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KS Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

KS Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

Jake Clark and Darby Gilliland
March 3, 2017
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that state funding to the district’s schools is inadequate and the Legislature must rework the s finance formula by June 30. “The state’s public financing system provided by the Legislature for grades K-12, through its structure and implementation, is n...

MacBooks chosen as technology for 1:1 student access

MacBooks chosen as technology for 1:1 student access

Mia Peters, Reporter
March 1, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

Teachers are responsible for much more than just lecturing and assigning homework. It is their responsibility to ensure that their students have the tools necessary in order to succeed. At the start of the 2016-17 school year, the pilot program began. “It was the responsibility of each of the diff...

Possibility of reduced schedules for underclassmen

Possibility of reduced schedules for underclassmen

Maddy Johnson, Reporter
March 1, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

Exhausted after seven semesters of work, senior Justin Siler is excited to have a reduced schedule this spring. “I feel like it’s a right as a senior because you have to wait and get that privilege,” Siler said. The belief that only seniors deserve a reduced schedule is widespread, even a...

Senior Zion Bowlin receives Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Award

Senior Zion Bowlin receives Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Award

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under Briefs, News

When Senior Zion Bowlin won the Boys and Girls Club Youth of Year award he had no doubts about upholding its expectations. “You just do what you're supposed to do to the best of your ability,” Bowlin said. “That means you’re a leader [and] stay out of trouble.” Bowlin said. Bowlin und...

Women’s March encourages political activism in community, nation

Women’s March encourages political activism in community, nation

February 16, 2017
Filed under News

Women and men marched through the streets across the world, carrying signs protesting the violation of women’s rights and the latest president elect. Social studies teacher Jordan Boyd was present at the Topeka march with her family.   “My sister and her boyfriend made some signs that just said ...

Singers sacrifice schedules for annual Encore audition

Singers sacrifice schedules for annual Encore audition

Mia Peters, Reporter
February 7, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

160 Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the Free State choral program spent the entire month of January preparing solos and ensembles for an audition on Feb. 5th. They auditioned for the annual choir concert, Encore. Encore originated as a version of Lawrence High’s annual choral performance, Showtime....

Intrapersonal Skills returns to traditional curriculum

Intrapersonal Skills returns to traditional curriculum

Chris Pendry, Reporter
February 3, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

With a new teacher at the head of the class, Intrapersonal Skills has changed in structure and style. Senior Paige Bowers enrolled in IPS for the first time this semester. Even though Bowers was never in IPS under the former teacher, Jake Thibodeau, she has noticed a reaction from her classmates. “...

City basketball showdown to be played at Allen Fieldhouse

City basketball showdown to be played at Allen Fieldhouse

Reagan Sullivan
December 16, 2016
Filed under Briefs, Sports

Bright lights illuminate the court. Sneakers squeak against a floor that has seen All Stars to D Roses, Chamberlain to Chalmers over the past 61 years. On Friday Dec. 16, Allen Fieldhouse will host an all new group of competitors. Instead of cramming into the Free State gym for the Free State versus L...

Hype club helps student raise money for funeral in Kenya

Hype club helps student raise money for funeral in Kenya

Rowan Plinsky, Reporter
December 13, 2016
Filed under News

On Oct. 30, David Mburu Nganga passed away due to a sudden onset of Pancreatic cancer. His last wish was to be laid to rest in Kenya. As soon as students heard the Nganga family needed help with money to get to Kenya, Fellowship of Christian Students [FCS], Student Council and Hype club made suppor...

Young Democrats and Young Republicans Clubs hold first debate

Young Democrats and Young Republicans Clubs hold first debate

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief
November 22, 2016
Filed under News, Top Stories

More than 100 students crowded the Black Box Theater on Nov. 3 to watch the first ever debate between the Young Democrats Club and Young Republicans Club. For almost an hour and a half, debate teacher Jason Moore moderated a staged dispute that avoided many of the personal attacks seen during the p...

Culinary student run popup “Breakfast Club” hits legal obstacle

Culinary student run popup “Breakfast Club” hits legal obstacle

Darby Gililand, Copy Editor
November 20, 2016
Filed under News, Top Stories

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, the Lawrence College and Career Center‘s Advanced Culinary class decided to form a breakfast pop up stand called the Breakfast Club. Every Wednesday morning, the pop up would be in a different location: Free State High School, Lawrence High School, the Lawrence...

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, 2016
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...

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