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We welcomed spring of 2018 on Tuesday, March 20.

Spring is in the Air

Grace Hanrahan, Writer March 22, 2018

As Iowans begin to crawl out of hibernation, moods shift to an energized “springy” vibe. Vitamin D is an excellent resource, as it provides us with calcium to strengthen us, and helps fight depression...

Alyssa Friedley strikes a dance move for a photo outside.

A Dancer’s Journey

Alyssa Friedley, Writer March 20, 2018

I was five when I started to dance. I think that when I started, everyone knew it would be something I would continue for a long time. Going to school at any grade level can be stressful, and dancing...

Letter from the Editors

Olivia Haefner and Jenna Anderson March 5, 2018

Dear Kennedy High School students, After the recent Parkland High School shooting some people are calling for mental health reforms, while others want gun control, but let's come together and put opinions...

Roberta Prats and Rotary friends at Marshalltown for  the day.

How Rotary and Kennedy High School Changed My Experience in America

Roberta Prats, Writer February 27, 2018

Rotary's goal is to help students learn new languages, discover other cultures, and truly become global citizens. They have achieved their goal with me. Rotary is the organization that helped make everything...

The Impact a Voice Can Have

The Impact a Voice Can Have

Hannah Ratzer, Arts and Culture Editor February 21, 2018

Of the seven billion people in the world, you may feel insignificant as one single being. Enacting lasting change can seem like a daunting or impossible task. Sometimes I imagine myself standing in...

snow after the storm

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...

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....

One of Allie Sjullie's volunteering experiences took her to Kentucky for a week to help fix up a home.. She says that

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...

Photo of the message Time's Up attempts to convey. This was posted on Instagram by hundreds of influential females in support of the Time's Up campaign, which was in response to the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and several other male figures in Hollywood.

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...

Roberta Prats posing in downtown CR.

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...

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...

The Sandy Hook Memorial in Newtown, Connecticut.

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...

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