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Getting Out Early for Snow

Getting Out Early for Snow

Josh Sheeley, Writer

February 15, 2018

Snow days are something that Iowan school students must deal with all the time in the winter months. Iowa City schools got delayed late in the night, around the time the super bowl was ending, way before the CRCSD delayed schools that day at around seven fifteen. Which brings up the question, why did...

Valentine’s Day is No Big Deal

Valentine’s Day is No Big Deal

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

February 13, 2018

As kids, we decorated brown paper bags and brought candy for our classmates. You were cool if you brought the holographic cards with reflective puppies or hearts on them with a sucker attached to them. Giving double the candy or cards to your crushes and best friends. I would make hearts out of colored...

Volunteering is opportunity to see world differently

Volunteering is opportunity to see world differently

Allie Sjullie, Writer

January 17, 2018

Picture this: You leave for a church volunteer service trip to help someone in another state. Your volunteer group is pretty good, except two volunteers seem to constantly bicker. Turns out, you sit near them, and though it seems terrible at first, in those six hours together, you start to like them. ...

The Power of One

The Power of One

Anna Reinhart, Opinion

January 8, 2018

One person. One person is all it takes to start a domino effect crashing down on those who rape, sexually harass, abuse. One person is all it takes to start a national conversation and social movement to put sexual harassment on the map. Harvey Weinstein was first only accused by one woman. One woman...

An Exchange Student’s View

An Exchange Student’s View

Roberta Prats, Writer

December 20, 2017

To begin, this is a personal story for me. I wanted people to see how this exchange experience is for me in America and Kennedy High School. I’m an exchange student from Spain and I like know what people think. When I interviewed people, I was very happy to hear about what people from America thought...

Net Neutrality Gone?

Net Neutrality Gone?

Jami Martin-Trainor

December 14, 2017

Imagine having to pay monthly fees to have access to social media. Imagine smaller companies completely going out of business because larger companies are doing whatever they can to demolish them. Imagine a world where only large companies get to call the shots as to what websites, content, or applications...

Sandy Hook, Five Years Later

Sandy Hook, Five Years Later

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

December 14, 2017

It’s been five years since the tragic elementary school shooting at Sandy Hook. Since then, what’s changed? Sadly, very little. On Dec. 14, 2012 a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School armed and killed 20 children and six adults. This tragedy sparked calls to action against gun control....

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

Rebecca Greene, Writer

December 12, 2017

It’s a fact that teens are spending late nights doing homework during the school week. For many purposes, school should be ending earlier in the day. On Nov. 21, the Des Moines school board met to talk about the start times changing next year. The school district proposed an earlier start time...

Fight Bullying with Kindness

Fight Bullying with Kindness

Hannah Ratzer, Writer

December 5, 2017

On Thursday, Dec. 7, Kennedy students will be attending an assembly where Kirk Smalley, from the organization Stand for the Silent, will be speaking about his personal experience with bullying and suicide through his son.  When I think of bullying in a school setting, my mind always goes to the s...

Balancing School and Jobs

Irma Dizdarevic, Writer

November 29, 2017

Teens are working now more than ever. As more places are allowing 16 year olds to work, more teens are tackling the struggle of working and school. “School work comes first no matter what,” Rebecca Greene, so., said, who works at the YMCA. “I get home, I’m eating and doing homework at the sam...

Stop Asking Me Questions About College, Please!

Stop Asking Me Questions About College, Please!

Hannah Ratzer, Writer

November 10, 2017

College is such a large part of a young person’s life, it’s hard not to be defined by it. Sitting on my living room floor sorting through the countless mailers I received from colleges, I couldn’t help but sigh. Colleges ranging from the West Coast to the East Coast have all reached out, enticing...

To Stand or Kneel?

To Stand or Kneel?

Rebecca Greene, Writer

October 28, 2017

One of the most recent controversial topics is whether it’s acceptable to kneel during the national anthem. For some, the choice to kneel is a peace protest against racial inequality and police brutality. This movement first began during the 2016 NFL football season when Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco...

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