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Stories from Kirkwood High School
Touching hearts one Katie-Do Kare Kit at a time
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Caroline Steidley | January 21, 2021

Maddie Domian’s aunt was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. When Maddie heard this, she knew she couldn’t just sit around and watch, hence the start of Katie-Do Kare Kits. 

Maddie’s aunt passed away…

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Unwrapping KHS Students’ “Spotify 2020 Wrapped”
Arts & Entertainment

Ava Duggin | January 8, 2021

At the end of each year, people celebrate all of their triumphs and the challenges they faced by rekindling old memories. Another way that some can recount their memories from the year is checking out…

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Suicide;
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Rachel Finan | December 16, 2020

In order to avoid possibly triggering someone who is still  grieving, names of victims have been omitted. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is…

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Your membership: Continuing aid
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Tom Mueller | December 15, 2020

No more shooting hoops. No more swimming laps. No more gathering to watch the latest installment of “Jeopardy!,” to tell stories or to play cards. When the Kirkwood Family YMCA closed March 17, following…

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Creating Project WallFlower
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Lydia Sheehan | December 7, 2020

Back in March, the way people lived life was irrefutably changed: Businesses closed and people found themselves out of work, schools moved online and some students struggled with their mental health and…

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A Home for Happiness
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Clayton Caringer | November 6, 2020

50 years. That’s how long Steve Fredericks’ father, Bob, owned his childhood home, a house many in the Kirkwood community will remember as being particularly artistic. Fredericks, an Uber driver, is…

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Political Issue: Settling for Biden
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Lily Bartin | November 5, 2020

This November, America will choose the next leader of the country, either incumbent President Donald Trump or Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden. But for some, neither option is inspiring. Biden…

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Third party, third wheels
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Daniel Tobias | November 3, 2020

In the eyes of major party supporters, third party candidates are third wheels in American elections: there for the ride but playing almost no role in the elections’ final destinations. Yet Republicans…

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TikTok: the snowflake of social media apps
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Kim | October 29, 2020

From retweeting a Twitter post, to snapchatting a picture of the ceiling to a friend, social media makes an appearance in people’s lives every day. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat…

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Sweet victory: The story of Jay Leeuwenburg
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Tom Mueller | October 21, 2020

There’s a word people use to describe football players who eat candy or drink soda during games: retired. That wasn’t Jay Leeuwenburg.

Before the nine NFL seasons, the unanimous All-American selection…

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Kirkwood, we are the problem
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Genevieve Francois | September 10, 2020

Feet move down the street in unison. “No justice, no peace!” soars through the air. Signs with Black fists dot the skyline like clouds. On June 6, 2020, Kirkwood streets were filled with supported…

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Using their platform
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Hayden Davidson | September 8, 2020

In a post directed toward fellow athletes and artists, LeBron James tweeted on June 23:

“We have incredible influence in our community. We need to use this moment to demand change. I gotta be honest…I…

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Addressing sySTEMic problems
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Tom Mueller | September 4, 2020

Growing up, the only people she knew with college degrees were her teachers. She expected to cut hair for a living. After losing her aunt and uncle — the people who raised her — to cancer, however,…

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KHS alumni share stories of sexual abuse
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Molly Higgins | September 4, 2020

The Kirkwood High School Alumni Facebook group exploded with shares, comments and outrage. Katie Pappageorge, 1999 KHS graduate, began the conversation on July 7 by sharing a haunting story – her experience…

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Thursday night is the band’s night
Coronavirus

Ava Duggin | May 15, 2020

It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday night in “the Wood.” Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, would usually be in downtown Kirkwood enjoying the annual summer concert series. But tonight she stands on her…

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STL sex trafficking scandals
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Amelia Hurley | April 22, 2020

*This story contains anonymous sources.

*Katie was on the honor roll at her local high school; many of her peers liked her, but Katie lacked something: a father. He didn’t come home often, but when…

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Addicted at an early age
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Amelia Hurley | April 1, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the first portable laptop was created only 30 years ago, a chunky device with limited internet use. As the world has evolved with technology, KSD has integrated it into their…

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Plugged in, checked out
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Megan Glasgow | March 31, 2020

“Hey, [how are you]?”

“Fine.”

“Are you okay?”

“Yes.”

“Ok.”

The next message JJ Penn, junior, received was a breakup text, sent with a few clicks on a screen in the middle…

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Dave and his daughters
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Charlotte Heinrich | March 27, 2020

This story is dedicated to the Geeting family.
Dave Geeting had a way with words. When he entered a party, he’d let everyone know he had arrived. He was convinced that his Tame Impala songs were superior…

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Instagram images
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Ava Duggin | March 25, 2020

It’s the weekend. Taylor Losse, junior, is headed to her friend’s farm. While envisioning the flower field she plans to take pictures in, she looks in the mirror and asks herself, “Have I posted…

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Adoption through a different lens
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Maya Kim | March 24, 2020

From the little girl meeting her forever family for the first time, to the first time mother finally getting to sign the adoption papers. Adoption is a life changing word that impacts many people, and…

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Online school to begin Thursday, March 26
Coronavirus

Lydia Cohen | March 20, 2020

In an email to TKC, Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent, outlined further steps the district will take to ensure stability and health in the coming weeks. There will be two “snow days” on March…

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Sanders travels to St. Louis looking to win Missouri primaries
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Kate Schreiber | March 11, 2020

 “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” 

A crowd chanted and waved blue and white signs reading the name of presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as he took the stage Monday, March 9 at…

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Biden talks unity and defeating Trump in St. Louis rally
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Olivia Silvey | March 10, 2020

Vibrant blue signs reading “Missouri for Biden” dominated the former Vice President’s campaign rally at Kiener Plaza held Saturday, March 7.  Presidential candidate Joe Biden addressed the crowd…

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Voice of STL: Biden rally at Kiener Plaza
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Lily Bartin | March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden held a rally at Kiener Plaza in downtown STL on Saturday, March 7.

Tiffany Hamilton – Biden supporter

“I’m here today because I support Joe Biden and he’ll…

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Meet the tallest person in each grade
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Tom Mueller | March 9, 2020

They’re hard to miss. At an average height of 6-foot-7-inches, KHS students Ryan Buesching, Christopher Plants, Bryce Simpson and Owen Millikan stand tallest among their respective grade-level peers. I…

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Up all night: Landon Evans
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Grace Klebe | March 5, 2020

Kirkwood is dark in the early hours of a Wednesday morning. The roads are empty, and all is quiet except for the occasional dog bark or church bell. It’s past 2 a.m., and while most students have been…

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A day in the life of a student who smokes weed
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Megan Glasgow | March 4, 2020

“If I were to explain to someone what [smoking] weed felt like, it would be like carbonated water,” John* said. “It’s fizzy. You feel kind of bubbly. You talk too much, you laugh too much. Everything…

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A day in the life: Justyne Wright
Sports

Mya Copeland | March 3, 2020

When Justyne Wright, sophomore, gets up at 5:10 a.m., she needs to be dressed and in the car by 5:25 a.m. She drinks Gatorade on the way to school, then practices until 7 a.m. After practice, she grabs…

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After hours: A day in the life of a KHS custodian
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Molly Higgins | February 25, 2020

The hallways of KHS are empty. It is a Friday afternoon, and students have gone home to relax after a long week, but the janitorial staff’s day has barely begun. Custodian Deborah Stovall’s laugh echoes…

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www.unexpectedlove.com
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Kiden-Aloyse Smith | February 25, 2020

They lived only seven minutes away from each other. Both juniors; one at KHS, one at WGHS, both attended the Friendship Dance separately and a year later, they met on Tumblr. 

Molly Sheridan,…

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Profiting off of pain
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Benji Wilton | February 24, 2020

It still doesn’t feel real.

You fall asleep Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, as LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant on the NBA all-time scoring list, ascending to third place behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and…

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All means all: United Methodist Church split
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Kate Schreiber | February 24, 2020

An “I heart Jesus” lanyard with a rainbow ribbon and Black Lives Matter pin hangs around his neck and tattoos cover his arms. Recently, a man at the post office asked him what kind of motorcycle he…

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Backer refutes real estate claims, admits wrongdoing advocating for students with special needs
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Ethan Peter | February 18, 2020

KSD School Board member Julie Backer admitted she stepped out of line advocating for students with special needs in an interview with TKC, but also provided documents refuting the real estate claims against…

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Well, here’s why.
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Olivia Silvey | February 12, 2020

2002 babies, this year is our time to shine. Well, as long as you’re born before Nov. 3. We are the next wave of Gen Zs turning 18, which comes with a lot of privileges — you’re able to sue someone,…

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KSD School Board President Darnel Frost and board member Julie Backer announce joint statement Feb. 10
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Ally Ortmann | February 12, 2020

At the KSD Board of Education meeting Feb. 10, an agenda item set to present a resolution to censure board member Julie Backer was not moved forward. KSD School Board President Darnel Frost amended the…

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The deal with dieting
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Megan Cleveland | February 7, 2020

We’ve all heard it before: get enough sleep, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, eat healthy foods. For some of us, this is easy. But for most of us, including myself, healthy living is more of a want…

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Dear Mr. Richard Nixon
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Olivia Silvey | February 7, 2020

Dear Mr. Richard Nixon,

My first question for you might seem a bit rude, but bear with me. Since 1994, your body has rested at your birthplace, Yorba Linda, Calif., but I wanted to ask you this: if…

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From The Lou to the League
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Hayden Davidson | February 6, 2020

 
TKC had exclusive interviews with three of the best basketball talents to ever come out of St. Louis. Here are their journeys from local high schools to the national spotlight.
 
Bradley…

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Scripting to success
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Maddie Meyers | January 31, 2020

While the rest of his family played outside, 6-year-old Darrin Dortch watched “Halloween” with wide eyes in the basement with his grandfather. But he was not hiding under a blanket from the jump scares….

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“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Review
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Kim | January 21, 2020

Remember that one movie that shot that made your standards for high school incredibly unrealistic? It’s the one with Zac Efron dancing with a basketball in a gym. The one with teens dancing on the lunch…

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Sisters by chance, teammates by choice
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Ava Duggin | January 7, 2020

6:30 a.m.: Isabella Knopfel’s, sophomore, alarm goes off.

7 a.m.: Olivia Knopfel’s, senior, alarm goes off.

7:20 a.m.: Isabella eats oatmeal or cereal for breakfast, and goes to school.

7:20…

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Simple tips to ‘Treat Yo Self’
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Kiden-Aloyse Smith | December 10, 2019

Self-care. The internet took it and ran with it to cover up many underlying issues surrounding mental health. According to Vice in “The Young and the Uncared For,” the rise of self care and the “treat…

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The Jack Fearn Memorial Scholarship for Technical Theater
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Lilly Anderson | December 9, 2019

Jack Fearn could usually be found in Keating Theater greeting every audience member and making every performance possible with his nose in the soundboard. This was his passion: technical theater. No show…

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Finding a friend
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Lydia Cohen | December 2, 2019

Lori Zucker’s life changed June 2009. Her daughter, Arianna, was diagnosed with a nerve cell cancer called neuroblastoma at 3 years old, and nothing was like before. They spent more time in the hospital…

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Remember the Titan
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Tom Mueller | December 2, 2019

For MyCole Pruitt, 2010 KHS graduate and current Tennessee Titan, playing professional football wasn’t always a dream ⁠— and when it became one, getting there didn’t materialize easily. Achieving…

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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and KHS work with new programs to help the environment
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Ethan Peter | November 25, 2019

A small pod of kindergarteners press their faces against the tank and stare intently. Inside, fish swim lazily through the murky water.

It is 11 a.m. Suddenly, the kindergarteners gasp, then scream…

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Creating Cash Cult
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Megan Glasgow | November 19, 2019

Dressed in jeans, sneakers, and a T-shirt, John Allen, senior, looks like he could fit right into a high school crowd. But blending in is next to impossible for him, as shown by his precise style. His…

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The Brain Issue: Normal
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Molly Higgins | November 11, 2019

Two girls spend their time between classes talking excitedly, laughing gleefully and almost always dancing. Clare Sullivan, junior, said she and Lucy Salamon, senior, were born to be best friends. Each…

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The Brain Issue: The multitasking myth
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Ryleigh Palmer | November 8, 2019

Angela Scheer was in the middle of a lesson when she noticed students heads tilted down toward their phones. The new Mario Kart app had captured their attention in a way that her most recent lesson had…

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