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Kennedy student section focused on the game while the cheerleaders perform.

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...

Disco lights at the 2019 Kennedy prom, contrasting the recent lighting situation at homecoming.

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...

The BSU recruiting new members at the club fair.
Left to right:
Rahma Elsheikh, Raafa Elsheikh, Victoria Lea, Kaylah Ajram-Wright, Sophia Malcom, Divion Ocheltree , Angel Lesure

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...

Daniel Juarez and date attending the 2018 homecoming dance.

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...

Steven Tolly, Dan Carolin, and George Anderson all wearing their Hawaiian shirts in memory of their friend.

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...

Poster for Crimes of the Heart

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...

Student at Kennedy High School attempting to maneuver Infinite Campus on their new chromebook.

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...

The Kennedy Varsity Football team running towards the student section after winning their latest game against the Linn Mar Lions.

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...

Students working in study hall.

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...

Seniors showing their cougar spirit at the fall pep assembly by cheering on their class. Photo by Haylee Brewer.

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...

Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Clinic where Jax Niemuth, sr., did their internship.

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...

Students Olivia Schirm, Michael Gallagher, Brenna Hartse, Mackenzie Pattridge, and Gwyneth Smith hand over the rest of their class funds to Miranda Neff (center) who is battling breast cancer.

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...

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