Kennedy Torch

2020-2021 Staff

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Natalie Ruggeri

Hey, the name's Natalie Ruggeri and I'm a freshman in my first year of Torch. I enjoy reading and fiction writing, so a lot of what I write would be reviews. So far, I have plans to major in business or to be a forensic nurse....

Lizzy Hawkes
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Lizzy Hawkes

I'm Lizzy Hawkes and I am a freshman; I have been a photographer on the torch for a few months. I enjoy capturing moments that would not have otherwise been seen. I am involved in show choir and volleyball at school. Outside of...

Noah Hargrafen
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Noah Hargrafen

Hi, my names Noah Hargrafen, and I am a junior here at Kennedy, and this is my first semester on the torch. Some things I enjoy doing are watching sports, listening to music (collecting vinyls too), and showchoir.

James Belding
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James Belding

I'm James Belding and I enjoy reading and history. This is my first semester writing for Torch. Writing for Torch is a wonderful new experience for me and the ability to write for Torch is part of why I love Kennedy. Go Cougs!

Neenah Alyassiri
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Neenah Alyassiri

Hello! My name is Neenah Alyassiri, I am a Freshman here at Kennedy. I play volleyball for Kennedy and for club. While I am a writer I also take pictures for Torch occasionally. I enjoy reading the most in my free time, but you...

Grace Niemuth
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Grace Niemuth

Hello! My name is Grace, I’m a Senior at Kennedy, and this is my first year writing for Torch. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, thrifting, and playing with my cats. I play on the girls tennis team at Kennedy. In the future...

Dylan Sines
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Dylan Sines

What up, I'm Dylan Sines, I'm a senior at Kennedy High School, and this is my first year officially writing for Torch. You can find me all across the school, but your best bet is wherever the music is. I play bass and tuba across...

Jasmine Hite
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Jasmine Hite

My name is Jasmine Hite and I am a sophomore at Kennedy. I enjoy reading, writing articles for Torch and show choir. My favorite place to go over the summer is to the Mall of America with my family. I have 8 pets, and many siblings....

Anabel Bradley
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Anabel Bradley

Hi! My name is Anabel Bradley and I am a sophomore at Kennedy High School. This is my second semester in Torch. I run track and cross country for Kennedy. In my freetime I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love jamming ou...

Joel Dillman
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Joel Dillman

Hello! I’m Joel Dillman. I’m in junior year, and this is my second year on the Torch team. I write articles, but I also enjoy reading, playing games, and messing with technology. I have two brothers, one of whom is a fres...

Maggie Talbott-Malone
Writer

Maggie Talbott-Malone

Hi, My name is Maggie Talbott-Malone and this is my second year writing for Torch. I am currently a senior at Kennedy. I really enjoy reading, writing, and art. I plan to pursue a career in interior design. I also have a love for ...

Claire Beaman
Writer

Claire Beaman

I'm Claire Beaman and I'm a senior writing for the Torch. This is my third and final year in Torch, and I'll make sure it will be a good one! While following safety guidelines, I will continue to interview those in our community...

Molly Martin
Photographer

Molly Martin

Hey everyone, my name is Molly Martin and I’m currently a sophomore here at Kennedy. Besides Torch I’m involved in speech, show choir, and some theatre stuff too! Outside of school you can probably find me with friends, somewhere...

Samuel Miranda

Samuel Miranda

Hi! I'm Sam, I'm a Junior and this is becoming my third year on the Torch staff. I enjoy finding out more about people and what interests them, I'm also interested in doing more video-oriented things in the future. From wanting...

Merideth Langton
Photographer

Merideth Langton

Hi, my name is Merideth Langton, I am a sophomore at Kennedy, and this is my first year with the Torch. I love playing basketball and golf, and I am on the robotics team. I enjoy going to football, volleyball, and basketball games...

Kaylia Richards
Photographer and Writer

Kaylia Richards

My name is Kaylia Richards. I am currently a sophomore at kennedy high school. I take pictures for kennedy torch and write the occasional article. This is my 4th semester in torch. Outside of school I am ethier painting, running, ...

Elise Hrabik
Photographer and Writer

Elise Hrabik

I'm Elise Hrabik and I'm a senior at Kennedy. I've been playing the flute for seven years and I'm currently in the marching band and wind symphony. I love exploring the outdoors and finding beauty in the world around me. Th...

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer
Editor-in-Chief

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer

Hi, I'm Olivia Riley-Schmelzer and I am a senior at Kennedy High School. This is my fifth semester being apart of  Torch and my fourth semester as the co-editor-in-chief. I am currently working as a barista at the Barnes and...

Alyssa Friedley
Writer, Social Media

Alyssa Friedley

Hi! I’m Alyssa Friedley and this is my senior year at KHS. I am the second oldest of five brothers and have four pets. Some things I enjoy include animals, science, reading, and writing. During the summer I enjoy vacationing...

Jami Martin-Trainor
Editor-in-Chief

Jami Martin-Trainor

Hi! I'm Jami Martin-Trainor, I'm a senior at Kennedy, and this is my second year as Editor-in-Chief of the Torch. I dance on the Kennedy Varsity Dance Team and have been dancing at Cherie's Dance Studio for 14 years. My favorite...

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