What You Should Be Doing On Weekends

No more “Netflix and chill”. Here’s what you should really be doing over the weekend.

Stop and drop whatever you’re doing. Are you reading this article on a weekend? Good, jump straight ahead. Perhaps you’re reading this on a weekday, per say, Tuesday (the worst, in my opinion, since you’re not quite at the end of the week, and barely rested after the dreadful Monday). Hopefully, you will survive until Friday, when you’re rewarded with two, seemingly short and yet glorious days of Saturday and Sunday, when you can forget about waking up early and frantically catching the school bus. Hey, but don’t just waste those two precious days sleeping in and doing absolutely nothing. Blueprint is here to bring you some amazing ways you could be spending your weekend.

 

  1. Have brunch with friends

Obviously, nobody on Earth (especially students) is willing to wake up at eight in the morning to catch an early breakfast. In that sense, brunch is great; you get to sleep in and still have some of those drool-provoking waffles and pancakes, with the side of bacon and scrambled eggs. Brunch is definitely a privilege just to be enjoyed on the weekends because on the weekdays, the appropriate timeframe of eating brunch is all devoted to studying, studying, and studying. Treat yourself with the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch. Oh and of course, share the savory meal with your friends. You may be bored of seeing your friends again after five constant days with them at school. But meeting up with them on a weekend while having brunch isn’t something you want to pass on!

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  1. Don’t forget alone time

Weekends are the go-to time to reward yourself with some alone time. Nobody really likes being lonely. But excluding yourself from the chaos and drama happening at school and being alone even just for a while really helps you fully relax. So put down that smartphone, and turn off notifications. Make some popcorn, get comfy, and watch a movie or two (that you’ve been dying to watch but just never had the time for). The weekends are the best time to get away from the noisiness and to give yourself some healing time. This way, you’ll be both rested and loosened up, ready for another school week.

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  1. Get some work done on Saturday, not Sunday

We’ve all been there: cramming every homework to the last minute. Or worse, putting off studying for a major test until the very last day possible. Usually, students find themselves procrastinating on Saturdays and basically dying on Sundays. At this point in life, you should really begin learning how to space out the workload you’re given to finish over the weekends. Especially because Fridays are always A through H blocks in KIS, we are bound to receive lots of homework from all the classes. Having said that, make sure to finish the small things on Saturday like the formative assignments, so that you have lots of time to work on studying for tests and projects. Don’t procrastinate! (or at least try not to).

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  1. Exercise!

I know. You may be thinking “Ew.”  But exercise has a lot to do with your mental state; it’s important to keep yourself happy on the weekends. According to WebMD, “improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of physical activity” because “when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins”, which “trigger a positive feeling in the body”. The production of endorphins leads to an energized body as well as an increase in positivity. Weekends are great to just chill at home or outside with your friends, but you should also consider pulling out that inner athlete in you and hitting the gym. Simply taking a walk as short as thirty minutes will also reduce stress and boost self-esteem. We tend to stay inside the entire weekend if we don’t have any plans, but getting some exercise is not a bad idea! After all, you’re only benefiting from it.

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  1. Family time is KEY

Definitely devote some time during your weekend to spend with your family, whether it be siblings, parents, or grandparents. It’s quite difficult to interact with your family during the weekdays without getting distracted by school work or extracurricular activities. So why not take the time on weekends to spend with the best people on Earth? Watch a movie, eat dinner, or even just having a long conversation over tea. Catching up with your family should be a priority when it comes to how you spend your weekends because most likely, they’re people who are always there for you. So spread the love and enjoy the time being!

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Saturdays and Sundays are to be cherished! Don’t be the one who whines “where did my weekend go” at 11 p.m. on a Sunday night. Get your school work done efficiently and really relish the time off school. School, drama, and checking your phone or Macbook should be the last of your concerns during the weekends. Take advantage of it and own the weekend!

 

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

Controversy Behind #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

Think before you pink.

October, or more like Pinktober, is the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month—which means that the world is awash in pink. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international campaign organized by major breast cancer organizations every October to increase awareness of the disease and to fundraise for the research of the cause, prevention, and solution of breast cancer. Another factor about this event is the cosmopolitan spread of the widely recognized pink ribbon, which expresses moral support for women with breast cancer. Therefore, this month, everything is immersed with pink.

The pink paraphernalia doesn’t just end with the distribution of the emblematic ribbon symbol. You can get pink ribbon-shaped sprinkles for your cupcakes. You can get an NFL football jersey with a pink ribbon printed on it— just so that you can raise awareness while fielding passes to your teammates, decked out in pink. You can even get a pink ribbon monogrammed curling iron, supposedly so that you can feel like you’re curing the illness while coiling around your bouncy tresses. But despite the three decades after October was officially named Breast Cancer Awareness Month, has all this pink craze actually helped cure and/or prevent the disease? 

 

NFL Games supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NFL games supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Theoretically, any company can plaster on a pink ribbon on its products and call it as a contribution to the research of breast cancer. However, the symbol is not regulated by any particular organization and does not necessarily mean it successfully combats the actual epidemic. This is why the classic pink ribbon has lead to part of the controversial problem of the idea “slacktivism”—the kind of feel-good armchair activism when people take little action on a social or political affair but with no actual impact. When confronted with the reality that forking over tons of cash for something meaningless clad in pink doesn’t do much to solve breast cancer, many people today will just continue pressing the “like” button of breast cancer awareness pages on Facebook.

Of course, the notion that these campaigns bring no social influence is not always the case. Take the Ice Bucket Challenge, for instance. This viral buzz was an on-going charity initiative that happened last summer, raising money and awareness for the ALS Association (aka “Lou Gehrig’s disease”). Basically, the idea was to dump a bucket of ice water over your head and “nominate” others to do the same, in order to feel the ice-cold pain that are similarly felt by ALS patients every second. If the nominee does not accept the challenge, they will have to donate $100 to an ALS association of their choice.

 

People filming video for the Ice Bucket Challenge.
People filming video for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

Overall, the viral onslaught served as a major social breakthrough – popularizing the disease’s profile and raising $15.6 million since July 29 for the ALS Association. Those donations quickly contributed to a significant impact on finding a cure for the epidemic, most notably, funding the researchers at Johns Hopkins University to remove a particular protein that fails in the cells of most ALS subjects. At best, the ultimate reason that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was so successful was because it added an enjoyable and approachable way of publicizing awareness about the illness to a solid structure of action—making a donation to a specific charity organization to use a percentage of the received money for research of the cure.

On the other hand, Breast Cancer Awareness lacks the ability to serve any significant impact on the medical world because they do not encourage donations to charities that sponsor research or help women diagnosed with breast cancer in a specific way. Of course, the campaign had held many different types of actual fundraising events such as the Avon Walk Around the World, West Winds Halloween Party, Breast Cancer 5K Run, etc. However, the point is, everyone is already aware of the seriousness of breast cancer. So while these efforts in awareness can bring public attention by utilizing the concept of bandwagon, the actual effect on ameliorating the disease itself is blurred out in contrast.
Does that mean people should disregard such efforts anymore altogether? Absolutely not. But in the eradication against a particular epidemic, people need to understand that when when approaching a new type of campaign, it’s important to take a moment and consider what the definite message is and who it genuinely benefits. It’s time that campaigns should be promoted without the primary notion of looking good or being part of the crowd along with the rest.

 

A group of women clad in pink marching for breast cancer awareness.
A group of women clad in pink marching for breast cancer awareness.

 

– Ashley Kim (‘18)

The Logical and Eloquent: The KIS Speech and Debate Team

KIS’s very own forensics team was arguably the best in their first fall tournament of the year.

The October KAIAC Speech and Debate Competition, the first speech and debate tournament of the year, was a huge triumph for KIS. Championing the first place rank not only as a school for both speech and debate, our KIS speakers and debaters definitely deserve a big round of applause for having put in a tremendous amount of effort into this competition. Every member of the team worked exceptionally diligently after hours of practice over the past month, working to polish their debate skills and perfecting their speeches.

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This competition was the first KAIAC competition for many students, especially the freshmen on the team. KIS Blueprint interviewed several students about their experiences in their first tournament.

“I guess for me it was a bit uncomfortable because I didn’t debate with my usual partner (Ariel) and there weren’t really many times to actually talk to my other partner so it was a bit of a struggle. However, I think we did well with the little practice we had together, and the competition wasn’t really intimidating or anything, but it might just be me. A lot of people were polite and friendly! :)”

– Jessica Kwon (‘19), Debate Team, Public Forum

“Because it was my first tournament, I’m not disappointed at all even without placing, because I was able to learn so much from the experience and witness so much talent out there!”

– Hope Yoon (‘19), Speech Team, Poetry

“It was great for me.”

– Marc Yoon (‘19), Debate Team, Public Forum

“It was a really great learning experience for me as I was able to witness and learn a lot of things, not only speech related! I was able to build more relationships with members of the KIS speech team, but also members of speech teams from other schools! Although at times we were frustrated and angry, overall, the experience is something I’ll never forget :)”

– Jenny Chung (‘19), Speech Team, Extemporaneous Speaking

“It was fun! I hated the food, though.”

– Leanne Kim (‘19), Speech & Debate Team, Original Oratory & Public Forum

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Although there were some conflicts that occurred due to unexpected results, the tournament hosted at KIS ran pretty smoothly, due to the help of many behind-the-scenes workers. Timers and tabroom workers, who were voluntary KIS students, helped the judges out with timing the speeches and debates, and also with tabulating all of the results as quickly and as accurately as possible. Team captains ran around the school, organizing and making sure that all of the judges, coaches, debaters, speakers, and timers were in the right place. Mr. Burwell and Ms. Cuellar continuously circled back and forth around all the rooms, checking on the students as well as how the competition was running.

Our debate team achieved exceptionally high results: in Public Forum, Leanne Kim and Marc Yoon placed first, while Amy Kang and Jessica Kwon placed third. Eddie Kim won second place for Lincoln Douglas debate, and for Parliamentary debate, Jerry Kim and Claire Pak placed fourth. Furthermore, many members of the speech team received accolades for their superb performance: for Original Oratory, Amy Kang won first place while Chloe Shin was a finalist. Skylar Kim placed first, Amy Choi second, and Noah Kim a finalist for Solo Interpretation. For Poetry, Matthew Kim won second place, while Hope Yoon was a finalist. In Extemporaneous Speaking, Jenny Chung won second place, and Subin Hur was a finalist. Sara Kim placed first in Prose, while Michelle Park and Sally Lee were finalists. Katie Koo was third for Impromptu, while Sally Hong was a finalist. Finally, Leona Maruyama and Erica Lee placed third for Duo Interpretation, while Tiffany Namkoong and Suahn Hur were finalists.

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As a member of the debate team myself, I personally know how hard each of the team members worked to accomplish such great achievements, and how hard everyone who participated must have worked to do so. I hope that in the future competitions, KIS will defend its title.

 

– Ariel Hyunseo Kim (’19)

Korea’s Textbook Change

S. Korea’s Ministry of Education has officially commenced production of new history textbooks.

South Korea’s government has decided to put the production of middle and high school history textbooks under state control. This means that every single student will use the same history textbook. This plan to overhaul the textbook system was driven by the aftermath of a scandal in 2013, in which the Ministry of Education approved a textbook that depicted a distorted view of Korean history.

The minister of the Ministry of Education commented regarding the change, “This was an inevitable choice in order to straighten out historical errors and end the social dispute caused by ideological bias in the textbooks.” This move would end the current system that allows schools to choose their own textbooks from private publishing companies.

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However, there has been some disagreements regarding the change. The change, believed to have been politically motivated by opposition makers, has caught the eye of a democratic party of Korea (New Politics Alliance for Democracy), which insists that, “The Park government is trying to turn history books into government-controlled ones that glorify Japan and dictatorship.” Despite this argument, a prime point that has been brought up to refute this claim was that the new history textbook would prevent children from developing sympathy for North Korea and promote national unity in South Korea.

Another issue at hand was the source of the 4.4 billion budget for the production of the new textbooks. The budget is currently known to have come out of the government’s reserve fund. The very reserve fund that the Korean law allows the government to set aside up to 1 percent of for emergency use. The opposing democratic party (New Politics Alliance for Democracy) once again lambasted this move by saying “[The government] is using tax money set aside for situations like natural disasters to change the textbook for the worse. … The Park Geun-hye administration is undermining the parliament’s rights to set the budget,”

Despite talks amongst the parties, the remaining stages of the plan will continue and the use of the new textbook will be officially implemented starting February 2017.

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– Hyun Jung Choi (‘16)

Recipes for Leftover Halloween Treats

Some tasty treats for all that leftover Halloween candy

Trick or Treat! Halloween is also that time of the year for some delicious snack. Hopefully you’ve earned more treats than tricks from your peer monsters, ghosts, vampires, and fairies. But wait! Don’t fill your tummy with all that sweet junk yet! There are even better, quick and easy recipes that could create the most beautiful harmony from your dozens of treats.

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1) Halloween Candy Bark

Spread some melted chocolate on foil and top it with the chopped up Halloween candy. You can use assorted candy such as but not limited to Snickers, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces and candy corn. In the picture, Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Fast Break Bars and Butterfingers were used.

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Halloween bark (Cooking Channel T.V)

Ingredients:

Assorted Halloween candy, about 15 pieces or packs (1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped candy) 20 ounces milk chocolate

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with foil, shiny-side up; smooth out the creases.

  1. Crush all the candy bars into pieces. (You can put them inside a plastic bag and smash them against the table, or just use a coffee mug to crush them in the bag.)
  2. Put a glass or metal bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir the chocolate until they are melted. But make sure to don’t overheat the chocolate or it will seize.
  3. Remove the bowl from the pan. Spread the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet, into a 10-to-12-inch circle, about 1/4-inch thick.
  4. Assort the candy pieces into the chocolate so that they are all well blended in flavor, color and texture. After that, freeze your chocolate into the refrigerator for 1 hour so they solidify before breaking it into pieces. You can even store the chocolate in a container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks.

 

2) Candy Corn Parfait

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Candy Corn Parfait (My Super Foods blog)

Ingredients:

1 box of instant chocolate pudding (or homemade of course)

1 box of French vanilla pudding (or regular vanilla)

Cocoa Puffs

Whipped cream

Candy corn

Yellow gel golor

Orange gel color

Halloween themed sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Make the chocolate and vanilla pudding. Divide the vanilla in half. If you are using French vanilla, it is already yellow, but if you are using plain vanilla, add a few drops of yellow to it. With the other half, use the orange food coloring to make it orange.
  1. Now all you have to do is create your own layers! The order laid out in the photo is: Cocoa Puffs, yellow pudding, whipped cream, candy corn and Cocoa Puffs, chocolate pudding, orange pudding, candy corn and Cocoa Puffs (again), whipped cream, sprinkles, and a few candy corns for garnish

Then finally chill for about 30 minutes to an hour or until the puddings are set!

 

3) 5-Minute Jolly Rancher Suckers

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Ingredients:

Jolly Rancher

Sucker Sticker

Cookie sheet lined with a baking Mat or Parchment Paper

Directions:

  1. Crush all the candies
  2. On the silicone mat, creatively arrange the candy pieces in any way you want.
  3. Watching, bake the candy in 350º for 3-5 minutes. There will be a small candy puddle and place the sucker sticks into each of them. Roll the sticks in candy to coat the stick.
  4. You can finally cool and peel away the finished lollipops from the silicone mat. 

 

4) Twix Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

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Twix Cheesecake Bars (Bakers Royale)

Ingredients

1 16-oz. package of ready-made chocolate cookie dough

1 16-oz. package of ready-made chocolate chip cookie dough

16 Twix bars (8 packages of regular size bars, containing 2 each)

For the cheesecake: 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup caramel sauce (recipe follows)

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×9 pan with foil so that there is a one-inch overhang on each side. Spray the foil with baking spray. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Using a rolling pin, flatten the chocolate cookie dough into a 9×13 inch rectangle with a 1/4 inch thickness. Also, pinch off bits of chocolate chip cookie dough and drop them on top of the original chocolate cookie dough.
  3. Add cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla and caramel sauce into a small bowl and beat until blended.  
  4. Place Twix bars directly on top of the crust and then pour the cheesecake mixture on top. Sprinkle the remaining crumbles of cookies dough on top of the cheesecake layer with chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  6. Finally, remove the pan from oven and you can cool it!

So do these recipes make your tummy growl? Now stop stuffing yourself with leftover twix bars, candy corns, lollipops, jellies, and chocolates! Just put them altogether into these delightful mix and share them with your friends, families, and teachers! Happy Halloween!

 

– Sammie Kim (’18)

Cracking Your Joints: Is It Safe?

Doesn’t reading the title just make you want to do it?

Who hasn’t cracked their joints at least once in their lifetime? After writing that last word on your AP Lang essay, during a test, or even when you’re just simply bored. If you’re like me, cracking their joints has become an essential, yet trivial, part of your daily routine; it’s a weird habit that just feels strange not to do, whether it be your fingers, toes, neck, or back.  

According to a study done by Gregory N. Kawchuk from the University of Alberta, the popping sound you hear when you crack your knuckles happens because of vapor bubbles between your joints. Essentially, synovial fluids (thick fluid that basically lubricate your joints) are what form the vapor bubbles. When you crack your knuckles, the separation of your joints leads to the deficiency of fluid. So, gas-filled bubbles appear to fill the space and when they pop, that’s when you hear that satisfying sound.

Needless to say, just by the connotation, “cracking your joints”, the action seems quite dangerous. After all, there’s been a debate (and still is) going on about whether cracking your joints causes arthritis or not. Arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, is an “informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease”. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness, ranging from mild all the way to severe. However, people still do crack whatever joint they can, which is understandable. After all, it’s still not proven whether cracking your joints causes arthritis. As Dr. Stephen Kennedy, a hand, wrist, and elbow surgeon states, there has been absolutely no evidence to support the fact that cracking your joints causes arthritis. Either way, some choose to take the safe route and don’t even think about cracking their joints.

There’s a complete division between people who approve and disapprove about cracking your joints. Well, how about KISians? What do they have to say about cracking their joints? Looks like it’s time for some real talk. *gong*

YES: “Let’s crack ALL the joints!”

“I sometimes crack my joints and I don’t think it’s bad for me at all. It’s not scientifically proven. But I just do it when I’m stressed or bored.”

 – William Lee (’18)

“I crack my knuckles all the time. I don’t believe in any of the rumors about how cracking your knuckles is bad for you, because cracking your knuckles is just taking out the oxygen in between your bones. So it doesn’t make your fingers thicker.”

– Emily Lee (‘17)

“It feels good especially for athletes when they crack their knuckles. I don’t think it’s good, but I still do it anyways.”

– Stella Yun (’18)

“Personally, I just like the sound of it.”

– Brian Choi (‘17)

“Well I think that there is no harm in doing it, since there were studies done on it. It can get addicting and could be annoying to others, but I do it often… Some people say that you get arthritis from cracking your knuckles but it has been proved that it doesn’t.”

– Alex Kim (‘17)

NO: “Can you not?!”

“I mean…it sounds like your fingers are just going to pop off. And I’m pretty sure cracking your joints like your knuckles makes your fingers thicker and bent”.

– Grace Kim (’17)

“I don’t crack my joints because it hurts my bone, and I think it makes your finger distorted. I don’t really care about other people doing it but if they do it continuously, like every minute, it’s annoying to hear”.

– Lisa Han (‘17)

“I want to crack my joints but I can’t. People say it feels good so I want to try it but I heard that your fingers might break and get chopped off”.

– Claire Yoon (’18)

“I try not to crack my knuckles because I’m scared my fingers are going to break!”

– Ashley Dhong (‘16)

Whether you’re for or against cracking your joints, both sides can equally be supported. It obviously doesn’t sound right to purposefully make your joints pop, but there has been no proof to establish the fact that cracking your joints lead to any sort of major consequences. Rather, there has been more proof to show that arthritis theories and fat finger theories are all hoax. So to those of you who crack your knuckles: fear not, you’ll be fine. I think. Probably!

 

– Leona Maruyama (‘17)

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API Cross Country Meet in Guam

Get an inside look at KIS’s Cross Country both on and off the course.

“The Guam race was undoubtedly the largest sporting event I have ever participated in and arguably one of the most noteworthy points in KIS Cross Country history.”

– Roger Han

As the fall sports season comes to an end, the Varsity Cross Country runners return from an international meet at Guam highly decorated, and very tan. Two cross country runners, Michelle Kwon (‘18) and Patrick Seong (‘19), received 14th place for girls and 15th place for boys respectively, came back with individual medals. Out of the dozens of teams that participated in this international meet, KIS came in 5th place overall making a mark in the international community.

As these athletes get ready for the season’s end, Blueprint interviewed them on their running accomplishments and their final thoughts on the 2015-16 cross country season.

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  1. How is this year’s cross country different from other seasons?

“I think the main difference between this season’s the past seasons’ Cross Country is that the team is much younger now. For example, this year’s Guam team included runners of all classes, from freshman to senior. In contrast, last year’s team consisted of three seniors, four juniors, and no underclassmen.

“In the past seasons, age hierarchies were strong, but this season, I have been noticing leaderships from all grade levels, whether that involves cheering teammates during races or being unafraid to voice their opinions.”

– Roger Han (’17)

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Captain Jerry Kim

“I think we are much more bonded as a team compared to other previous seasons. As the biggest team by far in KIS, we always faced difficulty having a solid bond in a team. I’ve faced challenges myself as a freshman and a sophomore trying to communicate with older members. Although I can’t really say we are perfectly unified, I can definitely say that we are much better than previous seasons so far. I really do hope that it gets better each year even after I leave. “

– Jerry Kim (’16)

“We as coaches sat down before the season started and mapped out every practice for the entire year. We had a vision going into the season of what we wanted to accomplish and because of it we’ve been a lot more organized and it’s shown in how well we’ve done so far.” – Coach Yanuszeski

  1. How does it feel to get 5th place at Guam, an international cross country race?

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“It’s a fantastic achievement for us and a surprising one, too, because we never expected to fully “compete” in Guam. We truly made history this year, with two of KIS runners earning the Guam award, something that has never happened before. It shows that KIS is now a serious contender among the Pacific schools. Personally, I feel privileged to be a part of the team at this notable moment.”

– Roger Han

“It truly feels awesome. For the first time in KIS history, we have placed 5th place overall out of 26 schools in API. Most of the schools competing there have a yearlong season with runners that run in both cross country and track and field. However, KIS runners have only 2-3 months of season. That just shows how hard and effectively we train during the short time we have compared to those other teams competing at Guam. Just last year, we were happy with placing in top 10 at Guam. Now, we aim higher to be at top 5. We are improving each season. Can’t wait until the next season to see how much better they improve.”

– Jerry Kim

“Finishing 5th overall and beating teams like SAS and HKIS prove that our team has been growing and getting better each year. It also proves we can hang with the big schools.”

– Coach Yanuszeski

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The 2015 XC Team at Guam
  1. Because the cross country team has 60+ members, many say it doesn’t have the same “team” feel, do you agree/disagree?

“I personally disagree, because I don’t think there’s a limit to the size of a team. Cross Country requires lots of motivation and dedication, and I think the runners need those 60+ members to help each other out along the way. During practices, we usually run more than 5k, which means that runners may get isolated and run by themselves. Thankfully, we have such a large team, which allows different groups of people to run together and push each other.”

– Roger Han

“I totally disagree. We are just a big team. It’s easy to think of this team as a huge family with tons of relatives. Although some relatives are closer than others, everyone in the family is special to us. It’s same for the cross country team. Volleyball and Tennis team have small family with just 12 relatives. Cross country just has 60 relatives who are all equally special. Although I do admit that some are closer than others, we have the bond that unites us all because we are a family.”

– Jerry Kim

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“Yeah, the larger a team gets, the harder it is to feel like a family. That’s why we’ve tried to do some team building throughout the year. But at the end of the day everyone goes through the same tough workout and you kind of bond in those hard practices and see the reward in the race.”

– Coach Yanuszeski

“I disagree because I think that when I run, I am running for my team.”

– Beth Purdon

  1. Any tips for future xc runners/those aspiring to make it to Guam next year?

“The trip to Guam is treated as the highlight of many participants, and with such big event comes responsibility and dedication. Runners at Guam represent KIS at an international level, so the participants must be ready to give it their all during races. There is a year of time until next year’s Guam trip, so with enough commitment to running, anyone could make it next year. The ones who have been to Guam multiple times during their Cross Country careers are the ones who love Cross Country and are ready to sacrifice other things for running.”

– Roger Han

“First, train in the off season. Nothing improves your time more than training in the off season. You might be the slowest runner in the team, but you can become a varsity runner just for running in the off season. It can totally change your season. Second, make use of every single practices. We have a very short season. If you start making excuses and skip practices, you will never be able to improve. You should put everything you have in all the practices we have in the season. Third and last, prevent injuries. Injuries can be devastating as it can ruin your season as a whole. Therefore, it is your duty as an athlete to take care of your own body. If you have an inevitable injury, then you should do anything you can to quickly shake it off. Time is the most important factor that coaches consider to choose athletes to go to Guam. Therefore, using these tips can definitely help you to drop your time and enjoy your time at Guam.”

– Jerry Kim

“TRAIN OVER THE SUMMER! That’s the difference. If they are serious about Guam, or making varsity then they have to train over the off-season and show up in shape. People who don’t train tend to break down and we’ve seen that every year.”

– Coach Yanuszeski

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  1. Things you’ll miss most as the season comes to an end?

“I’ll definitely miss running with my teammates the most. I still see my friends and coaches after the season, but I cannot meet with tens of people and experience the pain and joy of running everyday. This is also the reason why I think runners should cherish every single moment of the season, because they’ll never experience anything like a high school Cross Country team after graduation.”

– Roger Han

“I will really miss my team members. I can guarantee that this team has the nicest and the best members out of all teams in KIS. No matter how hard the practices were hard or races were tough, I was able to continue my cross country career because of my team members. I don’t think I’ll able to find a group of people as awesome as the group in this team.”

– Jerry Kim

“The team spirit.”

– Beth Purdon

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The infamous XC bananas.

“All the team bonding Fridays, the bananas after a hard practice, the ice cold Powerades after races, I don’t know… Everything!”

– Anonymous Cross Country Runner

“This is a loaded question…That moment when you see someone accomplish something they never thought they could do, when they rise to the challenge and meet it head on. That feeling everyone gets when they knew they gave it their all and earned that reward and being able to share in those moments with each person on the team… That’s what I will miss most.”

To summarize: “XC members reading this, thank you all.” – Jerry Kim

 

– Juyon Lee (’18)

(Picture credits to Jinny Lee (’16))

Return of the Superheroes

Keep up with your superheroes as new seasons of Gotham, Arrow, and Flash are out for their fall premieres.

It’s fall season and our favorite superheroes are back with more action-packed plotlines and new villains. Few of the highest rating shows we have impatiently awaited that have returned for their brand new seasons are: Arrow, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Flash. Anyone who watches any of these show has to admit that they are one of the most well-made shows all around, from their engaging plots to their memorable characters, no matter the size of their roles. Let’s get into brief recaps of two of these must-watch shows.

 

Arrow aired its new season this week and as usual, was not a letdown. Before I can rave about every part of the show, quick intro for those who are not acquainted with the oh-so-hot #absfordays Oliver Queen: Oliver was known as the Arrow, going around town with his squad (consisting of his girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend, his sister, and his bodyguard turned friend) and saving Starling City and facing many villains and overcoming many deaths and issues with his friends and family. Right before this fall’s season, Oliver faked being evil and emotionless to get into an elite evil mafia/cult-like group who he was apparently destined to be the leader of, to kill the then-current leader. This whole situation strained his relationship with a few people, strengthened some, and he eventually left with the love of his life to retire from being the Arrow. Back to this week’s episode, Starling City is under attack and his squad, left without its founder, is desperately trying to save it as usual until they realize the situation is bigger than they thought. The squad then calls Oliver for help and he reluctantly returns to his suit and arrows. The new villain in town, or should I say, back in town, is Damien Darhk who has made his own troop and has this new seemingly spiritual power that allows him to suck the life out of people. Let’s just say this is just the beginning and things are already started to look complicated and dangerous. Oliver decides to stay and go with a new code name which he has taken 70 episodes to say, “I am the Green Arrow.” So far so good. Arrow’s plotline from its very first season has been sensationally well-thought out (and I thought Smallville was good), so props to the writers for not having turned this superhero show into a hot cheesy mess as it turned out with many before adapted hero TV shows.

 

Gotham is definitely one to rave about. Gotham, as anyone may know, is the name of the city Batman saved and lived in. Remember Detective Jim Gordon? Gotham depicts his younger days working with the police department in the city where criminals lurk everywhere and even run the city. One of the side stories includes showing the life and shaping the future of our favorite Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman, who is just a kid who has lost his parents. There is a new villain in the city who has taken some of the high profile criminals under his wing to make them his personal slaves who do the dirty work. Theo Galavan’s plan is to make his criminals wrek havoc in Gotham so that he can swoop in and ‘save’ the city to be looked as a renown hero. Now the acting job done by the criminals gathered up by Galavan is phenomenal. They are the stars of the season and what makes the show so thrilling and addicting. Every character on this show serves their purpose well and aces every facial expression and embodies their character on a level that cannot be overlooked. Some of the favorites that should be applauded and watched for are: Penguin played by Robin Taylor, Barbara Kean played by Erin Richards, and most of all, the short lived yet most memorable and twisted teen Jerome Valeska who is played by Cameron Monaghan. May I emphasize, Jerome Valeska, playing Theo Galavan who is comparable to a younger version of the Joker, has done an exceptionally sensational job in portraying his character. Watch the clips below. 10/10 for this show and should be on everyone’s list of must-watch TV shows.

 

– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)

Last-Minute Genius D.I.Y Halloween Costumes

Halloween comes in less than a week, don’t have any ideas? No worries, take a look at these super easy DIY Halloween costumes!

October is finally here! It’s only a few weeks before Halloween—the exciting time of the year where you can show off all your creativity, spookiness, and cleverness with your costume. But oops! Don’t have the money to buy a costume? Can’t work with makeup? Or did you already outgrow from your last year’s witch-dress?  Don’t worry. Here are some of the top “genius, witty, humorous, and comfortable” D.I.Y Halloween costume ideas that will take you no more than 5 minute tops.

 

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All you need is your black sharpie, white t-shirt, and that “cool, nonchalant” attitude.

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“Costume Not Found” (Vitello, BuzzFeed News)

 

2. Become a Stick Figure from your old comic book.

Dress up in full white, and with a strip of black duct tape, make yourself some arms, legs, and a spine. Oh and remember to print out your favorite cartoon face!

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Stick Man (Pinterest)

 

3. You can be Max!

Do you remember Where the Wild Things Are from your sweet childhood memories?  Simply jump into your grey hoodie and cut out that big, golden paper crown!

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Max costume (Liao, PopSugar)
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Max (Rice, Pinterest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Boo from Monster’s Inc!

If you’re looking for a cute, girly costume, Boo is here for you. Tie your hair into two adorable pig tails, then slip into your boxy, pink shirt, purple leggings, and white socks. Don’t forget to smile!

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Boo costume (Nicole, Pinterest)

5. Yummy sushi outfit!

If you have any colorful pillows you don’t use anymore, paint them into delicious salmon, tuna, egg, crab, or even mackerel! Then, put black duct tape as the seaweed around your stomach with the pillow at your back. Moreover, white shirt and black leggings will finish the job, adding some sour, white rice to your sushi. Congrats! You are now a walking, talking sushi!

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Salmon Sushi Costume (Mintlaces, Youtube Channel)

 

6. Egg

Pretty self-explanatory – just cut out a piece of yellow, circular paper and paste it on a white shirt. If even this too hard… we don’t know what to tell ya.

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Egg costume (Monalv)

 

7. Sweater Monster

You could turn yourself into a monster in less than a minute! Glue black pupils on your ping-pong balls. Then tape those ping-pong eyeballs onto the back shoulder of a baggy knit-shirt, or any loosely fitting sweater. Pull up your shirt over your head for the final transformation!

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8. Grape

Blow some purple balloons and affix them all over your shirt. You could even collect some green leaves to put them on your head.  

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Balloon Grapes (Liao, PopSugar)

 

9. Ultra-Static Man

Clip on some dryer sheets, shirts, socks, and handkerchief from your laundry for the ultimate, ULTIMATE last minute halloween costume.

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10. Lady Bug

You can be a cute lady bug— just paste some black dots all over a red outfit, and maybe make yourself an antennae with black wire and headband. Get ready to fly!

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Cute Ladybug (Vitello, BuzzFeed News)

So what do you think? These were just some brilliant, clever Halloween costumes recommended by Internet bloggers that you can easily make from your household objects. Happy Halloween!

 

– Sammie Kim (’18)

What’s Up, Freshmen? – Issue 2

On October 14, KIS 9th grade was filled with laughter, jubilance, and anxiousness. While the upperclassmen were taking the PSAT, the freshmen class had the opportunity to embark on what the teachers call ‘the best trip ever in high school’—Everland. This Experiential Education trip was organised by three 9th grade teachers: Ms. Clarke, Mr. Ryther, and Ms. Cuellar. These three teachers, along with several others, dedicated their time to organize not only a time for advisories to bond, but also a day in which students could utilize the core teachings of KIS to everyday challenges.

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This trip was not simply an excitement for the teachers—it was also a source of elation for the students. Through interviewing several freshies, we learned of their anticipation for the trip as well. Susan Cho (‘19) told us that she “expects the EE Trip to have numerous bonding activities, and that she was pretty excited for the trip.” Likewise, Youngsang Ryu (‘19) expressed his ecstasy for the trip, telling us that he was “really enthusiastic about the upcoming scavenger hunt in Everland and that he couldn’t wait until the next morning to go on the trip.” Ryan Koo (‘19) seemed especially enthusiastic about the trip: “I think the trip will be really fun! I’m really excited to attend this trip and take a break from school. I hope that everyone will have tons of fun tomorrow.”

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The trip started with advisories designing flags. Over the two weeks before the trip, 9th grade advisories worked on designing a creative flag that could represent their advisory, which would be ranked in order of best quality. The advisories that created the best flags would have an advantage of starting the race earlier than other advisories. Taking a look at the various flags was exciting, especially because the creativity and effort involved in all of them could be easily observed. AhJin Cho (‘19) told us about the process behind creating her advisory’s flag: “We made a phoenix out of our flag by pasting the pieces together. With the leftover pieces we made feathers, wrote our names on it, and glued to the phoenix.”

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In the beginning of the scavenger hunt, each advisory was given a packet with multiple challenges such as taking photos at specific locations, giving a hug to a random person, riding the T-Express, solving mathematical puzzles, eating a butter-dried octopus in less than five minutes, and many more. These obstacles tested advisories on their teamwork abilities and also their performance of multiple areas of subjects, including math, english and science; however, some were more difficult for others—like riding the T-Express or entering the Horror Maze. Although many were hesitant of riding it, members of all the advisories cooperated, encouraged, and advocated each other to be risk-takers. Several students challenged themselves to face their fears of riding the gigantic roller coaster or of voluntarily stepping into a horridly, dark maze filled with ghosts and jump scares. Susan Cho informed us that she had to “overcome [her] fears” by going into the Horror Maze.

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The Everland trip has proven not only to be the exciting trip that it was expected to be, but also to be one that truly taught students didactic lessons about teamwork. Jenny Woo (‘19) claimed of learning that “communicating and cooperating with your teammates are very important.” AhJin learned “to understand and follow other peoples’ choices that [she] didn’t agree with at first.” With such valuable lessons learned, the freshmen definitely will be able to cooperate and collaborate better together in the future; and, incorporate such lessons to school group projects and presentations to produce the best results.

What's up, Freshmen? Issue 2—Everland

– Ariel Hyunseo Kim (’19) and Sarah Oh (’19)