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Dying for Dollars

allison harwood, reporter

October 13, 2009

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

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

$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

 "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

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

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...

New Teachers

August 24, 2009

This school year not only welcomes new students, it also welcomes new staff members. The new members of the Firebird staff are Anita Nelson, school psychologist; Erin Campbell, SPED; and Steve Grant, events coordinator. Welcome to Free State! Written by Emma Machell

New Changes to Seminar

August 24, 2009

Students look forward to late arrival Wednesday every week. In previous years, students were able to sleep an extra hour and come into their first hour class at 9:00 am. This year however, students will be able to sleep even later.     This year Wednesday seminar will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and at...

Destination Graduation

June 20, 2009

As the end of the year comes closer and closer, so does graduation and the end of many students careers at Free State High School. This year the graduation ceremony will be held at Memorial Stadium on May 24 at 1:00 pm. If inclement weather is an issue, the ceremony will be held in the school gym,...

Free Press on Facebook

June 20, 2009

Along with everyone else in the world, the Free Press is now on Facebook. Users can now become a fan in order to find important dates, including the day the paper is handed out and how to apply to be on staff for next years issue. Do you have a story idea? Feel free to help us out with ideas for upcoming...

Student Musician Mourned

Maggie Hull, managing editor

June 20, 2009

School Grieves After DuttonHurt's Death On Friday, May 1, Aezra DuttonHurt, a senior and musical star, was found dead in Naismith Hall on the University of Kansas campus. DuttonHurt’s death brings a mix of emotions to family, friends, classmates and teachers. “It’s hard, because I think the...

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