Salutatorian Erinn Wong Discusses Importance of Diversity

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, Matthew Lin and Erinn Wong respectively, have been announced. Traditionally, the class valedictorian and salutatorian give speeches at graduation ceremonies. This year, the school decided to hold auditions for any senior who desired to speak at graduation. Wong, though not selected to speak, felt the call to share her message with her peers. In the … Continue reading Salutatorian Erinn Wong Discusses Importance of Diversity

Yearbook’s “Blink” Gives the Student Body an Eyeful

By Samantha Johnson, Clarion Staff “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Theodor Seuess Geisel With the school year drawing to a close, the desire to savor and create memories begins to grow throughout the student body.  After six months of meeting firm publishing deadlines, the dedication of the 2017 yearbook staff has paid off with … Continue reading Yearbook’s “Blink” Gives the Student Body an Eyeful

Speech and Debate Team Showcases Strong Speakers as Team Ascends

By Cameron Cowling and Kessie Ng, Clarion Staff This year, the John F. Kennedy speech and debate team sent five people to the CHSSA California High School Speech Association state championships: Rohit Jhawar, Matthew Allin, Alison Newens, Sid Slesicki, and Cameron Lutz. The number is up from three entries last year. The event took place Friday, April 28th to Sunday, April 30th. Jhawar, a freshman, … Continue reading Speech and Debate Team Showcases Strong Speakers as Team Ascends

Plagiarizing Shakespeare

By Adrianna Iorio, Clarion Staff Plagiarizing Shakespeare is a humorous and energetic play, constructed by the drama coordinator Mr. Lee, and students across the Kennedy campus willing to participate.  A small cast will present the play on only two dates, June 2nd & 3rd in the Little Theater. The play is a parody of classics by Shakespeare. Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet will all … Continue reading Plagiarizing Shakespeare

In This Issue — June 2, 2017

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor To give an extra large send-off to this year’s senior class, The Clarion wanted to deliver an extra large issue consisting of 16 pages to Kennedy’s classrooms, it ended up as 20 pages. The production of this issue was one of the most stressful weeks the staff has ever experienced. However, thanks to an amazing editorial staff (I’m not talking … Continue reading In This Issue — June 2, 2017

JFK Senior Ball Through the Eyes of an Exchange Student

By Mai Houa Thao, Clarion Staff For her first time in the U.S., Nur Mond Asmi or Effy, flew from her home in Malaysia and participated in Kennedy’s foreign exchange program. After receiving the opportunity to come to the U.S. from a scholarship program and three stages of interviews she became a part of the Kennedy family. She enrolled in Kennedy’s exchange program at the … Continue reading JFK Senior Ball Through the Eyes of an Exchange Student

Tide Turning in Favor of Kennedy Swim Team as New Records Set

By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor Kennedy’s swim team is accelerating to new heights as some of the school’s records, some as old as 30 years, were broken by several students. Among the record-breaking swimmers are Matthew Lee (10), Jordan Selvin (10), Joel Amezcua (9), Calvin Elliott (10), Grant Greenlow (10), Allie Umemoto (12), and Ana Boisvert (11). Individual records were broken by Lee, Umemoto, and … Continue reading Tide Turning in Favor of Kennedy Swim Team as New Records Set

Girls Softball Completes Best Season Since 1982

By Marsiana Pound, Clarion Staff Our very own girls softball teams, varsity and junior varsity, hit many milestones this year in what some might say has been the best season in 35 years. The varsity team finished the season with a 13-1 win/loss record in Metro Conference games and were ranked in the top 20 in the area.  The overall season record for the team … Continue reading Girls Softball Completes Best Season Since 1982

Wake Up Sheeple

By Cynthia Dominguez, Clarion Staff As both social and political climates change, the vocabulary of the English language evolves to keep up. The Merriam Webster dictionary surprised many on the morning of April 28, 2017 when they tweeted the news that the word “sheeple” became a new addition to their large array of words. The word was listed as informal and was defined as “people … Continue reading Wake Up Sheeple