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The time he spent pounding the track’s pavement during the adaptive triathlon Wednesday at Lawrence High was the funnest part for Richard Outcalt. That, and the Southwest Middle School eighth-grader envisioning himself attending LHS in the fall.
A fifth-grade teacher at New York Elementary, who has left her mark helping students and even her colleagues better understand Indigenous history, is leaving Lawrence Public Schools following a difficult school year occupied by uncertainty.
Two students at Free State High School have been nominated for prestigious Kansas City-area theatre awards.
Free State High School seniors Serena Rupp and John Marshall won the final round of the Tournament of Champions late Monday on a 2-1 decision, becoming national champions.
Twenty competitors from Free State and Lawrence high schools are heading to Kentucky in June for the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
Two special lunch guests and a small entourage visited Billy Mills Middle School on Tuesday. Billy Mills himself, and his wife, Patricia, greeted students and educators at the Lawrence school named after the Olympic gold medalist.
Abeer Iqbal, a junior at KU, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow, “an award that recognizes student leaders who demonstrated an investment in their community through service, research and advocacy.”
The students of Southwest Middle School’s Future City team have earned top honors, including best essay in the nation.
Judy Erpelding, director of orchestras at Free State High School, has been selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.
Five KU juniors have been awarded a prestigious scholarship that recognizes their academic excellence and involvement in undergraduate research.
An eighth grade student at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School took home the title of state spelling bee champion over the weekend, and he’ll compete at the national bee this summer.
Soledad Edison, 17, has been inspiring conversations of equity in the classroom since middle school. Now a junior at Free State, she has a passion for connecting with diverse people and finding solutions to issues facing marginalized students.
Educators across the state, including four from Douglas County, will vie this weekend to advance to the final round in the Kansas Teacher of the Year awards.
Team STEAM, the Lawrence area schools robotics club, qualified seventh out of 28 teams and then was eliminated in the quarterfinals Saturday at the Heartland Regional competition, but they still brought home awards.
The Free State High School debate team of John Marshall and Serena Rupp, both seniors, have added another first to the school’s résumé with their latest tournament win.
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