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The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

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Maggie’s Musings—Emma Wagner’s “Don’t Let Them See”

Maggie Goldberg and Emma Wagner May 15, 2024

Poetry utilizes few words and instills them with emotion. When a writer does it well, those emotions seep from the page and onto us, the readers. In this piece by sophomore Emma Wagner, my emotions are...

Sophomore Maria Kaiser (right) receives the CBYX Scholarship certificate from German teacher Milaena Reade (left).

Sophomore Maria Kaiser Set to Spend a Year in Germany

Aanya Tripathi, Writer May 6, 2024

Sophomore Maria Kaiser received the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship (CBYX) in March 2024 to live in Germany for a year. She’ll spend her junior year in the country with a host family and...

Hiawatha League Mock Trial Team poses for a group photo.

Hiawatha Legion Mock Trial Participants Excel in State Competition

Bella Frese, Writer April 29, 2024

On Tuesday, March 19, the Hiawatha Legion mock trial team competed at a regional competition in Waterloo. After two trials, the team advanced to the state tournament in Des Moines on March 28-29. “Mock...

A visual representation of ones stream of consciousness, ideas scattered and seemingly unrelated.

Maggie’s Musings—It’s Something

Maggie Goldberg, Writer April 17, 2024

Everything seems connected lately, like each moment is waiting around to be written. I just need to share the thoughts that bang around in my head like a laser shot in a metal room. My ideas plead to be...

Senior Lilly Marchbanks poses for picture after winning Miss Mississippi Valley Pageant.

Senior Lilly Marchbanks Wins Miss Mississippi Valley Pageant

Aanya Tripathi, Writer March 25, 2024

Senior Lilly Marchbanks competed for the Miss Mississippi Valley Teen Pageant on March 3 at the Davenport Theater. She won the title and will compete in the Miss Iowa Teen Pageant in June. “This is...

Senior Isabella Jimenez Rodriguez places first at the Iowa State Brain Bee.

Senior Isabella Jimenez Rodriguez Places First at State Brain Bee

Maddy Gilchrist, Writer March 6, 2024

On Feb. 10, senior Isabella Jimenez Rodriguez won the state championship for Iowa’s Brain Bee. She will represent Iowa in the U.S. National Brain Bee Championship in Florida, April 19- 21. Jimenez...

Sophomore Divya Ramadugu places first in International Exemptuous Speaking at districts.

Sophomore Divya Ramadugu Wins District Speech, Set to Represent at Nationals

Annabelle Ovel, Writer March 4, 2024

NSDA is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization for middle and high school students in the United States. This tournament marks the capstone of its activities serving more than 140,000...

The Army Reserve promises basic and job training back to back after finishing senior year.

Planning for the Future: Kennedy Senior Bibesh Magar Enlists into the Army Reserve

Maggie Goldberg, Writer January 31, 2024

Enlisting into the military requires significant consideration for your future. There is a tedious process to ensure that being in the military is a good path for your future. At Kennedy, there are multiple...

The Concert Band performs “Summit Fanfare” by William Owens.

The Kennedy High School Performing Arts’ Winter Showcase

Aanya Tripathi, Writer December 19, 2023

The Kennedy High School Performing Arts are hosting the Winter Showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The annual fundraiser is meant to support Kennedy’s music programs and will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. “All...

Shirts created for Cougar Bandana to promote mental health.

Cougar Bandana: Spreading Awareness for Mental Health

Aanya Tripathi, Writer November 17, 2023

Kennedy's Cougar Bandana Club offers peer-to-peer mental health support to students who seek help or display signs of need. The group has recruited more than 100 student advocates this year. “The...

Kennedy’s Key Club is a group effort.

Kennedy Key Club Makes a Comeback

Talia Hutchison, Writer November 16, 2023

Key Club is a student-led organization where members perform acts of service in their communities that has reopened its Kennedy chapter this year. These acts of service are called “projects” that any...

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