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Money Money Money

katherine corliss
February 16, 2010
Filed under News, The Spotlight

Money seems to be everywhere. On the news talking-heads discuss the plummeting stock market and at school teachers remind students that each white board marker costs 75 cents. But it appears the slowing economy is not slowing student spending. According to a recent survey of three sophomore, three junior,...

Driving Delays

allison morte
January 20, 2010
Filed under News

Luckily for current students, most have managed to remain unaffected by the recent changes in drivers license requirements.  Those who were already "in the system," (had received their learner's permit, farm permit, restricted license or drivers license) by January 1 of this year were grandfathered in b...

Academic Renaissance

December 14, 2009
Filed under News

The Students of Free State may soon experience a new found desire to do well in school.   The administration is currently considering a program in which students would receive rewards based on performance in school. Last week the Whatever It Takes faculty committee was asked by principal Ed West to look at ...

School Musical

allison harwood
November 4, 2009
Filed under Entertainment, News

Sing. Dance. Act. Repeat.   When someone takes part in a musical, they have to go above and beyond the call of a regular actor. Actors in musicals must sing, dance and act, and do it well.    "I'm used to being just a singer, but in the musical you have to be a performer," sophomore Jevan Bremby said. "It takes more...

From Storage to Spinning

ryan loecker, reporter
October 28, 2009
Filed under News

Physical Education teacher Nancy Hopkins hopes to encourage students to get fit and increase enrollment in P.E. classes with the creation of a new individual fitness class this year.  Hopkins has been hard at work turning what used to be an athletic storage room into a cardio room.    "I wanted to ...

Dying for Dollars

allison harwood, reporter
October 13, 2009
Filed under Entertainment, News, The Spotlight

Like most high school sophomores, Hannah Markley hasn't been to business school. Yet her passion for volunteering inspired her to become a young entrepreneur.   To raise money for three mission trips this summer, sophomore Hannah Markley has started her own tie dye t-shirt business...with a little h...

Blackbox Theatre

emma machell
September 30, 2009
Filed under Entertainment, News

Every Tuesday and Thursday for about an hour a group of devoted students change identities. These students are part of the Blackbox theatre productions that will open to the public on September twenty-fourth, -fifth, and -sixth. Performing in the blackbox is different from performing on a stage. The...

Minimum Wage Increase

allison harwood
September 24, 2009
Filed under News

$4.25, $4.75, $5.15, $5.85, $6.55 and $7.25.   The numbers above are the minimum wages from 1991 to the present day. On July 24th, 2009 the federal government increased minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25. While that might not seem like a lot, it can make a difference over time, as students with jo...

Organizations Face Budget Cuts

bailey schaumburg
September 4, 2009
Filed under News

 "Choir is one of those things where it's not about you, it's about everyone around you," junior Ben Markley said.  Unfortunately, underneath the excitement and performances there are tasks that must be completed to make the magic happen. It turns out making beautiful music requires more than nat...

Ninth Grade Moving Up

Emma Machell
September 2, 2009
Filed under News

Imagine coming to Free State for a new school year and finding the school swarming with ninth graders. That may happen in the near future. Recently the school board passed a movement to let the ninth graders participate in wrestling with the older students. Now they are considering moving the whole nint...

Mayor Encourages Student Participation in Government

August 24, 2009
Filed under News

The mayor of Lawrence, Robert Chestnut, visited the senior US Government classes last Tuesday morning. During his visit, he informed the student body about local government and the way it works in the public and behind the scenes.          Chestnut encouraged students to get involved in l...

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