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Women on the Defense

Women on the Defense

Elise Hrabik, Photographer/Writer

October 31, 2019

Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin Arozamena are names you should not know. These are names that make us remember this world is not what it used to be. Their stories warn us of hazards out of our control. One out of every six of us will be subject to the same outcome. For some, this cumulates into a par...

The Stresses of Homecoming

The Stresses of Homecoming

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 2, 2019

Getting a manicure, styling your hair with a curling iron, and zipping up the dress, all in preparation to spend a Saturday night dancing to bop after bop. Students prepare for the dance in many ways, from finding an outfit to deciding where to take photos and eat dinner, in hopes that the prepar...

One- to- One

One- to- One

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

June 8, 2019

Having access to technology will give students the ability to work online during class, which can overall boost the amount of work we get done in one day. Going one- to- one will create an advanced learning environment that allows students access to assignments at home that some previously weren’t...

The World is Dying

The World is Dying

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

June 7, 2019

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), society has until 2030 to drastically change our way of living when it comes to carbon emissions, or else the damage will be irreversible, and the planet will soon be no longer habitable. This is not something that is 100 years...

Vol. 52, Issue 2: Letter from the Senior Editors

Vol. 52, Issue 2: Letter from the Senior Editors

Jenna Anderson and Anna Reinhart

June 5, 2019

Ending four years of high school is bittersweet. It's the end of the crazy pep assemblies, but also the end of eight-hour long school days. The end of fast-walking to class in four minutes and cheering on the football team from the stands. No more dressing up for homecoming week, or asking teachers for...

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 30, 2019

Located in downtown Cedar Rapids is a small pizza parlor that makes traditional pizza a little more interesting. Rather than normal toppings of pepperoni or sausage, Fong’s Pizza has many Asian-inspired courses, as well as other strange combinations. Most of which wouldn’t be seen at a local pizza...

Selective Service for All

Selective Service for All

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

April 16, 2019

Registering for the draft is something men ages 18-25 are required to do. However, the draft registration has started to open to women. It is about time for the draft to allow women to sign up, which is a great step for women in the Armed Forces and in society in general. For a long time, women who...

Men’s Fashion: Let’s Pick it Up

Men’s Fashion: Let’s Pick it Up

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

March 28, 2019

It is no secret that a lot of guys aren’t the best at dressing or finding their style. Style is something that is very personal, but there are somethings that people should avoid. So here are my little tips to help with dressing in a style that is considered some form of acceptable in the world. ...

The Importance of Black History Month

The Importance of Black History Month

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 6, 2019

February is Black History Month, and it has come to a close. Did we, both as individuals and as a school, give this month the recognition it was designed to receive? How exactly should we be giving black history attention? “I’m a little conflicted about the way we could give it recognition because...

Black History Open Mic Night

Black History Open Mic Night

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 5, 2019

On Thursday, Feb. 28, a Black History Open Mic Night was hosted at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. This night gave individuals the opportunity to share their experiences and feelings relating to Black History Month. Anyone could perform, no matter their age, race, or gender. "I put this event...

Pushing Yourself

Pushing Yourself

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

February 22, 2019

Kennedy High School has without a doubt helped me advance academically and score well on standardized tests, but as someone who is constantly looking for ways to increase my knowledge and achieve great things in life, Kennedy is currently unable to help. I am constantly looking for ways to get the most...

Snow Days ‘Must-Watch List’

Snow Days ‘Must-Watch List’

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

February 18, 2019

As no school days continue to pile up and students run out of things to do, many students turn to Netflix. Although the variety of options that Netflix provides satisfies many viewers, it can make it extremely difficult to pick out what to watch. So, for those in need of narrowed-down Netflix options,...

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