Kennedy Torch

Standing Up Against Social Injustices

Jackie Garcia attending a pep assembly at Kennedy High School, posing with handfuls of confetti.
June 11, 2019

To the naked eye, Jackie Garcia may seem like an average eighteen-year-old high school student, but behind her tightly curled hair and relaxed demeanor is a girl who has encountered more challenges and...

A Journey of Understanding

Imam Hassan Selim, prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids.
June 10, 2019

Imam Hassan Selim from Cairo, Egypt, is an integral leader of the Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He leads prayers at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids and is the vice president of the Inter-religious...

The World is Dying

A Coca-Cola can found outside in the grass from littering.
Yes, you read that right, and no, this is not clickbait. It’s far too true. We have 11 years.
June 7, 2019

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), society has until 2030 to drastically change our way of living when it comes to carbon emissions, or else the damage will be irreversible,...

It’s Payday Cougs

Cassie Lehman sr., making some taco pizza in the snack shack at The Play Station.
June 6, 2019

Although the spring rain doesn't show any signs of stopping, the 2019 school year is almost at an end and summer break will be in full swing. While spending time at the pool with your friends sounds like...

Goodbye, Farewell

Members of the GSA at Kennedy Highschool, whose club was sponsored and supported the club.
June 4, 2019

As the year comes to a close, the goodbyes are abundant throughout Kennedy High School. As seniors are sent off to college and beyond, many forget the staff and faculty who are retiring after years of...

Justin Peterson: Future US Army Combat Medic

Peterson (bottom front) and other future soldiers at the Rough Riders Ice Arena attending an event for Veterans Day, 2018
June 3, 2019

Senior Justin Peterson made the decision to officially enlist in the US Army on October 12, 2018. Although it wasn’t originally apart of his plan, he eventually chose to enlist after realizing the experience...

Kamae Jacobus: The Sister on the Sidelines

Senior Kamae Jacobus smiles as she looks out at the football field.
June 2, 2019

Fall Friday nights consist of cheering on the football team from the stands for most high school students. Yet senior Kamae Jacobus had a different experience with the football team. As football manager,...

Behind the Scenes

Kennedy High School counselor information, available on the Kennedy Homepage.
"There are a lot of things that we do that people don’t realize that we do. We don’t get a lot of thank-you’s, but we do get a lot of feedback.”-Counselor Lori Clore
June 1, 2019

Providing students with academic support, emotional support, behavioral support, and college career readiness, the Kennedy High School counselors are hard at work behind the scenes making sure every student...

Home Grown Stan Lee

Senior Christian Cahalan poses for a senior photo.
May 31, 2019

Getting into All-State would be considered an achievement for students involved in activities such as sports or music. However, was it made known that there was an Art All-State as well? Senior Christian...

Fong’s: Pizza Paradise

Mac and Cheese pizza with bacon and ground beef.
May 30, 2019

Located in downtown Cedar Rapids is a small pizza parlor that makes traditional pizza a little more interesting. Rather than normal toppings of pepperoni or sausage, Fong’s Pizza has many Asian-inspired...

Keeping Busy Over Summer

Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Clinic where Jax Niemuth, sr., did their internship.
May 29, 2019

Summer is coming and internships are starting to open for juniors and seniors. Internships are opportunities for students to go and work for a company over the summer or during the school year if they...

Track Star From Deutschland

Exchange student Kajsa Gerkens after her races at the Drake meet.
Kajsa Gerkens broke the school district record for the 400-meter hurdles
May 28, 2019

Junior Kajsa Gerkens is a foreign exchange student who has done something amazing during her visiting school year-- she recently broke the school district record for the 400-meter hurdles. Her time...

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