Kennedy Torch

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Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer 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....

Raafa Elsheikh, jr., who is forced to hear derogatory terms said to her constantly for merely existing. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Hate Speech: Using Words as Weapons

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief 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...

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

Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be …

Haylee Brewer and Kaylia Richards 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...

Daniel Juarez, jr., underneath the pressure caused by life as a teenager. Photo edited by Ashton Nanke.

Support at the Source

Elise Hrabik, Writer 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...

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

A Year Later: Remembering Rick Nees

Jami Martin-Trainor and Steven Tolly 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...

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

Women on the Defense

Elise Hrabik, Photographer/Writer 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....

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

The Stresses of Homecoming

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer 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,...

Student Jami Martin-Trainor so., works hard on the computer to complete her school work.

One- to- One

Alyssa Friedley, Writer June 8, 2019

Having access to technology will give students the ability to work online during class, which can overall boost the amount of work we get done in one day. Going one- to- one will create an advanced learning...

A Coca-Cola can found outside in the grass from littering.

The World is Dying

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer June 7, 2019

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), society has until 2030 to drastically change our way of living when it comes to carbon emissions, or else the damage will be irreversible,...

Four-year members of our staff, Jenna Anderson and Anna Reinhart.

Vol. 52, Issue 2: Letter from the Senior Editors

Jenna Anderson and Anna Reinhart June 5, 2019

Ending four years of high school is bittersweet. It's the end of the crazy pep assemblies, but also the end of eight-hour long school days. The end of fast-walking to class in four minutes and cheering...

Mac and Cheese pizza with bacon and ground beef.

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer May 30, 2019

Located in downtown Cedar Rapids is a small pizza parlor that makes traditional pizza a little more interesting. Rather than normal toppings of pepperoni or sausage, Fong’s Pizza has many Asian-inspired...

The form that is filled out of the Selective Service or draft.

Selective Service for All

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer April 16, 2019

Registering for the draft is something men ages 18-25 are required to do. However, the draft registration has started to open to women. It is about time for the draft to allow women to sign up, which is...

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