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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...

Junior Luke OBrien (Gaston) flexes behind the Silly Girls during the song Gaston.

Kennedy Actors Shine in Beauty and the Beast

Emma Beachner, Writer December 8, 2022

Kennedy reopened their theater doors with the production of Beauty and the Beast Jr., directed by Kennedy teachers Steven Tolly and Nick Hayes with Student Director junior Calliope Matta. Kennedy’s production...

Kennedys Happiness Inc. attends a Trunk-or-Treat.

Trick-or-Treat or Trunk-or-Treat?

Jordan Horne, Writer November 16, 2022

Trick-or-treat or trunk-or-treat. As times are changing, people are beginning to see possible danger in trick-or-treating and look toward a  safer alternative—trunk-or-treating. This past Halloween...

Noreen worked to meet the needs of everyone around her as superintendent. She met others with love and compassion.

It’s “Just Noreen”

Torch Editorial Board, Writers November 16, 2022

On Sept. 22, KCRG announced the news of CRCSD Superintendent Noreen Bush’s resignation. She had been fighting a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer and would be stepping down after the 2022-2023 school...

Candy Corn Craze

Candy Corn Craze

Claire Frank, Writer October 24, 2022

Candy Corn is the sweet treat that splits us every year. Let's dive in a little deeper on how it was made along with what Kennedy students think of it.  George Renninger, a candy maker at Wunderlee...

Noreen Bush poses for a photo after discussing her chemo treatments.

Noreen Bush: A Life To Be Remembered

Torch Editorial Board, Writers October 23, 2022

Noreen Bush. Superintendent, mentor, friend. A woman who went by many titles and affected the lives of thousands, lost her two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Words cannot...

Im a Puff and Im staying.

Battle of the Puffs: Kennedy vs. Washington

Emma Beachner, Writer October 14, 2022

P   uffs. A shortened version of the term Hufflepuffs pulled from a story that took the world by storm with its release. Puffs is a comedic retelling of Harry Potter through all seven years...

The smallpox vaccine has proved effective against Monkeypox in clinical trials.

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...

Students worry about their class rank throughout their years of high school.

Students Are Not Their Class Rank

Sarah Martin-Trainor, Writer August 23, 2022

I have a habit of getting on people’s nerves because I am not what other people think I should be. Instead of being the brilliant, prideful and laser-focused student most expect of a valedictorian, I...

Graduates from the Senior Class of 2022 share their high school advice.

Senior Advice

James Belding, Writer August 3, 2022

A Commentary on 13 Reasons Why

A Commentary on 13 Reasons Why

Emma Clabaugh, Writer July 12, 2022

This article contains discussions of suicide and sexual assault. Ever since 2017 when the first season of the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why aired there has been controversy over whether the show...

Students should not have to be scared when they walk into school.

Enough is Enough.

Anabel Bradley, Writer June 3, 2022

On May 24, the students of Rodd Elementary in Uvalde, Texas walked into school expecting it to be like any other day and anticipating the impending summer break. Instead, at least 19 children and two teachers...

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