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Letter to the Editor: My Teachers Matter

Letter to the Editor: My Teachers Matter

April 19, 2018

As a 9th grader, I remember being nervous about the difficulty of my pre-calculus class. I had never learned anything remotely close to calculus prior to joining high school, and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to transition easily from middle school math into such a difficult class. However, I quickly realized something that has stuck with me throughout my high school life: teachers are devoted to t...

Learning Something New…Again

Learning Something New…Again

April 8, 2018

Motivation to learn, for me at least, tends to come in periodic bursts. Something has to happen to kick it off and usually, it comes as a class requirement, like a vocabulary test (that is coming soon and I neglected to study for, so now I have to cram). In reality, though, I’m a huge nerd, so I found studying on Quizlet to actually be pretty fun once I got the hang of the words. I now try to ...

Dunbar Students Support KY Teachers

April 2, 2018

My English teachers —who inspired me to pursue a career with words, and showed me that reading can be more than a fun hobby — all have a special place in my heart, but every one of my teachers is responsible for making me into the person I am today. In one of my most recent English classes, we had a discussion about whether morality is instinctual or taught. This discussion caused me to reflect...

Do Schools Favor Extroverts?

Do Schools Favor Extroverts?

March 30, 2018

Introversion and extroversion are common personality traits that are used to label individuals. A quiet, silent person in the back of the classroom is more likely to be called an introvert, while a loud, upbeat individual is more likely to be labeled as an extrovert. “Introverts are not necessarily shy or anti-social, they just prefer environments that are not over-stimulating and get their energy from quiet time and reflection. Conversely, extrove...

The Growing Popularity of Nerd Culture

The Growing Popularity of Nerd Culture

March 28, 2018

A common stereotype we face is the nerd who got the short end of the stick. The nerd who’s bullied for enjoying certain things or never made many friends because of them. The nerd who spends nights in his basement playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends or the nerd who reads comics in a corner away from playing kids. This isn’t reality. Real nerds are all around you, enthusiastic about the...

Gun Stockpiling Case Sparks Student Discussion

Gun Stockpiling Case Sparks Student Discussion

March 27, 2018

Just days after students across America took gun-related activism into their own hands, a Texas couple staying in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was arrested for possession of a mass number of firearms. 59 year old Francho Bradley called the police insisting that someone was trying to break into his room. When police responded, they found over 40 weapons in Bradley's room and car. Cases like the Te...

The History and Development of Computers and Programming

The History and Development of Computers and Programming

March 24, 2018

My first so-called computer was a tiny, pink, Leapfrog with a 3x5" screen. It taught me the alphabet and how to count to 10. My young self believed that this computer was the most magical and advanced technology there was. The world of computers is expanding rapidly with new improvements made all the time. Since there are so many different types of computers, it is hard to say which came first....

Traveling Lex: Third Street Stuff

Traveling Lex: Third Street Stuff

March 20, 2018

In recent years, coffee shops such as Panera and Starbucks have been popular meeting spots and studying locations for students and adults alike. They provide a calm atmosphere with good drinks and food to top it off. Although these shops are nice, they are not local and don't have the same vibe as smaller businesses. Students looking for something fun and different to vamp up their studying time...

I Tipped Off A Butterfly

I Tipped Off A Butterfly

March 17, 2018

The definition of the butterfly effect is “the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.” For example, a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico can cause a hurricane in China or eating a banana in India can lead to where you see me today--PLD Lamplighter. School was ca...

Why I’m Walking Out

Why I’m Walking Out

March 13, 2018

Like many of you, I was in middle school when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place. I was 12. That was the first time I felt scared to come to school. After middle school, I can't even count on my hands and feet how many school shootings I saw in the news. When I became interested in journalism, I started watching more news. I joined PLD Lamplighter, and then I realized that I knew ...

Adding Weapons Will Not Reduce Violence

Adding Weapons Will Not Reduce Violence

March 8, 2018

Since the lives of 17 students and faculty were taken at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, people have been calling for a change. Teenagers, in particular, have taken a stand and are pleading with legislators to create stricter gun laws. However, leaders are considering adding more weapons to the school atmosphere. Though President Trump has proposed greater gun control th...

What If It Happened To Us?

What If It Happened To Us?

February 2, 2018

Marshall County High School experienced a devastating tragedy on Jan. 23. In the town of Benton, Kentucky, less than four hours away from Dunbar, a 15 year old boy began shooting in the school, killing two students. On January 24, Principal Rains announced that we would have a school-wide moment of silence to honor the victims of the tragedy. During the moment of silence, it's sad to say that m...