The Kirkwood Call

Coiled in beauty standards

Coiled in beauty standards

Genevieve Francois and Kiden-Aloyse Smith

January 17, 2019

We remember in preschool being told by other kids we were ugly because our lips were too big and brown and our hair was weird.  From then on we tried everything to make our hair look as “white” as possible. We used to ask our moms over and over why we couldn’t just have straight hair. Whatever wa...

Four neediest cases

Four neediest cases

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

December 4, 2018

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: school

Four neediest cases: school

Kiden-Aloyse Smith, opinions writer

December 4, 2018

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...

Issues: Stereotypes of a black woman

Issues: Stereotypes of a black woman

Kiden-Aloyse Smith, opinions writer

October 30, 2018

Angry black woman. It’s a phrase black women and girls know too well. Most times we aren’t even angry, just disappointed. After a racist political cartoon was made after Serena Williams was accused of cheating at the U.S. Open, black women and girls felt disappointed.   “My reaction was imme...

Classmates have a back-to-back conversation

Classmates have a back-to-back conversation

Jack Anderson, Sophie Chappell, Ally Ortmann, Ethan Peter, Anna Retzlaff, and Kiden-Aloyse Smith

October 26, 2018

In this video, TKC and KHTV will have two classmates exchange a meaningful conversation back-to-back. Without the ability to see one another, these students have the opportunity to build a relationship without the bias of physical appearance.

Seeing double

Seeing double

Charlotte Heinrich and Mary Frizzell

November 20, 2017

The first hour bell rings releasing you from the prison that is a high school class. You fumble with your backpack and try not to forget to grab your lunch as you and 20 others shuffle out of the doorway into freedom. On your left, passes a red-headed girl in the sea of teenagers. You think nothing of...

Strings attached: grads return to teach orchestra

Strings attached: grads return to teach orchestra

Maddie Meyers, features writer

October 2, 2017

One devastated little girl glares up at an enormous cello, while another girl looks to the violin to escape the piano. Fariga Drayton-Conway, KHS Symphonic Orchestra director and 1995 graduate, originally played violin, but when she moved into the KSD, her teacher told her she was too tall and her h...

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