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Men's Varsity Tennis: Getting Ready to Serve at Districts

Men’s Varsity Tennis: Getting Ready to Serve at Districts

Grace Niemuth, Writer May 10, 2021

The Men’s Kennedy Varsity Tennis Team has fought a hard season this year. They’ve managed to win five matches this season. They’ve beat Iowa City High (7-2), Prairie (6-3), Dubuque Hempstead (5-4),...

The CRCSD graphic telling students that the vaccine is available.

COVID Vaccines Available For CRCSD Students

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2021

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for everyone 16 and older. Vaccines will be distributed at all four CRCSD high schools. The first dosage will be available on May 12 at Metro high school...

Jared Wacker directs the Wind Symphony.

Music Prevails

Elise Hrabik, Writer May 7, 2021

“We kept the music going,” Lesley Fleer, director of the Kennedy band said. The band concert began at 5 p.m. on May 4, in the Kennedy High School auditorium. With help from Justin Schaeffer,...

Ann Brunson and Storm Ziegler are excited for what next year has to come.

Show Choir Cast List to Be Posted May 21

Jasmine Hite, Writer May 7, 2021

Nerves are high and adrenaline is rushing for the musical students at Kennedy High School. The posting of the 2021- 2022 Show Choir casting list is right around the corner. Storm Ziegler, director of...

Students are beginning to take their Advanced Placement exams.

2021 Advanced Placement Testing Has Begun

Anabel Bradley, Writer May 7, 2021

May is here, and the Advanced Placement (AP) tests have begun. With a delayed school start date and new remote learning, AP classes have been challenging to many. For the 2021 AP tests, students were...

Three students post for make-shift prom photos.

Prom Looks Different This Year

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer May 6, 2021

There are several dances that are held during the high school years, one of them being prom. COVID-19 has changed what prom may look like for students.  Each Cedar Rapids High School was allowed to...

Many women have to arm themselves in fear of being attacked or harmed.

97% is a Large Percentage

Claire Beaman, writer May 6, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault and Rape Rape culture is much too prominent in today’s society. Oftentimes the abuser will walk away with little to no consequences while the victim is...

Shawn Thomsen, facilitator at Kennedy High School, disinfecting a desk to help protect students and staff.

Teachers Deserve to Be Appreciated 

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer May 6, 2021

Teachers provide, educate and engage with their students. The relationship is normally focused on the student, as that is the job of an educator.  Teacher Appreciation Week runs from Monday, May 3...

Blood Donation Levels Have Become Critically Low Nationwide

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer May 4, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, blood donations have become critically low nationwide. There has been a decrease in the amount of blood drives, as well as the amount of people who have been able to donate...

Students stare at a keyboard and computer screen all day for school.

Motivational Struggles With An Online Environment

James Belding, Writer May 4, 2021

Sitting alone at a computer everyday, Kennedy students are struggling with the online environment they had to adapt to. Their teachers are a face on the screen and peers are just letters. This lack of...

Molly Joyner, jr., jumps the hurdles during one of her events.

Photos: Kennedy Track Competes at Xavier

Merideth Langton, Photographer May 1, 2021

On April 27, the Kennedy Boys and Girls Track and Field teams competed at Xavier High School for the Xavier Invitational.

Competitors in the boys’ 3200 meter race run past partially-empty stands at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Kennedy Competes at the Drake Relays

Noah Hargrafen, Writer April 30, 2021

The weekend of April 24, Kennedy High School athletes participated at the Drake Relays for track and field. Kennedy had three athletes qualify: Brenden Linde, jr., in the high jump, Brody Lovell, sr.,...

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