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Club launches drive shedding light on periods

Club launches drive shedding light on periods

Chris Pendry and Sam Spencer, Reporter and Editor-In-Chief
November 17
Filed under Health and Lifestyle, News

Young Feminists Club is spearheading a Menstrual Products Drive to help those in need and to help normalize periods. The Gay-Straight Alliance has also put their full support into the drive. All products gathered through the drive, which began Nov. 7 and runs until Nov. 21, will go to the Willow Domestic...

Students in Technology 1 to 1 Program trade tablets for laptops

Students in Technology 1 to 1 Program trade tablets for laptops

Riley Paradise, Reporter
November 10
Filed under Health and Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

PCs have been used at this school since it was founded. Now, laptops have become a commodity. It’s been six and a half years since Apple sold their first iPad which spawned the use of tablets for work and play. As laptops and iPads become common tools, the district is launching a Technology 1 to 1...

Condom dispenser encourages safer sex, raises parental concerns

Condom dispenser encourages safer sex, raises parental concerns

Sam Spencer, Online Editor-In-Chief
November 6
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, News

Starting this month, safe sex could take a matter of seconds. The Douglas County Health Department and Lawrence Public Schools have implemented a dispenser making free condoms available for students in the nurse’s office restrooms at both high schools. Although the DCHD provided both the condoms...

School board hosts LGBTQ+ panel, shares plan of action

School board hosts LGBTQ+ panel, shares plan of action

Rowan Plinsky and Jackson Barton
November 2
Filed under Health and Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

LGBTQ+ students in the Lawrence public schools deal with ignorance concerning their sexualities and preferred pronouns. On Oct. 18, nine members of the Lawrence public schools LGBTQ+ community sat down in front of a room full of district administrators and told them their stories. Audience members,...

Higher enrollment pressures counselors, teachers

Higher enrollment pressures counselors, teachers

Juna Murao, Reporter
September 23
Filed under News, Top Stories

Cramming through the walls of people, students try to get to their lockers or class before the bell rings. Juniors and seniors might notice the growing population of the other grades this year.   Counselors recognized the influx of freshmen. It has been challenging for counselors to schedule the la...

Record number of Free State National Merit Semifinalists announced

Record number of Free State National Merit Semifinalists announced

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 14
Filed under News, Top Stories

“I was so excited, like not just for myself, but for everyone, I was so excited for my friends that got in, I was so excited to see them come into the room,” semifinalist Erin Scherl said. “Like, ‘we did it guys!’” The College Board announced Wednesday morning, September 14th, that Scherl...

Booster Club disbands, clubs lose funding

Rowan Plinsky, Reporter
September 12
Filed under News

After twenty years of supporting StuCo, the whole Free State faculty and many other groups, the Booster Club has decided to disperse due to the lack of parental involvement. The Booster Club began when the school opened. They were a group of parents that raised money to help various programs around the...

Pokemon GO catches attention of students, community

Pokemon GO catches attention of students, community

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 7
Filed under Entertainment, Health and Lifestyle, News, Top Stories

Over the summer, the nation was suddenly engulfed by the largest “Pokémania” since 1999. The international phenomena to “catch ‘em all” reached students and teachers alike.

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Student injured after dangerous jump into nearby pond

Student injured after dangerous jump into nearby pond

Darby Gilliland and Mariah Houston
May 19
Filed under News

The sirens from nearby police cars, ambulances and fire trucks startled the students and faculty on May 9, 2016. A sophomore had dove head-first into the shallow pond on private property near Free State. He injured his head, neck and spine leading to paralysis from his chest down according to senior...

Possible Repurposing of Black Box

Possible Repurposing of Black Box

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 6
Filed under News

During a faculty meeting on April 7, the administration announced plans to repurpose the Black Box into a flexible space during school hours. Currently, the Black Box serves as theater classroom and English teacher Nancee Beilgard’s classroom. The proposed changes would move Beilgard and her classes...

Bullying is redefined by students, faculty

Bullying is redefined by students, faculty

Mariah Houston
April 7
Filed under News

Teachers expressing their intolerance for bullying has been routine starting as long ago as elementary school. Through anti-bullying assemblies, students were taught to treat others the way they want to be treated and face their peers with nothing but kindness and acceptance; however, voices have been piping up in regards to incidents inv...

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