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Forensics builds students’ confidence

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

March 24, 2016

Junior Meredith Shaheed has been practicing for the last week, standing on a stage she prepares to perform her event for the Forensics Team. Forensics is a series of talking events including speeches, poems, acting and other series of performances. Students practice all week either in a class or during...

Choir Director juggles nodules, busy schedules

During Concert Chorale, Hilary Morton conducts her students as they sing

Maya Hodison, Reporter

March 15, 2016

Nodules are small blisters formed on the thin folds of the vocal cords caused by overuse of the speaking voice, improper singing, a prolonged cold or just weak vocal cords to begin with. Choir director Hilary Morton has struggled with nodules for 17 years. Morton noticed the prolonged ho...

“Snowzilla” traps students in Washington D.C.

Maame Britwum, Online Editor

March 1, 2016

When senior Alain Marquez stepped outside of his Washington D.C. hostel on Jan. 22, he was met with nearly two feet of snow left from Winter Storm Jonas. “We just decided to go outside make a snowman, have a snowball fight or just have a race in the snow,” Marquez said. “We tried to help people...

Pivotal moments change students’, teacher’s lives

February 26, 2016

Ana Donley A year ago, someone walking around the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints would have seen senior Anastasia Donley seated in the pews. Now, on Sundays she foregoes her spot, a signal she’s turned 18 and gained religious autonomy. “My parents are married, but my dad’s no...

Lack of Oscars diversity leads to concerns, boycotts 

Sydney Gard, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2016

When the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the 2016 Oscars nominees on Thursday, January 14, Twitter users were outraged at the names they saw. For the second year in a row, all 20 nominees in the major four categories are white. While sophomore Saraya Windibiziri does not pl...

First independent Fashion Show sparks excitement among participants

First independent Fashion Show sparks excitement among participants

Chloe Board, Reporter

February 18, 2016

On Jan. 29, students put together the first Free State Fashion Show. In the past the show was combined with the Talent Show but this year it was on its own and there were more participants. “This year it’s more focused on modeling and how we appear, rather than the actual clothing. There i...

Four Square Club reaches high numbers with inclusive attitude

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor

February 15, 2016

Although senior Mary Krieger didn’t start Four Square Club, she did manage to make it one of the most well-known clubs in the school. Four Square Club is exactly what it sounds like, a club in which you play four square. Founded last year, the club didn’t immediately take off. “We had like 10...

Musicians prepare for district and state competitions

Making music, sophomore Teagan Ryan plays his cello alongside his classmates. Ryan is in concert orchestra, under the direction of one of the new music teachers, Mr. Shaw.

Mariah Houston, Reporter

February 4, 2016

Every school day, students bustle through the halls with their earbuds blasting, completely captivated by their choice of music. If at any given moment every song playing were suddenly exposed, it is highly likely that the most popular songs on the charts will be found. Although the latest hits often...

Constant communication affects students, teachers in different ways

Students can communicate online using a variety of devices. Whether they use phones, computers or tablets, students access social media throughout the school day.

Madi Engnehl-Thomas, Sydney Gard, and Hala Hamid

January 29, 2016

Cropping, editing and adding filter to her mirror selfies and singing videos, senior Marcya Floyd takes pride in her Instagram with over 25,000 followers. While social media, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even Vine has seemingly devoured the lives of teenagers, but students use...

Middle of school year affects students in different ways

The end of the semester can feel overwhelming as workloads increase.

Sydney Gard and Darby Gilliland

January 23, 2016

As the first semester draws to a close, students and teachers can feel stuck in the middle. While many feel stuck in Kansas, some appreciate its simplicity. Others are somewhere between a friendship and a relationship. For siblings being stuck in the middle can mean defying expectations. Those in the...

Nontraditional areas on political spectrum put students ‘in the middle’

Sydney Gard, Editor

January 23, 2016

As the first semester draws to a close, students and teachers can feel stuck in the middle. While many feel stuck in Kansas, some appreciate its simplicity. Others are somewhere between a friendship and a relationship. For siblings being stuck in the middle can mean defying expectations. T...

Middle children discuss birth order stereotypes

Senior Carlyn Hartsock, sophomore Maleena Hatfield and senior Jalen Galloway understand the pain of being middle children.

Darby Gilliland, Reporter

January 23, 2016

As the first semester draws to a close, students and teachers can feel stuck in the middle. While many feel stuck in Kansas, some appreciate its simplicity. Others are somewhere between a friendship and a relationship. For siblings being stuck in the middle can mean defying expectations. T...

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