The Kirkwood Call

“Congratulations”—Five KHS seniors who got into elite universities

From left to right: Ellie Nash, Mary Ralston, Cooper Wise, Meredith Lang, Eli Boshara

Ethan Peter, features writer

May 15, 2019

Kirkwood’s towering trees were an array of red, orange and yellow hues when Mary Ralston, senior, completed her college applications. Yet when those leaves turned brown, shriveling and drifting down from high in the trees, Ralston continued to receive promotional materials from various schools. When the ...

Issues: cyberbullying

Cyberbullies who hide behind a screen don't see the emotional response of their target.

Catherine Butler, opinions writer

November 29, 2018

A cell phone is usually the first thing teenagers see when they wake up, and the last thing they see at night. When we hear that familiar ding from our devices signaling a text, post, or reminder, our first impulse is to respond immediately. Social media dominates the way our generation communicates...

Issues: Race in college admissions

art by Thora Pearson

Ethan Peter, features writer

October 26, 2018

Imagine on Ivy Day, the day the eight Ivy League schools announce their admission decisions, a valedictorian and varsity captain with a perfect ACT score is rejected. Imagine he is left asking what else he could have accomplished to be accepted into these prestigious schools. Imagine the answer is...

College criteria: then vs. now

Claire Hubert, center and 2015 alumnus and sophomore at University of California-Los Angeles, gets her picture taken with her parents Tony and Melanie Hubert on parents weekend. Claire was always competitive in high school, so she thought it natural for her to apply to the most competitive of colleges. “UCLA was my dream since I was eleven and I wasn’t sure if I would get in, so I was looking at other schools that were the same academic caliber,” Hubert said. ” I knew I wanted to go somewhere academically challenging and I think I got caught up in admissions rates and the competitiveness of schools.”

Annie O'Brien, features writer

October 6, 2016

Since 2005, Northwestern University’s acceptance rate dropped from 33 percent to 10.7 percent and Vanderbilt University’s plummeted from 40 percent to a staggering 10.4 percent. Across the country, college acceptance rates are shrinking as schools become more selective due to an increase in applica...

Time is points

Time is points

Katie Woodruff, news editor

March 23, 2016

One simple diagnosis can help students to get extra time on standardized tests, quizzes and other school work. According to NBC News, standardized testing has increased the amount of ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. Though there are students who are born and develop the disorder, a student who successfully...

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