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Brownback’s order sparks discord, protest follows

Brownback’s order sparks discord, protest follows

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 9
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Sophomore Eli Jost arrived at the state Capitol on Feb. 14 with one goal in mind: change. Standing among a crowd of determined citizens who shared his goal, he and others carry signs, chanted and waved flags all in the hope of showing the governor their frustration with his recent actions. On Feb....

New donations expand middle, high school programs

New donations expand middle, high school programs

Trenna Soderling, Reporter
February 10
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From “The Ugly Duckling” to “The History of Hip-Hop,” the Lied Center has brought free performances to elementary school children for many years. However, a similar program did not exist for older students—until now. A lack of funding has always kept the Lied Center from providing free...

Recent graduate fills open science position

Recent graduate fills open science position

Sydney Gard, Reporter
February 10
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When science teacher Brad Simon passed away on Dec. 13, students and teachers wanted time to mourn. Finals, however, were only a week away, and Simon had AP Physics 1 and Chemistry classes scheduled for second semester. “The position itself requires a Physics endorsement and Chemistry endorsement,...

Suspicious Water Cleared as Safe

Suspicious Water Cleared as Safe

Evan Frook, Reporter
February 9
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Junior Hayley Boden listens to her chemistry teacher mention suspicious water coming from the drinking fountain, and, a short time later, she notices it herself. The water trickling out of the fountain and into her water bottle is cloudy. “I heard [the cloudiness] was from the construction,” Boden...

New athletic signing day policy a possibility for future

New athletic signing day policy a possibility for future

Hala Hamid, Reporter
February 9
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As senior student-athlete Eliza Anderson finally decided she wanted to sign to the University of Rhode Island for swimming and diving, she had the freedom to choose when and with whom to sign with, within her sport’s respective signing week. “Each sport for NCAA rules has a certain period where...

Clear reason exists for cloudy fountain water

Clear reason exists for cloudy fountain water

Evan Frook, Reporter
February 9
Filed under Briefs

Junior Hayley Boden listens to her chemistry teacher mention suspicious water coming from the drinking fountain, and, a short time later, she notices it herself. The water trickling out of the fountain and into her water bottle is cloudy. “I heard [the cloudiness] was from the construction,”...

Administration finds replacement for drafting teacher

Administration finds replacement for drafting teacher

Kellie Stofac, Reporter
January 31
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As weeks passed by at the beginning of quarter three, students fed up with watching pointless videos contemplated switching out of Drafting I. However, after three substitutes and much confusion, the administration finally found a permanent drafting replacement, and Mike Williams is excited to become...

Scholars Bowl Students Compete for Academic Expertise

Scholars Bowl Students Compete for Academic Expertise

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
January 30
Filed under Briefs, Features

Every Monday from October until the end of February, students meet for an hour after school in Coach Oather Strawderman’s room to test their academic knowledge and trivia skills in preparation for their next competition. Scholars Bowl is a competition where teams of students from different schools...

New director brings passion to jazz band

New director brings passion to jazz band

Erin Friedrichsen, Reporter
January 26
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Trombone in hand, junior Steele Jacobs works to keep up with new Jazz Band Director Dr. Albert Miller. Playing every note with confidence as Miller preaches about swinging eighth notes, Jacobs can see himself improving under Miller’s teachings. Miller taught jazz at the collegiate level for nearly...

USD 497 implements delayed start policy

USD 497 implements delayed start policy

Hala Hamid, Reporter
January 19
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Last year, USD 497 called off four days of school due to inclement weather, and only one of those days had to be made up by adding two minutes on to every class. This year, however, there are no snow days built into the calendar. The school district will do their best to avoid cancelling a full day of school. A new Two-Hour Delayed Start policy has been implemented. When unsafe weather conditions occur, the district will delay school start time for two hours. Delayed Start is meant to allow dangerous weather conditions to pass, sidewalks and roads to be cleared and cold temperatures to warm...

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Former students mourn physics, chemistry teachers death

Former students mourn physics, chemistry teachers death

Juliana Hill, Reporter
December 19
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Free State High School physics and chemistry teacher Brad Simon died on Dec. 13 at the age of 53. The cause of his death is uncertain, but it is speculated that it was a heart attack. He had taught for three years at Free State and sponsored the chess club and the robotics club. Funeral services...

Student Finley White Starts Rowing Club After Moving From New Zealand

Evan Frook, Reporter
December 1
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Sophomore Finley White has lived in four continents and five countries, having moved five times in her life. Where are you from? White: “I was born in South Africa, then I moved to England … Then (I moved) here for a couple of years, then Australia for three, New Zealand (for) four, then back...

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