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New Girls Basketball Coach

New Girls Basketball Coach

Ethan Divis

May 24, 2012

A changing of the guard has occurred for the Kennedy girls’ varsity team. Tony Vis from Harlan High School has been hired as the new girls’ head coach. He plans on moving to Cedar Rapids Vis had an career record of 120-46 in seven years at Harlan. “I was very excited for the opportunity to teach and...

Senioritis hits Kennedy

Senioritis hits Kennedy

Torch Coverage

May 18, 2012

Story by David Hynek Seniors are about to graduate on Wednesday, May 23, and a steady rise continues in the grade-crippling disease known as “senioritis.” Senioritis is the nickname that students and teachers alike have given the overall trend of seniors losing focus and slacking off in their...

Students prepare for AP Exams

Students prepare for AP Exams

Torch Coverage

May 4, 2012

By: Christine Hamilton Kennedy High School students of all grades are starting to prepare for AP exams. The first day of exams is on Monday, May 7 and the final day is Friday, May 18. The exams are in the morning at 8 a.m. and in the afternoon at 12 p.m. The tests are taken in the KTOS center. A...

Student honored by Medal of Honor recipient SSG Sal Giunta

Student honored by Medal of Honor recipient SSG Sal Giunta

Darcey Altschwager

May 2, 2012

On May 1, National Medal of Honor recipient and Kennedy High School alum, SSG Sal Giunta, returned to his alma mater to present the first "Sal Giunta Scholarship of Honor" to senior Abi Gray. Giunta explained that he selected Gray based on her outstanding application and commitment to community service. "I was honored t...

April artist of the month: Childish Gambino

April artist of the month: Childish Gambino

Mohammad Cheetany

April 26, 2012

 Artist of the Month is a musical column that was featured in every issue during the 2010-2011 year. Artist of the Month features recording artists that are upcoming, developing, or artists who have been active in releasing music lately in any genre. Each new artist will be released digitally in t...

Countdown for prom 2012

Countdown for prom 2012

Torch Coverage

April 26, 2012

Story by Steph Keiper Seniors and their dates will experience the ‘time of their lives’, prom, this Saturday, April 28. Kennedy prom will be held at Elmcrest Country Club; from 8 to 11 p.m. Grand March starts in the Kennedy black box, auditorium, and cafeteria at 4:30 and lasts until 6 p.m....

Army SSG Sal Giunta to return to Kennedy

Army SSG Sal Giunta to return to Kennedy

Torch Coverage

April 25, 2012

A scholarship honoring Army SSG Sal Giunta, recipient of the Medal of Honor, has been established by the Brian LaViolette Foundation.  The scholarship recognition pays tribute to the memory of SSG Giunta’s fallen comrades, Sgt. Josh Brennan and Spc. Hugo Mendoza who were killed during the Korengal...

Day of Silence honored at Kennedy

Bailey Zaputil

April 20, 2012

For a single day, a line of compassion will form in the tangential meeting of closed lips: for a single day, people across the nation will have a brief glimpse of what it's like to be unable to speak out for themselves. This day is called the Day of Silence, a day thats purpose is to bring attention to...

Son tells of father’s unusual past

Son tells of father’s unusual past

Bailey Zaputil

April 18, 2012

Everyone has a story. Many are sad, others inspiring, or tragic, or hilarious. But what everyone's story is—or should be—is remembered. Dan Carrell, language arts teacher and assistant Kennedy wrestling coach, remembers by telling not his own story, but his father's, Jack Carrell's, whose st...

Preparing for the Iowa Assessments

Preparing for the Iowa Assessments

Isabel Neff

April 9, 2012

The Iowa Tests of Educational Development will be replaced this year by the Iowa Assessments. The tests will be given in the mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, starting at 8 a.m. The district has had schools do a standardized test for about the past 30 years and this year the...

School wins national First Amendment award

School wins national First Amendment award

Torch Coverage

April 6, 2012

Kennedy High School is one of five schools in the nation to receive the 2012 First Amendment Press Freedom Award. The FAPFA honor will be presented next Thursday, April 12, at the opening ceremony of the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle. Recognition was given to...

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