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The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

Students work on their ceramic projects for art class.

Voices of the Voiceless Open Mic Night Showcases Student Artwork

Jasmine Hite, Writer January 14, 2022

Voiceless of the Voiceless Open Mic Night’s art gallery is scheduled to take place on Friday, Jan. 28. Students are encouraged to participate. This year’s theme is identity, diversity and culture....

Art Club Gets in the Holiday Spirit

Art Club Gets in the Holiday Spirit

Jasmine Hite, Writer December 7, 2021

Kennedy’s Art Club will meet Dec. 8 after school in room 301. Students will make gingerbread houses and decorate cookies.  Supplies will be provided for everyone but students are encouraged to bring...

Actor Ryan Reynolds starred in new movie, Free Guy

“Free Guy” Review

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer, Photographer December 6, 2021

"Free Guy" follows a bank teller, Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who discovers he is a background character in a video game. Feeling lovelorn and stuck in a loop, he decides to rewrite his story. Guy is determined...

Dear Evan Hansen was originally written as a Broadway Musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

“Dear Evan Hansen” Review

Lizzy Hawkes, Photographer, Writer October 28, 2021

Excitement coursed through my veins as I walked the theater halls toward the "Dear Evan Hansen" showing. I was ready for a narrative that brought me out of reality. Instead, I was hit with an all-too-believable...

Iowa All-State Auditions Come to a Close

Iowa All-State Auditions Come to a Close

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer October 26, 2021

On Oct 23, 44 Kennedy musicians gathered at Independence High School to audition for placement in the annual Iowa All-State Choir, Orchestra or Band.  Those selected for the choir were seniors Becca...

Kennedy Marching Band Begins Competitions

Kennedy Marching Band Begins Competitions

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer, Photographer September 27, 2021

At Linn-Mar High School last Saturday, 14 marching bands met to compete for gold. Prairie High School took first place and Kennedy High School placed 3rd behind them. The Color Guard won 2nd place overall,...

Incorporating plants into your personal space can have a positive impact in your well-being.

Happy From Home

Claire Beaman , Writer August 6, 2021

A quarantine that lasts over a year can be draining, but I’m sure people know that already. It does the mind well to switch it up.  It’s not smart to physically change your environment in a pandemic....

An Outbreak of Musical Discovery

An Outbreak of Musical Discovery

Elise Hrabik, Writer July 30, 2021

When we couldn’t see friends, couldn’t travel, couldn’t do activities, we still had music. We could plug in headphones and drown out the questions we had for the future. We could turn on a speaker...

Quarantine in the Kitchen

Quarantine in the Kitchen

Anabel Bradley, Writer July 16, 2021

In an always-busy society, taking time to go to the kitchen to bake is rare. There is always an appointment you need to go to or a friend you are meeting up with. When COVID-19 shut the world down, those...

Minecraft streamers brought together players of different races, languages and sexual orientations.

The Sides to MCYT

Natalie Ruggeri, Writer July 9, 2021

The popularity of the Minecraft YouTuber community (MCYT) has spiked with teenagers. They give youth a healthy environment to connect through common interests no matter their background. However, there...

Trending TV Shows

Trending TV Shows

Elizabeth Hawkes, Writer July 2, 2021

Entertainment plays a big part in teenagers’ lives. What you watch affects your state of mind, helps you cope with hard times and builds your character. Television teaches us life lessons. In 2017,...

Playing video games helped connect people through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaming Apart: Together

Noah Hargrafen, Writer June 25, 2021

There was a time not too long ago when teens playing video games was discouraged. Last summer, when it was not safe to spend time with friends in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, video games were...

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