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Cael Knox, sr., with 7th place medal from 2021 wrestling state competition.

The Kennedy Wrestling Team At State

James Belding, Writer February 26, 2021

The Kennedy Wrestling Team’s work paid off this week as they powered through the state competition. During this time, eight wrestlers from Kennedy grappled at the state title.  Ashtin Falck, jr.,...

Senior Braden Hoyer (left), freshman Luke O'Brien (middle), and Junior Laci Mchenry (right) discussing at their State Competition.

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Speech

Grace Niemuth, Writer February 25, 2021

High school speech has suffered many hindrances during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped the Kennedy High School Speech program from excelling. 10 of the school's 12...

Keeping The Cold At Bay

Jasmine Hite, Writer February 25, 2021

Winter hit Cedar Rapids weeks ago, and it hit the city hard. Coldness pervades you wherever you go. It may look like a winter wonderland, but it is far from wondrous.  Freezing temperatures and slippery...

The train involved in the accident sits motionless on the tracks.

Train Accident Stops Traffic Near Xavier High School

Lindsey Matus, Writer February 19, 2021

A train accident near Xavier High School occurred Friday afternoon just before 2 p.m. on the corner of 42nd St. and Seminole Valley Drive. The train remained upright, but blocked traffic on 42nd St. for...

Kennedy wrestling is prepared to hit the mat at the state meet.

Kennedy Wrestling Team Grapples With COVID-19

James Belding, Writer February 19, 2021

The stands in the Kennedy High School gym sit quiet while the wrestling team plays.  Unlike previous years, spectators were banned as part of the precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. The team...

From left to right: Coach Diane Bader, Jaxon Robinson, so., Cayden Foye, fr., Carson Musil, jr., Dakota Harris, jr., Lucas Dolphin, so., Alex Hume, so. and Coach Scott Bader. Coach Dick Bader is not pictured.

Kennedy Boys Bowling Team Makes School History

Dylan Sines and Neenah Alyassiri February 19, 2021

The Kennedy High School Boys bowling team made school history on Wednesday, Feb. 18. For the first time since Bowling was sanctioned by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, a Kennedy team won the...

Mariah Griffin (left) and Jennifer McAtee (right) are ready to start the class.

Learning To Teach in an Upside-Down World

Jasmine Hite, Writer February 18, 2021

In the shadow of Kennedy High School’s Jennifer McAtee stands Mariah Griffin, a student of the University of Iowa studying to become a geometry teacher. Although her student teaching has been abnormal...

Toxic relationships can be very harmful to one's mental health. If you or someone you know is suffering, please reach out.

Do You Feel Safe with Your Romantic Partner?

Claire Beaman, Writer February 13, 2021

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and couples everywhere are making plans. It’s easy to view a couple as perfect without knowing what’s really going on in private. Sometimes things aren’t so...

Trust in the Vaccine

Anabel Bradley, Writer February 12, 2021

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has run rampant through the United States. Over 400,000 Americans have died from the virus, but a light has appeared at the end of this tunnel. Two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna...

Braden Hoyer, sr, and Shefa'a Tawil, sr, crowned Homecoming king and queen.

A Late Homecoming

Claire Beaman, Writer February 10, 2021

On Feb. 5 Braden Hoyer, sr., and Shefa’a Tawil, sr., were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively. No homecoming dance or activities, such as the parade or assembly, were held this year due to...

Lucas Dolphin, a sophomore at Kennedy runs during his cross country meet.

Kennedy Student Nominated for Athlete of the Week

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer February 10, 2021

Lucas Dolphin, a sophomore at Kennedy High School, is nominated for athlete of the week on KCRG.  Dolphin is a part of two sports at Kennedy, both cross country and bowling. Recently Dolphin bowled...

Shawn Thomsen, facilitator at Kennedy High School, disinfecting a desk to help protect students and staff from the ongoing threat of illness.

Protect Our Schools

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2021

Hardship after hardship has slammed Cedar Rapids schools since the beginning of 2020. The pandemic has changed the way we live and the derecho destroyed a large part of our community. A healthy and safe...

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