Student Spotlight: The Dreams That Live On

By Saeri Plagmann, Features Editor What happened to the big dreams and admirable professions that people once aspired to? Most would blame it on age, saying that with experience comes a reality check that forces one to see how impractical dreams can be. Some goals seem out of reach because of a variety of circumstances, but in no way does that mean they are completely … Continue reading Student Spotlight: The Dreams That Live On

Kennedy Music Department Gives Back to Community

By Saeri Plagmann, Features Editor Every year the John F Kennedy High School music department holds a concert to help fundraise for various charitable organizations. This year, on March 1, at 7 p.m., the music department will be hosting a benefit concert for WEAVE, a Sacramento Organization that provides support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and sex trafficking. Since the beginning of this … Continue reading Kennedy Music Department Gives Back to Community

Top Music of 2017: It’s the Final Countdown…

By Cynthia Dominguez, Entertainment & Opinions Editor Music continuously plays a role in the representation in shifts in popular culture. Taking into account the tumultuous nature of 2017, the music of the year encompassed the conflict from natural disasters to political disasters, and brought about countless pivotal albums. Ranked at #5 on Billboard’s Top Albums of the Year, Drake’s More Life was released on March … Continue reading Top Music of 2017: It’s the Final Countdown…

The Double Dribble of Music and Basketball

By Saeri Plagmann, Features Editor Making his way into John F Kennedy High School’s auditorium, the Sacramento Kings basketball player, Vince Carter, was welcomed by the Kennedy Marching Band on Monday, December 11, 2017. Kennedy is renown for its marching band, which won sweepstakes in several regional competitions and will be heading to Washington D.C. to perform at the end of the school year.   Carter, … Continue reading The Double Dribble of Music and Basketball

Album Review: 4 Your Eyes Only

By Cynthia Dominguez, Clarion Staff Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyes Only in December. The hip-hop album reached impressive positions on the charts, marking the achievement of Cole’s fourth number one album. The album contains songs reminiscent of Cole’s previous work containing intricate background vocals, captivating hooks, and striking lyrics. Cole began … Continue reading Album Review: 4 Your Eyes Only

JFK Band and Choir host Winter Concert

By Dominic J Larsen, Clarion Staff Jeremy Hammond and the JFK music department hosted over 250 guests on Thursday, December 22, 2016. The concert featured the school’s choir, jazz band, orchestra, drumline, and concert band. All exhibited their various talents and skills. This was the second concert of the year. The choir started the musical extravaganza by singing semi-secular Christmas songs. Jazz band added to … Continue reading JFK Band and Choir host Winter Concert

The Summer Set, Stories for Monday

Music Review By Jenelle Lum, Clarion Staff The Summer Set has released their new album, Stories for Monday. For those of you who are not familiar with this band, they are a 5-member group (lead vocalist Brian Dales, guitarists Josh Montgomery and John Gnomez, bass guitarist Stephen Gnomez, and percussionist Jess Bowen.)   The Summer Set formed in 2007 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The group has released … Continue reading The Summer Set, Stories for Monday

K-POP: BTS (Bangtan Boys) “The Most Beautiful Moments in Life”

By Crystal Chan, Clarion Staff On May 2, the K-pop band BTS released their new music videos, “Young Forever” and “Fire”. Finally, this heartbreaking concept has come to an end. “Young Forever” is the epilogue of the long story told through three other videos. It all began when “I Need You” was released, and everyone was excited and confused. Yes, the song was amazing and … Continue reading K-POP: BTS (Bangtan Boys) “The Most Beautiful Moments in Life”