The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Kirkwood High School
Leveling the playing field
Sports

Kinley Bokermann | April 14, 2022

No Serena Williams grand slams, no Simone Biles gravity-defying routines, no Alex Morgan goals and no Katie Ledecky golds. Without Title IX these world-renowned athletes and other women around the country…

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In-depth: Clothing ≠ gender
Features

Kailey Shirrell | April 5, 2022

In the 10th century Persian men used to wear high heels to keep their shoes in their stirrups, and in the 1920s pink was the perfect color for boys, as a softer version of the masculine color red. Harry…

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Call Ed: Mom and Dad don’t know what’s best
Opinions

TKC Staff | April 1, 2022

Out of all the problems in our world right now — inequality, racism, healthcare, poverty, sexism, war — it seems American parents have found the paramount topic to complain about: books. The push to…

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Baseball’s Hall of Shame
Sports

Hayden Davidson | March 11, 2022

*Opinion

Barry Bonds hit 762 home runs and won seven MVP awards. Roger Clemens pitched 4,672 strikeouts and won seven Cy Young awards. Yet neither of them are members of the National Baseball Hall of…

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Addicted to porn
Features

Maya Kim | March 7, 2022

He flipped through the TV channels looking for something to watch and stumbled across a movie that contained something he hadn’t seen before. At 13, this was his first exposure to graphic sexual content….

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Getting help
Features

Grace Marcus | March 3, 2022

This story discusses topics that may be difficult for some readers, including substance abuse and addiction. If you are struggling with addiction, contact a counselor or call the SAMHSA hotline at 1-800-662-HELP…

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A park for every body
Features

Ava Duggin | March 2, 2022

Jamie Vann was at Target in one of the food isles when she ran into her friend. Vann found out that she had just visited Morgan’s Wonderland, the only “Ultra-Accessible” theme park for every age…

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In-depth: The gateway to gun violence
Features

Nathan Sweeney | February 17, 2022

A school resource officer escorts her toward her mother’s car, where her family sits in silence. A few minutes ago, she was in band class. Now, she watches her mother’s tear-soaked eyes and somber…

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In-depth: A test-optional future
Features

Mya Copeland | February 7, 2022

After three hours of staring at the tiny bubbles on a Scantron sheet, even a good student can start to go cross-eyed. Taking the ACT or SAT is a time-consuming process, especially for those taking tutoring…

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No plane, no gain
Features

Megan Glasgow | February 1, 2022

“It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”

This is one of the many encouraging notes hanging in Kirkwood resident Dennis Kelly’s basement, carefully handwritten by his wife. The “it”…

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Get your head in the game
Sports

Ava Duggin | January 18, 2022

“Go hard, be aggressive.”

She repeated in her head while warming up before each game. But this time was different. It was her first competition back after a concussion, and she was playing in her…

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Making history and headlines: Asian representation in 2021
Opinions

Maya Kim | January 7, 2022

*Opinion

To some, 2021 may be remembered for the Capitol riots, the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available and life getting back to some normalcy. For me and the Asian community, 2021 will be remembered…

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Charity Issue: We are family
Features

Grace Marcus | December 16, 2021

Like many family homes in St. Louis, the people living in Joyful House enjoy spending time together cooking and sharing meals, watching movies or relaxing. But unlike many family homes in St. Louis,…

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Charity issue: Battling Alzheimer’s step by step
Features

Sim Khanuja | December 6, 2021

Outside Enterprise Center, you could spot a sea of purple on the crisp morning of Oct. 23. From the Planetarium all the way to the rooftop of the City Museum, around 30 buildings in St. Louis displayed…

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Jeremy Maclin: The experience
Sports

Henry Chappell | November 30, 2021

Before he played America’s game, and strapped on his helmet and cleats, Jeremy Maclin was born and raised in the Meacham Park neighborhood of Kirkwood, Missouri. Although Maclin had two older brothers…

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Gonna fly now
Sports

Sim Khanuja | November 2, 2021

Hair pulled back in a messy ponytail, sweat lining her skin, boxing gloves in hand. Nothing can break her concentration as she jabs and kicks. Gritting her teeth, she channels her energy in order to master…

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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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