Kennedy Torch

Vol. 51 Issue 2: Staff Editorial

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

May 25, 2018

Many students wake up in the morning knowing that the day ahead of them is busy. For some it's only one day, for others, every single day it's a challenge to fit their extracurriculars in 24 hours. At the beginning of each year, in every single class, teachers claim to understand that students have...

The Cons of Gun Control

Josh Sheeley, Writer

May 24, 2018

Recently in America, a hot topic is talking about guns, school shootings, who’s to blame and what should be done about gun control. Increasing gun control has many flaws in its idea and I believe that increasing gun control is a bad idea. One impact of America imposing more restrictive gun control...

Vol. 51, Issue 2: Letter from the Editors

Vol. 51, Issue 2: Letter from the Editors

Jenna Anderson and Olivia Haefner

May 21, 2018

Sports are a part of almost everyone's lives, whether people are spectators or players themselves. High school sports are popular all over the nation, and especially here at Kennedy High School. Playing the sports you love while representing the Cougars is something every student should take advantag...

#TeacherAppreciationWeek

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

May 17, 2018

In my three years at Kennedy, I've grown as both a person and a student. This is all thanks to primarily my teachers. As a part of Teacher Appreciation Week, I'm sharing one thing I'm thankful for that some of my favorite teachers have done for me. Mrs. Feilmeier-Marzen: Thank you for teaching me...

The Right to Live

The Right to Live

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 15, 2018

Every time there is a mass school shooting, we hear the exact same thing; send your thoughts and prayers. But, are thoughts and prayers going to stop people from getting shot? Probably not. Students are going to school every day, worried that they might get shot while trying to get and education....

We Are Numb to Violence

We Are Numb to Violence

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

May 14, 2018

People have started to notice that something is not quite right. We are all starting to see that with all the violence in the world and even here in the US, people are becoming numb to violence. When something like Parkland happened in the past people, in the very early 2000’s, would be all over...

Is Asian Discrimination Prevalent in our Community?

Is Asian Discrimination Prevalent in our Community?

Claire Beaman, Writer

March 26, 2018

We should all be treated as equals; everyone can agree on that. No one should be seen as a lesser being because of who they are. That’s what everyone believes. However, when it comes down to it, is this really true? Many students don’t realize it, but stereotypes and racial discrimination are...

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

Grace Hanrahan, Writer

March 22, 2018

As Iowans begin to crawl out of hibernation, moods shift to an energized “springy” vibe. Vitamin D is an excellent resource, as it provides us with calcium to strengthen us, and helps fight depression and diseases. We're walking and biking. Tracksters run outdoors and students strolling through...

A Dancer’s Journey

A Dancer’s Journey

Alyssa Friedley, Writer

March 20, 2018

I was five when I started to dance. I think that when I started, everyone knew it would be something I would continue for a long time. Going to school at any grade level can be stressful, and dancing was a way to use that emotion for something beautiful. Dance is known to reduce stress and tension...

Letter from the Editors

Olivia Haefner and Jenna Anderson

March 5, 2018

Dear Kennedy High School students, After the recent Parkland High School shooting some people are calling for mental health reforms, while others want gun control, but let's come together and put opinions aside. Let's take a stand at Kennedy. Something needs to be done. In the wake of reforms,...

How Rotary and Kennedy High School Changed My Experience in America

How Rotary and Kennedy High School Changed My Experience in America

Roberta Prats, Writer

February 27, 2018

Rotary's goal is to help students learn new languages, discover other cultures, and truly become global citizens. They have achieved their goal with me. Rotary is the organization that helped make everything possible for me. They set up my exchange this school year from Spain to America. Rotary is...

The Impact a Voice Can Have

The Impact a Voice Can Have

Hannah Ratzer, Arts and Culture Editor

February 21, 2018

Of the seven billion people in the world, you may feel insignificant as one single being. Enacting lasting change can seem like a daunting or impossible task. Sometimes I imagine myself standing in a circle with everyone else in the entire world and everyone is shouting into this impossible void be...

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