The Kirkwood Call

How to stay sane in isolation

Many people are stuck inside their homes due to COVID-19.

Lily Bartin, VoK editor

March 17, 2020

First, it’s important to understand that preventative measures like isolation, social distancing and event cancellations are inconvenient for everyone, but should be taken seriously. While you may not be at high-risk, protect the elderly, the immunocompromised, pregnant women, infants and other at-risk me...

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

TKC Staff

February 15, 2018

When Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, established two upcoming no-homework weekends, students and teachers responded loudly. The trial came from an effort to release pressure on students so their mental health doesn’t suffer. The debate about how much is too much for high school students to handle is ...

Draw it out: mental health

Draw it out: mental health

Katie Judd and Jane Stewart

September 11, 2017

Katie Judd and Jane Stewart narrate the story of an anonymous KHS student who has dealt with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.* *Some facts were altered in order to keep anonymity. Click here to see our last draw it out video regarding depression. Art by Erin Bugée...

Another nervous breakdown

Another nervous breakdown

Hannah Cohen, social media editor

April 7, 2017

Once again, I wake up in a sweat. It’s the third time tonight since attempting to get a rare full eight hours of sleep. I try my best to throw out the recurring thoughts in my head, but they just won’t budge. It’s 3:45 a.m. After constant rustling under the covers trying to get comfortable, I give u...

Call Ed: Sinking under the pressure

Call Ed: Sinking under the pressure

TKC Staff

October 17, 2016

Our editorials are the one spot in our magazine where we, as a staff, collectively take a stance on an issue, and publish our response. Often, our Call Editorials are critical of our school or a nationwide problem. Rarely do we stop and recognize anyone, especially the administration, for something positive. However,...



Kennady Wade, opinions writer

March 11, 2015

The sinking feeling is constant. It’s been weeks since you have felt like yourself, escaping crowded rooms to cry alone before a tear is noticed has become routine. The fear of judgement holds you back. People wouldn’t look at you the same if they knew, you would be an artifact on display. This image...

Mental disorders increase in teens

photo via Google Reuse

Emily Mitchell, news writer

February 11, 2015

We all feel a little crazy sometimes: freaking out for the chemistry test you forgot about until the night before, feeling more emotionally attached to your favorite TV show character than your best friend, talking to the computer screen. But for some people, it’s more than that. According to, one in...

Stress for success

Tom Gaither Ganim, guidance counselor, said he sees anxiety as a problem at KHS, identifying the workload and pressure students face as a main cause. This workload hurts a majority of students, as 91.1% (298/327) of KHS students say they experience stress due to school. 74.6% (244/327) said they feel anxious due to school. Over a third of  students have an anxiety or depression disorder, and  67.1% (114/170) of these students say school worsens their symptoms.

Abby Christensen, News editor

December 1, 2014

Diana Tang began to cry while sitting alone in her car. Her breathing picked up. She tried to steady her breath, but the more she tried, the more it spiraled out of control. Her fingers clenched. She couldn’t move them. Her legs went numb and her body shook. This was Tang’s first of two panic...

TKC Podcast: Anxiety

TKC Podcast: Anxiety

Trevor Cleveland, Kaitlin Kilby, Mikki Philippe, and Daniel Stobbe

November 19, 2014

This podcast is in correlation with Abby Christenson's story, which will be available Nov. 24. Kaitlin Kilby, Trevor Cleveland, Mikki Philippe and Daniel Stobbe discuss the stress and anxiety on the average high school student. DISCLAIMER: While recording, certain audio quality adjustments had...

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