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Kennedy Women’s Cross Country Team is Plagued by Injuries and Illness

The Kennedy Girl's Cross Country team racing down the winding path at their meet.

Anabel Bradley, Writer

October 16, 2019

Plagued by injuries and illness, the Kennedy Women's Cross Country team still holds hope to make it to state for the second year in a row. The women's cross country team was ranked 11th last season but is not in the top 15 this year. Many runners have been unable to run for various reasons such as...

This Play is to Die For

The poster for Arsenic and Old Lace posted in several spots throughout the school.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 14, 2019

A dark satirical comedy called Arsenic and Old Lace will be coming to the Kennedy black box. The show directed by Caleb Marner will open on October 17 and play through the 19th with shows at 7pm. Tickets are $6 at the door. Arsenic and Old Lace follows Moritmer Brewster who discovers his elderly aunts have...

Rowdy for the Wrong Reasons

Kennedy student section focused on the game while the cheerleaders perform.

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

October 11, 2019

 Kennedy High School is known for their ability to demonstrate support and encouragement for the football team on the field. Unfortunately, this level of respect has not been shown toward the cheerleaders.  It started with the student section asking the cheerleaders to pick up items they dropped ...

Was Kennedy Hoco a No-Go?

Disco lights at the 2019 Kennedy prom, contrasting the recent lighting situation at homecoming.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

October 10, 2019

Every year, students look forward to walking into the darkened school, preparing to dance the night away at homecoming. This year though, students filed in, illuminated by gym lights, waiting for darkness that would never come. Typically, Kennedy homecoming takes place in the west gym with the lights turned ...

BSU: A Call For Understanding

The BSU recruiting new members at the club fair.
Left to right:
Rahma Elsheikh, Raafa Elsheikh, Victoria Lea, Kaylah Ajram-Wright, Sophia Malcom, Divion Ocheltree , Angel Lesure

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

October 9, 2019

In an effort to incorporate more cultural understanding within Kennedy high school, students have introduced a new organization focused on creating a diverse yet unified community known as The Black Student Union, or BSU for short.  “Our goal is to bring understanding for diversity to kennedy a...

Boys Cross Country Run for a Chance 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

October 8, 2019

Kennedy Boys Cross Country is off to a fast start in 2019, and with the number one runner in the state, they have the momentum to keep it going.  Jacob Greene, senior at Kennedy and number one runner in the state, got first at the Eastern Iowa CC Classic with a time of 16:01.42. Teammate and seni...

Homecoming On a Budget

Daniel Juarez and date attending the 2018 homecoming dance.

Lindsey Matus, Writer

October 4, 2019

Everyone loves tradition, that’s what homecoming is all about. However traditions are expensive and not everyone is able to afford them.  When preparing for homecoming, students tend to make multiple purchases.  “I mean the basics are really just clothes, dress shirt, bowtie, suspenders, or...

Cougar Optimism at Kingston Stadium

The Kennedy Varsity Football team getting ready to take on the field at their game against valley.

Lindsey Matus, Writer

October 3, 2019

The Kennedy Cougars kicked off the season with a win, the final score being 21-10 against the Jefferson J-Hawks. During the second game against the Linn-Mar Lions, the cougars bagged another win. The game ended 46-7. With a winning streak of three on the line, the Cougars refused to go down in their thi...

The Stresses of Homecoming

A beautiful gold dress paired with a matching corsage, yet another stressor adding to the pressure of homecoming.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 2, 2019

Getting a manicure, styling your hair with a curling iron, and zipping up the dress, all in preparation to spend a Saturday night dancing to bop after bop. Students prepare for the dance in many ways, from finding an outfit to deciding where to take photos and eat dinner, in hopes that the prepar...

Veering up for VolleyBall

The Kennedy volleyball team spiking the ball at their game.

Alex Sullivan, Writer

October 1, 2019

Kennedy Women's 2019-2020  Varsity Volleyball team has a new coach and new motivation. Michelle Goodalle stepped down last season after coaching for 20 years. The team had a score of 14-9 last season and 8-13 the year before. The Cougar's new coach is Robin Fonck. Fonck had been head freshman coach, head JV ...

Aloha, Hawaiian Shirt Thursdays: In Memory of Rick Nees

Steven Tolly, Dan Carolin, and George Anderson all wearing their Hawaiian shirts in memory of their friend.

Savanna Sievert, Writer

September 24, 2019

On Thursday, a few students and teachers were wearing Hawaiian shirts. It’s not a coincidence. It’s all because of one man that changed peoples lives and reminds us to stay groovy. Rick Nees, math teacher at Kennedy High School, was always looking for a way to put a smile on everyone’s face, and ...

Crimes of the Heart Coming Soon to Kennedy Theatre

Poster for Crimes of the Heart

Joel Dillman, Writer

September 23, 2019

A dark comedy play called Crimes of the Heart hits the Kennedy Theatre next week. Crimes of the Heart, directed by Nick Hayes, will have a preview during school on Wednesday, September 25th. The performances are at 7 p.m. from the 26 through the 28. The story is about three sisters who have to...

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