The Kirkwood Call

Needle in a haystack

Needle in a haystack

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under In Depth

Chatter fills the Senior Hall as Principal Dr. Michael Havener, smiles and greets students. Hearing his phone ring, he diverts his attention to the voice on the other end of the line. The news he receives knocks the wind out of him. He asks them to repeat. Everything, the bustle of heading to class,...

Bonds of cheating

Bonds of cheating

Benji Wilton, sports editor

August 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

For former Major League Baseball (MLB) stars such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire, January is a time for waiting. Continually standing by for the ultimate recognition they believe they deserve. But for the past six years, when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) voted on Hall of F...

Drugs, child labor and soap

Drugs, child labor and soap

Will Drury, Parsnip editor

May 8, 2018


Filed under The Parsnip

*This story is entirely satirical. I decided to take random words from a generator and turn them into a story. These were the words and this is their story: Premise: soap scene Identity: marriage beard How: belt express Conflict: snake acid Resolution: child training **This story is b...

The Juul in the eye of Kirkwood

The Juul in the eye of Kirkwood

Richard Pfeifer, features writer

November 7, 2017


Filed under Features

She tells the buyer to meet her in the KHS commons. She waits until she sees them, then quickly unzips her backpack and takes out the product: a vape pen and five pods to refill the pen. The student approaches her with $55 and with an exchange Suzy* sells her first nicotine product to a minor. Suzy m...

Teen drug and alcohol use: what’s going on and what you can do about it

Teen drug and alcohol use: what’s going on and what you can do about it

Kara Rieger, photographer

October 23, 2017


Filed under News

There is a teen drug and alcohol presentation in the Keating theatre 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Students are encouraged to attend the event with their families, and the presentation is sponsored in part by PPO with the help of Ceci Bodet, education support counselor. This event is presented by Ro...

Underage Gambling PSA

Underage Gambling PSA

Holden Foreman, web editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Video

The affected

The affected

Katie Judd, copy editor

December 13, 2016


Filed under Features, Top Stories

In Kirkwood, deaths from heroin are four times the national average, according to CNN. Since 2013, six KHS students have died with speculation of drug abuse. Robert Riley, co-founder of Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, spoke at a mandatory school-wide assembly Jan. 28, 2016 about heroin. W...

The affected

The affected

Katie Judd, copy editor

December 2, 2016


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

He cracked open a capsule bean and let the brown, sandy contents pour onto the table. He tapped his fingers on the table before snorting heroin for the first time. He took a hard sniff through a plastic straw and immediately felt the heroin bolt up his nostrils. Five minutes passed before the sting of the...

Searching for a source

Searching for a source

Annie Murphy, copy editor

February 20, 2016


Filed under Features

Andrew* sat in a chair along with two other friends, their hands locked in handcuffs. Because one of the friends had cigarettes, the police searched for possession of other drugs on the teens. Andrew is one of the 6 percent of KHS students who has experienced police enforcement of drug possession. Andrew...

Pop culture or pot culture?

Pop culture or pot culture?

Holden Foreman, entertainment editor

February 18, 2016


Filed under Entertainment

Drugs suck. They hinder grades, social standing, self-confidence and more for the asking price of your healthy body and plenty of cash. Yet, celebrities seem to portray them as elixirs to life at every chance they get. Maybe this is because America’s “superstars” and “role models” tend to g...

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