The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

The student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

Dance Team poses in Des Moines at the state competition.

Taylor Cropley: Alum Returns Home

Molly Martin, Writer December 20, 2022

The 2022-2023 school year brought many firsts to the Kennedy Dance Team. First-year teammates, first times at Iowa City West’s “Wild West Dance Battle” and a new first-time coach. Taylor Cropley...

Bella performs as lead character Megan Jones in Kennedys production of Puffs.

Bella Griffin: Getting Involved Across the School

Kaitlyn Dolphin, Writer December 8, 2022

From academics to athletics to fine arts, sophomore Bella Griffin wears many hats at Kennedy. Griffin is preparing for her sixth year of show choir, second wrestling season and concluded her first theater...

Tony Vis watches as Kennedy competes during a basketball game.

Tony Vis: His Love for the Game

Rowan Hesford, Writer November 28, 2022

While Tony Vis may be known as Kennedy’s Government or World History teacher, how many know him as the basketball coach? For almost thirty years, Vis has been a coach and mentor for many.  Growing...

Andy Courtney coaches the girls team during a time out.

The Return of Coach Courtney

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer November 22, 2022

On Feb 2, 2022, head girls’ basketball coach, Andy Courtney, was admitted to St. Luke's ER after experiencing an aortic dissection—a tear on the inner layer of the aorta, the body's main artery. Courtney...

Shiho Yabuchi and Daniel Carolin pose for a photo in their classroom.

Welcoming Shiho Yabuchi to Kennedy

Rowan Hesford, Writer October 26, 2022

The start of the 2022-2023 school year has brought many things to Kennedy. For Daniel Carolin’s Japanese class, it has brought an assistant teacher from Osaka, Japan. Shiho Yabuchi joined Carolin just...

Noreen Bush poses for a photo after discussing her chemo treatments.

Noreen Bush: A Life To Be Remembered

Torch Editorial Board, Writers October 23, 2022

Noreen Bush. Superintendent, mentor, friend. A woman who went by many titles and affected the lives of thousands, lost her two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Words cannot...

Gervin poses before heading into the game.

Aiyanna Gervin: History in the Making

Rowan Hesford, Writer October 13, 2022

Football has been a historically male-dominated sport. This school year, sophomore Aiyanna Gervin joined the football team for her first year ever. With a history of flag football under her belt, Gervin...

Sports announcer, Glen Wiebel, watches a Kennedy volleyball game. After filling in for Rich Patterson, he fell in love with the job.

Glen Wiebel: The Voice of Cougar Athletics

Kaitlyn Dolphin, Writer October 5, 2022

In 2015, Kennedy’s Athletics Department’s most recognizable voice began his journey at the Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge games. From there he expanded to some of Kennedy's activities and has since become...

Kline discussing the meaning of the spirit stick at a pep assembly.

Jason Kline: The King of Kennedy

Rowan Hesford, Writer August 12, 2022

Students may never know who principal Jason Kline truly is if they don’t get the chance to sit down with him. Daily, he interacts with students and staff, his cheesy yet passionate demeanor making school...

Student artist Megan Cousins pulls from other media to represent feelings about the internets immediate and captivating nature

Expression Through Art

Lilly Marchbanks, Writer August 10, 2022

During the pandemic, many students turned to art to express themselves when isolated. Self-expression is a crucial part of today's culture and art is a self-expression medium accessible to all students....

Molly Joyner serves the ball over the net at a varsity volleyball game.

Molly Joyner: Finding Success in Many Places

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer June 13, 2022

After an encouraging team huddle, senior Molly Joyner scored her final point as a volleyball player at Kennedy. Joyner was named one of two 2022 Female Athletes of the Year, after being on varsity since...

Dan Carolin (in the middle) and his squad pose in their Hawaiian shirts.

Dan Carolin: Human Connection Through Language

Sam Miranda June 10, 2022

Dan Carolin has taught Japanese for the past three decades, but teaching Japanese to English speakers wasn’t the original way it was going to go, it was the other way around. His original experience...

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