Last Words from Departing Teachers

Some of KIS’s best teachers say farewell.

The end of the year signals a series of farewells. Farewell to our friends, farewell to the seniors, and also, farewell to some dear teachers. Our KIS teachers care so much for their students, and it is heartbreaking to part with some of our teachers who have been such a huge aspect of our school life. Here’s what some of them had to say.


Mr. Fitzgerald (AP Calculus AB & Pre Calculus)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_18458021251_oWhere are you going now?

“Brasilia, Brazil.”

What is your favorite memory?

I’ve always enjoyed graduation because you get to see all the students that are leaving and you get to see a lot of students that come back.

What will you miss the most?

Soccer field.

Last words?

Enjoy life.


Ms. Gerry (AP Biology & Environment Science)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_17835562113_oWhere are you going now?

I am going to Brasilia, Brazil. The school is called School of the Nations. It’s a bilingual school, and I’ll be teaching secondary science. I’m moving to be with my other half.

What is your favorite memory?

I have sooo many good memories and it’s hard to pick one. But if I had to, I would pick the times I spent with my advisory. My other one would be my first day at KIS, being nervous and not knowing the students yet. It’s an exciting, nerve-wracking kind of day. But it ended up being like I remember thinking at the end of the day that I ‘m gonna be happy here.

What will you miss the most?

My students. All my students. Each one you build a relationship with, they become a part of your experience and life. And it’s not like we can visit each other because I’m moving so far away, so I’ll miss them.

Last words?

Take time to appreciate the little things, and take a deep breath, and realize that everything is going to be all right.



Mrs. Summerton (AP Psychology)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_18268421128_oWhere are you going now?

“I’m going to Singapore. I will be at Singapore American School.”

What is your favorite memory?

“My favorite memories are of all the students that I have gotten to work with who have been amazing and wonderful. But for me personally, since I’ve been at KIS, I’ve been engaged, married, had a baby, and had another baby.”

What will you miss the most?

“I will miss the students the most. Everyday I get to spend time with the sweetest, kindest, and hardest working people that I’ve met.”

Last words?

“Be true to yourself, and be kind to yourself.”



Mr. Williams (Physics)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_18451974322_oWhere are you going now?

I’m going to start a company in Seoul. We’re going to make programmable circuit boards for school projects.

What is your favorite memory?

Bundang is a very beautiful place to live!

What will you miss the most?

I’ll miss the hardworking students.

Last words?

A good science and math background will help you in any field that you want to study.


Other teachers leaving this year include Mr. Drake, Ms. Novak, Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead, Ms. Abukazam, Mr. Jacobusse, and Mr. Bullock.

Teachers, thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication for your students! You were all amazing teachers with a passion for your students and for the subject you taught. We all wish the best in your futures. We’ll miss you and we love you!


KIS students


– Sarah Chin (’16)

The Biggest Throwback Ever

Relive the sweetest parts of your childhood with us.

As high schoolers, we are all terribly engrossed in our respective responsibilities, athletics, and academics. But it’s time to forget about all that for a short moment, and remember our favorite childhood shows! #hakunamatata #thefeeeeels

1. Kim Possible

  • EM. GEE. Kim Possible was every little kid’s role model. I mean, just think: the gadgets, the sass, the flips, and not to mention the CUTEST relationship with her sidekick Ron Stoppable? As little children, we watched Kim Possible struggle through her normal school life with rivals and drama, and then kick butt against the evil Dr. Drakken and Shego, all beside her best friend and later boyfriend, Ron (don’t forget Rufus, the naked mole rat).

“I love how her upper lip is so much more defined than her lower lip. Oh, and I miss her gadgets!” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“I like how she’s a cheerleader. And I miss Ron Stoppable. We shipped them before shipping was a thing.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

“She is life. She will be there. Don’t you know? Call me beep me when you wanna reach me.” (Wesley Lee, ‘16)

2. Suite Life of Zack and Cody

  • It wouldn’t be a complete list without the Tipton! Who didn’t watch these two crazy, funny twins wreak havoc upon the Tipton hotel? Who doesn’t remember Mr. Moseby’s “NO RUNNING IN THE LOBBY”? Who could forget the hilarious relationship between poor Maddie and rich London? No one!

“You could see their evolution. Like seriously we watched Zack and Cody from when they were like little kids until they were high schoolers.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

“Zack and Cody! Ahhh!” (Kyle Shin, ‘16)

“I wish it was still playing. It feels like I grew up along with them in the Tipton.” (Taeshin Lee, ‘16)

“When I came home I used to just sit down and turn on the television and just watch Zack and Cody for hours and hours.” (Jennifer Lim, ‘17)

  1. High School Musical
  • The original high school romance: High School Musical. There are almost no words to describe the effect these movies had on the world. The perfect amount of drama, love, and random singing to truly define what the perfect high school life would be. We watched the new kid, Gabriella Montez, and the school’s superstar, Troy Bolton, overcome all obstacles and status quos through singing and love, slowly maturing into the adults they became when they graduated tearfully from their high school musical. Why can’t all high schools be like East High?

“What time is it? SUMMERTIME! Haha I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing that.” (Michelle Park, ‘16) 

“It built up my fantasy for what high school would be about.” (Lina Oh, ‘16)

“I liked the music and it’s like really bright.” (Tommy Choi, ‘16)

“It’s such a romantic high school life.” (Kyle Shin, ‘16)

  1. Danny Phantom
  • Danny Phantom was brave, strong, kind, and honest. He was basically the perfect guy (a little dorky, but still). On top of that, he had ghost “phantom” powers to combat any evil ghost! Not to mention, he made the most adorable couple with his best friend Sam! 

“I had the biggest crush on Danny Phantom!” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“He was so cute!” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • As a kid, one of the greatest adventures we could possibly dream of was the journey of the avatar to save the world from the fire nation. We eagerly watched wistfully as Aang, Katara, Toph, Sokka, Appa, Momo, and eventually Zuko, bonded through hardships for the sake of regaining peace within the world.

“‘But everything changed when the fire nation attacked.’ Oh my god. Because of this, when I was younger, I used to practice, hoping water would move.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)

“Avatar morally shaped my childhood. I learned so many lessons about friends and life. Like, I wanted to be Katara so much. She was my role model.” (Jaye Ahn, ‘16)

“I liked how they used elemental powers against each other.” (Jinny Lee, ‘16)

“It was nice.” (Brian Kim, ‘16)

  1. Jake the American Dragon
  • Asians represent, am I right? Jake the American Dragon was super chill and funny, but at the same time, amazingly cool with his transformation into a dragon! Come on, as a kid, didn’t we all wish to have the ability to become a fire-breathing dragon? And Rose with Jake was literally the cutest thing of the century!

“Oh, he was hella cute.” (Jaye Ahn, ‘16)

“Jake was adorable I wanted him to be my little brother.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)


  1. Xiaolin Showdown
  • Xiaolin Showdown was a rare jewel, but if you watched it, you know of the absolute joy it brought you as a kid. As the Chosen Ones, Omi, Kimiko, Raimundo, Clay, and their dragon Dojo, fight evil villains for the possession of powerful items. Mystical and exciting, this was a show that portrayed strong friendships and depth in the storyline.

“It was my childhood Adventure Time. It was so thrilling and adventurous and it got me so pumped!” (Jaye Ahn, ‘16) 

“It was cool! There was a lot of fighting and it was unique, like how they had to fight for the items.” (Agnes Kim, ‘16)

  1. Teen Titans
  • “When there’s trouble you know who to call, Teen Titans!” Robin, the brave leader, Beastboy, the comedian, Cyborg, the half-robot, Starfire, the pretty alien, and Raven, the meditator. These heroes saved the world each episode, with hilarious chemistry and teamwork. Every kid wanted to join the titans and become heroes too!

 “I like Robin the best.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“Beastboy was the funniest, Robin was the cutest, and Starfire was the prettiest” (Michelle Park. ‘16)

“Slade was the best bad guy ever.” (Agnes Kim, ‘16)

“Titans, go!” (Irene Lee, ‘16)

  1. That’s So Raven
  • Raven, the girl who can see into the future, always got herself into weird chaos that was resolved way too comically. The Baxter family, Eddie, and Chelsea always found ways to make us laugh when we were kids! Don’t you miss her sass and spunk?

“It has an iconic theme song.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

“Ya nasty! Haha, I always say that.” (Michelle Park, ‘16)


  1. Code Lyoko
  • A virtual world became a reality in Code Lyoko, as Jeremy, Ulrich, Yumi, Odd, and Aelita battled through monsters in the digital Lyoko to stop electrical attacks from the evil Xana. This show was amazing, with the complex plot and true bonding between the friends.

“The music was very cool. It was so futuristic. I remember the little spider with the crystal things! My favorite character was the ninja guy!” (Taeshin Lee, ‘16)

Aahh… Memories… Doesn’t this take you back? Remember to add these shows to your to-watch-in-senior-second-semester list so you have something to look forward to! (Or to your to-watch-when-procrastinating list HAHA). Because every once in a while in the midst of our busy lives, it feels good to go back to the past and remember what used to easily entertain us for hours on end: superheroes, special powers, and epic villains.

– Sarah Chin (’16)

Sarah Chin’s Guide to Becoming a Regular

I’ll have the usual.

Imagine this scenario:

You walk into your favorite cafe and smile at the worker, whose name you know to be, let’s say, Jimmy. 
You say, “Hey Jimmy, I want my regular today.”
Jimmy smiles and says, “Hi! It’s good to see you again. Sure, no problem. Oh hey, we got a new menu item today. I’ll just throw it in for free, only for you, what do you say?”
You laugh and say, “Thanks Jimmy! You’re the best! I’ll see you later!”
Take a deep, comforting sigh, because you know this is where you belong.


Becoming a regular customer at a cafe or restaurant. It’s everyone’s dream, right? But getting noticed by the workers requires a lot of commitment. Don’t worry, it’s not that much work! (Trust me, this is from years of experience.) Here are some steps you can follow so that you can start getting all that free food!

1. Pick the right place.


This is actually the most important step. You need to find a restaurant or a cafe that is perfect for you. Now, it can’t just be anywhere. You need to think about the location, taste, and price. Ask yourself ‘Will I really eat here often?’ Pick a place near your home, school, or hagwon, basically a place where you can make it a routine to go to. But remember to make sure that you enjoy the food they sell, and avoid selecting places that have a limited menu (because you’re going to be eating there pretty often). Lastly, think of the price, and find a place that doesn’t charge 7,000 won for a cup of mediocre coffee. Basically, don’t choose that 5-star restaurant two hours away. Go for the nearest coffee shop you would love to study in! Carefully consider your options, and go with your gut feeling!

2. Smile at the workers!

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Okay, you’ve entered your chosen destination, and now you have to make the best first impression you could possibly make in your life. This is the start! So, before you say anything, smile at the workers, laugh if something funny happens, and follow up on any jokes that they tell. This will take a lot of effort, but you have to show that you are an open, welcoming person. Have fun with this, and things will just start to flow.

3. Return often, and at regular times.


In order to become a regular customer with the benefits, you have to put in some work of your own. Invest in the restaurant or cafe, and visit their shop frequently! Even if you swing buy to buy something on the go, the workers will remember that and start to realize what a valuable customer you are! Also, it helps to visit at specific times. That way, the same workers will most likely be there, and thus they will be more likely to remember you.

4. Be memorable.


You have to differentiate yourself from all those other customers who don’t come regularly like you do. It might be hard for employees to recognize you otherwise. So, first, wear memorable attire. Whether it be a backpack, a big jacket, sweatpants, or a hat, make sure that you wear something consistently whenever you visit the shop. If they have trouble recognizing your face, they will definitely recognize your clothes. It could even be a cool conversation-starter! Second, you could make memorable impressions through your actions. It’s simple, just do something that other customers don’t! For example, you could trip, drop your money, or speak a different language. Even though it might be embarrassing, it will definitely catch the eyes of the employees. Lastly, you need to order consistently as well. However, there is a more complex aspect to this strategy. Order something consistently, but make it a unique item. For example, if you want a vanilla latte, you could say “vanilla latte with extra cream” or “iced vanilla latte with less ice and more milk”. Then you’ll be ingrained in their memories forever, and every time you come, your ‘regular’ will be that quirky, unique item.

5. Make them know you’re worth it!.


You have to prove to the workers that you are worth investing in! Nothing is better than a customer who attracts other customers, right? So, bring your friends along! Plus, you can act more natural when you are with your friends, and that might make you more likable and could even break awkwardness between you and the workers. You could also order a lot of food. This makes you memorable, yes, but also shows that you are a precious customer who will contribute a lot to the survival and success of the shop itself! They will also trust that if they give you some extra service free food, you will be able to finish it all. And come on, you know that if you buy a lot of food, the workers are in a better mood automatically.

Are you ready? Prepped with all the right steps, go out there and start the journey to fulfilling your dream of becoming a regular! Soon, you’ll be getting free food and maybe even contact information from the workers! It’s the perfect win-win situation, so get started now!


– Sarah Chin (’16)
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How To Diet

Ready for a healthier lifestyle? Here are some tips from our very own senior fitness gurus at KIS to help you with your diet.

It’s not about losing weight, becoming skinny, or gaining muscle. A diet is a holistic experience of subtle changes in food choices, workout schedules, and positive thinking. The result is more confidence, strength, and health! We all know it’s so hard to maintain a changed lifestyle, because of all the junk food, urges to be lazy, and busy schedules. But the senior class is somehow keeping up with their diets, and the results are obvious! We asked a few seniors for diet tips, and here’s what they have to say to you.

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Having a routine makes it easier to keep up with a changed lifestyle. Soon enough, your new lifestyle will seem like you’ve lived healthy all your life!

“Set time for when you eat and when you workout. Workout at around hungry hours because working out suppresses hunger. I just workout from 3-5 so I’m not munching on snacks, but burning calories! Set times for when you eat too. I eat breakfast always in my first block, lunch during advisory, and dinner right after I workout. That way, I don’t eat anything past about 6:30.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Staying motivated is important for you to continue your diet! The moment you lose motivation for a healthy lifestyle, you will start to lose self-control and fall vulnerable to cravings!  

“Have a cheat day every week so you don’t get burnt out and so you have motivation to eat healthy today, keeping that really good meal at the end of the week in mind!” – Jasmine Lee (‘15)


“As for motivation, I don’t know, I just feel lighter and happier because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT so I just don’t want anything from keeping me going. Having a cheat day once a week is definitely helpful. You satisfy all your cravings and you have something to look forward to in a week. For example, when you see your friends eating pizza, you think ‘It’s okay, I can eat that in 3 days. I can resist the urge.’ I think eating healthy all the time is quite impossible.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Eating is important, but exercising and working out are necessary for a strong body! Plus, exercise makes you happier!  

“Work out everyday!” – Annie Na (‘15)


“Always do both muscle-building and cardio together so if you get tired of one thing you can do the other, and they’re both helpful in different ways.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Remember, you are what you eat, so make sure to be careful of what you eat. Although healthy food may not be as tasty as fried chicken, it’s much better for you, and you’ll feel happier eating what is good for you! Search up healthy recipes, and start making those green smoothies!  

“I started meal prepping, which is when you prepare all or most of your meals one day for the rest of the week, so I don’t have an excuse to not eat healthy. And when you eat out try to get the healthiest thing.” – Shana Yun (‘15)


“No fried food. Try to have a big breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner. And no snacks in between.” – Annie Na (‘15)


“Everyday I bring to school a bowl of vegetables so if I get REALLY HUNGRY before or after lunch then I can eat that instead of going down to the cafeteria to buy an energy bar or something (they’re unhealthier than you think). Also, cut out anything fried or sweet during your non-fat days, and definitely don’t drink soda. If you start cutting out things from your diet on non-fat days, you’re not even going to want it on your fat day after you realize how good you feel without it and how unhealthy it is. Logging your food is a great idea so you know just how much you’re eating everyday.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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One of the most underrated aspects of a healthy lifestyle is drinking water. You must, must drink water constantly throughout every day!  

“Drink lots of water.” – Annie Na (‘15)


“WATER. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS drink water. Your goal is to have a water bottle at all times. It flushes toxins out of your system quickly and keeps you from getting hungry often. And plus, it makes your skin look nice.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Last but not least, sleep is very important for the body to rest and recuperate. All of the previous tips would lose meaning if you’re always tired and don’t get enough of REM sleep. Sleep!  

“SLEEP. Sleep is important for a healthy diet. You’re less likely to lose weight if you sleep less than 5 hrs a night.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

  *Extra: check out for healthy tips, recipes, and workout videos!   So there you have it. Tips for a diet. But above all, remember that it’s for your benefit, so do your best, and enjoy it!

– Sarah Chin (’16)
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JooBang: The Place of Dreams (and Lunch)

Come one, come all, to the hallowed bang of Joo.

Joobang: The sanctuary of Mr. Joo.

Are you tired of the cafeteria food? Have you ever wanted a place to eat lunch peacefully? Do you like Mr. Joo’s taste in music? Then come to Joobang! Mr. Joo’s room, on the first floor of the HS Building, is always open every high school lunch for students to, well, just chill. They are free to do whatever they wish, whether it’s studying, eating, chatting, watching a movie, or asking the sagacious Mr. Joo for life advice.

(Sarah Chin, ’16) 

Why do people choose to go to Joobang? We asked some of the Joobang “regulars” and here’s what they had to say.


“If I don’t have Joobang I don’t know where I’ll be. The one time it was closed when Mr. Joo was gone, I was so upset. It’s the one place where I get to see my friends all at one place, and a place to chill after a long day. I like how Mr. Joo really doesn’t care what we do. And I like his music.”

  • Jaye Ahn (‘16)


“I come for the music and people. I also feel healthier eating my mom’s food rather than the MSG-infested JJ catering food.”

  • Faith Choi (‘16)


“Well, my table isn’t very active anymore and the cafeteria or library is too loud so I can’t hear people talk. And, it’s closer to classes, because I mean the cafeteria is literally underground.”

  • Daisy Kim (‘16)


“Cuz it’s quiet, it’s chill, and it’s not crowded.”

  • Jiyoung Choi (‘16), Junghyun Kim (‘16), Nicole Son (‘16)


“I come just to chill. I do my homework or just talk with friends. I don’t like [the] atmosphere at the library and how I have to put my bag in the cabinet.”

  • Austin Kim (‘16)


Nothing but smiles!: Do you want to see this beautiful face every day? Do you want to listen to his amazing taste in music! Get your butt over to Joo Bang to check the scene out for yourself! (Sarah Chin, ’16)

A chill atmosphere, no restrictions, good music. The best place to spend lunch! But how did it start? Let’s ask the man himself, Mr. Joo, for how this came to be.

BP: What made you start eating lunch in your room?

MJ: “I gotta spend 5 minutes to walk to the cafeteria and back, and then wait in the Deli line for 10 minutes only to be told that they’re out of kimbab. That’s 20 minutes out of my 35 minutes gone! So I just started packing my own lunch.”


BP: How did students start coming in?

MJ: I didn’t ask them, but people just started coming in one day. Every year, there is a group of 10 or so people who are the unofficial residents.


BP: What do you like about Joobang?

MJ: “It has a lively good vibe, and it’s usually former Joochem people so we can chat about stuff. It gives us a chance to rant, and it’s a nice amount of free time just to talk about non-school academics.”


BP: What do you not like about Joobang?

MJ: “I like everything.”


BP: Do you have any other comments?

MJ: “No.”


Well, there you have it. A place for laughter, peace, and de-stressing music.

(Sarah Chin, ’16) 

Come one, come all, to Joobang.

– Sarah Chin (’16)

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Cafe Studying: A Dilemma

To cafe study or to not, that is the question.


Cafe studying is a very common activity seen in Korea. People who can’t focus at home choose to study at their local cafes, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone. But, really, how effective is this method of studying? Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of cafe studying.



Studying at home is hard, partly because it is so easy to become distracted! While there may be plenty who can study efficiently at home, most can’t resist the calling of their TV, or the internet. But, at a cafe, there is really nothing else to do but study. Furthermore, scrolling through websites such as Facebook is less likely in a cafe environment because of self-consciousness: you get embarrassed to be seen in a public place surrounded by studying material, but casually scrolling through pictures.


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Studying is energy-consuming, and studying at a cafe provides easy access to high quality snacks! Waffles, toast, sandwiches, cake, and more are right there for you. Furthermore, if you need the little caffeine boost, a variety of smooth, rich coffee is readily available!



If you like to study in groups, studying at a cafe is easiest! It could be located at a convenient middle point between houses so that you can spend less time on transportation. Also, unlike libraries, cafes have an environment where you can talk and laugh with ease. If there’s a group project that needs to be completed, cafes are the perfect place to discuss ideas and cooperate!




Yes, cafes are great for studying, but honestly, proper etiquette would be to buy something each time you go there to study. This could pile up, and all your allowance money would fly out the window!



Cafes are, in the end, public places. So, often, it’s inevitable that the cafe you always go to will be too crowded and have no seats. Even if you do find seats, you might not be able to concentrate with the roaring laughter and gossiping chit-chat going on around you.


So, cafes are for you when…

  • You’re always distracted by endless Buzzfeed videos, Tumblr, Facebook, 9gag, etc.
  • You find yourself taking many, many trips to the refrigerator.
  • You live in Seoul, and have a group project with people who live in Bundang (or vice versa).
  • You have a gift card to a cafe for your birthday present.
  • You have a pair of really good headphones.
  • You like to study often with friends.
  • You love coffee.

But, in the end, whenever it comes to studying, you do you and study however and wherever you want!

– Sarah Chin (’16)

Banners by Yunji Lee (’16)

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Cures For Your Sweet Tooth

The #TREATYOSELF saga continues.

Cake, cookies, ice cream. YUM. Every once in a while, you need to #TREATYOSELF to a sweet snack. We asked some students for their favorite sweet treats and found recipes so you can make it yourself!


“Brownies!” (Ji Sun Jeon, ‘17)

Simple brownies are rich, decadent, and full of chocolate. A perfect snack for when you’re running low on energy and happiness.

You will need:

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

¼ tsp baking powder

⅓ cup cocoa powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
  2. Blend the oil and sugar until they are well mixed
  3. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients (baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, flour) together separately.
  5. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients and blend until the batter comes together.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×9 pan (if you double the recipe, use 9×13 pan and bake for longer)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, cool the brownies, and enjoy!


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Two Peas & Their Pod

“Chocolate sea salt caramel cookies.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

Mmmm, now that sounds good. What is this delectable treat? Warm, chewy, rich cookies that are all gooey with caramel, with a surprise of salt for extra flavor.


You will need:

1 ¼  cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

5 tbsp butter

7 tbsp cocoa

⅔ cup sugar

⅓ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup plain yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Soft caramels (rolled into little balls)

Sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  2. Sift and mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Separately, melt butter over a saucepan. Removing it from the heat, stir in cocoa and sugars until it looks kind of like wet sand.
  4. Mix in the yogurt and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients and continue to mix
  6. Wrap the cookie dough around the balls of caramel and sprinkle sea salt over each one.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, cool cookies, and enjoy!


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“Umm peppermint cookie thing. Oh wait, it’s.. ahh peppermint bark!” (Lina Oh, 11)

What is peppermint bark? Only the easiest, but most delicious snack for lovers of the chocolate-peppermint pairing! A layer of bittersweet dark chocolate, a layer of buttery white chocolate, and a layer of crunchy zingy peppermint. The perfect combination.


You will need:

12 oz plain white chocolate

12 oz plain dark chocolate

½ cup crushed peppermint candy


  1. First, line a 9×12 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate. You can use the double boiler for this, where you boil a pot of water and place a heat-proof bowl over it, constantly stirring until the chocolate is smooth. Or, you could microwave the chocolate 15-20 seconds and a time, stirring in between.
  3. Spread a layer of the dark chocolate in the pan.
  4. Now, melt the white chocolate using whichever method you prefer.
  5. Quickly, while the chocolate is still hot, pour the mixture over the dark chocolate.
  6. Put peppermints into a ziploc bag, and crush with a rolling pin or a hammer.
  7. Sprinkle the crushed peppermints over the chocolate
  8. Put in the refrigerator to harden. Once it’s ready, break them apart and enjoy!

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Whatever the case, remember to take a break once in a while from vigorous studying, and indulge your sweet tooth! All these recipes await you! YUM.
– Sarah Chin (’16)

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Junior Year : Crunch Time

It’s the most dreaded year in high school.

Junior year. The most dreaded year in high school. Freshmen hear of the horrors, sophomores cower at the imminent dangers, and seniors pity the victims. But what exactly makes junior year such a formidable enemy? 

Now, the second semester marks the arrival of many deadlines, and suddenly the to-do list increases ten-fold. The juniors have so much on their mind at this point. Imagine yourself in their shoes: 

You have schoolwork to worry about: the normal homework load of any other high schooler. Add on two, three, or even four AP courses, and the homework burden just about doubles, increasing the struggle to maintain a good GPA. Not to mention studying for the SATs, SAT subject tests, ACTs, and the upcoming AP tests. Then, of course, who can forget the extracurricular activities, like volunteer work, music, and sports? But, the worst of the stress is worrying about the future, weighing your options for the classes to take next year, or more ominously, future majors or university options. With all this, along with the burden of maintaining a healthy social life, how do the juniors survive?


So, juniors and future-juniors, here are some suggestions on how to survive:


1. Take things slow!

There is nothing worse than trying to finish everything all at once. You would just get overridden with stress! Take things slow, one homework assignment at a time, one life goal at a time. This way, you will get work done without additional stress! #yougotthis

2. Don’t get distracted!

It’s your junior year! You need to focus! When you relax, relax completely without thinking of school! But when you have to study, study hard! Don’t try to study while scrolling through Facebook! #focus

3. Stay healthy!

It’s dangerous for juniors to sacrifice health for school. I mean, honestly, getting sick would just make you miss school and the additional makeup work would only add on to the loads of assignments already given to you. Eat healthy meals, don’t splurge on junk food, and exercise as much as your busy schedule allows. This will only help you study more efficiently! #healthyeating

4. Sleep! (Seriously.)

I know, shut up, right? But, really, sleep is vital for success in junior year! If you must stay up late one night, try and make it up the night after, or during the weekend! Think of your body, and sacrifice that extra facebook time for sleep! #sleepislife

5. Study with friends!

Having a hard time maintaining a social life? It’s okay! Just study with friends! Motivate each other to study hard, and then relax together after it’s over! #amigos

6. Stay strong and motivated!

You can do it! Just push through and you’ll be in college in no time! Remember, senior second semester awaits you! #YOLO


So, there you have it, how to survive junior year. Yes, despite all these suggestions, junior year will still be extremely difficult to withstand. But, keep in mind that this year is, in a sense, an opportunity. An opportunity to shine, to break free from the expectations, and to choose your own path in this world. This year, juniors will make choices that will affect their futures, and bravely accept whatever life offers. This year, juniors mature into young adults.

So, let’s survive well, junior class. It’s crunch time.

– Sarah Chin (’16)


How to #YOLO Valentine’s Day 2k15

After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?

Illustration by Irene Jung (’16)

February 14, Valentine’s Day! The one day when boys and girls finally release their built up courage to express their love towards one another. The one day when chocolates are boldly given away to loved ones. The one day when new couples form and old couples rekindle their waning passions.

Or at least, it should be.

Valentine’s Day in KIS is sadly treated almost as any other day. The majority ignores the existence of such a day. Why is this? Students are so burdened with stress that the romance and excitement of the day are usually hidden under the daily struggles of homework, tests, and projects. KIS could use a change in the way we perceive Valentine’s Day. Conveying love and gratitude from one person to another should be a simple and natural course of action. With the help of KISRAK’s loving spirit, this year’s Valentine’s Day will hopefully consist of more spirit and enthusiasm. Let us not see the day as daunting or useless, but rather as an opportunity to brighten up someone’s day. 

Be brave, and be loving!

Here are some steps to a great Valentine’s Day!

1. Prepare homemade chocolates!

Nothing says “I love you” more than personally created works of delicious art! Rather than store-bought chocolates, homemade chocolates are preferred as a gift. It shows that you put in effort and love into each chocolate.

2. Dress for the occasion!

The way a person dresses can predispose the attitude for the day. Wear sweatpants, and you’ll feel comfortable and at home. Wear jeans, and you’ll be ready for a casual day. Wear a skirt or a nice collared shirt, and you’ll be ready to flirt and have a good day.

3. Smile!

Feeling nervous before the big moment? Smile, and you’ll feel more relaxed! You will also seem more approachable and sincere.

4. Have courage!

Finally, pluck up your courage and ask away! You have nothing to lose, right? Expressing your feelings is what high school is all about! #YOLO

Good luck everyone!

– Sarah Chin (’16)

Header: Irene Jung (’16)

Freedom of Speech : Charlie Hebdo

How free is freedom of speech?

Moral Low Ground

On Wednesday, January 7, the world was shocked with the news of a terrorist attack in France at the magazine Charlie Hebdo building. After killing 12 people, including cartoonists, the editor, and police officers, the gunmen exited. According to NBC news, witnesses have stated hearing the attackers shout “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great”. The motive is assumed to be the satirical caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that Charlie Hebdo had published. Three years ago, similarly, Charlie Hebdo was firebombed for the same reason. Gravely affronted by the attack on freedom of speech, Paris is currently on guard and focused on finding these terrorists.

The recent event has sparked mass demonstrations throughout the world both in support and against Charlie Hebdo. The supporting protests in Europe are proclaiming the rights for freedom of expression, while the many Palestinians against it are exclaiming over the disrespect shown by the magazine in their offensive publications of the Prophet Mohammed.

Charlie Hebdo

Furthermore, after the attack, Charlie Hebdo had published another controversial “survivor” issue that further angered Muslims around the world. The largest one in Karachi, the demonstrations depicted the anger of Muslims and their desire for respect towards their beliefs. They are protesting against the magazine itself, and some are going as far as to boycott European imports altogether.

Not only Muslims, but other faiths have also expressed discontent with the magazine’s outspoken insults towards another religion, as they are notorious for a sharp tongue against other religious groups. Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s Orthodox Church, although expressing clear opposition to terrorism, also voiced disdain for offending religions.

It is during times like these when freedom of speech is questioned and tested. Many from western backgrounds believe strongly in the individual rights of men, but is there a limit? Charlie Hebdo had rights to publish whatever they so desired under the idea of freedom of speech, but by doing so, offended many around the world, which thus led to retaliation and terrorism. According to Huffington Post, the Pope stated that insulting one’s religion can be compared to insulting one’s mother, which would cause hurt and defensive behavior.

A similar case of questioning freedom of rights could be seen in the Snyder vs. Phelps case against the Westboro Baptist church, where Phelps was sued for causing disruptions and insulting the Snyder family during the funeral of the Marine son, but was victorious as a result of freedom of speech.

Indeed, how far is too much? But, on the other hand, the attackers in this terrorist incident resorted to violence and murders, including those of innocent lives. There is no correct answer, but recent events with Charlie Hebdo incite curious reflection on freedom of speech.

– Sarah Chin (’16)

Header: The Telegraph