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

Jami Martin-Trainor

Jami Martin-Trainor, Editor-in-Chief

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 animals are cats and my current favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. While this year has certainly been unique for everyone, I cannot wait to see how our staff is able to overcome the obstacles that this year has thrown our way.

All content by Jami Martin-Trainor
The 2021 graduation ceremony was held Wednesday, May 26.

Senior Blues

June 18, 2021
Photo of the COVID-19 Coronavirus provided by the National Park Service.

One Year of COVID-19

March 22, 2021
Shawn Thomsen, facilitator at Kennedy High School, disinfecting a desk to help protect students and staff.

Protect Our Schools

February 9, 2021
The class of 2021 at the Winter Pep Assembly who emerged victorious. Which will win this years virtual pep rally?

Virtual Pep Assembly

March 23, 2020
Members of the GSA at Kennedy Highschool, whose club was sponsored and supported the club.

Goodbye, Farewell

June 4, 2019
Rat number five named Anna playing with the toys provided by the AP Psychology classroom.

Oh Rats…

May 15, 2019
Lily Hartney, sr., dancing for her senior photos.

Move to Express

May 13, 2019
The Urinetown promotional posters.


April 26, 2019
The white board outside of Chantelle Mobberleys office at Kennedy.

Dealing with Grief

March 1, 2019
Students studying in the library.

Pushing Yourself

February 22, 2019
The ACT website, which offers students information about registration and scores.

Equal Opportunity

February 4, 2019
Poster for the St. Lukes drive, containing the items that are needed for the cause.

The Season of Giving

December 14, 2018
Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside at a previous homeless night.

Camping for a Cause

October 26, 2018
Participants walking together at the event.

Fighting Together

October 5, 2018
Actor playing the orphaned child climbs back into the box on deck.

You’ll Be Hooked!

September 25, 2018
The students paid tribute to students who have been part of gun violence.

The Right to Live

May 15, 2018

Making a Change

April 30, 2018
The group in their end pose after their performance.

All-Girls Chanteurs

March 14, 2018
Snapchat Switch

Snapchat Switch

February 20, 2018
Other Options

Other Options

February 14, 2018
Tim Tebow with a child from Night to Shine event.

A Night to Shine

January 31, 2018
Net Neutrality Gone?

Net Neutrality Gone?

December 14, 2017
Students can face difficult decisions about careers and college.

College and Beyond

December 7, 2017
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