iHeart Radio Awards 2015 Nominations/Winners

Check out this year’s honorable nominees.

On March 29th, 2015, the second annual iHeartRadio awards was presented on NBC. The iHeartRadio awards portray the renowned artists’ successes this past year and is a “true reflection of a banner year for female artists”. Hosted by Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx, the show included many impressive performances by artists ranging from Rihanna to Madonna with Taylor Swift. Here’s a list of nominees and winners organized by categories according to http://news.iheart.com and http://www.usmagazine.com.


Best Lyrics

“All of Me” — John Legend

“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift — WINNER

“Counting Stars” — OneRepublic

“Habits (Stay High)” — Tove Lo

“Stay With Me” — Sam Smith

“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year

“Don’t Tell ‘Em” — Jeremih featuring YG — WINNER

“Drunk in Love” — Beyonce featuring Jay Z

“Flawless” — Beyonce

“Loyal” — Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga

“New Flame” — Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross

Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea


Sam Smith — WINNER

Cole Swindell

Meghan Trainor

Country Song of the Year

“Bartender” — Lady Antebellum

“Burnin’ It Down” — Jason Aldean — WINNER

“Dirt” — Florida Georgia Line

“Give Me Back My Hometown” — Eric Church

“Play It Again” — Luke Bryan

Best Fan Army

5SOSFAM — 5 Seconds of Summer — WINNER

Arianators — Ariana Grande

Bey Hive — Beyonce

Team Breezy — Chris Brown

Sheerios — Ed Sheeran

Church Choir — Eric Church

Directioners — One Direction

Selenators — Selena Gomez

Mendes Army — Shawn Mendes

Swifties — Taylor Swift


Best Collaboration

“Bang Bang” — Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — WINNER

“Dark Horse” — Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

“Fancy” — Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

“Problem” — Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea

“Talk Dirty” — Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz


Iggy Azalea

Charli XCX

Brantley Gilbert — WINNER


Meghan Trainor

Dance Song of the Year

“Animals” — Martin Garrix

“Blame” — Calvin Harris featuring John Newman

“La La La” — Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith

“Summer” — Calvin Harris — WINNER

“Waves” — Mr. Probz


Alternative Rock Song of the Year

“Come With Me Now” — KONGOS

“Do I Wanna Know?” — Arctic Monkeys

“Fever” — The Black Keys

“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters

“Take Me to Church” — Hozier — WINNER

Song of the Year

“All About That Bass” — Meghan Trainor

“All of Me” — John Legend

“Happy” — Pharrell Williams

“Shake It Off” — Taylor Swift — WINNER

“Stay With Me” — Sam Smith

Artist of the Year

Iggy Azalea

Luke Bryan

Ariana Grande

Sam Smith

Taylor Swift – WINNER

– Minji Kim (’17)
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10 Healthy, Yummy, and Easy To Make Snacks


Do you get hungry often? Do you feel tired? Do you need food to concentrate? If so, you might want to try carrying around some healthy snacks. Snacking helps you stay nourished and full the entire day, and contrary to widespread belief, has been proven to help with weight loss. Eating 5 or more small meals a day (3 main meals, 2 snacks) instead of 3 heavy ones increases your metabolism and prevents you from overeating. The key is to eat before you’re crazy hungry and to eat healthy. Nowadays, because processed and malnutritious foods are terribly common, healthy snacking is a good way to stay energized and provide ourselves with necessary nutrients. And since KIS students are extremely busy, snacks should be convenient for on-the-run eaters. So, without further ado, here are some healthy, scrumptious, and easy to make snacks:

1. Apples With Peanut Butter

16854603019_877af8ce23_oApples and peanut butter make a great combination. Just like the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, apples have many vitamins and antioxidants that can prevent numerous diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Peanut butter also has a lot of protein —just remember not to eat too much of it! To make this snack, simply cut up some apples, scoop a spoonful of peanut butter onto your plate (to control portions), and dip your apples into your peanut butter. 

2. Granola Bars

16853025688_dd99a0d9f6_oLooking for a snack you can bring to school? Granola bars are the perfect fit: wrapped, solid and small! They have lots of oats, nuts, and fruits that will fill you up. The best part is that there are many different kinds, so you have a variety of flavors to choose from. Just remember to check your allergies and the sugar content before you buy one.


3. Smoothies

16833405107_46b3f4869e_oSmoothies are very healthy and heavy enough to keep you full. In addition, it’s quite a time efficient treat. Just throw the ingredients into the blender, blend it, then pour it in a cup. Not to mention, you can personalize your smoothie according to your likes and dislikes. You can put in basically anything you want, but the most mouthwatering smoothies will have one handful of greens (kale, spinach, etc), one fruit depending on the size (bananas, berries, etc), and one to two cups of liquid that serves as a base (water, milk, etc).

*Tip: add lemon juice to your smoothie to mask the bitter tastes of certain green vegetables!


4. Banana And Peanut Butter

16420663223_0b2db4f510_oThis snack is for those with an incurable sweet tooth. Bananas and peanut butter make a very sweet yet healthy snack that can help soothe your candy and baked goods cravings. Bananas have lots of potassium and vitamins, and they help maintain your blood pressure and heart health. Although pretty self explanatory, to fix up your serving of bananas and peanut butter, simply spread some peanut butter onto your banana. To turn this snack into a meal, you can add some sliced bread to make a sandwich and spread the peanut butter on the bread instead of on the banana.


5. Yogurt And Fruits

17039980181_9fd38bd8a0_oYogurt contains a lot of vitamins and probiotics. It can help with intestinal problems and the maintenance of a lean figure. If you want to get even healthier, replace regular yogurt with greek yogurt, which has less fat and more protein. If you don’t like the taste of yogurt because you think it’s too bland, try adding fruits to add more flavor and sweetness.


6. Nuts

16418379884_4031df138b_oNuts are also a great snack to bring to school. They’re nutritious and they don’t spoil in a short amount of time. Nuts are also a great substitute for chips; they have a lot of Vitamin E, unsaturated fats, and omega 3 fatty acids. Just grab a handful and place them in a ziplock bag to make an instantly travel-friendly snack or stop by your market to purchase packaged nuts.


7. Tuna Stuffed Celery

16418383984_5e3b9682ed_oThis snack can be turned into a meal by increasing the quantity of the ingredients. Celeries are very low calorie vegetables that include lots of dietary fibers and antioxidants. Tuna is a lean protein that enables you to consume protein without also consuming a lot of fat, like red meats do. Grab a can of tuna, drain out the oil (do not eat this, it’s basically oil mixed with chemical preservatives to help the tuna last longer), and scoop some onto the celery. You can also add a small dollop of mayonnaise or other sauces/condiments if you’re not keen on veggie-eating.


8. Cream Cheese And Cucumber Sandwich

16853021208_96b21c191c_oAlso wholesome enough to eat as a meal, a cream cheese and cucumber sandwich provides you with most of the necessary nutritions. Spread the cream cheese thinly on a piece of whole wheat bread (whole wheat bread is much healthier than plain white bread) and add slices of cucumber on top. You can add another slice of bread depending on how hungry you are.


9. Tortilla Chips And Salsa

16853025358_144d928a07_oThese last two snack ideas are for people who are not yet ready to go full on healthy but would still like some healthier alternatives to the junk foods they love. For the first one, if you have a chips addiction, opt for some low sodium corn tortilla chips and some fresh salsa instead of the chemical filled, processed bag of chips. If you want to make your own salsa, chop up some onions and tomatoes into little squares and squeeze in lemon juice.


10. Strawberries With Dark Chocolate

16854603619_8262d77361_oIf you absolutely cannot live without chocolate, try making your snacks healthier by dipping fresh strawberries into dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate and can be healthy for you if it is made of more than 70% cocoa. And adding some fresh fruit and/or vegetables is a great way to instantly make your foods healthier. To make this snack, break up some dark chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds, and dip the strawberries in it until they are half coated. Then, let them cool in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

*Tip: You can do the same with yogurt and strawberries without the microwaving!

– Minji Kim (’18)

Illustrations by Irene Jung (’16)

How to Stop A Cold in Its Tracks

Not feeling so well? Here are seven tips to help you get rid of that nasty cold.


These days, especially with the different types of flus going around, it seems like a lot of students and staff at KIS are catching colds and getting sick. Wherever we go, there are people sneezing and asking for tissues. To prevent catching a cold or to lessen the effects of your cold, here are some tips you should follow:




If you want to stay healthy or prevent yourself from getting another disease, it’s crucial to keep yourself clean. Since the most exposed – and therefore dirty – part of your body are your hands, it’s imperative that you wash your hands as often as possible (especially before you eat!). If you can’t wash your hands frequently, bring a hand sanitizer with you to school or use the ones in teachers’ classrooms.



If your throat hurts or you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with salt water. Just get a glass of warm water and scoop a few spoonfuls of salt and mix. Salt is a natural cleaning agent so it will clean your throat, and it will soothe the pain as well. But be careful not to drink it! Large amounts of sodium can easily dehydrate your sick body.



We all know being a student at KIS means getting very little amounts of sleep, but when you’re sick, try to get the most sleep you can. Sleep as soon as you finish your work, and sleep instead of going on Facebook and spending hours watching TV shows. For those of you procrastinators who start your homework at the end of the day and work better under pressure, try taking a nap as soon as you get home from school.



You’re probably tired of hearing this because everyone says it all the time, but that’s because it’s that much important. Your body needs water to function properly, and since colds tend to dry your body out, more than regular intake of water is necessary. You should drink about 8 ounce-glasses of water everyday (about one water bottle!). If you don’t like regular water, try drinking tea which have antioxidants and vitamins in them that can help your cold, or fruit/vegetable infused water such as lemon water. Which leads us to our next tip…



Studies have shown that Vitamin C helps shorten the duration of a cold or flu, so it’s best to consume it as much as possible! Large amounts of Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits such as lemons, tangerines, limes, oranges, etc., and in vegetables like bell peppers, kale, broccoli, etc. Even foods that are easy to find and easy to like such as strawberries, kiwi, and pineapples are high in Vitamin C. So think twice about your lunch options when you’re in the cafeteria the next time, and maybe opt for that fruit salad instead of the pizza.



A lot of us are probably somewhat attached to painkillers and other kinds of pain-suppressing medication without realizing it. Try not to rely too much on the ibuprofen to soothe your headaches, or else you’ll start needing to take it everyday just to feel normal. The next time you get a headache, try to fight it off by following the other tips in this article along with applying hot or cold packs to tight muscles and sniffing calming essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, or chamomile essential oils.



Of course, one of the best ways to prevent diseases is to get vaccinations. There are different types of vaccinations for different illnesses, so make sure you go to your doctor to find the ones you need and the best time to get them. Keep in mind that some are for getting during your sickness and some are for getting beforehand to prevent them!


– Minji Kim (’18)

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#KISRAK: A Week of Kindness

Free cookies, red carpet, hot packs, hot chocolates, balloons on the ceiling galore! #KISRAK has done it again.

Last week was #KISRAK week, which stands for “KIS Random Acts of Kindness”. The point of this week was to spread kindness around KIS, and many clubs participated by doing kind things that represented the purpose of their clubs. For example, National Honor Society (NHS) gave out hot packs in the mornings, National Art Honor Society (NAHS) handmade cards for random people, Student Council members passed around drinks to the cleaning crew, bus drivers, cafeteria crew, and security guards, Model United Nations (MUN) members gave out free hugs, and a lot more. The hallways were decorated with colorful balloons, red carpets, posters, etc. and there were many events in the cafeteria during lunch like flash mobs, free candy, and even hugs from our mascot Philbert.

Free Hugs!: Nadia Kim (’15) and Min Jee Moon (’17) pose for Joonyon Park (’15) with their toasty hot packs and adorable poster. // Justin Kwon (’16)

Many of the random acts of kindness were documented through photos on social media. KIS students posted pictures of nice things people did for them on Facebook and added the hashtag “#KISRAK”. This increased awareness of #KISRAK week and allowed students to thank each other for the kind actions. There was also a club selfie contest on Facebook. Each club that wanted to participate took a selfie and posted it with a kind message and “#KISRAK”. The winning club is to have a pizza party.

Goin’ All Out: The Student Council shows us what they’ve got — literally. // KIS Student Council (FB)

Big groups and clubs weren’t the only ones taking part in #KISRAK. Students individually did nice things for their friends and teachers as well. Throughout the week, there were bigger smiles and greetings and more “yes”s than “no”s. Students helped each other, gave each other more compliments, and there was more positivity in the school overall. Sydney Rich (9) said, “#KISRAK week was really uplifting to me.  It was nice that other people would do nice things for you… some people I didn’t even know did generous things for me.  Let’s do it again!”


Likewise, many students and staff enjoyed #KISRAK week and are looking forward to it next year.

– Minji Kim (’18)

2015 Grammy Nominations and Winners

Check out what’s what with the year’s biggest music award show.

The Grammy Awards is an annual, prestigious music award show and is always a big event for the viewers, artists, and everyone involved with them. It contains many types of awards and several performances from top artists. Designers and make-up artists especially look forward to the Grammy Awards, which they consider a place to show the public their work, since being responsible for a celebrity on their “best look” list can bring them a lot of success. Singers and performers grow anxious and excited, since winning a Grammy or giving a memorable performance could mean immediate fame and popularity.

The Grammys

This year, the much anticipated Grammy Awards show has taken place on Sunday, February 8th, and viewers watched it live on their television via CBS or on streaming websites. There are over 80 types of awards being given this year, but here are the nominations for some of the more popular ones, with the winners bolded (according to Grammy.com):

Record of the Year:

“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea

“Chandelier” by Sia

“Stay With Me”(Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor


Album of the Year:    

Morning Phase by Beck

Beyoncé by Beyoncé

X by Ed Sheeran

In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith

Girl by Pharrell Williams

Song of the Year:

“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

“Chandelier” by Sia

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

“Stay With Me”(Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith

“Take Me To Church” by Hozier


Best New Artist:

Iggy Izalea


Brandy Clark


Sam Smith


Best Pop Solo Performance:

“All of Me” (Live) by John Legend

“Chandelier” by Sia

“Stay With Me”(Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith

“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

“Happy” (Live) by Pharrell Williams

– Min Ji Kim (’18)

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Album Review: 1989

Swifties unite.

On October 27th, 2014, international pop star Taylor Swift released her fifth album 1989. Despite it being a completely different genre and style from her previous albums, 1989 was a huge success and sold 1.28 million copies in the first week, making it the only album to sell more than one million copies in its first week in 2014. 1989 earned Swift 3 Grammy nominations for her hit leading single “Shake It Off”, an upbeat song about how she doesn’t care about the “haters”: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Swift also was the only artist to perform in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2 years in a row when she performed in this year’s show, singing her singles “Blank Space” and “Style”. According to Billboard.com, 1989 has been number 1 on charts for weeks and is the officially best selling album of 2014, beating the previously number 1 “Frozen” soundtrack. Also, Taylor Swift has won the Billboard Woman of the Year, the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the AMAs, number 1 on iTunes, and many other awards and achievements. Swift also released three music videos so far for 1989: “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” and “Style.”

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In an interview with Fusion, Taylor Swift said that unlike her previous album, Red, which “was a devastating record…about dealing with an intense heartbreak.” 1989 is about “the phase after that where you brush yourself off and you’re okay”. She also says that unlike her other songs, which were often related to heartbreak and romance, 1989 is more related to how she wants to define “my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now, which is different than it was a couple of years ago.” Most of the songs on 1989 are fast and upbeat, and the instrumentals are more drums and electronics based compared to her typical country guitar sound. One thing that Taylor has kept in 1989, though, is the meaningful, self-written lyrics that seem to be relatable to every situation. According to Swift, 1989 is more “sonically cohesive” than Red, and is her favorite thing she’s made so far.

– Min Ji Kim (’18)

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