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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

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...

Brian Stubblefield shows off one of the hand-made electric cars in Barry Wilson’s classroom.

Speeding Through Senior Year

Jasmine Hite, Writer June 8, 2022

Senior Brian Stubblefield was introduced into the world of Electric Car months before his high school career. Stubblefield’s interest set in during open house in eighth grade. His scouting friend suggested...

Wilsee Kollie shares her art created to honor the volume of Black hair.

Representing With the Rainbow

Anabel Bradley, Writer June 1, 2022

The scratch of a colored pencil and the soft swish of paint fill the room as senior Wilsee Kollie begins a new art piece. Her palette is the rainbow. As she works, the colors come together to display...

Miles Wilson runs at track meet.

Miles Wilson: Running His Way into the Record Book

Noah Hargrafen, Writer May 26, 2022

In his junior year, Miles Wilson medaled in the 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run at state track this past weekend, and finished in the top 20 of all 4A runners at cross country state in the fall. Breaking...

Don Dixson stands surrounded by his art. From left to right: Dancin Iris, No Rhythm and Glory to Ukraine.

Don Dixson: Sewing Seeds

Joel Dillman, Writer May 25, 2022

Don Dixson takes his mind and emotions out of the equation when making art. He gives full control over to his eyes, which guide the colors, patterns and layout of his pieced textile. Usually, the result...

Ellie Wilkes works behind the scenes of Kennedys 2022 production of Matilda.

The Whirlwind Life of Boring Ellie

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer May 23, 2022

“I’m a very boring person. My email is ‘Boring Ellie,’” said senior Ellie Wilkes. On the contrary, the stories Wilkes had to share suggest the opposite. She’s done everything from theater...

Ashlynn Williams uses art as a creative outlook in her life.

A Colorful View

Jasmine Hite, Writer May 10, 2022

Art is not a required class, but for some it's more than necessary. Senior Ashlynn Williams has been a part of the art program for seven out of her eight semesters at Kennedy. “Sadly that made...

Sanford enjoys caring for bearded dragons and other types of reptiles.

Dragons Help the Helper

Rowan Hesford, Writer March 7, 2022

Breanna Sanford is a sophomore at Kennedy with a passion for herpetology, a branch of zoology which handles reptiles and amphibians. Sanford saves bearded dragons, and it turns out they saved her too. “Lizards...

Kenzie Reed, number one dribbles the ball down the court.

Kenzie Reed: The Person Behind the Jersey

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer March 2, 2022

With the roar of the student section cheering him on, junior Kenzie Reed continues to impress. He was named both All-Metro and All-Conference Player of The Year, leading class 4A in returning assists,...

Junior Lucas Dolphin was nominated for athlete of the week in 2021 and 2022.

Lucas Dolphin: 300 to Spare

James Belding, Writer February 16, 2022

After chasing a perfect game of 300 since 7th grade, Kennedy junior Lucas Dolphin has achieved his goal, not once but twice. Dolphin is making his third year on the Kennedy bowling team one to remember. Dolphin...

Ethan Head gets ready to perform in Macys Great American Marching Band

Senior Ethan Head Marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer, Photographer December 8, 2021

On Thanksgiving Day, 10 marching bands performed in a national Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In Macy's Great American Marching Band, Kennedy senior Ethan Head could be seen playing bass for the drumline. Head...

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