Kennedy Torch

“Heathers” The Musical: Preview

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz, Feature Editor

September 9, 2017

Kennedy High school's fall musical, “Heathers” premieres on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in Kennedy's black box. The other dates for viewing the musical are Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sept. 21 through Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., also in the black box. “’Heathers’ is like "Mean Girls" with lots of murder,”...

Houston Flood Incomparable to Cedar Rapids

The flood on Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas.

Anna Reinhart, Opinion Editor

September 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has caused devastating flooding to Texas and Louisiana. It seems comparable to the Cedar Rapids flood of 2016, or 2008. However the size and damage to the flood further south is beyond what we have seen in Cedar Rapids. In the Texas and Louisiana area, 51.88 inches of rain have fallen....

Being an Exchange Student at Kennedy High School

Becoming a member of the Kennedy Drama Department's Technical Crew is one of several awesome experiences for a foreign exchange student.

Joyline Goeb, Writer

June 1, 2017

Being an exchange student is so much fun, especially being one at Kennedy High School. It’s my first year at a high school -- where I come from, we don’t have high schools (there's a different kind of education system in place). When I set my first step into Kennedy High, I was just thi...

Moving On: Pat Grady

Pat Grady hanging out during Smart Time while students play ping pong in his room. Photo by Anna Reinhart.

Jake Corkery, Sports Editor

May 22, 2017

After 17 years at Kennedy, Econ teacher Pat Grady will be retiring. "We are losing a great one," history teacher, Brian White said. "He is without a doubt the best AP Econ teacher in Iowa. He is a icon of the school and will be missed." "Mr. Grady boosted enrollment in AP Econ and improved many studen...

New freshman program helps students “Gear Up”

2020 Gear Up classroom

Claire Fluent, Writer

April 24, 2017

The class of 2020 has some advantages around Kennedy High School, though most freshmen aren’t yet aware of  Gear Up program. Otherwise known as Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program to help students become ready for college and future careers...

College commitments

Sydney Kinney signing the national letter of intent to play softball at Coe College next year

Madeline Jamrok, Photo Editor

February 16, 2017

The graduating class of 2017 holds many student athletes who have committed to play a sport in college next year. “I committed to play softball at Coe College and look forward to start practicing with the team in the fall,” Sydney Kinney, sr., said. Choosing the right college can be hard s...

Music impacts the life of Abby Hill

Darby Herridge, Writer

March 10, 2016

From singing the song Part of Your World when she was four years old to singing in the Camerata Choir at the University of Iowa, music has impacted Abby Hill’s life in so many ways. On Feb. 19, 2001, at the age of four, Hill was diagnosed with Leukemia. “I was pretty little and didn’t know all...

Debate is Off to Nationals

Katie Beer, Writer

March 10, 2016

The 2015-2016 Kennedy Debate Team will send three students to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City: Afnan Elsheikh, Elizabeth Jasper and Andrea Hayes. The competition will be held from June 12 through June 17. Elsheikh will compete in World Schools Debate, Jasper wi...

FBI vs. Apple Legal Clash Continues

FBI vs. Apple Legal Clash Continues

Nathan Sheeley, Writer

March 8, 2016

Recently, there have been debates swirling surrounding whether or not Apple inc. should be forced to unlock an iPhone owned sand operated by one of the perpetrators in the San Bernardino massacre in December. However, last week, a milestone decision came from a lower New York court, in which a judge...

New schedule going into effect next year

New schedule going into effect next year

Madeline Jamrok and Jake Corkery

March 8, 2016

For the 2016-2017 school year the Cedar Rapids Community School District is changing the school day schedule. The main changes include an added 20 minutes to the school day which allows for seven class periods, and early dismissal Fridays at 1:30. Another transition in the schedule is aligning the first, seco...

More Recognition

More Recognition

Olivia Haefner, Writer

February 12, 2016

Students have received awards recently for going above and beyond. The AP scholar assembly last month was one way of recognizing these types students. Recognition for making it on the honor role was recently released as well. Although Kennedy does give out numerous awards some students at Kennedy...

Cutting Our Future

Cutting Our Future

Nathan Sheeley, Writer

February 11, 2016

$2 million. That is the price that the state of Iowa has put on the future of thousands of children being educated through the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Our own governor has proposed a deal that would cut the NECESSARY funding needed to MAINTAIN the condition and educational qualities of...

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