Qualifiers

Emma Rood, Writer November 7, 2023

The Iowa State Drill Team Association (ISDTA) hosted solo state qualifiers at Newton High School on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kennedy soloists competed against 11 schools and 80 soloists in their division. Dancers...

Maple Grove is the newly combined school of the former Jackson Elementary School and Truman Elementary School that was built as a part of phase one of CRCSDs master plan.

The CRCSD Bond and Me: What You Need To Know Before Voting Day

Haile Miller, Writer November 6, 2023

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Cedar Rapids citizens will have the ability to vote on a bond regarding the CRCSD (Cedar Rapids Community School District) future in infrastructure.  The bond, worth 220 million...

Emma Clabaugh and Kenna Mchenry wait for more people to come to their trunk.

Kennedys Trunk-Or-Treat Turns Out Less Than Expected

Johnathan Hawkes, Writer October 30, 2023

Several trunk-or-treats came and went this past week all around Cedar Rapids. Kennedy's Junior and Senior Class Council decided to join in the celebrations and hosted their own Halloween fundraiser in...

Legislation Regarding Pronouns and Gender Identity Sweeps Iowa Schools

Legislation Regarding Pronouns and Gender Identity Sweeps Iowa Schools

Onnika Hallam, Writer October 11, 2023

“An Act relating to parental and guardian consent and information regarding the gender identity of students enrolled in a school district or charter school.” - House File 180 This year, House File...

An arrest was made following the social media threat made on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Arrest Made October 5 Following Social Media Threats Against CRCSD

River Borgerding, Writer October 6, 2023

An all-campus closure occurred for the entirety of the Cedar Rapids Community School District on Oct. 2 due to an unspecified social media threat made towards the district. This threat required the district...

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