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The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

Kennedy experienced numerous technical difficulties and photographer shortages during this years picture day.

The Picture Day Disaster

Rowan Hesford, Writer September 22, 2023

Picture day is a tradition all students are familiar with. A day when students go to the gym, a quick photo is snapped and your ID is printed shortly after. This is how it has been for years, until the...

Representatives discuss college options at the annual Kennedy Open House.

A Guide to Picking College

Joshua Barker, Writer September 12, 2023

A new school year is marked for high school seniors by the realization that college is months away. Soon, they will select a college and commit to a brand new environment. This choice can bring stress...

Cedar Rapids Marcus Theater. A popular place to see  the many live action remakes and un orginal ideas.

The Stories That Just Won’t Die

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer July 25, 2023

With the new release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie and the official release of the Five Nights At Freddy's movie trailer, the Kennedy student body has begun to notice an abundance of adaptions. Remakes...

Caitlin Clark displays the behavior that gained her a large portion of her notoriety.

How Can the Media Affect Women in Sports?

Sam Bloomquist, Writer June 27, 2023

The 2022-23 NCAA basketball season came to a close when the Louisiana State Tigers won the women’s March Madness bracket. One of the most prominent figures of the tournament, surprisingly, didn’t come...

Movie cover for the new adaption of Disneys The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid: A Beautiful Story of Race, Deserving of Criticism?

Samuella Kasha, Writer June 23, 2023

The live-action version of The Little Mermaid premiered in theaters on May 26, 2023. The movie stars Halle Bailey as Ariel and represents the third Disney Princess movie with a black woman as the lead. In...

The baby Cougar brought to Kennedy during annual Issues Week celebrations.

Bring Back the Cougar!

Isaac White, Writer June 20, 2023

Fifty-five years ago, in the age of the dinosaurs, the very first John F. Kennedy High School was opened in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After crowning themselves as them “Cougars,” administration thought bringing...

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the Condition of the State address to members of the Iowa Legislature inside the House Chamber, on Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, 2023, at the Iowa State Capitol, in Des Moines.

Iowa Auditing Bill Threatens Accountability and Rule of Law

Joshua Barker, Writer June 1, 2023

On May 11, 2023, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds received a new bill that holds massive implications for Iowa’s future. The bill in question, SF478, gives the appearance of a boring and mundane bill. Described...

Tik Tok: The Time Sink

Tik Tok: The Time Sink

Louise Morand, Artist May 29, 2023

Pro Fortnite player plays Fortnite.

Fortnite, In This Economy?

Jordan Horne, Writer April 26, 2023

Since the release of Fortnite Battle Royale, in 2017, it’s been a worldwide phenomenon. This is not the first battle royale game has been released: what makes this one unique?  Battle Royale video...

Sophomore Jordan Harvey sings through jail bars.

Kennedy’s Production of Chicago is a Must-See

Emma Beachner, Writer April 22, 2023

Kennedy’s Theater Department ends the 2022-2023 school year with a magical production of Chicago. Well, maybe magical isn’t the right word, more like…murderous.  Chicago showcases the lives of...

The decrease in Marvels quality of production in recent years is shown through their reviews, CGI and storylines.

The Collapse of the MCU and the End of an Era

Maggie Goldberg, Writer April 21, 2023

Marvel movies have been known for decades for their quality and length. Even if you weren't interested in the storylines, the entertainment aspect is undoubtable and the special effects have been nominated...

SAD affects around 3% of the population, and can occur during any season.

The Battle Known As Seasonal Depression

Rowan Hesford, Writer April 5, 2023

Those suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), better known as seasonal depression still face the repercussions of the winter season, myself included. While the warmer months are ahead, its effects...

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