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The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

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The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

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Album covers from releases in March.

REVIEW: March Music Mania

Baila Love, Photographer April 22, 2024

Though not known for having many releases each year, March was a huge month for music. Despite the many A-List albums in March, there was a wide array of music released this month. One of the biggest...

FEATURE: Valentines Day Gift Guide

FEATURE: Valentines Day Gift Guide

Isabella Bobey, Reporter February 12, 2024

As easy as it is to get caught up in our daily lives, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show those we love how much we care. While gift-giving isn't everyone's “love language,” a little...

“get out of your winter blues!!” playlist, available on Spotify via the link in story.

FEATURE: Get Out of Your Winter Blues Playlist

Baila Love, Photographer February 1, 2024

Click here to access playlist!       1. Femininomenon - Chappell Roan This song is one of my favorite lead tracks for an album. It encapsulates how it feels to get out of a long slump and I thought...

The closet of junior Kinsey Lake reflects her unique sense of style and her flair for all things fashionable. Having a variety of colors, shoes and accessories allows for the perfect outlet to express her personality.

OPINION: Hue Are You?

Nomso Enyinnaya, Reporter October 16, 2023

When getting ready for the day, it’s often hard to pick out your “perfect outfit” with the constant struggle of finding what clothes flatter your body type, what colors compliment your skin and how...

Photo: Free State Brewery

FEATURE: The Taylor Swift Effect

Chloe Cook and Mallory Thompson September 29, 2023

What would you do to get a glimpse of your favorite artist, athlete or public figure? Swifties around the country will do just about anything to see her. This was especially evident in Lawrence on Monday,...

Celebrating the 20th anniversary, Starbucks released their fall infamous pumpkin spice latte to rejoice in two decades of their fall menu. The new flavors dropped Aug 24. and many students were excited to get a taste of their favorite drinks once again. “I was very excited to try the pumpkin spice latte because I’ve never tried any of the fall flavors before,” senior Keat Hockenbury said.

REVIEW: Starbucks Fall Drinks Menu

Jayne Landers, Managing Editor August 28, 2023

Starbucks, the infamous coffee franchise, with over 16,000 locations in the United States alone, gains much attention each year with the release of their Fall drink collection.  Since the Pumpkin Spice...

Senior Ben Williams and Keith Popiel are going to be working in the pool cleaning business once again this summer. After Popiel joined his familys pool cleaning business he invited Williams along the way.

FEATURE: Students Prepare for Summer Job

Emi Stone May 17, 2023

When nice weather comes out and pools open up, seniors Keith Popiel and Ben Williams come in. For the past four years, Popiel has been working for a family pool business and invited Williams along the...

Referencing the hit October 2020 miniseries, sophomore Gillian Sellet says that “The Queen’s Gambit” seems to have kicked off society’s newfound obsession with chess. Now, with students frequently using class time to play the game, many teachers have expressed frustration with the effects of the craze on their classrooms. “People use it as a form of competition and it can be good for hanging out with friends but it’s pretty disruptive during class time,” Sellet said.

FEATURE: The Chess Epidemic

Nick Sprecker, Sports Editor May 12, 2023

The game of chess has been around for over 1500 years and has remained popular throughout its duration; however, the game has recently experienced a tremendous surge in popularity. Short chess clips are...

Senior Caroline Börk smiles as she works on one of her art pieces on display at the Lawrence Arts Center. Börk began her art journey at a young age by taking classes at the Arts Center Preschool. “Funny enough, that is where the [previous] exhibition was, I both started and ended my Lawrence artist journey at the arts center,” Bork said.

FEATURE: Lawrence Schools Held Annual District Art Show at Lawrence Art Center

Evie Chancy May 12, 2023

Art teachers from across USD 497 curated the best works from their students to be displayed at the annual District Art Show on April 28 at the Lawrence Art Center.  When the art teachers began accumulating...

 On top of extracurriculars, work and activities, students are feeling overwhelmed by their academic demands. Junior Rachel Bruffett sometimes feels overworked when having to do loads of homework and study for upcoming tests. “I feel like during the week its just really fast paced and I only get to recover over the weekend, then do it all over again,” Bruffett said.

FEATURE: Turns out to be Burnout

Phoebe Morris April 28, 2023

According to a poll from @fsjournalism on instagram, 94% of Free State students have experienced academic burnout. Normally towards the final stretch of the year students want to leap into summer, but...

REVIEW: A Different Drummer

REVIEW: A Different Drummer

Alicia Narum March 9, 2023

It’s June of 1957 in a fictional state in the South; the remaining residents of Sutton frantically gossip trying to understand the recent events which suddenly made all African American residents...

Poet and artist Gabrielle Civil recites part of her book at her performance on Feb. 13

A&E: Poet Gabrielle Civil Comes to KU

Conrad Hill February 17, 2023

Black feminist writer, performer, teacher and activist Gabrielle Civil came to University of Kansas [KU] on Feb 13. to perform a new piece titled “The Déjà Vu”. The piece is specifically an autobiography,...

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