The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

College Board Sets a New Standard
Pratik Gurijala, Staffer • December 11, 2023

In September 2023, College Board made some changes to Advanced Placement (AP) classes to go into effect this year. The new AP rubrics affect the Document-Based Question (DBQ) and the Long-Essay Question (LEQ) sections of...

Austin Organizations Against Algae
Margot Morgan, Staffer • December 11, 2023

On a hot summer day, Lady Bird Lake can be seen full of paddle boarders, kayakers, and rowers, but no swimmers. Lady Bird Lake is a reservoir of the Colorado River, which passes through downtown Austin and acts as an important...

Migrants Bussed to Blue Cities
Migrants Bussed to Blue Cities
Ellington Tough, Staffer • December 11, 2023

In March 2021, Governor Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, designed to mitigate the large numbers of migrants crossing the border from Mexico to Texas. Part of this plan involved busing thousands of undocumented...

Club Crazy: Volume 50, Edition 2
Club Crazy: Volume 50, Edition 2
Inanna Murgor, Gordon Streber, and Bishop Britt December 11, 2023

Archery Club Inanna Murgor | Staffer An arrow whizzes towards a bullseye in the small gym. On the archery team, students can practice archery to compete across the district and in national competitions hosted by the National...

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Opinion: Caste Law Cast Aside
Georgia Fink, Staffer • December 11, 2023

If a type of discrimination only affects 0.1% of the U.S. population, does it still need to be outlawed? This was the question recently tackled by the legislature of California in regard to a type of discrimination called...

Opinion: Misinformation Leads to Moderation
Opinion: Misinformation Leads to Moderation
Kamryn Reyes, Staffer • December 11, 2023

As technology continually advances, the flaws and threats of it become more apparent. We are faced with numerous new challenges to overcome as a society, one of the most dangerous being the issue of misinformation on social...

Opinion: Should Politicians Have an Expiration Date?
Opinion: Should Politicians Have an Expiration Date?
Leah Lashus, Staffer • December 11, 2023

If someone were to visualize an 80-year-old, many would think of retirement homes, dentures, and grandchildren. Not as many would recollect presidents’ faces or leaders of Congress. However, in the 2020 election, the average...

Opinion: Texas Prisons Overheat
Opinion: Texas Prisons Overheat
Isabel Kramer, Club Contributor • December 11, 2023

Blistering Texas summer heat: it’s what we are known for. According to the Texas Tribune, this summer hit a second-time high streak of days without temperatures below a hundred degrees—40 days. Most Texans try to stay...

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Austins Nutcracker is En Pointe
Austin's Nutcracker is En Pointe
Deven Sharma and Katie Busby December 11, 2023

From the Summer nesting of bats under the Congress Avenue bridge to the city’s multiple Spring marathons, Austin has many seasonal traditions every year. As winter approaches, Ballet Austin’s annual Nutcracker performance...

IN HARMONY | LASA Orchestra students lead middle school students through a musical piece. The event was held at the Delco Activity Center.
String Fest
Georgia Fink and Fugo Tomii December 11, 2023

High school seniors play a large role in the Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) Fall Festival for Strings. They take on the responsibility of mentoring, teaching, and guiding the younger musicians, drawing from...

ART IN MOVEMENT | Fashion creators display their works in Austin Studio Tour. This display of craft took place Nov. 4-19 of 2023, allowing designers to show off their own form of art.
All is Fair in Arts and Crafts
Bridget Dunleavy, Staffer • December 11, 2023

Thriving art communities, markets, craft fairs, and pop-up shops can be seen in many places around the Austin area. Shopping opportunities like these allow customers to personally engage with artists and buy one-of-a-kind,...

Editor's Picks: Niche Interests
Amelia Coleman, Megan Gerold, Mars Leslie, and Katie Busby December 11, 2023

Isopods Amelia Coleman | Graphics Editor Imagine a pillbug bigger than a football living deep under the ocean. This is the giant isopod. Its jointed limbs and exoskeleton, main characteristics of crustaceans but difficult...

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BREAKING RECORDS | LASA’s tennis team finished their fall team tennis season second in the state. The team had an undefeated season and advanced further than any other year after tying for third in the state in the 2022-2023 season.
Raptors Claw Their Way to the Top
Victor Martinez, Sports Editor • December 11, 2023

Ranked as the 32nd-best school in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report, LASA has long been known for having an athletics program that is overshadowed by its status as an academic powerhouse. However, with the...

WATCH AND OBSERVE | Photo editor, Griffin Beam, learns how to do a bicep curl during lifting club. Sophomore and club member Jose Gonzalez assisted Beam throughout his workout.
Raptor Rundown: Volume 50, Edition 2
Griffin Beam, Photo Editor • December 11, 2023

What happened in the weight room used to be a mystery to me, but that changed after I attended an after school practice for Weightlifting Club. Although I was nervous about the meeting at first, when I saw many of my friends...

Sports Betting
Tita Gonzalez, Staffer • December 11, 2023

Sports betting has garnered increasing attention for the mental health threats associated with it. The National Football League (NFL), a league that has been at the center of many sports betting controversies, has been called...

Preparation for Paris 2024 Summer Olympics Underway
Preparation for Paris 2024 Summer Olympics Underway
Esmé Kessler, Staffer • December 11, 2023

The 2024 Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France and will be much different from all other Olympic games. For the first time in history, the Olympic games will not be held in a stadium, but rather along the Seine...

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Students Affected by Bus Driver Shortage
Students Affected by Bus Driver Shortage
Ellington Tough, Staffer • December 11, 2023

For the past year, mostly due to the effects of COVID-19, low pay and benefits, and lack of appreciation, Austin Independent School District (AISD) has been dealing with a school bus driver shortage. For over a year now,...

SAT Trades Out No. 2 Pencils
SAT Trades Out No. 2 Pencils
Harrison Chambers, Staffer • December 11, 2023

The College Board announced in early 2022 that the SAT testing format will change from a physical test to an online one starting in 2024. The current paper and pencil multiple-choice test will no longer be offered, giving...

Student-Led Service Projects
Student-Led Service Projects
Gordon Streber, Staffer • December 11, 2023

There are service projects done by student-led organizations at LASA that give students an opportunity to volunteer and improve their communities. Newer clubs, such as Helping Hands and Bake a Difference, and older organizations...

Reduce Reuse Recycle
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Margot Morgan and Rebeca Gonzalez December 11, 2023

Recycling containers can be found throughout LASA. However, there’s no common knowledge of what the recycling practices at LASA are. The average student produces approximately 67 pounds of waste during a school year, according...

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LASA junior Francie Sarrat charging past McCallum junior Emy Chen and towards the basket.
LASA Girls Basketball Brings Down the Knights: Photo Gallery
Izzy Cravotta, Staffer • February 13, 2024

On January 23rd, LASA Girls Basketball defeated their rivals, McCallum High, 40 to 37 at home. The victory extended the Raptors' four-game winning streak and marked the Knights' only district loss of the season.

Q&A With an Austin Water Expert
Sadie Sarrat, Staffer • December 11, 2023

Martin Tower is a Managing Engineer at Austin Water, the city of Austin's public water utility, where he leads the infrastructure management division. He oversees the distribution of capital funds to different departments...

Humans of LASA: Volume 50, Edition 2
Humans of LASA: Volume 50, Edition 2
Rebeca Gonzalez, Staffer • December 11, 2023

Jasmine Tea | Junior Jasmine Tea is a junior at LASA who’s found value in teamwork and independence through sports and entrepreneurship. She enjoys being able to find a community in her sport, ultimate frisbee. Tea also...

Underclassmen Ask, Upperclassmen Answer
Underclassmen Ask, Upperclassmen Answer
Apollo Dahmus, Staffer • December 11, 2023

LASA's freshmen are full of questions about what the next years of their education may entail. The Liberator asked a sample of freshmen for these questions and interviewed upperclassmen for their answers. "Who is the best...

Walpole and Maxfield Henderson cut shapes out of paper for their screen prints.
LASA Art Honor Society: Photo Gallery
Giovanni Alejo Aguilar, Staffer • November 7, 2023

LASA Art Honor society is one of the school's most laid back and creative clubs, serving as a collaborative space for artists to grow their skills and work outside the classroom. At each meeting, the club focuses on a different...

Humans of LASA: Volume 50, Edition 1
Humans of LASA: Volume 50, Edition 1
Leah Lashus, Staffer • October 16, 2023

Advika Sharma | Senior Advika Sharma is a senior at LASA who participates in many school clubs and activities outside of school. She takes a special interest in dance and taekwondo. Sharma said that throughout her life,...

Anti-LGBTQ+ Protestors Strike Austin Schools
Isabel Kramer, Club Contributor • October 16, 2023

On Aug. 22, 2023, students at McCallum High School were alerted before dismissal that a group of professional protesters were outside the school waiting for them. That day, many students' social media showed videos of protesters...

New Year, New Clubs
Izzy Cravotta, Staffer • October 16, 2023

Every year, students are encouraged to come up with ideas for new clubs. This requires them to create and finalize their plan, find an advisor, and promote the club to newcomers. This year, there are a number of new clubs,...

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Staff Profile

Ben Goodman is a junior, and a staffer for the LASA Liberator. Ben is new to writing for newspaper, and particularly enjoys the interview part of newspaper. He plays clarinet and saxophone in the...

Hagen Hobbs is in his sophomore year and is a staffer for the Liberator. This is his 1st year with the newspaper.

Annabel Andre
Annabel Andre
Editor-in-Chief

Annabel Andre is a senior and Editor-In-Chief of the Liberator. This is her fourth year on the Liberator staff and this year she hopes to continue to newspaper's publication of impactful news and...

Sanwi Sarode
Sanwi Sarode
Copy Editor

Sanwi Sarode is a senior and one of the Lead Editors (Copy) for The Liberator. This is her fourth year with the paper and she wants to continue The Liberator's tradition of sending out interesting,...

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The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy
The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy