K-12 Education

Where are they now? Checking up on the 2009 Academic All-Stars

Each year, the Journal-World reaches out to the Academic All-Stars from 10 years ago to see what they've been up to since high school. Here's what the members of the 2009 class told us via email: Jacob Rhodes When Jacob Rhodes graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 2009, he hadn't yet ...

Meet the 2019 Academic All-Star finalists

Every year since 1997, the Journal-World has invited administrators and counselors from public and private high schools in the Lawrence area to nominate their most outstanding seniors for the Journal-World’s Academic All-Star team. As in previous years, a panel of three judges reviewed ...

Longtime Schwegler Elementary teacher wins annual Bobs Award

Susan Lomshek, a third grade teacher at Schwegler Elementary School, is the 2019 Bobs Award winner, the Lawrence Schools Foundation announced in a news release Thursday. Lomshek has taught at Schwegler for 29 years, following her parents’ footsteps into the profession, according to the ...

Free State takes 1st overall in state speech tournament; Lawrence High finishes 4th

The Free State Firebirds are state champions in speech and forensics — for the first time in the school’s history, according to the team’s coach. Lawrence High School came in fourth place overall at the state championship. Free State coach Kelly Thompson told the Journal-World via ...

Kansas educators face quick rise in vaping at schools

TOPEKA — Kansas educators are rushing to find ways to respond to a sharp increase in the number of students using electronic cigarettes in the state's high schools. The state Board of Education heard from educators on Tuesday that about a third of high school students tried vaping at least ...

Free State High School scholarship winners for 2019

Here is the list of scholarship winners from Free State High School, as compiled by the school: Nora Agah: University of Texas Austin Cockrell School of Engineering Honors; Swimming Academic All American Usayd Alkiswani: Lawrence Region Antique Auto Club Scholarship Helena All: Kansas ACT ...

Lawrence High School scholarship winners for 2019

Here is the list of scholarship winners from Lawrence High School, as compiled by the school: Jamie Abernathy: Loyola University Athletic Scholarship Katie Ahern: Lawrence Lions Alumni Association Scholarship, University of Kansas Crimson & Blue Scholarship Chisom Ajekwu- Kansas ...

Adaptive triathlon gives all students a chance to shine

Gracie Flanagan was having so much fun Wednesday morning running in the triathlon at Lawrence High School that she crossed the finish line three times. Flanagan, 17, was one of about 45 secondary adaptive physical education students in the Lawrence school district competing in the event, which ...

Photo gallery: Lawrence High School’s ‘Showtime’

Lawrence High School choir students were busy rehearing Wednesday for their annual "Showtime" performance. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Lawrence High School auditorium.