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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NEWS: Facebook Blocks Kansas Reflector links and removes them from the platform

Elliot Skillman, Assistant News Copy Editor April 15, 2024

On Thursday, April 4, after the Kansas Reflector posted a column that was critical of Facebook, now known under the rebranded name Meta, removed every post made by the publisher on the platform. The news...

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SPORTS: Weekend Madness

Rakshan Ossen, Reporter April 8, 2024

Following the first week of April, the NCAA March Madness games are down to the Final Four for both the men’s and women’s brackets. The action-packed weekend saw a fierce matchup against their opponents...

Senior Jake Loos and other members of the track team run during practice. Archived photo from Addie Driscoll.

SPORTS: Run Firebirds, Run!

Emi Stone, Reporter April 1, 2024

Since its 68-member team in 2004, the track program at Free State has experienced remarkable growth, currently boasting a roster of over two hundred athletes. Although there are several events to help...

Students are faced with new policies and consequences related to being tardy or absent to class. These policies were put in place by the district in an attempt to reduce tardies and absences.

NEWS: Passing Period Rush

Evie Chancy October 26, 2023

With the administration's implementation of a new tardy plan, it's been necessary for students to adjust their habits in getting to school and from class-to-class.   The new tardy policy states that...

Spin Pizza’s seasonal Pumpkin Cheesecake Gelato is the perfect treat for the autumn days ahead. Combining a cold taste and spicy notes, this resembles the epitome of fall.

REVIEW: Local Fall Foods Review

Ava Talbott, Reporter October 10, 2023

As soon as the leaves fall, so do a variety of different autumn themed dishes. Lawrence has many restaurants and many foods to eat, but which ones are worth trying? Spin Pizza- Pumpkin Cheesecake Gelato...

Turning a New Page

Jake Hedges, Reporter October 26, 2021

This year the library staff has gained a new face: Marisa Hegeman, a librarian and media specialist.  Previously, Hegeman was staffed at Cordley Elementary School as the school librarian.  She also...

A Fresh Face for Freshman

A Fresh Face for Freshman

Olivia Roderick, Reporter October 4, 2021

This year, Katie Brandau is welcomed as the new 9th grade counselor. Brandau moved from Durango, Colorado, where she was a high school counselor for five years.  Brandau said “[she] knew she always...

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Students sing the praises of new choir teacher

Cici Hunter, Reporter October 4, 2021

Joshua East is the latest addition to the fine arts program. Working beside Olivia Henning , East co-teaches the performance choirs and is the lead teacher for Chamber choir. East started his career...

Administration releases new dress code

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief November 11, 2019

On November 7, USD 497 Board of Education released an updated dress code draft. More lenient than past policies, the administration seeks to define more open guidelines of appropriate attire.  According...

Free States New Poets

Free State’s New Poets

Cheyenne Fisher, Videographer April 24, 2019

Construction Walkthrough

Construction Walkthrough

Katie Diaz, Kameren Prather, Videographers January 18, 2019


Student Finley White Starts Rowing Club After Moving From New Zealand

Evan Frook, Reporter December 1, 2014

Sophomore Finley White has lived in four continents and five countries, having moved five times in her life. Where are you from? White: “I was born in South Africa, then I moved to England …...

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