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

Students in the CRCSD Student Built House program work as professionals.

CRCSD Student Built House: Building Better Futures

James Belding, Writer November 16, 2021

The power tools ring out, mixing with the smells of freshly cut wood ready to be nailed in place. Students, not contractors, are abuzz on the roof and inside the building as they work to complete the house...

Kennedys Leadership Retreat originally scheduled for October 27is postponed for a later date.

Kennedy Leadership Retreat Postponed

Lizzy Hawkes, Photographer, Writer October 28, 2021

 Kennedy High School’s Leadership Retreat for freshmen and sophomore would have been held on Oct. 27 at Wanatee Park, but it has been postponed. When it is happening is still undetermined.    Light...

Bruises, black eyes and other injuries can indicate someone was involved in teen violence.

The Unknown Dark Side of Teens

Abby Bunker, Writer October 22, 2021

Teen violence is everywhere and happens for many reasons. Outsiders may not see a reason for violence, but those involved might. Sometimes it happens without a reason; Teens may simply “feel like it.”  Lille...

Freshman Lily Adams practices her relay before this weekends meet.

Lilly Adams: Swimming Her Way to the Top

Sonja Woerner, Writer October 8, 2021

Kennedy swimmer, Lily Adams, began a journey that would shape her future at five years old. She started swimming. She joined the Black Hawk Area Swim Team (BLAST) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Adams worked with...

Antisocial Personality Disorder can cause anger, apathy and aggressive behaviors.

ASPD – Mental Disorder of the Day

Alyx Goldensoph, Writer October 3, 2021

The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” are often used interchangeably—and incorrectly—to refer to someone is who crazy or dangerous. In reality, the terms actually refer to a person with the...

ADHD makes it more difficult to focus for long periods of time.

ADHD – Mental Disorder of the Day

Alyx Goldensoph, Writer October 2, 2021

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical disorder that makes people distractible, hyper and impulsive. Around 4.4% of adults in the United States are estimated to have ADHD according...

Anorexia can cause dangerous weight loss.

Anorexia – Mental Disorder of the Day

Alyx Goldensoph, Writer October 1, 2021

Trigger Warning: Discussion of extreme dieting and anorexic behavior October is Mental Illness Awareness Month, so each day I'll explain one mental disorder, its effects, its symptoms and how to support...

Kennedy cheerleaders wear purple bows for the month of September for Suicide Awareness month.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Every Month

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer October 1, 2021

September was Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month but mental health is an issue year round. Suicide is the second most common cause of death for people between the ages of 10 through 34, and is the...

Kennedy Varsity Football Game Canceled

Kennedy Varsity Football Game Canceled

Molly Martin, Writer September 15, 2021

The Sept. 17 Kennedy varsity football game against Jefferson was cancelled. In a statement to KCRG, Jefferson High School officials stated that the J-Hawk varsity football team will not play Friday against...

Coping During COVID-19

Coping During COVID-19

Grace Niemuth, Writer July 23, 2021

Students have been hit hard by quarantine. They can’t see their friends, go to school or participate in activities. After losing the activities that structured their lives, students have begun unhealthy...

The 2021 graduation ceremony was held Wednesday, May 26.

Senior Blues

As the class of 2021 nears the end of our four-year journey at Kennedy High School, it’s hard not to look back and reflect. Our successes and failures are what shape our lives and help us decide our...

Pepper spray can be hooked onto a keyring.

Sexual Assault: Precautions and Prevention

Natalie Ruggeri, Writer June 5, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault and Rape Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in America. A study by the UN Women UK’s Safe Space found 97% of women aged 18-24 have experienced...

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