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

Hemann helps a student during class.

Project Lead the Way: Introducing Students to STEM

Sonja Woerner, Writer July 20, 2022

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) was founded in 1997 to promote STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the United States. PLTW offers a variety of classes at Kennedy, from engineering...

Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer July 6, 2022

Agriculture Club created a garden near the Kennedy  track.

Join Our Clubs!

Isaac White and Claire Frank June 22, 2022

Black Student Union Black Student Union (BSU) is based on representing and celebrating our Black students’ unique identities here at Kennedy. They raise awareness about racial injustice...

Kennedy lunch staff posing for a group photo.

Kennedy’s Unsung Heroes

Breanna Sanford, Writer June 1, 2022

The nutrition staff at Kennedy high school does a lot for its students. Being a part of the lunch staff is a difficult job but COVID-19 increased the challenges. Their goal is to provide students with...

Thank You Torch Seniors!

Thank You Torch Seniors!

Cael Cummins, Designer May 24, 2022

AP classes are just a small part of a high school students concerns.

How Do AP Classes Actually Affect Your Future?

Joel Dillman, Writer May 19, 2022

One of Kennedy's most prized statistics is its AP participation, which is among the highest in Iowa. More than 47% of Kennedy students took an AP exam in 2021, and 34% passed at least one, according to...

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...

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