Kennedy Torch

2018-2019 Staff

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer

Hi, I'm Olivia Riley-Schmelzer and I am a junior at Kennedy High School. This is my second semester being apart of  Torch and my first semester as the design editor. I am currently working as a barista at the Barnes and Noble...

Samuel Miranda

Howdy, I'm Samuel Miranda, most people just call me Sam. I've been someone who's wanted to write in publications since about 6th grade and have always loved my L.A. classes. Along with loving to write I also enjoy building computers...

Claire Beaman

Hello my name is Claire Beaman and I am a sophomore this year. I joined Torch because I love writing with a cause, and I'm not afraid to voice my opinion. I am currently learning four languages, two of which I am studying here...

Haylee Brewer

This year at Kennedy I am a junior and i'm so excited to see what this year brings! My position in the Torch this year is the photo editor along with a writer, and i've been in Torch for 2 years now. Photography is something I...

Mackenzie Joseph

Hey I'm Mackenzie and I love writing and photographing. My favorite things to take photos of is my dog, Gracie, and the movement of water. My dog is kind of my best friend, which sounds cliche but she really is. Another thing...

Grace Hanrahan

Hi readers, my name is Grace Hanrahan and I am a new writer for Torch this year. I am a sophomore at Kennedy and I enjoy being involved in language arts activities and music. Show choir has been a part of my life since 6th grade,...

Alyssa Friedley

Hi! I’m Alyssa Friedley and this is my junior year at KHS. I am the second oldest of five brothers and have four pets. Some things I enjoy include animals, science, reading, and writing. During the summer I enjoy vacationing...

Jami Martin-Trainor

Hi! I'm Jami Martin-Trainor, I'm a junior at Kennedy, and this year I am the editor-in-chief of the Torch. I dance on the Kennedy Varsity Dance Team and have been dancing at Cherie's Dance Studio for 13 years. My favorite animals...

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes

My name is Mathew WorthingtonBarnes and I am a proud member of Torch. I am so happy to be doing this. It is just so much fun and is kind of relaxing but a very high stress job. This will be my first full year of Torch and so far...

Olivia Haefner

Hello my name is Olivia Haefner I'm a senior and this is my 4th and final year being in the Torch family. Freshman year I started out as a writer who had never written or experienced journalism now I'm a seasoned editor. I initially...

Anna Reinhart

My name is Anna Reinhart and I am a senior at Kennedy. I have been a member of the journalism program at Kennedy all four years of high school and have had the positions profile editor and opinion editor. I have two older siblings...

Jenna Anderson

My name is Jenna Anderson, I am a senior and this is my fourth 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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