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Free State High School graduates challenged to find ‘clarity in moments of darkness’
As the sun set behind the Free State High School press box on Wednesday night, the light created a backdrop nearly as beautiful as graduate speaker Solie Edison’s speech to his fellow graduates.
Lawrence High graduates, like their school building, emerge stronger than they were 4 years ago
Lawrence High School graduates found themselves, like their school building, thrown into disarray during their high school years. But the building and graduates had one thing in common: they made it through the challenges stronger than before.
C-Tran Program graduates celebrate, surrounded by family and friends
Friends and family of C-Tran Program students gathered at Lawrence school district offices Friday morning to celebrate the program’s five 2023 graduates.
Native American Student Services honors graduating seniors; history made with eagle feather dedication
Lawrence High School senior Inila Brave is set to give a speech at her school’s commencement ceremony next week, an honor that she said the Lawrence school district’s support program for Native American students helped prepare her for.
Former students honor Lawrence High School math teacher Matt Ellis with teaching award
In the halls of Lawrence High School, math teacher Matt Ellis will always be known for his collection of ties that he features throughout the school year. Now he’ll also be known as the winner of a teaching award that reflects his connection with his students.
Native American students participate in cultural activities through Lawrence school district’s support program
Out of the 574 federally recognized tribal nations in the United States, approximately 120 are represented within the Lawrence school district, Kenny St. Pierre told school board members on Monday.
Free State wins fourth-straight forensics state title; Lawrence High takes fourth place
Free State High School took home its fourth-straight state forensics title over the weekend, and Lawrence High School finished in fourth place. Both schools sent multiple entries to the finals.
High-fives, loud crowds encourage student-athletes in Lawrence school district’s adaptive triathlon
Middle and high schoolers and their supporters brought their school spirit to Lawrence High School on Wednesday to celebrate athletes of all abilities during the fourth annual Pat Grzenda Triathlon.
After 4 instruments and 14 years, Lawrence High School student’s musical passion settles on the clarinet
Lawrence High School senior Felix Guo refused to excel at only one instrument. Instead, he chose four.
Lawrence High School’s annual ‘Showtime’ variety show returns
Members of Lawrence High School choirs will hit the stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday with “Showtime,” the choral department’s annual variety show.
Lifelong Lawrencian finds her niche in advocacy and scholarship at KU
When Cherin Russell returned to college in the spring of 2020, she wondered whether she could find success as a 30-year-old nontraditional undergraduate student at the University of Kansas.
Free State senior named recipient of 2023 Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Free State High School senior Wendo Kimori has received a prestigious award that recognizes young leaders pushing toward racial equity in their communities.
KU architecture students are finalists in international competition to build zero-energy home
KU architecture students this weekend unveiled Haven Studio, a house powered by renewable energy that they designed and built from the ground up.
From toy drums to rock camp, Bishop Seabury student Kostas Jackson shines with drumsticks in hand
When Bishop Seabury seventh grader Kostas Jackson was 4 years old, his parents found an “American Idol” children’s drum set in their neighborhood trash. Since then, his life has been marked by snares, kicks, and cymbals.
Haskell, KU work to bring more underrepresented communities into laboratory sciences
Two dozen Haskell and KU students presented Friday about their research exploring native grasses, historical trauma, plant-based medicine and other topics.