Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

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Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Cristina Thorson

Cristina Thorson, Broadcast Editor

Cristina is a Dunbar cheerleader who enjoys reading and writing in her spare time.

All content by Cristina Thorson

WPLD May 14 Broadcast

May 14, 2018

This week we take a look at the music department's Picnic on the Dawgwood, stress relief tips for upcoming finals, and class elections. And our Sports Boys head to the field to check out summer football....

WPLD May 7 Broadcast

May 7, 2018

This week we checked in with our softball team, took a look at Dunbar's new grab and go breakfast program, and caught up with Dunbar's art department. All this and more!

WPLD May 1 Broadcast

May 1, 2018

This week, we take a look at the Starnival in memory of late Dunbar student Star Ifeacho and our students' favorite ice cream shops around Lexington. All this and more so check it out!

WPLD April 10 Broadcast

April 10, 2018

This week's episode includes a look at Dunbar Cultural Society's Culture Fair and the Faculty Cup winners. Check all this out and more!

Dunbar teachers pose for a group photo.

Passage of Last Minute Pension Bill Angers Teachers

Abigail Hendren and Cristina Thorson March 31, 2018

Early Thursday evening, a special session was called to vote on the newest version of the proposed pension reform, Senate Bill 151. The unplanned session was met with outrage by Kentucky educators...

WPLD March 12 Broadcast

March 12, 2018

This week, we cover Dunbar's latest fashion trends and take a look at the lacrosse team. We also included an important message from Mrs. Overstreet about student and teacher email accounts. All this and...

PLD Talent Show

March 6, 2018


WPLD Feb. 26th Broadcast

February 26, 2018

This week we take a look at Dunbar's new safety measures, the baseball team , and check in with the Sports Boys at the District Girls Basketball game. Don't miss out!

Jack Fitzpatrick

Cristina Thorson, Broadcast Editor February 23, 2018

Dunbar and Lamplighter alumni Jack Fitzpatrick is currently located in Washington, D.C. working as a political and policy journalist for Bloomberg Government. He has written for USA Today,,...

Increased Safety Measures in Place at Dunbar

Increased Safety Measures in Place at Dunbar

Abigail Hendren and Cristina Thorson February 22, 2018

In light of recent instances of violence in schools, there has been an increased focus on school safety. Although Dunbar currently has safety measures in place, the administration has initiated additional...

WPLD Jan. 29th Broadcast

January 29, 2018

This week we take a look at New York Times best selling author and Dunbar alumnus David Arnold, tips to fighting the flu, and cryptocurrency. We’ll also check in with our Sports Boys at the basketball...

WPLD Jan. 22 Broadcast

January 22, 2018

Due to the inclement weather last week, we are back with a mini show. This week, we take a look at important announcements and the Sports Boys at the boys basketball game against Lexington Catholic. Check...

WPLD Jan. 19 Broadcast

January 18, 2018

This week we take a look at Dunbar's literary magazine, Incriminating Ink. We focus on how to prepare for cold weather--especially on the road. We'll also check in with our Sports Boys at the last girls'...

WPLD Jan. 9 Broadcast

January 9, 2018

This week's "mini-show" includes PLD's weekly announcements, Top Dawg and PRIDE buck winners, a New Year's Resolutions Geek Squad, and our Sports Boys take us to last Friday's home boys' basketball game....

WPLD Dec. 11th Broadcast

December 11, 2017

During this holiday season, we take a look at the different festivities students and faculty celebrate and charitable events around the community. We also look at the latest basketball game with our Sports...

WPLD Dec. 4 Broadcast

December 4, 2017

This week the WPLD Sports Boys covered the first boys' basketball home game, we checked in with PLD wrestling, we interviewed several Dunbar students who create their own music on Soundcloud, we took a...

WPLD Nov. 27 Broadcast

November 27, 2017

This week's episode is short because last week was only a two day week, but don't worry--we still cover club announcements, PRIDE and Top Dawg winners, and we also check in with PLD archery. Take a look!

WPLD Nov. 20 Broadcast

November 20, 2017

This week’s broadcast covers everything Thanksgiving from Pinterest-style treats to Dunbar students’ Thanksgiving plans. We share a recap of Bulldog Madness, and in our Geek Squad, junior Skye...

WPLD Nov. 13 Broadcast

November 13, 2017

This week's episode takes a look at our highly successful volleyball team, highlights a new club at Dunbar that spreads goodwill and encouragement, and shares information about the Dunbar Den's new hours....

WPLD Nov. 6 Broadcast

November 6, 2017

This week's broadcast includes a Veteran's Day tribute to the military family members of Dunbar employees who serve our country, a look at Dunbar drama department's competition play, Aunt Leaf, a review...

WPLD October 30th Broadcast

October 30, 2017

It's that scary time of year again! In our special Halloween episode, we take a look at DIY costumes, Halloween treats, Dia De Los Muertos, and the Beta Club blood drive. We also talk with the Sports Boys...

WPLD Oct. 16 Broadcast

October 16, 2017

This week's episode of WPLD features a walk through of the new school web site, a feature on teacher hobbies, a check-in with the academic team, and a closer look at some of our clubs like the Spanish...

WPLD Oct. 9 Broadcast

October 9, 2017

This week's WPLD is a "mini-show" that includes announcements, PRIDE bucks and Top Dawg winners, and a Geek Squad. We weren’t able to do any news segments because last week was shortened due to Fall...

WPLD Oct. 2 Broadcast

October 2, 2017

This week's episode takes a look at fall activities, the lunch staff, the CCC, and a special segment with Principal Rains. All this and more on WPLD!

WPLD Sept. 25 Broadcast

September 25, 2017

This week's episode takes a look at PLD marching band, our homecoming game and festivities, and Hispanic heritage month. Check out all this and more!

WPLD Sept. 18 Broadcast

September 18, 2017

In the first episode of WPLD this school year, we talk about Bulldog football, the Dunbar Memorial Garden and meet the new teachers. We also get an update from the Guidance Office and announce this week's...

Recycled Bottle Cap Bench Arrives at Dunbar

Recycled Bottle Cap Bench Arrives at Dunbar

Cristina Thorson, Broadcast Editor August 5, 2017

Several Dunbar students who are involved in the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council began a project last school year to recycle bottle caps. If they gathered enough, the bottle caps could be turned...

Kailey Boyles

Dunbar Student Travels to Frankfort and D.C.for Kentucky Animal Rights

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter May 18, 2017

Dunbar junior Kailey Boyles recently traveled to Frankfort, Kentucky, to discuss state legislature concerning animal welfare. Boyles’ in-depth research on animal rights began during her English class...

Dunbar Drama Presents Bring it On!

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter May 12, 2017

The Dunbar drama department performed Bring It On!, a contemporary show featuring elements of cheerleading, dance and hip-hop. It was based on the book written by Jeff Whitty, with music from Hamilton’s...

Crazy Kentucky Weather

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter March 24, 2017

Even though the first day of spring was March 20, there is some uncertainty as to how consistent the new season will be in terms of temperature. Students have been calling attention to this year's particularly...

The dance team in uniform with Coach Champe.

Dancing Dogs End Season on a High Kick

Matt Jones, Cristina Thorson, and Maya Anjur March 23, 2017

Dunbar’s dance team competed for a national title at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex where the nation’s best dance teams converged to perform their themed routines. This year, Dunbar's routine...

PLD Drama Preparing to Bring It On

Cristina Thorson and Matt Jones March 17, 2017

  Bring It On The drama department is currently rehearsing Bring It On, a musical based on the film franchise of the same name that features elements of cheer, hip-hop and rap. “We have...

French Club Celebrates Mardi Gras at Dunbar

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter February 24, 2017

At Dunbar, the French Club, sponsored by Mrs. Jennifer McNely, celebrated with food, music, and festivities on Feb. 27. According to Mrs. McNely, after about a month of planning the French Club "laissez...

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter January 21, 2017

Near the end of 2016, Carrie Fisher passed on. She died on Dec. 27, eerily close to the release date of Rogue One: a Star Wars Story (Dec. 16). Although Fisher herself did not appear in Rogue One, she...

George Michael

George Michael

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter January 21, 2017

Singer/songwriter George Michael passed on Dec. 25. He was well known in the '80s and ‘90s for his hit singles “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Carless Whisper” and “Last Christmas” (all released...

Dunbar Surprise Evacuation Due to Water Main Break

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter January 20, 2017

Administrators sent home the following message: "We  had a water line burst in the gym this morning around 11:15 AM, and all students had to evacuate the building. The fire department and Fayette County...

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter January 20, 2017

Another notable figure lost in 2016 was Cassius Clay -- a man more widely recognized as Muhammad Ali. Born, raised, and buried in Louisville, Kentucky, Clay was an American boxer and activist. He changed...

District Says No to Non-Traditional Instruction Days

District Says ‘No’ to Non-Traditional Instruction Days

Matt Jones and Cristina Thorson January 6, 2017

Our first snow day may be here, but the issue of how Fayette County – and Dunbar – will handle missed assignments has been decided. During the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly,...

Not Just Shaking Poms on the Sidelines

Not Just Shaking Poms on the Sidelines

Cristina Thorson, Staff Reporter 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...

Fall Treat: Cinnamon Apples

Maddie Carter, Broadcast Editor September 22, 2016

These make a delicious side dish or dessert! They are easy to make and perfect for fall.   TOTAL TIME: 15 Minutes SERVES: 4-6 People   Ingredients: * 8 apples, cored and chopped *...

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