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

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. ...

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...

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 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...

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.

Writer, Photographer

Madisen Maxa

Hey! I’m Madisen Maxa. I’m a senior at Kennedy High School. My goal is to write and photograph for Torch this semester. I participate in the theater department at Kennedy and do Happiness tech crew. I love to hang out with c...

Writer, Photographer

Haile Miller

Hi! My name’s Haile Miller and I'm a sophomore at Kennedy. This is my first year in Torch. Outside of Torch, I'm also involved in various activities, including swimming and theater. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with ...

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...

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....

Sam Bloomquist
Writer

Sam Bloomquist

Hi! My name’s Sam Bloomquist and I’m a freshman at Kennedy. This is my first year in Torch and I'm also involved in Protégé show choir, swimming and tennis. Outside of school, I like playing pickleball and hanging out with...

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. 

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. ...

Maggie Goldberg
Writer

Maggie Goldberg

Hi, I’m Maggie Goldberg, a sophomore and first-year writer for Torch! When I’m not taking notes, I play volleyball, for both school and club and do Xcel Diamond gymnastics. My passion is seeking new ways to express myself, whe...

Rowan Hesford
Writer

Rowan Hesford

Hi, I’m Rowan! I’m a junior and this is my first year as a writer for Torch. I’m involved with Mentors in Violence Prevention and also run Cross Country. In my free time, I play clarinet and co-teach preschoolers at Truman...

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...

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 theater.  Outside of school, I spend most of my time writing, hanging out...

Samuella Kasha
Writer

Samuella Kasha

Hi, my name is Samuella Kasha. I’m a sophomore at Kennedy and this is my first year in Torch. At Kennedy, I play basketball and run track. Outside of Torch, I like to read, listen to music and take midday naps. ...

Writer

Delaney Mann

Hi, I'm Delaney Mann. I'm a sophomore and this is my first year in Torch. Outside of writing I like reading and watching Formula 1. ...

Photographer

Larissa Sherwood

Hello! My name is Larissa Sherwood and I’m a freshman at Kennedy. This will be my first year in Torch, I’m interested in videography and photography. Outside of school, I spend most of my time watching Netflix, sleeping, or ...

Kiera Zwack
Photographer

Kiera Zwack

Hi, my name is Kiera Zwack! I'm a sophomore, this is my first year in Torch and I do photography. I love being able to capture moments that happen in time. I live off coffee, books and dressing up is my specialty. ...

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.

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 Barr
Designer

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....

Designer

Louise Morand

Hi! I’m Louise Morand and I'm a freshman. I enjoy drawing and baking, along with dance class. Even though I stopped taekwondo a couple of years ago, I now work at the studio. Next year I'm doing marching band as a percussionis...

Lara Secl
Designer

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...

Ayrianna Sherwood
Designer

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...

Ella Berry
Videographer

Ella Berry

Hi! My name is Ella Berry and I am a freshman at Kennedy. This is my first year in Torch and I am interested in photography and videography. I am a dog mom so I love spending time with her and my other animals. I spend a lot of...

Alyx Goldensoph
Videographer

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...

Videographer and Writer

Emma Rood

Hi! My name is Emma Rood and I’m a freshman at Kennedy. This is my first year in Torch as a writer and videographer. Outside of school, I spend most of my time at my dance studio but besides that, I love to spend time with my fr...

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