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Weather Worries

Weather Worries

Jenna Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019

Over the past month, the Cedar Rapids Community School District and surrounding districts have been faced with many no-school days, delays and early-outs. These were due to various winter weather hazards: accumulating snow, ice, sleet, and windchill. In total, CRCSD has had three delays, seven no-school...

Women Pay All

Women Pay All

Jenna Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019

The WPA (Women Pay All) dance will be Friday, March 1 in the West Gym. The dance will be from 8 to 11 p.m. "Tickets will be sold during lunch the week before WPA and at the door," Student Government Officer, Rylee Ervin, sr., said. Tickets will be $5 and there will not be a price change if students...

Equal Opportunity

Equal Opportunity

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

February 4, 2019

 Years ago in the fall of 2014, a GEAR UP Grant was awarded to the Iowa college student aid commission, which totaled to $22 million. The Grant’s goal was to increase the number of students prepared to enter and succeed in college. This year, the program is providing completely free ACT's to all ...

Too Cool For School

Too Cool For School

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

January 24, 2019

Due to the winter weather and extreme lows in temperatures, Kennedy High School has been experiencing several snow days, resulting in a shift in scheduled events such as the GHOSH Assembly, which has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 5th. As for other events such as the Registration Cruise,...

Dear Young People,

Dear Young People,

January 9, 2019

As this generation approaches the age of eligibility to vote, there is a big question mark over the reason for Millennials’ lack of voting. “For this coming generation, there is a huge social media push that we’ve had from a younger age,” Olivia Vander Sanden, sr., said. “The...

All Eyes on Us.

All Eyes on Us.

Anna Reinhart, News Editor

January 6, 2019

Few students were able to vote in the 2018 Midterm elections. Those students were expected to know what they were voting for when choosing a candidate, but why is it important for those who aren’t eligible to vote yet to also have an understanding of the candidates? “It’s important for people...

Winter is Coming, and so is Seasonal Depression

Winter is Coming, and so is Seasonal Depression

Mackenzie Joseph, Writer

January 4, 2019

Weight gain, mood swings, feeling hopeless and no motivation, are all signs of Seasonal Affective Depression. Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD) is not like regular depression. Unlike regular depression, SAD hits when autumn starts to come to an end and winter is just beginning and stops when the weather...

Five Weeks of Smiles and Cries

Five Weeks of Smiles and Cries

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

December 21, 2018

By the time winter break rolls around, students at Kennedy highschool are going to be facing a strange scheduling occurrence. Five weeks of school without a single full week. That means that at least one day every single week, our normal bell schedule will be altered, and we’ll either get out early,...

Arrest made, Cold Case May Be Solved

Arrest made, Cold Case May Be Solved

Anafer Millsap, Writer

December 19, 2018

Thirty-nine years after Kennedy student Michelle Martinko was murdered, Cedar Rapids Police have a suspect in custody. Cedar Rapids Police announced tonight that Jerry Burns, 64, has been charged with first-degree murder in Martinko's death. Burns is in custody and will have a hearing tomorrow.   A f...

KVDT Fundraiser: Pura Vida Bracelets

KVDT Fundraiser: Pura Vida Bracelets

Jenna Anderson, Co Editor-in-Chief

December 19, 2018

The Kennedy Varsity Dance Team (KVDT) is selling Pura Vida bracelets in the foyer during lunch for $6 (or three for $15), today Dec. 19 and Thursday Dec. 20. Two dance team members will be at a table by the senior bench during each lunch shift. The money helps KVDT pay for hotels for competitions,...

The Season of Giving

The Season of Giving

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

December 14, 2018

Many people see winter as a winter wonderland, going about their day with a cheery spirit because the holidays are almost here. Sadly though, this season can also bring an increase in mental health crises, which can lead people suffering to St. Luke’s for treatment and help. That is why the Kennedy...

Kennedy Student Government Gives Back to Community for the Holidays

Kennedy Student Government Gives Back to Community for the Holidays

Jenna Anderson, Co Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2018

As the holidays are approaching, many families need assistance when it comes to gift-giving. Luckily, Kennedy Student Government has various ways that they are helping struggling families in the area, as well as getting the Cedar Rapids community in the holiday spirit. Here are some of the projects...

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