Kennedy Torch

Kennedy Torch

2017-2018 Staff

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...

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,...

Jami Martin-Trainor


Hi! My name is Jami Martin-Trainor and I am a freshman at Kennedy High School. I really enjoy writing, and being able to tell a story with simple letters that form words that create beautiful images in others minds. I'm a part...

Shaun Pothepalli


Hi I’m Shaun, and I’m a sophomore at Kennedy High School. I took Intro to Journalism last semester and this is my first year as a part of Torch. I like to write opinion stories or any stories about current events. My hobbies...

Josh Sheeley


Hi, I'm Josh Sheeley and I am a freshman at Kennedy High School. I like to watch movies, listen to music and play soccer outside of school. When I am in school, the subjects I like to study are science and journalism. When I get...

Max Luton


I am a freshman at Kennedy High School. I am a percussionist, currently in Jazz Band 2 and Drumline as Bass 4. I like goats. The reason why: Because I took a joke too far. This is my first year in any type of student media. I...

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes


My name is Mathew WorthingtonBarnes and this will be my first semester with Torch and I am really looking forward to it. I did the Intro to Media class. I have one dog and one cat. Both kind of annoying but I still love them.

Tate Weaver


My Name is Tate Weaver, I'm a senior and this is my first year on torch. I am a Kennedy Swimmer, Cross country and Track runner, and first year soccer player. I'm also Kennedy Key Club's president this year. In my free time I...

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...

Sophia Jasper

News Editor

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...

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 h...

Leeanne Mehring-Cruz

Feature Editor

I am a senior this year and the Feature Editor for the Torch. It has been an honor to work on staff these past couple of years. I have gained friends, grammatical knowledge, and learned about other students in my journey. The...

Hannah Ratzer

Arts and Culture Editor

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...

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...