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Bowling team places seventh at State

Bowling team places seventh at State

Will Cook, Reporter
March 28
Filed under Briefs, Sports, Top Stories

The boys bowling team placed seventh at the state tournament Friday, March 3 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. Senior Alex Jiminez led the boys team who placed fifth individually. The boys team members were not pleased with their performance at the state tournament, but were satisfied with their season o...

Clubs team up to fundraise for DAPL protestors

Clubs team up to fundraise for DAPL protestors

Maddy Johnson, Reporter
March 16
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

The Environmental Club and Young Democrats Club have teamed up to spread awareness about the Dakota Access Pipeline and raise funds to help arrested protesters with legal aid. The pipeline was proposed by Energy Transfer Partners in 2014 and The New York Times reported that the underground pipeline w...

Firebirds fall to Huskies in tough semifinal loss, finish strong against Blue Valley North for third place title

Firebirds fall to Huskies in tough semifinal loss, finish strong against Blue Valley North for third place title

Jax Egan and Will Davis
March 11
Filed under Sports, Top Stories

As the student section’s “Thank you seniors” chant rang out in Koch Arena as a memorial to the the boys’ past four years, the future of the program played on the court in front of them. By the time Blue Valley Northwest guard Sam Ward slammed the ball through the rim with just over a minute l...

Firebirds advance to state semifinals for second time in school history

Firebirds advance to state semifinals for second time in school history

Jax Egan, Will Davis, Kaya Shafer, and Sam Spencer
March 9
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As senior Jacob Pavlyak dribbled out the clock with Firebirds leading the Wichita South Titans 48-42, he looked to his right to see the Free State bench celebrating their quarter-final win in the Kansas State 6A Boys Basketball Tournament. The quarter-final win was the Firebirds first appearance in ...

AP Environmental Science evaluated, Civics no longer required

AP Environmental Science evaluated, Civics no longer required

Maddy Johnson, Reporter
March 7
Filed under News, Top Stories

From offering reduced scheduling to underclassmen to new career pathways, many things are changing in USD 497 high schools. Starting next year, civics will not be a required course for freshmen; it will be an elective instead.  One thing that is not changing, however, is the availability of the AP E...

KS Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

KS Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

Jake Clark and Darby Gilliland
March 3
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that state funding to the district’s schools is inadequate and the Legislature must rework the s finance formula by June 30. “The state’s public financing system provided by the Legislature for grades K-12, through its structure and implementation, is n...

MacBooks chosen as technology for 1:1 student access

MacBooks chosen as technology for 1:1 student access

Mia Peters, Reporter
March 1
Filed under News, Top Stories

Teachers are responsible for much more than just lecturing and assigning homework. It is their responsibility to ensure that their students have the tools necessary in order to succeed. At the start of the 2016-17 school year, the pilot program began. “It was the responsibility of each of the diff...

Possibility of reduced schedules for underclassmen

Possibility of reduced schedules for underclassmen

Maddy Johnson, Reporter
March 1
Filed under News, Top Stories

Exhausted after seven semesters of work, senior Justin Siler is excited to have a reduced schedule this spring. “I feel like it’s a right as a senior because you have to wait and get that privilege,” Siler said. The belief that only seniors deserve a reduced schedule is widespread, even a...

Singers sacrifice schedules for annual Encore audition

Singers sacrifice schedules for annual Encore audition

Mia Peters, Reporter
February 7
Filed under News, Top Stories

160 Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the Free State choral program spent the entire month of January preparing solos and ensembles for an audition on Feb. 5th. They auditioned for the annual choir concert, Encore. Encore originated as a version of Lawrence High’s annual choral performance, Showtime....

Intrapersonal Skills returns to traditional curriculum

Intrapersonal Skills returns to traditional curriculum

Chris Pendry, Reporter
February 3
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With a new teacher at the head of the class, Intrapersonal Skills has changed in structure and style. Senior Paige Bowers enrolled in IPS for the first time this semester. Even though Bowers was never in IPS under the former teacher, Jake Thibodeau, she has noticed a reaction from her classmates. “...

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