The Kirkwood Call

The Brain Issue: Seeing double

My identical twin, Grace and I, when we were 3 years old.

Meg Murphy, vok editor

November 11, 2019

“Which twin are you?” “How do I tell you apart?” “Are you going to the same college?” “Who is older?” These are questions I get asked daily. Do I get tired of it? Yes. Do I tell people that? No.  My identical twin Grace and I, are the youngest of six kids. My parents were completely ...

The Brain Issue: Breaking down learning disabilities

According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, learning disabilities are neurologically based processing challenges. Such problems can interfere with learning skills such as reading, writing and math, and higher-level skills such as organization, time management, abstract reasoning and long or short term memory and attention.

Megan Cleveland, editor-in-chief

November 11, 2019

According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, learning disabilities are neurologically based processing challenges. Such problems can interfere with learning skills such as reading, writing and math, and higher-level skills such as organization, time management, abstract reasoning and long or short term memory and attention.

The Brain Issue: Normal

Clare Sullivan, junior, said she and Lucy Salamon, senior, were born to be best friends. Each of them were also born with an extra chromosome.

Molly Higgins, opinions editor

November 10, 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 of them were also born with an extra chromosome. “We’ve been friends for pretty much my entire...

The Brain Issue: The apparent reality

The truth is you will turn into your parents and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Lily Bartin, vok editor

November 10, 2019

This piece is entirely satirical. Some people believe nature shapes you and genetics alone determine who you are. Others claim nurture is a bigger factor and your environment shapes you. More than anything, the way you are raised forms your personality. The people who you’ve spent more time with t...

The Brain Issue: Long term impact

Concussions were an issue that affected 15% of high school students in 2017.

Rachel Finan, health + wellness writer

November 6, 2019

Kade Kenter, sophomore, is hanging out with friends when he goes from happy to depressed with no warning. His friends are unfazed. This has happened before.  Madeline Brackney, junior, sits in class as the fluorescent lights flash in her eyes, causing her head to throb.  Gracie Simonsen, sophomor...

The Brain Issue: More than just a cautionary tale

An outline of the photo kept on the dresser of Brett Radake that pictures him and Kevin Mullane.

Emma Lingo, editor-in-chief

November 6, 2019

74% of KHS students know someone who has struggled or is struggling with addiction. Substance Abuse Disorder affects many, and Kevin Mullane was one of those who suffered from it.

The Brain Issue: Love at first fight

Dating types exist, and our current partners are more likely to resemble our exes than we would care to admit.

Ally Ortmann, associate editor

November 5, 2019

Dating types exist, and our current partners are more likely to resemble our exes than we would care to admit.

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

According to Nationwide Children's Hospital, the average teenager needs nine and a half hours of sleep each night.

Grace Klebe, print managing editor

November 5, 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, she realized that it wasn't. Anna Carmody, senior, has been struggling with sleep since elementary ...

The Brain Issue: Very superstitious

As the saying goes,

Malcia Greene, associate editor

November 5, 2019

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. At 6 years old, this so-called harmless saying instilled the fear of God in me. After all, how was a child supposed to know it was nothing more than an innocent rhyme? Alas, this unnerving phrase began to manifest in the back of my mind as something I couldn’t...

The Brain Issue: 12 accounts and counting

Social media isn’t just addictive, it changes the way we view ourselves and our peers. 

Sophie Chappell, web editor

November 4, 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, most people have between seven and eight apps that are considered social media according to Market...

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