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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

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...

The Struggle Of The Arts

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

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...

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