The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press

Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

October 18, 2017


Filed under News, Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

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 this, sexual assault should be important to talk about, but senior Bo Miller...

Dineen Dynasty: Jax carries family legacy

Dineen Dynasty: Jax carries family legacy

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under Recent, Sports, The Spotlight, Top Stories

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. His two older brothers, Joe and Jay, were both all-state players. The oldest Dineen brother,...

New Theater Teacher Debuts

New Theater Teacher Debuts

DeeDee Zolman, Reporter

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

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 to study theater,” Waller said. Before becoming a teacher, Waller worked professionally acros...

Drew Finnelly: the man behind @LawrenceKS_PD

Drew Finnelly: the man behind @LawrenceKS_PD

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

July 29, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Just because Lawrence Police Department’s Drew Finnelly holds the title “Public Relations Officer” does not discredit the fact that he’s a cop. He spent the first five years of his career on patrol, still holsters a Glock and dons the uniform, most of the time. On July 8, Finnelly showed up...

Pie perspective

Pie perspective

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

June 14, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, 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...

New club focuses on equity, student action

New club focuses on equity, student action

Darby Gilliland and Jackson Barton

April 14, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, 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...

Tattoo Stigma Transformed

Tattoo Stigma Transformed

Jake Clark, Reporter

January 31, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Holding a needle over a flame to sterilize it, freshman Beatrice VonHolten prepares to give herself a stick and poke tattoo. As a seventh grader, she received opposition from her father, but VonHolten decided to do it anyway. “I’m really into trying new art forms as much as possible,” VonHolten...

Dungeons and Dragons Club provides creative escape

Dungeons and Dragons Club provides creative escape

Chris Pendry, Reporter

January 19, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

After rolling a two out of twenty for intelligence, freshman Greta Hayden was understandably disappointed. Ten hours later, Hayden and her group are deep into their game, or “campaign,” of the role-playing game, “Dungeons & Dragons." A haunted forest, a magical kingdom or anywhere in a fantas...

Illegal focus stimulants common during finals

Illegal focus stimulants common during finals

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 5, 2017


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Late nights, constant anxiety and review material are all commonplace in student life during the closing days of every semester. Adderall, one of the most commonly prescribed treatment for students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is infamous for its black market presence on high school and university...

Editor reviews the costs of graduating high school

Editor reviews the costs of graduating high school

Darby Gilliland, Copy Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Parents watch with tearful eyes as their child shakes the principal’s hand, takes their diploma and flips their tassel over their cap. Graduation tends to be an emotional day for students and their families, but once the excitement of the ceremony fades, the worry begins again. Many students spend...

‘Our Scene’ invites underrepresented youth to safely engage in music community

‘Our Scene’ invites underrepresented youth to safely engage in music community

Sam Spencer, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2016


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight, Top Stories

For the first time, the trend of of aggressive male audience members is facing an organized opposition in the form of a LGBTQ+ advocating, minority inclusive, safe space supporting group, 'Our Scene'.

Read more »

Art installation describes students in one word

Art installation describes students in one word

Maya Hodison, Online Editor

October 4, 2016


Filed under Recent, The Spotlight

As junior Kade Traffas and senior Kalena Nichol sat in their second hour class one late August morning, they tuned into their AP Biology teacher. Little did they know, they would soon be asked to do something that would get their brains turning even more than a lesson on macromolecules would. Two or t...

The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School
The Spotlight