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

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Beyond the Rivalry

Nate Ankenbauer, Sports Reporter November 8, 2021

In response to overcrowding in 1997, a third of Lawrence High students transferred to the newly founded Free State High School. From then on out, Bob Billings Parkway would split Lawrence in half,...

Student activists take to social media

Student activists take to social media

Zanna Ingram, Online Copy Editor October 9, 2020

The gay and trans panic defense is used in courtrooms to defend those accused of violent crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Junior Hays Hummel wants to put an end to that practice. Hummel...

NEWS BRIEF: USD 497 releases official hybrid learning plan

Jack Bellemere, Reporter October 8, 2020

USD 497 released their official hybrid learning outline Thursday night.  The plan lays out how high school administrators hope to keep students and teachers safe and maintain a high quality education...

Athletes Prepare for Spring Season

Reagan Sullivan, Reporter April 7, 2016

Tennis This year's tennis team looks forward to the upcoming season, with the goals already set in stone. Tennis coach Keith Pipkin has high hopes for his team.   “My goal for the team...

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...

Finding an assignment for class, senior Isabel Marshall-Kramer picks up her paper at the librarys printer. The library printer offers free printing to all students. Conscious of funding, teachers have been asking students to print from home, if possible.

New funding system presents uncertainty for Free State

Mariah Houston, Reporter September 23, 2015

Free State Firebirds flood the new, renovated hallway, clutch their new school supplies, and catch glimpses of their new principal. The year of 2015 is one full of change for Free State, but many students...

Opening her classroom cabinet, French teacher Karen Gipson, checks her Kleenex supply. Gipson has never rewarded her students with extra credit for turning in tissues.

New school-wide policy prevents students from earning extra credit

Evan Frook, Reporter September 21, 2015

Senior Brett Carey did a double-take when he read the extra credit policy in the student planner. Carey is a good student in multiple AP classes, and he gets A’s in them. That’s not to say he doesn’t...

Attendance Secretary Stephanie Kema at her desk.

Meet Free State’s new Attendance Secretary Stephanie Kema

Maame Britwum, Online Editor-in-Chief September 9, 2015

At the start of the school year some students were surprised to see that the friendly face of Free State’s old Attendance Secretary Donna Madel was not in the office. “She was always really friendly...

Sprouts Farmers Market is an organic grocery store under construction across from Free State. We believe everyone deserves access to healthy choices and we aim to inspire healthy living for all, says Victoria Fernandez, a Sprouts Public Relations Representative. The store will have its opening on July 1st at seven am.

Organic grocery store moves in across the street

Maria Carrasco, Managing Editor April 29, 2015

Senior Andrea Coleman goes out to eat for lunch almost every day, frequenting Starbucks, Subway and Chipotle.  Meanwhile, junior Christina Craig brings her organic lunch from home. While both students...

(From left) Senior Aj Zarnoweic and juniors Sydney Gard, Christina Craig and Zach Dixon play a saxophone quartet at the first Coffee House Jams. Student Council set up Coffee House Jams as a way for students to show off their creativity.

Free State Student Council hosts first Coffee House Jams

Libby Stanford, Reporter March 13, 2015

On February 25, sophomore Mariah Houston performed her poem at the very first Coffee House Jams. Houston was among 15 other students and staff who showcased their artistic talents at the event. The...

Revealing the scar left from the surgery to repair his aneurysm, junior Thor Lyche anticipates needing yearly brain scans for the rest of his life. I still cant work out, but Im getting off medication so I can focus on school, Lyche said.

Junior shares story of aneurysm, support

Maria Carrasco, Print Managing Editor March 11, 2015

It began with light headaches that became so severe junior Thor Lyche found it difficult to walk or stand. It finally became intolerable on Dec. 21, and Thor’s mother took him to get a CAT scan at Lawrence...

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