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5 ways to reduce stress in 2019

5 ways to reduce stress in 2019

Annie O'Brien, health and wellness editor

January 14, 2019

With a constant stream of New Year’s resolutions flooding Instagram and Twitter feeds, it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in a sea of expectations. The school year is halfway over, and your teachers are piling on new material, tests, projects and anything else they can think of. It may seem ...

The Kirkwood wellness dilemma

The Kirkwood wellness dilemma

Grace Klebe, news editor

September 27, 2018

Fifty one percent (180/348) of KHS students think KSD needs a new plan to deal with the mental health of its students and staff. With no current district-wide plan in place, the school board submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) in March 2018 asking for help from different organizations to form a ...

Life as a teenage musician

Life as a teenage musician

Sophie Chappell, features writer

September 13, 2018

Once the clock strikes 2:40 p.m., students head home to complete their homework for the evening. Molly Prow, junior, faces a mountain of homework each night in addition to a time-consuming orchestral practice routine. Molly has been playing the viola since fourth grade. The instrument has taken her to...

Watching summer through a screen

Watching summer through a screen

Lily Bartin, features writer

August 30, 2018

It’s well past 12 p.m., you’ve been inside all day. The air conditioning is on full blast and you’re relaxing in your coziest sweats. You have no plans this summer. At first the freedom is peaceful. But day after day, you scroll through Instagram and your happiness starts to waver. With every sun...

Senior Profiles: Aubrey Puryear

Senior Profiles: Aubrey Puryear

Brendan Davidson, sports writer

May 8, 2018

Aubrey Puryear’s peers describe her in one word: caring. At KHS, she walks through the halls talking to her friends, an infectious smile on her face. She said she is looking forward to college because she can continue to play the clarinet along with her psychiatric studies at Creighton University. But mo...

Mind games

Mind games

Megan Cleveland, features writer

April 23, 2018

She sits across the room and watches as her student trembles in their chair. Long sleeves cover the students scarred arms and the talk of suicide consumes the room. For Ceci Bodet, education support counselor, this is just one of the many conversations she hears at KHS. Bodet works for a school based...

Suicide Awareness Week (SAW) 2018

Suicide Awareness Week (SAW) 2018

Richard Pfeifer, features writer

April 9, 2018

With slam poetry, food trucks and live music overlapping suicide statistics written in chalk on the sidewalk, April 6 marked the culmination of the 2018 Suicide Awareness Week (SAW) at KHS. This year’s SAW, backed by the KHS journalism department and counseling staff, included informational campaign...

Rolling the dice

Rolling the dice

Emma Lingo, news-features writer

March 14, 2018

*name changed for anonymity Mary* walks into the commons on the verge of passing out. Her head is pounding. She wants to vomit. She is too sick to be at school, but here she is. Why? It is still early in the year, and she has already missed seven days of school. Her absences have all been excuse...

Letter to the Editor: Mental health at KHS

Letter to the Editor: Mental health at KHS

Camille Baker, editor-in-chief

March 14, 2018

TKC received the following letter from KHS graduate, Nathan Curtis, March 7. The letter is addressed to KHS staff and students.   Staff and students of Kirkwood High School, If you’re looking for an angry letter venting and throwing blame, this letter will most likely disappoint you. I’m...

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