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Students write plays for Black Box Theater Festival

Students write plays for Black Box Theater Festival

Juna Murao
April 6
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Experiencing writer's block, directing a show and casting his peers have been some of sophomore Christopher Pendry’s first steps as one of the playwrights for this year’s Black Box Theater Festival production. The festival takes place on April 21-23 at 7:30 pm each night. Among the five writer...

Female students of color participate in KU study

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 23
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A voice came over the intercom requesting that female students of color come to the auditorium at the end of third hour. When junior Lezley Linnear heard the announcement, she saw heads turn in her direction. Every eye in the room was focused on her. Linnear knew the question popping up in their heads:...

Recent Kansas legislative activity involves changes to education

Evan Frook and Sydney Gard
March 16
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In the face of the upcoming nationwide elections, legislation of all kinds is being passed, killed and proposed, much of which concerns education. “This year and last year the pace of proposals has picked up, and I’ve seen a couple of possible explanations for that,” school board memb...

Kyle Hayden chosen as USD 497 Superintendent

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
March 10
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Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Kyle Hayden was chosen as superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools, effective July 1, 2016. Earlier this year, current Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll announced his resignation effective June 30, 2016 to be come assistant professor and executive director of the Kansas Educatio...

FYI club compensates for lost grant

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
March 8
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FYI club was informed this fall that they would not receive the grant that funded Meg Lyles, the club’s sponsor position. The club is known for spreading awareness and getting involved in the community. Those who were involved were disappointed to say the least. “Obviously I was concerned about...

Kansas Supreme Court threatens to close schools

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter
March 3
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This February the Kansas Supreme Court threatened to close down public schools if lawmakers do not change the way they fund them. According to the Huffington Post, the budget is $54 million dollars short and is unequitable for all students. The Supreme Court decision doesn't happen until July 1st of 201...

National merit finalists excel at test taking

Evan Frook, Reporter
March 2
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Ten seniors were recognized for their academic achievement by becoming National Merit Finalists this February. They received this honor for their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT standardized test. “It’s a recognition based off of PSAT scores,” finalist Maggie Carttar said. “It’s a corporation that...

Lack of Oscars diversity leads to concerns, boycotts 

Sydney Gard, Editor-in-Chief
February 26
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When the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the 2016 Oscars nominees on Thursday, January 14, Twitter users were outraged at the names they saw. For the second year in a row, all 20 nominees in the major four categories are white. While sophomore Saraya Windibiziri does not pl...

USD 497 plans for One-on-One technology

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
February 22
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Recently the school district has begun making strides toward one-to-one technology: providing one device for each student in every middle and high school. Assistant superintendent Jerri Kemble is heading this effort alongside school administration and a technology board. Kemble says the district's...

Can We Talk students hold a discussion on the Confederate flag

Juna Murao, Reporter
February 11
Filed under Multimedia, News

Having seen a Confederate flag in the school parking lot, Can We Talk held a meeting in the black box theater to have an open discussion about the Confederate flag and what it meant to them personally. Junior Lanice Brown felt discouraged because of the flag and what it represented to her. ...

Lawrence schools and district hope to raise graduation rates

Lawrence schools and district hope to raise graduation rates

Trenna Soderling and Reagan Sullivan
February 6
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Putting the organizational tools she has learned to the test, Junior Victoria Atkinson leans over her binder in her Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class. The skills learned in these classes help to equip students with the skills they need for college. “We do tutorials and we stay organized by ...

Students work together to ban Confederate flag

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
February 3
Filed under News

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 students were greeted with the Confederate flag flying in the parking lot. Within an hour, snapchats and tweets about the flag littered Free State students’ feeds. Teachers held discussions and students expressed their opinions about the flag and what it stands for. Later in...

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