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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

The 11 first team all Mississippi Valley Conference players: seniors Alex Koch (Linebacker), Mitchell Schares (Defensive Back), Jeron Senters (Defensive Back), Carson Blietz (Quarterback), Ethan Mills (Offensive Line), Brenden Linde (Tight End), and Colin Flannagan (Running Back), as well as juniors Jazan Williams (Running Back), Ryker Stelling (Linebacker), Michael Mulheren (Linebacker) and Andrew Meyers (Defensive Lineman).

Kennedy 2021 Football Season Comes to a Close

Noah Hargrafen, Writer November 19, 2021

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2021 season was put to an unsavory end at the hands of the Iowa City High Little Hawks 32-13 on Friday, Nov. 2. The loss was spurred on by running back Darren Richardson’s 227...

Kennedy Dance Team Competes Again

Kennedy Dance Team Competes Again

Nolyn Melsha, Writer November 3, 2021

The Kennedy varsity dance team competed in Iowa City this past weekend in the Iowa Spirit Spectacular. The dance team has not competed since 2019 due to COVID-19.  After more training and trusting...

#22 Alex Koch is lifted by #64 Ethan Mills in celebration of his touchdown.

Kennedy Cougars Advance to Quarter Final Playoffs

Molly Martin, Photographer/Writer November 1, 2021

Kennedy’s varsity football team advanced to the quarter finals of the playoffs after a 23-9 win over Dubuque Senior last Friday, Oct. 29. They will face #7 ranked from Iowa City High this Friday, Nov....

The Kennedy Cougars have yet to lose a game in the 2021 season.

Kennedy Cougars Head Into Playoffs Undefeated

Noah Hargrafen, Writer October 29, 2021

For the first time since 2015, when they were led by current Denver Broncos tight end Shaun Beyer, the Kennedy Cougars have finished the regular season undefeated. The regular season ended after a 33-25...

Winter Sports Are About to Begin

Winter Sports Are About to Begin

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer October 28, 2021

As fall sports come to an end, the 2021-2022 winter sports’ seasons are just around the corner.  Mens' swimming with Coach Shawn Thomsen,  girls' basketball with Coach Andy Courtney, and bowling...

Miles Wilson looks to pass Dubuque Hempstead with Henry McMahan close behind.

Miles Wilson Breaks Cross Country School Record

Nolyn Melsha, Writer October 27, 2021

As the varsity boys are running towards the end of the cross country season, Miles Wilson is a step ahead of the rest. The Cougar Cross Country team has had a season of strong finishes including a first...

Kennedy Volleyball Advances to Regional Finals

Kennedy Volleyball Advances to Regional Finals

Neenah Alyassiri, Writer October 22, 2021

The Kennedy varsity volleyball team had their regional semi finals Oct. 21. The team swept Marshalltown 3-0 to continue onto the finals. The Cougars won the first set with 25-10. Followed by the Cougars...

Oct. 15s match is the last Kennedy varsity football game at Kingston Stadium.

Undefeated Kennedy Cougars To Face the Johnston Dragons

Isaac White, Writer October 15, 2021

Kennedy’s undefeated varsity football team will face the Johnston Dragons Friday, Oct. 15. The Dragons are ranked #19 in 5A and currently have a 3-4 win-loss ratio. This will be the last home game...

Senior Simeon Jauhiainen prepares himself.

Kennedy Boys Varsity Golf Reflects on the Season So Far

Jersey Bilyeu, Writer October 12, 2021

Over the summer, the boys on the Kennedy Varsity Golf team trained long hours and competed in various tournaments over the summer, and it has been effective in their 2021 season. “The kids have played...

Freshman Lily Adams practices her relay before this weekends meet.

Lilly Adams: Swimming Her Way to the Top

Sonja Woerner, Writer October 8, 2021

Kennedy swimmer, Lily Adams, began a journey that would shape her future at five years old. She started swimming. She joined the Black Hawk Area Swim Team (BLAST) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Adams worked with...

Sophomore Reid Hall putts while on a Ellis Golf Course green.

Kennedy Athlete Up for KCRG Athlete of the Week

Molly Martin and Lizzy Hawkes September 29, 2021

Kennedy golfer, sophomore Reid Hall, is up for KCRG Athlete of the Week. Hall averages 36.20 on 9 holes, and 72.71 on 18 holes.  The men's golf team is currently ranked number one in the Mississippi...

The Kennedy Football team lines up along the edge of the field before warmups.

Kennedy Football Team Ranked #1 in the State

Noah Hargrafen, Writer September 23, 2021

The Kennedy Cougar football team has had a historic start to their 2021 season. Through their first three games, they have outscored opponents 103-34, led by a suffocating defense, which has 9 sacks, 41.5...

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