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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 ...

Gun Threat at Kennedy High School

The Kennedy High School sign located in front of the building.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2020

On Thurs, Feb 27, staff and students were informed of a potential risk to safety. A Kennedy student claimed to have possession of a gun on school property.  According to an email sent by principal Jason Kline, the threat was without grounds and was quickly handled by administration and the CRPD. Aft...

Kinder Kennedy: What Now, What Next?

Kinder Kennedy members discussing their new moves.

Emily Reed, Writer

February 25, 2020

In a time where the world needs to be kinder, Kennedy is giving it a shot.  Kinder Kennedy strives to show respect and kindness to everyone. The leader, Christiana Langton, along with her co-presidents Star Swain and Samantha High, want the best for Kennedy High School. “If you have somethi...

Jeni Newland’s Legacy

A memorial made for Jeni Newland at a Kennedy Basketball game

Samuel Miranda, Kaylia Richards, and Anabel Bradley

February 12, 2020

For the past 15 years, Jeni Newland has worked in the halls of Kennedy, creating memories with both her students and her co-workers. Newland provided care and support for those who needed it most. She worked with individuals who faced behavioral issues and autism, helping them through their highschool...

Kennedy Students ‘March For Their Lives’

Kennedy students participating in a walkout to protest gun violence.

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

On Jan. 29, dozens of kennedy high school students participated in a walkout in response to recent gun related events on campus and in the Cedar Rapids community. In 21 degree weather and light snow, students marched through the school’s south parking lot and to nearby church Lovely Lane. They follow...

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