Kennedy Torch

Graduating seniors all sang a solo in the song

Kennedy Moonlight Finishes Strong

Noah Hargrafen, Writer April 13, 2021

Kennedy’s vocal jazz group, Moonlight, finished second at Iowa’s vocal Jazz State Championships on March 30, despite a slow start to the year. “It was different from last year, in the beginning...

The ISASP will be taken on  school-issued Chromebooks for the first time from April 19 to April 22.

Kennedy Students To Take ISASP in April

Joel Dillman and Natalie Ruggeri April 5, 2021

Students at Kennedy High School will take the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) from Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22. All students will take the test in the building regardless...

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Jasmine Hite, Writer April 1, 2021

April Fool’s Day is a humorous and joke-filled holiday that takes place the first of April.  Historians believe the holiday dates back to 1582, a time where France switched from the Julian calendar...

2021 Kennedy High School seniors are disappointed once again by the announcement that prom has been cancelled for the second year in a row.

Prom? Never Heard of Her

Jasmine Hite, Writer March 26, 2021

It feels like prom took place decades ago, but in reality it has only been two years for Kennedy High School.  According to Dana Melone, teacher at Kennedy, the prom was canceled due to social distancing...

Kennedy Renews Attendance Policy For Remote Learning

Kennedy Renews Attendance Policy For Remote Learning

Jasmine Hite, Writer March 8, 2021

John F. Kennedy High school renewed an old policy regarding remote learning. By changing the attendance policy, the CRCSD believes it is a crucial part for the remote learners.  Online students have...

The graduation ceremony will be held in the Alliant Energy PowerHouse, previously called the US Cellular Center, in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Graduation Ceremony for Class of 2021 to Be Held In Person

Grace Niemuth, Writer March 5, 2021

Graduation ceremonies for the Kennedy High School class of 2021 will be held in person on Thursday, May 27. The ceremony will be held at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse, formerly known as the U.S. Cellular...

Desks, spaced out to ensure social distancing, sit empty.

Back at Kennedy but Far From Normal

Anabel Bradley, Writer February 26, 2021

Teachers arranged their classrooms and anticipated the day they would teach their students face-to- face on Jan. 19, 2021. The first day, teachers taught to almost empty classrooms. Most students remained...

Keeping The Cold At Bay

Jasmine Hite, Writer February 25, 2021

Winter hit Cedar Rapids weeks ago, and it hit the city hard. Coldness pervades you wherever you go. It may look like a winter wonderland, but it is far from wondrous.  Freezing temperatures and slippery...

The train involved in the accident sits motionless on the tracks.

Train Accident Stops Traffic Near Xavier High School

Lindsey Matus, Writer February 19, 2021

A train accident near Xavier High School occurred Friday afternoon just before 2 p.m. on the corner of 42nd St. and Seminole Valley Drive. The train remained upright, but blocked traffic on 42nd St. for...

Braden Hoyer, sr, and Shefa'a Tawil, sr, crowned Homecoming king and queen.

A Late Homecoming

Claire Beaman, Writer February 10, 2021

On Feb. 5 Braden Hoyer, sr., and Shefa’a Tawil, sr., were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively. No homecoming dance or activities, such as the parade or assembly, were held this year due to...

A groundhog searches for its shadow. Unfortunately, this groundhog has no authority, as it isn't Punxsutawney Phil.

It’s Groundhog Day Again

Jasmine Hite, Writer February 2, 2021

Feb. 2 marks Groundhog Day, the day Punxsuctawney Phil makes the call on whether we freeze or break out the flip flops in two weeks. The holiday started as a Christian holiday called Candlemas. On Candlemas,...

Photo Via Iowa Public Radio Images.

Iowa Governor Mandates Fully In-Person School Option

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer January 29, 2021

On Thursday, Jan. 28, both chambers of the Iowa Legislature approved a legislation that will require Iowa schools to give parents the option of sending their children to school in-person every day.  The...

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