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

Kennedy reinstated a mask mandate following Judge Pratts restraining order on Iowas ban on mask mandates in schools.

Reynolds is Fighting the Wrong Battle

Anabel Bradley, Writer September 17, 2021

The first day of school for the CRCSD was Aug. 23. After 19 days of school, COVID-19 notifications have become routine. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds continues to fight Iowa schools’ attempts at COVID-19 mitigation.  U.S....

Teens Voices Get Heard

Teens’ Voices Get Heard

Dylan Sines, Writer August 13, 2021

From picket signs to phone calls, teens are taking responsibility in politics. It’s never too soon to take action. In politics, the right to vote isn’t necessary to make a difference. When everything...

The Class of Compromise

The Class of Compromise

Alyssa Friedley, Writer June 11, 2021

The first time students walked Kennedy’s halls since the pandemic and the devastating derecho felt different. There were expectations of a completely different school. They expected feeling a little...

Students often feel overwhelmed by the amount of school work they receive.

Students’ Mental Health Matters

Natalie Ruggeri, Writer June 4, 2021

53% of Iowa youth did not receive treatment for Major Depressive Episodes (MDE) in 2020 according to Mental Health America (MHA). Now, in June 2021, that number has likely increased after students discovered...

Photo Via Iowa Public Radio Images. Kim Reynolds speaking to her constituents in Iowa.

Leave School Decisions in the Hands of the Educators

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

Kim Reynolds signed a law early this morning removing the mask mandate in all Cedar Rapids public schools immediately. The CRCSD has no choice but to comply. Regardless of vaccination status, no student...

Paul Barnard, his wife Xin, son Mikael, and daughter Bethany all smile for a family photo in 2018.

Stand Up for the AAPI Community

Claire Beaman, Writer May 12, 2021

More hatred has surfaced during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is wrongfully believed China is solely to blame for the global pandemic. Due to this belief and the poor handling of the pandemic in America, some...

Many women have to arm themselves in fear of being attacked or harmed.

97% is a Large Percentage

Claire Beaman, writer May 6, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault and Rape Rape culture is much too prominent in today’s society. Oftentimes the abuser will walk away with little to no consequences while the victim is...

Photo of the COVID-19 Coronavirus provided by the National Park Service.

One Year of COVID-19

March 16, 2020. The day our district told us we would not return to school after spring break. A disease called COVID-19 had entered Iowa a few days prior. School was canceled until it was dealt with....

Students complete MAP tests on their Chromebooks as teachers monitor them with GoGuardian.

MAP Testing: Monotonous, Aggravating and Pointless

Joel Dillman, Writer March 9, 2021

Math and Language Arts teachers at Kennedy High School started class the week of Jan. 1 with similar statements: Seniors could leave class. They weren't taking the MAP test.  Don't worry about being...

Harry Styles poses in a lacy dress and tuxedo jacket made by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Let Men Express Themselves

Elise Hrabik, Photo Editor February 26, 2021

“Bring back manly men.” Conservative commentator Candace Owens tweeted this on Nov. 14, 2020. Her ignorant statement was a direct response to the Vogue cover on the December 2020 issue, in which...

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Trust in the Vaccine

Anabel Bradley, Writer February 12, 2021

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has run rampant through the United States. Over 400,000 Americans have died from the virus, but a light has appeared at the end of this tunnel. Two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna...

Shawn Thomsen, facilitator at Kennedy High School, disinfecting a desk to help protect students and staff.

Protect Our Schools

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2021

Hardship after hardship has slammed Cedar Rapids schools since the beginning of 2020. The pandemic has changed the way we live and the derecho destroyed a large part of our community. A healthy and safe...

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