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Teachers retire, Editor-in-Chief receives athletic scholarship

maria carrasco, print managing editor

May 8, 2014

Teachers With caps lock on and size 48 font selected, facilitator Peggy Nelson types an email announcement for FYI Club. Afterward, she advises a National Honor Society (NHS) meeting and plans future volunteer work for interested students. And, while her schedule remains busy, she still squeezes in t...

Math teacher Allison Jech to teach in Alaska

Maria Carrasco, Print Managing Editor

May 8, 2014

Q:Why are you leaving? A: I am leaving so I can go teach Native American Eskimos in Alaska.   Q:Are you excited? A: I am excited. I am going to be living in rural Alaska. The only way in and out is on a single engine bush plane, and there are no roads in my village. There are only like 420 p...

Chris Allen commits to soccer institute in England

Senior Chris Allen chases down the ball at a game against Shawnee Mission East. Allen recently committed to play soccer at the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) in Leeds, England.

ryan liston, online editor-in-chief

May 8, 2014

In December 2013, senior Chris Allen and his father scrolled through a website listing of soccer camps for international academies and clicked on a link that sparked Allen’s interest in studying abroad. Allen recently committed to play soccer at the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (...

Simple solutions to finding the perfect graduation gift

hannah moran, reporter

April 21, 2014

Underclassmen, we'd love you all to show up at our graduation parties, making us feel popular and loved. But you know what we'd love even more? A stellar gift! Here are some very solid gift ideas, ranging from $0-$20ish $0 A lovely collage. Try, your friend’s face photoshopped on his or her...

Can We Talk

Can We Talk sponsor, Charles Thomas speaks to Can We Talk members.

fiona mcallister, reporter

April 17, 2014

“Who all has been affected by racism?” Sophomore Garrett Swisher asks the group of 7th graders in the West Middle School auditorium. About 20-25 teachers and students raise their hands. He points out that even if just one hand had been raised, it would indicate that racism is still prevalent today. On M...

One-Sided Pride

Maria Carrasco, Copy Editor

March 12, 2014

Imagine being told to “put your weave back on” in front of the entire school just because that is a stereotype for your race. Imagine being told you don't belong in the United States because you weren't born there. Imagine being called stupid, dumb or lazy because English isn't your first langua...

A slice of heaven

nick popiel, photographer

March 6, 2014

Liberalism in Lawrence

morgan noll, reporter

February 24, 2014

With a “honk for hemp” sign waving back and forth, an unpaid musician strumming a guitar in the park gazebo and the smell of fresh pizza wafting from the local family owned restaurant, small-town liberalism permeates Lawrence. However, the roots of the liberalism are less obvious. Like a minuscule bl...

Bound to

Bound to

sarah lieberman, copy editor

February 24, 2014

At 11:14 a.m. on Dec. 14, the day of her ballet performance in the Lawrence Art Center’s production of “The Nutcracker,” senior Devany West clicked on a website that welcomed her to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s class of 2018. “I screamed and ran and hugged my parents,” West...

Hometown Hub: Spring 2014 Concert Guide

Maria Carrasco, Copy Editor

February 20, 2014

Buzz Under the Stars: $25 per ticket ALL AGES Doors open 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 KC Power and Light District 60 E 13th St. Kansas City, MO 64106 As the only relatively close music festival in Kansas, 96.5’s Buzz Under the Stars offers a great lineup. Headlining the semi-festival...

David Glauner and Cadence Learned explain their bisexuality

from Anglican Mainstream

becca moran and hala hamid

February 17, 2014

  When senior David Glauner first told his mom, she didn’t believe him. The two were shopping at Plato’s Closet for khaki shorts, when Glauner got “a little too picky” about the clothing. “She was like, ‘You’re never like this, what’s going on?’” Glauner said. “And I wa...

Do Teachers use Technology?

Evan Frook, Reporter

February 17, 2014

Later this semester, teachers will receive some type of mobile device, be it laptop, tablet, or otherwise. Given that some teachers still struggle with using their SMART Boards, there’s some concern surrounding teachers’ ability to effectively use their new devices. All classrooms are equipped with at ...

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