The Kirkwood Call

Senior profiles: Ryan Peters

Senior profiles: Ryan Peters

Bridget Killian, art editor

May 10, 2018

Cars fly past the silent city as the clock strikes 4 a.m. It feels like the entire city is asleep except for Ryan Peters, senior, who is ready with his camera to capture the streaks of lights rushing down the highway. The only sounds heard are the tires against the pavement and the shutter of his camera l...

Sculpting the School

“Progress”  by Cierra Welsh

Abigail Imiolek, news-features writer

April 9, 2017

Three silver circles balance on one another in the courtyard at KHS. A book lays open with pages springing out. Soon, they will be joined by stick figures standing tall. Designs are being made by students and Nancy Grimes, art teacher, for two additional sculptures to join the existing sculptures in...

Vote here! New sculpture coming to the Nancy Grimes Sculpture Garden


Erin Kelly, managing editor

March 31, 2017

KHS is looking to add another sculpture to the Nancy Grimes Sculpture Garden, located outside the senior hallway. The administration wants students to vote on their favorite design in the poll below. Approximately 80 students from Jordan Fryer’s Engineering Design and Development class created paper m...

Dreaming of Engineering: 300 word feature: Liam Justin

Dreaming of Engineering: 300 word feature: Liam Justin

Allie Hickenbotham, copy editor

February 7, 2017

He ends every one of his conversations with an enthusiastic “Have a good day.” He is an overall positive person, and plans to spread his positivity to others. Liam Justin, 16, wishes to attend one of the most prestigious engineering colleges in the country, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)...

STEM branches out

Abigail Imiolek, news-features writer

December 3, 2016

She stands out in the country where women are a minority group in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. She stands out at KHS, where only 15 percent of engineering students are female. Olivia Flagg-Bourke, senior, stands out in her Capstone engineering class, where she is the only g...

Sitting with scientists: MuMu Xu

Sitting with scientists: MuMu Xu

Chloë King, blog/podcast editor

October 26, 2015

Welcome to a new feature on An Independent Universe. It’s called Sitting with Scientists, and I’ll be interviewing awesome people from around the country with a passion for science that puts mine to shame. My first interview was with Mumu Xu, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. S...

Senior profile: Molly O’Brien

Senior profile: Molly O'Brien

Emma McNail, features writer

May 2, 2015

Freshman year, Molly O’Brien had no idea enrolling in an engineering course would help her become a more patient, hardworking and persistent person. Four years later her passion still thrives. Molly will attend Miami University in Ohio and major in biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering...

Brown awarded Missouri PLTW Teacher of the Year

Mike Brown demonstrates how to use a planer in the woodshop for James Strevey, sophomore, and Henri Friedeck, junior. “He’s a good teacher who is really interactive,” Friedeck said.

Ben Cohen, web staff

February 3, 2015

Mike Brown, engineering teacher, won the 2014-15 Missouri Outstanding Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Teacher of the Year award on Sunday, Feb. 1 from PLTW Missouri. PLTW, a national engineering curriculum program, will present Brown with the award in Columbia, Mo. Feb. 12. at a formal presentation. Brown...

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