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An Outbreak of Musical Discovery

An Outbreak of Musical Discovery

Elise Hrabik, Writer July 30, 2021

When we couldn’t see friends, couldn’t travel, couldn’t do activities, we still had music. We could plug in headphones and drown out the questions we had for the future. We could turn on a speaker...

Coping During COVID-19

Coping During COVID-19

Grace Niemuth, Writer July 23, 2021

Students have been hit hard by quarantine. They can’t see their friends, go to school or participate in activities. After losing the activities that structured their lives, students have begun unhealthy...

Quarantine in the Kitchen

Quarantine in the Kitchen

Anabel Bradley, Writer July 16, 2021

In an always-busy society, taking time to go to the kitchen to bake is rare. There is always an appointment you need to go to or a friend you are meeting up with. When COVID-19 shut the world down, those...

Photos: Kennedy Softball Headed to State (Substate Semifinal and Final)

Photos: Kennedy Softball Headed to State (Substate Semifinal and Final)

Merideth Langton, Photographer July 14, 2021

This week, Kennedy's varsity softball team participated in the IGHSAU Substate tournament, competing for a spot in the State tournament in Fort Dodge. On July 10, Kennedy played in the semifinal game...

Minecraft streamers brought together players of different races, languages and sexual orientations.

The Sides to MCYT

Natalie Ruggeri, Writer July 9, 2021

The popularity of the Minecraft YouTuber community (MCYT) has spiked with teenagers. They give youth a healthy environment to connect through common interests no matter their background. However, there...

Trending TV Shows

Trending TV Shows

Elizabeth Hawkes, Writer July 2, 2021

Entertainment plays a big part in teenagers’ lives. What you watch affects your state of mind, helps you cope with hard times and builds your character. Television teaches us life lessons. In 2017,...

Playing video games helped connect people through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaming Apart: Together

Noah Hargrafen, Writer June 25, 2021

There was a time not too long ago when teens playing video games was discouraged. Last summer, when it was not safe to spend time with friends in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, video games were...

The 2021 graduation ceremony was held Wednesday, May 26.

Senior Blues

As the class of 2021 nears the end of our four-year journey at Kennedy High School, it’s hard not to look back and reflect. Our successes and failures are what shape our lives and help us decide our...

The Class of Compromise

The Class of Compromise

Alyssa Friedley, Writer June 11, 2021

The first time students walked Kennedy’s halls since the pandemic and the devastating derecho felt different. There were expectations of a completely different school. They expected feeling a little...

Pepper spray can be hooked onto a keyring.

Sexual Assault: Precautions and Prevention

Natalie Ruggeri, Writer June 5, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault and Rape Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in America. A study by the UN Women UK’s Safe Space found 97% of women aged 18-24 have experienced...

Students often feel overwhelmed by the amount of school work they receive.

Students’ Mental Health Matters

Natalie Ruggeri, Writer June 4, 2021

53% of Iowa youth did not receive treatment for Major Depressive Episodes (MDE) in 2020 according to Mental Health America (MHA). Now, in June 2021, that number has likely increased after students discovered...

Students are making the choice if they will learn online or in person for the 2021-22 school year.

Choosing Learning Options for the Next School Year

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer June 4, 2021

Kennedy High School students will be able to choose online classes in the 2021-2022 school year.  The first semester of the 2020-2021 school year was online for all Kennedy students due to the derecho...

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