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Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Abby Bonat, Writer

June 11, 2019

To the naked eye, Jackie Garcia may seem like an average eighteen-year-old high school student, but behind her tightly curled hair and relaxed demeanor is a girl who has encountered more challenges and overcome more obstacles than most adults.   Garcia is a student at Kennedy High School who moved to Iowa fro...

A Journey of Understanding

A Journey of Understanding

Jack McGrane, Writer

June 10, 2019

Imam Hassan Selim from Cairo, Egypt, is an integral leader of the Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He leads prayers at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and is the vice president of the Inter-religious Council of Linn County. His journey has brought him across the world where he has encountered...

Goodbye, Farewell

Goodbye, Farewell

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

June 4, 2019

As the year comes to a close, the goodbyes are abundant throughout Kennedy High School. As seniors are sent off to college and beyond, many forget the staff and faculty who are retiring after years of working for the district. Beloved Language Arts teacher Cheryl Lindo will be one of the familiar faces...

Justin Peterson: Future US Army Combat Medic

Justin Peterson: Future US Army Combat Medic

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

June 3, 2019

Senior Justin Peterson made the decision to officially enlist in the US Army on October 12, 2018. Although it wasn’t originally apart of his plan, he eventually chose to enlist after realizing the experience would provide him with important skills and help him financially as he furthers his education. ...

Home Grown Stan Lee

Home Grown Stan Lee

May 31, 2019

Getting into All-State would be considered an achievement for students involved in activities such as sports or music. However, was it made known that there was an Art All-State as well? Senior Christian Cahalan, is certainly aware, as he is the only student from Kennedy High School to make it to the...

Track Star From Deutschland

Track Star From Deutschland

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

May 28, 2019

Junior Kajsa Gerkens is a foreign exchange student who has done something amazing during her visiting school year-- she recently broke the school district record for the 400-meter hurdles. Her time was 66.66 seconds May 9, 2019. The old record was 66.77 second. The hurdles event is where runners have...

Move to Express

Move to Express

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 13, 2019

Fifteen years is a long time to be committed to something. In 15 years, Lily Hartney has dedicated her mind, body, and soul to dance, and continues to push herself at dance practices and competitions. To Hartney, dance is almost second nature. It gives her a creative outlet unlike any other, allowing...

Living Out a Lifelong Dream

Living Out a Lifelong Dream

Anna Reinhart, News Editor

March 25, 2019

Senior Olivia Schirm has had big dreams her whole life. Luckily, her extraordinary math and science skills have allowed her to live out one of her biggest aspirations. Beginning the fall of 2019, Schirm will be enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "The moment we found out that...

Tony Fast

Tony Fast

Anna Reinhart, News Editor

January 11, 2019

Senior Anthony Klein (Tony Fast) has always loved music, from listening to it all the time when he was young to now, having released an album, Tony Fast has grown from a fan to a creator. “I never really thought of making my own music until I got into Pro Era’s music,” Klein said. “And then...

Bella Trotter’s Wish Comes True

Bella Trotter’s Wish Comes True

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-Chief

December 19, 2018

A childhood wish can range from wanting to be an astronaut to getting a hippopotamus for Christmas, but for Kennedy freshman Bella Trotter, her wish was meeting Good Luck Charlie star, Bridgit Mendler. Bella has Cerebral Palsy, but LSG seizure disorder is why she qualified for Make-A-Wish Iowa. ...

A New School Record: Jacob Green

A New School Record: Jacob Green

Anna Reinhart

November 6, 2018

5,000 meters. 16 minutes flat. A new school record. It’s no question Jacob Green, jr., has had a memorable 2018 season that will leave its mark.  “My individual goal is to break the school record which is only three seconds away,” Green said on Oct.11. Later that day he did just that.  Even...

Senior Goodbye: Roberta Prats

Roberta Prats, Writer

June 1, 2018

Although my exchange year at Kennedy was not easy at the beginning. Though it was hard to learn the language, start to live in another country, and to go to another school that is not in my home country, this year was the best of my life.During this year I made new fiends and best friends forever, had...

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