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

The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

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...

Author James Belding works silently in the Torch classroom.

Being the Quiet Kid

James Belding, Writer May 26, 2022

Going somewhere new can be stressful. Add new people, harder work and higher expectations and high school can sound like a daunting experience. When I entered high school, my hands would get clammy,...

Questions are being raised about the right way to go about abortions.

Is Abortion a Moral Question?

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer May 24, 2022

Back in 1973, a Supreme Court case ruled it is a woman's constitutional right to have the option to an abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. The law before this case limited abortions to circumstances...

Students focusing on their work in Beckers room.

High School: Movies vs. Reality

Jasmine Hite, Writer May 24, 2022

The “typical” high school experience has been portrayed in films and books for years. Unfortunately, high school is not made up of spontaneous singing and dancing like a Disney movie. The actual experience...

Students wond if they should take AP World of AP Euro.

AP World vs. AP Euro

Tori Paga May 18, 2022

As the school year comes to an end and students start preparing for finals and the coming school year, one big question comes up: what classes will I take next year? One of the choices sophomores have...

Questions are being raised about the right way to go about abortions.

What’s Happening to Women’s Rights?

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer May 17, 2022

Monday, May 2, a draft majority opinion suggesting the overturn of Roe v. Wade was leaked to the public. The draft was written by Justice Samuel Alito and, should it go into effect, would put abortion...

A trio of boys get together for morp after being stood up by their dates.

An Alternative to Prom with Your Mom

Isaac White, Writer May 17, 2022

Have you ever thought prom was overrated or just never cared for school dances? Well then welcome to morp, it’s like prom, but not. Morp is nothing more than a small gathering in comfortable clothes...

How should Kennedy distribute the funds for its sports?

How Should Kennedy Be Fundraising?

Sarah Martin-Trainor, Writer May 11, 2022

Athletics, fine arts and other extracurriculars all need funding. Each group chooses its own method for raising the money they need. Methods vary from selling chocolate bars to campaigning for donations...

Should we be allowed to pick and choose what parts of history we learn?

Iowa Legislation Undermines Teachers

Sonja Woerner, Writer April 26, 2022

Iowa representatives have recently passed bills that restrict teachers and make their jobs more difficult. Within a year, they have attempted to place cameras in all classrooms to monitor content and mandate...

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