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The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

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The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

Senior Anabel Bradley throws candy during the 2022 Kennedy Homecoming Parade.

Homecoming Week Rolls Into Kennedy

Lucy McCord, Writer September 26, 2023

An annual tradition kicks off this week at Kennedy High School as students prepare for homecoming with multiple school events. Leading up to the dance, Cougars will dress out for spirit week, the powder...

Kennedy experienced numerous technical difficulties and photographer shortages during this years picture day.

The Picture Day Disaster

Rowan Hesford, Writer September 22, 2023

Picture day is a tradition all students are familiar with. A day when students go to the gym, a quick photo is snapped and your ID is printed shortly after. This is how it has been for years, until the...

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is one of the competitions members of the club will participate in.

Kennedy Introduces Math Club at Club Fair to Compete in National Competitions

Aanya Tripathi, Writer September 14, 2023

This year, Kennedy High School will begin a new math club. It will give students an opportunity to explore different problems involving math, that are not necessarily taught in a regular class. Any...

 Stephanie Stores posing for a picture after being choose 4th overall to the Washington Mystics

Three Iowa Women’s Basketball Players Drafted to the WNBA

Samuella Kasha, Writer May 8, 2023

Three Iowa Women’s basketball players were drafted to the WNBA on April 10. Monika Czinano, Ashley Joens and Stephanie Soares brought in the most Iowa WNBA draftees since 2002.  The WNBA consists...

A student works on their math homework during class. Students are now able to join a math-focused honor society.

Kennedy Introduces Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society

Delaney Mann, Writer May 3, 2023

Kennedy is introducing a new honor society to students. Mu Alpha Theta is an international mathematics program that welcomes students in grades nine through 12 to complete service hours and compete against...

Ellie is coming to Kennedy to work as a service dog.

Kennedy Welcomes Ellie the Service Dog

Claire Frank, Writer April 24, 2023

Ellie and her handler, freshman Rihanna Baldwin, are being welcomed to Kennedy. Ellie helps Rihanna with prediabetes, fainting spells, seizures, mental health concerns and long-term health problems. Service...

Tori recieved an award for her speech.

Kennedy Student Goes to American Legion National Oratorical Contest

Paxton Hamilton-Bailey, Writer April 21, 2023

Sophomore Tori Paga is going to Indianapolis to compete in the American Legion National Oratorical Contest on Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23.  She wrote a speech about how the Constitution gave...

HyVee employs numerous Kennedy students as an entry level position.

Senate File 167 Changes Iowa’s Child Labor Laws

Samuella Kasha, Writer April 19, 2023

Senate File 167 is a new bill proposed in the Iowa Legislature that allows teens to work longer hours and new types of jobs. Proposed by Republican Senator Jason Schultz, this bill will change the way...

Sidney Swartzendruber competes at a track meet last season.

Junior Sidney Swartzendruber Sets New School Track Record

Emma Rood, Writer April 17, 2023

Kennedy junior Sidney Swartzendruber broke the school record for the 400 meter dash on Tuesday, April 11. Swartzendruber broke the old school record of 57.64 by over one second setting a new record of...

Junior Trisiyah Hurt portrays June in the song Cell Block Tango.

Kennedy Drama Debuts Chicago

Emma Beachner, writer April 13, 2023

As the school year comes to a close, Kennedy Theater prepares for their annual spring musical. This year the theater department will be performing a production of Chicago.  Chicago originally debuted...

Photo of protesters showing support for Iowas transgender youth in light of recent governmental changes.

Iowa, What Are We Doing?

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer April 3, 2023

In November of 2022, Governor Kim Reynolds used her last campaign to attack Iowa's transgender youth – and now Iowa is living through the repercussions. As of March 22, 2023, Iowa lawmakers have passed...

Chad Aldis in an interview, claiming to be an expert on charter schools.

New Iowa Board of Education Director Appointed With No Experience in Public Education

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer March 30, 2023

Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Chad Aldis as the new Iowa Board of Education Director after former director Ann Lebo announced her resignation. Deb VanderGaast, another Iowan politician, tweeted out...

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