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

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Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter

I am a Senior this year at Dunbar, this is going to be my third year on Lamplighter as a  Staff Reporter. I most enjoy being behind the camera doing photography and videography. I love being able to capture the perfect shot that can tell a story through a photo.

 I am looking forward to improving my leadership skills and being more consistent in the quality of the work that I produce. I am so excited to be able to work with my team again in person after the circumstances of the previous year and am ready to bring Dunbar phenomenal content.  Besides Lamplighter I am also a part of Dunbar's cross country and track team. I enjoy the arts, sunrises, and binging Netflix.

With my experience through the last couple of years, I am beyond ready to learn more and help new incoming staff learn and adapt to the Lamplighter family.

All content by Vanessa Alonso
I Miss My International Family

I Miss My International Family

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter May 13, 2021

For most, not being able to travel has been hard, since traveling is something that so many people look forward to for vacations. For others, it is heartbreaking that they are not able to travel to see...

Students who spend three hours or more on social media each day are at a higher risk of having body image issues.

How Social Media Harms Students

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter May 3, 2021

More teenagers are using social media now than ever before. Newer media such as Instagram and TikTok are the primary sources of social media that teenagers use daily.  These platforms are a source...

Valentines Day is the perfect time to show friends and family you love them with a small gift.

You Should Love Valentine’s Day

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter February 13, 2021

Valentine’s Day, which this year falls on Sunday, is a day where couples, spouses, sweethearts, and loved ones celebrate their love for each other across the globe. People celebrate their love in many...

Calligraphy will take a little bit more patience and concentration than other hobbies, but the end product is so beautiful and if you have the patience will very much be worth the work. Calligraphy pages can be found on the web and you can find just about anything you please to write. Calligraphy is a fun skill that you can develop with all the spare time that we have.

Easy At-Home Crafts

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter February 8, 2021

Keeping track of your goals in an agenda or calendar can help you stick to your resolutions.

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter January 8, 2021

The beginning of a new year is the season of resolutions for many. Every year, almost everyone has a plan to have these resolutions for themselves. Some may think that since it is a new year, these resolutions...

The Bean at Millennium Park is always packed with people touching and crowded around. With the events that have happened this year, the only thing visible from the Bean is the reflection of the city.

Chicago: COVID Edition

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter December 10, 2020

The plans for going back to school are causing excitement for some, but wariness for others.

How Students Feel about an In-Person Return

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter November 24, 2020

On Nov. 9, Dunbar students received an email from Mrs. Rains asking them to register for in-person or virtual learning next semester. Just days later, Superintendent Manny Caulk sent an email suggesting...

If and when students do return to the school building, they will be expected to wash their hands and sanitize their belongings frequently.

Planning a Return to In-Person School

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter November 13, 2020

Principal Betsy Rains sent a letter asking parents and students to decide whether to return to in-person school or stay online starting in January 2021. Although it is uncertain whether the School Board...

The Dunbar cross country team gets ready to run together with the safety of masks.

Racing at a Distance

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter November 5, 2020

Cross country, as with every other fall sport, was heavily affected by the coronavirus. Dunbar also had a new coach this season, Alex Humillier. Despite the changes, the team was able to adapt to the...

Choir students, led by Miss Tiffany Marsh, warm up at the start of class.

Dunbar Fine Arts Classes Managing Online Learning

Emily Maggard, Vanessa Alonso, and Alexandria Newsam October 22, 2020

Dunbar lists 31 art, drama, and music classes in its course catalog, ranging from pottery to piano, and each class is having separate struggles. One problem for the visual arts is that some students...

Teens Still Working During COVID-19

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

Especially during the summer, many teens tend to get jobs. But with the pandemic causing the economy to suffer and businesses to close, some students wonder whether they would be able to find employment....

The Burnout of the Second Semester

The Burnout of the Second Semester

Vanessa Alonso, Staff Reporter February 5, 2020

As we start the second semester there is so much to look forward to like spring sports, Valentine's day, Dance Blue, spring break, final college decisions, prom, and summer break. Before we get to the...

Have iPhones really changed?

Dylan Corman, Staff Reporter November 4, 2019

iPhones have come a long way in terms of appearance, but have they really changed at their core? This year, Apple released the new iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro which stay true to their predecessors as both...

World Language Opportunities at PLD

Jack Naehr, Staff Reporter October 23, 2019

Students at Dunbar are fortunate to have many opportunities available through Dunbar's world language department which includes instruction in German, French, and Spanish. Here's what they've been up...

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