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Kansas Supreme Court threatens to close schools

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter

March 3, 2016

This February the Kansas Supreme Court threatened to close down public schools if lawmakers do not change the way they fund them. According to the Huffington Post, the budget is $54 million dollars short and is unequitable for all students. The Supreme Court decision doesn't happen until July 1st of 201...

National merit finalists excel at test taking

Evan Frook, Reporter

March 2, 2016

Ten seniors were recognized for their academic achievement by becoming National Merit Finalists this February. They received this honor for their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT standardized test. “It’s a recognition based off of PSAT scores,” finalist Maggie Carttar said. “It’s a corporation that...

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lead Kansas Caucus polls

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

February 29, 2016

Saturday, March 5 is the presidential caucus for Kansas. Persons who are 18 or will be 18 come November can caucus this year, meaning many Free State seniors can caucus. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still in the running for the Democratic party and Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, J...

USD 497 plans for One-on-One technology

Maame Britwum, Online Editor

February 22, 2016

Recently the school district has begun making strides toward one-to-one technology: providing one device for each student in every middle and high school. Assistant superintendent Jerri Kemble is heading this effort alongside school administration and a technology board. Kemble says the district's...

Can We Talk students hold a discussion on the Confederate flag

Juna Murao, Reporter

February 11, 2016

Having seen a Confederate flag in the school parking lot, Can We Talk held a meeting in the black box theater to have an open discussion about the Confederate flag and what it meant to them personally. Junior Lanice Brown felt discouraged because of the flag and what it represented to her. ...

Lawrence schools and district hope to raise graduation rates

Lawrence schools and district hope to raise graduation rates

Trenna Soderling and Reagan Sullivan

February 6, 2016

Putting the organizational tools she has learned to the test, Junior Victoria Atkinson leans over her binder in her Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class. The skills learned in these classes help to equip students with the skills they need for college. “We do tutorials and we stay organized by ...

Students work together to ban Confederate flag

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

February 3, 2016

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 students were greeted with the Confederate flag flying in the parking lot. Within an hour, snapchats and tweets about the flag littered Free State students’ feeds. Teachers held discussions and students expressed their opinions about the flag and what it stands for. Later in...

Paraguayan exchange students hope to experience new things in the U.S.

Paraguayan exchange students hope to experience new things in the U.S.

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

February 2, 2016

As nine exchange students from Paraguay stepped off the plane and into the Kansas City airport, they were greeted with colorful signs and smiling faces. For five weeks, they will bear the frigid Kansas temperatures instead of enjoying their hot summer break, in hopes to learn more about American language...

Social media habits require new methods of discipline

Evan Frook, Reporter

January 25, 2016

Last September, parents filed into Southwest and South middle schools for a meeting geared towards discussing the realities of what their children were doing on social media and explaining how to use social media safely. The meetings were followed by presentations to all grade levels. “The second...

Pet World rallies after devastating fire

Pet World rallies after devastating fire

Darby Gilliland, Reporter

January 20, 2016

On March 25 of last year, Pet World suffered from an accidental fire. While no human lives were lost and many animals were saved, not all of them were so lucky. Owner Sherry Emerson says that part of the problem is that there were not automatic sprinklers in the store. Most state codes do not require...

Seniors share plans for early graduation

Maame Britwum, Online Editor

December 15, 2015

As first semester comes to a close, many seniors are beginning to prepare for their final semester; however, for senior Kirsten Baska and many others, this semester will be her last. At the start of her junior year, Baska realized that graduating early was the best decision for her. “I think...

Government students register to vote

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

December 14, 2015

On Nov. 24, Government students were provided with the opportunity to register to vote for the 2016 election. Throughout the semester students have been learning about the government and the different candidates. Government teachers Aimee McLendon and Katy Hayden had the idea of registering the students...

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