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Life-Changing College Experiences

Life-Changing College Experiences

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

September 28, 2017

Duke University has a three week long academic program called Duke Tip for students in grades four through 12. It is not pre-collegiate and students applying have to take the SAT or ACT to get in, it's academically selective. One day senior Alexandra Bonat was reading the Alumni Magazine with her...

Is Our School Day Schedule Working?

Is Our School Day Schedule Working?

Jamison Prull, Writer

September 27, 2017

Our school day schedule has been under revision the entire time I’ve attended Kennedy. The administration has been trying to come up with something that will work for the size of our student body and for the good of students and staff. During my freshman year, we started with the wonderful – now...

My Name Is a Hurricane

My Name Is a Hurricane

Irma Dizdarevic, Writer

September 24, 2017

Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded that destructed the Caribbean and parts of Florida. It left the small island of Barbuda only 90 percent habitable. But yet, people are joking about it. There is not one single person living on the tiny island...

Houston Flood Incomparable to Cedar Rapids

Houston Flood Incomparable to Cedar Rapids

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

September 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has caused devastating flooding to Texas and Louisiana. It seems comparable to the Cedar Rapids flood of 2016, or 2008. However the size and damage to the flood further south is beyond what we have seen in Cedar Rapids. In the Texas and Louisiana area, 51.88 inches of rain have fallen....

Being an Exchange Student at Kennedy High School

Being an Exchange Student at Kennedy High School

Joyline Goeb, Writer

June 1, 2017

Being an exchange student is so much fun, especially being one at Kennedy High School. It’s my first year at a high school -- where I come from, we don’t have high schools (there's a different kind of education system in place). When I set my first step into Kennedy High, I was just thi...

Senior Editorial: Brooke McNeal

Senior Editorial: Brooke McNeal

Brooke McNeal, News Editor

May 22, 2017

I am stuck on how to fit all of my memories of four great years into a half page. I have way more memories that will last a lifetime and that take up more than the space I’m given, but I want to include the most memorable. 1. Every single pep assembly, and winning only one (1-11, go seniors!). We...

Senior Editorial: Madeline Jamrok

Senior Editorial: Madeline Jamrok

Madeline Jamrok, Photo Editor

May 22, 2017

Although I have been ready to graduate high school since my sophomore year, I am glad I didn’t because, my junior year was when I joined Torch and it has positively impacted my life in so many ways. Torch has connected me with some lifelong friends, enhanced my learning and encouraged me to reach ...

Senior Editorial: Jake Corkery

Senior Editorial: Jake Corkery

Jake Corkery, Sports Editor

May 22, 2017

The end of high school also marks the end of our childhoods. It is a big step in the progression from carefree, playful days to responsibility and adulthood. We are slowly losing our safety nets and we are becoming “real people” as Mr. Grady often says. The world can be harsh and unfair and three...

Senior Editorial: Elizabeth Barrett

Senior Editorial: Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth Barrett, Social Media & Ads Manager

May 22, 2017

I can almost feel the diploma in my hands, see the stage of the U.S. Cellular Center, hear parents clapping for kids that aren’t theirs. It feels like high school never ends when you first begin. I’m quickly realizing that the real world is coming at me far faster than anything else I’ve experienced....

Senior Editorial: Taylor Weiss

Senior Editorial: Taylor Weiss

Taylor Weiss, Culture Editor

May 22, 2017

Through my years at Kennedy, they have definitely been an up and down roller coaster. As an incoming freshman it was hard trying to find my place, meet new friends and figure out who I was and who I wanted to be as a person. Now, being a senior with only a few days left before graduating it is bittersweet. I...

Senior Editorial: Nathan Sheeley

Senior Editorial: Nathan Sheeley

Nathan Sheeley, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2017

Two years ago, I joined the journalism program in hopes of becoming a better writer, and I never thought I would be in the position I am today. The Torch has offered a unique opportunity for me and for the rest of the seniors by giving us the chance to participate in something bigger than ourselves through...

Ivanka’s Trumps clothing line controversy

Olivia Haefner, Feature Editor

May 10, 2017

Since the election, has Ivanka Trump’s clothing line dwindled or prospered? This question is frequently asked by the many Americans watching the news. Everyone’s talking about this never-ending controversy and how it started. When I first began writing this I wasn’t sure how this issue started...

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