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Government students register to vote

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
December 14
Filed under Briefs, News

On Nov. 24, Government students were provided with the opportunity to register to vote for the 2016 election. Throughout the semester students have been learning about the government and the different candidates. Government teachers Aimee McLendon and Katy Hayden had the idea of registering the students...

Funding problems impair Team Steam’s ability to compete

Rose Arachtingi, Photography Editor
December 7
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Free State Robotics team 5119, dubbed “Team Steam,” has had a tough run in their short time as a club. Due to a lack of funding, the team must face the reality they may not be able to compete this year. The cost of building a robot and registering to compete is at least $5,000 and raising...

Students and teachers react to Paris attacks

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
December 7
Filed under Briefs

On the evening of Nov. 13, Paris was shocked by a series of terrorist attacks that killed approximately 129 people. The news of the attacks that included mass shootings, suicide bombings and hostage-taking have been all over social media and TV, and the residual effects have left many talking about who...

Students and teachers prepare for annual talent show

Juna Murao, Reporter
December 2
Filed under Briefs, Entertainment

Free State's third annual talent show will allow students to showcase their various abilities, including anything from singing Korean pop to Native American dance and reciting poetry. The show will be December 2nd, tickets are $2 and can be bought at lunch or at the door. Talent show director and...

School therapy dog provides support for students

School therapy dog provides support for students

Sydney Gard, Editor
November 30
Filed under Briefs

Zoe Severson is just like the average staff member. She comes to school every day, is featured on the staff page of the yearbook and supports students. However, there is one big difference between Zoe and her coworkers: she is a dog. Zoe’s owner Will Severson has been a special education teacher for...

Superintendent Rick Doll announces his retirement

Superintendent Rick Doll announces his retirement

Libby Stanford, Maame Britwum, Online Editors
November 23
Filed under Briefs

At a school board meeting Monday, Lawrence Public School's superintendent, Rick Doll, announced his retirement effective June 2016. Doll has been superintendent since July 2009 and is stepping down to take a position at Kansas State University next year. He will be a professor and executive director...

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
November 20
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

This year the school district took new steps to incorporate technology in learning. Textbooks in AP U.S. History classes and Algebra I classes are now being used online. One concern that arose out of this new policy was how the district is going to accommodate for students who do not have access to computers...

IPS students discuss the effect the class has had on them

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
November 17
Filed under Briefs

When senior Kirsten Baska first signed up for her interpersonal skills (IPS) class, she knew it would be unlike any other class she took. An average class is more than just taking notes and tests. Baska said the curriculum for IPS includes lessons on topics such as stress relief, how to be more kind,...

FYI club works to raise awareness about suicide prevention

FYI club works to raise awareness about suicide prevention

Reagan Sullivan, reporter
November 16
Filed under Briefs

For Your Information club, (FYI) works to inform students about various issues at Free State. Junior Katie Lane, FYI club leader, explained what their latest project, suicide prevention, is about. “We are trying to train people in part of the Yellow Ribbon Project, so the first step is to train...

Student Council members discuss General Assembly

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor
November 9
Filed under Briefs, News

At the start of the year Student Council began its transition from a classroom setting to a general assembly. Instead of having Student Council meet exclusively during third hour, meetings will be held after school to incorporate more students. Senior Meghan McClorey says the move is a return to how...

Reporter shares her thoughts on the recent office construction

Juna Murao, Reporter
October 6
Filed under Briefs, Opinion

Over the past year, the Lawrence school district renovated Free State's office to a more modern design. The additional classrooms were built in response to the growing number of students in the building. In the first few days of school, I was overloaded with textbooks and supplies for my new classes,...

Editor visits Ladybird Diner after recent reopening

Editor visits Ladybird Diner after recent reopening

Trenna Soderling, Editor in Chief
September 30
Filed under Briefs, Entertainment, Food

As I walked up to 721 Massachusetts St. on a Sunday afternoon, I groaned a little bit. Not because I wasn’t excited about the food; I felt the opposite. However, college students and families were rushing to the door, and I knew I would have to fight for a spot in line. However, the wait for a table...

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