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Pros and Cons of AP Exams

Pros and Cons of AP Exams

April 26, 2019

The main benefit of taking the AP test is getting college credit. However, depending on the course the college credit varies, and the test costs anywhere from $50-$85 with no guarantee of passing. "If you do well, you get free money for college," AP World History teacher Mrs. Michelle Williams said. "We've actually had some Dunbar students who got $7,000 just from my class alone. There have been...

New Media Arts Pathway at Dunbar

New Media Arts Pathway at Dunbar

March 24, 2019

A Career Technical Education Pathway is a program in Kentucky for those who desire to join the workforce after high school as well as an opportunity for those who plan to go to college. Dunbar recently added the Media Arts pathway which allows students to become Adobe certified, something that can help students with college applications and resume. In 2015, 39 states implemented 125 new regulations which increas...

Should Students Use Wikipedia?

Should Students Use Wikipedia?

March 16, 2019

Wikipedia is considered a free encyclopedia site, containing articles on many different topics and interests for people to access. Created in 2001, Jimmy Wales came up with the idea of making a publicly editable encyclopedia, but Larry Sanger came up with the idea of using a wiki, which offers users the ability to edit articles online. Many students enjoy using Wikipedia to gather large amou...

Mason’s Tips for Finals Prep

Mason’s Tips for Finals Prep

December 13, 2018

With finals approaching quickly, students are starting to stress. The pressure is on: it’s time to show everything we've learned so far this year in a test that counts toward an arguably too large percentage of our grade (20%!) There are many ways to prepare for finals, but I’ve picked five things that I believe are the most helpful. Tip #1: Calculate What Score You Need to Make an "A" B...

School Makes Reading Less Enjoyable

School Makes Reading Less Enjoyable

November 15, 2018

Whether it was bedtime stories with parents or just a random book with a cover that grabbed our attention, reading has been a part of students' lives for a long time. Then school began, and reading turned into a chore. Instead of taking the time to enjoy a book, we spend time stressing about the work that goes along with it. For instance, starting in middle school, we had required summer rea...

The Stress of High School

The Stress of High School

October 24, 2018

For many students, the mere thought of checking their grades fills them with dread, not because they’re necessarily bad, but because many of these students are pressured by their parents, friends and especially their school to get perfect grades with little to no room for imperfection. The stress that many students are facing due to the extreme amount of pressure to get perfect grades is taking...

Are Group Projects Beneficial?

Are Group Projects Beneficial?

October 20, 2018

Are group projects beneficial advantage to students? Although some say it is hard to work collaboratively with peers, others enjoy group work and find it helpful. PLD Lamplighter's Instagram account hosted a poll to followers asking if students found group work beneficial. Of the 177 responses, 66% said they did. “It is helpful to share my opinions and ideas about the project with a group ...

Future Business Leaders of America

Future Business Leaders of America

March 27, 2018

The Future Business Leaders of America is an established club at Dunbar in which students can compete at the regional, state and national levels in a variety of subjects. It is currently the largest career student business organization in the world. At Dunbar, junior Helen Pang is the president of the school's FBLA chapter. "There are lots of different opportunities in FBLA like business to medic...

Dunbar Students Compete at State Science Fair

Dunbar Students Compete at State Science Fair

March 24, 2018

Every March, Lexmark sponsors the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) at Eastern Kentucky University for select students who advance from the regional fair. On Saturday, five special awards were awarded to Dunbar students, 14 placed in the top three for their category and junior Rachel Seevers was third overall. Seevers and senior David Ma will be advancing to the Intel International Science...

Preparing for the ACT: For Students, By Students

Preparing for the ACT: For Students, By Students

February 1, 2018

The ACT is a standardized test used by many American universities to determine a student’s admission and, according to PrepScholar, has been shown to be more popular than the SAT in recent years. Last year, thirteen FCPS students received a perfect score on the ACT. Among them were current Dunbar seniors Kelly Chen, Christopher Duncan, Emma Draper, Zsombor Gal and David Ma. These students had advice...

Financial Aid Rules Unfair to International Students

Financial Aid Rules Unfair to International Students

January 22, 2018

The incredible expenses of an American college education exceed what most families can afford with the average tuition for a 4-year public institution accumulating to $30,000 per year, according to the College Board. The Higher Educational Amendments of 1972 created the first version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Pell Grant to provide support for low-income families. Tod...

Standards Based Grading: How’s it Going?

Standards Based Grading: How’s it Going?

December 15, 2017

Dunbar transitioned to a full implementation of Standards Based Grading this fall. At the end of the first semester of full implementation, there are conflicting opinions regarding standards based grading. The Dunbar grading policy states “the goal of our updated grading policy and standards-based grading system is to provide consistent, accurate, meaningful ​and supportive feedback.” However, is this new system re...