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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

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs the Students First Act in the Capitol rotunda.

The Beginning of the End of Public Education in Iowa

Sonja Woerner, Writer January 25, 2023

Kim Reynolds is a name known throughout the Iowa educational system. Serving as Iowa Governor for over five years, she has attempted to and succeeded in undermining Iowa public schools with misleading...

Changes in the price of womens period products over time, making them less accessible to high school students.

Vandalism Sparks Removal of Feminine Hygiene Product in Bathrooms

Claire Frank, Writer January 25, 2023

School vandalism is a problem outside and inside of school. Vandalism has been seen all over the bathrooms by custodians and teachers from writing on the walls to the misuse of hygiene products.  The...

Senior Kenzie Reed shoots for three.

Boys’ Basketball Now Ranked First in the State

Molly Martin, Writer January 19, 2023

The Cougars are undefeated and ranked first in the Mississippi Valley Conference class 4A basketball after a 66-44 win over Dubuque Senior on Tuesday, Jan. 17 . The Kennedy Boys’ Basketball team is coming...

Alexander Jackson leaving court following a hearing in July 2022.

Cedar Rapids Man on Trial for 2021 Triple Murder

Molly Martin, Writer January 12, 2023

The trial for Alexander Jackson began in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Jackson is accused of murdering his father Jan, mother Melissa and sister Sabrina in June of 2021.  Jackson has been...

The Future With Kim

The Future With Kim

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer January 12, 2023

On Nov. 8 2022, Iowa held its gubernatorial election where Kim Reynolds was re-elected as the State Governor. In 2018, Reynolds was elected to be the 43rd governor of Iowa. Since then she has ignored...

Members of IYC gather in celebration of legislation passed early in the day.

Voices of the Future

Joshua Barker, Writer January 3, 2023

The Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) held a special congressional session on Nov. 7 in a bid to bring more voice to the youth of Iowa. The program helps bring together youth across the state and teach about the...

Photo from the Samaritan Purse, shows how to pack your shoe box

Give Back This Christmas

Claire Frank, Writer December 20, 2022

Christmas is not the same to everyone, but there are organizations who help those less fortunate. Operation Child Christmas is put on by the Samaritans Purse. Local churches, Petco and other places have...

Junior Natalie Fiester wrestles Dubuque Hempstead opponent.

Kennedy Girls’ Wrestling Goes 2-0 During Their First Ever Season

Haile Miller and Emma Rood December 12, 2022

On Dec. 8, Kennedy girls’ wrestling won their second meet 39-36. The match took place at Kennedy against Dubuque Hempstead, putting the girls on a winning streak of 2-0. Wrestlers coached by Craig...

Senior Kenzie Reed fights off CR Jeffersons defense.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Sets New School Record

Molly Martin, Writer December 10, 2022

History was made at Kennedy on Friday, Dec. 9 when the varsity boys’ basketball team beat inner-city rival, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, with a score of 113-37, setting a new school record for most points...

Dance team performs at Winter Pep Assembly on Dec. 1.

Dance Team Competes at State

Molly Martin, Writer December 6, 2022

Between Dec. 1 and 3, dancers from schools all over Iowa gathered in Des Moines to compete at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association State Competition. The Kennedy Dance team placed sixth for...

The freshman class celebrates winning the spirit stick.

Cougars Celebrate The Holiday Spirit In The Winter Pep Assembly

Merideth Langton, Photographer December 4, 2022

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Girls wrestling on the first day of practice.

History Being Made on the Mat

Molly Martin, Writer December 2, 2022

History was made on Thursday, Dec. 1, as hundreds of high school students took part in some of the first female wrestling matches across the state. Girls' wrestling was sanctioned by the Iowa Girls High...

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