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The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

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...

Photo of protesters showing support for Iowas transgender youth in light of recent governmental changes.

Iowa, What Are We Doing?

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer April 3, 2023

In November of 2022, Governor Kim Reynolds used her last campaign to attack Iowa's transgender youth – and now Iowa is living through the repercussions. As of March 22, 2023, Iowa lawmakers have passed...

Chad Aldis in an interview, claiming to be an expert on charter schools.

New Iowa Board of Education Director Appointed With No Experience in Public Education

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer March 30, 2023

Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Chad Aldis as the new Iowa Board of Education Director after former director Ann Lebo announced her resignation. Deb VanderGaast, another Iowan politician, tweeted out...

Strolling the aisles of Target is a popular pastime in Cedar Rapids.

A Picture Perfect Spring Break

Joshua Barker, Writer March 11, 2023

I drum my fingers away, ready for my last class to be over. Tap, tap, tap, RIIIING. I rush outside as the bell rings, prepared to celebrate a classic Iowa spring break. My heart races as I discover...

National Strawberry Day is a niche holiday celebrated annually on Feb. 27.

What is National Strawberry Day?

Rowan Hesford, Writer February 27, 2023

As Valentine's Day ends, there don’t seem to be holidays to look forward to in the next few weeks. National Strawberry Day is around the corner on Monday, Feb. 27. There are almost 200 national food...

The crowded halls of Kennedy High School.

A Foyer That Feels Like A Mosh Pit

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer February 22, 2023

“So many different unpleasant smells and numerous loud voices surround me as I'm just trying to get to my next class,” said Junior Gracie Wonase. Wonase is describing a normal day for a Kennedy...

A limit is being put on childrens learning throughout Iowa.

Another Attack on the LGBTQ Community

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer February 14, 2023

In a society that oppresses queer and trans youth, Iowa education is trying to take it a step further. Two bills were introduced on Jan. 17 that will make it harder for youth to be educated and respected...

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