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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

Victoria and her most prized possession: her empanada ornament.

Victoria Bravo, Editor-in-Chief

Hi there! My name is Victoria Bravo, I am an Editor-in-Chief, I love hiking, and I hate ham. I oversee our writing department and I supervise all articles produced and published on our website.  This is my fourth year on staff and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have grown alongside the program. I am currently a senior  and have loved every year in this program!  I am beyond excited to lead this program through the 2021-2022 year and look forward to producing great articles.


All content by Victoria Bravo
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...

This map includes bombing locations and ground clashes in Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.

What’s Happening in Ukraine?

Victoria Bravo, Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2022

Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. These words opened President Biden's address to the American public today after Ukraine was invaded by Russia in the early morning of Feb. 24. Putin's...

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

Student’s Prank Brings Police to Dunbar

Victoria Bravo, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2022

Several fire trucks and police could be seen outside of Dunbar around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. In a letter home to families, Principal Rains explained why. A student made a prank call to 911. Ms. Rains...

Why Teachers are Leaving and Why it Matters

Logan Justice, Ella Williams, and Victoria Bravo January 4, 2022

It's no secret that the pandemic shook up the American workforce. The "Great Resignation" taking place across the United States doesn't exclude teachers, and some say that without a major effort to rehabilitate...

Increased Work Demands Post-COVID

Victoria Bravo, Editor-in-Chief January 4, 2022

It is not unexpected to see an increase in teacher burnout and a decrease in teacher retention rates given the added responsibilities teachers face in the aftermath of virtual learning.  Teachers have...

Social media can cause more harm than good for teenagers when it becomes an addiction.

The Long-Term Effects of Social Media on Teens

Emma Daman and Victoria Bravo May 16, 2021

What once was a utopian escape for teens and adults alike to temporarily withdraw from reality has now become quite the opposite. It is undeniable that social media holds an increasingly important role...

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...

The cold temperatures led many students to spend the day inside.

Dunbar Enjoys a Snowy Day

Sadie Bograd, Editor-in-Chief February 2, 2021

The cold temperatures led many students to spend the day inside.

Practicing social distancing and self-isolation can have a great effect on the impact of COVID-19 as seen on the graph above.

What Flattening The Curve Really Means

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter March 26, 2020

Since March the phrase “flattening the curve” has increasingly become a household phrase. It refers to the protective measures taken in order to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission from person...

7 Days of National Holidays

Hannah Hammond, Staff Reporter March 8, 2020

There are several national holidays to be celebrated during the week of March 9th. Although most national holidays have a significant meaning and purpose, some exist purely for the fun of it.  The color...

Why Do We Have Leap Years?

Sadie Bograd, Staff Reporter February 25, 2020

Most of us are familiar with the concept of leap years, but unless you're an astronomer. Mr. Scot Gill, a Dunbar science teacher helps students understand the reason why we add a day every four years. "Day...

WPLD February 24 Broadcast

February 24, 2020

This week we take a look at the swim team, and hear from several of Dunbar's top swimmers. We also cover PLD's literary magazine, Incriminating Ink, and how to enter a submission. Finally, it only comes...

Orchestra teacher Mrs. Goff conducts the level 4 orchestra at their winter concert.

Orchestra Creates a Family of Musicians

December 13, 2019

Orchestra teacher Mrs. Goff conducts the level 4 orchestra at their winter concert.

CTE Pathways at Dunbar

January 8, 2020

There are five CTE pathways at Dunbar including Media Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering and Business. Every student must have four credits of CTE courses at Dunbar...

WPLD Nov. 25 Broadcast

November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, Dunbar!

Two Sides of the Trump Rally

Ben Rains and Victoria Bravo November 8, 2019

Two staff reporters took on the challenge of covering the Nov. 4 Trump Rally at Rupp Arena. One was outside. The other was inside. Here are their stories.

Protests can sometimes turn rowdy, such as this 2017 Chicago protest against Trump.

Protests Against Trump

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter November 5, 2019

Three-month old Victoria with her mom Marcela.

The Highs and Lows of My Hispanic Identity

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter October 23, 2019

I walk a fine line between two worlds. There’s the dreamy, picturesque world full of music, family, and color. In this world, the rhythms of salsa, cumbia, and bachata fill my veins and become the...

Defender Johnny Vazquez kicks the ball out of Newport Central Catholics possession.

Dunbar Beat Thoroughbreds in Final Season Match

October 5, 2019

Defender Johnny Vazquez kicks the ball out of Newport Central Catholic's possession.

The Legacy of Dunbar’s Memorial Garden

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter September 26, 2019

The sun shines on the small, idyllic garden by the school cafeteria. Monarch butterflies lazily flutter by as birds chirp and a breeze sways the leaves. Most students don’t think much of it, but this...

Festival Latino De Lexington featured arts, exhibitions, and vendors celebrating Hispanic culture.

Latino Festival De Lexington

Staff Report September 18, 2019

Festival Latino De Lexington featured arts, exhibitions, and vendors celebrating Hispanic culture.

Moms Demand Action representatives discussed gun sense advocacy with the Young Democrats.

Gun Sense Group Visits Dunbar Club

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter September 13, 2019

On Sept. 4 the Dunbar Young Democrats held their bi-weekly meeting with guest speakers Linsey Sugarman and Kathi Crowe from Moms Demand Action. Moms Demand Action is a non-profit, non-partisan gun safety...

Missing Personality-Reward If Found!

Missing Personality-Reward If Found!

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter May 27, 2019

I spend my days surrounded with friends and people that genuinely love me. I’m around laughter and happiness...but I can't help feeling that I’m walking through life with a blindfold around my eyes....

Voting Rights for Felons in Kentucky

Victoria Bravo and Mason Curtis April 27, 2019

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont responded to a question about the loss of voting rights due to having a criminal record. When Harvard student Anne Carlstein asked the Senator “...would you support...

Victoria Bravo and her older sister Paloma Bravo when they were younger.

Born Into One Culture, Raised Among Others

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter March 16, 2019

At one point in our lives, we will all ask ourselves “So, who am I really?” Now, as a child of immigrant parents and being a first generation American myself, I’ve spent countless, unimaginable...

Texas v. Georgia

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter January 21, 2019

The NCAA ringed in the new year with the Sugar Bowl. This year’s Sugar Bowl was the 85th edition. The Texas Longhorns went head to head with the Georgia Bulldogs with Texas ultimately winning 28-21....

The newest Grinch animation.

Top Five Must Watch Christmas Movies

Victoria Bravo and Payton Coulter December 17, 2018

Everybody loves the holiday season. Whether it's for the yummy food or for the wonderful gifts, the holidays are always tons of fun. Part of what makes Winter Break so enjoyable is getting to curl up with...

How Did Keeneland Begin?

How Did Keeneland Begin?

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter December 12, 2018

For over two centuries, the Bluegrass area has become widely renowned for its thoroughbred industry and Keeneland is at the heart of the thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. It is known for its fall and...

Horse and Goat: An Unlikely Friendship

Horse and Goat: An Unlikely Friendship

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter December 3, 2018

I've grown up around horses, and I have always been fascinated by them. My father is the one to blame for this. He would always take me to the stables and teach all about the sport. And, to this day, it's...

Victoria Bravo works with horses in her free time.

How the Bluegrass Became a Hotspot for Horse Racing

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter November 27, 2018

Lexington is known for being the “horse capital of the world” but how’d this title come to be? Well, the Bluegrass area is known around the world for our rich history with the Thoroughbred industry....

High School football player Dylan Thomas died from a head injury sustained during a game.

High School Football and Head Injuries

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter November 6, 2018

September 28, 2018, was a night like any other for Pike County High School. Bright lights lit the sea of cheering faces, laughter, and cries of excitement filled the stadium--the team was like a sea of...

Boys’ Soccer Puts Up a Fight at District Tournament

Boys’ Soccer Puts Up a Fight at District Tournament

Victoria Bravo, Staff Reporter October 20, 2018

On Oct. 11, the boys’ soccer team went head to head with Lafayette at the district finals. Dunbar lost to Lafayette with a score of 0-0 during the game, with penalty kicks leading the score to 2-4. Earlier...

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