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A memorial made for Jeni Newland at a Kennedy Basketball game

Jeni Newland’s Legacy

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...

Kennedy students participating in a walkout to protest gun violence.

Kennedy Students ‘March For Their Lives’

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...

Robbery at Gunpoint in the Kennedy Parking Lot

Joel Dillman, Writer January 27, 2020

On Monday, January 27, a Kennedy High School student’s cell phone was stolen at gunpoint. The incident occurred in the south parking lot at approximately 3:30 PM according to Kennedy. The student...

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

New Year’s Day Shooting Near Kennedy

Joel Dillman, Writer January 3, 2020

For Kennedy High School, the new year began with the sound of gunshots. The shots were heard around 6:00 PM. No one was hurt in the shooting, but one house was damaged. The house was across from Kennedy’s...

A Lettuce Club participant takes a big bite of lettuce.

Romaine Calm: Lettuce Club is Here

Savanna Sievert, Writer December 19, 2019

From the banana sprite challenge to the spicy noodle challenge, Lettuce club is the new and healthy challenge coming to Kennedy High School.  Dylan Sines is the first-ever head of lettuce club at our...

George Anderson walking into the gym during the pep assembly to accept the award.

George Anderson: 2020 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer December 10, 2019

Kennedy’s very own George Anderson received the Iowa Teacher of the Year award on December 4, 2019. It was presented to him by Gov. Kim Reynolds at the Winter pep assembly. Before teaching, Anderson...

The cast of frozen at the play preview.

This Week’s Forecast: Frozen Jr.

Jasmine Hite, Writer December 5, 2019

For the first time in ever, Kennedy High School presents Frozen Jr.  Frozen Jr. will be performed in the Kennedy Auditorium on December 5, 6, and 12 at 5:00 p.m. and on December 7 at 11:00 a.m. and...

Your Voice Matters: Kennedy PTSA

Your Voice Matters: Kennedy PTSA

Savanna Sievert, Writer November 25, 2019

Melissa Zachman is determined to make the PTA or the PSTA as she calls it, a place to find the best resources to help the students.  “I think students need a voice. I think parents need a voice. ...

Student wearing the homeless night t-shirt.

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 last year's Kennedy Robotics Team working together.

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...

Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside at a previous homeless night.

Raising Awareness in the Frigid Tempuratures

Lindsey Matus, Writer October 25, 2019

On October 25, student government, with the help of their advisor Joseph Benedict, will be hosting Kennedy’s annual Homeless Night. So far, 54 students are signed up. Adrian Evans and Benedict will rough...

The lighting fixture at the Czech Museum, where the 2019 prom was held.

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...

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