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Classic Toy Studios combines AV-programs, creates Prom video

Ash Rantilla records Jonathan Lesslie in the library. Lesslie's short film was a thriller called

Rowan Plinsky, Reporter

April 28, 2017

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

Interfaith group Justice Matters presents solutions to racial injustice in schools

Chris Pendry, Reporter

April 10, 2017

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...

LHS gender neutral bathroom sparks conversation across city

Some gender queer students face confusion when entering school restrooms.

Rowan Plinsky, Reporter

April 7, 2017

Loving is non-binary, they do not identify with either end of the traditional male to female gender spectrum. This is just one identity falling under the umbrella term of genderqueer, which applies to any gender that is not normative according to Loving. Loving prefers they/them pronouns, they do no...

Native American students reflect on experiences, mascots

Maddy Johnson, Reporter

March 31, 2017

After recent controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Shawnee Mission North mascot, the Native American has made it their goal to discuss these issues and make the experiences of Native Americans more well-known in the Free State community. Junior Ashley Giago, a club member, said that...

Clubs team up to fundraise for DAPL protestors

Clubs team up to fundraise for DAPL protestors

Maddy Johnson, Reporter

March 16, 2017

The Environmental Club and Young Democrats Club have teamed up to spread awareness about the Dakota Access Pipeline and raise funds to help arrested protesters with legal aid. The pipeline was proposed by Energy Transfer Partners in 2014 and The New York Times reported that the underground pipeline w...

AP Environmental Science evaluated, Civics no longer required

Civics teacher Laura Henderson gives a lecture to her Civics 9 class.

Maddy Johnson, Reporter

March 7, 2017

From offering reduced scheduling to underclassmen to new career pathways, many things are changing in USD 497 high schools. Starting next year, civics will not be a required course for freshmen; it will be an elective instead.  One thing that is not changing, however, is the availability of the AP E...

KS Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

The Supreme Court ruling was announced Thursday afternoon

Jake Clark and Darby Gilliland

March 3, 2017

Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that state funding to the district’s schools is inadequate and the Legislature must rework the s finance formula by June 30. “The state’s public financing system provided by the Legislature for grades K-12, through its structure and implementation, is n...

MacBooks chosen as technology for 1:1 student access

Working on an essay, junior Orson Becker types away on his MacBook Air. “An iPad is very limited in what it can do where a MacBook is more versatile,” Becker said.

Mia Peters, Reporter

March 1, 2017

Teachers are responsible for much more than just lecturing and assigning homework. It is their responsibility to ensure that their students have the tools necessary in order to succeed. At the start of the 2016-17 school year, the pilot program began. “It was the responsibility of each of the diff...

Possibility of reduced schedules for underclassmen

Junior Maddison Smith and counselor Joel Frederick discuss a schedule for senior year. Currently, only seniors are eligible for reduced schedule.

Maddy Johnson, Reporter

March 1, 2017

Exhausted after seven semesters of work, senior Justin Siler is excited to have a reduced schedule this spring. “I feel like it’s a right as a senior because you have to wait and get that privilege,” Siler said. The belief that only seniors deserve a reduced schedule is widespread, even a...

Senior Zion Bowlin receives Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Award

Happy from the recent news, Bowlin smiles in the commons. Bowlin has played Baseball since his freshman year.

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

February 27, 2017

When Senior Zion Bowlin won the Boys and Girls Club Youth of Year award he had no doubts about upholding its expectations. “You just do what you're supposed to do to the best of your ability,” Bowlin said. “That means you’re a leader [and] stay out of trouble.” Bowlin said. Bowlin und...

Women’s March encourages political activism in community, nation

Adorned with Wonder Woman and a bright American flag, protestors in Washington, D.C. gather.

February 16, 2017

Women and men marched through the streets across the world, carrying signs protesting the violation of women’s rights and the latest president elect. Social studies teacher Jordan Boyd was present at the Topeka march with her family.   “My sister and her boyfriend made some signs that just said ...

Singers sacrifice schedules for annual Encore audition

Margaret Uhler and Kahler Wiebe harmonize.

Mia Peters, Reporter

February 7, 2017

160 Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the Free State choral program spent the entire month of January preparing solos and ensembles for an audition on Feb. 5th. They auditioned for the annual choir concert, Encore. Encore originated as a version of Lawrence High’s annual choral performance, Showtime....

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