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Kennedy 80 Jefferson 73

Kennedy 80 Jefferson 73

Ethan Divis

February 10, 2014

After missing a month due to a broken wrist, senior John Bardsley is making up for lost time as he poured in a career high 31 points en route to a 80-73 victory over crosstown rival Jefferson. “John’s a good shooter and he’s going to make fifty percent of his shots,” Head Coach Jon McKowen...

Speech districts

Speech districts

EliannaNovitch16

January 30, 2014

Last Saturday Kennedy’s speech team took buses to Monticello High School in Monticello, Iowa to perform at the Iowa District speech competition.  18 out of the 22 groups on the speech team made it on to State which will take place at Linn-Mar High School on February 8th. The time in between Di...

Former Kennedy staff member gets Survivor nod

Former Kennedy staff member gets Survivor nod

Torch Coverage

January 23, 2014

Story by Macy Shares, Dylan Siegrist, and Brooke Bekeris Former Kennedy school resource officer Sarah Lacina was announced part of the cast for the CBS reality show Survivor last night. The TV series, which starts with a premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 26, will take place in Cagayan, a province in the Ph...

Book review: The Divergent Trilogy

Book review: The Divergent Trilogy

Alli Nemecek

January 17, 2014

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth is gaining more and more popularity amongst young adults, leading to a movie to be released in May of 2014 for the first book Divergent. The series is about a society that runs in five factions that all focus on a certain aspect and live their lives according...

District football is a go

District football is a go

Ethan Divis

January 15, 2014

Conference football, as we know it, if officially over. Athletic directors from around the league held a meeting to try and keep conference play alive in the east part of the state but talks didn’t fall through. Kennedy, along with other MVC schools, will be forced to play district football. ...

Students attended Outback Bowl

Students attended Outback Bowl

Lydia Martin

January 14, 2014

Over the holiday break from school, a few Kennedy students traveled south to cheer on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team in the Outback Bowl. The University of Iowa Hawkeyes took on the Louisiana State University Tigers in the Outback Bowl that was held in Tampa Bay Florida on January 1,...

Kennedy 55 Jefferson 52

Kennedy 55 Jefferson 52

Ethan Divis

January 13, 2014

It was a long wait. 20 days to be exact, was the amount of time that the Kennedy boys didn’t play a game. There was a little rust but Kennedy fought through it and improved to 6-1 on the year, defeating Jefferson 55-52 Friday night. “It was good for us to get this game out of the way. It was...

FIFA 14 popular among Kennedy students

FIFA 14 popular among Kennedy students

Morgan Schwab

December 6, 2013

FIFA 14  is one of the most popular sports video games played by high school students. With the recent release of Fifa 14, the game is now more popular than ever. “It’s a way for people to like soccer and see the enjoyment in playing the real sport,” Killian Magee sr., said. Fifa 14 was...

Cougars look to run

Cougars look to run

Ethan Divis

December 3, 2013

The words up tempo haven’t been associated with Kennedy basketball in years past, but with a new coach and a new system that’s all about to change. Traditionally, in the past, Kennedy hasn’t been too up tempo. Former head coach Bob Fontana, who left to return to his home town and coach at Ankeny...

The Torch visits Boston

The Torch visits Boston

Ethan Divis

November 21, 2013

Kennedy journalism students just missed the Red Sox World Series win, but it was an awesome experience for them in Boston last week attending the Journalism Education Association national conference. Seniors Alli Nemecek and Amy Brause,  juniors Maddy Crist and Lydia Martin, along with Torch publications...

Premiere Concert

Premiere Concert

KatieWolfe14

November 19, 2013

The Kennedy Show choirs are kicked off their season with the premier concert where audiences got a taste of the each of the groups shows. Chanteurs, the freshman show choir, is preparing for a successful season. “We are well rehearsed and ready to put on a great show,” Chanteurs member, Austin Maus said. They have increased th...

The Student Safety Line

The Student Safety Line

Bailey Zaputil

November 13, 2013

A new program called the Student Safety Line has been implemented in Linn County. The program creates a new avenue for students to reach out to local law enforcement with information about illegal activities or contraband. Officer Charity Hansel explains the program more in depth. “We have a program...

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