10 stories that don’t have anything to do with COVID-19


Emma Lingo

With COVID-19 taking over, a bit of perspective might be needed. Read these stories to see what else is going on in the world.

Ever since COVID-19 made landfall in January, the virus has been dominating the news cycle. Between online school and state mandates, it can feel like coronavirus is taking over. But it’s not. Here are 10 stories to brighten your day that have nothing to do with COVID-19 and its effects. 

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Despite all the negativity that comes with a pandemic, there is still good in the world. Read Maya Kim’s article about Lauren Kennedy and Lainey Hogg here. Adopted by loving families, these two girls have different stories of working through the complexities of growing up without their birth parents, yet both are inspiring and uplifting. 

If you’re a student that wants to reminisce about the good ol’ days of in-person schooling, click here. Rachel Finan ventured out during homeroom to collect the stories of students passing through the halls. Read about Meredith Millstone, senior and activist, who spends her homeroom working on a project to support the LGBTQ+ community or Joseph Button, junior, who travels back and forth from South Tech to develop skills in law enforcement.

For an especially touching story, read Lydia Cohen’s charity profile on Friends of Kids with Cancer here. Hear from Lori Zucker, mother of three, who discovered the organization and received support for her 3-year-old daughter Arianna, who suffered from neuroblastoma. You can also hear from Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues player, who works with the charity. 


In the entertainment realm, pop artist Lauv dropped new singles to promote his album “~how i’m feeling~” which released March 6. Read Kate Schreiber’s take on Lauv’s singles and growth as an artist over time here.

Mary Grace Heartlein
Taylor Swift has released seven studio albums over the course of her career.


Or maybe you’re more into underground, strange music. If that’s the case, click here to read Lily Frick’s review of Jazmin Bean’s album “Worldwide Torture” that’s packed with disturbing songs full of screaming, angst and just the right amount of “Hello Kitty” references.

If neither alternative or rock sits right with you, read about pop queen Taylor Swift’s underrated singles here. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinions in the comments. 


Moving onto the news, believe it or not, there is a lot going on aside from dealing with COVID-19. 

Emma Lingo
Meet the candidates introduces you to candidates running for office district 90 and their platforms.

KSD just hired its new superintendent, David Ulrich. Listen to a podcast about him here with hosts Megan Cleveland, Lily Bartin and Daniel Tobias. Or check out his Q&A here where Ulrich describes his love of the tv show “30 Rock” and his favorite food.

In addition, elections for the school board, Missouri House of Representatives, and Senate are still taking place in June and November. Get to know the two candidates for Missouri’s General Assembly in a dual-feature by Emma Lingo here