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Senior Profiles: Najma Omar

Senior Profiles: Najma Omar

Emma Lingo, news-features writer

May 4, 2018


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As a freshman walking into her first Student Council (STUCO) meeting, Najma Omar, senior, exuded confidence. She quickly learned how STUCO worked and trained senior class officers on how to become better at their STUCO jobs when she was 14 years old. This led her to finding her niche in student government...

Mr. John Mackin

Mary Ralston, photographer

May 3, 2018


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 Art by Celia Bergman 21 years of teaching at KHS TKC: What are your retirement plans? Mackin: I’m a jazz saxophone player so I’m going to spend a little more time with that. Plus, I teach aerospace engineering and there’s a company that I’ve worked with that does flight simulation and I might work with them some to...

Mr. Greg Booth

May 3, 2018


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 Art by Celia Bergman 25 years of teaching at KHS TKC: What are your plans for retirement? Booth: I am going to buy a building and put in a studio and go be an artist. TKC: What is your favorite memory at KHS? Booth: I’ve really liked teaching. That’s been very nice, to have a career that you enjoy and I’ve loved ...

Mr. Jeff Melsha

Mary Ralston, photographer

May 3, 2018


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 Art by Celia Bergman 15 years of teaching at KHS TKC: What are your retirement plans? Melsha: Nothing definite right now*, but I’ll definitely work somewhere in the music industry. I have some thoughts and ideas and I’ve been talking to some places, but I don’t have any places that I’m going to go to rush to righ...

Dr. June Bourque

Mary Ralston, photographer

May 3, 2018


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 Art by Celia Bergman 10 years of teaching at KHS TKC: What are your retirement plans? Bourque: The plan at the moment is to leave the U.S. and find some tropical area. I’m presently looking at Belize, but I’m not going to rule out Costa Rica or Panama. Something of that nature. As long as I can actively [live abroad], ...

Senior profile: Jim DeYong

Senior profile: Jim DeYong

Kelley Cochran, photographer

May 3, 2018


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After checking on the campsite for the night, and making sure all of the scouts are safe, he lays down in his tent by the lake. He listens to the rain, crickets and bullfrogs before drifting off to sleep. Driving a boat in the water, or relaxing in a hammock on a quiet day in the forest are just some...

Senior Profiles: Zoe Risch

Senior Profiles: Zoe Risch

Charlotte Heinrich, features writer

May 3, 2018


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In a purple bedroom, pop music plays while one sister teachs makeup to the other. Giggles fill the room as Mary Kay samples are smeared on. Like many pre-teens, older sister Zoe, had recently become enveloped in the world of makeup. It was a way for her to find her identity amongst a lot of changes, like her family’s move from Calif...

Over a mountain she climbed

Over a mountain she climbed

Ally Ortmann, features writer

May 2, 2018


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With her blonde hair spread out on her pillow, the young girl stared at her ceiling thinking to herself. I imagine, she breathed, closing her eyes. Images of stages and tour buses, all-nighters and hastily scribbled song lyrics played like a film on the back of her eyelids. Creating visual art always came eas...

Senior Profiles: Torri Weidinger

Senior Profiles: Torri Weidinger

Maddie Meyers, features writer

May 2, 2018


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While most freshmen worried about their Geometry tests, Torri Weidinger, senior, worried about playing for Nelly. Feeling nervous, Torri focused on the abundant flowers and lights covering the room. Every year, Nelly hosts his Black and White Ball, a holiday party featuring artists like Nick Cannon and Nikko Smith. Torri plays cello for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and they selected her to perform at the ball with Smith’s ba...

The one percent

The one percent

Bridget Snider, print managing editor

May 1, 2018


Filed under Features, In Depth, Issue 5

Of over 150 KHS teachers, administrators and staff, only two are African-Americans who teach full-time. And although more part-time teachers, administrators and support staff add to the small percentage of African-American faculty at KHS, Santee Nixon, business teacher, remains part of the 1 percent. ...

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