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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

How should Kennedy distribute the funds for its sports?

How Should Kennedy Be Fundraising?

Sarah Martin-Trainor, Writer May 11, 2022

Athletics, fine arts and other extracurriculars all need funding. Each group chooses its own method for raising the money they need. Methods vary from selling chocolate bars to campaigning for donations...

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...

Student Art Showcase

Student Art Showcase

Emma Beachner, Photographer May 10, 2022

Sophomore Addison Swartzendruber runs at track meet.

Addison Swartsendruber Selected as Valley Division Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Molly Martin, Managing Editor May 6, 2022

Sophomore Addison Swartzendruber was selected as the Valley Division Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Swartzendruber won this honor after placing first in the 400 meter dash and sprint medley relay,...

Varsity Girls Soccer Defeats Dubuque Senior 8-1

Varsity Girls’ Soccer Defeats Dubuque Senior 8-1

Tori Paga, Photographer May 6, 2022

Students pose with teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Kennedy Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Claire Frank and Molly Martin May 2, 2022

Teacher Appreciation week begins on Monday, May 2 and will conclude Friday May 6. Teacher Appreciation Week became a national holiday in 1944 as a way to honor and thank educators all over the nation....

Many Kennedy juniors are taking the ACT to prepare for college admissions.

How to Access ACT Scores

Nolyn Melsha, Writer May 2, 2022

The ACT is a college admissions exam that measures high school academic content to determine a student’s readiness for college. Kennedy’s juniors took the ACT on March 29, 2022.  On Jan. 11, 2022...

Miles Wilson sprints to the finish line in a cross country race.

Miles Wilson Breaks Yet Another Kennedy Track and Field Record

Lizzy Hawkes, Writer April 29, 2022

Miles Wilson broke yet another Kennedy Boys' Track and Field record at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. Just five days ago, his record time for the 3,200 meter run was 9:25. On Thursday, he smashed this...

Grace Braden Competing Hurdles

Kennedy Athletes Head to Drake Relays

Sonja Woerner, Writer April 28, 2022

The Drake Relays, one of the most prestigious track and field events in the nation, are on April 28, 29 and 30. Kennedy has 21 athletes competing in an array of events. Qualifiers and their times are listed...

Teachers brought their own decorations to set up in the spaces.

Teacher Spaces Promote Community

Emma Beachner, Writer April 28, 2022

Teachers' common spaces have been implemented at Kennedy after the recent removal of teachers' appliances. The school district removed these appliances in an attempt to conserve energy.  Fridges, microwaves...

Kennedy Horseshoe Becomes Dangerous

Kennedy Horseshoe Becomes Dangerous

Sonja Woerner, Writer April 26, 2022

  On Friday, April 22, Kennedy’s horseshoe flooded. The standing water caused people to have issues with breaking and hydroplaning, making accidents much more likely. It’s creating a dangerous...

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