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Oakland Raiders teammates kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

To Stand or Kneel?

Rebecca Greene, Writer October 28, 2017

One of the most recent controversial topics is whether it’s acceptable to kneel during the national anthem. For some, the choice to kneel is a peace protest against racial inequality and police brutality. This...

Leeanne and friends at the last dance

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...

Crowd of students waiting to be released from the cafeteria.

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...

The hurricane naming system works oddly. It goes throughout the alphabet usually for six years until a hurricane becomes incredibly significant, then it is retired from appearing again.

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....

The flood on Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas.

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...

Becoming a member of the Kennedy Drama Department's Technical Crew is one of several awesome experiences for a foreign exchange student.

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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