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Taking Flight: Firebirds Girls Varsity Basketball Team Break Record

Taking Flight: Firebirds Girls Varsity Basketball Team Break Record

jake stegall, reporter

February 28, 2013

In the middle of a game during the three-day-long Winter Classic, senior A’liyah Rogers stood up from the bench, and casually removed the ACE bandage that had been wrapped around her thigh. Fortunately, her injury didn’t detract from the Firebirds’ victory in the Winter Classic. “I don’t...

On Love

On Love

sam boatright, co-editor-in-chief

February 27, 2013

When I was in third grade, I gave my crush a basketball card as a gift for Valentine’s Day. And it wasn’t just any basketball card, it was a Magic Johnson basketball card. Right now, you’re probably thinking, “You gave a crush a basketball card of the legendary Magic Johnson?!” Or you’re...

Blissful Thinking

Blissful Thinking

sam boatright, co-editor-in-chief

February 27, 2013

I do not know if any you readers are followers of the brilliantly witty and kooky NBC show “Parks and Recreation,” but recently I watched a particularly moving episode. On a spur-of-the-moment decision, Andy and April throw a dinner party, and surprise everyone by turning it into a wedding ceremony. Al...

What Light

What Light

sam boatright, co-editor-in-chief

February 27, 2013

I partially owe my sanity to sitcoms. To sappy music, to pop art, to New York Times columns, to romantic comedies. Each of these artistic forms act as alternative universes, as life consultants, as stress relievers and pain soothers. If there’s ever something troubling me, I can sit down and watch...

Cute Couples

photo by: xdesx

hannah reussner, reporter

February 26, 2013

steven ozaki and sydney dorrance >sophomores How long have you been dating? Sydney Dorrance: Nine months. How did you ask her out? Steven Ozaki: Well, she was living in Missouri at the time so the only was over a phone call. SD: Except what he said was, ‘Well, you wanna go out?” SO: ...

If I Were a Boy

Luiz Fernando / Sonia Maria

rosemary newsome, reporter

February 26, 2013

If I were a boy . . . “even just for a day / I'd roll out of bed in the morning / And throw on what I wanted.” And that’s about the only thing Beyoncé and I would have in common if we switched gender roles. While Beyoncé would seek to prove a lesson to some cheating ex-boyfriend and change...

“The Bachelor” Watch Party

kimberly messineo, reporter

February 19, 2013

Some people have parties to watch sports. Some people have parties to celebrate holidays. And some people have parties to watch television shows and eat cake with a man’s face on it. Junior Bailey Sullivan is one of those people. Every Monday night since the second season of “The Bachelor” started,...

Setting Down My Phone

photo credit to phil roeder

sam boatright, co-editor-in-chief

January 10, 2013

I follow 664 people on Twitter and I’ve  tweeted over 1,400 times. I have 234 contacts in my phone, most of whom I’ve never called, texted or talked to more than a couple of times. I activated my Twitter account my sophomore year; I’ve had my phone contacts since seventh grade. In an attempt...

Holiday Volunteering

Holiday Volunteering

grace oliver

December 11, 2012

With winter break almost upon us, students are winding down, packing for road trips and getting ready to settle down for a carefree week-and-a-half of freedom. However, in the midst of all this flurry of inactivity, there are more than a few students who brave the icy winds to volunteer around the c...

Holiday Volunteers Brave the Cold for Charity

Holiday Volunteers Brave the Cold for Charity

grace oliver, reporter

December 10, 2012

With winter break almost upon us, students are winding down, packing for road trips and getting ready to settle down for a carefree week-and-a-half of freedom. However, in the midst of all this flurry of inactivity, there are more than a few students who brave the icy winds to volunteer around the community.       While some families set ...

Why Weighted Grades Should Determine Our Valedictorian

image by sam boatright

the editors

November 14, 2012

“Person A” breezed through high school by taking foods, lifetime sports and geology. They got As in all classes and eventually dropped hours unnecessary come their final semester. “Person B,” on the other hand, continually pushed themselves by taking all advanced or AP classes, prep courses and elective...

Students Describe Life as Children of Local Politicians

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hannah reussner, reporter

October 10, 2012

With all the attention on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama for president in Washington, D.C, we often overlook our own local political celebrities right here in Lawrence. Much like Obama’s kids, Sasha and Malia Ann, everyone in a political family finds that being in the public spotlight can be challenging....

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