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Student raises awareness of the environmental effects of a meat-heavy diet

Student raises awareness of the environmental effects of a meat-heavy diet

May 7, 2016
Filed under Briefs

Early one morning, senior Samantha Farb raced to school with a box of chalk and butterflies in her stomach, but she ignored her nerves and began working. Farb covered the pavement around the gym entrance with illustrations and facts. Her intention was to spread the word about the dangers of animal ag...

Possible Repurposing of Black Box

Possible Repurposing of Black Box

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 6, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Students write plays for Black Box Theater Festival

Students write plays for Black Box Theater Festival

Juna Murao
April 6, 2016
Filed under News

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...

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Two girls basketball players reach 1,000 points

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
April 3, 2016
Filed under Briefs, Sports

Every hook shot, free throw and three-pointer they made this season helped junior Madison Piper and senior Caiti Schlesener reach a milestone previously only one other girls basketball player in school history has been able to achieve: 1,000 points. Before joining the Firebirds this year, Schlesener p...

Club’s projects make an impact on the Earth

Club’s projects make an impact on the Earth

Mariah Houston
April 2, 2016
Filed under Briefs

Handfuls of worms squirm throughout a plastic container full of compost in Julie Schwarting's science classroom. These squiggly workers break down waste from the cafeteria, turning it into nutrient-rich fertilizer and creating the Environmental Club's first vermiculture. This year, the club has been...

Female students of color participate in KU study

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 23, 2016
Filed under News

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:...

Shooting in Hesston leaves three casualties

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 21, 2016
Filed under Briefs

The happenings in a town of less than 4,000 do not usually make national news. On Feb. 25 in Hesston, Kan., tragedy struck when Cedric Ford showed up at Excel Industries, his workplace, armed with an automatic pistol and an assault rifle. Police first responded when they received reports that a man...

Recent Kansas legislative activity involves changes to education

Evan Frook and Sydney Gard
March 16, 2016
Filed under News

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...

Consumer Science Club teaches real-life skills

Consumer Science Club teaches real-life skills

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 14, 2016
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

When sophomore Miranda Meyer stepped off the plane in Washington D.C. last July, she was ready for the challenges awaiting her. As the first Free State students to ever qualify for the National Leadership Conference, Meyer and her partner spent four days competing, meeting leadership students ...

Kyle Hayden chosen as USD 497 Superintendent

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
March 10, 2016
Filed under News

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, 2016
Filed under News

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...

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