Joanna Hlavacek (Education reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Students at Lawrence High walk out of class Wednesday, March 14, 2018, to protest gun violence. The students joined others across Lawrence and throughout the country in organizing in the walkouts.

West Middle School tech team members Isaac Riffle, sitting, and Sam Brixius, standing, show off a YouTube tutorial they made to help students use the school library’s checkout system. Isaac, an eighth-grader, and Brixius, a seventh-grader, are among seven students picked to serve on their school's technology support team, which enlists tech-minded students to assist peers with their school-issued iPads and email accounts, among other tasks.

A view of the Senior Resource Center and Fire Station No. 1 as seen from the intersection of Eighth and Vermont streets in downtown Lawrence on March 5, 2018. The two facilities share a building on the corner of Eighth and Kentucky streets.

Cari Davis, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, receives a hug from interim Superintendent Anna Stubblefield, right, after being surprised with the Lawrence district's 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year award on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Davis, who has taught in the district since 2006, also received a $1,000 check during Thursday's ceremony at Liberty.

Lawrence police chief Gregory Burns Jr. speaks to community members Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. The public event was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County.

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