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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

Tony Vis watches the basketball game.

Tony Vis: His Love for the Game

Rowan Hesford, Writer November 28, 2022

While Tony Vis may be known as Kennedy’s Government or World History teacher, how many know him as the basketball coach? For almost thirty years, Vis has been a coach and mentor for many.  Growing...

Andy Courtney coaches the girls team during a time out.

The Return of Coach Courtney

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer November 22, 2022

On Feb 2, 2022, head girls’ basketball coach, Andy Courtney, was admitted to St. Luke's ER after experiencing an aortic dissection—a tear on the inner layer of the aorta, the body's main artery. Courtney...

Cheerleaders at state basketball in Des Moines.

Kennedy Cheer Looks for New Team Members

Molly Martin, Managing Editor November 17, 2022

Kennedy cheer is looking for new team members to join the basketball cheer team. Students grades 9-12 are welcome to join the team in a walk-on fashion, there will be no formal tryout. Cheerleaders will...

Junior Maria Trotta swimming the butterfly leg of the 200 Yard Medley Relay at regionals.

Kennedy Places Ninth At Swimming and Diving State Meet

Sonja Woerner, Writer November 12, 2022

On Nov. 12, Kennedy Girls’ Swimming and Diving placed ninth at the state meet with 101 points. Multiple swimmers made it to the podium and the Kennedy Swim Team finished higher than they have in 15 years. Kennedy...

Junior Ellie Hance swims the 100 Yard Backstroke at regionals.

Swimming and Diving Scores in the Preliminaries

Sonja Woerner, Writer November 12, 2022

Girls' state swimming preliminaries finished yesterday, Nov. 11, with Kennedy landing at third overall after diving concluded. Both swimming and diving finished with multiple athletes in high rankings,...

Senior Captain Casey Gannon competes in the 500 Freestyle at Regionals. A race that qualified her for state.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving Splashes Into State

Haile Miller, Writer November 10, 2022

The Kennedy Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team are competing at state on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. This year Kennedy has a total of five individual qualifiers, one additional relay qualifier...

Junior Cyrus Courtney dodges a Hempstead player and makes his way to the end zone.

2022 Football Season Comes to an End

Tori Paga, Writer November 9, 2022

On Friday, Oct. 28, the 2022 football season came to an end. The Cougars played in the first round of the state playoffs against Waukee NW and the night ended with a final score of 0-9, leaving Kennedy...

Freshman Slader Buckheister runs with his teammate, sophmore Reuben Schlaak close behind.

Photos: Boys’ Cross Country Competes at the State Meet

Anabel Bradley, Writer November 4, 2022

Check out the rest of the photos on our flickr linked here.

Josie Bunce practicing her moves with Craig Mallicoat at the open mats.

Women in the World of Wrestling

Rowan Hesford, Writer November 2, 2022

As fall sports come to end, Kennedy welcomes the winter season with the new Women’s Wrestling team. Starting the 22-23 school year, a separate women's team is offered for girls looking to join wrestling. Craig...

Boys Cross Country placed eight at state meet over the weekend.

Boys’ Cross Country Concludes 2022 Season at State

Emma Beachner, writer November 2, 2022

Boys’ Cross Country season came to a close on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the state meet. The 2022 season has brought with it many record breaking runs making this one of the best Kennedy seasons to date.  Cross...

Kennedy Linemen Warm up with the Family block in the foreground.

Photos: Cougars Fall to Waukee NW in A Defense Controlled Game

Molly Martin, Isaac White, and Kiera Zwack November 1, 2022

The 2022 football season has come to an end after a 0-9 loss to Waukee NW on Oct. 28. The Cougars end their season with an overall record of 7-3. They were led by sophomore Vincenzo Gianforte with...

Miles Wilson races to the finish line at Seminole Valley.

Boy’s Cross Country Heads To State After a Record Breaking Season

Emma Beachner, Writer October 28, 2022

Kennedy Boys’ Cross Country is heading to state on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kennedy has five runners in Iowa’s 4A cross country top fifty. Senior Miles Wilson is the eighth runner in the state out of all...

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