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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 students trained for Green Bandana are given a bandana to tie to their backpack.

Green Bandana: Supporting Students’ Mental Health

Emma Alcorn, Writer November 26, 2021

Kennedy’s Green Bandana Club is a mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign marked by bandanas on backpacks who provide support for struggling peers. The club encourages daily conversations...

Students and staff worked together to package the meals.

Photos: Kennedy Students Pack Thanksgiving Meal Donations

Isaac White and Sarah Martin-Trainor November 25, 2021

Kennedy students helped pack free Thanksgiving meals in the foyer Tuesday, Nov. 23 during seventh hour. After school, the meals were given to families of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Over...

Millions watch Noodle everyday to determine what kind of day they will have.

Bones or No Bones?

Jasmine Hite, Writer November 24, 2021

With over four and a half million followers on TikTok, Jonathan Graziano’s thirteen year old pug, Noodle, has stolen the hearts of people around the world. Noodle forecasts the day’s mood by whether...

Class of 2023 and Kinder Kennedy are selling merchandise.

Kinder Kennedy and Class of 2023 Merchandise for Sale

Jasmine Hite, Writer November 23, 2021

Kennedy language arts teacher Christina Langton has brought back class merchandise this school year by popular demand.  The Class of 2023 is selling t-shirts and hoodies. Langton’s goal is to sell...

Linn-Mars Spectrum Club put up posters around the school for Transgender Awareness Week.

Linn-Mar Students Hold Walkout During Transgender Awareness Week

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer November 19, 2021

On Nov. 19, Linn-Mar High School students participated in a walkout in support of their school's Spectrum Club. Spectrum students put up posters with information about Transgender Awareness Week. These...

CRCSD Experiences a Bus Driver Shortage

CRCSD Experiences a Bus Driver Shortage

Ava Schadt , Writer November 15, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, bus drivers have transported children to school and off-campus events. Iowa bus drivers have recently been asking for extra pay due to hazards. This may be the cause for the major...

Participating student spent the night in cardboard boxes outside.

Kennedy’s Homeless Night Creates Awareness

Jasmine Hite, Writer November 11, 2021

Kennedy’s Homeless Night was created when the student government believed it would be a good idea for a project. That first night was held in May 2002, and totaled eight attending students. As the...

COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 5-11

COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 5-11

Nolyn Melsha, Writer November 5, 2021

Tuesday, Nov. 2, federal health officials gave final approval to using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 5-11. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine has...

Kennedys Leadership Retreat originally scheduled for October 27is postponed for a later date.

Kennedy Leadership Retreat Postponed

Lizzy Hawkes, Photographer, Writer October 28, 2021

 Kennedy High School’s Leadership Retreat for freshmen and sophomore would have been held on Oct. 27 at Wanatee Park, but it has been postponed. When it is happening is still undetermined.    Light...

Iowa All-State Auditions Come to a Close

Iowa All-State Auditions Come to a Close

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer October 26, 2021

On Oct 23, 44 Kennedy musicians gathered at Independence High School to audition for placement in the annual Iowa All-State Choir, Orchestra or Band.  Those selected for the choir were seniors Becca...

The Kennedy Marching Band Season Comes to an End

The Kennedy Marching Band Season Comes to an End

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer October 26, 2021

Starting in August, 120 band students gathered on the field and in the band room to start preparing for the 2021 marching season. On Tuesday, Oct 20, the Kennedy Marching Band performed one last time during...

Kennedy Volleyball Advances to Regional Finals

Kennedy Volleyball Advances to Regional Finals

Neenah Alyassiri, Writer October 22, 2021

The Kennedy varsity volleyball team had their regional semi finals Oct. 21. The team swept Marshalltown 3-0 to continue onto the finals. The Cougars won the first set with 25-10. Followed by the Cougars...

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