The Return of the Green Running Man

Are you ready for greenest event of the year?

Let me guess, you’ll probably sitting in a brightly lit room with the heat turned on, with multiple electronics lined up by your side, all up and running. The idea of “renewing energy” or “being green” is one that goes way too often over our heads – people could not care less. Since 2012, NHS has been holding their annual Green Events in order to designate a whole week to increase our awareness of the environment. From a dance to an iPhone game come-to-life, every event has never failed to creatively promote “being green”. Inspired by the SBS show, Running Man (런닝맨), this year’s Green Running Man Returns is repeating the 2013 Green Running Man event, including all the tagging and chasing frenzy, mini games, trashball hunts, and more fun.

Current President of NHS, Joonyon Park (’15), gave us a rundown of NHS’s tradition with the Green Event, and what NHS has in store for us this year:

BLUEPRINT (BP): How did it all start?

Joonyon Park (JYP): The first NHS green event was called “Dance For Green” back in 2012.  Students were invited to dance at the Conference Hall after school to raise awareness of the environment.

BP: How was the first event? And how has it developed over the years?

JYP: The dance unfortunately, didn’t turn out well, so in 2013, NHS hosted its first successful Green Running Man event with a full environmental theme.

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Run, Forest, run! (Green Running Man 2014, NHS)

JYP: Last year, NHS made another green event called Plants vs. Zombies, which was also very successful and fun.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2014 (NHS)

JYP: This year, we’re bringing the return of the Green Running Man, with many more upgrades and environmental games than of 2013’s!

BP: What’s different and/or significant about this event from the past events?

JYP: This year’s event is primarily improving many of the unforeseen flaws in the Green Running Man event of 2013. There will be more running, more thinking, more fun. NHS will also be hosting more classroom games with deeper environmental messages, and we’re hoping this event makes people rethink their approach to today’s fragile environment.

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Green Running Man Returns 2015 (NHS)

BP: How much time and effort have gone into making the event possible?

JYP: A whole bunch. Hardcore preparation didn’t even begin yet, but members are already building classroom games and filming videos. The officers are putting in much more effort, mostly dealing with the logistical side of the event. We just had a 4 hour skype meeting yesterday! Of course, we’re always grateful to the faculty for allowing this event to happen and letting us use their classrooms! 

BP: Is there anything special you’re looking forward to?

JYP: Like all school events, we’re looking forward to the fun and meaningful memories the participants will take away in the end. I’m personally looking forward to how far this event will grow and develop in the coming years!

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(c) Jay Lee
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(c) Sean D Kim

BP: What’s your favorite aspect of the event?

JYP: Definitely the planning of it and imagining everyday how fun the event can turn out to be. 

BP: Any last words?

JYP: Let’s all go green until we create a healthy environment that doesn’t need any awareness to raise.

BP: Thank you Joonyon for all your time and effort!

JYP: Sure thing! Gotta give everything back before I leave.

As an NHS member myself, I’m annually blown away by the level of work and dedication that I see from the officers and members. I know as a fact that the Green Event (and honestly every event) is the result of hundreds of hours and hundreds of hands all together that have made it possible.

From the school-wide energy-saving competitions during Green Week a couple of years back, to something as small as changing the bathroom paper towels to a recycled ones, NHS has helped to remind KIS all the little ways we can change to be more environmentally aware and friendly.

– Jaye Ahn (’16)

Captions: Jaye Ahn (’16)
Header: NHS

Jazz Night: Q&A

Check out our exclusive interview with Peter Kim (’15) about this year’s Jazz Night.

Whether it’s hard-hitting rhythms to lighten up the atmosphere or mellow tunes to serenade its listeners, jazz music has always been a classic and a favorite to a variety of people from all over the world for decades. Its soulful melody, as well as experiments with improvisation, make this music genre a loved one.

Luckily, we have incredibly talented students here at KIS to bring proper justice to jazz music. And they all come together to show off their talent, (or in the case of Masayoshi Sakakura (‘16), a lot of talents) on one very special, very entertaining, very amazing evening: Jazz Night.

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#WERK: It’s no secret how talented Masayoshi is with his instrument, as proven by the many solos he performed at this year’s Jazz Night. (Justin Kwon ’16) 

This acclaimed event at KIS was first introduced by a KIS favorite: Mr. Jay Londgren, who was the band teacher at our school until last year. Four years ago, Mr. Londgren put together some of the best musicians our Band had to offer, and thus, Jazz Night was born. The first event was a total hit, and the night has become an annual occasion since.

But what is jazz, really?

“Jazz is intangible. You can only feel it with your sincere soul.” – Hyunjae Moon (‘16)

“There are two major art reformations: the Renaissance, and the Jazz Age. So come to Jazz Night!” – Terry Lee (‘16) 

“If you have to ask what it is, you’ll never know.” – Louis Armstrong

 

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The Last Song: Jazz Night next year is definitely not going to be the same without Peter Kim (’15). (Justin Kwon ’16)

But that doesn’t really tell us what Jazz Night is all about. So Blueprint approached Peter Kim (‘15), an officer of Tri-M and one of the organizers and performers of this event, to see if he could tell us more.

Blueprint (BP): How did this all start?

Peter Kim (PK): In my freshman year, under the guidance of Mr. Londgren, that year was when the Phoenix Jazz Band first formed.

 
BP: How was the first event? And how has it developed over the years?

PK: I think the history of ticket sales would put the development of jazz night in context. It took 3 weeks for the tickets to sell out in the first year, 4 days in the second year, 8 hours in the third year, and 4 hours this year. As all events and organizations go, it was difficult to set precedence, structure and procedure. There weren’t a lot of students comfortable with improvising, and the genre of jazz itself was new to a lot of the students in the band. The program grew a lot more complex over the years, as we added different sub-genres of jazz and various instrumentations (ensembles) into the performance.

 

BP: What’s different/significant about this event from the past events?

PK: I think the absence of Mr. Londgren would set this event apart from previous ones. I don’t think I can deny the fact that there have been struggles in the preparation due to the transferring of responsibility from him to Tri-M. We’re experimenting with different things this year too. We’re investing a lot in decoration, to build a jazzy, cool atmosphere. This year, Tri-M is trying to provide a holistic experience where they can really immerse in jazz from the entrance of the G-building to the musical content to the ending of the show.

 

BP: How much time and effort have gone into making the event possible?

PK: The bands have been practicing since August, and Tri-M and the music department have been working since December. Hours and hours of work of the officers and the Tri-M members made this event possible. Since the target audience is mainly adults, (parents, faculty, and even board members) Tri-M had to approach the event from a different perspective. More emphasis on the quality of food and atmosphere was taken into consideration.

 

BP: Is there anything special you’re looking forward to?

PK: Not from a Tri-M officer’s viewpoint, but from a performer’s viewpoint, I think this year’s Jazz Night is much more special to me. Probably for the other seniors too. We’ve been playing together in band since 7th grade, and playing in a jazz band since 9th grade. It’s a bit weird to think that it’ll probably be our last gig that we’re playing together as a band. I want to put everything I have into it, so that I won’t have regrets later.

 

BP: What’s your favorite thing/aspect of the event?

PK: I’m probably biased since I’m a performer, but music would be my favorite aspect without a doubt.

 

BP: Anything else you want to add?

PK: I’ll miss jazz night a lot, it was a huge part of my high school life. Four hour long jazz rehearsals on Tuesdays were what really kept me going in life. I’ll miss it.

 

What were your thoughts about Jazz Night? Leave them in the comments below!

– Faith Choi (’16)

Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
Header: Justin Kwon (’16)

Fashion Police

Come see what’s in and trending with the students of KIS.

In general, fashion trends are very capricious, because they can change into something entirely different in the blink of an eye. As the KIS community is filled with oh-so-fashionable students, there is literally no way we can get away without exploring the stylish worlds of our fellow KISians (dun dun dun).

There was a mild (or rather, severe) explosion of the leggings trend some time in 2014, and it just won’t stop. The trend probably won’t go away–at least not any time soon–but how can we expect them to just disappear when they’re so comfortable? Being fashionable may be quite important during your school life in order to express yourself and be unique, but let’s face it, being comfortable, cozy, and snug is so much better. Had an extremely tough week full of tests and you just want to survive the friday? Leggings, problem solved. Skinny jeans (especially in the winter) feels so unpleasant and cold, but leggingsthis, my friend, is a revolutionary clothing item. It’s to the point where the fashion industry is now producing meggings (leggings for mens, duh). Treat yourself with a day of leggings, feeling extremely comfy! After all, what’s not to love about them?

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Best of All The Worlds: Jeggings are comfortable, fashionable, and you can wear it with virtually anything! // bestupforyou.com

If you recall, at the beginning of the school year, we had a contest to pick our class t-shirt designs. Each grade (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) assembled their amazingly talented artists of their class and voted on the best design to represent their graduation year. And apparently, there has been some talk that the sophomore year t-shirt oddly resembles the widely known clothing brand, Uniqlo’s logo. I mean, white block text on a red box is pretty common, but when those class photos were uploaded on facebook, people would not stop comparing the two designs. I do see somewhat of a similarity but come on, who wore it better? (We did). In fact, if you think about it, Obey Clothing sells shirts with the word obey in white on a red square, as well as Supreme, with the exact same concept. Maybe there’s just a thing we have about white block writings on red squares.

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‘Choose Your Path’ : The sophomores decided to go with a minimal design for their class t-shirt this year. Does it remind you of a certain logo? // Leona Maruyama (’17)

Who hasn’t seen Yoo Ah In’s fashion collaboration with Nohant Korea? After being uncovered in the summer of 2014, his summer collection “New Kidz” took over not only our school, but the entire city.

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ㄹONDON, PAㄹIS, maybe TOㅋYO? : This iconic, timeless idea has taken the Korean fashion scene by storm. // syml.com

The perfect mixture of Hangeul (hence the name Hangeul Fashion Project) and English. It seems so orthodox, yet profoundly erratic at the same time. After being launched, the Hangeul Fashion Project’s popularity went through the roof. Everybody loved Yoo Ah In’s very own production of t-shirts, tanktops, and sweatshirts. And as you’ve expected, as soon as summer vacation ended, our very own fashionable students of KIS were back wearing Yoo Ah In’s LOVE CITY apparel, perfectly coordinated their fashion style. The period of the Hangeul Fashion Project’s prosperity has of course calmed down as of now but the extreme escalation of his clothing line’s popularity within such short duration of time was absolutely a crazy period of 2014. But New Kidz isn’t done yet. Yoo Ah In still has more to offer for us in 2015, so stay tuned.

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Sexy Back : Yoo Ah In modeling for his Love City collaboration with Nohant. // W Magazine Korea

Since Korea’s a super duper cold country, I feel like our winter fashion, especially, is, well, fashionable. For tourists and foreigners to be inspired and copy our fashion trend is not a once or twice thing. If you look around in places like Dongdaemun or Myeongdong during the winter season, so many street shops sell warm knit scarves, beanies, and gloves. Beanies, especially, are provided with a variety in terms of color, shape, and even material. The weather stays cold even until when other places experience Spring, so might as well take advantage of the coldness for an excuse to glam up with winter accessories! It’s always nice to have a charm point, because we always have to wear our thick winter coats, covering the clothes we wear underneath.


– Leona Maruyama (’17)

Header: W Magazine Korea

#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.

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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.

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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)

Speech & Debate Team Take Stanford

Check out our exclusive scoop of the KIS Speech and Debate Team’s week in one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Should just governments require that employers pay a living wage? Should voting be compulsory in a democracy? The KIS Speech & Debate Team confidently answered such controversial questions when they attended the Stanford Invitational Tournament from February 7, 2015 to February 9, 2015.

The KIS Speech & Debate Team is renowned for its successes in the KAIAC tournaments. The team was proudly presented the first place plaque for two years straight, and is currently first place overall for the ’14-’15 KAIAC rounds.

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KAIAC 1st Place: “Most” of the KIS Debate Team gather to participate in the #3wselfie challenge that took place in KIS earlier this year.  // Monica Lee (’15)

And as a result of such successful results, the team was invited to the prestigious speech and debate tournament that took place at Stanford University. Despite the fact that these heavily involved individuals would be absent from several classes and would have to attend school right away the day after they returned with severe cases of jet lag, a number of the members took up the challenge with enthusiasm.

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A Familiar Face: Jerry Kim (’16, right) and Ye Chan Song (’18, left) got to run into KIS alum Andrew Lee (’14, center, Stanford University). // Subin Hur (’16)

The tournament consisted of numerous different categories: National Extemp, International Extemp, Oratory, Dramatic, Spar, Expos, Duo, Humorous, Impromptu, Oratorical Interp, LD, Policy, Public Forum, Parliamentary, and Congress for both varsity and JV rounds. The KIS Debate Team participated in three different categories: LD, Public Forum, and Parliamentary, while the KIS Speech Team participated in one: Duo.

“It was truly an enlightening experience, during which I could witness the high quality debate at a national level,” said Subin Hur (’16) while participating in the Varsity Public Forum. “The amount of effort people put into the tournament was beyond my expectation.”

Another participant, Chanwu Oh (’16), who participated in Varsity Parliamentary, also had a lot to say about the tournament and the trip. “In terms of the debate, it was definitely fun, but most importantly it was different since American styles of debate have different rules and tactics compared to the Korean/Asian debates. We had to adjust our strategies on the spot, and I think that was very valuable in terms of adding to our experiences as debaters. In terms of the overall atmosphere, Stanford was beautiful, the people were awesome. It was fun!”

The tournament wasn’t the only component of the trip. After exhausting rounds of speech and debate, fun awaited the speakers and debaters.

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All Work, Some Play: The KIS Speech and Debate Team take a break and tour the suburban scene of the Bay area. Looking like something straight out of a TV promo poster! They got to meet another KIS alum, Jenny Youn (’14, UC Berkeley). // Subin Hur (’16)

“We went on tours. We couldn’t explore too much of urban San Francisco, unfortunately, but we went around the rural suburbs, which looked awesome. We went shopping, which was awesome as well!” When asked about the most memorable part of their trip, Chanwu answered, “The food–In-N-Out, Panda Express. The food was one of the most memorable things other than the debates.”

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Uncle Sam’s Devil’s Island: The team takes a photo in front of the Alcatraz Landing. // Subin Hur (’16)

A huge round of applause goes to Joy Youn (’17) and Amy Kang (’17), who placed fourth in the JV Duo category for Speech. Congratulations!

“The experience was different from our KAIAC tournaments in many aspects, such as the debate style,” Jerry Kim (’16) commented. And like he said, the trip was no doubt an entertaining and educational experience, but also a very different event. Hopefully, next year’s tournament will bestow even richer experiences for all.

– Serim Jang (’16)

Header: Subin Hur (’16)

Just Keep Swimming: Thoughts from the Varsity Swim Team

The 2014-15 swim season has officially begun, and our three captains, Joonyon Park, Joonki Jin, and Jennifer Choi are here to tell us all about what makes the team float.

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Varsity Swim Team 2013-14 // Jennifer Choi (’15)

With the worst of the winter chills come and gone, it’s time for a new season. No more will we hear the heavy thundering of feet as the basketball players sprint across the gym, or watch in awe as the cheer teams perform their outstanding stunts.

Now, as the weather warms up, swim season begins with practices starting on February 24. Returning and new swimmers participated and swum their best at tryouts which had lasted from February 10 to 14. The results came out on the 16th, with 14 boys and 12 girls on the Varsity Swim Team.

Although swimming is an individual sport, the KIS varsity swim team is one of the most united teams that there are, and one of the few sports where girls and guys work together. We asked the varsity swim team captains, Joonyon Park, Joonki Jin, and Jennifer Choi to describe how the team remains so devoted.

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From left to right: Gloria Lee (’15), Minji Kang (’15), Jennifer Choi (’15), Joonki Jin (’15), Joonyon Park (’15) // (Jennifer Choi ’15)

What do you think makes the swim team such a close-knit team, despite everyone swimming their own individual events?

“We swimmers exercise in synergy. If you slowly end your set due to mere exhaustion, your teammate in the lane will encourage you and get you going again. We are truly individuals when racing our own events to our best, but when the whole group gathers together after practices, shouts the cheer before tournaments, or gets the same haircut (the boys can testify), we cannot be a more close-knit team.”

– Joonyon Park (’15)

 

With all the new members coming in, do you think the atmosphere of the team will be vastly different from what it was like last year?

“I think the team atmosphere is always how the captains and the team make it to be; if we work together and help each other advance in everyone’s own ways, we can achieve more than we can individually and happily too.”

– Joonki Jin (’15)

 

What do you look forward to this season?

This season, I am looking forward to meeting new great swimmers and working together as one concrete team. –– Jennifer Choi (’15)

I look forward to seeing how much everyone can improve, especially since there are many returning members. It’s also intriguing to see how our entire team can become more of a family and progress together, rather than focusing on individual records.

– Joonki Jin (’15)

 

As a swimmer myself, I was first anxious about how there were so many incoming swimmers whose faces I had never seen before, and a bit doubtful of how close our team would become this year. After all, swimmers aim to gain better stamina and strength and improve their own, personal records. However, swimming is a team sport, and while swimmers may swim individual events, we train together as a family.

– Seiyeon Park (’17)

Header: Jennifer Choi (’15)

The First Homecoming

A short recap on the first ever Homecoming that KIS has ever witnessed.

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(c. Student Council)

It’s been three weeks since school has started, and students already seem to be complaining about their immense workload, regarding standardized tests, projects, homeworks, and essays. Coming back to school after a long summer break–sure, this may be overwhelmingly exciting. However, returning to school just after three weeks? Not so much.

 

Hey, but our first week was filled with entertaining events, from pep rallies to wacky fashions. Plus, we had two chances to go watch our very own varsity and junior varsity basketball teams go against those of GSIS’ and SIS’. (Don’t forget about our lovely cheerleaders, too!) And at the end of the week, January 17th, Saturday, KIS had our very first homecoming dance. If you didn’t show up, you definitely missed out! But no worries, we are here to recap the fabulous event.

 

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Sara Kim (’18) (c. Student Council)

 

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L-R: Jungwoo Kim (’15), Eric Kwon (’15), Willy Yun (’16), Emma Yang (’15), Sophia Yu (’15) (c. Student Council)

 

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Ms. Chang and Mr. van Moppes looking cute, as always. (c. Student Council)

 

Homecoming is an annual traditional dance party held in many high schools of the United States. It’s essentially a dance welcoming back students of a school, or in basic terms, a more casual form of prom. KIS’ homecoming featured a hollywood theme, filled with Oscar statues made of balloons, an all-you-can-eat buffet style appetizer table sponsored by On The Border, photo booths, and of course, a dance floor accompanied by a DJ. Student Council worked very hard on this project, and it was a great success. Students were able to forget about SATs and school until June for a whole night, while having a great time dancing, eating, and most importantly, enjoying one another’s company. Despite homecoming being something new for us KISians, it turned out such an amazing and memorable night. We look forward to next year’s homecoming dance, and more to come, as this years was a blast.

 

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

Header: Student Council

 

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)

Header: gloveo.com

SAT Testing Season 2015

It’s the season of stress.

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Collegeboard

On Saturday January 24, 2015, KIS students gathered early in the morning at the first floor of the high school building, awaiting the start of their SATs. This month’s tests included Subjects Tests from a wide variety, including Biology, Literature, US History, and Mathematics Level 1 and 2. Apart from the Subject Tests, KIS offered SAT 1 Tests as well.

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Yunji Lee (’16)

The majority of the test-takers were juniors, but there was a surprising amount of sophomores and even freshmen who took the recent test. One out of five test takers were sophomores, and an overwhelming 76% of the test takers were juniors. With Advanced Placement tests approaching and school work never ceasing, it is necessary to recognize the extra time and effort that would have been invested into preparing for January’s critical standardized test.

Knowing that the SAT scores play a vital role in college acceptance, the KIS society naturally grows tense regarding the scores. Because of this, it is of great surprise that 40% of the test takers were absent of regrets and moderately pleased with their performance on the 24th. It is still imperative, however, to be cautious about potential cancellation of test scores due to notorious cheating scandals.

Last October, test prep companies in Korea and China were accused and found guilty of illegally obtaining test materials. Consequently, scores were canceled; not only were the scores of those with an unfair advantage canceled, but also the scores of those who had prepared with dignity. Sarah Choi, a senior at KIS, agreed. “It is unfair that innocent people simply become helpless victims of a heinous crime, in this case, cheating,” she remarked.

Hopefully, this year’s test scores will be clean from crime and accepted by CollegeBoard.

– Becky Yang (’16)

Header: Collegeboard

Where is the Love?: An Article About Affection

Where is the love? Where is the affection? How do we find it? Is it even in KIS? Help us find out.

Is it truly Valentine’s week at KIS? Is it truly KISRAK week? It’s hard to believe so when – too often – the sight of sleep-deprived, brain-dead students milling around the campus is omnipresent during such a (supposedly) delightful holiday week. Too often the thought of affection is obscured by our other worries. How do we show our affection? How do we show our friends that we truly do care about them more than our APs and GPA? And more importantly, do we show it enough?

According to the wise words of Joonyon Park (’15),

“I simply believe the amount of time committed towards a person equates to the level of affection given. The more time you spend thinking, giving, and sharing with them, the more love there is between you and them. You start caring, together.”

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‘Affection’ depends on the person. We all have our different ways of showing affection, ranging from sentimental to tear-jerking to quirky. Here are what some of the most affectionate people of KIS had to say about their charming and warm-hearted ways of showing affection:

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“When I’m expressing care and love for my friends I hug them very often and literally tell them I love them on a daily basis. They tell me that I’m really annoying when I do that but I know they return the affection deep inside… at least I hope so.” – Sara Kim (’18)

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“I do things before they ask because I’d already have known exactly what they need/want. I’d carefully choose my words when talking to them to not hurt them in anyway. I’d look them in the eyes just to assure them that I am fully drawn into what they have to say.

P.S. OLIVIA IS AVAILABLE.”

– Olivia Kim (’16)

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“To me it all starts with language. How do you show affection though language? How do you express your true feelings to someone, show your appreciation, show your love?

Small notes left behind, quick text messages sent, welcoming words at the door when the person you love arrives home.

Truly looking into a person’s eyes and telling them how much they mean to you, how much your life would be incomplete without them. How much happiness they bring to each day. How you can’t wait to have dinner together during breakfast, how you’re excited about the next trip together, how you love listening to their stories.

Then you hug, or kiss, or smell their hair. That’s affection.”

– Mr. van Moppes

 

Even the little things count…

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“I try to talk more with them… and if I really care about someone I will listen more carefully to their worries and problems.”

– Austin Kim (’16)

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“I’m not good with mushy stuff so it’s generally trying to do little things that aren’t super sentimental but are thoughtful, like a good luck note before a dreaded test etc.”

– Stephanie Yang (’15)


In the end, it truly are the simple things that matter. The little pick-me-ups that help you get going- whether its a brief smile or a “good luck.” Affection reminds us that someone will always be by your side to help you carry on. Take some time this week (or really, any week) to really savor such moments, to truly show how much you care.

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