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

2021-2022 Staff

Kymburlee Vanover

Kymburlee Vanover

Hi, I'm Kymburlee Vanover. I like taking pictures and designing certain things. I'm excited to take more pictures and hang out with new people this year.

Ava Schadt

Ava Schadt

Hi, I'm Ava. I do art for Torch, as well as some writing. I enjoy skateboarding, painting and drawing.

Tori Paga

My name is Tori, I'm a sophomore in high school and this is my second year in Torch. I'm a part of the academic decathlon and cheer teams here at Kennedy! Outside of school I enjoy reading, and hanging out with my friends and...

Claire Frank

Hi, my name is Claire Frank, I'm a sophomore and this is my second year as a writer in Torch. Outside of Torch, I am involved in Protégé and Varsity Cheerleading. I enjoy watching horror movies and reading in my free time. ...

Lara Secl

Lara Secl

Hey! I’m Lara Secl, I'm a sophomore at Kennedy High School and a graphic designer for Torch. I’m an artist and I have an ear for music. Outside of Torch I'm part of the drumline, play the flute and build robots. I...

Emma Beachner

Emma Beachner

My name is Emma Beachner! I’m a junior and this is my second year of Torch, I'm a writer and photographer. I'm also a part of the Girls' Track and Field team. Outside of school, I enjoy running and reading....

Sonja Woerner

Sonja Woerner

Hi! My name's Sonja Woerner and I'm a sophomore at Kennedy. I'm on the swim team and participate in theater and show choir tech, I also enjoy reading and writing. This is my second year in Torch and I'm excited to develop my writing...

Jaiah Willis

Jaiah Willis

Hi my name is  Jaiah Willis and I love sports and taking photos of nature I also love.

Sarah Martin-Trainor

Sarah Martin-Trainor

Hey, I'm Sarah! I'm a freshman, and outside of torch, I do dance team. Some of my hobbies are dancing, reading, writing, and bullet journalling.

Cael Cummins

Yo! I'm Cael, I use he/him pronouns. I'm a junior that mainly does digital art for the Torch. While I may not be very active in the classroom, I'm still stoked to be a part of this team!

Alyx Goldensoph

Alyx Goldensoph

Hey, I’m Alyx. This is my second year in Torch and I do photography and videography. Outside of class I am a certified plant mom, a black belt in Taekwondo, and musical theater junkie. I have a special place in my heart for...

Jersey Bilyeu

Jersey Bilyeu

Hi, my name is Jersey, I use all pronouns and I'm currently a junior. This is my second year in Torch. Outside of Torch, I'm in marching, jazz, concert and the show choir combo bands. I'm also involved in stage tech.

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...

Isaac White

Isaac White

Hi, my name is Isaac White and I’m a junior right here at Kennedy. I’ll be doing photography and writing this year. I have a passion for capturing sunsets and groutfits. I love doing anything outdoors, specifically backpack...

Bella Sawyer

Bella Sawyer

Hi I’m Bella! I'm a sophomore and it’s my first year in torch. I’m involved in dance, and show choir. I love meeting new people and I'm so excited for this year!

Nolyn Melsha

Nolyn Melsha

My name is Nolyn, I'm a junior and this is my first year of torch. I have done show choir. I enjoy being with my family and going on vacation.

Abby Bunker

Abby Bunker

Heyo, I’m Abby, I’m 15, and a sophomore. I sing a lot inside and outside of school. 

Emma Alcorn

Emma Alcorn

heyy I’m Emma! I am a freshman, and this is my first year in torch. I play volleyball and I enjoy drawing, reading and writing. I am most excited about the lectures and trips I can experience and learn from. ...

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...

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.

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. ...

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!...

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