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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

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...

Decisions are part of life, both in and out of high school they matter.

What’s Happening to Women’s Rights?

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer May 17, 2022

Monday, May 2, a draft majority opinion suggesting the overturn of Roe v. Wade was leaked to the public. The draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito and, should it go into effect, would put abortion...

Editorial Cartoon: Now What?

Editorial Cartoon: Now What?

Cael Cummins, Designer May 10, 2022

Students pose with teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Kennedy Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Claire Frank and Molly Martin May 2, 2022

Teacher Appreciation week begins on Monday, May 2 and will conclude Friday May 6. Teacher Appreciation Week became a national holiday in 1944 as a way to honor and thank educators all over the nation....

Miles Wilson sprints to the finish line in a cross country race.

Miles Wilson Breaks Yet Another Kennedy Track and Field Record

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer April 29, 2022

Miles Wilson broke yet another Kennedy Boys' Track and Field record at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. Just five days ago, his record time for the 3,200 meter run was 9:25. On Thursday, he smashed this...

Teachers brought their own decorations to set up in the spaces.

Teacher Spaces Promote Community

Emma Beachner, Writer April 28, 2022

Teachers' common spaces have been implemented at Kennedy after the recent removal of teachers' appliances. The school district removed these appliances in an attempt to conserve energy.  Fridges, microwaves...

Kennedy Horseshoe Becomes Dangerous

Kennedy Horseshoe Becomes Dangerous

Sonja Woerner, Writer April 26, 2022

  On Friday, April 22, Kennedy’s horseshoe flooded. The standing water caused people to have issues with breaking and hydroplaning, making accidents much more likely. It’s creating a dangerous...

Should we be allowed to pick and choose what parts of history we learn?

Iowa Legislation Undermines Teachers

Sonja Woerner, Writer April 26, 2022

Iowa representatives have recently passed bills that restrict teachers and make their jobs more difficult. Within a year, they have attempted to place cameras in all classrooms to monitor content and mandate...

Junior Miles Wilson celebrates after breaking school record.

Junior Miles Wilson Breaks School Track and Field Record

Molly Martin and Lizzy Hawkes April 23, 2022

With his teammates cheering him on from the sidelines, junior Miles Wilson surpassed an Iowa commit and took home first place, simultaneously setting the school record in the Boys’ Track and Field 3,200...

Kennedy students cheer for their classmates during the pep assembly.

Best Spirit in America

Molly Martin and Jaiah Willis April 15, 2022

After almost two and a half years, pep assemblies returned to Kennedy. Spirits were high, confetti was abundant and for many, it was the final step in getting back to normal.   The driving force behind...

Kennedy collected coins to donate to children in Ukraine.

Kennedy Hosts Coin Drive for Ukraine Children

Emma Beachner, writer April 8, 2022

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022 over seven million Ukraine citizens have been displaced and more than four million have fled the country. The amount of citizen casualties has surpassed...

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