The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

The student-run news site of Lawrence Free State High School

Free Press Online

2022-2023 Staff

Natasha Torkzaban
News Co-Editor in Chief

Natasha Torkzaban

Natasha Torkzaban is a junior at Free State. This is Natasha's second year on staff and she is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Free Press Newspaper and Online. Outside of journalism, she is involved in Link Crew and NHS. Outside...

Allison Mayhew
News Co-Editor in Chief

Allison Mayhew

Allison Mayhew is a junior at Free State and she is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Free Press Newspaper and Online. Outside of journalism, she is in NHS and FiberBirds. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her cats and...

Cici Hunter
Ybk Editor in Chief

Cici Hunter

Cici Hunter is a senior at Free State. Cici is the Editor in Chief of the Talon Yearbook. Outside of journalism, she is on the soccer team and is involved in clubs like Debate, Forensics, NHS and serves as the senior class representative...

Lilly Wall
News Managing Editor

Lilly Wall

Lilly Wall is a sophomore at Free State and a Managing Editor for the Free Press Newspaper. Outside of class, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, playing volleyball, and listening to music.

Laura Kinsch
News Managing Editor

Laura Kinsch

Laura Kinsch is a senior at Free State and she is the Business Managing Editor for the Free Press Newspaper. She loves being involved in all things journalism and business. Outside of school she enjoys working out and taking care...

Lauren Tao
Ybk Managing Editor

Lauren Tao

Lauren Tao is a senior at Free State and is the Business Managing Editor for the Talon Yearbook. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and painting and drawing.

Olivia Nagel
Ybk Managing Editor

Olivia Nagel

Olivia Nagel is a Junior at Free State and the Managing Editor of the Talon Yearbook. Olivia is involved with Model UN, NHS, and Track. Outside of school, she likes to draw and play with her cats.

Alicia Narum
News Copy Editor

Alicia Narum

Alicia Narum is a senior at Free State and the Copy Editor for the Free Press Newspaper. Outside the journalism room, she is involved in theatre, orchestra, tennis, and soccer. Outside of school, Alicia enjoys traveling and cooking...

Jake Hedges
Ybk Copy Editor

Jake Hedges

Jake Hedges is a junior at Free State and is the Copy Editor of the Talon Yearbook. Outside of journalism, he is involved in track, cross country, tennis, NHS, S.A.L.T., L.I.N.K, chamber choir, and chamber singers! Outside of...

Lady Ortega-Perez
News Photo Editor

Lady Ortega-Perez

Lady Ortega-Perez is a Junior at Free State and is in her second year of journalism with the title of Photo Editor for the Free Press Newspaper. Outside of journalism, she is co-president of Key club, webmaster for the Kansas...

Isabelle Prô
Ybk Photo Editor

Isabelle Prô

Isabelle Prô is a junior at Free State and is the photo editor of the Talon Yearbook as well as a member of the cross country and track team, LINK crew, NHS, and SALT. Outside of school she enjoys photography, outdoors, and traveling.

Evan White
News design editor

Evan White

Evan White is a senior at Free State, and this will be her second year on the journalism staff. This year Evan is the Design Editor for the Free Press. At FSHS, Evan is involved in the Spirit Squad, Golf Team, Soccer Team, Link...

Hannah Stone
Ybk Design Editor

Hannah Stone

Hannah Stone is a junior at Free State. She is the Design Editor of the Talon Yearbook and is involved with NHS, Key Club, Women in STEM, HYPE, Link Crew, Equity Advisory Council, and FSHS golf. Hannah's favorite things include...

Maya Lee
Social Media Editor

Maya Lee

Maya Lee is a Junior at Free State and is the Social Media Editor. She is on the tennis team and enjoys reading and travel.

Ember Klein
Sports Manager

Ember Klein

Ember Klein is a sophomore at Free State and Sports Editor for the journalism staff. They are involved in theatre, band and football outside of journalism. Outside of school, they enjoy painting and watching movies with friends.

Gabriella Kellison
Reporter

Gabriella Kellison

Gabriella Kellison is a senior at Free State and a reporter for Free State Journalism. She is the director of community outreach for the Student Equity Council, and loves to work outside of school. She also enjoys cooking and...

Greyson Heiman
Reporter

Greyson Heiman

Greyson Heiman is a junior at Free State and is a reporter for Free State Journalism. He is involved with NHS and the soccer team. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and hanging out with his friends.

Maeve Nichols
Reporter

Maeve Nichols

Maeve Nichols is a sophomore at Free State and a reporter for Free State Journalism. She is involved in soccer and cross country. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with family and shopping.

Stella Mosier
Reporter

Stella Mosier

Stella Mosier is a Junior at Free State and a reporter for Free State Journalism. She runs cross country and track, as well as choir.

Maura Langland
Reporter

Maura Langland

Maura Langland is a junior at Free State High School and is a reporter for Free State Journalism. At Free State, she is involved in NHS and Link Crew. Outside of school, she dances competitively and enjoys reading and spending...

Elizabeth Hare
Reporter

Elizabeth Hare

Elizabeth Hare is a junior and a reporter for Free State Journalism. She is on the Free State volleyball and softball teams and link crew. Outside of school, she likes to weight lift, play volleyball, read and spend time with...

Becky Coston
Reporter

Becky Coston

Becky Coston is a junior and a reporter for Free State Journalism. At Free State, they are active in the theatre program. Outside of school, they are a girl scout with four cats and enjoy talking to people from across the world.

Sarah Masterson
Designer

Sarah Masterson

Sarah Masterson is a junior and is a designer for Free State Journalism. She is on the volleyball team, Model UN, and NHS. Outside of school she enjoys hanging out with her friends, drawing, and playing volleyball.

Vivi Riffel
Designer

Vivi Riffel

Viviana Riffel is a sophomore and is a designer for Free State Journalism. She is on the Free State cheer team and is so excited to be on staff! Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with friends, art, and music!

Rylee Miller
Designer

Rylee Miller

Rylee Miller is a senior at Free State and a designer for Free State Journalism staff. At school, she is involved in the hype club and girls golf. She really loves showing school spirit by dressing up for games and watching all...

Richard Li
Designer

Richard Li

Richard Li is a sophomore at FSHS and is a designer for Free State Journalism. He is in multiple clubs and extracurriculars. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing games with friends.

Raelynn Keefer
Designer

Raelynn Keefer

Raelynn Keefer is a senior and a designer for Free State Journalism. She plays girls soccer, is involved in NHS and LINK, and is in multiple clubs at Free State. Outside of school, she spends a lot of time outdoors, going to concerts,...

Maile Hickman
Designer

Maile Hickman

Maile Hickman is a junior at Free State High School and is a designer for Free State Journalism staff. She is also a member of NHS and the tennis team. Outside of school Maile enjoys reading and creating collage art.

Lola Cloud
Designer

Lola Cloud

Lola Cloud is a Junior at Free State High School and is a designer on staff. She is involved in the theater department at Freestate. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with friends and rollerskating.

Amy Bontrager
Designer

Amy Bontrager

Amy Bontrager is a senior at Free State High School and is a designer on staff. She plays on the volleyball and soccer teams and is involved in NHS. She loves the color orange and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Amelia Wiles
Photographer

Amelia Wiles

Amelia Wiles is a sophomore at FSHS and is a Photographer for Free State Journalism. She played on the varsity girls soccer team her freshman year and plans on continuing her soccer journey throughout high school. Outside of school,...

Dru White
Photographer

Dru White

Dru white is a sophomore and a Photographer for Free State Journalism. She plays soccer and golf at Free State and loves playing with her dog, Izzie, in her free time.

Braedyn Clover
Photographer

Braedyn Clover

Braedyn Clover is a senior and a Photographer for Free State Journalism. Throughout his time at Free State, he has been involved with NHS, Choir, AVID, & Link Crew. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time outdoors and making...

Mallory Thompson
Photographer

Mallory Thompson

Mallory Thompson is a sophomore. She is a photographer for Free State Journalism and avid KU fan who loves mystery novels.

Eleanor Roust
Photographer

Eleanor Roust

Eleanor Roust is a sophomore at Free State High School and is a Photographer for Free State Journalism. This is their first year in journalism along with continuing school activities from previous years such as speech and debate,...

Ashanti Riccardo
Photographer

Ashanti Riccardo

Ashanti Riccardo is a senior and a Photographer for Free State Journalism. She does track which she has been doing since her sophomore year. She is a manager for the football team and is a LINK Crew leader. Ashanti enjoys spending...

Photographer

Maddie McIntire

Keat Hockenbury
Photographer

Keat Hockenbury

Keat Hockenbury is a junior at Free State and a Photographer on staff. He enjoys XC, track, and swimming he is also involved in band and choir. He loves taking photos and having a good time with friends.

Gracie Coleman
Photographer

Gracie Coleman

Gracie Coleman is a photographer and a junior at Free State. She is a member of the Garden Club and outside of school enjoys reading and writing.