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

2020-2021 Staff

Lexie Waybill

Lexie Waybill

Hi! My name is Lexie Waybill and I am a junior. I joined Torch freshman year and I’m trying again my junior year. In school, I play tennis and outside of school I write stories and work. 

Ayrianna Sherwood

Ayrianna Sherwood

Hello, I am Ayrianna Sherwood and I'm a senior at Kennedy High School! My position in Torch is in graphic design. When I graduate I hope to get accepted into a good school, major in graphic design and make my momma proud! I like...

Molly Martin

Molly Martin

Hi! My name is Molly Martin and I’m currently a senior here at Kennedy. This is my third year in Torch and my second year as Managing Editor. I do a little bit of everything, but my main job is running our social media accoun...

Natalie Ruggeri

Hey, the name's Natalie Ruggeri and I'm a freshman in my first year of Torch. I enjoy reading and fiction writing, so a lot of what I write would be reviews. So far, I have plans to major in business or to be a forensic nurse....

Lizzy Hawkes

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

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

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!

Samuel Miranda

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...

Neenah Al-Yassiri

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.

Merideth Langton

Merideth Langton

Hi, I'm Merideth! I am the senior Photo Editor for the Torch. Outside of photography I also am in Happiness Inc. and golf. You will probably see me on the sidelines or in the audience of Kennedy events with a camera.

Grace Niemuth

Grace Niemuth

Hello! My name is Grace, I’m a Senior at Kennedy, and this is my first year writing for Torch. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, thrifting, and playing with my cats. I play on the girls tennis team at Kennedy. In the future...

Dylan Sines

Dylan Sines

What up, I'm Dylan Sines, I'm a senior at Kennedy High School, and this is my first year officially writing for Torch. You can find me all across the school, but your best bet is wherever the music is. I play bass and tuba across...

Jasmine Hite

Jasmine Hite

My name is Jasmine and I am a senior in Torch. I have been writing for Torch since my freshman year but I would like to broaden my horizons this year. I enjoy playing silly video games and annoying my dog, Feliz (Don’t worry, s...

Anabel Bradley

Anabel Bradley

Hi! My name is Anabel Bradley and I am a senior at Kennedy. This is my fourth year in Torch and second year as Editor-in-Chief. I run track and cross country for Kennedy. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing and painting. ...

Kaylia Richards

Kaylia Richards

My name is Kaylia Richards. I am currently a sophomore at kennedy high school. I take pictures for kennedy torch and write the occasional article. This is my 4th semester in torch. Outside of school I am ethier painting, running, ...

Joel Dillman

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!...

Elise Hrabik

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...

Lindsey Matus

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

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

Olivia Riley-Schmelzer

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

Claire Beaman

Claire Beaman

I'm Claire Beaman and I'm a senior writing for the Torch. This is my third and final year in Torch, and I'll make sure it will be a good one! While following safety guidelines, I will continue to interview those in our community...

Alyssa Friedley

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

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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