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An Algorithmic Morality: The Future of Driving

An Algorithmic Morality: The Future of Driving

October 13, 2017

About 1.25 million people die each year because of car accidents, according to the World Health Organization. The production of autonomous cars seeks to diminish car accidents completely, thus it could be a pivotal technological advancement for our generation. Cars with self-driving capabilities are already cruising streets around the world. As this technology is constantly progressing, self drivi...

Go Ahead and Take a Knee

Go Ahead and Take a Knee

October 4, 2017

After Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players began kneeling during the national anthem, President Trump said that NFL team owners should force players to stand for the anthem, and fire them if they don’t. So what does this mean for us as public school students? It means it's time to review our rights. As education blogger Evie Blad said, "public schools are about to have a big teachable moment about the First Amendment." In this teachable moment, it seems that school off...

Why Don’t We Have More Digital Arts Classes?

Why Don’t We Have More Digital Arts Classes?

September 29, 2017

The art industry is vast and expansive, and it is growing every year. Because of this, more and more students are becoming interested. While art colleges offer over 90 art majors to choose from, many high schools offer fewer than 10 art class options, and that includes Dunbar. According to the course directory, Dunbar offers eight different art classes: Art I and Advanced Honors Art, AP Art St...

Closing the Achievement Gap in Kentucky

Peyton Humphreys, Staff Reporter

September 13, 2017

Filed under Opinion

When I first moved to Lexington, I quickly discovered that my prior education was lacking. I grew up in rural southeastern Ohio, and to put it in perspective, I received an award during eighth grade for highest overall math scores throughout the school. Yet when I came to Dunbar as a freshman, I was enrolled in a general level Algebra 1 class. This showed me that there is an educational gap between places such as my hometown and cities like Lexington. I think this is due, in part, to the lack of tools allocated to learning and the repetitive cycle of “doing enough." In this state, eastern Kentucky is equivalent to...

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 families. In...

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 1, 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...