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Tired of the Culture: Part 2

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018

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

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

Letting the vapor seep through her lips, a student vapes. “I think that vaping is a good social activity and can help bring people together. However, I think that if someone chooses to vape they should do their own research about the health effects and other consequences because there are some,” The student said.

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

February 13, 2018

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

Freshman Payton Krug reviewing her online classes at home after leaving school at the end of fourth hour. This is her first semester taking classes online.

Grace Porter, Reporter

February 1, 2018

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...

Lawrence Board of Education selects new superintendent

A photo of Dr. Anthony Lewis included with the district press release.

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 30, 2018

Dr. Anthony Lewis has been selected as the next superintendent of Lawrence schools effective July 1 according to a press release sent out Monday morning. Lewis previously served as an assistant superintendent in the Kansas City, Missouri school district. “I am extremely humbled and grateful to...

Junior declared Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Ruth and Chris pose with some of their mentors and LHS candidate Hasiya Asuku. 

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Ruth, Monica Dittmer (one of Ruth’s mentors), Kendra Noll-Schierer, Laura Wagner (one of Ruth’s mentors), Colby Wilson, Chris, Lindsay Simms (one of Chris’s mentors), Hasiya Asuku (candidate from LHS), Amy Hill and Trei Dudley.

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 29, 2018

After three student speeches and three standing ovations inside Liberty Hall Thursday evening, junior Ruth Gathunguri was recognized as the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. Just short of the award, Lawrence High School junior Hasiya Asuku and Free State senior Christian LaPointe were also recognized...

District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

Interim superintendent Dr. Anna Stubblefield opens the evening conversation with district accomplishments since the previous conversation last January. Attendees were handed sticky notes to write an issue they wanted discussed on.

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018

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

Ascent club members are shown a model wind turbine during a field trip.

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

January 4, 2018

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

Junior Gabriel Leverette uncases his new trumpet for the first time. Purchasing the instrument himself would have been impossible according to Leverette.

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2017

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

Previously, students uncomfortable using gendered restrooms have had availability to staff restrooms as an alternate. Now, an all-gender bathroom has created equal access for all.

Jori Rudisell, Reporter

December 4, 2017

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

After school, students use the library for a quiet place to study, but with the proposed construction plan this could change. The proposal suggests to change the name to Learning Commons.

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 29, 2017

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

Pins sold by Art Club during lunch which went to support the Humane Society. The pins were designed by members of the club

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 20, 2017

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...

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