Kennedy Torch

Kennedy Torch

2017-2018 Staff

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 class you have to take but I am still fairly have no idea what i am doing. I have one dog...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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