The Kirkwood Call

VoK: Lauren Gadkari

Now, while most people are suffering from the inconveniences of the stay-at-home order, Gadkari said she has much to worry about in addition to social distancing: her recently diagnosed immune disorder and job as an essential worker.

Nathan Sweeney, Writer

June 11, 2020

As news of the emerging COVID-19 virus began to surface late last year, Lauren Gadkari, sophomore, said she was skeptical of the dangers predicted for the following months. She said it was not until school cancelation in mid-march that she realized those predictions had become a frightening reality. Now, while most people are suffering from the inconveniences of the stay-at-home order, Gadkari said she has m...

Voices of Kirkwood: COVID-19

Come together as a community and submit your COVID-19 stories to TKC's Voices of Kirkwood.

Olivia Silvey, Kate Schreiber, and Audrey Blaine

April 30, 2020

Tell us about your quarantine/COVID-19 experience. We want to provide a space for Kirkwood to come together. Whether it’s from your bedroom, your front yard or online, we want to hear about your times in quarantine.  Send us a photo of the view from your workspace. Share a hopeful story. Pose ...

VoK: MariJo Arthur

MariJo Arthur, is fighting cancer for the second time at age 71.

Lily Bartin, features writer

November 29, 2018

Walking around Downtown Kirkwood on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I had little hope of finding anyone with a story to tell. I ducked into Great Harvest Bakery to escape the downpour. Scanning the café, I noticed a woman eating alone. After deciding to approach her, I immediately changed my mind not t...

VoK: Mass shootings

VoK: Mass shootings

Claire Boysen, features editor

March 2, 2018

TKC asked KHS students about how they felt after hearing about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. photo by Claire Boysen “Of course I was sad," Abigail Dowell, sophomore said. "I don't know how else to feel. I definitely think it's very sad that the parents had to get that call about the kids and it was probably ve...

VoK: 10.10.17

VoK: 10.10.17

Thomas Birmingham, Jane Stewart, Ally Ortmann, Bailey Niece

October 10, 2017

photo by Jane Stewart "Gun violence is something I really worry about a lot. It’s getting easier to get even stronger guns and rifles. They’re making the bullets more deadly and more dangerous. I while I haven’t been personally affected by it, but I just feel for everyone who has. Just look at ...

VOK: 3.4.17

VOK: 3.4.17

Mary Ralston and Audrey Berns

March 4, 2017

Audrey Berns Chris Moritz What’s your favorite part about working [at Sammy Soaps]? “My favorite part is that we get to meet all of the customers, and you get to come back here and see everything.” “Sam is Karen’s [the owner’s] son. [Sammy Soaps] is named after Sam, and we employ adults with disabilities. Sam helps here, and we all share the different work...

VOK: Kirkwood Police

Cynthia Casserly, Police Officer

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer ever since I was a kid. I finally realized that I need to make my dream come true, and that’s when I got hired at Kirkwood. [I like] the diversity of Kirkwood. We have a little bit of everything from all walks of life. That’s what makes it so interesting.” 

TKC: What is your proudest moment or accomplishment you’ve had with your job? 
“My proudest moment was [when] I had a young lady involved in heroine. Her parents were having a lot of trouble and she was obviously having a lot of trouble. I talked to [the young lady] at length. Then not until about a month later I saw the mother on the street and she actually hugged me and thanked me. Her daughter had gone to treatment. She was getting a job and starting to turn her life around. That’s why I do what I do. But a lot of times, we don’t get the closure. With the calls like that, we don’t always know what happens [in the end]. We don’t [always] know if we’ve had any impact.” 

TKC: Do you have any advice for anyone interested in law enforcement? 
“[My advice] is to finish schooling and get a college degree. More doors are open that way. Have a love for it, be able to talk to people, and don’t have any criminal history at all.”

Anna Poe, photographer

January 25, 2017


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