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Board's Finance Advisory Council to remain 'advisory' for now

Peter Hancock

One of the first things an outside observer notices about the political culture in Lawrence is that besides having the standard set of local units of government — a county commission, a city government and local school board — this town has an abundance of volunteer "citizens advisory committees" that ...

Forensics participants continue winning ways

Peter Hancock

Lauren Pauls, the Lawrence High School senior pushing to become the school's all-time National Forensics League point earner, continued her winning streak this weekend with three more first-place finishes at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational. Pauls won first place in original oratory and informative speaking, two events in which she ...

Lawrence district produces video about bond issue

Peter Hancock

The Lawrence school district has produced a short video explaining its rationale for asking voters to approve a $92.5 million bond issue next month. The 71-second video is [posted on the district's website][1]. And while it does not expressly advocate for passage of the bond issue, it does contain a ...

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 ...

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