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Pie perspective

Pie perspective

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief
June 14, 2017
Filed under Features, Top Stories

The carolina blue doorway of Ladybird Diner lolls open on a relatively sleepy Tuesday afternoon. Kianti Vann, going about her third week as a waitress for the restaurant, collects the peculiar salt and pepper shakers from the patio before the diner closes for the day. The joint’s owner Meg Herifor...

Spanish teacher selected for Bobs Award by Lawrence Schools Foundation

Spanish teacher selected for Bobs Award by Lawrence Schools Foundation

Maddy Johnson and Jackson Barton
May 16, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

Spanish teacher Stuart Strecker was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Bobs Award on the morning of May 17 in front of a crowded gymnasium. The award is given every year by the Lawrence Schools Foundation and includes a $10,000 check to the recipient. An anonymous group called “The Bobs” ...

Superintendent to transfer to chief operations officer

Superintendent to transfer to chief operations officer

Chris Pendry and Jackson Barton
May 12, 2017
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

Superintendent Kyle Hayden will transfer to become chief operations officer effective July 1 after one year as superintendent. “I feel fortunate to have been able to contribute to significant facility improvements for all the elementary schools,” Hayden said in a news release, “and to have played...

Great Green Help builds awareness of community

Great Green Help builds awareness of community

Sam Mohanty, Reporter
May 12, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

Walking out of the school, junior Cameron Hodge expected to learn something new during the day. Hodge and 90 other juniors went out to nine different locations to extend a helping hand to the communities in Lawrence that need assistance with keeping their surroundings clean and green. Great Green...

Student’s discovery leads to location of second largest Native American city

Student’s discovery leads to location of second largest Native American city

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief
May 7, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

“I never thought I would make archeological discoveries,” junior Adam Ziegler said. “Especially not when I was 15.” What Ziegler uncovered in April 2015 was the first evidence of the location of Etzanoa; a lost Native American city. Ziegler worked with Donald Blakeslee, an archaeological anthropolo...

Letter to the Editor: Student body co-presidents address their experiences, priorities

Letter to the Editor: Student body co-presidents address their experiences, priorities

Charlie Newsome and Will Cook
April 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Will Cook I came to Free State from a small middle school and was very nervous about how I would do at such a big school. Free State was very accepting and treated/has treated me very well through my three years. I joined student council my sophomore year. I wanted to become president because I love Free St...

New club focuses on equity, student action

New club focuses on equity, student action

Darby Gilliland and Jackson Barton
April 14, 2017
Filed under Features, Top Stories

Despite being in her last quarter of high school, senior Sonal Soni refuses to ignore injustices she witnessed at Free State. “I faced a lot of harassment, bullying,” Soni said. “It all culminated last semester, but it’s been prevalent throughout my high school career. I was really fed u...

Interfaith group Justice Matters presents solutions to racial injustice in schools

Chris Pendry, Reporter
April 10, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

Photos of tonight's meeting will be included as soon as they are available.  On March 30, the Lied Center was packed with local religious leaders, churchgoers and curious students and adults, all for an activist organization called Justice Matters. The interfaith organization was formed in late 2014, consis...

Native American students reflect on experiences, mascots

Maddy Johnson, Reporter
March 31, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories, Video

After recent controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Shawnee Mission North mascot, the Native American has made it their goal to discuss these issues and make the experiences of Native Americans more well-known in the Free State community. Junior Ashley Giago, a club member, said that...

Bowling team places seventh at State

Bowling team places seventh at State

Will Cook, Reporter
March 28, 2017
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, 2017
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...

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