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District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


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Around 50 students, parents, teachers and staff packed the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library on Dec. 14 for a Community Conversation. It was the second of two opportunities for community members to provide input on issues marginalized students and their families face in local schools. The event ...

New Ascent club plans to construct wind turbine

New Ascent club plans to construct wind turbine

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

January 4, 2018


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Over the past summer, senior Ascent club president Sandhya Ravikumar had an idea to build a wind turbine. The Ascent club is new to Free State this year. The club is an outreach program for underrepresented women and minorities in STEM fields according to Ravikumar. Ravikumar and club sponsor Julie...

Band students gifted new instruments, scholarships from Band of Angels

Band students gifted new instruments, scholarships from Band of Angels

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2017


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Marching into band class, junior Gabriel Leverette had no idea it was one of the last times he would play his old trumpet, the instrument he started with and played for the past five years. “I never thought I would have enough money to get a trumpet on my own,” Leverette said. “I’m just so...

Women’s Restroom Opened to All Genders

Women’s Restroom Opened to All Genders

Jori Rudisell, Reporter

December 4, 2017


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On Monday October 23, Free State opened the first multi-stall gender neutral bathroom. The bathroom is a converted girl's restroom because of the stalls that provide privacy. While there were already plans in place to renovate current bathrooms during the 2019 construction for Free State, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance went to principal Myron Graber asking for their t...

District Maps Out Construction Plans

District Maps Out Construction Plans

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 29, 2017


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Beginning in 2019, Free State will undergo a $15 million renovation. The proposed renovations include adding of at least seven classrooms, expanding the library, building new facilities for the growing wrestling program and expanding the special education program. One main focus of the renovation...

Art Club raises money, donations for Humane Society

Art Club raises money, donations for Humane Society

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 20, 2017


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The Free State Art Club launched a donation drive and fundraiser on November 16 for the Lawrence Humane Society. The club is selling handmade buttons in efforts to raise money for the non-profit shelter. They will also be collecting donations such as Oxyclean, towels, litter, foods and blankets. Jun...

Dominic Scavuzzo

Dominic Scavuzzo

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 18, 2017


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Dominic Scavuzzo is a moderate Conservative running as a Republican. “I believe that my message overall is creating better dynamic,” Scavuzzo said. “By creating a youthful point-of-view, I could attract both the old and young.” Scavuzzo believes that voters from all age groups will be...

Interview: Senior opening for rapper Ugly God

Interview: Senior opening for rapper Ugly God

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

November 10, 2017


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With a single email, senior Jackson "King Jamz" Mason was instantaneously elevated from the status of SoundCloud rapper to opening act. Mason, along with senior Paul Jesse and three other performers, will open for popular rapper "Ugly God" tonight at 8:00 p.m at the Granda Theater. Barton: What's you...

Community members protest Burger King after senior’s controversial firing

Community members protest Burger King after senior’s controversial firing

Grace Porter, Reporter

November 8, 2017


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Editor's’ Note: We have replaced the use of a racial slur in the following story. Having a job is not unusual to a lot of students, but few expect to work under a supervisor who casually uses racial slurs on social media. For senior Orandae Wilson, this was what being a black employee at the Bauer Fa...

Hurricanes affects students, families

Hurricanes affects students, families

Katy Coats and Jackson Barton

October 17, 2017


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  “When my family in Texas went to go grocery shopping, it took them hours to get there and back,” senior Genevieve Gilbert-Cavender said. “All they could buy from the store were some grapes, one gallon of 2% milk and some bread. It was pretty depressing.” Gilbert-Cavender’s aunt...

New Theater Teacher Debuts

New Theater Teacher Debuts

DeeDee Zolman, Reporter

October 6, 2017


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Ericka Waller, the new theater teacher, is now in her tenth year of teaching. Waller knew she wanted to teach after connecting with her theater teacher in high school. “He inspired me, so I went on to study theater,” Waller said. Before becoming a teacher, Waller worked professionally acros...

DACA: A Recap in Perspective in 280 Words or Less

DACA: A Recap in Perspective in 280 Words or Less

Chris Pendry, Editor in Chief

October 4, 2017


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As President Donald Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, many young immigrants who have been here for a large majority of their life, but remain undocumented, fear deportation.

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