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

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...

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Jasmine Hite, Writer April 26, 2021

After COVID-19 engulfed the world, the Midwest derecho followed closely behind. The Kennedy High School student newspaper, The Torch, struggled to produce meaningful content in the months afterward. They...

Earth Day raises awareness of our impact on the environmental changes.

Protect the Earth

Anabel Bradley, Writer April 22, 2021

Millions of Americans took to the streets on April 22, 1970 to raise awareness about the harmful effects of polluting the Earth. This marked the first Earth Day. Since then, Earth Day has become a worldwide...

Graduating seniors all sang a solo in the song In My Life. It is a tradition for Moonlight to sing the song at the Going Out Concert.

Kennedy Moonlight Finishes Strong

Noah Hargrafen, Writer April 13, 2021

Kennedy’s vocal jazz group, Moonlight, finished second at Iowa’s vocal Jazz State Championships on March 30, despite a slow start to the year. “It was different from last year, in the beginning...

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Everything is Still Upside Down

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer April 7, 2021

We’re a year into a pandemic. The world is in shambles. In March 2020, I was sent home from school for what was said to be two weeks. Those 14 days were transformed into months and months. Initially,...

Vaccinations are available to all teachers in the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

Cedar Rapids Teachers Receive Vaccinations

James Belding, Writer April 5, 2021

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. Now that Cedar Rapids teachers have been offered the vaccine for COVID-19, they are hopeful school can return to normal soon. “My hope lies...

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Including Women in History

Claire Beaman, Writer March 31, 2021

Many women in history are left unnamed due to being overshadowed by men. March was International Women’s History Month, where we honor women for their contributions to society.  “Women have contributed...

Happiness Inc. performs with masks on to lower the risk of COVID-19.

Dancing Through the Pandemic

Noah Hargrafen, Writer March 10, 2021

At the beginning of March 2020, the future looked bright for juniors in Kennedy’s varsity show choir group Happiness Incorporated. After a season where they finished in third place or higher three times,...

Senior Braden Hoyer (left), freshman Luke OBrien (middle), and Junior Laci Mchenry (right) discussing at their State Competition.

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Speech

Grace Niemuth, Writer February 25, 2021

High school speech has suffered many hindrances during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped the Kennedy High School Speech program from excelling. 10 of the school's 12...

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