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Virtual Pep Assembly

Virtual Pep Assembly

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 has turned the 2019-2020 school year on its head. With WPA canceled and prom looking unlikely, many students feel as if their school year was stolen. After school had been canceled for four weeks, The Cougars brainstormed a way to show spirit while still practicing social distancing. This ye...

CRCSD Offers Aid in this Time of Need

CRCSD Offers Aid in this Time of Need

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Community school district made the decision to shut down schools for four weeks to combat the Coronavirus that continues to spread globally. Seniors are wondering what will become of their final year of high school, asking if there is still going to be prom and if spring sports are b...

The Final Show of the Year

The Final Show of the Year

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 17, 2020

The Going Out Concert was an emotional event for the Kennedy High School community, as the seniors of Happiness put on their final performance of their high school careers. Tears were seen throughout the audience as the group danced and sang their hearts out. While performing their ballad, Josh ...

COVID-19 Closes CRCSD

COVID-19 Closes CRCSD

Joel Dillman, Writer

March 16, 2020

On Sunday, March 15, the Cedar Rapids Community School District announced it would close its schools for four weeks due to COVID-19, or coronavirus. The district is following the recommendation from Iowa’s Gov. Kim Reynolds to close all schools in the state for four weeks. This is an attempt to stop...

Stuck in CR for Spring Break?

Stuck in CR for Spring Break?

Zaidin Boehmke, Writer

March 13, 2020

For all of us stuck at home this spring break, what is there to do in Cedar Rapids?  Those interested in classic arcade games should hop on down to the Quarter Barrel, which features original, authentic arcade games. This, along with signature pizzas, can be a great way to start spring break. Ma...

Kennedy from a Foreign View

Kennedy from a Foreign View

Anabel Bradley, Writer

March 10, 2020

Foreign exchange students come to Kennedy High School with a variety of backgrounds. The school has hosted up to five foreign exchange students from around the world for many years. Anna Charaeva, jr., came to Kennedy for the 2019-2020 school year. Far from her home in Georgia, a country east of the Black...

Embracing Culture with Dragon Dance

Embracing Culture with Dragon Dance

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Advertisement Manager

March 10, 2020

At Kennedy High School there is a little-known club called “Dragon Dance”. Dragon dance is one of the ways Chinese culture celebrates different holidays, like Chinese new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the beginning of the new year in the Chinese calendar.  “This was something that came with the job...

Inclusivity at Kennedy High School

Inclusivity at Kennedy High School

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 9, 2020

With over 1800 students at Kennedy Highschool, it can be hard to feel included or respected. Kinder Kennedy and Best Buddies put together Kennedy’s Inclusion Week to bring students together, attempting to counteract this problem.  Mary Gibney is an inspiration for all. She helped put together t...

Music and Games at the Kennedy Band Carnival

Music and Games at the Kennedy Band Carnival

Arya Forbes, Writer

March 6, 2020

On Fri, March 6, Kennedy High School is hosting its annual Band Carnaval. The event is taking place to support the Kennedy band program.  There is a 5 fee for unlimited game wristbands. There will be snacks, bingo, henna tattoos, prizes, and buttons. Lilly Xayasouk, fr., plays the alto saxophone ...

A Teacher Who’s Here to Help

A Teacher Who’s Here to Help

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

March 5, 2020

In the current age, students like myself and others deal with anxiety, depression, and the pressures of being perfect. It’s very common that this causes stress and less motivation. But, amid all of the stress, there is one thing we need to realize; We are not alone in our struggles. When educators r...

Torch Talks – Closing Out the Show Choir Season

Torch Talks – Closing Out the Show Choir Season

Joel Dillman and Samuel Miranda

March 5, 2020

  This episode, we talk about the end of show choir season. The host of this episode is Jasmine Hite. She’s joined by Noah Hargrafen from Happiness and Hannah Retz and Morgan Mahoney from Protégé. They talk about their show choirs’ competitions, choreography and cancellations. Liste...

Show Choir In the Spotlight

Show Choir In the Spotlight

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 4, 2020

Show choir allows students to express themselves through song and dance. It is also beneficial by letting students get out of their comfort zone. Students create memories with their friends, and team mates during the season. Kennedy High school’s three show choirs, including Happiness INC., Protégé...

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