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

In preparation for the premiere, the Puffs production crew work on the props. The play was moved into the auditorium because of the size of the set.

Puffs Comes to Kennedy

Jordan Horne September 21, 2022

Kennedy’s upcoming play will be a one to see, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Coming to Kennedy on Oct. 6 is a play based on the Harry Potter franchise — Puffs, as in Hufflepuff, one of...

The Struggle Of The Arts

The Struggle Of The Arts

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer September 19, 2022

The Kennedy Art Department had their devices removed due to the cyber attack and on top of that devastating loss, they continue to struggle yearly to fund the materials students need in their program. “The...

The smallpox vaccine has proved effective against Monkeypox.

Monkeypox: Minor Disruption or New Epidemic?

Joshua Barker, Writer September 16, 2022

As of Sept. 15, 2022 there are 59,606 reported Monkeypox cases in the world. Of these, 22,774 are in the United States. With these cases following the infamous COVID-19 pandemic many wonder how serious...

Senior Nelta Earl waves during homecoming parade.

Homecoming Scene Changes…Again

Emma Beachner, Writer September 15, 2022

Kennedy's annual homecoming is taking place Sept. 17 in the West Gym, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale during the week of the dance in all lunch hours and after school on friday. Kennedy’s...

Many Kennedy students will continue school during the summer.

Summer School is Saving Students’ GPA

Claire Frank, Writer June 2, 2022

Kennedy’s summer school will start on June 6 and go through July 1. The goal is to help students earn first-time credit or take part in credit recovery. “I'm hoping that kids get to look forward...

Students focusing on their work in Beckers room.

High School: Movies vs. Reality

Jasmine Hite, Writer May 24, 2022

The “typical” high school experience has been portrayed in films and books for years. Unfortunately, high school is not made up of spontaneous singing and dancing like a Disney movie. The actual experience...

Beall working with a student in his geometry class.

Beall Graduates With the Class of 2022

Sonja Woerner, Writer May 20, 2022

Micheal Beall has worked in education for 31 years, spending 22 as a math teacher at Kennedy. Thousands of students have passed through Beall's class, but after the 2021-2022 school year, he will retire. Beall...

Kennedy Track Heads to State

Kennedy Track Heads to State

Sonja Woerner and Emma Beachner May 18, 2022

Kennedy’s Men's and Women's Track and Field teams are headed to state. Those representing Kennedy had their send-off on May 18 at the beginning of eighth hour. Both teams arrived in Des Moines that night.  The...

Senior Wilsee Kollie speaks during the walkout.

Kennedy Holds Walkout Over Roe v. Wade Opinion Leak

Joel Dillman, Writer May 18, 2022

Kennedy students held a walkout May 18 at 1:20 p.m. to protest the leaked overturn of Roe v. Wade, which would allow states to ban abortion. The walkout remained peaceful and lasted until 2:10 p.m., when...

Editorial Cartoon: Now What?

Editorial Cartoon: Now What?

Cael Cummins, Designer May 10, 2022

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