Kennedy Torch

Spread Cheer, Not Germs

Christmas stockings and presents surround a lit up Christmas tree.
December 24, 2020

As Thanksgiving passed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, horror stories emerged. A college student comes home to stay with his family. He joins his grandparents for a formal Thanksgiving dinner, but...

A View of the Alphabet

Kennedy High School Teachers often find themselves teaching to a seemingly empty  remote classroom as students tend to keep their cameras off
December 14, 2020

COVID-19 has created multiple challenges for the Cedar Rapids community school district. After cutting the 2019-2020 school year short, teachers, administrators and students hoped that a sense of normalcy...

Are Holidays Cancelled?

Are Holidays Cancelled?
December 11, 2020

In a normal year, the holidays are a time filled with family, friends and cheer. The house is filled with shouts from cousins playing Mario Kart, the clanging of plates as dishes are being washed and holiday...

A Generation With Open Arms

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

Life Built Around 360

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

Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled

Edited by Ashton Nanke
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....

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.
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...

Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be …

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

Support at the Source

Daniel Juarez, jr., underneath the pressure caused by life as a teenager. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.
Kennedy students help each other through our generation's mental health epidemic.
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...

A Year Later: Remembering Rick Nees

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

Women on the Defense

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

The Stresses of Homecoming

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

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