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Gun Threat at Kennedy High School

The Kennedy High School sign located in front of the building.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2020

On Thurs, Feb 27, staff and students were informed of a potential risk to safety. A Kennedy student claimed to have possession of a gun on school property.  According to an email sent by principal Jason Kline, the threat was without grounds and was quickly handled by administration and the CRPD. Aft...

Kinder Kennedy: What Now, What Next?

Kinder Kennedy members discussing their new moves.

Emily Reed, Writer

February 25, 2020

In a time where the world needs to be kinder, Kennedy is giving it a shot.  Kinder Kennedy strives to show respect and kindness to everyone. The leader, Christiana Langton, along with her co-presidents Star Swain and Samantha High, want the best for Kennedy High School. “If you have somethi...

What Causes a Cancellation?

@CRSCHOOLS on Twitter post the photo above each time there is a delay or no-school day.

Joel Dillman, Producer

February 19, 2020

In winter, Cedar Rapids schools have their schedules delayed, changed or cancelled all the time, and students usually end up wondering why. Sometimes, it seems like a day was cancelled without good cause, and other times students think a day should have been delayed when it wasn’t. In this podca...

Battle on 42nd Street: Kennedy Girls Varsity Against Xavier

Kennedy basketball player on Xavier player who has possession of the ball.

Zaidin Boehmke, Writer

February 17, 2020

On Tuesday, Feb 11, the Girls Kennedy Varsity Basketball Team faced the Xavier Saints at the battle of 42nd St.  The game proved to be a battle as both teams fought hard throughout the game. Players of both sides lunged toward loose balls, muscled their way to rebounds, and drove their way throug...

Jeni Newland’s Legacy

A memorial made for Jeni Newland at a Kennedy Basketball game

Samuel Miranda, Kaylia Richards, and Anabel Bradley

February 12, 2020

For the past 15 years, Jeni Newland has worked in the halls of Kennedy, creating memories with both her students and her co-workers. Newland provided care and support for those who needed it most. She worked with individuals who faced behavioral issues and autism, helping them through their highschool...

Excite Night: Kennedy Cougars Take On Liberty Lightning

Action shot from the game of Kennedy versus Prairie

Zaidin Boehmke, Writer

February 7, 2020

The Kennedy sophomore Boys’ Basketball Team squeaked out the win on Tues Feb 4 against the sophomore Iowa City Liberty Lightning.  Throughout the entirety of the game, the score remained close. Both teams traded the lead, and the end of this match left viewers in disbelief.   Nearing the en...

Kennedy Celebrates the Chinese New Year

Performers participating in the Chinese New Year celebration. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Claire Beaman, Writer

February 6, 2020

The Chinese class of Kennedy High School wished everyone a happy New Year on Fri Jan 31. It’s not because they got a late start to 2020. China follows the Lunar calendar, meaning that the date of New Year’s day is different each year depending on the phases of the moon.  Grant Brown, the Chi...

Roll Cougars

Josh White intently playing defense to stop the Prairie Hawks last Friday, Jan. 31.

Zaidin Boehmke, Writer

February 6, 2020

The Kennedy Varsity Men’s Basketball Team faced the Iowa City Liberty Lightning Bolts on Feb. 4.  The Cougars tipped off with Caleb Schlaak, jr., and began the game with an invigorating dunk from Paul Cory, sr. The dunk was assisted by a slick back cut pass from Kenzie Reed, fr. Throughout ...

Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled

Edited by Ashton Nanke

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

February 4, 2020

In a world of media, people are often perceived from different angles. From James Charles, an online phenomenon, to Carson King, a local celebrity, many people are being ‘canceled’ for their past actions. Canceling is the act of publicly destroying an individual’s reputation. The action most com...

Hate Speech: Using Words as Weapons

Raafa Elsheikh, jr., who is forced to hear derogatory terms said to her constantly for merely existing. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2020

As I walk through the hallways at Kennedy, I hear things. There are people talking about the test they just took and the homework they forgot to do. They’ll talk about that funny tweet they saw this morning or the tik-tok that made them laugh. I hear friends joking and teasing each other. Most alarmi...

Kennedy Students ‘March For Their Lives’

Kennedy students participating in a walkout to protest gun violence.

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

On Jan. 29, dozens of kennedy high school students participated in a walkout in response to recent gun related events on campus and in the Cedar Rapids community. In 21 degree weather and light snow, students marched through the school’s south parking lot and to nearby church Lovely Lane. They follow...

Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be …

Elise Kim, so., applying lipstick. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Haylee Brewer and Kaylia Richards

January 28, 2020

It is difficult to comprehend why the world we live in has become too harsh. Females everywhere are being criticized and judged by the way they act, dress, the friends they have, and so many other characteristics. There is a term used to criticize women who are perceived to violate expectations of b...

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