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

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

Kennedy Torch

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

Freshman Kieran Glessner, plays the trombone on the field.

So Long Iowa, Hello Ireland

Jasmine Hite, Writer March 12, 2022

What a better way to start spring break than a trip to Ireland? Kennedy marching band students get to spend part of their break in Ireland alongside marching band students from surrounding high schools. Kennedy...

New Digital Art Class Coming Soon

New Digital Art Class Coming Soon

Emma Alcorn, Writer February 7, 2022

Kennedy is adding a new digital art class for the 2022-2023 school year.  The digital arts class will explore techniques like motion graphics, digital drawing, graphic design and photo manipulation....

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...

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