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Homeless Night Success

Student wearing the homeless night t-shirt.

Anabel Bradley, Writer

November 14, 2019

On Friday, October 25, Kennedy High School sponsored Homeless Night to raise awareness for homelessness in Cedar Rapids.  Since 2002, Kennedy students have gathered in front of the school to support the homeless by spending the night outside. The event has been successful since the start.  Thi...

I Bet You Won’t Read This

A student at Kennedy High School pulling a book off of the shelf.

Maggie Talbott-Malone and Lindsey Matus

November 13, 2019

High school students have been trading in their books and replacing them with screens as they try to stay connected to an ever changing world of digital media.  As daily screen time has increased over the last few years, daily reading has declined. For some this is cause for alarm. What if people never...

Football Below Freezing

Kennedy Football player taking the field at Kingston Stadium.

Joel Dillman, Writer

November 8, 2019

The playoff season continues for the Kennedy Cougars tonight when they face off against the Urbandale J-Hawks at Kingston Stadium. So far, the Cougars have lost only one of their 10 games. The J-Hawks have lost three. This season, the J-Hawks have scored 346 points. The Cougars have scored 412 points...

Robotics Club in Action

The last year's Kennedy Robotics Team working together.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

November 6, 2019

Kennedy High School's robotics team is putting their skills to the test. This year, they are making great strides. The Cougar Bots have been a team for seven years. Alyssa Jacobson. It was created by a few students and teachers who were interested in the FTC Robotics program. “A student heard...

It’s a Team Thing

The Kennedy Varsity Dance Team performing their pom routine at Prairie's Stack the Stands.

Nolyn Melsha, Writer

November 5, 2019

Competing with the Kennedy Varsity Dance Team is an honor that freshman Grace Braden dreams about. She is currently on the team, but only as an alternate for competitions. However, being a team is not just about competing. For freshman Grace Braden being an alternate is not a problem. She loves b...

Boys Cross Country at State

Jacob Green, sr., running in his green and gold uniform at a cross country meet along side a Prairie runner.

Savanna Sievert, Writer

November 4, 2019

On Saturday, November 2, the Kennedy Boys Cross Country team ran at the state meet.  The meet took place in Fort Dodge, Iowa at the Lakeside Golf Course. Jacob Green took third at the meet with a time of 15.35. Overall for the entire season, Green was 4th. The next closest runner for Kennedy was ...

Friday Football Game VS Dodgers

Friday Football Game VS Dodgers

Joel Dillman and Kaylia Richards

November 1, 2019

The Kennedy Cougars start off their playoff run tonight against the Fort Dodge Dodgers at Kingston Stadium. This season, the Dodgers have lost three of their nine games and the Cougars have only lost one. In total, the Cougars have scored 349 points and the Dodgers have scored 319. The Dodgers...

Women on the Defense

Member of the WSD learning how to react in a dangerous situation.

Elise Hrabik, Photographer/Writer

October 31, 2019

Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin Arozamena are names you should not know. These are names that make us remember this world is not what it used to be. Their stories warn us of hazards out of our control. One out of every six of us will be subject to the same outcome. For some, this cumulates into a par...

Raising Awareness in the Frigid Tempuratures

Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside at a previous homeless night.

Lindsey Matus, Writer

October 25, 2019

On October 25, student government, with the help of their advisor Joseph Benedict, will be hosting Kennedy’s annual Homeless Night. So far, 54 students are signed up. Adrian Evans and Benedict will rough the frigid temperatures while chaperoning this event.  “We will be outside all night in the lovel...

Kennedy Hoco: What Comes Next?

The lighting fixture at the Czech Museum, where the 2019 prom was held.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

October 22, 2019

The 2019 Kennedy Homecoming dance left students with much to be desired. With the lights left on and the music requests largely ignored, students are left with one pressing question: What comes next? Last week Jason Kline, principal at Kennedy, held a meeting with student government to discuss the trad...

Kennedy Alum Returns

Josh Young, sr., Kira Manuel, sr. acting in the fall play.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 21, 2019

Not every graduate wishes to come back to their highschool and work with former teachers and new students. For Caleb Marner, this isn’t the case. Marner studied theatre in Chicago for a year after graduating in 2016, and participated in children’s shows. He is now back and directed the second fall pla...

Sophomore Diver Makes a Splash

Kennedy swimmer preparing to dive into the pool at their meet.

Annie Haars, Writer

October 17, 2019

Sophomore diver Audrey Leno secures 7th place out of 21 divers at Cougar Invitational last month.  The Cougar Invite was held on September 28 at the Kennedy Pool. Leno was one of the four divers that competed for Kennedy, and has been diving for two and a half years. Before that she was in gymna...

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