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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

Junior Luke OBrien (Gaston) flexes behind the Silly Girls during the song Gaston.

Kennedy Actors Shine in Beauty and the Beast

Emma Beachner, Writer December 8, 2022

Kennedy reopened their theater doors with the production of Beauty and the Beast Jr., directed by Kennedy teachers Steven Tolly and Nick Hayes with Student Director junior Calliope Matta. Kennedy’s production...

Senior Elizabeth Goff (Belle) and senior Jake Horton (Beast) after their waltz in a dress rehearsal.

Kennedy Presents a Tale as Old as Time

Joshua Barker, Writer December 1, 2022

Kennedy’s theater department has been buzzing with excitement since the Playtime Poppy production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. began in late October. Like with every show, an immense amount of work and...

Protégé soloist performing the shows opener during a dress rehearsal.

Protégé Enters The Danger Zone

Emma Rood, Writer November 9, 2022

Kennedy’s junior varsity show choir, Protégé, is taking place in the auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. for the Kennedy Premiere Concert. They will showcase three of the five songs in their...

Ami Jacobo practicing her choreography during Happiness Inc. rehearsal.

Kennedy Show Choirs Make Their Debut

Emma Beachner, Writer November 9, 2022

Kennedy’s three show choirs, Chanteurs, Protégé and Happiness Inc., will perform this Thursday at the annual Kennedy Premiere Concert in the auditorium. Each show choir will perform a modified version...

Im a Puff and Im staying.

Battle of the Puffs: Kennedy vs. Washington

Emma Beachner, Writer October 14, 2022

P   uffs. A shortened version of the term Hufflepuffs pulled from a story that took the world by storm with its release. Puffs is a comedic retelling of Harry Potter through all seven years...

In preparation for the premiere, the Puffs production crew work on the props. The play was moved into the auditorium because of the size of the set.

Puffs Comes to Kennedy

Jordan Horne September 21, 2022

Kennedy’s upcoming play will be a one to see, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Coming to Kennedy on Oct. 6 is a play based on the Harry Potter franchise — Puffs, as in Hufflepuff, one of...

One of Kennedys art classrooms missing the technology required to continue classes.

The Struggle Of The Arts

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer September 19, 2022

The Kennedy Art Department had their devices removed due to the cyber attack and on top of that devastating loss, they continue to struggle yearly to fund the materials students need in their program. “The...

Student artist Megan Cousins pulls from other media to represent feelings about the internets immediate and captivating nature

Expression Through Art

Lilly Marchbanks, Writer August 10, 2022

During the pandemic, many students turned to art to express themselves when isolated. Self-expression is a crucial part of today's culture and art is a self-expression medium accessible to all students....

A Commentary on 13 Reasons Why

A Commentary on 13 Reasons Why

Emma Clabaugh, Writer July 12, 2022

This article contains discussions of suicide and sexual assault. Ever since 2017 when the first season of the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why aired there has been controversy over whether the show...

Editorial Cartoon: Now What?

Editorial Cartoon: Now What?

Cael Cummins, Designer May 10, 2022

Student Art Showcase

Student Art Showcase

Emma Beachner, Photographer May 10, 2022

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