Wayback Machine – 33 Years Ago Volume 19,  No. 7, April 2, 1986

By Will Seaver, Clarion Staff        

Vandalism an Epidemic at Kennedy

The top story about vandalism written by Jarrod Fong explains the serious problem of students stealing from lockers and also graffiti on buildings and even a tennis court. In response to this growing problem takes stiff and serious measures were taken against the perpetrators by adding retractable gates to both of the locker rooms. But even this did not stop the vandals and thieves so the school encourages students to not bring valuables such as radios, skateboards, and other items that may be pilfered by thieves.

The problem of vandalism was a massive one for the entire school because in that time nearly $10,000 was spent alone to just clean up the graffiti. Stiffer measures were instituted to create consequences for those caught stealing. They would receive an immediate suspension and a possible behavior hearing concerning expulsion (BHCE for short), and a criminal charge also could be filed resulting in a possible juvenile hall sentence. The moral of the story was if you steal or vandalize, you could face serious consequences.

R.O.T.C at J.F.K.

R.O.T.C written by junior editor Kathy Albiani is an informative story about a new program at Kennedy called Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C) which offers students the opportunity to join the military. Albiani posits the name may be misleading suggesting students are trained as officers and then automatically join the marines.   After completion of the program the students will have the choice to join the military, it is not an obligation.

The class consists of an orientation with the marines, marksmanship and competition, public speaking preparation, physical fitness programs, and close order drills. The curriculum was designed to augment the students other classes, yet not interfere with studies of other subjects. This curriculum lasts for three years but there are scholarships offered to students who complete just two years of the program. The aim of the program is to create well-rounded, responsible, active citizens. The R.O.T.C course counts for elective credits and is offered 7 periods each day. The main take-away from this story is that students can train in school for the military but will have the choice to serve this country after graduation.

Cooking Up A Good Meal

The Clarion writer Janeen Kellogg cooks up a good story by introducing Mrs. Pickett who supervises a staff of 28 who prepare well-balanced meals for Kennedy students five days a week (that’s a lot of cooks-in-the-kitchen at once.) In addition to cooking food for JFK, they also prepare food for elementary schools in the Pocket-Greenhaven area (Bear Flag, Pony Express, Didion and Caroline Wenzel.)

According to the writer, Kennedy’s food selection and prices were right on top and compared favorably to other high schools variety and prices. The food that Mrs Pickett and her staff prepare comes from the government. She is always looking for ways to change the menu with new choices like russet fries and pizza. Word was out that a salad bar would soon be added for students to kindly ignore.

Vote It’s Your Right

The final story written by Bobbi Johnson is about a senior who is dealing with the many concerns that seniors have in front of them as they plan to exit high school including but not limited to class choices, college selections and registration, and scholarship applications.   One that is often overlooked is to registering to vote.

Becoming a voting citizen becomes recognition of adulthood, one of the first great vestiges of responsibility a person is granted. This is an important part of everyone’s future, remember to register to vote!

Kennedy Clarion Facts 1985-1986 

Editor in Chief: Suzanne Miner

Adviser: Kim Clemons

Principal: Robert Bone      

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