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Students March Across the Nation For Safer Schools

Students March Across the Nation For Safer Schools

March 24, 2018

The day after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Chelsey Morgeson received a message from a former classmate asking if she wanted to organize an activism event. She started a Facebook group and the next day, BGAA and Moms Demand Action created a placeholder event for the same cause. They joined forces and brought Fayette County students on board to plan March for Our Lives Lexington. ...

Dunbar Students Compete at State Science Fair

Dunbar Students Compete at State Science Fair

March 24, 2018

Every March, Lexmark sponsors the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) at Eastern Kentucky University for select students who advance from the regional fair. On Saturday, five special awards were awarded to Dunbar students, 14 placed in the top three for their category and junior Rachel Seevers was third overall. Seevers and senior David Ma will be advancing to the Intel International Science...

Dunbar Teachers Walk-In to Protest SB1

Abigail Hendren, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2018

  Early March 15, public school teachers around the state gathered in freezing cold temperatures to protest ongoing issues with adequate funding for public pensions. At Dunbar, nearly 40 teachers participated, standing along the sidewalk on Man o' War Blvd in front of the school. Teachers are protesting Senate Bill 1 (SB1) concerning the retirement benefits and pensions of public servants like teachers. Last night, Governor Matt Bevin addressed the public on the issue. He claimed that public teachers are making "more than their fair share," and that Kentucky is "rich" compared to it's neighboring states. ...

Dunbar Students March for Their Lives

March 14, 2018

On March 14, schools and other organizations around the nation participated in the March for our Lives walkout to protest congressional inaction on issues of violence, particularly in schools. Dunbar’s walkout was held in the gym and organized by junior Abigail Wheatley. The event was livestreamed by WLEX 18 news. The protest began with a speech explaining the purpose of the walkout. “We w...

Increased Safety Measures in Place at Dunbar

Increased Safety Measures in Place at Dunbar

February 22, 2018

In light of recent instances of violence in schools, there has been an increased focus on school safety. Although Dunbar currently has safety measures in place, administration has initiated additional measures to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. One of the most significant changes is the introduction of photo ID badges that all students will be required to wear.  According to P...

Teachers Not Happy with Latest Pension Reform Bill

Teachers Not Happy with Latest Pension Reform Bill

February 21, 2018

In the midst of a pension crisis, teachers in Kentucky have been fighting for their "inviolable contract" for nearly a year. A group of Dunbar teachers and students went to Frankfort on Feb. 13 to meet with legislators to discuss pension reform. "It was a great experience," said junior Abigail Wheatley, who has been following the pension issue. "I care about my teachers, and I can see how this is hurting them...

Student Parking Frustrations

Student Parking Frustrations

February 12, 2018

It was a quiet, calm morning at Dunbar High School until an announcement was made that the school was towing cars parked in unauthorized parking or without a parking permit. The result was a surge of students, scrambling to get their cars out of the parking lot, or to buy a permit at the last minute. Even though cars that have multiple citations are at a risk for towing, many upperclassmen still...

Dunbar’s Lockdown Procedures Explained

February 6, 2018

In this segment, WPLD reporters interviewed Associate Principal, Mr. Tony Blackman, and School Resource Officers Pedroche and Blair to find out exactly what to do during a lockdown drill.

Accident Triggered Lockdown at Dunbar

Accident Triggered Lockdown at Dunbar

February 2, 2018

On Feb. 2 around 1:40 p.m. students and staff were directed into lockdown mode. Students have been directed to perform lockdown drills many times, and they know what to do: go to a designated spot in the classroom; if in the hall, go to the nearest classroom; teachers lock the doors, but leave the lights on. It can become rote and mechanical. Worse, it can become complacent. "It’s fair to say that ...

Lexington Women Gather on the Anniversary of the National Women's March

Lexington Women Gather on the Anniversary of the National Women’s March

January 23, 2018

This past Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the National Women's March. Last year, over five million people across the world rallied to support women's rights. This year, over a million Americans marched for the same cause. Though there were fewer attendees, their message rang clear through powerful speeches, chants and signs. The Kentucky National Organization for Women organized o...

Logan Paul Causes Controversy After Offensive Trip to Japan

Logan Paul Causes Controversy After Offensive Trip to Japan

January 21, 2018

Until recently, Logan Paul was a Youtube sensation. With his diss tracks, pranks and vlogs, the 22-year-old’s channel gained 10 million followers faster than any other channel in Youtube history, according to Metro. However, his career took a turn for the worse on a trip to Japan last month. Paul had been uploading vlogs throughout his trip, but was brought into the public’s eye with a video...

Student Employment Opportunities at Fritz Farm

December 18, 2017

The Summit at Fritz Farm, located just south of Fayette Mall, not only offers a variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment, it also employs several Dunbar students.