Parasite Oscars

And the winner is… PARASITE. 

Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, is one of the most prestigious events in the film industry as the awards signify international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements. However, recognition for foreign films had been largely limited, especially for Asian films. That is, until the South Korean Film “Parasite” wrote history at the 92nd Oscars.


Director Bong Joon Ho at the 2020 Oscars

“Parasite” is a South Korean black comedy film that highlights how greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. The core issue of the film is not unique to South Korean Society, but one that is prevalent around the world. Even without vilifying the rich nor glorifying the poor, the movie was still able to clearly address the outrageousness of the income inequality system that relates to quite frankly every person whether they be on the higher or lower end of the income spectrum. The witty and biting social criticism by director Bong Joon Ho is one of the main reasons why the film has garnered such international acclaim. 


92nd Academy Awards

The film “Parasite” was nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best foreign language film, Best original screenplay, Best production design, Best film editing. Four out of the six awards it was nominated for were brought back home. Parasite won more awards than any other film that night–foreign and U.S. films included. Bong Joon Ho became the 2nd Asian to win Best Director after Ang Lee in 2013. But real history was written when “Parasite” claimed victory over the Best Picture Award, which had never been won by a foreign film in the 92-year history of the Oscars. 

The unprecedented achievement of a foreign film sweeping at a largely ‘American’ award ceremony inevitably led to controversy. Notoriously, Trump was seen mocking the Oscars for awarding “Parasite,” South Korean Film, the Best Picture Award, while expressing nostalgia for films like “Gone with the Wind” and “Sunset Boulevard.” His ignorant and narcissistic comments enraged fans worldwide. 

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Nonetheless, the achievements of “Parasite” has led Bong Joon Ho to become a trailblazer, opening up new paths for future generations of directors, especially in South Korea, to follow his footsteps. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the historic  2020 Oscar awards can be summarized by Bong Joon Ho’s famous quote: “Once you overcome the 1inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” 

El Paso Shooting

 America has once again been devastated by another mass shooting—the El Paso shooting.. The shooting took place in El Paso, Texas, where 22 were killed and 24 were  injured by a twenty-one year old white man. This is one of America’s deadliest modern mass shootings in the history and the 239th shooting of 2019 in the US.

The shooting took place in a local Walmart in El Paso, a city right on the border between Mexico and the States. The identified culprit, Patrick Crusius, killed innocent civilians with an AK-47 assault rifle and later testified to authorities that he entered the store with explicit intent to target Hispanic people. Crusius allegedly posted a white nationalist manifesto online shortly after the attack and admitted that his inspiration for the attack was by the gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, who killed 51 Muslim worshippers in March. 

A man comforts a woman who was in the freezer section of a Walmart during a shooting incident, in El Paso, Texas

Such white supremist terrorism seemed to be fuled by the online community where zealous converts of radical nationalism find inspiration among each other to plan attacks such as the El Paso shooting. However, the government did not wield much power to be able to control or shutdown such platforms that spur violent acts because of the 1st amendment rule that boasts some of the most free-speech protections in the world. In the absence of government intervention, such platforms “serve as round-the-clock white supremacist rallies”, as the Anti-Defamation League wrote in April. With such racial crimes bound to continue, people are increasingly wary of their safety. They no longer feel safe in a place where they call home, and no longer safe to live with the color of their skin.

Image of the targeted areas during the shooting

Gun attacks are so ubiquitous in the United States that many aren’t even reported. For instance, a former graduate of KIS, currently at Berkeley University, told me that three students were shot dead on campus this year, but such a tragedy is so common that it didn’t even make it to the local news. 

Just this year,  there have already been 297 mass shootings in the US—335 people brutally murdered. How many more lives must be sacrificed until the government finally acts upon the desperate cries of citizens begging for safety? Although it is difficult to fully comprehend the political and legal complications regarding gun regulation laws, we stand here today hoping that the government will be able to work past such obstacles to ensure the safety of their citizens.

-Sophie Yang (’21)

Life After KIS

When students hear the word “sex-ed”, they often tend to tag a belittling label to the concept itself as a program where students tease about learning about human anatomy and the basics of sexual intercourse. The sex-ed program in KIS hasn’t been taken much seriously, mainly because the unit taught in PE teaches students on a more scientific level of the concepts related to sex education.

Although learning the scientific side of sex education is important, more genuine content and concepts are required to be taught in order for students to effectively utilize such knowledge in “real-world” situations because things don’t also go by the book in real life. For quite some time, we, as a KIS community, have neglected the magnitude of importance the content students can learn and benefit from in such programs. However, such indifferent attitude has changed this year.

Starting this semester, KIS has introduced a brand new unit in PE: “Life After KIS”. This program is designed to inform students not only about sex education, but also about other crucial life skills to handle risky situations such as how to stay safe during college parties, and about drug usage in particular. Our school has had a sex-ed program in past years, but the majority of students would agree that they haven’t gotten much “real” content out of the unit. And so, this new program aims to help students receive genuine advice and necessary knowledge to stay safe as well as make more informed decisions about their sexual life. According to Mr. Lunardo, the program is mainly focused on educating students about sexually transmitted diseases, refusal techniques, consent, and drug usage.

The PE classes have done refusal skits to in order to reenact risky situations where sexual behavior may or may not take action with or without consent. Students say that they had a fun time preparing and performing the skit, but it also helped them grasp a stronger sense of realization that those situations occur often in reality. Other than the skit, the students performed quizzes and generated a question box in order to learn more about the possible diseases and about drugs.

Even though the program is new to KIS, students were optimistic about the changes made. “[The unit] moves past the anatomy of sexual intercourse,” says Claire Min (10). “It now also focuses on how to ensure students stay safe during sexual activity and also with drug usage.”

It seems that there is a relatively positive outlook on the program. “Life After KIS” has been a big step forward for our school because it is crucial to give adolescents an accurate picture of the risks of different types of consequences from sexual behavior and drug usage. The hope is that the implementation of this new program will truly be effective in helping students with situations and making informed decisions during their high school and more importantly after they graduate and move onto their college experience.

It seems that there is a relatively positive outlook on the program. “Life After KIS” has been a big step forward for our school because it is crucial to give adolescents an accurate picture of the risks of different types of consequences from sexual behavior and drug usage. The hope is that the implementation of this new program will truly be effective in helping students with situations and making informed decisions during their high school and more importantly after they graduate and move onto their college experience.

– Sophie Yang (’21)

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Mr. KIS

“Firsts” are always a gamble. To break tradition and invent a completely new idea is strenuous in itself, but to put it into action requires a whole different level of determination. It is always difficult to have a first-time event end up as a success, and without strong willpower and preparation, the whole attempt may simply end up as a failure. The Mr. KIS event was Student Council’s attempt to bring a fun change to the list of annual KIS events, which have been carried on unchanged for many years. The process clearly required risking a great deal of stakes and taking on much skepticism from students and teachers, but those obstacles did not stop them from commencing Mr. KIS as the brand-new event of our year.

Q: Who came up with the idea for Mr. KIS?

A: It was Mr. Quirin’s idea. He said this started over 15 years ago at his old high school in America, and he wanted to replace KIS Got Talent with this event. It was designed to be our last prom fundraiser.

– JD Choi (‘18)

But what exactly is Mr.KIS? Mr. KIS is a male talent competition featuring 12 male seniors who represented the diverse departments of sports, music, forensics, and theatre. A fun, light-hearted event to present some of the most talented and well-known seniors in KIS in a memorable way. The idea started as a satire of the overdone beauty pageants that generally featured females. This event was to show how the idea of ‘beauty competitions’ could be butchered by the show having the contestants showing off their knowledge, talent, and personalities instead.

The one and only Mr. KIS was determined by the scores given by the three teacher judges, who were Mr. Collings, Ms. Cuellar, and Mr. Van Moppes this year, as well as the audience votes. There are no exact “qualifications” to become Mr.KIS—the seniors just need have put themselves out there and show who they are to get both the judges and audience to love them!

The contestants’ impressive yet hilarious dance to Wanna-One’s “나야나” opened the show, and got the audience eagerly rooting for the Mr. KIS candidates. The show was broken down into three portions: The Style Walk, The Talent Show, and the Q&A. In the Style Walk, each contestant all distinctively showed off their unique character with their different concepts and how they entered with their escorts.

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Danny Choi’s entrance with escorts Peter Jung (’19, left) and Alex Jung (’18, right)

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Noah Kim’s entrance with escorts Jared Son (’19, left) and Daniel Kim (’19, right)

 

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Kyoon Hwang’s entrance with escort Jeffery Kim (’19)

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Danny Kang’s entrance with escort Danny Choi (’18)

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Patrick Jung’s entrance

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Matthew Kim’s entrance with escort Mr. Joo

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Alex Han’s entrance with escort Terry Kim (’18)

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Xavier Lim’s entrance with Yechan Song (’18), Joey Park (’18), and Daewon Hong (’18)

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Kai Kim’s entrance with escort Jong Min Lee (’18)

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Kristian Noll’s entrance with escort Hannah McCullough (’18)

 

The Talent portion was definitely the highlight of the show. From Noah Kim’s phenomenal monologue performance to Alex Han’s beach ball ballet act collaboration with Mr. Bunting, the audience was either left in awe of the contestants seriously skilled talents or cracking up with their original and hilarious acts.

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Danny Kang singing the Korean National Anthem

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Xavier Lim playing “Officially Missing You” by 긱스 (Giks) on guitar

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Kristian Noll rapping “Green Eggs and Ham” in four languages

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John Gee playing the Kahoot theme song on the piano

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Noah Kim’s monologue performance

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Alex Han with Mr. Bunting preforming beach ball ballet act

The final Q&A portion wrapped up the Mr. KIS event. There were simple and silly questions that let the audience know another fun-fact of the contestant as well as complex questions that challenged candidates to share out deeper thoughts of their mind.  

Despite the tight competition, Kristian Noll was crowned as the first ever Mr. KIS, with Matthew Kim in second, and Noah Kim in third place. It was a close call, but they all definitely deserved their title.

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Kristian Noll receiving first place prize—a 100,000 won ticket to prom

 

Questions to Contestants

Q: What were your initial thoughts on Mr. KIS?

A: My initial thoughts on Mr. KIS was that it was an absolutely ridiculous idea where twelve boys would go up on stage and try to embarrass themselves as much as possible. But it’s my senior year, so I thought that I could afford a bit of embarrassment 🙂 

-Noah Kim (‘18)

Q: Why did you volunteer as a candidate?

A: It’s my senior year and it just seemed like something fun to try!

-Matthew Kim (’18)

But the fun of the event was far beyond the results— everyone, both the contestants and audience, had a great time with endless laughter filling the PAC. It was like everyone had forgotten that it was a competition and simply enjoyed their time of a memorable Friday night.

Q: What is your view on how the event went?

A: It went well for a first timer.  I know there was a lot of speculation and criticism of the event leading up to it, but I think anyone who came will know for sure that they were wrong about Mr. KIS.  I’ve heard from many students that those who came said they were glad they did, and those who didn’t, regret not coming.

-JD Choi (‘18)

It is clear that the success of this event directly reflects the painstaking planning process of Mr. KIS. Student Council says that this was one of the most challenging events they prepared for and that it took a long time with a full agenda packed with various preparations leading up to Mr. KIS. This short interview with Student Council President JD Choi gives us a brief insight into what the whole process looked like.

Q: What was the planning process like?

A: It was well-timed and strategically marketed; more so than most of our other events. We met with the boys in early March to pitch the idea of the event to them.  Q sent them a list of questions to get to know them better. – StuCo and I sat down to decide a “concept” for each of the boys, whether it be “E Block Napper” or “Fitness Center” that well matched what they are known for at KIS.

-JD Choi (’18)

Q: How did you advertise the event?

A: We had to have an advertisement timeline ready for the month before. We had to reschedule, delay video posts, spend hours sound-mixing interviews, etc. We’ve probably never advertised and promoted an event as much before. There were everyday lunch rehearsals and meetings the week leading up to the event to organize the show and rehearse their unified dance opening.

-JD Choi (’18)

The first Mr. KIS was definitely a big success for a first-time event. The whole show was run smoothly and all contestants were absolutely amazing with each part of the show—both the audience and contestants having a great time.  Despite the speculation surrounding this event, most of those who were at the event said that it was a great way to spend their Friday night and that those who didn’t come would have regretted not.

The Mr. KIS event is yet another representation of this year’s main theme: Legacy. To be remembered as Mr. KIS is a memorable way to leave your mark at KIS and have another special memory made with the soon-leaving seniors. The success of this event brings high possibilities of this new event being carried on as a new tradition, and gradually becoming something people anticipate to be a part of their senior year. So, who will it be next?

– Sophie Yang (’21)

Featured Image: KIS Student Council

#KISRAK 2018

The annual KIS RAK week has returned, enlivening this stressful week back from break with all the random acts of kindness from students, teachers, and staff!

Kindness is a fundamental characteristic of good will in human nature that makes people feel happy and loved. Showing kindness, regardless of the magnitude of the act, is one of the best ways to positively influence people around you. Small acts that are habitual in your daily life are greatly appreciated by their recipients—simply giving a compliment or buying lunch for a friend would brighten their day.

RAK week is an NHS-led the event, in collaboration with Student Council, Tri-M, Blueprint, and many other clubs. 

“KISRAK (KIS random acts of kindness) is a week dedicated to showing inclusivity, spread warmth, and of course, to promote kindness. We should be kind at all times, but it is important to have a week devoted to kindness because it is a friendly reminder that anyone can easily brighten up another individual’s mood anytime by doing a simple act of kindness.” – Selena Kim (‘18)

It is difficult to show and appreciate the generosity when overwhelmed with stress and pressure, which is exactly the current mental state of students. The week back from Lunar break was rather aggravating with series of summative assignments, as well as multiple projects and loads of homework crammed in one day. Our KIS community as a whole definitely needed what RAK week is meant for—acts of kindness to cheer up everyone’s agitated mood.

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Official event list of RAK week

 

Every morning during RAK week, hot cocoa and Vita500 were prepared by NHS and Student Council to make an energetic start to everyone’s day. Students, teachers, and staff members were spotted everywhere in school with a smile, sipping on their RAK week refreshments! Kind messages and compliments from students filled the hallways, reminding everyone of how much they are appreciated and loved in our KIS community.

“You’re amazing”, “You got this”, “Looking great today!”.

 

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#RAK kind notes of encouragement and compliments on H3

All messages on notes around the school and on the whiteboard acted as self-esteem boosters, brightening everyone’s day with the warmth the messages held.

When someone received a random act of kindness, he/she did a random act of kindness to someone else, creating a cycle of generosity. The point was to appreciate such kindness and give back by further spreading it.

Numerous appreciation posts were uploaded on various social media platforms of chocolate provided by NHS, snacks given by fellow students, the artsy bumper stickers, and other random acts of kindness around the school. The bumper stickers were very popular, attracting everyone with their trendy design and cute messages of encouragement. Students stuck them onto their computers, bags, on their clothes, and on the back of their phones, having the message “stick around” throughout their entire day.

 

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PC: JD Choi (’18)

 

The highlights of RAK week were surely the Sing-O-Gram hosted by Tri-M and the surprise dance performance from Blackout. The Sing-O-Gram was a sweet event for people to show their affection and appreciation for people that they care for, whether it be a friend, teacher, or someone you love. Everyone’s Monday was energized by the amazing dance performance by Blackout and as always, students were blown away by their moves.

Although KIS RAK week has come to an end, this does not mean the spread of kindness stops with it. The end of RAK week means that even more kindness should be seen in school because everyone has had a friendly reminder of how much positive influence a small act of kindness can bring. The benevolence of people should always be strongly encouraged, and also greatly appreciated at the same time—remember to do acts of kindness and to be thankful for the kindness that you receive.

– Sophie Yang (’21)

Winter SkinCare Picks

Hot Packs, warm winter jackets, fur boots- full preparation for winter complete. But where’s the preparation for your skin?

In a negative °C weather, your entire body is vulnerable to the cold, not to mention your skin’s moisture ‘literally’ being vacuumed out.  Many may already have their own personal skincare routine, yet in the winter, that routine needs a few altered upgrades, specifically with moisture care products. For those in need of suggestions, Blueprint has the ultimate winter skin care recommendation ready for you- all products at affordable prices.

Moisture, moisture, moisture!

Outside in the cold, your skin is inevitably prey to the cold air that dries up the moisture in your skin. Lack of moisture is the obvious reason for dry skin which not only makes your face feel uncomfortable but also brings flakes of dead skin cells(각질) to arise which is often the source of sudden acne outbreaks. The long line of products- mists, toners, amples, creams, mask packs and lip balms-all contribute in different ways to the moisture repair of your skin.

Product List:

  1. Avene Thermal Spring Water Mist

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https://www.avene.com.au/avene-thermal-spring-water/thermal-spring-water/avene-thermal-spring-water/avene-thermal-spring

This classic Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray is a non-scented, light mist that is a convenient carry-on item which refreshes your face and helps recharge the moisture your skin needs on-the-go. Simply by gently spraying the mist onto your face, it moisturizes dry skin immediately because the mist is naturally absorbed into your skin.

Where to buy: Link above, Olive Young, LOHB, Most Department Stores (Brand: Avene)

Price: 8000₩~20,000₩ (price varies depending on size)

  1.  CNP Propolis Ampule Mist

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https://www.cnpmall.com/index.php/front/product/product_view/PSS1104

Inspired by CNP’s famous Propolis Ampule, this multi-award winning mist is a perfect on-to-go moisturizing product to add to your upgraded winter skincare. Because of its main ingredient propolis, it more dramatically moisturizes your skin compared to the light-weight Avene mist.

**For those extremely sensitive to smell, there is slight scent the of honey that may bother people who are very sensitive**

Where to buy: CNP website (link above), Olive Young

Price: 10,000₩~25,000₩ (price varies depending on size)

  1. Round Lab Dokdo Toner

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http://www.memebox.com/product/511688

Although the Round Lab Dokdo toner is not a well-known product, this toner is guaranteed to boost the moisture your dry skin needs in the winter time. Inspired by the pure nature of Dokdo Island, the ingredients of this toner are all mild and is gentle and comfortable to use in your daily skincare routine. While moisturizing your skin, it helps gently remove dry skin flakes (각질) at the same time.

Where to buy: link above, Memebox, Round Lab

Price: 15,000₩~30,000₩ (price varies depending on size)

  1. Dr. Jart Moisture Mask Pack

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https://www.drjart.com/ko/prd/view/758?catSeqs=36

This Dr. Jart rubber mask is the ultimate moisture care mask that will refresh and relieve your face from the struggles of dry skin. The rubber-like material simulates the facial care of an actual spa treatment- it’s like having a spa day in your own home! Although it is slightly pricey for a single mask, the results are guaranteed to bring satisfaction.

Where to buy: link above, Olive Young

Price: 12,000₩

  1. CNP Propolis Ampule (Moisture)
  1. CNP Mugener Ampule (Nutrient)

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https://www.cnpmall.com/index.php/front/product/product_view/GSS0414

The CNP Propolis Ampule is one of CNP’s steady best-seller products, known for its dramatic moisture repair- a must for the winter time. The rich propolis, that is the main ingredient of the ample, moisturizes your skin starting from the inside and strengthens your skin barrier at the same time.

Where to buy: link above, Olive Young

Price: 25,000₩

  1. Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy  (extreme moisture lack)

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https://www.physiogel.co.kr/our-products/daily-moisture-therapy/dmt-cream.html

Physiogel is already a well-known brand, especially for its various high-quality cream products. The Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy is a specialized pick for those with extremely dry skin and in need of immediate repair. It will definitely repair the skin’s lack of moisture, yet may feel slightly oily for those with normal or oily skin.

Where to buy: link above, Olive Young, LOHB

Price: 12,000 ₩ (price varies depending on size)

– Sophie Yang (’21)

KIS Blue Ribbon Month

Recapping KIS’s Blue Ribbon Month!

Q: What is the purpose of Blue Ribbon month and how did it become planned?

A: The purpose of Blue Ribbon Month was to raise awareness about how prevalent bullying is not only around the world but in our KIS community. We decided to launch this initiative to prepare the school and our audience to watch this year’s fall play, In Our Own Backyard, because it carries several heavy themes. However, after more thinking and brainstorming, we realized that it was more important to raise awareness for and start efforts to combat bullying. Our team of stage managers and partner organizations GirlUp and Social Justice League helped make this campaign successful and we’re proud to see Blue Ribbon Month have some impact on the KIS community!!

– Jenny Chung (’19)

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Interview with Students (actors)

Q: How were you impacted by being a part of “In Our Own Backyard”, a play that expresses the sensitive issues such as bullying, harassment, abuse, and death?

A: Honestly, I was able to recognize some of the actions that my friends took in normal life were part of the bullying. Whenever I’m with friends and I insult them as a joke, I have the moment of “oops, I shouldn’t have said that” and kind of apologize to them right after to clarify it was a joke. Being a part of IOOB, I noticed some of the bullyings that took place in our very very ordinary school life.

– Sammy Jung (’20)

A: For me, the play was about something a lot bigger than just bullying. It was about dealing with loss, impacting others, and moving on beyond our past selves. It challenged me to reach a new level of emotional maturity, and invest into a reality far from my own— that was the most difficult part. The cast & crew also shared an unprecedented bond, perhaps due to the emotional heaviness of the show.

– Jisoo Hope Yoon (’19)

Interview with Students

Q: What kind of emotional change or impact have you felt after watching the play or during Blue Ribbon Month?

A: Everyone undergoes the negativities of life, and human nature shapes and molds people in order to let them adapt to that latest standard of pain. After watching “In Our Own Backyard”, I caught myself viewing others with a significantly different perspective. Whenever I interacted with someone, I was able to notice that I had become more inquiring about their identity. I began to ask questions: Who were they when they were younger? How have they matured since then? What were the happenings that caused a growth in their maturity? Of course, though, it’s low-key creepy to ask them these questions right out of the blue, so I rarely ever do, however, this private consideration ultimately raised the respect I held towards every individual’s newest form of identity.

– Erin Park (’21)

Although the prodigious play has now come to an end, each student and our school community as a whole should continue ministering fellow students impacted by the shadowed bullying and, or abuse at school. The deeper meanings that this play has strived to draw awareness to must be continued to be censored with caution. Blue Ribbon month is also coming to an end, yet this should be the start for students to care for the small actions of bullying, abuse, or harassment. Those minor incidents could be ones that are dreadfully shredding a fellow student in fear, sorrow, and anger. Through Blue Ribbon Month and the play “In Our Own Backyard”, we hope this will impact students and our school community to be more mindful of these issues.

– Sophie Yang (’21)

Featured Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_ribbon.svg

A Spark of Spirit?

Join in for a recap of the First Pep Rally and an insight to our new Student Council.

Unlike the pep rallies in the past that were merely considered to be a “waste of time”, this year’s first pep rally had the whole 45 minutes filled with the laughter and energetic screams from all four grades. From the opening of student council’s dance moves to the song  “Red Flavor (빨간맛)” – Red Velvet to the hilarious headphone game and the game of charades, the pep rally had the gym packed with the spirited interaction of all four grades. The opening performance by student council members got all the grades pumped, with the officers killing their moves together, then the grade reps later joining in, getting the audience even more enthusiastic.

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PC: Yearbook

The first game of the pep rally was the headphone game. The rules of the game is simple. There are four people standing at quite a distance apart from each other and the first person in line sees the word written on the sketchbook and shouts it to the next person in line. The next three people in line have headphones on, with music blasting in their ears. The only way to guess the word is by looking at the person’s mouth shape. It is a simple, yet difficult game to be successful in.

“WRECKING BAAALLLL” actually, it’s Krispy Kreme. “Squid ward?” No, the word’s cheese stick…

The hilarious headphone game had typical exhausted moans of high schoolers eliminated by the roaring laughter of the audience, as almost none of the contestants guess the correct word. Each mismatch of words got the audience even more intrigued in the game; the atmosphere creating a light, heartfelt feeling of  rare enthusiasm.

The next game, charades, is a commonly known one with simple rules in that one player sees the word on the sketchbook and acts it out for the other player to guess the correct word. To get the whole grade interacted, the rules were twisted in which instead of only one player acting it out, the entire grade had to act out the word for the person to guess correctly.

The typical bland reaction to these activities were nowhere to be found, as  everyone put themselves out there, both the players and the audience with each grade bonded with each other. The screams in a mixture of laughter and frustration brought hauls of excitement, overflowing the all of the gym with spirited energy. All grades simply enjoyed their time, seeing the pep rally as a sense of entertainment rather than a tedious mandatory school event.

“This was one of the most spirited pep rallies yet. ….[I] hope student council can keep this spirit up throughout the entire year.” – Ms. Manning

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the whole high school seem united in a pep rally, but I think today’s was was filled with spirit of everyone in that gym!” – Jisoo Huh (‘19)

After the successful first pep rally, student and teachers are having high expectations for the upcoming events of the year. This comes from the new student council was the group behind the success of the first pep rally.  Join in for an insight of the new student council, with the expectations and determinations of the officers and grade reps themselves!

Q: As the president of the new student council, can you give an expectation that you believe this year’s student council will be like?

A: -JD Choi (‘18)

Q: In what aspects do you believe that this year’s student council will be different from in the past?

A: This school year was full of changes for Student Council. Voting processes, roles, and foundation was all new this year with our new advisory Q! Not only that we are enhancing our traditional events (patio on fire, winterball, kgt, etc), but we are also bringing new events this year! Please stay updated with Stuco (follow insta, youtube, fb)! – Alice Yoo (‘18)

Q: What are your thoughts on the first pep rally in the perspective as a member of student council?

A: I think that the first pep rally was a huge success!! There was a lot of spirit and energy and that’s all Student Council asks for. I hope that the student body enjoyed it as much as StuCo enjoyed preparing for itttt!! – Jenny Chung (‘19)

 

It has only been a month into the school year and this is merely the beginning to the events student council has ready for us. And yet, there is no doubt that the upcoming events throughout this school year will be memorable in everyone’s high school year.

– Sophie Yang (’21)

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Busan Teenage Abuse Incident

The recently uncovered Busan teenage abuse incident has not only brought immense fury to society, but also has set a sudden trend in multiple teenage abuse events being exposed in various areas such as Seoul, Gangneung, and Asan. Why?

   Society has been struck with fury from the recently uncovered Busan teenage abuse incident. This issue is the main news flooding the articles and news broadcasts in Korea currently, with the citizens being left in unspeakable horror. Not only is the victim merely a 14-year-old teenager, the ones who assaulted her for over an hour were fellow classmates of the same age.  The girls, who had just only become middle schoolers, were caught smashing soju bottles onto the victim’s head, slamming down chairs, bricks, and pipes upon her body. They hit her continuously until her entire body was found to be completely covered in blood. There had even been over 10 witnesses, yet none of them took action to stop the assault.

Only leaving on undergarments on the victim, they forced her to plead for forgiveness on her knees for “having a disrespectful attitude”. The students continued their cruelty by taking photos of the victim after assaulting her, and sending them to their friends along with flippant comments saying:

“Do you think this is harsh enough…?”

“You think they’ll make me go to jail?”

The victim was in a semi-coma with her mouth and head ripped, the blood vessels inside her eyes pop, and 23 bones broken.

The blood loss was so severe that even with having blood transfusion, her blood pressure continued to drop. And while the victim has suffered through this unimaginable assault, the ones left her that way are unable to be punished by law just for the reason that they are “too young”. The fact that they cannot be punished even after having committed such an extreme, inhumane assault, has filled the citizens with untenable fury.

The victims quickly turned themselves in for this assault, however, during the investigation it was revealed that they had only gone after their friends told them they would be pressed against extreme charges if they didn’t confess now. It was also revealed that because one of the victim’s dad was a police, they were ensured to have the case quietly wrapped-up with no, or mild consequences.

This event alone has brought immense anger into society and yet the outrage is continuing to increase as after the Busan Teenage Abuse has been unveiled, similar teenager abuse cases committed by teenagers are being exposed one by one.

 

In all of a sudden.

 

After the case in Busan, similar teenager assaults by teenagers in Seoul, Gangneung, and Asan have been disclosed. The violence in all of these assaults go to the point where one could absolutely not bear to look at the graphic CCTV footage and what brings this whole case into even more outrage is that the reasons behind all this violence are extremely minor, such as being disrespectful or not giving the money that the perpetrators had demanded for.

The assaults of these teenagers that have been not revealed until now, suddenly being exposed is peculiar in the sense of how the police or news broadcasting sources had just let such extreme violence be shed away from the public until now. Yet, this particular Busan teenage assault set a spark for 3 more consecutive teenage assaults to be uncovered, nearly to the point where it seems that the news is “advertising” this matter in a negative perception. This trend on the issue of teenage assault under the same circumstances being exposed brings a suspicion behind the intentions of revealing this incident, both of the police and the news broadcasting sources. We can only hope that through this Busan teenage abuse incident will imply vital activity of society to raise awareness for such issues like this and prevent further crimes of this kind.

– Sophie Yang (’21)

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