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Peyton Townsend’s sketch turns into a stand against Brownback’s policies

Peyton Townsend’s sketch turns into a stand against Brownback’s policies

Maame Britwum, Editor-in-Chief
May 1
Filed under Briefs, News

When senior Peyton Townsend heard about the cuts Governor Sam Brownback was enacting on the education budget, she was upset. Instead of sitting on her anger, Townsend did something about it: she created a ‘Brownbackistan’ design. “I was inspired by that sticker it says ‘Kansas not Brownbakistan’....

Seniors chosen as Lawrence Journal World’s “Academic All-Stars”

Libby Stanford, Reporter
April 29
Filed under Briefs, News

For the 18th year in a row, the Lawrence Journal World announced their Academic All Stars. This program highlights some of the highest achieving high school seniors from Lawrence and surrounding areas. Among these 26 individuals were Free State seniors Jack Ziegler and Sophie Westbrook. Both Zieg...

March, South Park Rally advocate for public education

March, South Park Rally advocate for public education

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief
April 28
Filed under News

Two years ago, on her first march from Kansas City to Topeka, Heather Ousley, member of Game On for Kansas Schools, spent much of the 60-mile journey alone, aside from friends bringing her food. One major exception was her trek through Lawrence, which happened to be on St. Patrick’s Day. “I was...

Agriculture teacher, Future Farmers of America sponsor Laura Priest to resign

Agriculture teacher, Future Farmers of America sponsor Laura Priest to resign

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
April 13
Filed under News

For the past eight years, agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America sponsor Laura Priest worked to advance Free State’s FFA chapter and break down stereotypes regarding agriculture, but now she’s moving on. “I’m going to miss it,” Priest said. “But you know what? When one chapter...

New bill passed prohibiting “harmful material” in schools

Juliana Hill, Reporter
April 13
Filed under News

Wednesday, Feb. 25, a bill was passed with a 26-14 vote by the Kansas Senate aimed at prohibiting any school taught material that may be deemed harmful or inappropriate.The bill’s purpose is to limit harmful or pornographic material taught in schools. Teachers found guilty of the offense could face...

Free State Student Council hosts first Coffee House Jams

Free State Student Council hosts first Coffee House Jams

Libby Stanford, Reporter
March 13
Filed under News

On February 25, sophomore Mariah Houston performed her poem at the very first Coffee House Jams. Houston was among 15 other students and staff who showcased their artistic talents at the event. The show was described as having a very comfortable environment. Students were less nervous to perform there...

The IT Crowd: Students aid with school tech problems

The IT Crowd: Students aid with school tech problems

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
March 11
Filed under News

Under the supervision of building technician Ismael Romero, seniors Zach Moore, Kerry Thomas and Tom Brooks work to figure out why a Macbook Air won’t turn on. The culprit: a disconnected power cord. Earlier this semester, these seniors volunteered to assist Romero with technical problems throughout...

Committee proposes new schedule

Committee proposes new schedule

March 8
Filed under News

On the first day of school next year, students may be informed there is a block schedule with late arrival every single week. Lips may begin to quirk into smiles—until teachers reveal the catch. With a schedule proposed by a inter-school committee, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, students...

Governor Sam Brownback introduces plan to cut school funding

Governor Sam Brownback introduces plan to cut school funding

Kenneth Palmer, Copy Editor
March 6
Filed under News, Top Stories

A MoveOn Petition to “Recall Sam Brownback” with upwards of 30,000 signatures from all over the country, a New York Times article questioning the state’s financial plan and plenty of other national criticism have resulted from recently announced education budget cuts. Many Kansans are concerned...

ACLU requests suspension of LEAP Ambassador Program in violation of Title IX

ACLU requests suspension of LEAP Ambassador Program in violation of Title IX

Hala Hamid, Reporter
March 4
Filed under News, Top Stories

On Jan. 29, USD 497 Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll received a letter from the American Civil Liberties stating that the new LEAP Ambassador Program violates Title IX. Title IX states that the school may not separate or exclude individuals from educational programs and activities solely based on their...

President Obama speaks at Kansas University

President Obama speaks at Kansas University

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief
February 18
Filed under News

Senior Laura Corliss shook the left hand of the President of the United States—at least, she’s pretty sure she did. “I couldn’t see him,” Corliss said. “But I felt his wedding ring.” On Jan. 22, President Barack Obama spoke at Anschutz Sports Pavilion on the KU campus in front of...

Free State Slam Poetry Team plans to compete at Louder than a Bomb

Free State Slam Poetry Team plans to compete at Louder than a Bomb

Libby Stanford, Reporter
February 9
Filed under News

The point isn't the points—the point is the poetry. This is the motto at the “Louder Than a Bomb” slam poetry festival, considered the “Super Bowl” of all slam poetry events. Students from all over the Midwest prepare for this competition by writing various types of poetry. This year, the...

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