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The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

The Student News Source Of Kennedy High School

Kennedy Torch

Senior Jersey Bilyeu plays vibraphone with Kennedy Jazz 1.

Jersey Bilyeu: Making Her Rounds Across Kennedy Fine Arts

Brooklyn Gilchrist, Writer April 4, 2024

Throughout her years at Kennedy, senior Jersey Bilyeu has become one of the most involved people at Kennedy. She started in band and dance until freshman year when she quit dance. "I danced for 11...

Ella Brown pins opponent down.

Ella Brown Returns to State

Bella Frese, Writer April 3, 2024

Junior Ella Brown took fifth place at the IGHSAU (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union) State Championships on February 2, 2024, at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. This was Brown’s second state...

In a neutral position, sophomore Meredith Kaump stands her ground.

Meredith Kaump Stands her Ground Throughout the Season

Emma Rood, Writer February 2, 2024

Sophomore Meredith Kaump never thought to try wrestling until last year when women’s wrestling was deemed a sport for the first time in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. This year, she finds...

Schlakk brings the house down with a two handed slam dunk.

Micah Schlaak: A Killer on the Court

Miya Parker, Writer February 1, 2024

Wearing #15 is senior Micah Schlaak. Schlaak stands at 6’6” with 12.3 point average and making 67% of his shots. Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jon McKowen says he's been watching Schlaak since his...

Junior Athlete of the Week Maren Diederich serves one of her aces.

Kennedy Volleyball Player Maren Diederich Nominated for Des Moines Register Female Athlete of the Week

Maggie Goldberg, Writer August 20, 2023

Junior Maren Diederich has been named the Des Moines Register Female Athlete of the Week for Aug. 20-26. During the first week of fall sports, candidates across Iowa were recognized for their athletic...

Athletic director Aaron Stecker introduces athletes at one of Kennedys signature state send-offs.

Aaron Stecker: Always a Cougar

Kaitlyn Dolphin, Writer June 13, 2023

For 24 years, Kennedy High School has been impacted by the presence of one influential educator; Aaron Stecker. Serving as Kennedy's Athletic Director for 16 years, Stecker has been present at everything...

Senior Charlotte Ottemoeller plays alto saxophone for Kennedy Marching Bands 2022-2023 show, Black Widow.

Senior Charlotte Ottemoeller Takes The Field

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer May 18, 2023

Charlotte Ottemoeller has bounced around the Kennedy Music Department over her four years of high school. After winning three Outstanding Drum Major awards, she was accepted into the 2022 Iowa All-State...

Freshman Adam Gray runs five kilometers for cross country, a race in which he holds the freshman record.

A Kennedy First: Class of 2026 Adam Gray Breaks Two Freshman Records His First Year

Maggie Goldberg, Writer May 9, 2023

To have a record in cross country or track at Kennedy is an impressive feat, especially as a freshman. Adam Gray, class of 2026, has held not only one freshman track record, but two, and nothing is stopping...

Ami Jacobo practicing her choreography during Happiness Inc. rehearsal.

Ami Jacobo: Spreading the Positivity

Madisen Maxa, Writer April 24, 2023

Junior Ami Jacobo can be seen all around the school, spreading their positivity into every activity they participate in, and every piece of art they create. They are involved across the school, becoming...

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