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 student news site of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy Torch

2022-2023 Staff

Rowan Hesford
Writer

Rowan Hesford

Hi, I'm Rowan Hesford! I'm a junior at Kennedy, and this is my first year in Torch. I really enjoy writing and hope to learn some photography. In my free time I play the clarinet, listen to music and watch horror movies.

Lexie Waybill
Writer

Lexie Waybill

Hi! My name is Lexie Waybill and I am a junior. I joined Torch freshman year and I’m trying again my junior year. In school, I play tennis and outside of school I write stories and work. 

Kaitlyn Dolphin
Writer

Kaitlyn Dolphin

Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Dolphin, I'm a sophomore and this is my first year in Torch. I enjoy sleeping and playing guitar. 

Joshua Barker
Writer

Joshua Barker

Hello, I'm Joshua Barker, a junior at Kennedy High School and a brand new writer in Torch. I love to play video games, hang out with people and learn about any type of social, political or economic issue. Furthermore, I have a...

Jordan Horne
Writer

Jordan Horne

Hello there! I'm Jordan Horne and I'm a sophomore. This is my first year of Torch and I am a writer. Other than Torch, I am involved with show choir and getting into theater.  Outside of school, I spend most of my time writing...

Writer

Claire Frank

Hi, my name is Claire Frank, I'm a sophomore and this is my second year as a writer in Torch. Outside of Torch, I am involved in Protégé and Varsity Cheerleading. I enjoy watching horror movies and reading in my free time. ...

Emma Beachner
Writer

Emma Beachner

My name is Emma Beachner! I’m a junior and this is my second year of Torch, I'm a writer and photographer. I'm also a part of the Girls' Track and Field team. Outside of school, I enjoy running and reading....

Jasmine Hite
Writer

Jasmine Hite

My name is Jasmine and I am a senior in Torch. I have been writing for Torch since my freshman year but I would like to broaden my horizons this year. I enjoy playing silly video games and annoying my dog, Feliz (Don’t worry, s...

Merideth Langton
Photo Editor

Merideth Langton

Hi, I'm Merideth! I am the senior Photo Editor for the Torch. Outside of photography I also am in Happiness Inc. and golf. You will probably see me on the sidelines or in the audience of Kennedy events with a camera.

Molly Barr
Design

Molly Barr

My name is Molly Barr! I'm a junior and this is my first year of Torch and I'm a designer. I have many hobbies, but outside of school, I spend most of my time at dance practice. I also enjoy drawing and reading....

Kiera Zwack
Photographer

Kiera Zwack

Hi, my name is Kiera Zwack, I'm a sophomore and this is my first year in Torch. I  danced for seven years but stopped after getting a concussion. Other than Torch, I enjoy reading and working. 

Ella Smith
Photographer

Ella Smith

Hi, my name is Ella Smith, I am a sophomore and this is my first year in Torch. I enjoy watching Netflix and procrastination.

Photographer

Tori Paga

My name is Tori, I'm a sophomore in high school and this is my second year in Torch. I'm a part of the academic decathlon and cheer teams here at Kennedy! Outside of school I enjoy reading, and hanging out with my friends and...

Lara Secl
Design

Lara Secl

Hey! I’m Lara Secl, I'm a sophomore at Kennedy High School and a graphic designer for Torch. I’m an artist and I have an ear for music. Outside of Torch I'm part of the drumline, play the flute and build robots. I...

Sonja Woerner
Copy Editor

Sonja Woerner

Hi! My name's Sonja Woerner and I'm a sophomore at Kennedy. I'm on the swim team and participate in theater and show choir tech, I also enjoy reading and writing. This is my second year in Torch and I'm excited to develop my writing...

Design

Cael Cummins

Yo! I'm Cael, I use he/him pronouns. I'm a junior that mainly does digital art for the Torch. While I may not be very active in the classroom, I'm still stoked to be a part of this team!

Alyx Goldensoph
Photographer

Alyx Goldensoph

Hey, I’m Alyx. This is my second year in Torch and I do photography and videography. Outside of class I am a certified plant mom, a black belt in Taekwondo, and musical theater junkie. I have a special place in my heart for...

Jersey Bilyeu
Writer, Photographer

Jersey Bilyeu

Hi, my name is Jersey, I use all pronouns and I'm currently a junior. This is my second year in Torch. Outside of Torch, I'm in marching, jazz, concert and the show choir combo bands. I'm also involved in stage tech.

Ayrianna Sherwood
Design

Ayrianna Sherwood

Hello, I am Ayrianna Sherwood and I'm a senior at Kennedy High School! My position in Torch is in graphic design. When I graduate I hope to get accepted into a good school, major in graphic design and make my momma proud! I like...

Isaac White
Photographer

Isaac White

Hi, my name is Isaac White and I’m a junior right here at Kennedy. I’ll be doing photography and writing this year. I have a passion for capturing sunsets and groutfits. I love doing anything outdoors, specifically backpack...

Molly Martin
Managing Editor

Molly Martin

Hi! My name is Molly Martin and I’m currently a senior here at Kennedy. This is my third year in Torch and my second year as Managing Editor. I do a little bit of everything, but my main job is running our social media accoun...

Anabel Bradley
Editor-in-Chief

Anabel Bradley

Hi! My name is Anabel Bradley and I am a senior at Kennedy. This is my fourth year in Torch and second year as Editor-in-Chief. I run track and cross country for Kennedy. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing and painting. ...