Kennedy Torch


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...

Music and Games at the Kennedy Band Carnival

The Kennedy marching band entering before a football game last season.

Arya Forbes, Writer

March 6, 2020

On Fri, March 6, Kennedy High School is hosting its annual Band Carnaval. The event is taking place to support the Kennedy band program.  There is a 5 fee for unlimited game wristbands. There will be snacks, bingo, henna tattoos, prizes, and buttons. Lilly Xayasouk, fr., plays the alto saxophone ...

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...

Torch Talks – Closing Out the Show Choir Season

Noah Hargrafen, Hannah Retz, Morgan Mahoney and Jasmine Hite sit about the recording table.

Joel Dillman and Samuel Miranda

March 5, 2020

  This episode, we talk about the end of show choir season. The host of this episode is Jasmine Hite. She’s joined by Noah Hargrafen from Happiness and Hannah Retz and Morgan Mahoney from Protégé. They talk about their show choirs’ competitions, choreography and cancellations. Liste...

Show Choir In the Spotlight

Chanteurs performing

Jasmine Hite, Writer

March 4, 2020

Show choir allows students to express themselves through song and dance. It is also beneficial by letting students get out of their comfort zone. Students create memories with their friends, and team mates during the season. Kennedy High school’s three show choirs, including Happiness INC., Protégé...

Calling All Artists: The Plain Brown Wrapper

Photo of last year's copy of the Plain Brown Wrapper.

Adam Sullivan, Writer

March 3, 2020

The Plain Brown Wrapper, or the PBW, is an editorial board of students receiving different types of arts, including poetry, non-fiction, and artwork. Members compile it all together into one magazine for Kennedy.  This year, the PBW has a new advisor, Elizebeth Nelson. “Being the advisor for t...

A Splash of Color

The women's bathroom stall near the gym, prior to being painted.

Jasmine Hite, writer

March 2, 2020

During high school, students are trying to come up with exciting and large ideas to figure out how they want to be remembered.  Zelda Siegel, jr., hopes to leave Kennedy a little more beautiful before she graduates. Siegel plans on working with other students who like to dive into their artistic si...

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library Job Fair

The Job fair will take place on Saturday, feb. 29 at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library. Photo provided by ArchDaily

Jackson Berry, Writer

February 28, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library is hosting a Job Fair on February 29th at 10:00 A.M., with the purpose of helping teens and high schoolers find jobs.  Finding jobs as a teenager can be a tough thing to do. But, it may get a little bit easier with the Job Fair. Teenagers, job seekers and ...

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