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

Kennedy Gayheart

Kennedy Gayheart, Editor-in-Chief

My name is Kennedy Gayheart and I am one of the Editor-in-Chiefs for the 2019-2020 school year. I work closely with our weekly broadcast, WPLD. Last year, I worked as the Executive Producer of WPLD.

I love working with a camera and finding creative ways to tell a story with my shots. I have grown to love broadcasting and film over my last 3 years in the program.

Next year, I plan on attending Western Kentucky University to study broadcasting.

In my time outside of Lamplighter, I like to be outside and enjoy the company of my friends and family. I also really, really love ice cream.

Be sure to tune in next week!


All content by Kennedy Gayheart
The stands at the PLD Baseball field. The stands are empty due to all the sports cancelations due to COVID 19.

Athletics Shut Down During Coronavirus Outbreak

Kennedy Gayheart and Mike Marshall March 14, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak precautions and closures now include canceling and postponing sports leagues such as the NBA, NHL, and MLB. But it's not just the pros, it's affecting athletes at all levels--including...

Dunbar student wiping down the screen of a school Chromebook to prevent the spread of germs.

KDE Issues Precautions to Stop Spread of Coronavirus

Kennedy Gayheart and Mike Marshall March 11, 2020

Since eight Kentuckians have been identified as carriers of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kentucky Department of Education has issued guidelines for schools. In addition, the Kentucky...

The site of the crash at Harrodsburg Road and Old Higbee Mill Road

PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue

Mike Marshall, Kennedy Gayheart, and Olivia Doyle March 5, 2020

At an intersection near Harrodsburg and Old Higbee Mill roads, approximately 2.5 miles from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, band director Mr. Brian Morgan, physical education teacher Mr. Lee Jonas,...

The girls basketball team does their team chant before tip-off in 
 February 2020.

Girls Basketball Team Gears Up for New Season

November 4, 2021

The girls' basketball team does their team chant before tip-off in February 2020.

Haley Gadd, #42, goes up for the rebound to get the ball from Lexington Catholic.

Dunbar Defeats Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District Semifinal

Teagan Garrison and Kennedy Gayheart February 27, 2020

On Feb. 26, the Dunbar Bulldogs met the Lexington Catholic Knights to play for a chance in the 43rd District Championship.  Lexington Catholic started the game-winning the tip-off, but struggled from...

Ryan Newman during a victory lap in the 2014 NASCAR Champions Week in Las Vegas, NV.

Driver in Serious Condition after Daytona 500 Crash

Kennedy Gayheart and Mike Marshall February 18, 2020

The annual Daytona 500 is widely known for intense speeds and frequent crashes, and the 2020 race was no exception. After a short rain-delay, it continued as a typical race until a 19-car pileup in the...

Bevin Calls for a Recanvass of Votes

Kennedy Gayheart, Editor-in-Chief November 7, 2019

The whole nation watched as the Kentucky Gubernatorial Election was happening on Nov. 5. Exceeding the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' prediction, 42 percent of registered voters cast...

PLD Custodians spent the evening sanitizing classrooms after a confirmed case of whooping cough.

Whooping Cough Case Confirmed at Dunbar

Olivia Doyle and Kennedy Gayheart October 1, 2019

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a rare and highly contagious bacterial respiratory tract infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are fewer than 200,000 cases per year. It spreads easily through...

WPLD September 30 Broadcast

September 30, 2019

This week we look into the college application process. The FAFSA opens on Oct. 1, so many students are in the middle of this process. We also have a special teacher carpool karaoke for you. See how many...

Seniors in PLDs yearbook.

What Would Your Senior Quote Be?

Kennedy Gayheart, Executive Producer May 29, 2019

Even though we don’t have senior quotes, some students at Dunbar told me what their senior quote would be: “It’s a yeet or be yeeted world, so be Gucci.” - Eleanor Davis “Being a senior...

All students who earn PRIDE bucks can turn them in to the library.

The Life of a PRIDE Buck

Kennedy Gayheart, Executive Producer May 27, 2019

Two years ago, Dunbar's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee created an acronym that represents all of Dunbar's school-wide expectations. PRIDE stands for Positive, Respectful,...

WPLD May 13 Broadcast

May 13, 2019

This week we cover Picnic on the Dawgwood, the archery team's Nationals, a look at the latest track meet, a goodbye to Geek Squad, and all the need to know announcements!

WPLD May 6 Broadcast

May 6, 2019

This week we take a look at students who take part in the month of Ramadan, the Late Afternoon show takes to the kitchen, students celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by telling us a teacher they're thankful...

A Teacher’s Influence Changes Lives

Kennedy Gayheart, Executive Producer May 5, 2019

Teachers are a big part of students' lives. They guide students towards a successful future. For 13 years (K-12), we spend hours upon hours with our teachers. They become like our parents sometimes, and...

RaiseMe is a website designed to help students save money based on things they do both in and out of school.

Six Ways to Maximize College Scholarship Opportunities

Kennedy Gayheart, Executive Producer April 30, 2019

People always say that high school will be over in the blink of an eye, and they’re right. College is quickly approaching and deciding on where to go can be stressful, especially with the expenses that...

WPLD April 29 Broadcast

April 29, 2019

We caught up with the softball team, learned about environmental efforts at Dunbar, and checked in with counselors about upcoming tests. In honor of Derby weekend, we make Derby hats, ask some Derby trivia.

WPLD April 22 Broadcast

April 22, 2019

This week we review prom, take a look at PLD track, and spill some tea on some teachers at Dunbar. Check all this out and more!

WPLD April 16 Broadcast

April 16, 2019

This week we're looking at the baseball team's big game against LexCath, a sneak peek at an upcoming PBIS reward for students, and our Geek Squad investigates the source of the infamous "Dunbar Funk."...

WPLD April 8 Broadcast

April 8, 2019

This week we feature the nominations for our very first TEACHER prom king and queen. Hear from this year's prom court, and then learn how to vote! Also, take a look at some clips from the talent show!...

WPLD March 25 Broadcast

March 25, 2019

This week, we wrap up Women's History Month with two Social Studies teachers who tell us about their heroes. Next, we hear from Dunbar teachers about the virtue of their subject matters, and the reason...

WPLD March 18 Broadcast

March 18, 2019

This week's episode includes a look at the recent Distracted Driving module that seniors experienced at Dunbar, our new and improved SportsCenter with a new host, and the return of Geek Squad! Not to mention,...

WPLD March 11 Broadcast

March 11, 2019

This week we discuss ACT tips, what Dunbar is doing for St. Patrick's day, and all the important announcements for the week!

WPLD March 4 Broadcast

March 4, 2019

This week we took a look at the drama department’s Showcase with Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy. Our new Sports Broadcasting team was also on site at the boys’ basketball game in Frankfort to cover...

WPLD Feb. 25 Broadcast

February 25, 2019

This week we're taking a look at why students still study Shakespeare, what students are doing for their research projects--including the MSTC capstone projects, and of course, all the relevant announcements...

WPLD Feb. 4 Broadcast

Omar Hassan, Broadcast Editor February 4, 2019

Nevada v. Arkansas State

Kennedy Gayheart, Executive Producer January 22, 2019

On December 29th, Nevada and Arkansas State met at the Arizona Stadium to face off in the Arizona bowl. After the game was taken to overtime, Nevada came out on top for a 16-13 win. Nevada’s #6 Ty Gangi...

WPLD Jan. 14 Broadcast

January 14, 2019

This week we take a look at boys' and girls' basketball, PEARL girls and Leaders in the Making, and the new Barks and Recreation club. Check it out!

WPLD Dec. 10 Broadcast

December 10, 2018

This is our final episode of the semester, and we hope you enjoy it! This week we are discussing holiday traditions, an appeal to restart film club, a sneak peek at the upcoming documentary on the teen...

WPLD Dec. 3 Broadcast

December 3, 2018

This week's episode looks into students who have parents at Dunbar, the homework controversy, and important announcements. The club spotlight is anime club. Check it out!

WPLD Nov. 19 Broadcast

November 18, 2018

This week's episode features segments on students with jobs, the chess club, thanksgiving food drive efforts, the dance team, and more! Take a look!

WPLD Nov. 5 Broadcast

November 5, 2018

This week we thank our custodians, take a look at banned books week, and focus on our Young Democrats and Young Republicans so we can prepare for election day tomorrow!

WPLD Oct. 29 Broadcast

October 29, 2018

Welcome to our 2018 Halloween episode.  Big thanks to Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Champe for their scary stories, and to our reporters who covered Fright Night! Our sports boys went to the state volleyball...

WPLD Oct. 22 Broadcast

October 22, 2018

Principal Betsy Rains helps a student through the new metal detectors at PLD

Metal Detectors Implemented at Dunbar

Staff Report October 21, 2018

Principal Betsy Rains helps a student through the new metal detectors at PLD

WPLD Oct. 15 Broadcast

October 15, 2018

WPLD Oct. 1 Broadcast

October 1, 2018

This week's broadcast covers new traffic safety procedures on campus, fashion trends making a comeback, and spirit week! Also, we always share announcements and updates and PRIDE buck winners.

WPLD Sept. 17 Broadcast

September 17, 2018

This is the first full broadcast of the 2018-19 school year. Don't miss out!

WPLD Sept. 4 Broadcast

September 4, 2018

This week's show is only announcements and PRIDE winners. Once the new staff is fully trained, we'll move to full episodes on Sept. 17. Thanks!!

I’m Sorry, So Sorry

May 30, 2018

Teenagers don't always make the best decisions, and sometimes, apologies are in order. Here are some Dunbar seniors' "teacher apologies."

It Means What?

April 30, 2018

Lamplighter quizzed Dunbar teachers on the slang heard in our school's hallways. Let's see how many words and phrases they could figure out!

Dunbar’s Lockdown Procedures Explained

February 6, 2018

In this segment, WPLD reporters interviewed Associate Principal, Mr. Tony Blackman, and School Resource Officers Pedroche and Blair to find out exactly what to do during a lockdown drill.

Soundcloud Features Dunbar Artists

Staff Report December 18, 2017

Seniors Charles Brennan and Beckett Cromwell and junior Angie Wilcutt share what it takes to create and share their music on this popular site.

The Student Voice Team at Dunbar

Julia Radhakrishnan and Hannah Chambliss October 28, 2017

The Dunbar Student Voice Team learns more about how the school works, and what it looks like "behind the scenes" for teachers and administrators. The work of the team is also connected to College and...

Dunbar Cross Country Prepares for State

Brooke Abell and Olivia Stotz October 20, 2017

The cross country season is coming to an end and Dunbar’s team is preparing for the regional meet and state championships. Head coach Mr. Jean Balan, and assistant coach Mr. Daniel Janbakhsh, have...

Bulldogs Fall to the Commodores

Bulldogs Fall to the Commodores

Dunbar football lost to Tates Creek 37-0 on Sept. 8.
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