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Kansas Supreme Court threatens to close schools

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter
March 3, 2016
Filed under News

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, 2016
Filed under News

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...

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lead Kansas Caucus polls

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
February 29, 2016
Filed under Briefs

Saturday, March 5 is the presidential caucus for Kansas. Persons who are 18 or will be 18 come November can caucus this year, meaning many Free State seniors can caucus. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still in the running for the Democratic party and Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, J...

Lack of Oscars diversity leads to concerns, boycotts 

Sydney Gard, Editor-in-Chief
February 26, 2016
Filed under News

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, 2016
Filed under News

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...

Students share their cultures at annual Diversity Assembly

Students share their cultures at annual Diversity Assembly

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
February 12, 2016
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

On January 28th, Free State gathered for a Diversity Assembly to accompany the activities of diversity week, spanning January 25th-29th. The assembly included dances from many cultures, a step team performance and poems read by students. The diversity assembly strives to help educate students about...

Can We Talk students hold a discussion on the Confederate flag

Juna Murao, Reporter
February 11, 2016
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, 2016
Filed under News

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 ...

Senior leaves America for new life in Germany

Senior leaves America for new life in Germany

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
February 4, 2016
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

While most seniors’ adventures will begin after graduation, Abigale Williams’ started January 6. The December graduate departed for Germany, where she will live with friends of her family for the next four months. “I have all my credits done, I have straight As, I just want to go out and rea...

Clubs aims to create a sense of community

Clubs aims to create a sense of community

Allie Knapp and Trenna Soderling
February 3, 2016
Filed under Briefs

  Sophomore Haley Glover arrives to her zero hour class of nine, hoping to unite the school. Glover, an active participant in Renaissance Committee, is dedicated to making her school the best it can be through multiple strategies. “We do a lot of things,” Glover said. “We recognize outstandi...

Students work together to ban Confederate flag

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
February 3, 2016
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...

Paraguayan exchange students hope to experience new things in the U.S.

Paraguayan exchange students hope to experience new things in the U.S.

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
February 2, 2016
Filed under News

As nine exchange students from Paraguay stepped off the plane and into the Kansas City airport, they were greeted with colorful signs and smiling faces. For five weeks, they will bear the frigid Kansas temperatures instead of enjoying their hot summer break, in hopes to learn more about American language...

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