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Robbery at Gunpoint in the Kennedy Parking Lot

Joel Dillman, Writer

January 27, 2020

On Monday, January 27, a Kennedy High School student’s cell phone was stolen at gunpoint. The incident occurred in the south parking lot at approximately 3:30 PM according to Kennedy. The student whose phone was stolen was unharmed. A phone call and email were sent out by principal Jason Kline...

Support at the Source

Daniel Juarez, jr., underneath the pressure caused by life as a teenager. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Elise Hrabik, Writer

January 27, 2020

My peers and I are suffering. One in five teens in America are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. One in five of my classmates are dealing with depression, anxiety, and other challenges on a daily basis. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults.  Kennedy High School h...

New Year’s Day Shooting Near Kennedy

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

Joel Dillman, Writer

January 3, 2020

For Kennedy High School, the new year began with the sound of gunshots. The shots were heard around 6:00 PM. No one was hurt in the shooting, but one house was damaged. The house was across from Kennedy’s Performing Arts Center. Dana Melone, psychology teacher at Kennedy, was close by when the shooting occurred...

Romaine Calm: Lettuce Club is Here

A Lettuce Club participant takes a big bite of lettuce.

Savanna Sievert, Writer

December 19, 2019

From the banana sprite challenge to the spicy noodle challenge, Lettuce club is the new and healthy challenge coming to Kennedy High School.  Dylan Sines is the first-ever head of lettuce club at our school. He recently learned about the club at a college visit and is excited to bring it to Kenned...

If we Could Freeze Time….

Betsy Marlow playing her role as Anna center stage.

Nolyn Melsha, Mandy Weiss

December 12, 2019

The Kennedy Drama Department has already produced one weekend of shows and now they are preparing for another. Frozen will run three more times before it comes to an end. It runs on Thursday, December 12th at 5:00 and Friday, December 13th at 5:00 and 7:30. Senior, Betsy Marlow will take the stage as ...

George Anderson: 2020 Iowa Teacher of the Year

George Anderson walking into the gym during the pep assembly to accept the award.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

December 10, 2019

Kennedy’s very own George Anderson received the Iowa Teacher of the Year award on December 4, 2019. It was presented to him by Gov. Kim Reynolds at the Winter pep assembly. Before teaching, Anderson served in the Marine Corps, as he traveled while in the Marine Corps he found himself researching ...

This Week’s Forecast: Frozen Jr.

The cast of frozen at the play preview.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

December 5, 2019

For the first time in ever, Kennedy High School presents Frozen Jr.  Frozen Jr. will be performed in the Kennedy Auditorium on December 5, 6, and 12 at 5:00 p.m. and on December 7 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Their last shows are on December 13 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Theatre is a great way ...

Resources for the Teens of Kennedy

Kennedy student with their green bandana on their backpack, yet another source for students who need help.

Adam Sullivan, Writer

December 3, 2019

We, more than ever before in Kennedy history, have access to resources that make life easier for students and their hectic lives. The closest and most accessible resource for Kennedy students is the school counselors. For freshmen, Shawn Thomsen is your guide to Kennedy and its many amenities. For sop...

A Year Later: Remembering Rick Nees

Rick Nees playing guitar with the usual smile on his face.

Jami Martin-Trainor and Steven Tolly

November 26, 2019

As I discussed the idea of this article with my adviser, he not only loved it, but wanted to help me write it. He always said his biggest regret was not getting up with Rick Nees on the stage and singing together, and I think this piece is his way of apologizing. Written below is our words woven togeth...

Your Voice Matters: Kennedy PTSA

Your Voice Matters: Kennedy PTSA

Savanna Sievert, Writer

November 25, 2019

Melissa Zachman is determined to make the PTA or the PSTA as she calls it, a place to find the best resources to help the students.  “I think students need a voice. I think parents need a voice.  Kind of a support system to voice concerns and to voice opinions,” said Zachman.  Zachman wa...

Swimming to State

Swimming to State

Samuel Miranda and Joey Young

November 18, 2019

The Kennedy Swim and Dive team made it to state. At their last competition, Kennedy placed 21 in the state. The state competition took place November 8. Kennedy had three swimmers place in the top 20 in their respective events. During regionals, Kennedy had seven top three finishes, placing third...

The Kennedy Cougars are Headed to the Dome

The Cougars playing at Kingston Stadium.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2019

This Friday the Kennedy Varsity Football team will be playing at the UNI-dome in hopes of the win that sends them to the big game. If victorious, the team will get the opportunity to compete in the championship game. The Cougars are facing off against Dowling Catholic Highschool at the dome. Dowlin...

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