Free Press

The Struggle of Stress

Libby Stanford, Reporter

October 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Entering my junior year, adults and other high school students told me that this one is the hardest. They describe a year overflowing with mounds of homework, full of stressful exams and looming with the question of college. Every year stress piles higher on my shoulders, and this year I have more...

Coming Full Circle

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

September 3, 2014


Filed under Opinion

August, 2011. My freshman year, and the first year in USD 497 history that 9th graders were crammed in with the 10th-12th graders at the high schools. Even though Free State was new and exciting, by the second week of school, I was already bored enough in my sixth hour Algebra class to attempt an inconspicuous...

Reporters tackle feminism

Reporters tackle feminism

Maddie Birchfield and Kenneth Palmer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Maddie Birchfield: I am a feminist and a humanist. For some reason, the idea has risen that one can’t be both. This is due to the muddling of the meaning of the word “feminism.” I am a feminist because feminism is the belief that women and men are equal, and should be treated as such. It scares...

Unsocial Butterflies: A look at how teens react to neurological social disorders

kyra haas, editor-in-chief

May 6, 2014


Filed under Opinion

A laugh that’s a little too long. A whisper that’s a little too loud. A comment that’s a little too blunt. These seemingly harmless mannerisms can lead to ostracism, especially in high school, where insecure teenagers jump at the opportunity to criticize others’ subtle deviations from the no...

Rosemary’s Senior Farewell: Loving Sports

April 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

If someone would have told me I was going to shed tears over senior year I never would have believed them. Then again, I never imagined I would be a part of a state championship team. I somewhat swore off feeling nostalgic about senior year. I was foolishly determined to simply have fun this year, despite my cl...

Sarah Says Goodbye

sarah whipple, design editor

April 11, 2014


Filed under Opinion

If you’ve never looked at the page on Wikipedia titled “twelfth grade,” you’re in for a hoot. It starts out: “Many students consider the twelfth grade a year to relax and prepare for transition out of their old lives into college or the workplace. The class work for some is generally not as diffi...

One-Sided Pride

Maria Carrasco, Copy Editor

March 12, 2014


Filed under Opinion, The Spotlight, Top Stories

Imagine being told to “put your weave back on” in front of the entire school just because that is a stereotype for your race. Imagine being told you don't belong in the United States because you weren't born there. Imagine being called stupid, dumb or lazy because English isn't your first langua...

Life After High School

Life After High School

rosemary newsome, copy editor

February 20, 2014


Filed under Opinion

A good portion of the senior class will graduate this year knowing how to evaluate an indefinite integral, but not knowing how to sew a button . Consider the fictional student Johnny. Johnny is an intelligent and superb student, who spends his free time studying, and graduates with a 4.08 GPA as valedictor...

Dress code leaves too much uncovered

morgan noll, reporter

January 9, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Keep it classy, Free State. When it comes to clothing in schools, some find certain clothing inappropriate and disruptive that others may see simply as a display of the first amendment. Freedom of expression is a privilege, but it can be taken too far. When there’s no mystery left as to what someone...

Embarrassing Stories

Embarrassing Stories

newspaper staff

December 16, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

We’ve all had our share of embarrassing moments. Whether they were minor mishaps or major blunders, no one can deny that they have accidentally and, potentially hilariously, committed a social faux pas. Societal standards for manners define what is and isn’t appropriate to commit. However, if one is ab...

Common Courtesy

kyra haas, online co-editor-in-chief

December 13, 2013


Filed under Opinion

I don’t have my restricted driver’s license, and I am a junior in high school. Because I don’t have my own transportation, I spend a considerable amount of my time after school in the Commons, waiting for a ride, usually from my grandma. Yes, I am the epitome of cool and popular. Let me fill in ...

Newsie goes gluten-free

kyra haas, online co editor in chief

November 12, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Not everyone with a gluten allergy or celiac disease was born with their condition. My aunt used to carb up on pasta before her college track meets, eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and enjoy an occasional slice of toast in the mornings. Then, something changed. Her hair fell out in...

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