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Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Current State of Sexual Assault and Consent Issues

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

October 18, 2017


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Every 98 seconds somebody is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. In the time it takes you to read this story, one person in the U.S. will have been sexually assaulted. Considering this, sexual assault should be important to talk about, but senior Bo Miller...

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.

Ready, Set, GLOW!

Ready, Set, GLOW!

Jori Rudisell, Reporter

October 3, 2017


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Walking into the “Glow with the Flow” Homecoming dance was quite the scene. Neon shirts radiating, faces illuminated by fluorescent paint, and glow-in-the-dark sticks broken and splattered across the gym floor leaving a luminescent trail. StuCo members spent weeks in preparation for the memorable night.   “We tried to make a theme that everybody would...

Alumni attend Charlottesville vigil, show solidarity

Alumni attend Charlottesville vigil, show solidarity

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

August 16, 2017


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Responding to the “Unite the Right” protests and resulting clashes in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend, The Resistance LFK organized an evening vigil to express solidarity with victims of hate and violence. Several Free State alumni were among the crowd, including Gabbi Dabney who graduated...

Spanish teacher selected for Bobs Award by Lawrence Schools Foundation

Spanish teacher selected for Bobs Award by Lawrence Schools Foundation

Maddy Johnson and Jackson Barton

May 16, 2017


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Spanish teacher Stuart Strecker was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Bobs Award on the morning of May 17 in front of a crowded gymnasium. The award is given every year by the Lawrence Schools Foundation and includes a $10,000 check to the recipient. An anonymous group called “The Bobs” ...

Superintendent to transfer to chief operations officer

Superintendent to transfer to chief operations officer

Chris Pendry and Jackson Barton

May 12, 2017


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Superintendent Kyle Hayden will transfer to become chief operations officer effective July 1 after one year as superintendent. “I feel fortunate to have been able to contribute to significant facility improvements for all the elementary schools,” Hayden said in a news release, “and to have played...

Great Green Help builds awareness of community

Great Green Help builds awareness of community

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

May 12, 2017


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Walking out of the school, junior Cameron Hodge expected to learn something new during the day. Hodge and 90 other juniors went out to nine different locations to extend a helping hand to the communities in Lawrence that need assistance with keeping their surroundings clean and green. Great Green...

Student’s discovery leads to location of second largest Native American city

Student’s discovery leads to location of second largest Native American city

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

May 7, 2017


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“I never thought I would make archeological discoveries,” junior Adam Ziegler said. “Especially not when I was 15.” What Ziegler uncovered in April 2015 was the first evidence of the location of Etzanoa; a lost Native American city. Ziegler worked with Donald Blakeslee, an archaeological anthropolo...

Classic Toy Studios combines AV-programs, creates Prom video

Classic Toy Studios combines AV-programs, creates Prom video

Rowan Plinsky, Reporter

April 28, 2017


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Classic Toy Studios may just be getting started, but doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

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Interfaith group Justice Matters presents solutions to racial injustice in schools

Chris Pendry, Reporter

April 10, 2017


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Photos of tonight's meeting will be included as soon as they are available.  On March 30, the Lied Center was packed with local religious leaders, churchgoers and curious students and adults, all for an activist organization called Justice Matters. The interfaith organization was formed in late 2014, consis...

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