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Stressed Out about GPA

Stressed Out about GPA

Mackenzie Joseph, Writer

November 14, 2018

When I see my GPA, my emotions start to twist, whether it’s a good or bad GPA, when I see the lower numbers my anxiety begins to spread. When I see a lower GPA, it brings me down and I start to get on myself and think “Why am I such a bad student?” It then stresses me out and I can’t think straight,...

A Day in a Teacher’s Life

A Day in a Teacher’s Life

Maddie Long, Writer

November 12, 2018

Most students are quick to make assumptions about teachers. It could be the amount of homework they give, their teaching style, or something else. But there’s always something. However, do we really know 100 percent what teachers go through on a day-to-day basis? Do we know how much work they put in,...

A Bittersweet Change

A Bittersweet Change

Taylor Matta, Writer

November 8, 2018

Imagine: your father, who raised, cared for, and stuck with you through everything life has thrown at you, calls the whole family together for a meeting. Once everyone arrives, he announces that he will be leaving in a few weeks and might never come back. Ever. The week after he plans on leaving is the...

Social Media Madness

Social Media Madness

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

November 2, 2018

How often do you find yourself using filters or edited your pictures before posting them on social media? Social media apps are causing people to dislike themselves and become focused on how they look. Growing up with images of how we are “supposed” to look can cause kids and teens to have lower...

Say “See Ya” to Social Interactions

Say “See Ya” to Social Interactions

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

October 13, 2018

Who would have thought a single small buzz from a five-inch box would send teens running to look at what’s popped on their screen? Smartphones have changed the way we communicate today, but is our youth becoming too dependent on this new technology? Being one of the world’s most popular smartphone...

Laugh and Fall in Love with Lara Jean

Laugh and Fall in Love with Lara Jean

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

October 4, 2018

If you’re a teenager in America with Netflix, you’ve probably at least heard of the new Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. At the end summer this rom-com was released and took the world by storm. Whether because of our infamous Peter Kavinsky or the adorable romance that blooms between ...

Pink Tax

Pink Tax

Haylee Brewer, Writer

September 28, 2018

A phenomenon often attributed as a form of gender-based price discrimination is Pink Tax. The name comes from the observation that many of the affected products are pink. An article by Gabby Epstein, Pleasant Hill, Calif., states that with all the inequality being demonstrated across America, it is...

Surviving the Unfamiliar Cougar Den

Surviving the Unfamiliar Cougar Den

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

September 24, 2018

Being a freshman at Kennedy High School means being trampled in the hallway and not getting credit for winning the spirit stick. Freshman year is full of new people and new beginnings. To get through the year, you need to know some tips and tricks of surviving the unfamiliar cougar den. The cafeteria...

Run Hide Fight?

Run Hide Fight?

Anna Reinhart

September 14, 2018

It struck schools like a bolt of lightening. Due to the gradual rise in school shootings and the spike in media coverage of them, schools across the country have taken a look at their safety protocols and made changes. The Department of Homeland Security has begun recommending the ‘Run Hide Fight’...

Is it Really Insatiable?

Is it Really Insatiable?

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

August 29, 2018

When Netflix posted the first trailer for their new show Insatiable, the Internet was mad. Teens and adults across the United States thought that the show would bring negative consequences regarding mental health and body image. The plot the trailer revealed was that the main character, Patty Bladell, go...

Senior Goodbye: Leeanne Mehring-Cruz

Senior Goodbye: Leeanne Mehring-Cruz

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

May 31, 2018

As I walk across the stage and turn to look at my classmates and the crowd, I am sure I will start reminiscing. I can’t say that I will miss Kennedy High School in general, but certainly parts of it and I am excited to move forward with my life. I am thankful for the teachers who believed in me, gave...

Senior Goodbye: Hannah Ratzer

Senior Goodbye: Hannah Ratzer

Hannah Ratzer, Arts and Culture Editor

May 29, 2018

While I’m spent many moments at Kennedy, here are some of my favorites from my four years. Freshmen Year: Running Cross Country Starting XC the summer before my freshman year introduced me to the best people and gave me friendships that have lasted all of high school. Sophomore Year: Going t...

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