LP takes proactive steps to address transgender issues

L Martin, Features Editor

September 25, 2014

Did you know that there are several different types of genders out there besides the one you were assigned at birth—whether male or female? Earlier this year Facebook announced the creation of 50 plus new options for gender ...

Ferguson shooting raises questions impossible to ignore

L Martin, Features Editor

September 25, 2014

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride. Thug, thug, drunk. These are just a few names off a long and every growing list of unarmed black children who were murdered for daring to be black in America, and the titles the med...

School violence rising along with safety measures

L Martin, Features Editor

May 20, 2014

15 years later after the Columbine school shooting, many students, parents, and educators are still left wondering how safe schools really are.   Numerous legal procedures and student conduct policies have been created in...

Race still a prevalent topic in America

L Martin, Features Editor

May 20, 2014

The late civil rights activist Malcolm X once famously said, “If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress...

To teach, to serve, to…rock out on guitar?

Juliet Furlong, Staff reporter

May 19, 2014

Lake Park is filled with all different types of talent. Yes, even teachers. Turns out they don’t just lecture and give quizzes. In fact, there’s a definite subgroup of pedagogues at LP passionate about music, whether guitar,...

Technology: fun with consequences

L Martin, Features Editor

May 6, 2014

When it comes to technology, young people are far ahead of most adults. While older generations are struggling in levels in Candy Crush, an online game the dying social networking site of Facebook offers, young people are researching something for an essay, tweeting, and watching vines simultaneously. To these young people technology is just all fun and games. A friend falls asleep in class? Take a picture of him or her and upload it to Snapchat. A teacher does something funny in class? Record it—without their knowledge—and put it on YouTube. But when do all these games start to become serious and have consequences? Teachers and parents have found it difficult to draw the line between privacy and public concern.  “Zero Tolerance” policies and arrests seem to be the solution schools have gravitated toward. “Zero ...

Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church dies at 84

L Martin, Features Editor

May 6, 2014

Death is supposed to be a time of mourning. Many cultures across the globe have some sort of idea of honoring the dead or at least not disrespecting one in death. But every once in a blue moon comes the death of someone that doesn’t bring tears, but a sigh of relief.         At age 84, Rev. Fred Phelps, Sr., founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has died. On March 19 two of his children who also double as spokespersons for the church told Kansas’ WIBW that their father died before midnight of natural causes.  The funeral will be private. After hearing such a celebratory event—as many Americans would call Phelps’ death—some people have decided to picket the funeral. In response to the potential threat of karma coming back and slapping the church across the face, Shirley Phelps-Roper, one of Phelps’ daughters and one of the many spokespersons for the church, challenged the protesters. “It would be in extremely poor taste if someone went to protest my father’s funeral just because they disagr...

Elusive spring: March goes in like lion, out like irritable lion

L Martin, Features Editor

March 29, 2014

O spring, where art thou? So far 2014 has been the fourth-snowiest and third-coldest, according to the National Weather Service. Not surprising, in the month that supposedly marks the beginning of spring, winter’s remains still linger. In fact, only half way through March, we’ve experienced temperatures in the low single di...

SAT changes student expectations everywhere

L Martin, Features Editor

March 29, 2014

On March 5, David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, announced in an event in Austin, Texas that the SAT was getting a makeover for 2016.             “Standardized tests have become disconnected from the w...

History Classes, RC celebrate Black History Month

L Martin, Features Editor

March 29, 2014

Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, an annual celebration that grew from the creation of national Negro History week started by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland in 1926 to finally acknowle...

Mr. Lancer competition a must-see

Sharon Abraham, Features Editor

March 20, 2014

Brace yourselves, it’s that time of year again, when the young men of Lake Park strut across the stage, model fashionable attire, and entertain an audience for the ultimate title: Mr. Lancer. Ten students will compete on March...

DECA success takes team to internationals

Sara Bobek, Staff Writer

March 20, 2014

“We all said this was going to be the year we all went to internationals,” said national qualifier Caroline Gilley. The weekend of March 6, Lake Park DECA competed at the annual ILCDC state competition. Lake Park students...

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