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My Stick-Shift Story

My Stick-Shift Story

September 12, 2019

I drive a Jeep Wrangler that has a manual transmission in which I literally use a stick to change gears. Most people refer to this as a "stick-shift" and it's astounding how many students have no idea how to drive one. When people discover this about me, there are typically three questions that follow:  “Why do you drive a stick-shift?” “Do you like driving stick-shift?” “Is driving stick-...

Blog: My Weekly ‘What the Heck?’

Blog: My Weekly ‘What the Heck?’

September 12, 2019

The news is everywhere: on our TV’s, our laptops, our computers, our phones. It is one of the most accessible things in our life. The question is how much do we actually read it? And when we do, do we actually enjoy it or do we suffer through the maze of depressing information? It can seem like the newspaper is dripping with stories about fires, shooting, loses in sports games, and dirty poli...

Freshman Lessons from a Senior

Freshman Lessons from a Senior

September 12, 2019

Fumbling around with their schedules in hand and their new backpacks in tow, freshmen are extremely easy to spot. It’s like a new species roaming around in an unfamiliar habitat, trying to adapt but not really sure how.  For the upperclassman, especially seniors like me, this early period is a time to reflect on all of the mistakes we made through our high school year, and the things we wish ...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Targeted Again

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Targeted Again

August 13, 2019

Since the upset New York election over Rep. Joe Crowley, Representative Alexandria  Ocasio-Cortez has had a major impact on national discourse. From her progressive platform including A Green New Deal, Medicare For All, federal jobs guarantee, and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or her strong social media presence, she has proven that her platform and outreach is a force to be...

Transgender Military Ban Displays Trump’s Discrimination

Transgender Military Ban Displays Trump’s Discrimination

July 30, 2019

Buzzfeed announced what has been hinted at since Trump was elected: "Transgender ban on military personnel is now in effect." While the issue of discrimination has greatly improved since the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s, it is sad and disappointing to see that it seems to continuously arise in our society. "I have personally experienced discrimination," sophomore Khalid Rashad said....

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities

July 13, 2019

Many people don’t ever think about or consider extracurriculars to be a big part of high school, but they are. It could be something as simple as joining an after school activity such as recycling club, or a more advanced activity like Beta club. “Extracurriculars help you focus on fun things instead of stressful things. You start thinking about what you’re doing rather than thinking abou...

My Life as a YouTuber

My Life as a YouTuber

July 9, 2019

In summer 2016, two months before I started eighth grade, I made my first YouTube video. It was titled “Sloan Water Bottle Work Hard Video.” I remember that day vividly. I stuck my phone onto my mom’s old tripod and spent the summer day filming the video. One of my proudest moments was editing that video on Windows Movie Maker. The late nights, long weekends, seven-hour editing session...

My Independence Day Family Tradition

My Independence Day Family Tradition

July 3, 2019

Independence Day (AKA The Fourth of July) has been a nationally celebrated holiday since 1941, but it originally dates back to 1776 when our congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This year, The Fourth of July is on a Thursday. The Fourth of July is a day for fireworks, ice cream, grilling out, and family. Many people go to nearby lakes to go boating and enjoy the environment for the wee...

Life Lessons Living On a Farm

Life Lessons Living On a Farm

July 1, 2019

I live on a 13-acre farm with a few more than 20 horses in Bourbon County. I absolutely love living on a farm. It is peaceful and beautiful in every way. The farm that I reside on is far away from any town or city, so my family and I don’t have to worry about anyone breaking into our house. It gives me a sense of safety that I didn’t have when I lived in the city. Although there are a lot...

Iron Man and the Threat of the Military Industrial Complex

Iron Man and the Threat of the Military Industrial Complex

June 3, 2019

Iron Man has been a staple Marvel character for decades. It was first introduced in Tales of Suspense during 1963, and getting his first comic Iron Man in 1968. Tony Stark inherited Stark Industries from his father, Howard, which is a “defense company” that builds weapons and weaponized vehicles for the military. Most notably, his technologies are used by the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D while fighting the many...

The Joy of a New Puppy

The Joy of a New Puppy

June 2, 2019

You never realize how tired you can be until a new puppy is brought into your house. Puppies are like little babies because they require constant attention and love. They will also be the first to whine if their needs aren’t met.   My family brought home a small black and white English Springer Spaniel puppy named Ruby Mae. Now, don’t get me wrong, she is the sweetest puppy, but the sleeples...

A First Year Lamplighter

A First Year Lamplighter

May 31, 2019

Going into my freshman year at Dunbar, I had several friends who were involved in PLD Lamplighter. I had never heard about it before and didn't have an interest in knowing more. It just sounded like a class that had lots of work that I didn’t have time for.  However, as the year went on, the same friends started telling me more about the chances they got because of Lamplighter. By the beginning ...