KIS’s New Badminton Team

A new sports team.

Juniors Peter Ha and Eric Kweon, after prolonged efforts to reinstate the KIS badminton team, have recently obtained approval from Athletics Director Mr. Vreugdenhil.

Badminton is now an official winter KIS sport for the first time in almost four years, and will be competing in assorted sporting events such as KAIAC and AISA, coached by either Mr. Ashok Shanishetti or Ms. Christy Yang. Each of the boys and girls teams will be admitting 10-13 members. Peter and Eric’s request for badminton to be classified as a varsity sport is under review by the administration. Those who are interested in joining the team can fill out this interest form.

–William Cho (’21)



Why We Run – The Secrets Of Cross Country

The benefits of Cross Country far outweigh the struggle.

PC: Eliot Juno Yun ’19

Do you ever feel like you just don’t do enough in your life? You never go on volunteer trips because you’re too shy, too lazy, or don’t speak Korean… You never sign up or get into school clubs or committees that look pretty on other people’s college applications… I’m sure that at some point in your life, you’ve felt like this—hopeless.

The prejudiced summary of what people think when they hear “cross country” is all about the physical and mental stress that it puts on you and the terrible struggles you face throughout, but as a member of the team, I can say that this is not the whole truth. I asked a few questions to one cross-country captain, Jenny Lee…

(Interviewer): “Do you think that people should join cross-country?”

(Jenny – XC Captain): “Yes, definitely. Cross-country is a very beneficial sport… ”

(Interviewer): “Why?”

(Jenny): “Well, I guess cross-country just fits a wider variety of people… ”

One main benefit of cross-country is physical health. By running, you will gain muscle strength and endurance—and most likely your dream six-pack—but there are even more advantages you will receive. According to an article from Harvard Health, a runner’s risk of death by anything in general is reduced by 30% and their risk of death by strokes or heart attacks is reduced by 45%. Another article from the WomensRunning magazine stated that simply running 5 minutes each day was enough to decrease your risk of getting cardiovascular disease by 45%. Another fact is that you will undoubtedly end up drinking a much higher amount of water which has its own enormous set of health benefits on its own.

Another benefit of cross-country is mental health. According to the WomensRunning magazine, running reduces your risk of depression by 19%. And as they say, cross-country is a mental sport. The more you improve, the stronger your mind will be in terms of not giving up—which is a far more important skill than you might think. Cross-country is known as a mental sport because it focuses on long-distance running. You run at a certain pace for an extended period of time. Because of this, you have to spout nonsense positivity at yourself for the entire race to keep going, which has a surprisingly effective and positive impact on your mental state. The harder you try, the prouder you’ll be, and even if you don’t try that hard, you’ll still gain some degree of respect for yourself because you’re simply able to withstand that mental challenge.

There are no judgements in Cross-country—unless you brag to people about how hard it is and how amazing you are because you’re on the team. Age or social status doesn’t matter. You will be accepted into the team no matter how strange you are. And to be absolutely honest, the team members might be the weirdest you’ll ever meet—including the coaches. I observed that everyone was running their own race. Cross-country may be a team, but we are all running our own individual races to improve ourselves.

The students that don’t do this sport usually say they don’t do cross-country because they’re not good at running. According to several members of the team, “whether you are good at running or not, doesn’t really matter”—it is just an excuse for their lack of motivation. Of course, this may not be true and some students may prioritise other sports or activities over cross-country, but if you’ve got nothing else to do, why not take just two hours of your time slacking off, procrastinating, and simply sign a few forms that say “Off campus agreement” and “Medical release form”, etc… that really mean, “I want to improve myself”.

Running is hard. There is no denying that it is, but I’d argue that dying of heart attacks, strokes, or cancer is just as stressful. Do you not believe that practising alongside these funny, enjoyable team members to get a healthier, stronger body, stronger mind, and greater respect for yourself and others, is worthwhile? You may say you’re never going to join cross-country, that it’s not worth the shaky breath, the sweat, the aches and cramps, but as one of the captains has said before, “People should join cross-country for its benefits, and for the fact that it fits a variety of people”.

What she meant by this, was that no matter how short, how tall, how unpopular, popular, or smart you are, the team will care for you—so long as you treat everyone else with true, unbiased respect. You will be given immediate value for joining and you will learn to love yourself and be more confident. I have never seen more equal, accepting, and supportive a family as the KIS cross-country team.

– Michelle Lee (‘22)

Featured image: Eliot Juno Yun (’19)

Introducing the ’18-’19 Varsity Basketball Teams

Catch up with the two ’18-’19 Basketball Varsity Teams.

Jennie Yeom is the captain of the girl’s varsity basketball team. -Ed.

Although many began the tryouts in November, worrying about the large gap the departed seniors left last season, the week of tryouts was a chance to work with the new balance of players as up-and-coming athletes from the ‘22 class joined the varsity team.

In the girl’s varsity team, as eight members of last year’s team graduated, this year’s team is a group of young athletes: one freshman, four sophomores, six juniors, and one senior. It is an understatement to say that it is challenging, as both captain and player, to make up for the 8 graduated seniors. Ashley Woo (12), a veteran player, tells me that “many [members of the team] were worried in the beginning, including myself.”

However, what the team may lack in experience, the amount of energy put into each practice and game makes up for it, so everyone is hoping to build and strengthen their skills in the next few weeks before the AISA and KAIAC tournaments. Although the beginning of this season wasn’t the way some of the veteran members of the team hoped for, pushing each other together through a newfound sense of camaraderie is my ultimate goal. “I think this season has been working out a lot better than we were expecting,” Ashley tells me.

The boy’s varsity team is a gang of skilled players of familiar faces. Through the packed practice schedules, the team expects to get more familiar with the plays and develop their ability to work together. Here are what a few varsity basketball players had to say about the team:

“I think the varsity team is different. Most of the players were already part of the team last year so the chemistry is already established. I’m excited for this year” – Joon Lee (‘19)

“My first game as a varsity player made me nervous. With new teammates and new plays, it was hard for me to adjust to the new environment. However, with the encouragement of coaches and captains, I was able to perform well and contribute to the team, despite the lack of practice time we were given.” – Jay Lee (‘20)

To briefly summarize the team’s work in the first semester, the first home game was against GSIS on December 21. Both teams kicked off a great start of their KAIAC season with a 47:16 win for the girls and a 75:27 win for the boys. Then, they traveled to APIS and DWW for more victory with Phoenix at 3-0 in conference play. The following week, however, was tough against the Tigers. At Chadwick, while the girls fell a bit short, the boys got back on track with a big win.

After the winter break, there will three home games on tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday against Chadwick, SIS, and APIS, respectively, in the Phoenix gym. With the rematch against Chadwick on January 16th at 3:30pm, please come support the Phoenix athletes!

Keep up with our teams’ progress through Instagram (@kis_athletics) and cheer on the players during home games! Game schedules can be found here.

– Jennie Yeom (’20)

Featured Image: Diane Kim (’19)

Fall Sports and Why Sports are Important

The start of November marks another closure to a season of sports.

Starting from the first week of school, fall sports tryouts were well on their way to select the best athletes for KIS’s fall sports: tennis, volleyball, and cross country. Athletes went through a grueling first week, working to outcompete others to make the final cut. Once the team rosters were finalized, athletes committed to daily after-school practices except for Mondays. Practices for volleyball and cross country started as soon as school to end just a bit past 5 PM. Unfortunately for tennis, because the “home” courts were located off campus, practices usually ended much earlier – around 4:45.

Once all three sports were 2 weeks into their practices, athletes attended their first game which continues until the KAIAC tournament in which all teams compete with each other in their respective league. For the varsity teams, selected members are given the opportunity to participate in additional tournaments that are usually held overseas.  Varsity cross country and volleyball athletes alternate years hosting the AISA tournament or competing in Japan. For tennis, athletes travel abroad to the International School of Beijing (ISB) to participate in the Dragon Tournament.

With fall sports having their final week of practice just over a week ago, here’s how they have finished their seasons:

  • The junior varsity volleyball teams placed 5th place
  • The varsity girls volleyball team placed 5th in the KAIAC conference, 4th in the KAIAC tournament, and 4th in the AISA tournament
  • The varsity boys volleyball team placed 1st in the KAIAC conference, 5th in the KAIAC tournament, and 1st in the AISA tournament
  • The varsity girls cross country team placed 1st in the KAIAC conference, 1st in the KAIAC tournament, and 1st in the AISA tournament
  • The boys cross country team placed 2nd in the KAIAC conference, 2nd in the KAIAC tournament, and 1st in the AISA tournament
  • The varsity boys tennis team placed 3rd in the KAIAC conference, 3rd in the KAIAC tournament, and 3rd in the Dragon Tournament
  • The varsity girls tennis team placed 3rd in the KAIAC conference, 3rd in the KAIAC tournament, and 4th in the Dragon Tournament

The final event on the list for all sports was the banquet in which coaches present accolades for each team: the Most Valuable Player award, Most Improved Player award, and the Coach’s Award. The cross country held their own banquet separately, as they usually do, due to the large number of cross-country athletes. The banquet for the tennis and volleyball teams was held the next day. As each sports team was called up, the coaches recognized the athletes and presented the awards to the most exceptional athletes. The banquet was emotional for coaches and athletes especially when senior athletes were recognized for their final year. Following the tradition, the managers for each team presented a video of the highlights of the season in which the athletes were able to celebrate their final moments of the season.

Sports have been an imperative constituent of the numerous extracurricular activities that are offered in KIS. KIS highly values sports and the profound benefits of sports, and for good reason.

Having been involved in the tennis team since my freshman year, I cherish the memories I’ve made through the team over the past few years. I was able to bond with student-athletes and sports managers I most likely wouldn’t have even talked to if it were not for my involvement on the tennis team. Luckily this year, as members of each grade level was on the members of the tennis team, I was able to meet various freshmen and sophomores. I’ve also befriended students from other schools whom I have met during various games or the Dragon tournament. From traveling abroad and eating amazing food to simply cheering on our teammates, all of the experiences have been a joy. All the team dinners, always followed by noraebangs sessions, were always fun too. Even if we didn’t come out victorious, sport teams are great because they act as a great stress-reliever and an amazing way of sharing memories with fellow teammates.

Here some students’ responses when I asked them what they like being on their sports team:

Playing tennis on the team for the past years have helped me let off stress in the times that I needed most. More importantly, the team has helped me bond and be a part of a new family.
-Diane Kim (Captain of Varsity Girls Tennis) (’19)

After injuring myself playing basketball, I gave a volleyball a try. After playing for a while, I began to love the sport and be good at it which allowed me to participate on the volleyball team for the 4th year. I also love the friends I have made while being on the team; overall, I just love the sport so, so much.
-Richard Chung (’19)

– Andy Kim (’20)

Featured Image: Eliot Yun (’19)

Phoenix basketball teams make history again.

Both KIS varsity basketball teams displayed victorious resilience at the AISA (Association of International Schools in Asia)  tournament, each bringing back plaques from Busan and Seoul. The tournament took place in Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) and Seoul International School (SIS) on February 2nd to 3rd. The boys won AISA championship, and the girls earned bronze medal.

Despite winning both games easily on Friday, 2 February 2018,  against BIFS and YIS, the girls experienced a heartbreaking loss at the semi finals against SIS by only two points. However, the team rebounded strongly against Yokohama International School (YIS). The game was intense as the girls were trailing until the unforgettable 4rth quarter, scoring 17 to 3 by Clare Kwon (‘18) and Hannah McCullough (‘18). As for the boys, in spite of a tough first day, the team won SIS and Chadwick to bring home the championship. Along with Andy Yang (‘19) hitting the big last three pointer, Danny Choi (‘18), Ryan Choi (‘18), and Juno Park (‘20) played impressively throughout the tournament.

The following week on February 10th, the girls traveled to APIS and the boys to GSIS for the KAIAC championship. Varsity girls finished their season with 3rd place, and varsity boys with 2nd place. Great finish!!

28822619_2076878279246614_1898600698_oLet’s take a look at several team members’ outlooks about the 2017-18 season!

Q. How did your last basketball season in KIS turn out?

A. This last season was the best season yet. I had a team that was hard-working and passionate, always willing to do the work necessary to be a great team. This

season wasn’t all about winning; it was about learning how lose gracefully, and come back stronger. Thanks to my awesome team and amazing co-captain, this was a season to remember. (Hannah McCullough ‘18)

Q. How did you feel about this year’s basketball season and team?

A. For me personally, this particular Basketball Season had a very different feel to it then other sports and activities that I was a part of throughout high school. The main reason behind this feeling was because of the strong relationships I had with teammates. I felt like each and every teammate in the team truly cared for one another and wished success for others. Although there were some ups and downs throughout the season, the team was able to stabilize itself and keep moving forward. This season was also very meaningful, because it was the last season for both of the coaches, Coach Ball and Coach Bryant. I feel like I was able to build strong relationships with the coaches and thinking that it was going to be my last season with them, it just motivated me to work harder and win for them. All these factors building upon another, the season was pretty successful as we managed to win two championships out of the three available. (Ryan Lee ‘20)

Q. What do you want tell the next year’s team?

A. If I could offer some advice to next year’s team, I would say to have fun but also to make sure to always keep your head in the game. Basketball is a sport that requires all members of a team to be giving their 100% at all times—only then can the team be successful. If you are always willing to try your best, I promise you that playing on our school’s basketball team will be an unforgettable experience. I’ve personally learned so much from working with such a passionate group of people and met so many new friends that have become important in my life through basketball. Don’t be afraid to get to know your teammates—they’re probably just as weird and funny as mine were and they turned out to be amazing people! I wish good luck to you all and I hope you survive through all the sweet sixteens!

– Jennie Yeom (’20)

Tennis Team’s China Tournament Trip

Dive into the intense action of the matches walk along the Great Wall of China with the KIS varsity tennis team!

Early before the sunrise on October 13th, 10 players of the KIS tennis varsity team joined together at KIS to make their way to Beijing, China as a participant of the Dragon Cup Shengyi Tournament. The annual AISA tournament, hosted in Japan, was canceled but fortunately, the team was invited to join a league in China.  

As the team made their way to Gimpo Airport at 6 in the morning, a pleasant surprise was waiting to wake up the exhausted team: the boy-band BTS! Following a swarm of fangirls, the team caught a glimpse of each member of BTS as they headed towards their flight.  

The team landed in China that morning and was greeted by the immense size of Beijing International Airport.  The morning was a great hassle, checking into the hotel and rushing over to ISB, International School of Beijing, to greet the other schools.

There were four schools participating in this tournament: SIS-our longtime rival as well as Korean ally, WAB-Western Academy of Beijing, ISB-the host school, and our very own KIS.  The first day, KIS went against the two Chinese teams, showing strong team spirit and perseverance against their tough matches.  Although the results were not the best, all members of the KIS team improved from the many matches and learned new skills from their competitors.  

Kicking off the second day by chanting the KIS cheer to ripple throughout the courts, the team prepared for a long but rewarding 8 hours.  This tournament created an opportunity for Lauren Kim (‘18) and Andy Kim (‘20), formerly singles players, to join together to form a mixed doubles team.  Andy Kim described the experience as a “unique experience that could only be acquired by this tournament.”  The player who managed to win the most games was Sihun Choi, captain of the boy’s team, beating both an SIS player and a player from ISB.

Q: What do you think the team has gained most from the Dragon Cup Shengyi Tournament and the China trip itself?

The Dragon Cup Tournament was definitely a different experience from the typical AISA tournaments that our school usually partakes in. Through this tournament, our school was able to meet new schools along with new people which all in all gave us a chance to not only make friends but learn from others as we played against them. The Dragon Tournament was also an opportunity for our team to bond with each other; while on the plane, the bus while eating Beijing duck, while rigorously negotiating at Chinese flea markets, and of course, while playing tennis. It’s with no doubt that thanks to this tournament, our team not only benefitted from the competitive playing that took place but also the endless bonding that brought us so closely together.

– Lauren Kim (‘18)

The funniest and happiest moment during the trip for me was…

“When the girls started running towards Sephora, shrieking and yelling, while the guys stood in the distance looking dumbfounded.” – Diane Kim (’19)

“Walking out of the school after finishing the last of my matches, singing along with my teammates.” – Michelle Shin (‘21)

“Yelling ‘YEAH BOI’ with my Chinese opponents before and after our games.” – Danny Jung (‘19)

The hardest moment during the trip for me was…

“Taking more time struggling to order in Chinese than actually eating the food.” – John Heo (‘19)

“When I went to tiebreak during my last game, after the previous 6 hours I had spent playing tennis.” – Sihun Choi (‘19)

The bus rides were always overflowing with laughter and off-key singing, as all members of the team sang and rapped their favorite songs at the top of their lungs.  Upon interviewing the SIS team, most players said they remembered KIS as the school with the “loudest and merriest, but also the most horrible singing they’ve heard”.  

The last day was wrapped up with a visit to the Great Wall of China, a world-renowned monument of China, along with the SIS tennis team.  The now-heavily bonded team cheerfully walked along the wall, despite their aching muscles from the previous days of arduous matches.  

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– Michelle Shin (’21) and Sophie Yang (’21)

Varsity Tennis Teams are Back, Quarreling With the Weather

Join the Tennis Varsity Team on a flashback through try-outs and the first few weeks of practice!

The tennis team is often overlooked because the game itself doesn’t hold the “thrill” of scoring goals or the spirit of the crowd’s roaring cheers, but could YOU play with a ball that’s smaller than your palm that cannot come into contact with your body, all while battling against the weather everyday?

August in South Korea is notorious not only for the unmanageably hot and humid weather but also for the constant downpours of rain.  The tennis team’s quarrel against the fluctuating weather can be seen throughout tryouts and the first few weeks of practice.  

Let’s hear about the tryouts from the boy’s captain Sihun Choi (’19):

“Try-outs were an extremely hard choice as we saw so many talented players with promising potential and skill.  There were many new faces, and as the captain, I’m happy that more and more people are gaining interest for tennis and continuing for days under the intense heat.”

The team faced many mini adventures together because of the weather.  Practices got cancelled and the team headed to the fitness gym to work out, but then piled on the bus and rushed to the tennis courts once the rain had stopped.  The rain began to fall right upon arrival at the courts, and the 23 players, managers, and coach scrambled to huddle under a tree to find shelter from the raindrops.  From spending half of practice cleaning and scraping rain water off the tennis courts to dealing with water-soaked tennis balls that would not bounce, the tennis team truly is determined to fight against the rain.  

When the team isn’t battling the rain, they are busy keeping themselves hydrated in the sweltering heat.  As the rays of sun beating down on the heads of players, they give it their best to exert all their strength upon the ball to serve and swing.  This season, Coach Shanishetti is putting more emphasis on fitness training, and as a result, players display true dedication through running suicides in 34 degree weather.  Not only is there only one coach for both the girl’s and boy’s team, but overall both teams are very young.  This means the four captains hold a bigger responsibility than ever to lead the Varsity Team to success.   

Let’s hear what the players are looking forward to this season!

“I’m looking forward to the team bonding this year. Although the team is overall on the young side, there are a mix of unique personalities and talents that I’m super excited to get to know and see in action during our games!”

– Lauren Kim (‘18), Girl’s Captain

“In contrast to my previous year of being detached to the somewhat intimidating upperclassmen, I hope to utilize this year to create lasting bonds with both underclassmen and upperclassmen on the girls’ and boys’ tennis team.”

– Andy Kim (‘20), second season

“I’m looking forward to getting closer with every member of the team!”

– Vicky Lee (‘21), first season

All the members seem to be eager to get closer with each other through practices, games, and team bonding sessions.  Even through occasional disorganized practices, taking the bus to and from the courts everyday, and dealing with unpredictable weather, this year’s team shows an overload of positive energy and passion that will surely achieve their goals.

– Michelle Shin (’21)

Featured Images: Claire Yoon (’18)


Varsity Volleyball Teams ‘17-’18 are Back

New members, new warmups, new teams. The KIS Varsity Volleyball teams are ready to start another stunning season!

Anxiety. Anticipation. Ambition.

As the 3 o’clock bell rang on a Tuesday afternoon, the air immediately filled with avidity. 56 hopeful high school students marched into the court to try out for the Varsity Volleyball teams. Four enervating days flew by as coaches hustled back and forth the sweaty court to finalize two teams of 12, while athletes performed fatiguing exercise routines and nonstop running.

Having lost a big part of the team, the girls varsity team in particular is striving towards growing stronger bonds and communication on and off the court packed with tension in order to come together as a more concrete group. The boys team, on the other hand, is targeting for a more successful season with remarkable results. Both teams, however, are planning to participates in both KAIAC and AISA (Association of International Schools in Asia) tournaments this fall. Speaking of which, the KIS teams played remarkably and kicked off the season with a positive note on the Korean Classics Tournament:
Boys Varsity Volleyball Team

Win vs TCIS (2-1: 25-15, 22-25, 15-11)
Loss vs YISS (1-2: 22-25, 25-18, 13-15)
Win vs SIS (2-1: 25-20, 15-25, 15-11)

Let’s see several team members’ outlooks for the team and this season!
Q. As a veteran member, what are some advice you would like to give to underclassmen teammates?

A.  “I understand that there will be ups and downs in the season, and at some point the underclassman might lose hope completely, but with hard work and consistent effort I know they can pull themselves out of slumps and continue to strive to be the best they can be.” – Hyunwoo Kang (’19)
“My advice would be to be confident at all times. When a player is not confident or has doubt with one’s skills, they would not be able to perform as well. Though being humble is always good a bit of cockiness can follow along. Also relax and enjoy the game, then you will able to focus on the game and perform better as an athlete.” – Kai Kim (’18)
Q. As the captain for the varsity volleyball team, what do you look forward to this season?

A. “I look forward to working with my team because we are a new and young team this year, and although we do have some things to work on, after our Korean Classics Tournament that we just had, I think that we will be able to keep our legacy (sounds cheesy but it’s true)! Also, I’m looking forward to the weird team bondings we are going to have.” – Yerina Kim (’18)
Q. What are some aspects you are excited about and worried about towards this season?

A. “I am excited that there are many new players so there is lots of potential for the future, but I am also worried for defense of our game since many of the graduates who played last year were strong passers.”  – Gyuri Hwang (’19)
Q. What are some things the team is aiming for this season?

A. “We definitely believe that improving our physical capabilities on the court is crucial to success, but it is our mental game that is truly valuable for beating other teams.” – Muchang Bahng (’19)
Q. How do you think the team will pull through the season with such a young team?

A. “A lot of people think it’s a concern to have such a young team. However, I personally think that with new spirits and bright minds, we can pull through this year pretty well. Also, even though there are a lot of new people, we are pretty strong so I don’t think we can handle this year pretty well” – Stella Yun (’18)

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PC: Ellen Kim (’18)

PC: Ellen Kim (’18)

Our next KIS home game is on Saturday, September 9th, with girls in the Phoenix Gym and boys in the Upper Gym. Come support both teams by cheering them on to bring home welcoming results. See you all there, Phoenix!

– Jennie Yeom (’20)

Featured Image: Ellen Kim (’18)

Is it Underrated?

A question that arises in the field of every sport: are girls’ underrated with sports?

Precise. Control. Accuracy. Pass after pass. Kick after kick. The perfect measurement of the foot in collision with the smooth ball creates a crisp pop sound, an indication that the ball was satisfyingly kicked. As the net juts back to receive the impact of the spinning ball’s force, the buoyant  sound of the crowd joins the huddled team’s celebration cheer. GOAL. The scent of dirt and grass lingers on the uniform and the constant concentration on the twenty white and twelve black hexagon designed ball for 80 minutes straight. The nostalgic scent brings back the nostalgic memories in the legacy that the girls have created for the past few years.

Korea International School Varsity Soccer. The girls’ and boys’ teams have started off strong with 1-0 win from boys and 6-1 win from girls. Despite the outstanding performance of both teams, it seems like this statement always pops up: the girls won with more goals, because it was easier for them. But what’s the difference? The teams both play soccer, right? But the crowds and cheers are definitely bigger for the boys’ home games than the girls’. The girls may complain about their practices or bruises, but people question the girls, expressing doubt. “Do you girls run more suicides than the boys? I don’t think so.” Or “You girls don’t even get hurt during soccer games, but the boys are always on the ground.”

So, is the girls’ soccer team underrated? Let’s hear some opinions from people within and outside of the soccer team.

Do you think that the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team at KIS is underrated? If so, what makes you think that?

“Personally no. The girls rarely lose any games…”

  • Ricky Seo, goalie for Boys’ Varsity Soccer (‘18)

“Although I often can’t make it to the games, I hear little bits and conversations about them. Most of the time, they are about the boys’ physicality and how that resulted in yellow cards, but I never hear about the girls. However, when I look at the statics during yearbook for the girls’ soccer games, it shows surprising results of consecutive wins.”

  • San Yun (‘18)

“I think it is kind of underrated because 1. They have a winning streak, but no one really says much. There is no news about the girls games and results. In general I just think that the girls should be advertised more.”

  • Yerina Kim (‘18)

“I do think the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team at KIS is underrated. Many factors contribute to my stance, but the most principal would be the fact that we are girls. Soccer is a worldwide popular sport, unrivaled by any other. However, when we discuss the term “soccer,” there is an unexpressed but obvious message: ‘men’s soccer.’ Whether it be founded on a historical or physical background, women in sports have faced derogatory remarks, often being compared to men. And the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team was not an exception. You often ask KIS students and faculty if they are coming to a home game or not, and the response you get is not a definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but rather a question of who plays first, girls or boys? Why does this matter? They both play “soccer,” right?  I think it should take on a new meaning. The relative performance does not depend on gender but of skill. This season, girls have been performing extremely well setting records such as 7:1, 6:0, and on. It is time for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team to take a new meaning for the KISians.”

  • Jee-In Kwon, a defender of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team (‘18)

“Yes, I think the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team at KIS is underrated. Despite the fact that the girls were undefeated and 1st place for both KAIAC, Korean-American Interscholastic Activies Conference,  conference and tournament, our team is still not as known as other sports teams in our school. Even at home games, people either only stay for the boys’ game or don’t even come on the days girls play first, thinking that girls soccer game is not worth a watch because it will not be “fun”. I hope people recognize our team’s hard work. Our next home game is on April 19th against GSIS and I encourage all of you to come and support our team!”

  • Alice Yoo, a defender of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team (‘18)


The question also rises in the professional field where men and women have a contrasting difference in pay, safety, and etc.

So although you may have not witnessed the girls do those belly-diving headers, rabona, or the roulette, just know that’s not what makes the game: it’s the teamwork.

That being said, please come support the girls AND boys at the last home game on April 19th!

Featured Image: Sydney Rich (’18)

– Tae- Young Uhm (’18)


Preparation Guidelines For A Swim Meet

With some solid base training, now is the time for KIS Varsity swimmers to show what they’ve got.

With the realization that mid-spring season is just around the corner, KIS Varsity swimmers from coast to coast are getting their goggles ready, priming up for one of the biggest meets of the year. KAIAC A/B Tournament at Chadwick International School will occur for the span of two days, from March 10th to 11th. As important as the competition is to the swim team as a whole, the swimmers have likewise shaved and tapered off their times to get prepped for the big race.  After weeks of investing all of the after school practices and those seemingly impossible routine sets, the opportunity to garner the rewards of the hard work is up to the students themselves. Now, it is the matter of how each and every swimmer is going to pull this off.

All swimmers are aware of the basic prerequisites needed to keep in mind before any race: rest, nutrition, gear, warm-up, and focus. It is clearly a given that double-checking on the essentials in a swim bag, consisting of a racing suit, goggles, cap, and any extraneous items such nutrition bars and dry towels, is crucial to do at least several days in advance. Along with a well-rested body and a positive, determined attitude, the swimmers would be able to get some of that pre-race anxiety off – the psychological and physical well-being in check. However, what other additional series of checklists do swimmers follow besides the very basics? After asking some of the fellow KIS student athletes, a wide array of responses revealed a lot more secrets to a good swim.

1. What do you do few days before a swim meet in preparation for the race?

“To be honest, I am the type to pack up everything the night before a meet, instead of doing it several days early. Few things I do before the race is of course carbo-load, such as whole-wheat pasta and lots of fruits and vegetables. I also learned recently that listening to music helps me get rid of the pre-race jitters as well, something to pump me up with a heavy, fast beat.”

– Matthew Lee, Sophomore

Girls getting ready for the next event (PC: Ashley Kim)


2. What do you do on the day of the swim meet?

“Nothing much. I just try to sleep early the night before, and on the day of the meet, I basically try not to eat anything. Maybe I’ll allow a banana or two, but nothing else because if I feel too full, I can’t swim as fast as I want to. It’s also important to drink some water in between breaks.”

– Sarah Hong, Junior


Only a few seconds away from jumping off the diving board (PC: Ashley Kim)



3. How do you deal with peer pressure and unfamiliar environments during a swim meet?

“Although at times I am caught under unfamiliar environments, especially as the only freshmen girl on the swim team, I often try my best to ‘adapt’ to such conditions by beginning conversations with other swimming team members or speaking to other school swimmers. Referring to peer pressure, I don’t think I am necessarily uncomfortable in new conditions; however, it is true that I attempt to ‘flow with the crowd’ by cheering on other team mates or by preparing for my own strokes.”

– Jennifer Kim, Freshmen 

Members having fun after the relays (PC: Ashley Kim)

The best swimmers in the world have techniques that help them perform to their utmost ability, and they consider these strategies as they prep for tournaments. Obviously, the central objective of a swim meet is to see who can swim the fastest – to bring swimmers together and have them compete against one other. But the competition is only a part of the swim meet experience. Regardless of the outcome, good sportsmanship and enjoying the sheer participation of events are included in the sport that students work so hard to be part of.

A key point to remember about tournaments is that it is also supposed to be fun, full of cheering each other on and bonding with other school swimmers. Alongside these mental side notes, months of swimming and planning with intent always lead to a successful swim meet.

– Ashley Kim (’18)