The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School

Clear reason exists for cloudy fountain water

Clear reason exists for cloudy fountain water

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,”... Read more »

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... Read more »

Scholars Bowl Students Compete for Academic Expertise

Scholars Bowl Students Compete for Academic Expertise

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
January 30
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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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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
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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... Read more »

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... Read more »

Lawrence, Free State SAT scores higher than national average

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
November 29
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Fidgeting with No. 2 pencils and calculators, 64 Free State and 44 LHS students sat down to take the SAT this past year. According to the College Board, the average scores from Lawrence and Kansas high schools were higher than the national average. Free State posted higher scores than the Lawrence... Read more »

FSHS Marching Band Performs New Show

FSHS Marching Band Performs New Show

Juliana Hill, Reporter
October 31
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Inspired by Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” the new marching band show focuses on the climatic battle between the Incredibles and the Omindroid. Incorporating the movie’s characters and soundtrack, the show features Syndrome, Mr. Incredible and the younger Mr. Incredible, all played by marching... Read more »

Underclassmen, construction lead to limited senior parking

Hala Hamid, Reporter
October 15
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When arriving to school early, senior Dominic Katsbulas finds a parking spot in senior parking without a problem. However, when running late and arriving at 7:55 a.m. or later, the only available spots reside in junior parking. “Sometimes I’m late to my first hour, and that’s partly my fault,... Read more »

Red in a Sea of Blue

Maria Carrasco, Print Managing Editor
October 13
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From serving as an intern for the State Capitol under Kansas Representative Connie O’brien, to being an assistant for Milton Wolf, the runner-up of the 2014 United States Senate primary, freshman Colton Unden has devoted his life to politics this past year. Fueled by his passion for politics, Unden... Read more »

Ebola outbreak threatens thousands

Fiona McAllister, Reporter
October 13
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For the past several months, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected almost 4,000 people and killed nearly 2,000. Starting in Guinea, the current Ebola outbreak has spread to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Senegal, becoming the biggest Ebola epidemic in history. Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever... Read more »

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