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Still Not Heard

Still Not Heard

By Olivia Doyle and Abigail Wheatley

May 30, 2019

On April 18, we published “No Seat at the Roundtable,” in response to being denied entry into an open meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Lexington. In the words of some news organizations, the piece did go “viral,” reaching audiences all around the world in a short amount of time....

Varsity girls’ soccer makes history funding female trophy case

Varsity girls’ soccer makes history funding female trophy case

By Lily Kane '20, Staples High School

May 30, 2019

The varsity girls’ soccer team has recently committed to raising money for the construction of a girls’ trophy case to house their many championship trophies. After years of filling up the general trophy case in Staples High School with their growing number of awards, the team is finally raising...

Missouri abortion bill strikes up controversy

Missouri abortion bill strikes up controversy

By Sabrina Bohn and Lydia Roseman

May 24, 2019

The bill, outlawing almost all abortions eight weeks after conception, makes Missouri the fifth state to pass what is known as a “heartbeat bill.”

Stimulated problems: Stimulants cause more harm than good

Stimulated problems: Stimulants cause more harm than good

By James Turnbull, Riley Burgoon, and Noelle Smagala

May 24, 2019

You’ve heard the names: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta. You know what they do: give a boost of energy, help you focus, and keep you awake. At least, that’s what they’re prescribed to do. They can be extremely helpful to those that need them, but to those who don’t, they can have devastating effects....

Saving the planet with fabric

Saving the planet with fabric

By Eva Chillura, Wando High School

May 21, 2019

The clothes that are worn everyday -- purchased, worn down and thrown out -- are some of the silent killers of the Earth and her inhabitants. Fabric is wearing out the world. As fast fashion brands such as Zara and H&M gain in popularity among the new generation, concerns have developed over...

Fairness Committee overturns result of election for next year’s Fairness chairs, committee to have three next year

Fairness Committee overturns result of election for next year’s Fairness chairs, committee to have three next year

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Molly Litvak

May 21, 2019

Shalhevet’s Fairness Committee will have three co-chairs next year, after a Fairness deliberation changed the result of a Just Community election today for the first time in school history. The decision will take effect next year and apply only to next year, and the Fairness Committee also said the...

Students, teachers lean away from Mrs.

Students, teachers lean away from Mrs.

By Megan Neal, Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas

May 16, 2019

Students learn to address their teachers by a specific title and when to use each one in elementary school. However, the use of honorifics in schools has changed. Many teachers and students find themselves only using the title Ms., even when they fit into the category for a different title. While...

Living the American Dream in Hiding

Living the American Dream in Hiding

By Meghan Turley and Maddie Cooke

May 16, 2019

Student names have been changed for confidentiality and safety of those involved. Christine immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was three years old. “I feel like a lot of people who oppose illegal immigration always say ‘no parent would ever put their child in danger for crossin...

How the internet has changed education

How the internet has changed education

By Jacob Tutterow, North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia

May 15, 2019

In human history, people have not faced the same amount of rapid technological advances ever before. Lives continue to change in various ways, and from the assembly line to the commercial airplane to the invention of the internet, individuals must constantly adapt. With this comes a new generation of k...

Throwing like a girl

Throwing like a girl

By Audrey Brown, Eureka High School

May 15, 2019

When Skylinn Pogue (9) found out she made the freshman baseball team, her family was not surprised. Skylinn Pogue grew up in Canada, where baseball was a popular sport for both boys and girls to pursue. Her passion for the game started when she was just three years old. “I can’t say that I...

Editorial: Brandy Melville couldn’t care less about the average female

Editorial: Brandy Melville couldn’t care less about the average female

By Editorial Staff, Carlmont High School

May 14, 2019

In an age where young girls and women are more vocal than ever, there's an area for them to speak up once again: the clothing industry. This is nothing new. Change is already in progress due to women urging companies to represent different types of women in their most real forms. Some brands have...

Camp Jojo to honor former student

Camp Jojo to honor former student

By Katie Hanson, Walt Whitman High School

May 14, 2019

Content warning: This article contains language that pertains to suicide. Camp Jojo, an outdoor summer camp designed to help support teens affected by suicide, will be held this July in honor of former student Jojo Greenberg. Her mother, Sonya Spielberg, and her former camp director, Joel Van Egbe...

An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma

An order of depression with a side of courage? Hold the stigma

By Suad Adam, South High School

May 5, 2019

“Wa kibiirtaay. Quraan saar aa ubaahantahay” (You’re acting up. You need to be prayed upon). This is a phrase that I often hear from the older generation whenever I choose to express our feelings hardships in life. Mental health in many Somali households has been stigmatized. It’s thought that ...

Principal Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up

Principal Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up

By Emily Lu, Westwood High School

May 1, 2019

After website 71 Republic published a story titled Exclusive: Westwood High School Covers Up Shooting Incident on Monday, April 15, Principal Mario Acosta responded with a statement emailed to the Westwood community, maintaining that the story “contains inaccurate and misleading information.” The arti...

No Seat at the Roundtable

No Seat at the Roundtable

By Olivia Doyle and Abigail Wheatley

April 28, 2019

When we, members of PLD Lamplighter’s Editorial Board, arrived at the Bluegrass Community Technical College Newtown Pike campus to cover the roundtable discussion on education hosted by Governor Matt Bevin featuring the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we were told we could not enter. A man we...

Stronger Than Fear

Stronger Than Fear

By Sydney Ferguson & Kennedi Roman, Lake Ridge

April 24, 2019

Badthings happen every day. Everywhere, every second, there’s some struggle to be had, some war to be fought whether internal or external. Though some of these horrible things exist in the past, their effects and the paths they create still exist in their victims, some of whom you see every day. Two...

College admissions scandal: ‘It’s exploitation and fraud’

College admissions scandal: ‘It’s exploitation and fraud’

By Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury High School

April 23, 2019

With college fast approaching for seniors and on the horizon for underclassmen, the news of a college admissions scandal came as a shock when headlines broke earlier this month. The scandal was uncovered by federal officials, and features Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among...

The Trouble Behind the Trend: Cultural Appropriation and How it Damages A Person’s Identity

The Trouble Behind the Trend: Cultural Appropriation and How it Damages A Person’s Identity

By Michelle Hwang, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

April 19, 2019

Cultural appropriation. I’m sure that you’ve heard those words somewhere and sometime before. Whether it be from the “My culture isn’t your  d*mn prom dress” meme, some heavily opinionated social media account ranting about Kylie Jenner’s cornrows, or a news outlet reporting yet another...

$100,000 Surprise

$100,000 Surprise

By Amanda Lu, North Allegheny Senior High School

April 19, 2019

On Saturday, March 30th, hundreds of North Allegheny students gathered in the NASH gym and cafeteria to celebrate TigerThon, an annual dance marathon supporting UPMC's Children's Hospital and Pennies from Heaven. Typically, TigerThon raises around $30,000 a year. This year, the event raised over $100,000...

Photo essay: Surveying South Congress

Photo essay: Surveying South Congress

By Anna McClellan, McCallum High School

April 19, 2019

South Congress, also known as SoCo to local Austinites, is home to Amy’s Ice Creams, Homeslice Pizza, and many other local hotspots. Whether you walk, drive, bike or scooter, SoCo is definitely worth a visit. BUILDING UP AND OUT- South Congress leads right up to the Capitol. This means that whether you are renting scooters and b...

Sleep deprivation steals “Z’s” from high schoolers

Sleep deprivation steals “Z’s” from high schoolers

By Ashley Edwards, Ola High School

April 19, 2019

Around seven a.m., the sound of Ansley McDaniel’s, sophomore at Oxford HS in MS, alarm clock startles her awake. After a rough night’s sleep of about five to six hours, she heads to school and tries not to fall asleep in her classes. That night, attempting to complete homework assignments and keep...

The much anticipated arrival of Isabella Posset

The much anticipated arrival of Isabella Posset

By Samuel Anthony, Robert Morris University

April 10, 2019

MOON TOWNSHIP -- "I want you to understand, Bella Posset commited to us as a sophomore. This was a long-time coming," said RMU women's basketball head coach Charlie Buscaglia as he sat upon the podium after his Colonials had just defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash in the NEC championship game. "We had to...

Becoming one with the Press, one with Michelle Obama

Becoming one with the Press, one with Michelle Obama

By Maddie Cooke and Meghan Turley

April 10, 2019

Broadway Books welcomes Michelle On Tuesday, former first lady Michelle Obama came to Portland, as she is touring for her memoir, “Becoming”. Ahead of her evening appearance at the Moda Center, Mrs. Obama met with members of a local Portland book club at Broadway Books in Downtown Portland. ...

Separated at the Border

Separated at the Border

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

April 3, 2019

The impoverished neighborhood in Guatemala didn’t offer a lot for Lee's* family. It was common for people to struggle financially. Many could only sell things on the streets like fruits and blankets but it wasn’t enough to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Her parents wanted more, so they left a...

Sexism in the Student Section?

Sexism in the Student Section?

By Cache Goracke, Olathe West High School

April 2, 2019

In 1972, Title IX was established in schools to make certain that girls sports would receive the same government funding as boys. According to www.womensfoundation.org before Title IX, one in 27 girls played sports. Today that number is two in five. While that is a drastic and positive change in norm...

Working on the weekend

Working on the weekend

By Samantha Salazar, Akins High School

April 2, 2019

The average Austin ISD teacher makes about $23,019 less than the amount that Go Banking Rate estimates is needed to live comfortably. In Austin ISD, an average teacher’s salary was $50,144 in the 2016-2017 school year, which is the most recent year the data is available. This is about $2,400 les...

It’s a date

It’s a date

By Grace Fearheiley, Kirkwood High School

April 2, 2019

Most high schoolers have heard an older figure in their lives say they are too young to be in a serious relationship or in love. According to Eileen Finley, junior, who has been dating her boyfriend for over two years, this myth about young love has existed for an incredibly long time. Finley believes...

Bond around the ball

Bond around the ball

By Grace Nugent and Anna Schlett, McCallum High School

March 27, 2019

It's easy to show up and play when your team is obliterating the opposition. In that respect, the 2017 Mac football team had it easy, enjoying a record-breaking season, in which the team reeled off 14 straight victories before finally losing a game, just one win shy of playing for a state championship. The...

From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream

From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream

By Laura Amador-Toro, Coppell High School

March 22, 2019

Since moving to the U.S., I can’t help but miss Colombia every single day. I remember getting to school early and hearing the birds chirp so pleasantly, as if you were alone in the middle of the forest. There, my friends and I had similar experiences when it came to joining a new school. As soon...

Psychopaths on TV: Why do we love them?

Psychopaths on TV: Why do we love them?

By Anthony Robledo, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

March 22, 2019

With any film or television series, audiences project themselves onto a story's lead protagonist and root for their desires. Characters undergo struggles and audiences can’t help but love them. People don’t go to the movies to watch other people live their lives, but rather to come along the journey,...

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