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Hate Speech: Using Words as Weapons

Hate Speech: Using Words as Weapons

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2020

As I walk through the hallways at Kennedy, I hear things. There are people talking about the test they just took and the homework they forgot to do. They’ll talk about that funny tweet they saw this morning or the tik-tok that made them laugh. I hear friends joking and teasing each other. Most alarmi...

Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be …

Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be …

Haylee Brewer and Kaylia Richards

January 28, 2020

It is difficult to comprehend why the world we live in has become too harsh. Females everywhere are being criticized and judged by the way they act, dress, the friends they have, and so many other characteristics. There is a term used to criticize women who are perceived to violate expectations of b...

Support at the Source

Support at the Source

Elise Hrabik, Writer

January 27, 2020

My peers and I are suffering. One in five teens in America are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. One in five of my classmates are dealing with depression, anxiety, and other challenges on a daily basis. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults.  Kennedy High School h...

A Year Later: Remembering Rick Nees

A Year Later: Remembering Rick Nees

Jami Martin-Trainor and Steven Tolly

November 26, 2019

As I discussed the idea of this article with my adviser, he not only loved it, but wanted to help me write it. He always said his biggest regret was not getting up with Rick Nees on the stage and singing together, and I think this piece is his way of apologizing. Written below is our words woven togeth...

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. ...

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