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Reporter shares thoughts on SRO video

Maya Hodison, Reporter

December 1, 2015

A student’s violent arrest was captured on video by a classmate at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina on October 26. The video went viral, sparking widespread outrage around the country. According to CNN the 16 year old student would not participate in her math class, and she ...

Advocates push for change to 2020 census to include Arab-American option

Hala Hamid is a reporter and copy editor for The Free Press and has been on staff for three years. While she was born in the U.S., her parents immigrated from Iraq 24 years ago.

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor

November 30, 2015

As I sat at my computer, filling out college applications, I scanned the race categories and hesitated. Black? No. White? No. Asian? Pacific Islander? American Indian? No, no and no. White is the closest option, but that’s not quite accurate. Arab-Americans have technically been included under the...

Editors in chief discuss weird interests

Editors Trenna Soderling and Sydney Gard discuss their guilty pleasures.

Sydney Gard, Trenna Soderling

November 28, 2015

Sydney Gard Since I can remember, I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty boring person. I can’t juggle or sing or do any other cool things, I’m terrible at anything involving athleticism and I have no outstanding physical features. I’m pretty forgettable. In middle school, I...

Staffers discuss their skyward habits

As the school year progresses students become more aware of their grades. For some students, checking Skyward on the app or on a computer becomes an addiction.

Elizabeth Patton and Darby Gilliland

November 28, 2015

  Elizabeth Patton I’m not a fan of stereotypes, but I am the definition of one. I’m the first born and female. I’m as Type A as you can get and extremely competitive. Grades have been a focal point of my high school career, so naturally, Skyward is one of my most used apps. ...

Online editor reflects on her experience as a brown bag fashion model

Co-online editor Maame Britwum pretends to be a fish on the Brown Bag Fashion show runway. This was Britwum's first time being a model for the show.

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor

November 6, 2015

In 2003 the Lawrence Journal World published an article from the Miami Herald about high school students creating a fashion show out of “Publix” brown bags. This article reached the eyes of former art teacher Carolyn Berry. According to photography teacher, Marsha Poholsky, Berry started Free...

Co-Online Editors discuss the new CI3T “Talon Tickets” policy

During Friday lunch periods, math teacher Samantha Newlin gives out prizes to students in exchange for their Talon Tickets. Students have the opportunity to earn school supplies or Firebird t-shirts depending on the amount of tickets they turn in.

Libby Stanford and Maame Britwum

November 3, 2015

Libby Stanford This year students were surprised with a new program regarding student behavior. This program is called CI3T (Comprehensive, Integrated Three-Tiered Model of Prevention). It uses a “matrix” that describes how to be respectful, responsible and give best effort in the classroom, ha...

Mass Street Soda manager discusses plans for expansion

Bottles of soda are highlighted by the afternoon sun at Mass Street Soda on 1330 Mass Street. 1,300 varieties of craft soda are displayed on their shelves.

Jackson Barton, Reporter

November 2, 2015

To say Mass Street Soda is simply a novelty is an understatement. Mass Street Soda is part of a new wave of innovative and unique businesses to arrive on Massachusetts Street. Not only are these shops interesting, but they are also great additions to the collection of Downtown staples. Late on a Tuesday...

Transgender staffer recounts his experiences during transition

Lane Weis, a transgender junior at Free State, transitioned his freshman year of high school. Although it was difficult for Weis at first, he now is more confident with expressing his identity.

Lane Weis, Designer

October 29, 2015

If you’ve ever talked to me, you probably know I’m transgender. I mention it all the time and unlike the past few years, I’ve stopped trying to keep it a secret. I no longer feel like my identity is something that needs to stay hidden, the way it used to be. Now, I feel free to express myself as...

Co-Editors in chief reflect on recent marriage equality decision

Editors Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling are supportive of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

October 27, 2015

Sydney Gard Several hours before the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage across America was announced, I tossed and turned. I laid awake in bed and stared at the ceiling. I read a book and endlessly refreshed Twitter. Finally, around 6 am, I fell into a deep stupor, unaware of what would meet m...

Co-Editor in Chief discusses the new changes in senior year and beyond

Trenna Soderling is this year's Editor in chief of the Free Press. She is looking forward to her senior year.

Trenna Soderling, Co-Editor in Chief

October 9, 2015

The students of Free State are no strangers to change. This year has seen an overhaul of many standards kids were used to, like a portion of the policies, the administration, the schedule and even the entrance into the school. While many students have complained about the lack of consistency, I think...

Reporter shares her thoughts on the recent office construction

Juna Murao, Reporter

October 6, 2015

Over the past year, the Lawrence school district renovated Free State's office to a more modern design. The additional classrooms were built in response to the growing number of students in the building. In the first few days of school, I was overloaded with textbooks and supplies for my new classes,...

Editor in Chief shares her opinions on senior year

Co-Editor in chief, Sydney Gard, poses of a photo in the commons. Gard is looking forward to her senior year.

Sydney Gard, Editor in Chief

October 2, 2015

Senior year: a time to finally get premium parking, sleep late and slack off. Everyone takes easy classes and senioritis runs rampant—right? Right?!? So far, I can’t say the stereotypes are very accurate. Sure, school hasn’t even been in session for four weeks, but I am fairly confident my senior...

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