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Raegan Koenig

Raegan Koenig

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

January 31, 2014


Filed under The Spotlight, Top Stories

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

Story behind the state

fiona mcallister, reporter

January 31, 2014


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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

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

thomas riggs, reporter

December 18, 2013


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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

Happy helper

fiona mcallister, reporter

December 13, 2013


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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


Filed under News, The Spotlight, Top Stories

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


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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

Austin Welborn

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

November 8, 2013


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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


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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

Can We Talk

ciara sayler, reporter

October 29, 2013


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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


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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...

Extreme Parenting

Extreme Parenting

morgan noll, reporter

October 22, 2013


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     Whether it’s finding the best way to sneak out of the house without making a noise or deleting every text message before a daily parental phone check, certain kids are well experienced in the art of hiding their personal lives from their parents.      However, kids aren’t the only ones c...

Desiree Hamilton

Desiree Hamilton

catherine prestoy, reporter

October 22, 2013


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It’s not hard to spot her strolling down the halls, decked out in her usual black t-shirts, torn jeans and suspenders. However, her hairstyles offset the dark outfits by varying from red and black spikes to a neon mohawk. Junior Desiree Hamilton doesn’t hide behind her style, but uses it to honest...

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