Kennedy Torch

2019-2020 Staff

Emily Reed

My name is Emily Reed and I enjoy creativity. I thought it would be an interesting idea to join torch and challenge myself. I like to encourage people and look out for others along with caring and tending to the n...

Ashley Hohneke

Hi, my name is Ashley Hohneke and this is my first year in Torch. I am currently a Junior at Kennedy High School, and am not involved in any extracurricular activities. Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with my dogs Hazel a...

Jackson Berry

My name is Jackson Berry, I am new to the Torch. I had one semester in Intro to Media and Journalism. I haven’t been a fan of the writing aspect, but I am happy to join the Podcast, take videos, and participate in other fun pr...

Zaidin Boehmke

Hello! I am Zaidin Boehmke, and I am a junior at Kennedy High School. Throughout high school, my favorite subject changed to math, and I desire to pursue a career in a mathematical field. Another interest I pursue is writing an...

Arya Forbes

Hi my name is Arya. I’m a freshman at Kennedy High School. This is my first semester in torch. I spend most of my time hanging out with my friends and helping my little sister get prepared for middle school.  I am very inte...

Gaby Dupont

Hi! I’m Gaby, and I run the Torch’s TikTok account. Best job ever, right? At some point I might also be working on some other projects, so look out for that. Outside of school I like dancing, photography, attempting to play...

Jasmine Hite

My name is Jasmine Hite and I am a sophomore at Kennedy. I enjoy reading, writing articles for Torch and show choir. My favorite place to go over the summer is to the Mall of America with my family. I have 8 pets, and many siblings....

Anabel Bradley

Hi! My name is Anabel Bradley and I am a sophomore at Kennedy High School. This is my second semester in Torch. I run track and cross country for Kennedy. In my freetime I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love jamming ou...

Savanna Sievert

Hi, my name is Savanna. I am a freshman at Kennedy High School and this is my first year writing and taking pictures for Torch. Outside of writing and taking pictures, I like to play soccer and piano. Music is one of my favor...

Natalia Semaan

Hi, I'm Natalia Semaan and I am a student here at Kennedy High School. This is my first year writing for Torch, outside of Torch I love going to volunteer at GreenBriar Riding Academy, I love helping the staff with the horses...

Kaylia Richards

Hi, I’m Kaylia Richards, I’m currently a freshman at Kennedy. I’m a writer and photographer for the Torch and I joined because I want to become better at writing and also photos. I enjoy painting with watercolors and drawing. I...

Ashton Nanke

Hello! My name is Ashton Nanke, and I am a senior at Kennedy. I enjoy graphic design, videography, video editing, and theater. I’ve been involved in show choir, theater, speech, and The Torch at Kennedy, and I have been the...

Joey Young

Hi, my name is Joey Young and this is my first year as a part of the Kennedy Torch. I am a junior at Kennedy and I enjoy making podcasts and helping with the technical side of things. I plan to pursue a career in either theater...

Adam Sullivan

Hay is for horses but I always win the blue ribbon. Hi, I'm Adam Sullivan and I'm a 16 year old sophomore at kennedy high school. I enjoy spending time with friends and eating whatever pizza is closest to me. I'm in the kennedy...

Joel Dillman

Hello! I’m Joel Dillman. I’m in junior year, and this is my second year on the Torch team. I write articles, but I also enjoy reading, playing games, and messing with technology. I have two brothers, one of whom is a fres...

Elise Hrabik

I'm Elise Hrabik and I'm a senior at Kennedy. I've been playing the flute for seven years and I'm currently in the marching band and wind symphony. I love exploring the outdoors and finding beauty in the world around me. Th...

Mathew WorthingtonBarnes

Hi, my name is Mathew WorthingtonBarnes and this will be my third year of Torch. I started the second semester of my freshman and I have been here ever since. I am the current marketing and advertising editor. That means I am...

Lindsey Matus

Hey, I’m Lindsey and this year I am new to writing for the Torch. I am currently a junior at Kennedy and joined Torch as a writer in order to experience something new and become more involved with our school. In my free tim...

Maggie Talbott-Malone

Hi, My name is Maggie Talbott-Malone and this is my second year writing for Torch. I am currently a senior at Kennedy. I really enjoy reading, writing, and art. I plan to pursue a career in interior design. I also have a love for ...

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer

Hi, I'm Olivia Riley-Schmelzer and I am a senior at Kennedy High School. This is my fourth semester being apart of  Torch and my third semester as the co-editor-in-chief. I am currently working as a barista at the Barnes and...

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

I’m Claire Beaman and I’m a Junior writing for the Kennedy Torch. I am currently learning five languages.  I hope to travel the world and use my linguistic skills to have diverse cultural experiences. I’m writing for Torch because...

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...

Alyssa Friedley

Hi! I’m Alyssa Friedley and this is my senior 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 senior at Kennedy, and this is my second year as Editor-in-Chief of the Torch. I dance on the Kennedy Varsity Dance Team and have been dancing at Cherie's Dance Studio for 14 years. My favorite...

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