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A clothing set put together at Target for $83.

Men’s Fashion: Let’s Pick it Up

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer March 28, 2019

It is no secret that a lot of guys aren’t the best at dressing or finding their style. Style is something that is very personal, but there are somethings that people should avoid. So here are my little...

Display case dedicated to Black History Month by Raafa and Raama Elsheikh

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...

Poster for 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...

Students studying in the library.

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...

Snow covered trees on a frosty night.

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...

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...

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...

Kennedy students struggle with anxiety on a daily basis. Photo by Jenna Anderson.

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,...

Teens Against Human Trafficking group during the club fair.

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...

Kennedy students struggle with anxiety on a daily basis. Photo by Jenna Anderson.

Anxiety the Bully

Olivia Haefner, Co Editor-in-Chief December 20, 2018
Mental health affects teens in high school.
Kennedy's girls locker room.

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...

Rick Nees helping students, Lexi Aarhus jr., Reya Sands sr., and Lindsay Guffey sr., with geometry.

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...

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