Kennedy Torch

A Generation With Open Arms

Elise Kim, so. and Grace Ntanyungy, so. supporting each other.

Lindsey Matus, Writer

May 27, 2020

Generation-Z is making a change for the better when it comes to inclusivity. Those who are included in this generation are more accepting than those that have come before.  Inclusivity doesn’t pertain to only a certain amount of Gen-Z kids, it applies to the majority. This generation is vas...

Life Built Around 360

An inside peek on the life360 app. Edited by Ashton Nanke

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2020

A technology driven society has shaped the lives and behaviors of Gen Z, as well as the lives and behaviors of their parents.  The method of parenting and the way we stay connected has shifted from ‘be home before dark’ to ‘make sure your location is turned on at all times.’ Patrick Cory, ...

Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled

Edited by Ashton Nanke

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

February 4, 2020

In a world of media, people are often perceived from different angles. From James Charles, an online phenomenon, to Carson King, a local celebrity, many people are being ‘canceled’ for their past actions. Canceling is the act of publicly destroying an individual’s reputation. The action most com...

Hate Speech: Using Words as Weapons

Raafa Elsheikh, jr., who is forced to hear derogatory terms said to her constantly for merely existing. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2020

As I walk through the hallways at Kennedy, I hear things. There are people talking about the test they just took and the homework they forgot to do. They’ll talk about that funny tweet they saw this morning or the tik-tok that made them laugh. I hear friends joking and teasing each other. Most alarmi...

Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be …

Elise Kim, so., applying lipstick. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Haylee Brewer and Kaylia Richards

January 28, 2020

It is difficult to comprehend why the world we live in has become too harsh. Females everywhere are being criticized and judged by the way they act, dress, the friends they have, and so many other characteristics. There is a term used to criticize women who are perceived to violate expectations of b...

Support at the Source

Daniel Juarez, jr., underneath the pressure caused by life as a teenager. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Elise Hrabik, Writer

January 27, 2020

My peers and I are suffering. One in five teens in America are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. One in five of my classmates are dealing with depression, anxiety, and other challenges on a daily basis. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults.  Kennedy High School h...

A Year Later: Remembering Rick Nees

Rick Nees playing guitar with the usual smile on his face.

Jami Martin-Trainor and Steven Tolly

November 26, 2019

As I discussed the idea of this article with my adviser, he not only loved it, but wanted to help me write it. He always said his biggest regret was not getting up with Rick Nees on the stage and singing together, and I think this piece is his way of apologizing. Written below is our words woven togeth...

Women on the Defense

Member of the WSD learning how to react in a dangerous situation.

Elise Hrabik, Photographer/Writer

October 31, 2019

Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin Arozamena are names you should not know. These are names that make us remember this world is not what it used to be. Their stories warn us of hazards out of our control. One out of every six of us will be subject to the same outcome. For some, this cumulates into a par...

The Stresses of Homecoming

A beautiful gold dress paired with a matching corsage, yet another stressor adding to the pressure of homecoming.

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

October 2, 2019

Getting a manicure, styling your hair with a curling iron, and zipping up the dress, all in preparation to spend a Saturday night dancing to bop after bop. Students prepare for the dance in many ways, from finding an outfit to deciding where to take photos and eat dinner, in hopes that the prepar...

One- to- One

Student Jami Martin-Trainor so., works hard on the computer to complete her school work.

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

June 8, 2019

Having access to technology will give students the ability to work online during class, which can overall boost the amount of work we get done in one day. Going one- to- one will create an advanced learning environment that allows students access to assignments at home that some previously weren’t...

The World is Dying

A Coca-Cola can found outside in the grass from littering.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

June 7, 2019

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), society has until 2030 to drastically change our way of living when it comes to carbon emissions, or else the damage will be irreversible, and the planet will soon be no longer habitable. This is not something that is 100 years...

Vol. 52, Issue 2: Letter from the Senior Editors

Four-year members of our staff, Jenna Anderson and Anna Reinhart.

Jenna Anderson and Anna Reinhart

June 5, 2019

Ending four years of high school is bittersweet. It's the end of the crazy pep assemblies, but also the end of eight-hour long school days. The end of fast-walking to class in four minutes and cheering on the football team from the stands. No more dressing up for homecoming week, or asking teachers for...

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