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Thank You, Mom

Thank You, Mom

May 12, 2019

Thank you, mom, for making that decision to bring a 14-month-old baby girl home from China 14 years ago. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a life for myself. You knew this decision would be life changing for both the family and me, but you didn’t let that stop you from doing what God told you to. Without being adopted, who knows where I would be today. Thank you, mom, for giving me a chance to tr...

What I Learned as a First Year Journalism Student

What I Learned as a First Year Journalism Student

May 8, 2019

Journalism is something that provides necessary information, whether it be an emergency declaration or a scandal involving a political figure. The sole purpose of journalism is to determine the facts and share them with the public. It is important because it provides a voice for those that don’t have one. Without journalism, public voice would be drowned out by those more powerful. "Journalism is the corner...

Still Not Heard

Still Not Heard

April 30, 2019

On April 18, we published “No Seat at the Roundtable,” in response to being denied entry into an open meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Lexington. In the words of some news organizations, the piece did go “viral,” reaching audiences all around the world in a short amount of time. The next day, the Lexington Herald-Leader, our local paper, reported on our editorial. Three d...

No Seat at the Roundtable

No Seat at the Roundtable

April 18, 2019

When we, members of PLD Lamplighter’s Editorial Board, arrived at the Bluegrass Community Technical College Newtown Pike campus to cover the roundtable discussion on education hosted by Governor Matt Bevin featuring the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we were told we could not enter. A man wearing a BCTC badge on his blazer approached our car and silently glared at us. Finally, one of ou...

Emily’s Five Favorite Places to Visit

Emily’s Five Favorite Places to Visit

April 5, 2019

Traveling is something I love doing. Seeing different places that I don't see in my day to day life, being able to disconnect from reality and spending time with my family. Out of all the places I have traveled, I have compiled my top five favorite places to go. 5. Cincinnati In Cincinnati, I love going to the zoo. Seeing all the different animals is so compelling. Watching them roam around and play...

Searching for the Perfect Prom Dress

Searching for the Perfect Prom Dress

April 4, 2019

Geno's Formal Affair is a prom dress and tuxedo retail store with two locations in Lexington. One is located on Southland Drive and another is on Richmond Road. Anyone can purchase a dress or rent a tux for their school's prom. The attire can be pricey, which is why I was in search of the perfect prom dress at an affordable price. Geno's staff was helpful, but since there were a handful of o...

My Cause of Death

My Cause of Death

April 2, 2019

When asked about one's biggest fear, spiders, sharks, heights, and isolation top most lists. One of my biggest fears is sharks--imagining my feet brushing against each other in the deep ocean with a great white shark lingering below me brings chilling fear. But my biggest fear is death. It's not necessarily dying, but the cause of my death that causes the most fright. Part of my fear is that death does...

Why Pigs are the Best Pets

Why Pigs are the Best Pets

March 30, 2019

Cats and dogs are so last season. People have owned cats and dogs as domestic pets for the past several centuries. It's time for something new: pigs. They are normally seen as farm animals to be kept in barns. Occasionally, pigs will be used for showcasing, but not many people have them as pets. Domestic pets are animals who accompany us in the house and show us love and affection. The most...

Reflecting on my Favorite Teacher

Reflecting on my Favorite Teacher

March 28, 2019

When introduced to new teachers every year, just like any student, I would either connect with them or I wouldn’t. As a junior in high school, I have learned to appreciate the connections I was able to make. I now realize that teachers not only teach content, they also teach lessons that last a lifetime. One teacher who stands out among the others is my freshman English teacher, Mrs. Amber Faris....

What You Should be Watching

What You Should be Watching

March 20, 2019

In the last decade, home video has greatly evolved. From standard VHS tapes to Blockbuster DVDs, to today where major online-video sites such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu give consumers the convenience of accessing any film without leaving the comfort of their home. However, with new and exciting titles continuing to pour from Hollywood, many great films often go unwatched. That’s why I am happy t...

Pros and Cons of Social Media for Teens

Pros and Cons of Social Media for Teens

March 19, 2019

Social media has become the main source of communication and entertainment for teens. Most teenagers use Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat almost every day for several hours. Whether it is to post their latest picture at the local mall on Instagram or simply send a picture to their friend of their dog on Snapchat, social media is everywhere. These platforms can be used in a variety of beneficial ways but som...

Born Into One Culture, Raised Among Others

Born Into One Culture, Raised Among Others

March 16, 2019

At one point in our lives, we will all ask ourselves “So, who am I really?” Now, as a child of immigrant parents and being a first generation American myself, I’ve spent countless, unimaginable hours contemplating this infamous question. Although my age is at a mere 15 years, I have spent the majority of that time stuck between two worlds, a polarization of my identity. I have never fe...