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The Importance of Black History Month

The Importance of Black History Month

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 6, 2019

February is Black History Month, and it has come to a close. Did we, both as individuals and as a school, give this month the recognition it was designed to receive? How exactly should we be giving black history attention? “I’m a little conflicted about the way we could give it recognition because...

Black History Open Mic Night

Black History Open Mic Night

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 5, 2019

On Thursday, Feb. 28, a Black History Open Mic Night was hosted at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. This night gave individuals the opportunity to share their experiences and feelings relating to Black History Month. Anyone could perform, no matter their age, race, or gender. "I put this event...

Pushing Yourself

Pushing Yourself

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

February 22, 2019

Kennedy High School has without a doubt helped me advance academically and score well on standardized tests, but as someone who is constantly looking for ways to increase my knowledge and achieve great things in life, Kennedy is currently unable to help. I am constantly looking for ways to get the most...

Snow Days ‘Must-Watch List’

Snow Days ‘Must-Watch List’

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

February 18, 2019

As no school days continue to pile up and students run out of things to do, many students turn to Netflix. Although the variety of options that Netflix provides satisfies many viewers, it can make it extremely difficult to pick out what to watch. So, for those in need of narrowed-down Netflix options,...

A Stranger in His Classroom

A Stranger in His Classroom

Areigna Ralston, Writer

January 9, 2019

As most Kennedy families, students, and staff know, one of our fellow members tragically passed away in a car accident on Thanksgiving Day, 2018. Rick Nees was an outstanding teacher. He created fun ways to teach his students complicated material. He sang to his class on some laid-back afternoons with...

Teaching Teens to Fight

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

January 9, 2019

It seems that lately, whenever you look at news online, there’s only dreary and scary events happening around the world. Sexual and physical assault have been a serious issue for a long time, but as of late, victims are speaking out and raising awareness. Although some changes have been made in the...

Vol. 52 Issue 1: Staff Editorial

Vol. 52 Issue 1: Staff Editorial

Torch Staff

January 8, 2019

Students at high school are consistently on the run between endless activities. Extracurriculars, jobs, sports, and trying to be with friends as much as we can keep us busy seven days a week. Without homework, we are already stretched thin and pushing as few hours of sleep each night as possible, but...

Slavery in Modern-Day America

Slavery in Modern-Day America

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-In-Chief

January 7, 2019

The cell phone that’s in your hand, the white athletic shoes on your feet and the coffee you drank for breakfast could’ve been made by an innocent enslaved in human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of the most prevalent problems in America today. According to the website dosomething.org,...

Anxiety the Bully

Anxiety the Bully

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2018

Mental health affects teens in high school.

Lost and Never Found

Lost and Never Found

Mackenzie Joseph, Writer

December 3, 2018

School should be considered one of the safest and secured places to be. But recently schools haven’t been the same. With all the theft and shootings going around many people are wondering, are we really safe?  In 2018 at Kennedy high school, there have already been over five reported thefts. Junior...

As a Family, We Grieve Together

As a Family, We Grieve Together

Haylee Brewer, Writer

November 30, 2018

In devastating news, we lost one of our own. Kennedy mathematics teacher, Rick Nees has passed away from a tragic car collision in Fort Collins, Colorado on Thanksgiving morning. When students returned to school on Nov. 26., many were upset and grieving. Nees had a large impact on students, he will be...

A Star is Born Review: A Whirlwind of Emotions

A Star is Born Review: A Whirlwind of Emotions

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-Chief

November 27, 2018

A whirlwind of emotions is one way to describe the new movie "A Star is Born." What initially got me interested in this movie was the fact that Bradley Copper and Lady Gaga play the main roles. "I saw A Star Is Born on the opening day at Marcus Theaters. I had very high expectations before seeing it ...

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