Kennedy Torch

Prepare to be amazed

Prepare to be amazed

Jade Milota

April 23, 2015

When it comes to prom, there are many fun things to look forward to such as getting ready, taking what seems like endless pictures, grand march, the dance, and finally post prom. Seniors and underclassmen that are accompanied by seniors can see ChrisJones perform at post prom which takes place on...

Spring Break Photos

Morgan Petsche, jr., and Alex Paustian, jr., enjoy the pool in Florida over spring break.

Emily Sass

April 10, 2015

Issue five was just released today. Check out some more spring break photos that didn't make it into the issue. Photos were submitted to torch from students. Look for more chances to submit your photos in issues to come.  

A different view: Art showcase on display

Kara Asmussen's class has created an art showcase. The art created by her students can be found all around Kennedy High School.

Jade Milota & Hugh Banderob

April 1, 2015

Kennedy humanities students are showcasing their thinking and art throughout the school in a variety of displays. Next to each display is each team's explanation for the artwork.  From springtime flowers to technology supervision, the "art walk" aims to make you think.

The Plain Brown Wrapper

Brant Barnhart, Writer

March 19, 2015

For the 46th year at Kennedy, the Plain Brown Wrapper is being published. “The Plain Brown Wrapper is a literary magazine, which means that students and staff from Kennedy can enter stories like non-fiction and fiction prose, poetry, art, photography, and music.” Teacher Leah Howard said. Howa...

Kennedy hosts state speech

Joey Riley, Writer

March 17, 2015

Performers from all around the state flooded through Kennedy's doors last Saturday, March 14, to compete in the Individual State Speech competition. Twenty four out of 28 performers a part of the Kennedy speech team received division I ratings for their performances. All State nominations were released...

Mr. Cougar pageant results

Mr. Cougar pageant results

Maddie Herlocker & Jade Milota

March 11, 2015

Beauty, poise, confidence, and school spirit. That’s what it took for senior Terence Hall to take home the title of Mr. Cougar. Along with the crown, he won two free tickets to Kennedy prom. Sam Hanzelka was one of seven seniors who participated. “I had a lot of fun and it was a great way...

Kennedy students go to All-State for Speech

Emily Sass

February 26, 2015

After a long season starting in December, 44 Kennedy students made it to All-State for Speech. “We had a good season because we have a lot of talented students and fun pieces that we are doing and everyone put in the work necessary to be successful,” Melissa Osborn, speech coach, said. Kenne...

A must-see movie: Whiplash

A must-see movie: Whiplash

Rowan Bergen, Writer

February 25, 2015

Drum sticks striking the drum set. BAM. BAM. BAM. BAM. A harsh looking man stands in the doorway. The boy begins striking the drum set again. BAM. BAM. BAM. BAM. Whiplash is an intense movie about a student drummer trying to gain someones approval. After much pain he finally does. Whiplash is a must-see. Opening...

Musical preview: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Members of the cast practice in the halls during SMART lunch.

Xander Riley, Web Editor

February 24, 2015

Kennedy’s upcoming musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It will take audience members back to the 1920s, the era of prohibition and bootlegging. The musical will be performed at Kennedy the weekend of April 23, 24, and 25. Characters are played by Brennan Urbi, jr., Maia Bennett, jr., Ada...

Review of The Interview: a perspective on the controversy

Naomi Hofferber

January 30, 2015

Where does freedom of speech begin to threaten societies? One of the most controversial topics ringing in the new year revolved around a Hollywood film, The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. The film, spoiler alert, is about an interview between an entertainment show host, (Franco)...

Kennedy band carnival

Kennedy band carnival

Xander Riley, Web Editor

January 23, 2015

Music, games and food were all to be had at Kennedy's band carnival. On Jan. 23 from 5-9 p.m., Kennedy's band program hosted concert and jazz bands from Harding and Franklin, and these performed along with the bands from Kennedy. In addition to the musical performances going on in the auditorium,...

New realistic “Barbie” doll is released

New realistic

Gabby Olejniczak, Writer

January 14, 2015

Move over Barbie, the next it-girl has arrived, and she’s on a mission to prove that being pretty doesn’t mean being perfect. But who could this brunette bombshell be? ... Meet Lammily. Lammily is the first ever fashion doll designed to represent the body type and measurements of an average...

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