Kennedy Torch

A Generation With Open Arms

Elise Kim, so. and Grace Ntanyungy, so. supporting each other.

Lindsey Matus, Writer

May 27, 2020

Generation-Z is making a change for the better when it comes to inclusivity. Those who are included in this generation are more accepting than those that have come before.  Inclusivity doesn’t pertain to only a certain amount of Gen-Z kids, it applies to the majority. This generation is vas...

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...

Life Built Around 360

An inside peek on the life360 app. Edited by Ashton Nanke

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer, Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2020

A technology driven society has shaped the lives and behaviors of Gen Z, as well as the lives and behaviors of their parents.  The method of parenting and the way we stay connected has shifted from ‘be home before dark’ to ‘make sure your location is turned on at all times.’ Patrick Cory, ...

COVID-19 Keeps CRCSD Closed Through April

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced an extension to the school closures due to COVID-19.

Joel Dillman, Writer

April 2, 2020

On Thursday, April 2, the Cedar Rapids Community School district announced the extended closure of all school facilities within the district through April 30. CRCSD schools were previously closed until April 13, but that date was extended following Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ press conference, in whic...

Virtual Pep Assembly

The class of 2021 at the Winter Pep Assembly who emerged victorious. Which will win this year's virtual pep rally?

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 has turned the 2019-2020 school year on its head. With WPA canceled and prom looking unlikely, many students feel as if their school year was stolen. After school had been canceled for four weeks, The Cougars brainstormed a way to show spirit while still practicing social distancing. This ye...

CRCSD Offers Aid in this Time of Need

Cougar Pantry, the resource that Kennedy offered to students who needed or wanted  food to take home.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Community school district made the decision to shut down schools for four weeks to combat the Coronavirus that continues to spread globally. Seniors are wondering what will become of their final year of high school, asking if there is still going to be prom and if spring sports are b...

The Final Show of the Year

Josh Young, sr., sings his solo with sorrow, as he changes the words to explain his feelings on leaving show choir.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 17, 2020

The Going Out Concert was an emotional event for the Kennedy High School community, as the seniors of Happiness put on their final performance of their high school careers. Tears were seen throughout the audience as the group danced and sang their hearts out. While performing their ballad, Josh ...


Photo of the COVID-19 Coronavirus provided by the National Park Service.

Joel Dillman, Writer

March 16, 2020

On Sunday, March 15, the Cedar Rapids Community School District announced it would close its schools for four weeks due to COVID-19, or coronavirus. The district is following the recommendation from Iowa’s Gov. Kim Reynolds to close all schools in the state for four weeks. This is an attempt to stop...

Stuck in CR for Spring Break?

Downtown Cedar Rapids during the daytime.

Zaidin Boehmke, Writer

March 13, 2020

For all of us stuck at home this spring break, what is there to do in Cedar Rapids?  Those interested in classic arcade games should hop on down to the Quarter Barrel, which features original, authentic arcade games. This, along with signature pizzas, can be a great way to start spring break. Ma...

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...

Embracing Culture with Dragon Dance

Dragon Dance team practice before the Academic awards assembly.

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes, Advertisement Manager

March 10, 2020

At Kennedy High School there is a little-known club called “Dragon Dance”. Dragon dance is one of the ways Chinese culture celebrates different holidays, like Chinese new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the beginning of the new year in the Chinese calendar.  “This was something that came with the job...

Inclusivity at Kennedy High School

The red sticky notes that line the Kennedy hallways as a part of Inclusion Week.

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 9, 2020

With over 1800 students at Kennedy Highschool, it can be hard to feel included or respected. Kinder Kennedy and Best Buddies put together Kennedy’s Inclusion Week to bring students together, attempting to counteract this problem.  Mary Gibney is an inspiration for all. She helped put together t...

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