Clarion Staff Receives Area Journalism Awards

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff On May 8th, a group of the Clarion writers and photographers attended the 6th Annual Student Journalist Awards Dinner, an event funded by the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative that recognizes superb work composed by student journalists from ten local high schools.  Honored guest Matt Perry, Assistant Superintendent delivered the keynote speech. The evening began with writing coach Sharon Ito addressed the … Continue reading Clarion Staff Receives Area Journalism Awards

JFK Hide and Seek Team Finds Their First Victory in Forty-four Years

By A.A.Ron Soh-Liz, Sports Reporter Seeking Employment It was the year 1973. There were seven seconds left on the clock. Kennedy athlete Oscar Robinson only had moments to find the last student from then rival school Luther Burbank before the final quarter. Robinson was sure he had checked everywhere in the campus. With only four seconds remaining, he closed his eyes, listened to the humming wind, … Continue reading JFK Hide and Seek Team Finds Their First Victory in Forty-four Years

Featured Kennedy Teacher: Madame Bourtoul

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff Madame Gayle Bourtoul has been teaching French at Kennedy for about 19 years. This year will mark the last year that Bourtoul will be teaching at our school, as she is retiring at end of this 2016-17 school year. Fortunately, The Clarion was able to interview this wonderful teacher before that happens. Not commonly known, Bourtoul was a junior at Kennedy in … Continue reading Featured Kennedy Teacher: Madame Bourtoul

All Dogs Don’t Go to Kennedy

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff The Dog Lovers Club was scheduled to bring out dogs on Friday, January 20th after school in front of the auditorium. The club had the intention of relieving students of their stress, right before finals and the end of the first semester. Dogs are known to positively impact humans by raising the levels of oxytocin, one of the hormones responsible … Continue reading All Dogs Don’t Go to Kennedy

A Fantastic Review for a Fantastic Movie

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff After nearly five years since the last installment of the Harry Potter series, loyal fans can finally rejoice as they enter the wizarding world once again in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is based on J.K. Rowling’s book of the same title, and serves as a prequel to the Harry Potter series. Director David Yates, who … Continue reading A Fantastic Review for a Fantastic Movie

A Competition to Talk About

By Timmy Curry and Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff JFK’s Speech and debate team went to Woodcreek High School in Roseville on Saturday October 8th. We had twelve Kennedy students make it to the finals, Darren Sha, Danke Stroup, Bruce Tran, Sareth Silvestre, Allison Newens, Rohit Jhawar, Tatiyana Weltman, Bernadette Tropel, Irene Lai, Ellis Penn, Izaak Lau, Taylor Bains, and Alana Lee. The Clarion interviewed Bernadette … Continue reading A Competition to Talk About

Art of The Graphic Novel Brings out Artist in Lee

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff Freshman student Aphrodite Lee is one of Kennedy’s young, talented artists, and The Clarion is lucky enough to be able to feature some of her artwork in this issue.  Lee participates in many activities within John F. Kennedy, including JFK Band, Colorguard, and the PACE program. In addition, Lee is currently taking a 7th period class known as Art of … Continue reading Art of The Graphic Novel Brings out Artist in Lee

Kennedy Students Go Off Script

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff The JFK Improv Club presented an Improv Event on April 27 and May 4. The performance highlighted talented club members Zoe Hinsley, Jasmine Putman, Andrew Haack, Tim Alilcaya, Tara Alicaya, and Kean Brock. The act consisted of an array of games with general guidelines that required quick thinking and spontaneous actions by the performers. The twist: the topics acted out … Continue reading Kennedy Students Go Off Script

The Rubber Room: An Insanely Good Production

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion staff For three days only (April 7-9), the JFK Drama Department presented an adaptation of The Rubber Room, a comedy originally by Pat Cook. The play explores a group of unusual high school teachers during the first week of a new school year. First year teacher Candace Osterman (Yaundry Ortiz) enters a teacher’s lounge and meets her wacky workmates, who all … Continue reading The Rubber Room: An Insanely Good Production

J.K. Rowling Reveals that the Harry Potter Series is Fiction

By Aaron Soliz, Clarion Staff Edit:  This is an April Fools’ article written solely for entertainment purposes.  None of the content in this article is true. The infamous book series, Harry Potter, has been recognized for its massive fandom and has been retold again and again for the past nineteen years. This practical story has amazed its readers with its realistic situation and captured the audience with … Continue reading J.K. Rowling Reveals that the Harry Potter Series is Fiction