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Free State faces crosstown rival LHS; unites for common cause

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief
March 1
Filed under Briefs, News

Scoring 12 unanswered points to start off the game, the Free State girls basketball team beat cross-town rival Lawrence High School 60-51 Friday, Feb. 28. The Firebirds led by around 10 points most of regulation. At halftime, the Firebirds were up 26-16 and continued to run the court during the seco...

Nelson Mandela: A Mentor and Leader

Nelson Mandela: A Mentor and Leader

catherine prestoy, reporter
February 4
Filed under Briefs, Features, Top Stories

Feb. 11, 1990, Kelly Barah glued his eyes to the television, along with various other friends and family members, to watch Nelson Mandela’s first public speech as free man after 27 years in prison as Barah heard mother began to cry. Barah lived in Africa during Mandela’s anti-apartheid movements, a t...

What happens to high students

What happens to high students

becca moran
November 12
Filed under Briefs, Features, Health and Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

For some, coming to school high is an unimaginable taboo. For others, it is a regular occurrence.   Red eyes, lethargy and apathy are just a few indicators teachers use to determine whether or not a student is on any drug.   “I can tell usually by looking at their pupils and noticing behavi...

Lessons from Luvuyo

hannah moran, editor-in-chief
October 29
Filed under Briefs, News

“Apartheid” means “to keep apart.” For decades, South Africa’s dominating politcal party enforced this policy of racial segregation, a policy equivalent to American slavery in the early 1800s. But one man spoke out against the repressive government, and in turn, spent over two decades in...

Debate coach gives away older trophies

Debate coach gives away older trophies

Kyra Haas, Online Co-Editor in Chief
October 17
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

On Oct. 16, a debate participant tweeted, “Want a free trophy? Stop by the debate room today after school.” The tweet featured a photo of a cart full of debate and forensics plaques, trophies and various awards predating 2011. After 3:05 p.m.,  debate students could go into the debate room and cho...

Mr. E the Motivator

Mr. E the Motivator

rosemary newsome, copy editor
October 15
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

During Late Arrival on Thursday, Oct. 10, Mr. E the Motivator, an engagement specialist for students, parents, and teachers, came and spoke to Free State. Sponsored by Free State’s Can We Talk club and Renaissance committee, Mr. E’s presentation aimed to encourage students to perform their best in...

Students volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital

kyra haas, co online editor in chief
October 4
Filed under Briefs, Features

Even though he’s volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) for four years, senior Bryce Ridgway still doesn’t enjoy transporting warm, bloody placentas from room to room. “It’s in a container,” Ridgway said, “but it’s still warm and everything, so that’s kinda gross.” Bryce R...

Four students turn down Homecoming nominations

hala hamid, reporter
September 24
Filed under Briefs

Being a part of Homecoming court can be an exciting event in one’s high school career, but for three seniors, walking onto the football field during the Homecoming game to find out who is going to be crowned Homecoming king and queen is something that does not appeal to them. “I was kind of indifferent about...

Students have differing summer health

becca moran, reporter
September 23
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, News

For some, summer break is just that-- a break from the stress and pressure that goes along with school, sports, and responsibility.  For others, summer is a time to devote even more time and effort to their health and sports.   Varsity basketball and football senior Khadre Lane kept in shape by ...

Horizon Award Presented to Rachel Downs

catherine prestoy, reporter
September 19
Filed under Briefs, News

After school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Free State staff members sat at tables in the library, puzzled as to why a brief, general email from principal Ed West requested their attendance. Until the meeting began, the staff was not aware that someone among them was about to receive the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Ho...


ciara sayler, reporter
September 4
Filed under Briefs, Features, Hometown Hub, Opinion

Opening just under a year ago, Italian restaurant Intorno is one place I will go back to time after time. Located on the corner of 8th St. and Massachusetts Street, Intorno has quite possibly the perfect view of downtown, whether sitting inside or out. With an executive design, the restaurant immediately ...

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