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Photo of the COVID-19 Coronavirus provided by the National Park Service.

One Year of COVID-19

March 16, 2020. The day our district told us we would not return to school after spring break. A disease called COVID-19 had entered Iowa a few days prior. School was canceled until it was dealt with....

Students complete MAP tests on their Chromebooks as teachers monitor them with GoGuardian.

MAP Testing: Monotonous, Aggravating and Pointless

Joel Dillman, Writer March 9, 2021

Math and Language Arts teachers at Kennedy High School started class the week of Jan. 1 with similar statements: Seniors could leave class. They weren't taking the MAP test.  Don't worry about being...

Harry Styles poses in a lacy dress and tuxedo jacket made by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Let Men Express Themselves

Elise Hrabik, Photo Editor February 26, 2021

“Bring back manly men.” Conservative commentator Candace Owens tweeted this on Nov. 14, 2020. Her ignorant statement was a direct response to the Vogue cover on the December 2020 issue, in which...

Trust in the Vaccine

Anabel Bradley, Writer February 12, 2021

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has run rampant through the United States. Over 400,000 Americans have died from the virus, but a light has appeared at the end of this tunnel. Two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna...

Shawn Thomsen, facilitator at Kennedy High School, disinfecting a desk to help protect students and staff from the ongoing threat of illness.

Protect Our Schools

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2021

Hardship after hardship has slammed Cedar Rapids schools since the beginning of 2020. The pandemic has changed the way we live and the derecho destroyed a large part of our community. A healthy and safe...

Students wait for their teacher to start the Google Meet.

Still Here, Teach

Jasmine Hite, Writer February 9, 2021

We are still here. Before COVID-19 and the derecho, teachers were not prepared to teach online. Trained for in-person classes where they could interact with and monitor students directly, Kennedy High...

Christmas stockings and presents surround a lit up Christmas tree.

Spread Cheer, Not Germs

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer December 24, 2020

As Thanksgiving passed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, horror stories emerged. A college student comes home to stay with his family. He joins his grandparents for a formal Thanksgiving dinner, but...

Kennedy High School Teachers often find themselves teaching to a seemingly empty  remote classroom as students tend to keep their cameras off

A View of the Alphabet

Jasmine Hite, Writer December 14, 2020

COVID-19 has created multiple challenges for the Cedar Rapids community school district. After cutting the 2019-2020 school year short, teachers, administrators and students hoped that a sense of normalcy...

Are Holidays Cancelled?

Are Holidays Cancelled?

Anabel Bradley, Writer December 11, 2020

In a normal year, the holidays are a time filled with family, friends and cheer. The house is filled with shouts from cousins playing Mario Kart, the clanging of plates as dishes are being washed and holiday...

Elise Kim, so. and Grace Ntanyungy, so. supporting each other.

A Generation With Open Arms

Lindsey Matus, Writer May 27, 2020

Generation-Z is making a change for the better when it comes to inclusivity. Those who are included in this generation are more accepting than those that have come before.  Inclusivity doesn’t pertain...

An inside peek on the life360 app. Edited by Ashton Nanke

Life Built Around 360

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2020

A technology driven society has shaped the lives and behaviors of Gen Z, as well as the lives and behaviors of their parents.  The method of parenting and the way we stay connected has shifted from...

Edited by Ashton Nanke

Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer February 4, 2020

In a world of media, people are often perceived from different angles. From James Charles, an online phenomenon, to Carson King, a local celebrity, many people are being ‘canceled’ for their past actions....

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