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

Many Kennedy juniors are taking the ACT to prepare for college admissions.

How to Access ACT Scores

Nolyn Melsha, Writer May 2, 2022

The ACT is a college admissions exam that measures high school academic content to determine a student’s readiness for college. Kennedy’s juniors took the ACT on March 29, 2022.  On Jan. 11, 2022...

Kennedys Key Club is a group effort.

Kennedy’s Key Club Gives Back to the Community

James Belding, Writer April 4, 2022

Kennedy’s Key Club is a student-led volunteer program. From caroling and bell ringing to helping set up and organize charity events, students never want for a chance to support local communities. While...

The thought of studying can be overwhelming for students, but it doesnt have to be with the right study skills.

How To Study To Get Results

Sarah Martin-Trainor, Writer April 2, 2022

Studying is something no one likes to do, yet we don’t have a choice. The excuses to avoid this tedious, dull task range from lacking motivation to simply not knowing how. Although studying might still...

Scantron bubble sheets are a common sight at Kennedy.

Are Standardized Tests a Success?

Anabel Bradley, Writer April 2, 2022

Standardized tests are ingrained in Iowa school systems. From the Iowa Statewide Assessments of Student Progress (ISASP) which are taken throughout a student's school career to the ACT most...

Quick access to warm coffee could be a thing of the past for Kennedy teachers.

A Charged Removal of Teachers’ Appliances

Joel Dillman, Writer March 4, 2022

Author's Note: I reached out to CRCSD for an interview, but they did not respond by the publication date. Everyday appliances in classrooms have been used by teachers and students for years, whether...

Eating disorders arent always obvious from the outside.

How to Get Help With Eating Disorders

Emma Beachner, Writer February 18, 2022

Eating disorders have become a severe problem among teenagers through the years of the pandemic. In 2020, this disordered behavior became prominent online, and teens' newfound free time introduced more...

Tanager Place offers outpatient therapy at Kennedy High School.

Tanager Therapists Here to Help Students

Sarah Martin-Trainor, Writer February 18, 2022

One in five teens suffer from a mental disorder, but Kennedy has resources to take action against this epidemic. Contrary to popular belief, the no-cost therapy offered at Kennedy is run not by the school...

By limiting what students and teachers can cover in class, the misconceptions of today could become deeply entrenched in the minds of the next generation.

Living in Ignorance

Sonja Woerner, Staff Writer February 15, 2022

Iowa’s ban on critical race theory (CRT) has begun to affect students’ education. With uncomfortable topics being glossed over in schools across the state, history is destined to repeat itself. We...

Move Over Christmas, Here Comes Kwanzaa

Move Over Christmas, Here Comes Kwanzaa

Jasmine Hite, Writer December 25, 2021

Most of the world’s population knows the tale of the magical St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus. As parents have told their children for decades, Santa Claus is a jolly old man dressed in a red...

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Inclusivity and Understanding the Transgender Community

Neenah Alyassiri, Writer November 30, 2021

The transgender community is a diverse group. Trans-male, trans-female, genderqueer and genderfluid are all under the transgender umbrella. Trans people deserve to express themselves like anyone else. A...

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...

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