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Laurie Folsom

Laurie Folsom

sarah whipple, design editor
May 14
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

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...

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 ...

Soccer Pro: Alex Trent

Soccer Pro: Alex Trent

gavin spence, reporter
May 13
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

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...

Born to Teach: Ms. O’Neil

Born to Teach: Ms. O’Neil

gavin spence, reporter
May 13
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

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...

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

becca moran
May 13
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

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 ...

The Power of Debate: Parker Hopkins

The Power of Debate: Parker Hopkins

gavin spence, reporter
May 13
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Debate is a challenging and highly rewarding activity for those students who are brave enough to take it on. With an exhausting 15-21 hour work week, sophomore Parker Hopkins’ devotion to debating is truly remarkable. Last year, Hopkins went to 4 tournaments and medaled at every one. This year he wen...

The Humble Artisan: Anna Cormack

The Humble Artisan: Anna Cormack

kerrie leinmiller-renick
May 13
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Anna Cormack has always been surrounded by art. Her mother and sister are both art historians. Some of Cormack’s fondest memories are of sitting and coloring with her grandfather for hours. Even now, her senior day is half consumed with creative thought, with ceramics, art and photography classes. ...

Double Personality Profile: For and Against Same-Sex Marriage

Double Personality Profile: For and Against Same-Sex Marriage

ciara sayler, reporter
April 19
Filed under Briefs, Features, Opinion, Top Stories

Mack Lottinville (For): Senior What is your opinion on same-sex marriage and why? I am completely for same-sex marriage, I don’t see any reason why someone shouldn’t be able to marry someone who they choose to marry, and I don’t know why it’s such a big deal in the first place. I’m hoping ...

The Willow Domestic Violence Center And The Renaissance Committee

The Willow Domestic Violence Center And The Renaissance Committee

becca moran
March 12
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, News, Top Stories, Upcoming Events

Relationships and self respect are two issues teenagers struggle with every day. The new Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program by Lawrence’s Willow Domestic Violence Center desires to address both subjects through live presentations and games that define harmful behavior while also modeling healthy...

A New Chapter for the Lawrence Public Library

ciara sayler, reporter
March 7
Filed under Briefs

For many years, the Lawrence Public Library has served our community with its variety of books, movies and magazines available for checkout. Located at Seventh and Vermont, the library was in the center of downtown. Looking a little dreary and bleak compared to other parts of downtown’s unique architecture...

Lawrence Center Works On Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Lawrence Center Works On Teen Dating Violence Prevention

becca moran, reporter
February 25
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

Almost 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in one year, yet only 33% of teens tell someone about it, according to loveisrespect.org. Domestic abuse is much more pervasive in teen relationships than most people think.  This is why people such...

Double Personality Profile: Pro Sex or No Sex

kyra haas, reporter
February 25
Filed under Briefs, Features, Health and Lifestyle

Teanna Totten Senior Teanna Totten doesn’t agree  with the freshmen health class’s “Abstinence Only” policy. “[Health class is] just kinda impractical for life,” she said. “I mean all the weird pictures of STDs shown [in class] encouraged me to be safe, but all the abstinence talk di...

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