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

Kymburlee Vanover
Writer

Kymburlee Vanover

Hi, I'm Kymburlee Vanover. I like taking pictures and designing certain things. I'm excited to take more pictures and hang out with new people this year.

Ava Schadt
Writer

Ava Schadt

Hi, I'm Ava. I do art for Torch, as well as some writing. I enjoy skateboarding, painting and drawing.

Claire Frank
Writer

Claire Frank

Hi my name is Claire, and I'm a freshman. i'm involved in show choir and the cheer team I also enjoy watching horror movies, traveling and being with my family and friends. This is my first year on torch and i'm very excited to...

Emma Beachner
Writer

Emma Beachner

Hi, my name is Emma I'm a sophomore. This is my first year of torch. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and art.

Jaiah Willis
Writer

Jaiah Willis

Hi my name is  Jaiah Willis and I love sports and taking photos of nature I also love.

Sarah Martin-Trainor
Writer

Sarah Martin-Trainor

Hey, I'm Sarah! I'm a freshman, and outside of torch, I do dance team. Some of my hobbies are dancing, reading, writing, and bullet journalling.

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.

Abby Bunker
Writer

Abby Bunker

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

Emma Alcorn
Writer

Emma Alcorn

heyy I’m Emma! I am a freshman, and this is my first year in torch. I play volleyball and I enjoy drawing, reading and writing. I am most excited about the lectures and trips I can experience and learn from. ...

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....

Merideth Langton
Photo Editor

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 golf, am on the robotics team, and do show choir. I enjoy going to football, volleyball, and basketball games. Photography...

Tori Paga
Photographer

Tori Paga

My name is Tori, I'm a freshman in highschool and this is my first year of Torch. Outside of school I enjoy reading, and hanging out with my friends and family.

Lara Secl
Design

Lara Secl

Hey! My name is Lara Secl and I'm a designer for Kennedy Torch. I love drawing and I've recently been working with digital mediums. I am a good writer and an even better artist so I figured I would look for an activity that allows...

Sonja Woerner
Copy Editor

Sonja Woerner

Hi! My name's Sonja and I'm a freshman at Kennedy. I'm on the swim team and participate in theater and show choir tech and I enjoy reading and writing. This is my first year in torch and I'm excited to develop my writing skills.

Cael Cummins
Design

Cael Cummins

Yo, I'm Cael, my pronouns are he/they. I'm a sophomore with a passion for creative arts. I'm super excited to be here and work with this amazing team!

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

Jersey is currently a sophomore at Kennedy. This is their first year of 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...

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!

Molly Martin
Managing Editor

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
Video Producer

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...

Anabel Bradley
Editor-in-Chief

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
Editor-in-Chief

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!...