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Nelson Mandela: A Mentor and Leader

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catherine prestoy, reporter

February 4, 2014

Feb. 11, 1990, Kelly Barah glued his eyes to the television, along with various other friends and family members, to watch Nelson Mandela’s first public speech as free man after 27 years in prison as Barah heard mother began to cry. Barah lived in Africa during Mandela’s anti-apartheid movements, a t...

Stereotypes

Stereotypes

rosemary newsome and kenneth palmer, copy editor and reporter

January 31, 2014

  With his swooped black hair and red plaid pants, sophomore Caleb Woodard admits he is often judged. However, the pot-smoking, scene-affiliated, hooky-playing punk stereotype begins and ends with his eccentric outfit. As with many students, there is more than meets the eye. Woodard’s outward ...

Raegan Koenig

Sophomore Raegan Koenig feels that she fits in with Lawrence's culture.

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

January 31, 2014

Although it’s not sophomore Raegan Koenig’s first time visiting Lawrence, it is her first time attending school here. During winter break, Raegan moved from Seneca, Kan., where she attended Nemaha Valley High School. On Jan. 7, she made the transition from attending a school of about 200 people ...

Story behind the state

Rumor has it that Free State was originally designed to be a jail. This is untrue. The building above is a jail designed by the architect who also designed Free State.

fiona mcallister, reporter

January 31, 2014

Twenty years ago on Nov. 4, 1994, the citizens of Lawrence voted on whether or not the city needed a second high school. The majority of the city voted yes. In 1994, Lawrence High School was the only high school in Lawrence, and at 2,000 students, it was bursting at its seams. “It was just wall-t...

You just got served: students plan to go into service after graduation

Seniors TJ Everett (left) and Jake Rogers stand as they think about their future service careers.

thomas riggs, reporter

December 18, 2013

Free State senior Jake Rogers will be flying tankers after he graduates. While some students choose to attend college or join the workforce after graduation, Rogers, senior TJ Everett and senior Taylor Ardong have chosen a different path.     One of many motivations for Rogers to join the Air Fo...

Happy helper

Reporter Fiona McAllister reads a Simpson's comic book with freshman Benji Horton.

fiona mcallister, reporter

December 13, 2013

Rather than spend the day going from class to class, freshman Benji Horton spends most of his day in the special education classroom. Horton has autism, a developmental disorder that affects his social and communication skills. An average day for Horton consists of his paper delivery, health class,...

What happens to high students

What happens to high students

becca moran

November 12, 2013

For some, coming to school high is an unimaginable taboo. For others, it is a regular occurrence.   Red eyes, lethargy and apathy are just a few indicators teachers use to determine whether or not a student is on any drug.   “I can tell usually by looking at their pupils and noticing behavi...

Extreme One Direction Fangirls

catherine prestoy, reporter

November 12, 2013

Ever since the group of English young men in tight pants known as One Direction set foot on the X Factor’s bright stage, it only took a matter of days for young teenage girls to become completely enamored by the members’ accents, singing abilities and overall attractive appearances. Juniors Taylor Hawk...

Austin Welborn

Junior Austin Welborn sits in the back hallway.

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

November 8, 2013

Every morning, junior Austin Welborn wakes up and plans on having a bad day. “I expect the worst and hope for the best,” Welborn said. Welborn has been bullied and abused since he was around four or five years old. During that time, he claims that there hasn’t been one case of bullying that...

Under the Bridge

hala hamid, reporter

November 8, 2013

Most days before, after and during school, the bridge across from the school on Champion Lane is a popular location for drug deals and student smoking. The bridge is utilized as a place for smoking because it’s within close proximity, and kids most likely won’t be seen. “It’s a place where people wanna...

Can We Talk

Security guard Charles Thomas leads group discussion.

ciara sayler, reporter

October 29, 2013

After spending 20 years serving in the military and supervising Lansing Correctional Facility, law enforcement is security guard Charles Thomas’ forte; however, he possesses another skillset: leading and counseling students in the club Can We Talk. Can We Talk is a group that openly talks about a var...

Extreme Drug Use

Extreme Drug Use

rosemary newsome and fiona mcallister, copy editor and reporter

October 24, 2013

A WAY OUT Not many things warrant a serious offense in cross country, but smoking an e-cigarette on the bus ride back from a meet can. Sophomore Nick Jacobs was borrowing the e-cigarette from his friend, who was also on the bus, when he decided to publicize his stunt. “We were just smoking [the...

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