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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 25th student government, with the help of their advisor Joseph Benedict, will be hosting Kennedy’s annual Homeless Night. So far, there have been 54 students that have signed up. Adrian Evans and Benedict will rough the frigid temperatures while chaperoning this event.  “We will be ...

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...

Homecoming On a Budget

Homecoming On a Budget

Lindsey Matus, Writer

October 4, 2019

Everyone loves tradition, that’s what homecoming is all about. However traditions are expensive and not everyone is able to afford them.  When preparing for homecoming, students tend to make multiple purchases.  “I mean the basics are really just clothes, dress shirt, bowtie, suspenders, or...

Aloha, Hawaiian Shirt Thursdays: In Memory of Rick Nees

Aloha, Hawaiian Shirt Thursdays: In Memory of Rick Nees

Savanna Sievert, Writer

September 24, 2019

On Thursday, a few students and teachers were wearing Hawaiian shirts. It’s not a coincidence. It’s all because of one man that changed peoples lives and reminds us to stay groovy. Rick Nees, math teacher at Kennedy High School, was always looking for a way to put a smile on everyone’s face, and ...

Crimes of the Heart Coming Soon to Kennedy Theatre

Crimes of the Heart Coming Soon to Kennedy Theatre

Joel Dillman, Writer

September 23, 2019

A dark comedy play called Crimes of the Heart hits the Kennedy Theatre next week. Crimes of the Heart, directed by Nick Hayes, will have a preview during school on Wednesday, September 25th. The performances are at 7 p.m. from the 26 through the 28. The story is about three sisters who have to...

Infinite Struggles

Infinite Struggles

Samuel Miranda, Writer

September 20, 2019

A change has come to the entire district which alters how students work. Kennedy has left Powerschool in the dust in favor of Infinite Campus and with that comes a plethora of new features. Infinite Campus has come with many benefits, but also brought confusion. Problems can stem from technical issues, a...

Football Under the Full Moon

Football Under the Full Moon

Joel Dillman, Writer

September 13, 2019

On Friday the 13th, under a full moon, two undefeated teams will take to the Kingston turf in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Kennedy Cougars will take on the #1 ranked West Des Moines Valley Tigers. The Cougars have two wins this season against Cedar Rapids’ Jefferson J-Hawks and Marion’s Linn-Mar Lion...

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