Kennedy Torch

Taking Pride in Expression

Noah Loehr, Sr. at Kennedy High School accepts who he is.

Claire Beaman, Writer

May 16, 2020

As a sophomore in high school, senior Noah Loehr was verbally harassed in the school bathroom by an upperclassman he had never met simply because of what he was wearing.  The situation became known throughout the school after Loehr posted about it on Twitter, leading to a tough part of his sopho...

Kennedy from a Foreign View

Anna Charaeva presents the flag of Georgia. Photo provided by Charaeva.

Anabel Bradley, Writer

March 10, 2020

Foreign exchange students come to Kennedy High School with a variety of backgrounds. The school has hosted up to five foreign exchange students from around the world for many years. Anna Charaeva, jr., came to Kennedy for the 2019-2020 school year. Far from her home in Georgia, a country east of the Black...

A Teacher Who’s Here to Help

Adrian Evans teaching a lesson in AP World History

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer

March 5, 2020

In the current age, students like myself and others deal with anxiety, depression, and the pressures of being perfect. It’s very common that this causes stress and less motivation. But, amid all of the stress, there is one thing we need to realize; We are not alone in our struggles. When educators r...

Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Jackie Garcia attending a pep assembly at Kennedy High School, posing with handfuls of confetti.

Abby Bonat, Writer

June 11, 2019

To the naked eye, Jackie Garcia may seem like an average eighteen-year-old high school student, but behind her tightly curled hair and relaxed demeanor is a girl who has encountered more challenges and overcome more obstacles than most adults.   Garcia is a student at Kennedy High School who moved to Iowa fro...

A Journey of Understanding

Imam Hassan Selim, prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids.

Jack McGrane, Writer

June 10, 2019

Imam Hassan Selim from Cairo, Egypt, is an integral leader of the Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He leads prayers at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and is the vice president of the Inter-religious Council of Linn County. His journey has brought him across the world where he has encountered...

Goodbye, Farewell

Members of the GSA at Kennedy Highschool, whose club was sponsored and supported the club.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

June 4, 2019

As the year comes to a close, the goodbyes are abundant throughout Kennedy High School. As seniors are sent off to college and beyond, many forget the staff and faculty who are retiring after years of working for the district. Beloved Language Arts teacher Cheryl Lindo will be one of the familiar faces...

Justin Peterson: Future US Army Combat Medic

Peterson (bottom front) and other future soldiers at the Rough Riders Ice Arena attending an event for Veterans Day, 2018

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Writer

June 3, 2019

Senior Justin Peterson made the decision to officially enlist in the US Army on October 12, 2018. Although it wasn’t originally apart of his plan, he eventually chose to enlist after realizing the experience would provide him with important skills and help him financially as he furthers his education. ...

Home Grown Stan Lee

Senior Christian Cahalan poses for a senior photo.

May 31, 2019

Getting into All-State would be considered an achievement for students involved in activities such as sports or music. However, was it made known that there was an Art All-State as well? Senior Christian Cahalan, is certainly aware, as he is the only student from Kennedy High School to make it to the...

Track Star From Deutschland

Exchange student Kajsa Gerkens after her races at the Drake meet.

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Writer

May 28, 2019

Junior Kajsa Gerkens is a foreign exchange student who has done something amazing during her visiting school year-- she recently broke the school district record for the 400-meter hurdles. Her time was 66.66 seconds May 9, 2019. The old record was 66.77 second. The hurdles event is where runners have...

Move to Express

Lily Hartney, sr., dancing for her senior photos.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

May 13, 2019

Fifteen years is a long time to be committed to something. In 15 years, Lily Hartney has dedicated her mind, body, and soul to dance, and continues to push herself at dance practices and competitions. To Hartney, dance is almost second nature. It gives her a creative outlet unlike any other, allowing...

Living Out a Lifelong Dream

Olivia Shirm, sr., visited MIT in March of 2018. During this visit, Shirm began dreaming of attending the school.

Anna Reinhart, News Editor

March 25, 2019

Senior Olivia Schirm has had big dreams her whole life. Luckily, her extraordinary math and science skills have allowed her to live out one of her biggest aspirations. Beginning the fall of 2019, Schirm will be enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "The moment we found out that...

Tony Fast

Senior Anthony Klein (Tony Fast) has been writing songs since elementary school, when he wrote his first song 'Roses'.

Anna Reinhart, News Editor

January 11, 2019

Senior Anthony Klein (Tony Fast) has always loved music, from listening to it all the time when he was young to now, having released an album, Tony Fast has grown from a fan to a creator. “I never really thought of making my own music until I got into Pro Era’s music,” Klein said. “And then...

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