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Helicopter rescues librarian after two nights in Colorado mountains

Helicopter rescues librarian after two nights in Colorado mountains

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
October 25
Filed under News, Top Stories

Most trips to the bathroom don’t end with a rescue helicopter ride out of the Rocky Mountains. For librarian Chris Everett, however, that was the case. On her annual Rocky Mountain hiking trip with family and friends, Everett and her son’s girlfriend, Danielle Hohly, were lost for two nights at Mirror...

Spanish three classes take new approach on foreign language education

Spanish three classes take new approach on foreign language education

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter
October 24
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Sophomore Jackson Mason goes home after a long day of school. He looks at his Spanish homework to see what activity he should do for this week. After deciding to listen to a Latin radio station on Pandora for an hour, Mason puts on his headphones, presses play, and earns three homework points. The...

Drafting students design and build a shelter by Free State prairie

Drafting students design and build a shelter by Free State prairie

Sydney Gard, Co-editor in chief
October 23
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Many high school drafting students would not expect to be able to design a structure for their peers. However, when sophomore Darik Dudley walked into his Drafting 2 class during the second week of school, he discovered that was exactly what he would be doing. Dudley and other Drafting 2 and 3 students...

USD 497 adds new equity goals

USD 497 adds new equity goals

Madi Engnehl-Thomas, Reporter
October 22
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When New York Elementary School third grade teacher John Bode was in high school, coming out as gay or lesbian was unheard of. Many of his high school friends didn’t come out until after graduation, when they felt they would be more accepted. “As I became a teacher and started to understand that...

P.E. teacher advocates for new LGBT+ library section

P.E. teacher advocates for new LGBT+ library section

Sydney Gard, Co-editor in chief
October 21
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When gym teacher Nancy Hopkins walks through her Cardio Center in the school, she feels a great sense of pride. After all, she came up with the idea for the center, contacted people from around the country to get items to sell, and held a huge auction to fund it. Now, the center houses six gym classes...

Students and teachers share their thoughts on blended learning

Students and teachers share their thoughts on blended learning

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
October 14
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As teenagers being raised and taught during the Information Age, it only makes sense for students to have technology in the classroom. That’s the direction many schools are starting to take, including our own. Recently, the school district and administration has pushed for blended classrooms--a...

Social Studies teacher Jordan Boyd wins the Horizon Award

Social Studies teacher Jordan Boyd wins the Horizon Award

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
October 7
Filed under News, Profiles, Top Stories

Social studies teacher, Jordan Boyd, was shocked and a little frightened to see members of the administration coming into her room on September 22nd. Boyd was soon informed, however, that she was not in trouble as she thought, but that she had received the Horizon Award. “They came into my first ...

Black Violin pushes boundaries of classical music in upcoming Lawrence concert

Black Violin pushes boundaries of classical music in upcoming Lawrence concert

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor
September 25
Filed under News

On October 1, Black Violin will be coming to the Lied Center of Kansas for the second time. Putting a modern twist on classical music, Kevin Slyvester (Kev Marcus) and Wilner Baptiste (Wil B) took what they learned from their elementary, middle and high school orchestras and combined it with pop music....

New school-wide policy prevents students from earning extra credit

New school-wide policy prevents students from earning extra credit

Evan Frook, Reporter
September 21
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Senior Brett Carey did a double-take when he read the extra credit policy in the student planner. Carey is a good student in multiple AP classes, and he gets A’s in them. That’s not to say he doesn’t work hard, and the new prohibition of extra credit caused temporary pause. “For me it’s...

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer resigns

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
September 8
Filed under Briefs, News

On the 12th of August Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer announced his resignation. This was two days after he stepped down as executive director of Just Food, a nonprofit food bank. Elizabeth Keever has replaced Farmer as interim executive director of the program and former City Commission member Mike A...

Free State names Myron Graber new head principal

Free State names Myron Graber new head principal

Maame Britwum, Editor-in-Chief
May 12
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Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll’s criteria for Free State’s new head principal was simple: a strong leader who isn’t afraid to point out flaws in the school. “[We were looking for someone to] continue the rich tradition of success at Free State, but also to look for changes that could be made...

New construction will increase school security

New construction will increase school security

Kenneth Palmer, Reporter
May 5
Filed under News

The bell rings at 8:05 a.m., just as freshman Ava Cormaney’s mother pulls her car into the circle drive on the south side of the school. This year, running a few minutes late generally calls for a quick stop by the attendance office. Next year is a different story. “At 8:05, the north doors and...

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