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Not Just Shaking Poms on the Sidelines

Not Just Shaking Poms on the Sidelines

September 26, 2016

Football season is upon us, bringing cheerleaders more into the public eye than they are all year. However, with extra attention comes controversy. As a cheerleader, I’ve heard more than my fair share of debate on whether cheerleading is a sport or not, and I am here to set the record straight. First, a bit about Dunbar Cheer: being a part of the Dunbar team encompasses much more than just shouting ...

The Governor’s Scholar Program: “Home Away From Home”

The Governor’s Scholar Program: “Home Away From Home”

September 9, 2016

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a five-week summer residential program for outstanding rising seniors throughout Kentucky. The Program was founded in 1983 as a result of Kentucky’s leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue opportunities beyond high school without being able to fully understand the opportunities and potential they had...

Major BUZZ-kill

Major BUZZ-kill

September 2, 2016

Think about what you eat in a day. Fruits, veggies, nuts. Chances are, in one way or another bees were involved in producing your food. We didn’t get the expression “busy as a bee” from nowhere. Bees work relentlessly to pollinate the vast majority of what we eat. Out of the top 100 foods our world eats, 71 would not be possible without bees. And with the United States' bee population decreasing...

Goodbye Lamplighter

Goodbye Lamplighter

May 26, 2016

High school is a treacherous time. There’s school work and sporting events, school dances and friend drama. Over the course of four years, everyone changes and everyone grows. High school teaches a wide variety of “life lessons,” many of which must be learned the hard way. Although I can only technically speak for myself, I am sure my fellow seniors would agree – high school is full of the go...

Go Out and Vote 2016

May 14, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Race has been one of the most extreme and memorable races in recent history. Despite how historic this election is shaping up to be, only 29% of our population wants to be part of history this year (Pew Research Center RSS). This is a longtime trend now, as in recent elections, at all levels of government, voter turnout only exceeds 50% in the presidential elections and is v...

Tolerance and Empathy Go a Long Way

April 20, 2016

There are 365 days in a year -- 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, 31536000 seconds, and out of all those hours, the LGBTQ community only asks for 24. The Day of Silence was first started in 1996 at the University of Virginia by an undergraduate named Maria Pulzetti. The creation of this annual observance was a result of a class assignment based on non-violent protests. Pulzetti wanted a visible way to ...

Students Take Opposing Sides on the Political Debate

April 6, 2016

Earlier this month, staff reporters Jack Stokely, a junior, and Keaton Allen, a senior, showed students how easy it is to register to vote at the County Clerk's office. Now, they go head-to-head in their political viewpoints on the presidential candidates.

Personal Foul: Female Refs in Professional Sports

Personal Foul: Female Refs in Professional Sports

March 21, 2016

The NFL has always been looking for ways to make the game more revolutionary. One such step was the hiring of Sarah Thomas on April 11th, 2015, as a line judge. Thomas’s hiring was welcomed with open arms and a lot of optimism. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh commented, “We had her in the pre-season last year. She did a good job. She might be one of the better ones we've had. So, it's...

We Got Spirit, Yes We Do?

We Got Spirit, Yes We Do?

March 16, 2016

From fifth grade to the start of my freshman year, I thought my high school years would be like High School Musical. Not in the sense that there would be spontaneous singing and dancing around every corner, but in the sense that everyone would live for their team like East High lived for the Wildcats. Even the nerds shout back “WILDCATS” if anyone yelled “WHAT TEAM?” The entire student body wou...

An Abundance of Likes: Does Social Media Own You?

An Abundance of Likes: Does Social Media Own You?

February 18, 2016

If we were given nine extra hours each day, without internet or access to social media… imagine the things we could do. A report by Common Sense Media says that on a regular school day, teens in the United States spend an average of nine hours on technology or social media. With 92 percent of us online, on a daily basis, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & America...

My Life on the Rink

My Life on the Rink

February 11, 2016

From an unbiased point of view, I can understand the reservations someone might have about participating in roller derby. I have to admit it: I had them too. I’ve seen the San Francisco Bay Bombers sling each other like rag dolls and show absolutely no mercy on the track; I’ve seen the broken bones and bleeding faces and bruised limbs women have in the movies. But, despite all the negativity and...

One Last Look at the Super Bowl 50

One Last Look at the Super Bowl 50

February 6, 2016

This season has been full of surprises with both the teams being fan favorites; Manning's final season and Newton's breakthrough have both taken over media outlets nationwide. It’s up to Cam to prove his talent lives up to the hype, and it’s up to Peyton to prove he still has what it takes to win it all at 39. We’ll know the answer come Feb. 7. We’ll take one last look at each team and who...