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

Trinity Kays

Trinity Kays, Editor-in-Chief

Hey I'm Trinity!!! Writing and journalism have always been a passion of mine. I love being able to express myself through my words especially when I sometimes find that daunting in real life. Writing has always been an outlet for me and I'm happy that I get to share it with all of you! I joined PLD Lamplighter my junior year as a staff reporter and found writing articles to be very rewarding and therapeutic in a way. This year I'm one of the Editor-in-Chiefs specifically heading the writing department. I look forward to fostering a love of writing in everyone in and out of the program!

I'm also apart of the schools varsity lacrosse team, Technology Student Association, and Cultural Society. Not in school you can find me in my bed asleep or in my bed reading. I love to listen music specifically Taylor Swift. Stream "All too Well 10 minute version". My cats are also a huge part of my life and when I'm at home they're always within 5 feet of me. I hope this bio was illuminating!

All content by Trinity Kays

PLD Students Walk Out in Protest

Trinity Kays, Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2023

On Feb. 16, the Kentucky Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 150, so on Feb. 24 Lexington students from two high schools–Lafayette and Dunbar–walked out of school in protest. “We [students] are concerned...

There is more awareness of mental health issues in teens, but these issues are being seen as all too ordinary.

Has Destigmatism Led to Desensitization?

Trinity Kays, Editor-in-Chief February 17, 2023

Since the early 2000s suicide rates in pre-teens, teens, and young adults have increased by nearly 60% in the United States. In 2020, for every 100,000 people between the ages of 15-24, 14.2 died as...

Dunbars metal detectors are a fixture of the schools entryway.

Loaded Gun found on PLD Campus

Trinity Kays, Editor-in-Chief February 3, 2023

Around 9:30 a.m. an email from the acting principal, Ms. Andrea Tinsley, went out to Paul Laurence Dunbar's families disclosing that “...a loaded firearm was discovered on our campus this morning as...

Guidance staff Ms. Stevie Hightman and Ms. Karen Callahan showed up as Minnie Mouse and a hippie.

PLD Teachers Get into the Halloween Spirit

October 31, 2022

Guidance staff Ms. Stevie Hightman and Ms. Karen Callahan showed up as Minnie Mouse and a hippie.

The hallways leading to the math department (400s) were empty and all the doors were closed after a suspected gas leak.

Suspected Gas Leak at Dunbar Interrupts Classes

Trinity Kays, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2022

Around 9:54--a minute before the class change--Principal Marlon Ball announced over the intercom that students were to remain in their classes. An hour prior to this announcement, students reported that...

PLDs building, located at 1600 Man o War Blvd, was built in 1990.

When Will Dunbar Be Renovated?

Trinity Kays, Editor-in-Chief September 9, 2022

On Sept. 8 the Fayette County Board of Education voted to increase property tax rates for the 2022-2023 fiscal year for renovations and new construction. The public was given notice that two options...

The freshman class was welcomed to Dunbar with a banner in the front foyer of the building.

Welcome Back, Dunbar

Trinity Kays, Editor-In-Chief August 18, 2022

A little over 2,000 Dunbar Bulldogs returned to school on Aug. 10, ready, excited, and apprehensive for the 2022-2023 school year. Classes today received warm feedback as the student body settled back...

PLD Hiring a New Principal for 22-23

PLD Hiring a New Principal for 22-23

Trinity Kays and Julianne Knox May 19, 2022

With Paul Laurence Dunbar’s principal Betsy Rains announcing her retirement, many have begun to question the process of hiring a new principal. Fayette County’s School-Based Decision Making (SBDM)...

Sabeen Nadeem and her doubles partner Michael Crowe shake hands with their opponents after a win.

Badminton Club Hosts First Tournament

Trinity Kays April 12, 2022

A player hits a shot sent to mid-court.

As the Delta variant runs rampant around the country, masks are still a common sight, especially during sports games.

Updates on FCPS’s Mask Protocol

Victoria Bravo and Trinity Kays March 4, 2022

The Fayette County Board of Education held a special meeting and board workshop on March 2 to discuss agenda items including COVID-19 protocols. Private schools across the city, like Christ the King...

In recent years Netflix has put out several documentaries about not only Ted Bundy but numerous other notorious serial killers, serving to fuel the morbid fascination of fanatics .

Are True Crime Stans Harmful?

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter February 23, 2022

I’m no stranger to the addictive nature of shows like Criminal Minds and Law and Order. On many occasions I’ve caught myself mindlessly watching crime shows while I do menial tasks, letting myself...

After Frederick Douglas committed a foul, Lionel Kumwimba makes a free throw for Dunbar.

Dunbar’s Crushing Defeat Against Frederick Douglass

Trinity Kays and Abigail Fiero January 20, 2022

Dawning their green and white uniforms, the Dawgs stepped onto the court on Jan. 19 ready to face off against the Frederick Douglass Broncos in a game commemorating former head coach, Sanford T. Roach.  This...

A recent study shows that the human brain has been changed by the pandemic--whether or not the person was infected with the virus. Just living through the stress has had an impact on everyone.

How “Pandemic Brain” is Affecting All of Us

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter December 16, 2021

For decades scientists have explored the impact that isolation has on the human brain. Typically, findings stem from studying prisoners in solitary confinement or rats in a lab. Never before have scientists...

Attempting to get a point, Amber Brandon aims for the basket.

PLD Girls’ Basketball Takes Down Great Crossing

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter December 7, 2021

The game on Dec. 3 had an electrifying start right off the bat. Great Crossing scored a 3-pointer that set the pace for the rest of the game. Not shying away from confrontation, Dunbar’s #11 sophomore...

The girls volleyball team during a team meeting before the game begins.

Dawgs Advance to Regional Finals

October 29, 2021

The girls volleyball team during a team meeting before the game begins.

Black cats have long been abused due to superstitions surrounding them.

The Vulnerability of Black Cats

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter October 29, 2021

“If a black cat crosses your path it brings bad luck with it.” This is a common superstition surrounding our furry feline friends. Most people who entertain this myth simply avoid black cats year-round...

The girls volleyball team during a team meeting before the game begins.

Dawgs Advance to Regional Finals

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter October 29, 2021

The tension was palpable as Dunbar and Bryan Station stepped on the court on Oct. 27 to face off at the regional semifinals.  The first set kicked off with a serve from Bryan Station, but this didn’t...

This years homecoming is a little different due to COVID regulations and contact tracing.

What to Expect at the Homecoming Dance

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter September 24, 2021

With a sense of normalcy returning to students, many have begun preparing for their high school experience, but many are wondering what to expect. We know this year's dance will be semi-formal and is being...

Upon scoring a point, team members celebrate Isabella Haggard as she scores another point for your PLD Dawgs.

Volley Dawgs Do It Again

Trinity Kays, Staff Reporter September 18, 2021

The atmosphere on Sept. 16 game was ripe with determination as both Dunbar and Bryan Station were revving up to win.  The game started off with Dunbar having a 3 point lead until Bryan Station...

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