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

Nimi Bala

Nimi Bala, Editor-in-Chief

Hi! I’m Nimi, I’m a senior and this is my third year in Lamplighter. This year, I am one of four Editors in Chief for the program. I spent my first year as a staff reporter and my second year as the sports editor. Some of my favorite pieces I have written are about sexist slang, politics, and social justice. I hope to continue to write articles about current events as well as working with the other three amazing Editors in Chief to create top-quality products. 

Along with Lamplighter, I am also involved in the Student Council, GHS, Young Progressives, Senior Exec. Board, and KYA this year as well as being a part of Dunbar’s Concert Orchestra. Outside of school, I love to play soccer, watch movies, read, play the violin, and I love to travel. My favorite city that I have been to is Washington DC. I am a very energetic person and I love to talk to new people. I am so excited to be a part of Lamplighter and I cannot wait to see where this journey will go!


All content by Nimi Bala
Same Problem, Different Outcome

Same Problem, Different Outcome

Nimi Bala, Editor-in-Chief May 19, 2022

War and the after-effects of war aren’t something new to the world, and even then the concept of a refugee crisis is something that the world uses. Now with that information, the way that certain refugee...

WPLD Feb. 16 Broadcast

February 16, 2022

WPLD Feb. 9 Broadcast

February 9, 2022

WPLD Feb. 2 Broadcast

February 2, 2022

WPLD Jan. 26 Broadcast

January 29, 2022

WPLD Dec. 8 Broadcast

December 8, 2021

WPLD Dec. 1 Broadcast

December 1, 2021

WPLD Nov. 17 Broadcast

November 17, 2021

WPLD Nov. 10 Broadcast

November 10, 2021

WPLD Nov. 3 Broadcast

November 3, 2021

WPLD Oct. 27 Broadcast

October 27, 2021

WPLD Oct. 20 Broadcast

October 20, 2021

Students and faculty were first told to exit the building, so they were located behind the cafeteria, in the parking lot, and around the outside of the building. Around 20 minutes later, everyone was directed to gather at the football field.

Bomb Threat Evacuates Four High Schools

Nimi Bala, Editor-in-Chief September 21, 2021

Around 12:20, an announcement went out across Dunbar for everyone to evacuate, but there was no other information. Many were puzzled because drills don't usually happen during lunch blocks. "I heard...

People gather at a Nov. 1 rally held at the state capital in Frankfort.

Kentucky Supreme Court Decision Brings a Blow to Statewide School Mask Mandate

Nimi Bala, Editor in Chief August 24, 2021

On Aug. 21, the Kentucky Supreme Court came out with a decision that would affect the future of any Kentucky Governor's emergency executive powers in Beshear vs Acree.  House Bill 1 (HB 1), Senate Bill...

Democratic hopeful Charles Booker begins his exploratory committee in the hopes of creating a candidacy for the 2022 U.S. Senate race.

Charles Booker Launches His Exploratory Committee

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor May 17, 2021

On April 22, former Democratic Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker officially launched his exploratory committee for the 2022 US Senate race. Booker hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Rand Paul...

Last year, Floyds murder sparked hundreds of Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

Derek Chauvin Conviction Brings Hope For Accountability

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor May 3, 2021

For nine minutes and 29 seconds, George Floyd couldn't breathe. On April 20, many Americans let out a collective sigh of relief as Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed Floyd in May 2020, was found...

HB563 proposes an new option to parents for their childd education.

HB 563 Could Lead To Changes in Kentucky’s Education System

In Kentucky, education is regarded to be one of the most hotly debated topics in terms of legislature. KY House Bill 563 is no exception. HB 563, first introduced by Kentucky State Representatives Chad...

96.4 million viewers tuned into this years Super Bowl, although the number of in-person attendees was limited.

Super Bowl LV: Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

Bethel Green, PK, becomes first girl to play on Dunbars football team.

A Football First

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor February 1, 2021

During the 2020-21 Dunbar football season, history was made. Not only was this season played in the middle of a pandemic, but Dunbar also welcomed its first female football player to its team: senior Bethel...

WPLD Nov. 11 Broadcast

November 11, 2020

This week, we learn about the history of Veteran's Day and a Dunbar student's custom shoe business.

We Support Joe Biden

Alex Gonzalez and Nimi Bala November 2, 2020

Four years ago, America elected the most unqualified person to ever run the country: Donald Trump. Now, on Nov. 3, we have a chance to replace him with a man who has spent more than 36 years in the Senate...

Sayers was a halfback and a return specialist during his football career with the Chicago Bears.

NFL Legend Gale Sayers

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor September 25, 2020

"The NFL family lost a true friend today with the passing of Gale Sayers. Gale was one of the finest men in NFL history and one of the game's most exciting players," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said...

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police, thousands of people took to the streets to protest police brutality.

Pro Athletes Protest Against Racism

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor August 27, 2020

Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Fransisco 49ers, took a knee during the National anthem four years ago to protest the wrongdoings that happen to African Americans and other minorities...

Soon we may be able to see sports such as soccer being played again during the school year.

Your Fall Lineup Includes School Sports

Nimi Bala, Sports Editor July 5, 2020

On June 17, FCPS Superintendent Manny Caulk announced that starting on June 29, all high school fall sports may begin practicing.  The fall season will include sports such as cheerleading, cross country,...

Activists advocating for womens rights marched from Civic Center Plaza to the Embarcadero on January 18, 2020.

Sexist Slang: A Trend That Needs To Go

Ella Williams and Nimi Bala June 12, 2020

“Go back to the kitchen.” “Make me a sandwich.” “Stop acting like a girl.” Women are often subject to these comments, which imply that they are not good for anything except housekeeping....

When it comes to what we are going to do for school next year, many things remain unclear.

What Happens Next?

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter May 27, 2020

On April 20, FCPS superintendent Manny Caulk announced that school would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. This announcement didn't exactly come as a surprise. The number of COVID-19...

The Vaping Epidemic isn’t Over

Nimi Bala and Sadie Bograd April 3, 2020

Teen smoking is not a new problem, and over the years, proof of addiction has been heavily documented. According to the Center of Disease Control, in 1988 around three-fourths of people who were considered...

The US Department of Commerce owns the Census Bureau, which conducts the decennial survey.

U.S. Census: Every Person Counts

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter March 25, 2020
The 2020 Census is quickly approaching and this time it is crucial that every individual is accounted for.

PLD Student Work Featured at International Women’s Festival

Drew Pennington, Staff Reporter March 10, 2020

Dunbar’s creative writing classes and art classes collaborated to create an art installation celebrating International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to women honoring their advancement in culture, economic,...

WPLD March 2 Broadcast

March 2, 2020

This week we pay homage to Dr. Seuss's birthday, remind students about Daylight Savings Time, muse over Kentucky weather, and learn about a very special Dunbar student who overcame a huge obstacle.

The Effects Of Climate Change

Drew Pennington, Staff Reporter March 1, 2020

Climate change is a short-term increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system, shown by temperature measurements. These measurements show that at the current rate of change, temperatures...

You can celebrate Valentines Day in a number of different ways, such as a self care day and watching a movie.

Five Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter February 11, 2020
With Valentines Day coming up, here are 5 easy and fun ways to spend it.

WPLD Jan. 27 Broadcast

January 27, 2020

In this episode we covered a new app that educates teens on addiction, an update on this year's phone policy, and a peek at the meaning of Groundhog's Day coming up this later this week. All this and more!

The Dunbar Bulldogs are known to have multiple rivals for various different sports.

Dunbar’s Biggest Rivals and the Fight to Win

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter December 16, 2019

Rivalries are a common occurrence in the sports industry, and at Dunbar these include Lafayette, Frederick Douglass, and Lexington Catholic. Lafayette Dunbar's biggest rival in recent years has been...

Orchestra Creates a Family of Musicians

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter December 13, 2019

Four instruments, one conductor, and sheet music on an open stage with a full crowd. They’re surrounded by many musicians playing melodic, classical music, and the way it bounces off the walls make the...

The Bulldogs tackle and take possession of the ball.

Dunbar Football Ends an Impressive Season

Ella Turner, Staff Reporter November 16, 2019

The Bulldogs tackle and take possession of the ball.

The Kentucky Drivers Manual is a key component to passing your permit test.

Tips For Passing Your Permit Test

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter November 7, 2019

Turning 16 is a milestone, and the biggest perk is finally being eligible to receive a permit to hit the open road as a new driver. The permit test consists of 40 questions that must be must be answered...

WPLD Oct. 21 Broadcast

October 21, 2019

This week we took a look at the first annual Spooky 5kurry 5K race and since this week is America's School Safety Week so we reviewed what Dunbar does to ensure student safety here at school. All this...

WPLD Oct. 7 Broadcast

October 7, 2019

This week we take a look at art classes, things to do in the fall, and the announcements for the week. Take a look!

PLD 5K Supports Cancer Research

Logan Justice, Staff Reporter October 3, 2019

The proceeds from the race will be used to support the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic in addition to supporting the research at the UK Markey Cancer Center. The Golden Matrix...

The defense back for the Dawgs was nothing but aggressive.

Bulldogs Pull Out a Win

Nimi Bala, Staff Reporter October 2, 2019

The game began with a kick-off by Dunbar followed by a freekick from Lafayette after a foul by Dunbar. Dunbar earned themselves a corner kick after Lafayette kicks the ball out of bounds. The kick was...

The Dawgs celebrate as they score a goal that puts them ahead of the Eagles.

Bulldogs Take Down Eagles on Senior Night

Ella Williams, Staff Reporter September 18, 2019

The Dawgs celebrate as they score a goal that puts them ahead of the Eagles.

Dunbar’s New Phone Policy

Hannah Hammond, Public Relations September 9, 2019

With less distraction from cell phones, teachers say students are more motivated and more engaged.

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