Joanna Hlavacek (K-12 education reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the K-12 education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Abdullah Ahmed, an eighth-grader at Southwest Middle School, explains the layout of a re-imagined Jakarta he helped build as part of his school's eighth-grade Future City team, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Ahmed’s team will compete at the Future City national competition this week in Washington, D.C.

"The Convent," a former Sisters of Charity convent owned by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, rests on steel support beams after being moved down the street by construction workers on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The old house, now located at 1229 Vermont St., was moved from its original location near 12th and Kentucky streets to make way for St. John Catholic School's new gymnasium. The project is the first of the school's upcoming $3.3 million renovation, slated for completion by winter 2017.

Schwegler Elementary School fifth-graders and Woodlawn Elementary School first-graders answer the question, "What's your New Year's resolution for 2017?"

Schwegler Elementary School fifth-grader Desmond Pemberton

Schwegler Elementary School fifth-grader Ruby Hoffer

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