The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School

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... Read more »

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. ... Read more »

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 ... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

Senior named Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of the Year

Senior named Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of the Year

katie guyot, co-editor-and-chief
February 7
Filed under Briefs

At around 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, senior Ajala Anavberokhai posted to her Facebook wall, “By the graces of God he has shown me who he is and what he can do. I won youth of the year tonight.” The post has 30 likes and counting. Anavberokhai was chosen as the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Youth of t... Read more »

Swimmer Sloan Signs with University of Massachusetts

Swimmer Sloan Signs with University of Massachusetts

sarah lieberman, reporter
January 15
Filed under Briefs, Sports, Top Stories

Google Maps directs any Kansan on their way to the University of Massachusetts to pull into I-70 to begin the 21-hour drive to Amherst, Mass.  Even for an athlete like senior Ben Sloan, the distance is lengthy. Sloan recently signed with UMass to continue his swimming career throughout college. “UMass... Read more »

NFL Player to Talk at Free State

NFL Player to Talk at Free State

sam boatright, co-editor-in-chief
January 11
Filed under Briefs, Sports, Top Stories

This Monday, January 14, Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins will be at Free State to talk to any Can We Talk members and other students that want to attend. Collins, a KU grad, will speak in the auditorium during lunch. Students will be responsible for bringing their own lunch, but will... Read more »

Renaissance Committee Goes Old-School with Schoolwide Blackboard

Renaissance Committee Goes Old-School with Schoolwide Blackboard

katie guyot
January 7
Filed under Briefs

Across from the middle stairwell, the writing on the wall says it all: “You create what you are. You imitate what you wish to be.” Or perhaps: “Let’s make it a great day, Free State!” Or even: “THE RENAISSANCE COMMITTEE RULES!” The Renaissance Committee, a student group dedicated... Read more »

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