The Kirkwood Call

Four neediest cases

Four neediest cases

Emma Lingo, Sophie Chappell, Claire Boysen, and Kiden Smith

December 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

For the third year in a row, TKC has decided to tackle the Four Neediest Cases project, inspired by St. Louis Post Dispatch’s 100 Neediest Cases features. Each holiday season, TKC sends out four staffers to speak with four students at KHS. These students have told TKC about their families' stories...

Four neediest cases: 2011

Four neediest cases: 2011

Sophie Chappell, features writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

2011 brought change to their life. It began with their mother’s death and continued with a move to their aunt’s house in the city. “My mom died when I was 9 years old,” they said. “They were going to put us in foster care, but my aunt didn’t want that so she decided to [have] us [live...

Four neediest cases: God

Four neediest cases: God

Claire Boysen, print managing editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

About two years ago, they found God. It’s not that they didn’t already believe in God, it’s just they weren’t as devoted as they are now. But after reading the Bible more, their eyes were opened. Despite any hardship, there is always the comfort of God, they said. “Everyone has their own s...

Four neediest cases: school

Four neediest cases: school

Kiden-Aloyse Smith, opinions writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

They have a really close family. They are an older sibling who constantly has to help with their brother and sister, it’s annoying, but they are close and have a lot of good memories with them. They remembered when their younger brother got in trouble for no reason while they and their sister laughed a...

Four neediest cases: family

Four neediest cases: family

Emma Lingo, web managing editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Their mother had just gone to the store for some cigarettes and a tea. To please her, her children all decided to take baths so they would be nice and clean when their mother got home. They bathed and laughed, blowing bubbles at each other as they washed themselves. From the bathroom, they heard a knock ...

Four neediest cases: freshman

Four neediest cases: freshman

Audrey Allison, artist

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

  Gutter is a Yorkie Chihuahua. He has little doggie syndrome: he thinks he is bigger and better than all the other dogs out there. Gutter’s owner walks him, feeds him and cleans his cage. Gutter’s owner dog-sits for money to buy clothes for school and other things he needs or wants. Gutte...

Four neediest cases: junior

Four neediest cases: junior

Camille Baker, editor-in-chief

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

It’s the same routine each day: wake up, go to school, come home, get ready for work, go to work, repeat. On occasion he’ll get a few hours of sleep─five if he’s lucky. At 16, he carries the burden of paying the monthly rent and WiFi fees, staying on top of schoolwork and working 40 hours per...

Four neediest cases: senior

Four neediest cases: senior

Richard Pfeifer, features writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

The day his grandmother died his life fell apart. Everyone and everything he knew changed. He began to go down a path that he never thought he would go down. Told he was not going to graduate, sleeping in abandoned cars and resorting to drugs to take the pain away, the world seemed to be against him. In...

Four neediest cases: sophomore

Four neediest cases: sophomore

Jack Rintoul, entertainment editor

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

In most ways she is just like any other teen. She likes macaroni and cheese and Chris Brown. She fights with her siblings and wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. But one thing is different: she can not relate to the other students at KHS. After waking up at 5:30 a.m., she gets on a bus and...

Four neediest cases: KHS

Four neediest cases: KHS

Audrey Allison, Camille Baker, Richard Pfeifer, and Jack Rintoul

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Each year around the holidays, TKC offers a helping hand to our community in one way or another. For the second year in a row, we decided to take on the Four Neediest Cases project, inspired by St. Louis Post Dispatch's 100 Neediest Cases features. Four staffers sat down with a KHS student from each...

Kirkwood High School student newspaper
four neediest