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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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All means all: United Methodist Church split
News

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
News

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.
Opinions

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
News

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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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
Showcase

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
Features

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
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
Showcase

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
Showcase

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
Showcase

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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