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Behind the Lens with Shane Wonase

Behind the Lens with Shane Wonase

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

October 24, 2017

Senior Shane Wonase started taking pictures when he was 13 years old. His favorite picture he has taken so far was in Colorado and it was on a hill with a car coming down. He loves it so much because of the composition and colors. “Landscape photos are my favorite to take because they are alway...

A Long way from home

A Long way from home

Mary Shaine Devaras and Olivia Haefner

October 10, 2017

Roberta Prats, a foreign exchange student from Valencia, Spain wanted to live in America to meet new people, learn more about the culture, and have an experience of what America is like. Cedar Rapids, Iowa is approximately 4,617 miles away from Valencia, Spain. With that, comes a few difference in...

The Crowned

The Crowned

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

September 30, 2017

As you know Kennedy’s Homecoming queen and king are seniors Ellie Grovert and James Tolly. It was a surprise to both Grovert and Tolly that they were going to be crowned the queen and king. “I was so happy and honored. I felt this sense of belonging. I love my school so much, proud to be the th...

Plot Twist: The Coach Gets the Concussion

Plot Twist: The Coach Gets the Concussion

Olivia Haefner, Writer

September 20, 2017

One of the most common injuries in sports nowadays are concussions, not only in athletes but in coaches too. Kennedy volleyball assistant coach of 21 years, and math teacher of 23 years, Tim Johnson, developed a severe concussion on March 25, 2017. "I was coaching 12u volleyball and I went to turn...

Rubik’s Cube Hype: Jacob Kiesey

Rubik’s Cube Hype: Jacob Kiesey

Lydia Kilgore, Writer

May 31, 2017

Walking through the halls of Kennedy High School, you may notice some students solving Rubik’s cubes or doing yo-yo tricks. Jacob Kiesey, so., is one of those students. “It seems like something that always amazes people,” Kiesey enjoys the challenge and problem solving that comes with solving a Ru...

Moving On: Pat Grady

Moving On: Pat Grady

Jake Corkery, Sports Editor

May 22, 2017

After 17 years at Kennedy, Econ teacher Pat Grady will be retiring. "We are losing a great one," history teacher, Brian White said. "He is without a doubt the best AP Econ teacher in Iowa. He is a icon of the school and will be missed." "Mr. Grady boosted enrollment in AP Econ and improved many studen...

Overcoming an eating disorder

Overcoming an eating disorder

Kayla Jacobson, Writer

March 27, 2017

A picture posted on social media by Megan Wagner, sr., drew attention to many students. This photo was of her body and the message was to send out the word of body love and national eating disorder awareness. When Wagner decided to post the picture she did not expect all of the positive comments people...

Madeline Kelley Competes for Confidence

Madeline Kelley Competes for Confidence

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Writer

February 2, 2017

In 2016 and 2017, Madeline Kelley competed to be Miss Teen Iowa. The competitions are held at Newton High School in Newton, Iowa, on the second weekend of October. “I got a thing in the mail to apply and I did it as a joke at first,” Madeline Kelley, jr., said. Kelley said her biggest inspiration...

A Cougar from 4,000 miles away

A Cougar from 4,000 miles away

Jenna Anderson, Opinion Editor

January 9, 2017

Junior Brooklyn Button always thought she was going to be a Kennedy Cougar, even after living over 4,000 miles away from Cedar Rapids. Button left Iowa due to her father's career, and moved to Wassenaar, Netherlands in 2012. "I had mixed emotions about moving there," Button said, "I was excited...

Advent to Epiphany

Advent to Epiphany

Olivia Haefner, Feature Editor

December 19, 2016

Long nights, late phone calls, fails and accomplishments, prayers, self-discovery, building faith and inspiring others, sums up Jacqueline Hullaby and Linea Apsukrapsa’s experience in publishing their first book, Advent to Epiphany: Engaging the Heart of Christmas. On Oct. 23, co-Authors, Hullaby ...

Love for pups: Training canines for competitions keeps McAllister busy

Love for pups: Training canines for competitions keeps McAllister busy

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Writer

December 9, 2016

“I like the payoff of training dogs, the reward of watching them learn,” Natalie McAllister, jr., said. In spring 2010, McAllister started training her dogs and by August 2011 she started them in competing. McAllister’s oldest boy dog had behavior issues and was told to go to a trainer and do...

From Germany to Cedar Rapids

From Germany to Cedar Rapids

Tasha Gilkison, Writer

December 4, 2016

Students at Kennedy may know Joyline Goeb as a student who has an obsession with peanut butter M & M’s or that how involved she is in Kennedy theatre technical crew -- but not many may know what brings her to Cedar Rapids from Germany. After growing up in Germany, Goeb decided to move to Cedar ...

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