The Kirkwood Call

A self-portrait that shows the ups and downs of the past year

Juxtaposition – Liv Timp

Liv Timp, artist May 17, 2021

COVID-19 brought me so much bad, and good. But it was hard to see through the negatives that came with living through a pandemic at 16. Dealing with anti-maskers or COVID-19 deniers (sometimes in my family),...

This year I had family events, a death, an ACT, protests but all I can tell you is I’m exhausted.

Exhausted – Rachel Finan

Rachel Finan, health + wellness editor May 17, 2021

You know that feeling before an airplane takes off? That split second of sitting in anticipation of the rumbling engine, the popped ears, your stomach dropping and feeling like you're floating. Until suddenly...

Being cut off from everyone was draining, but simple things were able to lift my spirits.

Connected – Morgan Hooker

Morgan Hooker, artist May 17, 2021

The past 14 months have been terribly difficult for everyone. But, what I’ve taken away from it is the importance of those you care about. Social interaction isn’t always easy or enjoyable, but spending...

Following the 14 months later prompt, I chose to depict who I have become during the pandemic.

Growth – Emma Frizzell

Emma Frizzell, artist May 17, 2021

In response to the 14 months later prompt, I chose to draw a self portrait. I wanted this art piece to show how I’ve grown into myself during this time. Even though it wasn’t always enjoyable, over...

These months weighed on me, but they also lifted a fog — now I’m starting to witness the world with more clarity.

Above – Audrey Blaine

Audrey Blaine, art editor May 17, 2021

When the world shut down, I became obsessed with the sky. It’s not that I’m an astronomy nerd, but I could stare at a sunset until someone yanks me away (this has, quite literally, happened). I don’t...

Enjoyment is the word that I think of whenever I'm podcasting.

Enjoyment – Henry Joiner

Henry Joiner, sports writer May 17, 2021

If you told me two years ago that I would be creating a sports podcast with one of my best friends, I would probably say that you were wrong. It all started with a passion for sports, a strong friendship...

These past 14 months have been nothing short of chaotic. With so many changes and obstacles, I have become a completely different person than I was before COVID-19 struck the US.

Growth – Caroline Steidley

Caroline Steidley, opinions writer May 17, 2021

These past 14 months have been nothing short of chaotic. With so many changes and obstacles, I have become a completely different person than I was before COVID-19 struck the US. I have grown and evolved,...

The Walker Park playground does not have caution tape any longer, only a COVID sign remains.

Progress – Coco LeGrand

Coco LeGrand, photographer May 17, 2021

This is a photo taken of the playground Walker Park. Fourteen months ago, there were signs all around saying it was closed and caution tape was everywhere, as if it were a crime scene. It was completely...

My take of the last 14 months was about the weight I felt from all different aspects of life.

Weight – De Lila Green

De Lila Green, photo editor May 17, 2021

My take of the last 14 months was about the weight I felt from all different aspects of life. School was somewhat of a balancing act, and I was trying to keep it all from tumbling down and taking my mental...

This is a photo of me looking at myself, reflecting on the past year.

Reflection – Annie George

Annie George, photo editor May 17, 2021

2020 was a year full of lessons learned. COVID-19 and quarantine brought out a lot of hefty struggles for many people. Looking back, I’ve learned to put my own mental health first. Quarantine and being...

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