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Student Council brings awareness to eating disorders within the school

Student Council brings awareness to eating disorders within the school

Brooke Burgess, Reporter

March 19, 2019


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In an effort to raise awareness for eating disorders, Student Council gave out purple ribbons at lunch during the last week of February. They encouraged everyone to wear purple on Thursday, February 28 in support of those who struggle with self image. Handing out ribbons annually for the past two...

Students express religion through accessories

Students express religion through accessories

Brooke Burgess, Reporter

February 18, 2019


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Faith can be expressed through having or wearing something that represents a religion. For these three students, these items serve as a symbol of their values and a reminder of their beliefs. Kaitlyn Fisher Kaitlyn Fisher wears a ring with the bible verse "The Lord your God is with you wherever you goâ...

“9 to 5” Musical censored after parent complaints

“9 to 5” Musical censored after parent complaints

Alex Decker, Reporter

January 22, 2019


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Upon opening night of Thespian Club’s production of “9 to 5”, originally a movie featuring Dolly Parton as lead female role, parents expressed discomfort towards multiple scenes in the musical. Acknowledging the disapproving emails and phone calls received by principal Myron Graber, Thespian advisor ...

Trump’s MAGA rally supporting Kobach draws protesters

Trump’s MAGA rally supporting Kobach draws protesters

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018


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After receiving a text message from Trump’s campaign advertising his “Make America Great Again” rally in Topeka, Kansas, people were able to make requests online for a free ticket to attend the event. The rally on October 6 attracted thousands who lined up in the cold rain for hours outside ...

Math teacher Alyssa Barratt receives district level Horizon Award

Math teacher Alyssa Barratt receives district level Horizon Award

Corinne Scales, Reporter

November 15, 2018


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Going above and beyond her fellow first year teachers, Alyssa Barratt was awarded the district Horizon Award for Secondary Teachers. Not all teachers have opportunity to receive this award—only teachers who display excellence throughout their first year of teaching. “Alyssa has showcased an incredible profe...

Technology takes over classrooms

Technology takes over classrooms

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

October 28, 2018


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As virtual learning becomes more popular, the Lawrence School District voted in 2017 to give students personal laptops which they can use for the duration of the school year.  By using certain tools like Google Classroom, teachers are able to upload assignments online so that they are accessible to s...

Teachers and District at Impasse

Teachers and District at Impasse

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

September 18, 2018


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On August 23, a mass email titled “From The Table” was sent to over 950 teachers in the Lawrence school district. The message contained a summary of what had been decided at the August 9 negotiations session. The more teachers that opened the message, the more frustrated “reply alls” were sent back...

Tired of the Culture: Part 3

Sabrina Castle and Grace Porter

May 19, 2018


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Students and staff take action to bring awareness to sexual violence within the school

Tired of the Culture: Part 2

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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As sexual assault allegations are surfacing against prominent men in our society, rape culture has become a frequently discussed topic. Since the public's attention has become focused on the issue of sexual violence, students are voicing their concerns that administrators are tolerant of rape culture....

Tired of the Culture: Part 1

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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Anonymous  “I was with someone for a long time, for like a year. We broke up in September and that was kind of hard on me. I just felt really stuck, so I turned to drinking on the weekends and parties and getting high.” Fifty percent of sexual assault happens while victims or perpetrators are u...

Too Juul For School

Too Juul For School

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

February 13, 2018


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As one of the most recent trends to gain popularity, the illegal use of e-cigarettes and "Juuls" has become common among the school’s underage population. The use of vape products—vaping for short—was introduced in 2003 by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. It was originally advertised as a way for people ...

Online classes growing in popularity

Online classes growing in popularity

Grace Porter, Reporter

February 1, 2018


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The rise of technology based education has made online schooling an easier option for some students. Students can get a full education online through the school district or choose to take only some of their classes online. There are several reasons why students might prefer virtual school over traditional...

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