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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
Features

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’
Opinions

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
Features

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
Features

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
News

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
Features

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
Features

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
Features

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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The Brain Issue: Love at first fight
Features

Ally Ortmann | November 7, 2019

We have all heard it.

“They are nothing like my ex.”

“He treats me so much better.”

“This one is different, I promise.”

“I would not make that same mistake again”

And we…

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The Brain Issue: More than just a cautionary tale
Features

Emma Lingo | November 7, 2019

On Brett Radake’s dresser, there’s a photo of his younger-self with an arm thrown around a smaller boy with glasses. Both of them are looking into the camera with goofy smiles on their faces and a…

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The Brain Issue: An unforgettable memory
Features

Maddie Meyers | November 6, 2019

Imagine waking up and remembering what happened on a random day 12 years ago – not just main events, but specific details such as getting out of bed at 7:25, the red flannel shirt your father wore and…

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The Brain Issue: You don’t snooze, you lose
Features

Grace Klebe | November 6, 2019

Every night, she would lay there, eyes shut, waiting for sleep to come. It never did. 

She wondered, is this normal? She assumed it was. 

In middle school when her therapist told her she had insomnia,…

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The Brain Issue: 12 accounts and counting
Opinions

Sophie Chappell | November 5, 2019

I have 12 social media accounts. I’m fully aware that it’s ridiculous, but before you lecture me about screen time, take a look at your phone. I’m not the only one with a problem here. On average,…

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The Brain Issue: Creators in a crowd
Features

Charlotte Heinrich | November 4, 2019

“Of course [people have been mean to me],” Jack Baranski, sophomore, said. “I don’t remember their names though. History forgets those who were judgmental of others’ creativity.”

You might…

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Forever 20: Andrea
Features

Charlotte Heinrich | November 4, 2019

*This story contains anonymous sources.

She would speak with her hands.

She loved big sweaters. The cold weather, that was her thing.

She constantly had a smile on her face.

She didn’t have…

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Top of his field
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Jack Matousek | October 31, 2019

With a neutral expression on his face Sam Bryan, junior, makes his way to his first hour. His quiet demeanor may keep him from standing out, but Bryan has done something most students would be instantly…

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Kirkwood’s got talent
Features

Lindsay McCarthy | October 31, 2019

For KHS senior Jonah Roy, childhood dreams are becoming a reality.

Roy has been playing the guitar on his own at the age of 5. When he was 9, Roy was writing music for a teen rock band, Million Hits,…

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Smile, you’re on transcript
Features

Megan Glasgow | October 30, 2019

London Bielicke, senior, smiles proudly at her high school transcript, recalling the struggles and triumphs of each class. Her 11 AP classes sit like badges of honor in her mind. She’s taken and retaken…

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The Brain Issue: Mirror image
Features

Grace Fearheiley | October 30, 2019

As she watched her reflection leap across the dance floor, the large mirror covering the wall in her dance studio reflects her along with her classmates. She couldn’t help but compare herself to the…

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Collision consequences
Features

Amelia Hurley | October 28, 2019

The adrenaline was building. He continued to press on the accelerator, no thought of stopping in his head while the open road flew by him. The wind rushed past him, while he had no care in the world.

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Frank Ocean releases “DHL”
Arts & Entertainment

Kiden-Aloyse Smith | October 22, 2019

After 785 days of waiting, our prayers have been answered. Frank Ocean released an original single, “DHL,” at the end of the first episode of Ocean’s Beats 1 radio program, “blonde Radio.” Although…

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Looking back on 750
Features

Benji Wilton | October 22, 2019

Enormous, pristine front lawns preface equally elegant manors. Poised porches, towering white columns and distinct window shutters exemplify the grandeur of their homes. A drive down N. Taylor Ave is a…

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JMac: Back to where it all started
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Hayden Davidson | October 17, 2019

For the past decade, people across the country, especially Kirkwood residents, have turned on the TV every Sunday in the fall to see the name “Maclin” on their screen. But before all the fame, Jeremy…

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More hope for MO
News

Jack Anderson | October 17, 2019

When kids don’t eat, they are not only hungry. They are at an increased risk for depression, suicide and substance abuse, according to Delivery community benefit. For the 16.7% of food-insecure households…

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Hollywood bleeds for Post Malone
Arts & Entertainment

Olivia Silvey | October 17, 2019

Post Malone gives us another glance into his unimaginable world of 50-meter yachts, Versace boxers and overwhelming heartbreak with the release of his third album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” He sings…

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100 gecs is breaking pop
Features

Lily Frick | October 10, 2019

Eleven years ago, Dylan Brady did not want to be a musician. The 2012 KHS alum wanted to be a filmmaker. But entering his freshman year at KHS, he chose to take choir with David Cannon, KHS choir teacher.

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More than a poofy skirt and curls
Features

Ava Duggin | October 9, 2019

Two hundred eyes rest on Morgan Hooker, freshman. Three sets of these eyes belong to judges who are sitting, pens in hand, bodies leaning forward, eagerly waiting to point out every one of her imperfections….

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A Strong finish
Sports

Grace Klebe | October 8, 2019

His heart is racing. 130 beats per minute and he hasn’t started running yet.

The gun fires.

One minute and 53 seconds later, he collected his second state championship title of the weekend.

Martin…

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Call Ed: Education equality
Opinions

TKC Staff | October 7, 2019

Overlooked, ignored, excluded. Imagine going through years of school and never learning about yourself. This is the reality for LGBTQ+ students throughout the United States. As an established community,…

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Where are theyyy now: Slayyyter
Features

Liam Jackson | September 25, 2019

The lights go down and the crowd screams. Music starts playing and a screen shows the faces of 2000’s pop culture icons: Paris, Lindsay, Britney. The faces soon fade, and a name appears. 

S-L-A-YYY-T-E-R. 

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Minority Whip: Setting Obama’s record straight
Opinions

Wolfgang Frick | September 25, 2019

When President Barack Obama left the oval office for the final time three years ago, it was expected that he would follow the tradition set by former presidents and recede into private life. After President…

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“IGOR” Review
Arts & Entertainment

Lindsay McCarthy | September 24, 2019

“This is not Bastard. This is not Goblin. This is not Wolf. This is not Cherry Bomb. This is not Flower Boy. This is Igor.” -Tyler, The Creator, 10 days before releasing his highly anticipated studio…

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What a glorious feeling
Sports

Benji Wilton | September 24, 2019

When it seemed the most unbelievable, the St. Louis Blues accomplished the ultimate goal of any hockey team. After sitting dead last in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a record of 15-18-4 on Jan….

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10 teams, 10 stories: Fall Sports
Showcase

Hayden Davidson | September 23, 2019

KHS sponsors 10 fall sports affiliated with MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association). Each team has goals and expectations as well as areas to improve from last season. TKC spoke with…

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Dogs of Kirkwood: Levi
Features

Ally Ortmann | September 23, 2019

His ears are big. He dunks his full head while taking a drink. His favorite things to play with are socks, and he wants to eat soap–badly. He chases his tail, gets startled by the sound of crumpled-up…

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cHEerleading
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Maya Kim | September 19, 2019

“Sophomores! Battle cry!” the JV cheerleaders shouted. It’s the first pep rally of the year, and the cheerleaders are leading the infamous battle cry.

“V-I-C-T-O-R-Y is the sophomore battle…

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Faith rewarded
Sports

Ethan Peter | September 17, 2019

Alex Chapman, senior, looked up as her father walked through the front door with a large silver cup in his hands. Beaming, he made his way to a small table draped in a black NHL tablecloth and placed the…

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HB 126: A timeline of the abortion bill
News

Emma Lingo | September 17, 2019

The day after KHS shut its doors for summer, Governor Michael Parson (R-MO) signed House Bill 126 (HB 126) into law. Once the bill was passed, Missouri championed one of the most restrictive abortion laws…

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Go ask your mom
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Olivia Silvey | May 24, 2019

We were in the car driving back from one of my weekly therapy sessions, and my mom started talking about Suzan, her best friend at the time. She took a deep breath and said she had to tell me something….

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Update: Controversy around Tom Ricks grows as Kirkwood responds to pastoral letter
News

Thomas Birmingham | May 8, 2019

Grant Trokey, 2016 KHS graduate, had attended Greentree Community Church for as long as he could remember. For two years during high school, he played with the worship band a few times a month and attended…

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“Those poor kids in Africa”
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Thomas Birmingham | May 2, 2019

The first time I remember hearing it was in fifth grade.

“Those poor kids in Africa.”

When the Student Council leaders at my Catholic school said those words, they were presenting the latest…

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Handling our history
Features

Ethan Peter | April 11, 2019

Since 1990, there have been three district task force committees dedicated to closing KSD’s achievement gap. Yet on Feb. 11, 2019, Dr. Bryan Painter stood before KSD staff and shared Kirkwood’s…

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It’s a date
Features

Grace Fearheiley | April 2, 2019

Most high schoolers have heard an older figure in their lives say they are too young to be in a serious relationship or in love. According to Eileen Finley, junior, who has been dating her boyfriend for…

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Gauging the gap
Features

Jack Anderson | April 2, 2019

As the deafening noise of the halftime buzzer sounds, Samaya Trawick, junior and varsity cheerleader, leaps into place before her team begins their routine.

At this moment, she feels a part of something….

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Turning to Tinder
Features

Adler Bowman | March 19, 2019

Wanting to surprise herself on her eighteenth birthday, she decided to make some riskier plans than usual. Sophia*, senior, pocketed her pepper spray before sneaking out to a bowling alley to meet a boy…

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The top priority
Features

Thomas Birmingham | March 19, 2019

They drilled a hole in his back. They put metal tubes in his body. He came to school with a cane.

Then, under KHS’s revised attendance policy, he got detention.

Aaron De Marco, senior, has cystinuria,…

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Eric McWoods: A flash from the past
Sports

Hayden Davidson | March 7, 2019

He raced across Selma Field, ready to make his next move. To him, there is nothing better than a double overtime soccer game against Webster Groves. The KHS varsity boys’ soccer team had a tough matchup…

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Saving yourself
Features

Emma Lingo | March 6, 2019

“Who here plans on saving themselves for marriage?”

One hand goes up. Mary Wacker, junior, can see the girl’s raised arm across the health classroom. Mary’s hand should be up, too. She is saving…

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