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The Great Outdoors

emma machell

March 16, 2011

    Spring is on its way, the warmer weather getting rid of the chill in even the coldest of classrooms. Without those bulky winter coats and the constant need to be next to a heater, its the perfect time to take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer. 1. Take a Hike     This is not meant...

1 in 1000: Erin Ice

March 3, 2011

The college search is an interesting process.  Often students want to be challenged and broaden their horizons, but also want to find comfort in familiarity.  Senior Erin Ice set out looking for a university that was highly academically ranked in the Midwest. Great standardized test scores have allowed...

What I wish I had known…

bailey shaumburg and emma machell

March 3, 2011

From learning how to open a locker to sneaking away to take a quick dip in the pool the lessons learned at school are not all learned from textbooks and teachers. Seniors planning to graduate in a few short months reflect on what they wish they had known when they had first walked through the doors of...


ryan loecker

February 28, 2011

As if the freshmen weren’t enough, we have another addition to our school for next year. Except this one has benefits. Free State’s community and learning garden was approved at a recent school board meeting. With much to be decided, the garden is still in it’s preliminary stages, but the pla...

Tuning In

amani safadi, austin fisher, jacob caldwell

February 28, 2011

Caitlin Laird Caitlin Lairds taste in music may not be the same as many teenagers. Her favorite music ranges anywhere from classic rock to popular music. Her favorite artist is John Denver and she got interested in him because her mom liked him. “My mom got me into John Denver because he has a ridi...

How To Plan The Ultimate College Visit

miranda davis and allison morte

February 28, 2011

College is one of the most important decisions that high school students make. Which school to go to, or even to go at all are some of the many choices students have to make before the time they graduate. Visiting colleges, or doing college tours is part of the process for narrowing down  those schools...

Sign Club

chris allmon

February 28, 2011

Being foreign isn’t the only thing that can cause a language barrier. Hearing impairments  can entirely change the way people communicate. Sign Language Club, led by social studies teacher Ron Swall, helps make a language that had been otherwise skipped over by the school population noticed. “If you ...

Hold the Phone

katie guyot

February 23, 2011

The Hard Truth One of the tabs on English teacher Alice Karakas’s website reads “Awareness.” Just a click away from homework assignments and term paper due dates lie several  links leading to serious topics, including the infamous issue of text messaging and driving. Despite widespread aware...

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

allison harwood

February 22, 2011

On August 14, 2009 Ashton Kutcher beat news anchor Larry King in a race to have one million followers on Twitter. Most students had not even hear about Twitter at this point. Twitter’s popularity originated with celebrities. Stars such as Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Seacrest all used this new s...

1 in 1000: Haylo Pierciey

February 14, 2011

“I don’t really see myself as a beautiful and unique snowflake,” laughed Senior Haylo Piercey, referencing a favorite novel Fight Club. Although her flamboyant outfits and sometimes actions may cause a second glance, Haylo Pierciey is fully confident in her identity. “[For me] you can be a...

Valentine’s Day Special

February 9, 2011

 Do’s for guys: DO have flowers delivered to your girlfriend’s house DO ask her friends for advice about gift ideas DO take your girlfriend out to a nice place. No, McDonald’s is not nice. Don’ts for guys: DON’T use cheesy lines you found on the Internet DON’T get any jewelry th...

Sing Out Loud

Sing Out Loud

allison morte

February 9, 2011

From the choir member who participates in several Encore groups to those non-vocal students who just attend Encore or hear about it constantly from their choir friends, Encore is a big part of the Free State school experience. The annual performance is the most exciting and anticipated musical event...

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