Kennedy Torch

Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Jackie Garcia attending a pep assembly at Kennedy High School, posing with handfuls of confetti.

Abby Bonat, Writer

June 11, 2019

To the naked eye, Jackie Garcia may seem like an average eighteen-year-old high school student, but behind her tightly curled hair and relaxed demeanor is a girl who has encountered more challenges and overcome more obstacles than most adults.   Garcia is a student at Kennedy High School who moved to Iowa fro...

A Journey of Understanding

Imam Hassan Selim, prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids.

Jack McGrane, Writer

June 10, 2019

Imam Hassan Selim from Cairo, Egypt, is an integral leader of the Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He leads prayers at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and is the vice president of the Inter-religious Council of Linn County. His journey has brought him across the world where he has encountered...

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Mac and Cheese pizza with bacon and ground beef.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 30, 2019

Located in downtown Cedar Rapids is a small pizza parlor that makes traditional pizza a little more interesting. Rather than normal toppings of pepperoni or sausage, Fong’s Pizza has many Asian-inspired courses, as well as other strange combinations. Most of which wouldn’t be seen at a local pizza...

Move to Express

Lily Hartney, sr., dancing for her senior photos.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 13, 2019

Fifteen years is a long time to be committed to something. In 15 years, Lily Hartney has dedicated her mind, body, and soul to dance, and continues to push herself at dance practices and competitions. To Hartney, dance is almost second nature. It gives her a creative outlet unlike any other, allowing...


The Urinetown promotional posters.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

April 26, 2019

The posters for Urinetown around school have surely turned some heads and sparked some confusion. Preparation for Urinetown has been underway for weeks, and play will be shown on April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The play’s focus is on a town that faces strict government con...

Chinatown Trip

The Nine Dragon Wall of Chinatown, Chicago.

Claire Beaman, writer

April 8, 2019

The Chinese class of Kennedy High School had the opportunity to go to the Chicago Chinatown as an educational field trip. This field trip allowed students to practice what they have learned about Chinese culture and language in the real world. “The most important reason (for the trip) is to experience...

Hey What’s Up You Guys…

The thumbnail from Shane Dawson's latest YouTube video.

Alyssa Friedley, Culture Editor

March 13, 2019

Shane Dawson is one of YouTube’s most popular stars, having over 20 million subscribers. Recently, Dawson has been uploading documentary-type videos on his channel, he has gotten over 33 million views on one titled “Conspiracy Theories with Shane Dawson." The video focuses on Dawson and his friends...

Happiness Inc. Seniors Say Goodbye

Junior Wolfgang (Amadeus) Borchardt, junior Betsy Marlow and senior Brayden Remerowski sing at the Going Out Concert on Thursday, March 7. Remerowski and Borchardt usually switch off singing the solo, but this time they sang together.

Jenna Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2019

Senior year: a year full of lasts. For the senior Happiness Inc. members, the Going Out Concert last Thursday was their last performance as a group. The concert was full of emotions for seniors and Happiness members Reagan Linder and Brayden Remerowski. "It was awesome, sad, but awesome. The atmosphere...

Dear Mr. Perfect

Thumbnail photo used in Ashton Nanke's short film

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

March 7, 2019

Aspiring film maker Ashton Nanke, junior at Kennedy High School, released his newest short film “Dear Mr. Perfect” on Monday, Feb. 4. Originally created as a submission for large group speech, this piece was inspired by situations Nanke has both seen and experienced. “It started off as me writing...

The Importance of Black History Month

Display case dedicated to Black History Month by Raafa and Raama Elsheikh

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 6, 2019

February is Black History Month, and it has come to a close. Did we, both as individuals and as a school, give this month the recognition it was designed to receive? How exactly should we be giving black history attention? “I’m a little conflicted about the way we could give it recognition because...

Black History Open Mic Night

Poster for Black History open mic night.

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 5, 2019

On Thursday, Feb. 28, a Black History Open Mic Night was hosted at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. This night gave individuals the opportunity to share their experiences and feelings relating to Black History Month. Anyone could perform, no matter their age, race, or gender. "I put this event...

Snow Days ‘Must-Watch List’

Snow covered trees on a frosty night.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

February 18, 2019

As no school days continue to pile up and students run out of things to do, many students turn to Netflix. Although the variety of options that Netflix provides satisfies many viewers, it can make it extremely difficult to pick out what to watch. So, for those in need of narrowed-down Netflix options,...

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