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Student Spotlight: Rita Joseph

Student Spotlight: Rita Joseph

January 25, 2019

Photo: Baya Burgess; Design: Emily Zeller

Consultant Tajma Stetson (Michael Tolbert) applies lipstick to Angela Mansbury (Scott Ireland) to prepare for the evening gown contest.

Bringing on the Men

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief February 6, 2018

Following rapturous cheers, the curtains open, revealing only a single grand piano stage left. For a drag competition, it’s a remarkably modest set. Immediately, assistant choral director Scott Ireland,...

Tyler Ruzich adresses an audience member while answering a question. Ruzich describes himself as a Republican because his parents were able to go to college without government assistance.

Tyler Ruzich

Sam Mohanty, Reporter November 28, 2017

Tyler Ruzich, a conservative Republican, is campaigning to bring new ideas into the state government. “Those ideas are something that we really need right now,” Ruzich said. “We need cooperation...

Standing at the podium, Dominique Scavuzzo talks about his views. He is a moderate conservative running as a rebublican.“We need cooperation and not moving left or right, but moving forward.” Scavuzzo said.

Dominic Scavuzzo

Sam Mohanty, Reporter November 18, 2017

Dominic Scavuzzo is a moderate Conservative running as a Republican. “I believe that my message overall is creating better dynamic,” Scavuzzo said. “By creating a youthful point-of-view, I could...

Ethan Randleas stands before the crowd at the assembly on October 19th. He is a libertarian running on a republican ticket. “Not a lot of people are going to agree with me, and I am okay with that.” Randleas said.

Ethan Randleas

Sam Mohanty, Reporter November 16, 2017

Ethan Randleas is a Libertarian running on a Republican ticket. “They call [my ideas] very ‘out there’,” Randleas said. “Not a lot of people are going to agree with me, and I am okay with...

At the assembly on October 19th, Alexander Clae talks to the crowd. He describes himself as a libertarian and is running on the democratic ticket.

Jack Bergersen and Alexander Clae

Sam Mohanty, Reporter November 14, 2017

Jack Bergerson is a liberal Democrat and points out his policies about his health care system and minimum wage. “I'm sure a lot of Democrats agree, but no one ever talks about it,” Bergerson said. While...

All four candidates agree to legalize medical marijuana.

Teens throw their hat in election ring

Sam Mohanty, Reporter November 14, 2017

Unlike many other states, the Kansas Constitution does not have an age limit when it comes to running for governor. Ethan Randleas, Dominic Scavuzzo, Tyler Ruzich and Jack Bergerson, all 16 years old,...

Sophomore Ashton Mcknight and fellow protestors block a car from entering the Burger King parking lot. The car eventually forced its way through, but left immediately afterwards.

Community members protest Burger King after senior’s controversial firing

Grace Porter, Reporter November 8, 2017

Editor's’ Note: We have replaced the use of a racial slur in the following story. Having a job is not unusual to a lot of students, but few expect to work under a supervisor who casually uses racial...

Sophomores Jordan Collins and Fiona Swaggerty sharing a secret. If students have something they need to share they can speak to an adult such as the school nurse.

Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Sam Mohanty, Reporter October 18, 2017

Every 98 seconds somebody is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. In the time it takes you to read this story, one person in the U.S. will have been sexually assaulted. Considering...

Jax, Joe, Jay and Jet Dineen pose for a family photo. Jax Dineen is a junior who plays running back for the firebirds

Dineen Dynasty: Jax carries family legacy

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter October 12, 2017

Like both his brothers before him, junior running back Jax Dineen is one of the football team’s major playmakers. Jax Dineen is the third in line of four brothers to come through the football program....

Theater teacher Ms. Waller is new to Free State this year. She led her class with enthusiasm.

New Theater Teacher Debuts

DeeDee Zolman, Reporter October 6, 2017

Ericka Waller, the new theater teacher, is now in her tenth year of teaching. Waller knew she wanted to teach after connecting with her theater teacher in high school. “He inspired me, so I went on...

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