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

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Photo submitted by Evan White. Seniors Alyx Wood, Evan White, Londyn Miller and Mingda Zhang pose with cast member Goofy.

FEATURE: Student Council Trip to Disney

Maria Mosconi February 6, 2023

A few weeks ago, members of Student Council [StuCo] took a trip to the happiest place on earth: Disney World. At Disney World, Disney staff and cast members challenged StuCo members with activities to...

Junior Brynn Cordova, junior Jasmy Mavilla and sophomore Gayla Gao cuts bread. The club served spaghetti and garlic bread at the kitchen.

FEATURE: KEY Club Soup Kitchen

Conrad Hill January 31, 2023

Kiwanis Empowering Youth club [KEY club] was created for students who want to help the community.  Every year KEY club holds an event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to serve the community. This...

Varsity Boys Basketball head coach, Sherron Collins joins in with Cortez Overstreet and Zeek Brown in the traditional Alma Matter celebration played after the first home game win against Gardner-Egerton. Starting the season, one of Collins biggest goals was to connect with the players off the court on a personal level.

FEATURE: Sherron Collins First Year Coaching

Nick Sprecker January 28, 2023

When former Kansas standout Sherron Collins was announced as the boys’ basketball head coach, it sent a wave of excitement throughout the Firebird fanbase. The start of the season aroused curiosity throughout...

Members of Dance Hues Studio’s STAMPP [Shine Through Adversity Move Past Prejudice] Performance and Competition Company performed choreography by Paris Spotted Tail and Azia Gambrell to “Cry Your Heart Out” by Adele. The four performers at Ovation are in the company’s pre-professional track which consists of ten or more hours of training per week as well as other learning and advancement opportunities.

FEATURE: Ovation! USD 497 Performance for Students

Lilly Wall January 27, 2023

Ovation!, an annual district-wide talent show including student dancers, musicians and more took place on Jan. 22. at the Lied Center. Students from local high school and middle schools took the stage,...

 Being able to witness the womens squad prevail after years of adversity is both inspiring and motivating t his experience will continue to stick with the girls.

FEATURE: Learning From the Elite

Greyson Heiman January 26, 2023

Due to the University of Kansas [KU] women’s basketball team's early season success, they were ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press [AP] top 25 poll as of Jan. 9. With major victories over Baylor, Oklahoma...

Sophomore Everett Essman gets back on his feet after diving for the ball.

FEATURE: Students Form After School Spikeball Club

Lilly Wall December 13, 2022

After playing his first game of spikeball this summer, sophomore and co-founder Marvin Kapfer was hooked. Spikeball is a game played in teams of two in which the pair has three contacts to hit the 12 inch...

FEATURE: Festival of Trees

Maura Langland and Allison Mayhew December 12, 2022

  This year was the 35th Festival of Trees, an annual tradition in Lawrence that raises money for the O’Connell Youth Shelter here in town. The festival lets local communities and groups...

Senior Julie Ruddy flips her hair enthusiastically while acting in a scene. Ruddy performed as Evil Tina in the 2021-2022 school year spring production of She Kills Monsters. Being a villain takes more effort because you have to empathize with them as a character and truly believe you are justified in being an awful person, Ruddy said.

FEATURE: Student Actors Manage Careers

Becky Coston December 12, 2022

Jasmine Clock   Movie stars walking around a high school in Kansas seems like something out of a dream, but it isn’t so far from the truth. With a passion for acting, some students are on the path...

Senior Gracia Greenhoot poses on stage as she preforms for the Lawrence Arts Center. Photo submitted by Gracia Greenhoot.

FEATURE: Student Dancers Keep The Balance

Maura Langland December 11, 2022

Gracia Greenhoot  Students after school activities can add stress to their academic and personal schedules. For senior Gracia Greenhoot, dance takes up the majority of her time.  Greenhoot does...

Head buried in their hands, junior Brynn Cordova stresses over assignments. With finals fast approaching, Cordova has begun to set aside time to study. “My hardest final is math, but I’m very confident I will pass it because of the hours I will dedicate to studying,” Cordova said.

FEATURE: Seasonal Depression Affects Students

Tommy Taylor December 9, 2022

 As the days get shorter, the number of students suffering from seasonal depression increases. Unlike other forms of depression, seasonal depression only occurs for a limited amount of time each year,...

Photo submitted by Ava Gray.

FEATURE: Students Pursue a Career in Modeling

Stella Mosier December 9, 2022

Modeling is a way for some students to find inner confidence and help local artists create beautiful work. Multiple students are on the road to successful modeling careers. Junior Ava Gray began modeling...

Junior Felipe Reinas-Salas sostiene un cartel que promueve la ‘Latin American Student Association’.  El club se reúne los miércoles en la sala 411.

Latin American FEATURE: Student Association Creates Community and Breaks Barriers

Alicia Narum December 8, 2022

After moving to the United States from Columbia over a year ago, junior Felipe Reina-Salas’ mother had been encouraging him to start a Spanish club, hoping it would allow him to connect with other Spanish...

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