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LHS students compete at German competition

Peter Hancock

Lawrence High School German students won second place in the video and poster competitions Saturday at Kansas University's annual German competition known as Schülerkongress. LHS German techer Natalie Aaron said that in addition to producing videos and posters, the competition includes reciting German poetry from memory, reading prose aloud for ...

Pauls now second on LHS all-time speech and debate points list

Peter Hancock

Lawrence High School senior Lauren Pauls became the school's number-two all-time National Forensics League point earner on Saturday after winning two first-place medals and one second-place medal at the Olathe Northwest speech and debate tournament. Pauls took first in original oratory and informative speaking. She previously qualified for the 6A ...

St. John School, KU professor receive conservation awards

Peter Hancock

A Lawrence-area Catholic school and a Kansas University engineering professor have been named recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards. The awards are given each year by the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education. **St. John Catholic School**, 1208 Kentucky, received an award for its ...

LHS forensics team places 2nd at Free State tournament

Peter Hancock

The Lawrence High School forensics squad placed second overall last weekend at a tournament hosted across town at Free State High School. The tournament was held one week after Free State made the same showing at Lawrence High's tournament. Along the way, Lawrence High qualified two more students to compete ...

Third grade reading bill defeated; 'innovation districts' bill moves forward

Peter Hancock

Topeka — The Kansas Senate Education Committee on Tuesday narrowly defeated one of Gov. Sam Brownback's major education policy initiatives: a bill to require third-grade students be held back if they are not reading at grade level. On an unrecorded 5-6 vote, the committee rejected [S.B. 169][1], the "Kansas Reads ...

Free State High School student chosen for Senate Youth Program and scholarship

Peter Hancock

**Logan Brown**, a junior at Free State High School, is one of two students in Kansas selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship and serve as a delegate to the annual United States Senate Youth Program, scheduled for March 9-16 in Washington. The program, established in 1962, brings together two students ...

Forensics programs depend on community support

Peter Hancock

One thing that sets high school speech and debate programs apart from other competitions like football and volleyball is the extent to which they depend on community volunteers for their success. In most athletic competitions, players can rest assured that the referees and scorekeepers know the rules of the game ...

Ron Swall earns Lawrence Schools Foundation award

Peter Hancock

Ron Swall, who teaches in the Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID program at Free State High School, is the recipient of this year's Dedication to Education Award from the Lawrence Schools Foundation. The $5,000 award is given each year to a certified teacher or paraprofessional in the Lawrence school ...

Nursing is most popular CTE program in Kansas

Peter Hancock

State education officials said Wednesday that the number of Kansas high school students enrolled in college-level career and technical education classes nearly doubled this year, largely due to passage last year of a bill that provides them with tuition reimbursement. And by far, they said, nursing and other health science ...

Governor's bill on third-grade reading standards raises eyebrows

Peter Hancock

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she has concerns about the latest bill introduced in the Legislature that would require most students to pass the state's third-grade reading test before they could advance to fourth grade. [S.B. 169][1], the "Kansas Reads to Success Act," is Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal for ...

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