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Photos of victims of police brutality were placed on the stairs during the vigil. Attendees of the vigil laid flowers, candles and other memorabilia by the photos.

Candlelight Vigil Held in Memory of Breonna Taylor

Joel Dillman, Writer October 15, 2020

A candlelight vigil was held Sep. 21 in Newbo City Market to honor Breonna Taylor, an African American woman who was fatally shot by a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky. The vigil was organized by...

Academic Decathlon in a New Way

Academic Decathlon in a New Way

Anabel Bradley, Writer October 13, 2020

Kennedy High School’s Academic Decathlon team will continue this year but with new obstacles. The decathlon team is in the process of recruiting members. This process has been made more difficult...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced an extension to the school closures due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Keeps CRCSD Closed Through April

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...

The class of 2021 at the Winter Pep Assembly who emerged victorious. Which will win this year's virtual pep rally?

Virtual Pep Assembly

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...

Cougar Pantry, the resource that Kennedy offered to students who needed or wanted  food to take home.

CRCSD Offers Aid in this Time of Need

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...

Josh Young, sr., sings his solo with sorrow, as he changes the words to explain his feelings on leaving show choir.

The Final Show of the Year

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...

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...

The red sticky notes that line the Kennedy hallways as a part of Inclusion Week.

Inclusivity at Kennedy High School

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...

Photo of last year's copy of the Plain Brown Wrapper.

Calling All Artists: 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...

The Job fair will take place on Saturday, feb. 29 at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library. Photo provided by ArchDaily

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library Job Fair

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...

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

Gun Threat at Kennedy High School

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...

Kinder Kennedy members discussing their new moves.

Kinder Kennedy: What Now, What Next?

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...

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