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Bella Trotter’s Wish Comes True

Bella Trotter and Bridgit Mendler hug after spending the day together. Photo by Kristi Trotter.

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

Junior Jacob Green runs at the Eastern Iowa Classic cross country meet where he finished in 16:54.98

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...

Charlie Haefner, Student Government President of 2018-2019

Kennedy student Government officers 2018-2019 school year. top left Noah Gleode, Charles Haefner, Louie Ervin. Bottom right Kia Johnson, Rylee Ervin, Lauryn Vaske.

Max Luton, Writer

June 1, 2018

The Student Government President is voted in by the whole of the student body. They must plan activities and budgets, show school spirit and volunteer throughout the school and community. On the last week of April, the student body chose between two candidates with Charlie Haefner, jr. having the...

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: Tate Weaver

Senior Goodbye: Tate Weaver

Tate Weaver, Writer

May 30, 2018

Senior year, a literal drag, but a worthwhile experience. Most kids say they’ll cut back on classes, do less activities, and have a lot more fun. However, I completely disagree. Senior year may not have been my most fun, but it was my last year to meet my grades, my last year to see all my friends,...

Senior Goodbye: Jamison Prull

Senior Goodbye: Jamison Prull

Jamison Prull, Photo Editor

May 28, 2018

You hear over and over how quick high school goes by. You blink and it’s over. I won’t lie. That is not how it was for me. The last four years of my life went incredibly slow, but they were so full. I have had countless opportunities, learned numerous lessons – life and educational, and I have...

Poet Laureate Takes Stage at May 24 graduation

Jose Juarez, sr.,at homecoming.

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

May 23, 2018

“I figured if I was going to say it [graduation poem] in front of everyone, I’d want to make it about me, stuff in my life,” Jose Juarez said.   This spring, Juraez submitted a poem and entered the competition to be named Kennedy's 2018 Poet Laureate. Faculty selected his work, which means t...

The Kennedy Experience for Conrado

Conrado Chozas-Martinez racing towards the ball, against Washington Warriors. The JV 2 soccer game was on May 16, losing 3-2.

Shaun Pothepalli, Writer

May 21, 2018

Conrado Chozas-Martinez has spent nearly a whole school year at Kennedy, 4,300 miles away from his family and friends in Pozuelo, a suburb in Madrid. Chozas-Martinez has been living with the Finks, his host family. Their son Gabriel Fink, and Conrado are both currently attending Kennedy High School. “My...

Striving for a Higher Education

Dawson Gibbons, sr., is attending Calvin College next fall. As the first of his family members to attend college, he is excited for what the future holds.

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

May 7, 2018

As seniors approach their final day of high school, the only thing on their minds is what's coming next. For some it's following the footsteps of their family, whether that be enrolling in higher education, going into the workforce or enlisting in the military. For senior Dawson Gibbons, it's about p...

Isaac Toth: Pursuing Art School

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Josh Sheeley, Writer

May 4, 2018

  Senior Isaac Toth is an aspiring young artist who wished to get a college scholarship to do something that he loves, and his dream came true. Toth will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Toth has loved to draw ever since he was a kid, but never thought ...

Leah Howard: A Continuing Journey of Hope

A 3D image of Lydia's face, loved by parents Leah and Sean Howard.

Sophia Jasper, News Editor

April 20, 2018

“We’ve experienced a lot of kindness from people and that’s been really special,” Leah Howard said, referring to the outreach of care she and her husband Sean have experienced during the last few months. In Dec. 2017, the Howards learned that their unborn daughter Lydia had Spina Bifida. ...

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