The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School

City basketball showdown to be played at Allen Fieldhouse

City basketball showdown to be played at Allen Fieldhouse

Reagan Sullivan
December 16
Filed under Briefs, Sports

Bright lights illuminate the court. Sneakers squeak against a floor that has seen All Stars to D Roses, Chamberlain to Chalmers over the past 61 years. On Friday Dec. 16, Allen Fieldhouse will host an all new group of competitors. Instead of cramming into the Free State gym for the Free State versus L... Read more »

Condom dispenser encourages safer sex, raises parental concerns

Condom dispenser encourages safer sex, raises parental concerns

Sam Spencer, Online Editor-In-Chief
November 6
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, News

Starting this month, safe sex could take a matter of seconds. The Douglas County Health Department and Lawrence Public Schools have implemented a dispenser making free condoms available for students in the nurse’s office restrooms at both high schools. Although the DCHD provided both the condoms... Read more »

Thespian float makes spectators fall in love

Thespian float makes spectators fall in love

Chris Pendry, Reporter
October 3
Filed under Briefs, Photos, Top Stories

Last year, Thespian Club was awarded best float.  This year did not disappoint. “Since the theme is the year of love, which is the theme for all out shows this year, we decided to decorate our float in a way that represented that,” sophomore representative for the club Eliza Haase-Divine said... Read more »

Student raises awareness of the environmental effects of a meat-heavy diet

Student raises awareness of the environmental effects of a meat-heavy diet

May 7
Filed under Briefs

Early one morning, senior Samantha Farb raced to school with a box of chalk and butterflies in her stomach, but she ignored her nerves and began working. Farb covered the pavement around the gym entrance with illustrations and facts. Her intention was to spread the word about the dangers of animal ag... Read more »

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
April 3
Filed under Briefs, Sports

Every hook shot, free throw and three-pointer they made this season helped junior Madison Piper and senior Caiti Schlesener reach a milestone previously only one other girls basketball player in school history has been able to achieve: 1,000 points. Before joining the Firebirds this year, Schlesener p... Read more »

Club’s projects make an impact on the Earth

Club’s projects make an impact on the Earth

Mariah Houston
April 2
Filed under Briefs

Handfuls of worms squirm throughout a plastic container full of compost in Julie Schwarting's science classroom. These squiggly workers break down waste from the cafeteria, turning it into nutrient-rich fertilizer and creating the Environmental Club's first vermiculture. This year, the club has been... Read more »

Shooting in Hesston leaves three casualties

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 21
Filed under Briefs

The happenings in a town of less than 4,000 do not usually make national news. On Feb. 25 in Hesston, Kan., tragedy struck when Cedric Ford showed up at Excel Industries, his workplace, armed with an automatic pistol and an assault rifle. Police first responded when they received reports that a man... Read more »

Consumer Science Club teaches real-life skills

Consumer Science Club teaches real-life skills

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 14
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

When sophomore Miranda Meyer stepped off the plane in Washington D.C. last July, she was ready for the challenges awaiting her. As the first Free State students to ever qualify for the National Leadership Conference, Meyer and her partner spent four days competing, meeting leadership students ... Read more »

Farming, the Aeneid, truth-or-dare find place in foreign language

Farming, the Aeneid, truth-or-dare find place in foreign language

Lauren Brittain, Reporter
March 7
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, Top Stories

Juggling an essay for English, flashcards for french and 10 sentences to write for her Spanish 4 class, junior Audra Nepstad often considers screaming. She keeps confusing Spanish subjunctive endings with French conjugations. Her head hurts, and she wants to give up for the night. “I... Read more »

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lead Kansas Caucus polls

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
February 29
Filed under Briefs

Saturday, March 5 is the presidential caucus for Kansas. Persons who are 18 or will be 18 come November can caucus this year, meaning many Free State seniors can caucus. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still in the running for the Democratic party and Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, J... Read more »

Students share their cultures at annual Diversity Assembly

Students share their cultures at annual Diversity Assembly

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
February 12
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

On January 28th, Free State gathered for a Diversity Assembly to accompany the activities of diversity week, spanning January 25th-29th. The assembly included dances from many cultures, a step team performance and poems read by students. The diversity assembly strives to help educate students about... Read more »

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