• Foley’s Final Season
  • Net Neutrality Gone?
  • Sandy Hook, Five Years Later
  • “Kicking” the Holidays in Gear
  • Pushing The Limit
  • Foley’s Final Season
    Sports

    Foley’s Final Season

    Olivia Haefner and Tyler Blattner

    December 15, 2017

    “Throughout high school, sports haven’t been easy for me,”  Jackson Foley, sr., said, “I’ve had to work through struggles.” Sickness, injury, and loss of a family member are just a few things student-athlete Jackson Foley has struggled with during his athletic career at Kennedy. “My...

    Jackson Foley stands at the line for his second free throw of the game against Linn Mar. Kennedy lost to Linn Mar 59-44. Picture by Lizzie Frost.

  • Net Neutrality Gone?
    Opinion

    Net Neutrality Gone?

    Jami Martin-Trainor

    December 14, 2017

    Imagine having to pay monthly fees to have access to social media. Imagine smaller companies completely going out of business because larger companies are doing whatever they can to demolish them. Imagine a world where only large companies get to call the shots as to what websites, content, or applications...

    Torch staff

  • Sandy Hook, Five Years Later
    Opinion

    Sandy Hook, Five Years Later

    Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

    December 14, 2017

    It’s been five years since the tragic elementary school shooting at Sandy Hook. Since then, what’s changed? Sadly, very little. On Dec. 14, 2012 a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School armed and killed 20 children and six adults. This tragedy sparked calls to action against gun control....

    The Sandy Hook Memorial in Neutown, Connecticut.

    NBC

  • “Kicking” the Holidays in Gear
    News

    “Kicking” the Holidays in Gear

    Jenna Anderson, Co Editor-in-Chief

    December 14, 2017

    Kennedy's Varsity Dance Team will be performing their annual "Christmas Kick" routine this Friday, Dec. 15, at the varsity boy's basketball game. "I love performing with all of my best friends on the team, and it gets me in the holiday spirit," Hannah Maus, jr., said. As always, fans will be able...

    The varsity dance team poses before their Christmas Kick performance last December.

    Hannah Maus

  • Pushing The Limit
    Sports

    Pushing The Limit

    Tyler Blattner, Sports Editor

    December 11, 2017

    “The coaches work with me everyday, either instructing me with a certain move or wrestling me in live matches to give me better conditioning,” Cael Knox, fr., said. Knox is in his first year as a wrestler at Kennedy and he will be wrestling at 182 pounds for Varsity. Knox and his teammates...

    Cael Knox uses an under arm move to try top keep his opponent from escaping. Knox ended the match with a pin in the third round. Picture by Camber Ostwinkle.

“Kicking” the Holidays in Gear

Jenna Anderson, Co Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2017No Comments

Kennedy's Varsity Dance Team will be performing their annual "Christmas Kick" routine this Friday, Dec. 15, at the varsity boy's basketball game. "I love performing with all of my best friends on the...

A New “Huddle” at Kennedy

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-chief

December 13, 2017No Comments

A fellowship of Christian athletes, “huddle group” will be starting this fall at Kennedy High School and everyone is welcome to join. “I’m excited to see what this year brings. I’ve never...

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Net Neutrality Gone?

Jami Martin-Trainor

December 14, 2017

Imagine having to pay monthly fees to have access to social media. Imagine smaller companies completely going out of business because larger companies are doing whatever they...

Sandy Hook, Five Years Later

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

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It’s been five years since the tragic elementary school shooting at Sandy Hook. Since then, what’s changed? Sadly, very little. On Dec. 14, 2012 a gunman entered Sandy...

Time for a Change

Rebecca Greene, Writer

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Foley’s Final Season

Olivia Haefner and Tyler Blattner

December 15, 2017

“Throughout high school, sports haven’t been easy for me,”  Jackson Foley, sr., said, “I’ve had to work through struggles.” Sickness, injury, and loss of a family member are just a few things...

A New “Huddle” at Kennedy

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-chief

December 13, 2017

A fellowship of Christian athletes, “huddle group” will be starting this fall at Kennedy High School and everyone is welcome to join. “I’m excited to see what this year brings. I’ve never...

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