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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...

SMART Time Gone Forever

SMART Time Gone Forever

Joel Dillman, Writer

September 12, 2019

After four years, all SMART-related efforts have been cut out of the daily schedule. Students no longer have a built-in time to make up work during the school day. Students remember SMART Time as a 30-minute stretch between second and third hour when they could go to a classroom of their choice to ge...

Best Spirit in America

Best Spirit in America

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

September 7, 2019

1800 Kennedy students dressed in green and gold, crammed into the fluorescently lit gym for this year's first pep assembly. Their goal; the spirit stick.  At last year’s spring pep assembly, the seniors walked away with their heads held high after a triumphant win. They entered the gym at the beginn...

Keeping Busy Over Summer

Keeping Busy Over Summer

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

May 29, 2019

Summer is coming and internships are starting to open for juniors and seniors. Internships are opportunities for students to go and work for a company over the summer or during the school year if they so choose to. “If students do an internship over the summer, then they are competing with all of Li...

A Final Act of Kindness

A Final Act of Kindness

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

May 24, 2019

On the morning of May 23, 2019 the Kennedy seniors donated their remaining class funds of $3500 to Miranda Neff, the daughter of Kennedy High School's librarian Lesa Neff. Miranda was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. "My daughter Miranda is 25 years old she was diagnosed with stage three...

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