The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School

Lauren Comella

catherine prestoy, reporter
May 14
Filed under Briefs

When Lauren Comella first walked through the front doors of Free State near the end of her junior year, her initial thought was that the school was a bit bigger than the little Kansas school she had imagined. Before coming to Free State, Comella attended eight different schools, lived in nine differ... Read more »

Sam Skwarlo

Sam Skwarlo

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief
May 14
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Doing sports in high school is not uncommon among the student body; doing four, however, is. Freshman Sam Skwarlo competes in football, wrestling, track, and baseball throughout the course of the year. Skwarlo believes that football is the most team oriented sport of the four. “... You work all su... Read more »

Kelly Leatherman

Kelly Leatherman

sean chilcoat, reporter
May 14
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Contrary to popular belief that nice guys finish last, for Kelly Leatherman being nice doesn’t mean she finishes last. In fact, she was nominated for one of the most 50 influential people at Free State because of how nice she is. Some people might find it hard to always be nice, especially in situat... Read more »

Jessica Babler

Jessica Babler

sydney moreano, reporter
May 14
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For junior Jessica Babler, being involved is an understatement. From her 0-7 schedule to her three sports, to her NHS membership, one might say she constantly remains busy. “I’m a mess. I’m always doing something after school,” explained Babler. However the best part of Babler isn’t that she’s i... Read more »

Sam Hay

Sam Hay

Maria Carrasco, Social Media Editor
May 14
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Known for his energetic personality and “Kelly Clarkson sass”, Sam Hay brightens the Free State hallways. Hay attributes his energetic personality to his seven years of acting, claiming that it helped him break out of his shell.   “Acting and theater has made my life better, I’ve made so many ... Read more »

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas

sydney moreano, reporter
May 14
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Charles Thomas, a driven Free State security guard, has transformed Can We Talk from a small group of 15 minority males, to a strong, united team of over 150 students. “The group is founded on and based on building the relationship between students, staff, and administration,” said Thomas. Thomas’s mili... Read more »

Andrei Eliot

Andrei Eliot

sarah lieberman, reporter
May 14
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Chess players have senior Andrei Elliot to thank. Free State did not have a chess team Elliot’s sophomore year, so he re-organized the club.  The team made an amazing comeback, placing first this year at the state tournament. Along with reviving a school club, Elliot takes on impressive academic chal... Read more »

Laurie Folsom

Laurie Folsom

sarah whipple, design editor
May 14
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One of the first rules in journalism is to not just praise your friends, family and politicians. Instead, reporters are encouraged to share the stories of those unheard, hidden gems that provide a new insight into the community as a whole. When Hannah and I conceptualized the final issue of the Free P... Read more »

Weston Hack

maria mckee, reporter
May 14
Filed under Briefs

  Finding time for school, work and sports may seem difficult for some, but sophomore, Weston Hack, makes it look easy. From being a star basketball player to a mathematician, Hack has dexterity that extends further than just the average high schooler’s talents. “I feel like I set a ... Read more »

Soccer Pro: Alex Trent

Soccer Pro: Alex Trent

gavin spence, reporter
May 13
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Soccer is a universal sport. From kids in Africa to rich kids, everyone loves to play soccer. Junior, Alex Trent has played the game since he was in first grade. “I’ve played all sports, but soccer stuck with me because during my first Parks and Rec game I scored eight goals,” Trent said. T... Read more »

Born to Teach: Ms. O’Neil

Born to Teach: Ms. O’Neil

gavin spence, reporter
May 13
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Most kindergartners do not know what they want to do when they grow up, but Laura O’Neil did. She knew she wanted to be a teacher. Since that childhood dream, O’Neil has taught at Lawrence High for seven years, Free State for five and the Juvenile Detention Center for one. O’Neil had originally... Read more »

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

becca moran
May 13
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Not many people can say they made it to a national competition in one of the world’s hardest sports, but junior Nathan Lane can.   Lane first began doing gymnastics after he went to an open gym with his sister. He excelled so much, he was even asked to be on a national competition team when he ... Read more »

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