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

2021-2022 Staff

Isaac White
Writer

Isaac White

Isaac White likes playing video games and enjoys talking with his friends. His hobbies include beekeeping, indoor skydiving, and biking. He aspires to be a real estate agent.

Nolyn Melsha
Writer

Nolyn Melsha

My name is Nolyn, I'm a junior and this is my first year of torch. I have done show choir. I enjoy being with my family and going on vacation.

Ahmed Elsheikh
Writer

Ahmed Elsheikh

Hello! My name is Ahmed Elsheikh. I'm a sophomore in my first year in torch. I enjoy speech, music and avoiding writing assignments.

Abby Bunker
Writer

Abby Bunker

Heyo, I’m Abby, I’m 15, and a sophomore. I sing a lot inside and outside of school. 

Skyler Bickford
Writer

Skyler Bickford

My name is Skyler Bickford. I'm a sophomore and this is my first year doing Torch. I enjoy bass fishing and playing guitar.

Emma Alcorn
Writer

Emma Alcorn

Emma plays volleyball for Kennedy gold, reading and writing. She is a freshman at Kennedy High School. This is her first year of torch and she is quite excited. She is most excited about video editing and photography. ...

Lizzy Hawkes
Writer

Lizzy Hawkes

Hi I’m Lizzy Hawkes and this is my second year in Torch. Outside of Torch I am involved in cheerleading, show choir, and I enjoy snorkeling. 

Noah Hargrafen
Writer

Noah Hargrafen

Hi, my name is Noah Hargrafen, and I am a senior at Kennedy High School. Though the torch is the only activity I am currently involved in, during my time at Kennedy High School, I have been involved in Wrestling, Debate, Show Choi...

James Belding
Writer

James Belding

James Belding is a senior who enjoys reading and history. Torch is a key part of what makes Kennedy such a wonderful place. Go Cougs!

Neenah Al-Yassiri
Writer

Neenah Al-Yassiri

My name is Neenah Al-Yassiri. I am a sophomore, this is my second year in torch. I play volleyball, basketball, and I run track. I love traveling and exploring new places.

Jasmine Hite
Writer

Jasmine Hite

Jasmine Hite is a junior at Kennedy and this year will be her 4th semester of Torch. She decided to take Torch because she wished for a challenge and Tolly granted that wish. Jasmine is excited to see what this year brings....

Anabel Bradley
Writer

Anabel Bradley

Hi! My name is Anabel Bradley and I am a junior at Kennedy High School. This is my third year in Torch. I run track and cross country for Kennedy. In my freetime I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love jamming out to music and...

Joel Dillman
Writer

Joel Dillman

Hello! I’m Joel Dillman. I’m in senior year, and this is my third year on the Torch team. I'm glad school finally returned to a semi-normal state with everyone in class together. The future looks bright!...

Alyx Goldensoph
Photographer

Alyx Goldensoph

What’s up, I’m Alyx. I’m a sophomore and I am a photographer and writer. I do show choir, taekwondo, I have an addiction to peanut butter, and I can’t spell at all. I love the aesthetic of Nightmare Before Christmas but...

Jersey Bilyeu
Photographer

Jersey Bilyeu

Hey everyone! I'm Jersey Bilyeu and currently a sophomore at Kennedy. Outside of Torch I'm in the Kennedy marching band! In my free time I like to paint, draw and listen to music. I'm very excited for my first year in Torch.

Ayrianna Sherwood
Design

Ayrianna Sherwood

Hello, I'm Ayrianna Sherwood. I am in my junior year of highschool, i discovered my interest in designing after i failed Mr.Tolly’s intro to media. According to the torch I'm pretty good at it, so I've decided I will make thi...

Owen Tegeler
Video Producer

Owen Tegeler

Hey, my name is Owen. I'm a sophomore and this is my first year of torch. I hate writing and I spent way too much money on an electric skateboard but dang it was worth every penny.

Bella Sawyer
Video Producer

Bella Sawyer

Hi I’m Bella! I'm a sophomore and it’s my first year in torch. I’m involved in dance, and show choir. I love meeting new people and I'm so excited for this year!

Tayven Pasker
Video Producer

Tayven Pasker

My Name Is Tayven, I am a Junior at Kennedy High School. This is my first year at Torch and I play for the Kennedy Basketball Team.

Owen Kilgore
Video Producer

Owen Kilgore

Hello! I'm Owen Kilgore, I’m a Sophomore, and this is my first year of torch. I love music and show choir, and getting stuff done.

Molly Martin
Photographer

Molly Martin

Hey everyone I’m Molly and I’m currently a junior here at Kennedy, and this is my second year in Torch! I do a little bit of everything but I mainly run the social media accounts. Other than Torch I’m involved in show ch...

Samuel Miranda

Samuel Miranda

Howdy, I’m Sam, I enjoy things such as building keyboards for a nice typing experience, only to not write articles. This is my 4th year in Torch and hopefully my first as a full-fledged videographer for Torch. Hoping to send the y...

Merideth Langton
Photographer

Merideth Langton

Hi, my name is Merideth Langton, I am a junior at Kennedy, and this is my second year with the Torch. I play basketball and golf, am on the robotics team, and do show choir. I enjoy going to football, volleyball, and basketball...