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Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Kirkwood High School
In the same boat
Sports

Ava Duggin | October 22, 2021

“Sailboat Cove” is written in large letters on the sign. The boathouse is big, tan and tucked behind a 320-acre lake. In front of it are rows of long, white boats, some accented with red or blue stripes….

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Dear Mr. Richard Nixon
Opinions

Olivia Silvey | April 21, 2021

We meet again. I really hate to bother you a year later — I’m sure you’re enjoying a tax-free afterlife — but if you haven’t heard, Congress impeached 45. Yes, for the second time. He keeps making…

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Call Ed: White people, you’ve had your rest
Opinions

TKC Staff | April 19, 2021

The dangerous power of white fatigue in the fight for racial justice, specifically through the fluctuating use of social media, goes beyond a yes or no question, and we wanted our process and editorial…

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The game beyond the game
Sports

Kinley Bokermann | April 1, 2021

*Opinion

After making the number one ranked USC volleyball team as a walk on, Victoria Garrick was overjoyed to finally be on the path to play for her dream college. Although finally living her dream,…

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Recalibrate your compass
Opinions

Tom Mueller | March 31, 2021

We’ve been robbed. From Disney, to Apple, to Gatorade to Nike, the swindlers are overt about their work. What they’re doing, though, isn’t illegal; they’re not defrauding us. They’re robbing…

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In-depth: Positively beautiful
Features

Mya Copeland | March 30, 2021

Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie. The Kardashians. 

Hannah Moore, junior, used to follow all the members of this well-known family of social media influencers. One day, she decided the ideal…

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In-Depth: The next step
Features

Maya Kim | March 3, 2021

In response to the vandalism on Jan. 6, 2021 involving racial slurs spray-painted onto three KSD schools, Black students have spoken out about their experiences with racism in Kirkwood. TKC interviewed…

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Rated E: Esports for everyone
Sports

Tom Mueller | March 1, 2021

It had been a summer of losses: losses of time for socializing with friends, losses of opportunities for outdoor exploration and losses in video game competitions. Yet on the eve of the new school year,…

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In-depth: Safety in numbers
Features

Megan Glasgow | February 25, 2021

It’s 3:30 p.m. Across Kirkwood, KSD elementary schoolers go home, have their afternoon snack and run outside to play with their neighbors. The kids who live on Electric St. in Meacham Park ride the bus…

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A skate park where all are welcome
Features

Lila Shepard | February 23, 2021

The sun is in his eyes and he is about to finally land the trick that he had been working on for weeks. He is excited to show his friends who are watching with anticipation until they notice a police car…

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Black students’ perspectives on Jan. 6 hate crime
News

Maya Kim | February 22, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 7:30 p.m., three KSD schools were vandalized with racial slurs. The already flooded comment section of TKC’s posts regarding the hate crime regained momentum after…

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In-depth: Controversial freedom
Features

Nicholas Whittington | February 19, 2021

Thirty years ago, a single student newspaper caught in the middle of a free speech showdown captured the attention of the entire nation. In 1990, Planned Parenthood reached out to 80 high schools in the…

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In-depth: Speaking out around St. Louis
Features

Kate Schreiber | February 19, 2021

Teen pregnancy, divorce, tattoos. Each of these topics have been censored at a school within 40 minutes of KHS. 

The Supreme Court case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier allows school administrators to have prior…

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The road to students’ rights
Features

Grace Marcus | February 16, 2021

In 1965, in the middle of the Vietnam War, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to school to mourn the lives lost on both sides of the war. The principal, learning of the students’ plans,…

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DJT and the GOP: Trump’s impact on the Republican party
Features

Daniel Tobias | February 16, 2021

“We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too. We must recruit more candidates who come from minority communities. But it is not just tone…

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Not for the money
Features

Ava Duggin | February 15, 2021

Christine Settembrino, professional dancer and teacher, walked out the stage door. She just finished a performance. All of a sudden, she noticed a young girl wearing the biggest dress she had ever seen…

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Live long and prosper
Features

Tom Mueller | January 26, 2021

A.J. Titsworth, senior, released the first designs of his burgeoning clothing brand, Prosperous, to the business’ Instagram page Nov. 30. To Titsworth, the brand’s release is the culmination of years…

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KHS students organize “March against injustice”
News

Kate Schreiber | January 26, 2021

It started with a single text message. The same day, KHS sophomores Wyatt Byers, Áine Bradley, Peyton Nico, Liv Timp, Blake Sutter, Bella Ruzicka and Madeline Rapp were organizing a “march against injustice.”

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Touching hearts one Katie-Do Kare Kit at a time
Features

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;
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Showcase

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Features

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
News

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
News

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
News

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
News

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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
Opinions

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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