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.

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)

Featured Image: Yearbook

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)

Varsity Girl’s Volleyball Back Strong for Another Season

Introducing the dynamic VGV team.

This year’s Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team welcomes back 5 returning members, Sarah Chin (12), Faith Choi (12), Gina Lee (12), Hyun Jung Choi (12), and Yumi Kim (11). With 7 seniors having graduated and left the team, 8 new spots are filled by Lynn Baik (11), Hannah Lee (11), Lisa Han (11), Yu Jeong Lee (11), Amy Jung (10), Hannah McCullough (10), Yerina Kim (10), as well as newcomer Se Eun Park (12).

Having lost a big part of the team, the fairly new VGV team is working towards growing strong bonds and communication on and off the court. And having built up more experience and ‘teamness’ through the past few friendly games with SFS and YISS, the VGV team, led by Coach Kelly (Papa Kelly) and Coach Selbo (Mama Selbo), is back strong and ready for the 2015 season. Speaking of which, our girls beat SIS on Saturday at their first away game by 3 to 1 sets! What a comeback!

(Yun Ji Chung)

As our girls continue their season covered in bruises, dreading climbing up the stairs block after block with sore muscles, and getting through the conditioning and practices as a team, the VGV team aims to win the KAIAC and AISA tournaments and continue on the KAIAC streak of all-round first place. So be there cheering for your fellow phoenix!

We can’t help but jump out of our seats when captains Sarah Chin (12) and Faith Choi (12) get their hits and blocks on point, when liberos Hannah Lee (11) and Lisa Han (11) get down low to dig them volleyballs, when hitters Gina Lee (12) and Se Eun Park (12) kill their cross shots, when setter Yumi Kim (11) sets and dives for every ball, and so on. Every member of the team has proven themselves as serious varsity players! So don’t miss out on the action at the home games on Wed Sept 16,  Sat Sept 19, Wed Oct 14 and Wed Oct 21! Let’s bring some school spirit and encourage our both the girls and boys teams to bring the trophies home!


Hyun Jung Choi (’16)