2017-2018 Staff

Mady Kircher

News Editor

Hi, my name is Madylin Kircher. This is my second year in Torch, however this is my first year as news editor. One of the greatest things about the program is that you get to familiarize yourself with a variety of different people's...

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Irma Dizdarevic


My name is Irma Dizdarevic and I'm a sophomore here at Kennedy High School. This is my first year in the Torch and I love it. I joined the Torch because writing is one of my favorite hobbies and journalism sounded as though it...

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Hannah Ratzer


Hi, I’m Hannah Ratzer and this is my first year working on the Torch. I contributed to last year’s publications and I’m excited to now be on the staff as a writer. I am a senior at Kennedy and enjoy reading, running, and...

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Olivia Haefner

Co Editor-in-Chief

Hi my name is Olivia Haefner I'm a junior and this is my third year being in the Torch family. Freshman year I started out as a writer who had never written or experienced journalism. I initially joined Torch because of my love...

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Rebecca Greene


This year I am a sophomore and a writer for Torch. This is also my first year on staff. I am a swimmer for Kennedy Women Swimming and Diving, and I also do Key Club. In my free time I like to read books such as the Harry Pot...

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Alaina Beaman


I am a senior at Kennedy. I’ve just joined the Torch this year so I can experience the media field before I choose a career to pursue in college. I’m currently taking AP Chinese and it’s my favorite subject because I lo...

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Lizzy Dennis

Sports Editor

I am a sophomore and this is my second year in Torch. This year I am the sports editor and a writer. I have one older brother who is a freshman at the University of Iowa. I also have a Maltipoo named Gilly. Some of my hobbies...

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Jamison Prull


My name is Jamison Prull and I'm a senior at Kennedy High School. In my years here, I've been a part of student government, the yearbook staff, and the women's basketball team. In the spring, I will throw discus for the Kennedy...

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Mary Shaine Devaras


My name is Mary Shaine Devaras. I am a junior and this is my first year as a Torch staff member. I joined the Torch because I love writing and editing. My favorite sports are basketball and volleyball. In my free time, I like...

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Sophia Jasper


My name is Sophia Jasper and I am a sophomore! This is my first year participating in Torch, and I look forward to progressing as I write for the website and magazine. I have been playing the piano for almost five years, and now...

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Anafer Millsap

Photo Editor

Hello, my name is Anafer Millsap, I am a junior at Kennedy High School. I am honored to be the Photo Editor this year. This is my second year in Torch. I started out with intro to media my freshman year, I had a very good time...

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Olivia Bowden


My name is Olivia Bowden, I am a sophomore and this is my first year as a writer for the Torch. I have three younger siblings and a dog named Max. I decided to try Torch because I heard so many positive things about it and I...

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Anna Reinhart

Opinion Editor

My name is Anna Reinhart and I am a junior in high school. This is my third year in the journalism program at Kennedy and my second year in Torch. I spend most of my time playing piano or hanging out with friends and family. I...

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Leeanne Mehring-Cruz

Feature Editor

I am a senior, and I am the Feature Editor for the magazine. Being a part of Torch has made me more confident while talking to strangers and I got to know a lot of interesting people more. Writing and painting are hobbies of mine....

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Darby Herridge

Profile Editor

My name is Darby Herridge and I am a junior here at Kennedy. This is my second year on Torch and I can't wait to be the Profile Editor. Outside of school I work and babysit. I also love to go thirft shopping, snuggle with my dog...

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Claire Fluent

Arts and Culture Editor

My name is Claire Fluent, I'm a sophomore and this is my second year being a part of the Torch family. Last year I was a writer and this year I picked up a role as the Opinion Editor. I have an older sister who is a sophomore...

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Tyler Blattner

Sports Editor

My name is Tyler Blattner, I am a junior at Kennedy High school and I am the Sports Editor for the Torch. I have been involved with journalism my whole high school career but this is only my second year on the Torch. I enjoy writing...

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Jenna Anderson

Co Editor-in-Chief

My name is Jenna Anderson, I am a junior and this is my third year in Torch. I have an older sister who goes to the University of Iowa, who encouraged me to be a part of journalism at Kennedy. I play both school and club volleyball,...

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