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Concealed carry on campus raises concern

Mariah Houston, Reporter

January 6, 2016


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News of mass shootings has dominated the media for years. According to a news company called NowThis, 280,024 Americans have died due to gun violence in the last decade, and Kansas regents plan to attempt to prevent that number from rising. In July of 2017, Kansas universities are implementing a law...

Basketball coach meets Michael Jordan and President Obama

Basketball coach meets Michael Jordan and President Obama

Maya Hodison, Reporter

December 11, 2015


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As social studies teacher Sam Stroh scrolled through his Twitter feed one August day, he came across a tweet on the presidential election account. To win a dinner with President Barack Obama and Michael Jordan, he had to enter the contest and donate money to Obama’s 2012 campaign. The event was...

Free State GSA club seeks to promote an accepting environment

Free State GSA club seeks to promote an accepting environment

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor

October 30, 2015


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Junior Stephanie Haverkamp joined Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) last year to find a way to come out as bisexual to her family. At the first meeting she attended, it was only her and junior Lane Weis. After no one showed up for ten minutes, they left without discussing anything. Now, Weis and Haverkamp...

LGBT+ students discuss what it means to be different

LGBT+ students discuss what it means to be different

Lauren Brittain, Mariah Houston, and Trenna Soderling

October 29, 2015


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Source: International Spectrum presented by University of Michigan Most people wouldn’t picture “The Goonies” when they consider sexuality and identity. However, for senior Ellie Houston, sweaty palms, the scent of popcorn, and that classic adventure movie is what she thinks of as she reminisce...

LGBTQ author Bill Konigsberg shares his ideas

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

October 21, 2015


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Free State recently decided to add a new LGBTQ section of the library. The section’s author is Bill Konigsberg, a noted LGBTQ author from Arizona. He has written multiple books including “Out of the Pocket”, “Openly Straight” and “The Porcupine of Truth.” We went to Konigsberg to ask him...

Students and teachers discuss pronouns and gender identity

Mariah Houston, Reporter

October 13, 2015


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The first week of school is difficult for the incoming freshmen of Free State. Barely fifteen years old, they jump head first into the uncharted territories of high school and hope for the best. Figuring out the quickest path from the band room to biology, attempting to seek out one’s friends at lunch,...

Teachers reminisce on Free State’s beginnings

Teachers reminisce on Free State’s beginnings

Sydney Gard and Elizabeth Patton

September 30, 2015


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What happens when a gym teacher, a counselor and a science teacher walk into a newly built high school in West Lawrence, Kansas? They stay for the next (nearly) two decades. At least that is the story with Nancy Hopkins, Joel Frederick and David Reber, some of Free State High School’s most experienced...

New funding system presents uncertainty for Free State

New funding system presents uncertainty for Free State

Mariah Houston, Reporter

September 23, 2015


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Free State Firebirds flood the new, renovated hallway, clutch their new school supplies, and catch glimpses of their new principal. The year of 2015 is one full of change for Free State, but many students are not aware of the changes they cannot physically see. In the past, Free State used equity...

Office renovation spark criticism and praise

Lauren Brittain, Copy Editor

September 15, 2015


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Sleek. Unfinished. Contemporary. Fishbowl. The heavily renovated 200 hallway and brand new office addition of Free State has garnered many names in it’s short two weeks of life. Voter approval of a $92.5 million school bond issue in April 2013 brought the “fishbowl” to life, and after two years,...

Foreign exchange students adjust to life in another country

Foreign exchange students adjust to life in another country

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

September 11, 2015


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Free State students come from different places. Some from different towns, states, and even countries. This year, Students from all over the world have come to live in the U.S. as part of exchange programs and are attending Free State for a short period of time. These students go through the daily...

Prairie restoration project connects KU and Free State

Prairie restoration project connects KU and Free State

Libby Stanford, Co-Online Editor in Chief

September 4, 2015


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Two years ago Free State science teacher Julie Schwarting and University of Kansas professor Dr. Helen Alexander saw potential in the abandoned football field behind Free State. Schwarting and Alexander then started a project aimed at getting students outside and excited about science, resulting in a...

Students explore college credit opportunities

Students explore college credit opportunities

Trenna Soderling and Sydney Gard, Reporters

April 28, 2015


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The 2015-16 school year marks many changes in the USD 497 school district. The new learning programs to be offered include the College and Career Center and classes for college credit offered through KU. Additionally, the long-standing Johnson County Community College Career Pathways program will continue...

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