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Our Favorite High School Memories

May 19, 2017

With graduation just around the corner, many seniors recalled some of their favorite memories they had while attending Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Many of these memories took place in classrooms. "My favorite memory was when my AP Environmental Science teacher, Mr. Matt Turner, brought a turtle to class and let us all pet it," said senior Arunmani Phravorachith. "This one time I made ...

A Farewell to Room 203

A Farewell to Room 203

May 18, 2017

From the first freshmen on staff to co Editors-in-Chief, our memories here at Lamplighter are unimaginable. For our traditional EIC farewell article, we’ve decided to each write each write our own piece, and place them side-by-side, reminiscent of the inseparable relationship we have now. Even though yes, sometimes you may see us yelling at each other. It’s all in love. Enjoy, and it’s trul...

We are Greater Than Fear

We are Greater Than Fear

February 18, 2017

Things are tense in our country, and I can feel it in our school. I understand firsthand the fears and concerns of our immigration population, particularly undocumented students. For safety reasons, I will not provide numbers or statistics, but I will provide stories, and I hope these stories show how Dunbar students are dealing with the very real issues that are affecting them and their familie...

Real World Citizenship at Dunbar

Real World Citizenship at Dunbar

February 15, 2017

On Feb. 16 the Dunbar social studies department is hosting a letter writing event in room 604 after school. Teachers will be on hand to provide assistance during the writing process, and all students are invited to the non-partisan event. “We would like to give Dunbar students a chance to have their voices and opinions heard about what’s going on in our country," said social studies teacher...

Dunbar Student Gets Fit

Dunbar Student Gets Fit

January 22, 2017

Over the winter break, people tend to eat copious amounts of food (influenced by grandma), spend time playing their new games which require no physical activity and overall get nothing done, putting them at one of their laziest points of the year. Resulting from this America-wide norm is the famous resolution people tend to turn to for motivation: “I want to get fit.” The Beginning Until the new year going into 201...

Beloved Counselor Moves to New High School

Beloved Counselor Moves to New High School

January 22, 2017

Mr. Antonio Melton did not return to Dunbar after the holiday break. Staff and students found out that he moved to Frederick Douglas High School. He will still be working as a counselor, but with a few more responsibilities. Because he wasn't able to say goodbye in person, PLD Lamplighter reached out to him. “There is a great sense of nostalgia for me in attending and working at the neighb...

Ode to Rincon: Beloved Lexington Restaurant Closes

Ode to Rincon: Beloved Lexington Restaurant Closes

January 10, 2017

Everyone has their restaurant. The restaurant you find yourself at every Friday night, where the servers know your name and you don’t even have to open the menu to order. For myself and many other students, that restaurant was Rincon Mexicano Restaurante and Cantina.  Situated off of Harrodsburg Road next to Jet’s Pizza, Rincon has served family-style Mexican food to the people of Lexington with a...

Free Spirit ’16: A Week in the Capitol

Free Spirit ’16: A Week in the Capitol

December 2, 2016

This summer, I was given the honor of attending one of the most prestigious scholastic journalism conferences: the five-day-long Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference, made up of 51 students, one from each state plus Washington D.C. My Lamplighter advisor, the lovely Mrs. Wendy Turner, had handed me a poster 6 months earlier, one I still have today. "High School Juniors: Apply Now!" in...

Closed Adoptions Leave Unanswered Questions

Closed Adoptions Leave Unanswered Questions

November 30, 2016

My mother was adopted through what is called a "closed" adoption. This means that information about her birth parents was kept from her in sealed records. Parents who choose to give their children up for adoption can opt for closed adoptions in which they do not disclose any personal information to the child. This type of adoption often leaves the child with many difficult questions and a strugg...

UK Football: So You’re Telling Me There’s A Chance

UK Football: So You’re Telling Me There’s A Chance

October 28, 2016

In the fifteen years I’ve been going to UK football games, I’ve accepted quite a few things as fact: the student section will always try to rush that C-A-T-S cheer, Commonwealth has the best hot dogs in the state, rainy games are the best games. The biggest fact: UK will never be competitive at football. It’s something I had to accept a long time ago and just live with. One of my earliest football...