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THE KNIGHT TIMES Official Student Newspaper of Episcopal High School
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Potential future Knights celebrate EHS acceptance
Volume 34, Issue 8
Math Club sponsors “Pre-Pi” Celebration
Math Club organizes annual Pre-Pi Day/IDM celebration during 5A and 5B lunch
CLAIRE FRANKFORT Staff Writer Update: Due to school postponement as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, the Knight Celebration has been cancelled. With the end of the year in sight, the incoming Freshmen Class of 2024 is also gearing up for a new school and new people. Future Knights were sent acceptance letters before Spring Break, and Episcopal sets aside a (k)night to celebrate their admittance to EHS. Knight Celebration is an evening to welcome new faces with alumni, parents, students, faculty, and, of course, cookies in attendance. The school has been doing this for quite some time now and as Mrs. Wasden, Director of Admissions, says, “it’s a fun night and a chance for us to welcome our newly admitted knights” into the school. The night starts with a brief welcome from Head of School Ned Smith. Afterwards, the new coming parents and students have time to visit with their new classmates, ask questions, and explore the school, specifically the school store. Mrs. Wasden’s favorite part of the night is “to see everyone at the store buying new belts, sweatshirts, and bandanas”, and to just see them get so excited to be a Knight. During this time, each department is assigned to a different classroom to answer specific questions, including college counseling, fine arts, and coaches from different sports. The main purpose for this celebratory night is to simply socialize and allow new Knights to feel welcome to the EHS community. While some families that come to the event are still unsure about where they will be attending high school, most of the students know that they will be joining the family. Because the students are already excepted “you look at a school differently when you know it’s a real option,” says Mrs. Wasden. “We just want them to feel how excited we are to have them here.” As the students of EHS are getting ready to end the year for summer, the new students of Episcopal are getting ready to end the school year and move on to a new, exciting opportunity.
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Math Club sponsor Dr. Joanna Papakonstantinou joins her team at the Pre-Pi Day Bake Sale. Photo by Bailey Junell. BAILEY JUNELL Editor-in-Chief
The Math Club, sponsored by Dr. Papakonstantinou, celebrated Pre-Pi Day and International Day of Math on March 12. The club arranged for a bake sale to take place along with various math competitions, including a video game tournament with Dr. Fullarton. The math contest gave students a chance to win gift cards and other prizes. Learn more about Pre-Pi Day on Page 2
EHS Spring Art trips spark creativity in students CHARLOTTE SULLIVAN Staff Writer Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus and subsequest cancellation of arts trips, the Arts Department at EHS planned to introduce students to various forms of art across the country. In the past, students have traveled to distant locations such as Chicago, Crane Garden, Methodist Hospital, and Enchanted Rock in Texas. This year, trips were planned to Louisiana, Burning Bones Press, and nearby Memorial High School allowed arts students to experience new insights into photo, studio arts, and publications. Photography students were headed to Louisiana to enjoy the architecture and beautiful nature around the area. Sponsored by Ms. Philbrick and Mr. Storlie, the trip included the viewing of some of the South’s earliest and most beautiful antebellum homes, including Oak Alley and Nottoway. While viewing these plantations, the students would have captured images of the ornate architecture of the historic homes. The trip also included a Swamp Tour of lush gardens and many 200-300-year-old oak trees, as well as a boat tour of the Atchafalaya Basin while the students photographed the various exotic birds, swamp nutria, and even alligators. Finally, the students were to view many galleries in the Baton Rouge area and
tour Louisiana State University’s photography program and campus. Studio Arts planned on going to the Houston Heights to create collagraph prints at Burning Bones Press. Headed by drawing and painting teacher Ms. Sharon Willcutts, this two-day workshop was to teach the technique of collagraph as well as let students create a series of prints. The intensive session was 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with lunch from Torchy’s Tacos. All in all, a great experience for the Studio Arts Department that will be revisited.
Finally, the Publications Program was headed to Memorial High school in Spring Branch to see how another high school operates its newspaper, yearbook, and broadcasting programs. Mr. David Framel planned for his students to learn more about the publication world through this collaboration with a neighboring school. Students interested in the Arts at EHS can deepen their knowledge through these specific trips. The hope is that in the future these trips can be completed, trips that will inspire fresh ideas to the Arts Pillar.
Photography students were to visit the Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana during spring arts trip. The students planned to photograph the plantation and its architecture. Photo courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottoway_Plantation.
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The Knight Times ∙ March 2020
JAKE SIEGEL Guest Writer
El 29 de febrero en Madrid abrieron una sistema de transporte público único. Abierto por la Empresa Municipal de Transporte (EMT), “Línea Cero” es una sistema de autobuses, completamente eléctricos, que también son gratuitos. Los autobuses viajaran por la zona que se llama Gran Vía, y como autobús
JOHN BRUTON Guest Writer
The Math Club would like to thank everyone who participated in our schoolwide event celebrating Pi Day, the International Day of Mathematics, and Einstein’s birthday. We had an incredible turnout, and we hope you had fun, learned a lot, and fed the machine. Congratulations to all who competed and won prizes. In January, 10 freshmen and sophomores, as well as 20 juniors and seniors, competed in the AMC 10 and AMC 12 respectively. The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) American Mathematics Competition (AMC) exams
consist of 25 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 75 minutes. They cover topics in high school mathematics and are designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. Congratulations to all participants, but special recognition goes to the top three scorers on each exam. In the AMC 10, Paige Naughton and Ava Gami tied for third place, Grayson Maki earned second, and Zach Donovan placed first. For the AMC 12, Alena Haney earned a third place, William Arntzen was runnerup, and Jake Siegel placed first. If you are interested in becoming a mathlete and competing in contests, please let us know.
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típico de la ciudad van a estar circulando la ciudad por 17 horas con un total de 32 paradas. Toda esta renovación y renacimiento del transporte publico es producto del proyecto “Madrid 360”, que desea convertir todos los autobuses de EMT a eléctricos antes de 2030.
Student choreography shines during Spring Dance Concert EMMA CLAIRE WHITE Staff Writer As the spring nears, the Dance Program has stepped up its rehearsals for the dance concert Focus Forward, and an increased excitement is in the air with tech week approaching soon. This past December, auditions were held to evenly distribute dancers across the performances planned. As part of these tryouts, dancers were taught several numbers and were scored based on their ability and overall performance. These girls and boys put in countless hours of late-night rehearsals and Saturday mornings, and each has gone the extra mile to prepare for the show. Unlike the fall concert, each spring
dance in the show is student-choreographed as students of the art bring some level of experience and dance background into the preparation of their pieces. This year, the concert has fifteen choreographers and fourteen dances. Some of the dances are co-choreographed as a way for students to collaborate with others and brainstorm new ideas. The name “Focus Forward” was chosen to emphasize the elements of dance, not only as a way of innovation but also an illustration of creation as each dance is the performance-brainchild of an EHS dance student. Elena Cokinos, co-captain of the dance team, says that she is “really excited for the performance, especially because everyone has worked so hard, both dancers and choreographers.”
Ben Wasden represents EHS during Texas Student Council BAILEY JUNELL Editor-in-Chief For the first time in EHS history, The Episcopal H. S. Student Council was elected to serve on the District 13 Executive Board for the Texas Association of Student Council’s during the 2020- 2021 school year. Junior Ben Wasden and Mrs. Courtney Lindloff are serving as the representatives to the board along with five other students who will serve as a committee to support them during this journey. The executive board meets every month and will be a great way to develop leadership skills as well as enhancing both the communities. In order to be chosen, Ben spoke at the District 13 Spring Meeting on February 25. In front of over 1000 people gathered from around the Houston area, Ben introduced himself and preceded to discuss Dude Be Nice Week, a special event that Student Council annually puts on at EHS. Afterward, Ben was elected and became the new Nova Delegate for the 2020-2021 school year. His job as the Nova Delegate is to help
Comenzando en frebrero, la gente de Madrid empezó usar el nuevo sistema de transporte público: el EMT. Foto cortesía de commons.wikimedia.org.
Math Club honors Pre- Pi Day BAILEY JUNELL Staff Writer The mathematical concept of pi is one that has consistently been drilled into students minds because of its prominent importance in math as well as in our daily lives. Pi appears in millions of calculations without the world knowing. From phones and supercomputers to construction and space, the concept of pi is important to our daily lives. Pi is a constant value used in math to represent the ratio of a circumference of a circle to diameter. Also known by its Greek letter “π,” the value of pi is 3.14159265359… (and so on).
National Pi Day, which occurs each year on March 14th, unifies the math community along with celebrating the impact of pi. In March 2009, the day became an official holiday recognized by UNESCO as International Day of Mathematics and is celebrated around the world. To top it all off, it is Albert Einstein’s birthday! The Episcopal Math Club and Dr. Papakonstantiou (Dr. P) put on the third annual Pre-Pi day celebration on March 12th. During both lunches students were treated with a bake sale and students participated in a math contest with a chance to win gift cards. All the proceeds from this bake sale funds EHS Students entries into high level math national and international competitions.
Ben Wasden at the Spring District 13 Student Council meeting where he was elected Nova Delegate. Photo courtesy of Bailey Junell. plan and run all the District 13 events and meetings throughout the year. He will help the board choose an overlying theme that becomes the overall goal that they strive to accomplish. “The most rewarding part is knowing that I will be able to serve a greater community and have an impact besides just at EHS.”
Students make their choices from the Math Club’s Pre-Pi Day bake sale. Photo by Bailey Junell.
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Entertainment ∙ Page 3
Houston Rodeo closes early Ramen done right at Takumi-Ichi CHARLOTTE SULLIVAN Staff Writer The 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, originally planned for March 3-22, was cancelled effective March 12 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Though roughly half of the annual event failed to be completed, various performers and rodeo performances were held. One of Houston’s most beloved traditions, HLSR is dedicated to benefitting youth, supporting education, and facilitating excellence in agricultural practices. Since its inception in 1932, HLSR has raised more than $500 million in scholarships and educational programs for Texas youth. The Rodeo has also provided the people of Texas with an awareness of western heritage and an appreciation of all that it stands for: a love of the land, a respect for family values, the joy of camaraderie, and the determination and sheer grit it takes to get a tough job done. Competitors from all over the world participate in traditional rodeo events such as saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping, and many others. The Livestock Show allowed young people across the state to show their animals and have an opportunity to earn a scholarship. Even youngsters age 5 to 6 were able to try their luck at Mutton Bustin’, an event where the children literally ride on the back of a sheep. Student artists also took part through the submission of original western-themed art to the School Art Committee. Performers this year that were able to perform reflected the diverse population of the city of Houston. From K-Pop to Willie Nelson, there was something for everyone. Approximately 2.5 million pairs of boots
were expected to walk through the gates and enjoy the shows, the carnival, and the exhibit hall, where vendors sold hats, boots, and western accessories. Food of all kinds was another attraction in itself. Texas favorites included barbeque, TexMex, and anything that can fit in a deep fryer. The 35,000 volunteers that spent countless hours working shifts on 107 different committees were an integral part of the Rodeo’s success. According to Chairman of the Board Jim Winne, “The Rodeo and the people I have met volunteering over the years hold a very special place in my heart.” That’s deep in the heart of Texas, y’all.
A young boy grasps his sheep in hopes of winning first place in the annual Mutton Bustin’ tradition at the Houston Rodeo. Courtesy of BestofHillCountry.com.
MICHAEL MCGINNIS Guest Writer After recently opening its doors on the corner of Westheimer and Fountain View, Takumi-Ichi Ramen is a restaurant that exemplifies excellence in every element of ramen. Believe it or not, ramen is something that is far more complicated to make than the cheap, packaged, microwave soup that you can buy at the supermarket. Real ramen has a rich (normally pork) broth, tender and succulent meat like chashu (pork belly), and noodles that necessitate a light chew. These are the core elements that make ramen amazing. Another important factor is the toppings, which can range to a variety of things but are most commonly a soft-boiled egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts (my favorite), green onions, and wood ear mushrooms. You can also find some more modern and exciting toppings to enhance the flavor profile of the soup such as corn, cabbage, and bok choy. The thing is, Takumi-Ichi ramen not only creates the main elements incredibly well but also manages to pick out the perfect toppings to add for each bowl. While the dining area is quite small, the service is very good and the atmosphere is very unique (especially at night). It is
an inviting place where you can bring friends and enjoy great ramen together. It also isn’t very expensive compared to most ramen restaurants. Its affordability is amazing when you consider the quality of the food. Other than ramen, they also serve something they call a ‘Chashu bun,’ which is a soft warm bread wrapped in very flavorful and intensely rich meat. It is honestly life changing. I highly recommend that you go and pay them a visit. I promise it will not disappoint.
Takumi Ichi Ramen, on Westheimer and Fountain View, serves delicious ramen and other foods. Photos by Michael McGinnis.
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The Knight Times ∙ March 2020 In an April Fools Day demonstration of creativity, The Knight Times proudly presents The Radish, a collection of news stories that failed to meet the final cut - in both quality and fact-finding.
Softball accepts one-year ban from SPC post-season Annual gala funds new senior (VYPE) The Bellaire Episcopal High School softball team has been historically one of the premier athletics programs in the Houston area, of that there is little doubt. After accomplishing an SPC title three-peat last season, the truth is all the more evident. It is because of this consistent success that the Southland Preparatory Conference announced last week that the Knights softball team will not be allowed to compete for the Spring 2020 title. Several complaints were presented to the governing board at a recent SPC administrators and athletic directors meeting where evidence of “unfair and unjust dominance” and a “clear case of inequity” existed within the sport. Further evidence of a four-peat from 2004-2007 and the impassioned statements from many representative coaches and players of opposing teams who agree
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that it is time to declare a new champion, “for a least one season.” Similar to SPC-member reactions to the dominance of Kinkaid and Episcopal in football, the topic has come under intense debate as schools “simply want a taste of a title.” Multiple board members agree that enough is enough for this legendary softball program, and some have even suggested that EHS should compete in TAAPS or even public-school state
qualifiers. From the Knights’ perspective on this issue, junior Madi Glover said, “Not sure why it is our fault when we consistently run rule other teams in our conference.” Senior Lexi Sagers also shared her thoughts, saying, “There’s no competition in the SPC. What if we swing one-handed or promise to close our eyes on defense? Would that even the game? Probably not.”
Is a squid the new mascot for EHS? (KT News) When EHS first started in 1983, the school lacked one important thing - a mascot to represent it. One of the main conflicts looming at this time was how to choose the mascot. The presiding administration gave the students the opportunity to decide. The student body subsequently voted and the overwhelming winner was the “Squid.” In light of the school’s infancy and the desire to put its best foot forward, the administration decided that student vote for a squid to represent the newly established Episcopal high school would not work. The present-day Knight was chosen as an alternative to the student vote because of its obvious connection to the Episcopal Church and because the then-headmaster had a dog named Knight. Today, Episcopal has become well known as the Knights. While the school has used the knight helmet logo and the word knight as the foundation of most of the branding and naming of its events, it has recently received a push to change the mascot to what some are calling its rightful symbolic figure – Squid. Certain alums who were at the school during its inception have sent letters to the school
Mr. Michael will teach new class in Bari
(AP) In a sign of innovative and advanced curricular investment, students will have the opportunity to sign up for a new language that has never been offered at Episcopal High School or any other high school in the Houston area. Mr. Julius Michael, history teacher and cross country coach, will be stepping outside his normal teaching duties and lead an offering in Bari, his native language from south Sudan, as well as continuing to teach World History 1 classes. The World Languages Department is excited about the addition of Bari to all levels in its program, featuring Bari 1-5, Intro to Bari Culture, and possibly an honors course if he has enough time in his schedule, possibly Saturdays. The curriculum will consist of traditional reading, writing, and speaking as well as preparation for the National Bari Scholars Exam (NBSE), which gives students the opportunity to earn up to $30,000 in scholarship money for college. On top of the opportunity for Knights to learn an exciting new language, Mr. Michael will take a select group of Bari students to Juba, South Sudan,
Mr. Michael flips through Bari vocabulary terms to practice with his students. Photo courtesy of ehshouston.org.
(Vogue) After careful consideration during months of administrative meetings with faculty, parents, and select student body representatives, Episcopal High School has determined it will update the official student uniform rules and regulations for 2020-2021. Over the past few years, the uniform policy has become consistently relaxed, allowing non-EHS outerwear, colorful accessories, and even sweatpants during Interim Term. However, with the loosening of the code, students have taken advantage of the school’s leniency. Student inability to meet the basic requirements is evident on a daily basis and this has caused the restructuring of the policy. Beginning the next school year, EHS will be implementing stricter uniform and outerwear rules to minimize confusion caused through the previous loosening of guidelines. The new clothing rules, which will be detailed in future school communications and the student
handbook, are as follows: no non-Episcopal outerwear will be allowed; socks must be white or black and no longer than mid-ankle length; only tennis shoes are acceptable (no boots, Crocs, or slide-on shoes); and on formal uniform days, the only appropriate footwear will be school-approved black flats for girls and black loafers for boys. The school administrators issued new policies regarding appropriate hair styles and bodily accessories as well: no nail polish, unnatural hair color, hair extensions, “man buns,” or distracting shaving of part of the hair will be tolerated; and boys’ hair must not extend beyond the top of the ear while girls’ hair may not exceed the collarbone.. The punishment for breaking these rules has increased, as well. Marks, detentions, and suspensions will be issued immediately after anyone is seen breaking these dress rules depending on the severity of the situation. There will be no exceptions or appeals of ignorance.
over Interim Term to connect with native speakers and learn more about the culture in the region. Episcopal students can register for Bari 1 on their course registration sheet or can opt to take the placement exam in April.
Dress code policies to see change
and diocese in order to make this happen. The overwhelming support among the alumni to replace the Knight mascot and transform it into the Squid does not come as a shock to many. For years there has been speculation about the violent nature of knights and their historical use of violence in their line of work. The fun-loving, almost comical Squid is expected to take its place in the school’s labeling by early next school year. A concerted effort of alumni dedication and support has allowed EHS to remain successful through the years. It is deemed important that student voices always be heard and their collective wishes be honored. Look for the Episcopal Squids to make a splash in ISAS and the SPC later this calendar year.
lounge in the Student Center (UPI) Every year, Episcopal hosts the auction to raise necessary revenue for the school’s operating budget. The endeavor is crucial to the financial wellbeing of the school, and faculty, staff, and parents put in countless time and energy to make the event a financial success. Future seniors and incoming Knights will be happy to know that this year’s auction will be funding a new Senior Lounge in addition to the other programs and school entities it supports. While students are out of school this summer, Episcopal will begin the process of building the new lounge on the second floor of the USC in what is presently Innovation Space 2. EHS administration and faculty, along with input from Student Council representatives, have discussed this idea
for many months and have to come to the conclusion that redesigning the space as an exclusive retreat for the Senior Class is a way to reward its members’ dedication, hard work, and devotion to the Four Pillars that represent Episcopal High School. The Senior Lounge will include games such as ping-pong, foosball, and video games, and the upperclassmen can also enjoy light snacks and drinks during their time in the new space. It was recognized during the planning stages that the seniors give of themselves during their time as Knights, and it was time for EHS to give back. Construction of the new Senior Lounge is expected to be finished before the beginning of school in August.
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Artist’s rendering of the proposed USC Senior Lounge. The converted Innovation Space 2 will feature a variety of well-deserved amenities, including individual hangout rooms like the one pictured above Artwork by New Design Concepts.
EHS offers campus to zoo inhabitants Episcopal cafeteria set to replace French fries with carrot sticks and celery slices (Zoo News) In response to the coronavirus pandemic that has reached global proportions, members of various zoological and animal protection groups are sounding the alarm regarding the virus’ effects on animals of all species. With the worldwide closures of zoos and animal sanctuaries to encourage social distancing, officials are now concentrating on the potential spread of the disease among the many species that call these locations home. To help curb the public health emergency which has shown signs of infecting all mammals, Episcopal High School in Bellaire, TX will be the temporary home of howler monkeys from the local Houston Zoo while students and school personnel are off campus, Scientists at Oxnard University in Athens, Georgia, in collaboration with PETA and Grrr Industries, have determined that some species, specifically mammals, can and will contract the virus without precautionary measures immediately enacted. As more and more businesses and institutions close their doors to keep their employees safely isolated at home, the locations are being asked to provide their spaces for select same species to reside and wait out the pandemic. The campus at EHS offers the perfect space and environment for the largest of the New World monkeys. Howler monkeys generally live in groups of six to 15 animals (the Houston Zoo houses 12) and eat mainly top canopy leaves, together with fruit, buds, flowers, and nuts, of which the school’s campus has an abundance. While seldom aggressive, howler monkeys do not take well to captivity and have a grumpy disposition. Though the campus has seen temperaments of this nature regular, it is believed that it can only maintain a sanctuary for these unique primates for roughly two weeks. At the end of that period, the monkeys will be moved to enclosed housing in the AstroDome.
(Deli News) With the much-anticipated unveiling of the Underwood Student Center in November 2018 came more food options for members of the EHS community. With its deep stores of baked potatoes, pasta, paninis, burgers, hot entrees, and more, food service also returned a popular item long missing from EHS meals – French fries. A grab-and-go item beloved among faculty, staff, and students, fries were phased out during the USC’s construction, along with broccoli, as these popular meal complements were impossible to transport from the kitchen to the temporary cafeteria in Skurlock Gym. Houston humidity, animal rights groups, and cultural misappropriation were among the many confusing reasons for the suspension of these foods, but with the completion of the new space came a resurrection of these coveted options. It appears, sadly, that the fries rebirth will
be shortlived. The fry line opened in earnest in the USC to the delight of hungry Knights, and with it came copious amounts of different fries, from sweet potato and regular fries to smiley fries and tater tots. Although one of the most popular lines in the cafeteria, school administrators, cafeteria staff, and Harris County health officials have decided to stop offering fries in any of their forms. In their place, ravenous Knights will be served a healthier alternative - carrot sticks – along with the occasional celery stick, freshly sliced cucumber bowl, and red, green, and yellow pepper slices. Although this decision could cause some uproar, school leadership does not anticipate much complaint once the community understands that these healthy alternatives are a great way to keep the school healthy.
The EHS cafeteria will replace French fries with carrot sticks and sliced celery for health reasons. Images courtesy of foodbeast.com and jet.com.
(TECHWATCH) After a decade of EHS faculty and student use of MacBooks for schoolwork, the campus community will be switching to Dell computers, starting with the incoming Class of 2024. For many years students at EHS have used Apple computers for projects and homework, but soon that all changes. School technology staff are already testing and preparing these new Dells for distribution in the late summer, and all faculty will be asked to make the transfer from old to new within the next six months. The school has a variety of reasons for switching computer brands, but the most important is price and students’ future dependence on these devices. Dell computers will cost significantly less than the current MacBook Pros, averaging around half
the price, while providing extra performance and speed that surpasses even the newest Apple laptops. Along with touchscreens, these new laptops will help EHS students throughout high school and introduce them to new ideas and opportunities. The biggest reason for the switch to Dell has to be the influence Dell has over many jobs across America. With most companies in the United States relying on Dell computers, Episcopal wants to introduce students to the system early so that they have an easier time in future employment. With the switch from Apple’s MacBook Pro to the newest Dell laptops, new Episcopal High School students will benefit from the higher-performing computers and access to more opportunities in their EHS careers.
The new computers that the Freshman Class will use are the Dell 12.5” Latitude laptop computer that will work just as well as Apple does, but for less money. Photo creds dellrefurbished.com
Board and admin update daily schedule to later start and finish
(Health News) This upcoming school year, Episcopal High School will implement a new daily schedule, a change from the modified block schedule that Knights follow at present, with attendance and intellectual preparedness at the root of the change. Similar to the schedule adopted at St. John’s two years ago, this “block schedule” will involve a rotation of eight block classes, with each class assigned its own letter (A-H) as an identifier. The most notable change is that classes will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. with the hopes that attendance will be more consistent as tardies would expectedly decrease. A typical day will see classes A-D, E-H, or a combination of those along with Chapel, lunch, and break. In regard to the general features of the schedule, core classes will last
one hour, Chapel and lunches will be forty-five minutes, and break ten minutes, with the regular 5-minute passing period. The administration has decided this is the best option for our community due to recent studies that show students between the ages of thirteen through nineteen perform better in school with an extra hour of sleep. Not only do students academically improve, but studies have also shown that both mental and physical health benefits dramatically. With the restructuring and classes starting at 9:00, school dismissal will be extended to 4:30 p.m. daily, and extracurriculars will follow tutorials at 5:15. This new schedule also gives students a 20-minute period, called “Knight,” allowing students the time to just relax, finish homework, or meet with college counselors.
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The Knight Times ∙ March 2020
If you were a celebrity, what is a crazy name you would name your kid?
KARA SEADE “Tampito”
WILLIAM TAYLOR “Dior”
MARGARET ANNE KRIEG “Shawty”
WADE ARNTZEN “Cranberry”
Cartoon by Zack Donovan.
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MARY CAROL RAY “Nutella”
GIGI GAETTI “Mercedes”
MS. DAVIDSON “Nebuchadnezzar”
MS. TSAI “Juno”
NICK FLORESCU “Kyra Rushing”
JONATHAN CLAY “Michael Scott”
During a performance of Tuck Everlasting, junior Will McKinnie, playing the man in the yellow suit, displays his talents in singing and dancing during one of his musical numbers: “Join the Parade.” Photo by Nina Plemenos.
MR. MOTLEY “Mike Tyson Motley”
COACH KLINKERMAN “Abigail”
Some students and teachers have historically had similar features on the Episcopal High School campus. This remains true with sophomore Nicole Citardi and English faculty member Ms. Kechejian. When placed side-by-side, their features are close to uncanny. From their face shape to their deep brown hair, the resemblance is extremely hard to miss. Photos by Jazzmin Duncan.
The Knight Times ∙ March 2020
Opinion ∙ Page 7
Political purgatory awaits us regardless of winner NICK HELD Staff Writer
Joe Biden doesn’t represent change; he represents a break from politics. The last four years of politics have easily been the most draining, ridiculous, and dividing times in America’s history, and it is not a secret that this election will decide the future of this country, and therefore, the world. Regardless of your political alignment, you have to admit that our country has been drastically split into three groups: the Far Left, the Far Right, and the Moderates. The Left obviously supports the progressive candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders; the Right supports President Donald Trump; and the Moderates are divided in their support. I am not going to discuss the Far Right in this piece as this group has shown over time that no matter what the President does or says, they will remain loyal to him. Moderates, a.k.a. business conservatives, lean right on financial issues and lean left on social issues. This group, more or less, agrees with what the left is trying to do socially, such as the efforts to fight climate change, but most of the time they will not go as far as to push for something, such as abortion. But when it comes to anything money-related, they tend to lean right because conservatives like to keep the rich, well, rich. It is more about protecting their money than anything else. So, when there is a candidate who they think is going to take away their money, they tend to stray from the left. When social issues and fiscal issues mix, like raising taxes for tuition-less state schools, it becomes complicated. There are also softcore Republicans defecting from
their party against Trump - reasonable people - and these individuals are still Republicans but are concerned about the future of our country, though thoroughly repulsed by a democratic socialist like Bernie Sanders. People that do not actively keep up with politics or do their own research will most likely vote moderate because most major news sources have unofficially endorsed Vice-President Joe Biden, and he does have the clout of his former title in the Obama administration. The media goes out of its way to paint Senator Sanders in a negative light and tends to avoid bashing Joe in any way whatsoever. It is also clear that the Democratic National Committee is leaning toward the comfortable, known candidate in Biden. It is pretty obvious that the progressives side with Bernie Sanders. He is a democratic socialist, and just that term alone scares people. They think he is unelectable because he is “radical,” which is somewhat true. His campaign is about reform and equality across the board. It is not a secret that he has plans to change the country drastically, and people fear change, but they don’t have to. We have three branches of government for a reason: to check each other’s power. His word is not law. Some of these radical ideas will not get through the Senate, which is still conservative, so there is no reason to be scared of a “socialist revolution.” Bernie’s campaign represents the change that a good chunk of the country wants to see. It all comes down to electability. Biden clearly has an advantage over Sanders, thanks to the media, DNC, and the politically uninterested. The two have not gone
against each other in a debate. Sanders is undoubtedly the better debater and actually knows what he is talking about. I think Biden’s memory problems will come out when he is put on the spot. The odds are against Sanders, but I think he has a chance. Biden’s campaign represents a muchneeded break from politics. Nothing bad will happen as with Trump, but nothing
will move forward like it can with Sanders - a political purgatory. But hear this. If Biden gets the nomination, we will have a similar political climate to that of 2016, when people were voting against candidates, not for them, and we have to pray that enough people will vote against Trump. Because that is the end goal. To get Trump out of office.
And then there were two. Vice President Biden and Senator Sanders remain the hopefuls for the Democratic nomination for President. Photo courtesy of nbcnews. com.
Flu who? Coronavirus - the new, scary pandemic CHRIS LAHOTI Staff Writer There is a proverb that says, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” We have lived with the influenza virus for years, with the ability to vaccinate and develop immunity based on extensive study. Now, SARS-CoV2, a novel coronavirus that is responsible for the illness COVID-19, is our unknown enemy. Although both the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus and influenza are RNA viruses, they are sufficiently different that the flu vaccine offers no protection against COVID-19. A virus needs a host, and animals, such as bats, act as reservoirs. Certain animal immune systems, unlike humans, are able to shield their cells from the virus and avoid infectious complications. Ever since its discovery in late December, the coronavirus causing COVID-19 has spread to more than 44 different coun-
Knowing the original source is vital to stop this cycle from re-emerging. tries, with well over 100,000 people infected. Initially reported around a wet market in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei Province of China, the virus’ reach has since extended to areas in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. but this isn’t the first time that a coronavirus has caused global panic. The first human coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s. Specifically, there are four human coronaviruses that cause mild infections, such as the common cold, and three more deadly strains that likely originated from animal sources: MERS, SARSCoV, and SARS-CoV2. Scientists believe that MERS, also known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, came from camels. Fortunately, only two known cases of the
MERS virus occurred in the U.S. during 2012. SARS was first diagnosed in February of 2003, and it was confirmed that people were infected from the horseshoe bats in a wet market in Guangdong, China. The virus spread globally and affected more than 8,000 people, causing over 700 deaths. SARS-CoV2 is also suspected to be transmitted to humans from a wet market containing live animals, including bats. Gene sequencing of the coronavirus shows that the original bat virus may have mixed with one from a pangolin, a scaled mammal that eats both ants and termites. Fear in the United States and around the world surrounding this pandemic is leading to anger, as many people cannot understand China’s continued reliance on this wildlife. Pangolin scale and other animal parts are used in radiational Chinese medicine, and Chinese citizens farm wildlife, including snakes, bats, pangolins, and other animals, for both personal consumption and commercial sale. Lately, Chinese citizens are debating over whether this practice should continue, with many of the young population advocating to make wildlife farming illegal. The Chinese government has signed a temporary ban on all farming or consumption of wildlife, which will soon become permanent law. But it will be difficult to enforce this, since the lucrative sales and belief in traditional medicine have been deeply established in Chinese culture. Knowing the original source is vital to stop this cycle from re-emerging. If wildlife is the problem, then the Chinese government needs to access and educate the public and severely punish those who currently participate in the trading and selling of these animals. In the meantime, all we can do is stay informed, use the proper precautions, and hope that a vaccine is developed soon.
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Sports Brief BASEBALL TINLEY KANE Staff Writer With a tough strength of schedule in preparation for SPC, it hasn’t been the most ideal start for the baseball team this season. After playing six scrimmage games, the boys now head into the regular season. With an unfortunate opening loss to Lutheran South, the boys bounced back, collecting some wins in the Georgetown Tournament. Going 2-3 in the tournament, the team beat Dripping Springs and East View. Their bats certainly weren’t shy that weekend with homeruns coming from Alex Díaz, Stephen Peña (2), Tanner Witt, and Tanner Fox. The following week, the boys took a loss at Brenham, but later on shut out Sam Rayburn and Pasadena. Overall in the boys’ Pasadena tournament they went 3-0. Overall the boys have a record of 6-5 with their first confernece game against Kinkaid and spring break on the way.
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Girl’s lacrosse earns first victory of the season LUCY HOWLEY Staff Writer The girl’s lacrosse team has been busy playing in home games against Memorial, Bellaire, Houston Christian, GCLA, and Klein, with away games against St. Agnes, St. Michael’s, Cedar Park, St. John’s, Cy Fair, and Awty. After suffering four hard-fought losses against Kingwood, Stratford, Saint Agnes, and St. Michael’s, seniors Meg Alexander, Pola Aronowski, Meredith Betti, Sophie Bowers, Elizabeth Hunt, Anabel Kirton, Caroline Melody, Laney Pieper, and Madison Stanke have been successful leaders in forming a strong team bond and pushing the EHS lacrosse program in the right direction. Prior to the corona outbreak, Coaches Jessica Adams, Emily White, and Emily Baron had decided to follow in the footsteps of many lacrosse programs around Texas and organize a spring break trip to the KSA Lacrosse Spring Training Event. However, due to the school’s precaution about the spreading virus, the trip to Orlando was canceled. Instead of playing in Florida, the girls used their free days to
TINLEY KANE Staff Writer
Girls and boys golf had their first tournament at the end of February, and despite horrendous weather conditions, the boys team was able to compile a team score of 332 and the girls team finished in fourth place with 383 points. Billy Hall and Will Jones were the boys top scorers, each carding an 83. Madelyn Scholtes led the team with a low score of 87, Sophie Kanarellis followed closely with an 88, and Alisia Cruz shot a 94. Harrison Witcher’s focus on the course, key shot-making ability, and team low score of 79 added to the boys overall finish.
With some upsetting losses and multiple comebacks and blowout wins, Knights softball has seen it all at the beginning of the season. The chase to a four-peat hasn’t been a breeze, but in preparation, the Knights have packed the schedule with some top public schools. To kick off their season, the girls suffered a devastating 12-4 loss to La Porte, who is projected to make it far in the 5A playoffs this year. Following the loss, the team bounced back to run-rule Hitchcock 16-3 as senior Ka’lyn Watson set the tone for the Knights with a solo homerun at leadoff, and Emma Poirot contributed at the plate as well, bringing in four runs on three hits. Heading into Clear Creek’s yearly tournament later that week with some of the top 5A/6A schools in the area; the girls managed to go 3-3, collecting wins against Conroe, Westbrook, and Lee. Once again, Watson contributed heavily, hitting two
CHRIS LAHOTI Staff Writer After taking home wins against both St. Agnes and Emery Weiner, the varsity tennis teams faced off against Second Baptist, Awty, and St. John’s throughout the March 23 week. With the girls securing a position in the upcoming SPC tournament and the boys still looking for a qualifying score, Coach Keith Christman plans to strengthen practices with the new addition of high-intensity weight training. The Knights will play against John Cooper, Houston Christian, Kinkaid, St. Stephen’s, and St. Andrews throughout April. Notable performances include Audrey Black and Elle Abaza for their communication and grit throughout their match against St. Agnes.
BOYS LACROSSE LEANA GREENE Staff Writer The 4-2 varsity boys lacrosse team headed into the season led by seniors Mason Morris and Thomas Minton and picked up early wins over Stratford, St. Thomas Moore of Louisiana, Magnolia, and most recently, Strake Jesuit. Months away from the SPC tournament, the athletes have tough competition awaiting them, all in preparation to finish among the top four to qualify for the postseason. Looking ahead with optimism, Head Coach Michael Donnelly wants his players play the sport out of love: “If they love LAX and love to compete, the rest will take care of itself.”
the girls did not let the defeat get to their heads and battled hard against Cedar Park, earning their first victory of the season. Hopefully with the team’s newfound chemistry and optimistic perspective, the girls will continue to work together and earn more victories.
In the CCISD Tournament, sophomore Samantha Hoover plays hard against a tough West Brook competitor. Photo by Sophia Black.
Softball team works diligently to stay on top
SYDNEY COWARD Staff Writer
do bonding activities in Houston. Over March 6 and 7, the girls ventured over to Austin, Texas, and played St. Michael’s and Cedar Park. On Friday night, the girls got off the bus and played a tough game against St. Michael’s and sadly fell behind, losing 1-4. The following day,
homeruns, one a walk off. Sagers totaled 11 hits with several RBIs, and Poirot had multiple hits and RBIs.
The Schulenberg tournament resulted in the victorious Knights going 4-0 and placing in first place.
Senior Lexi Sagers quickly throws the ball to first base for the quick out during a game against St. Pius. Photo by Sydney Kelso.
Track and field finishes strong in Dick Phillips Relays JAZZMIN DUNCAN Staff Writer After months of rigorous training, the Episcopal track and field program has begun competition. Many athletes on the girls and boys teams have displayed tremendous talent and commitment to the program. During their first competition at Strake Jesuit, all EHS competitors showed their preparation and investment, placing high in many events. This is an impressive feat considering the meet was 6A school heavy with various large public schools compet-
ing. At the second annual Dick Phillips Relays on February 29, the girls team placed second overall and the boys fifth. All athletes showed a willingness to work and good sportsmanship throughout the completion. On the girls side, sophomore Caylon Mike placed first in the 200-meter dash, junior Morgan Garrett placed second in the 100-meter dash, sophomore Kat Kwiatkowski placed second in both the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter race, and the sprint relay teams placed high in each relay. The boys team also did well with Junior Sania Petties competes in long jump in a meet held at Simmons Field. Photo by Karma Elbadawy.
Junior Ian Storck waits for the ready call to begin the first leg of his relay event. Photo by Karma Elbadawy.
sophomore Adrian Cormier placing third in the 100 meter dash, junior Miles Jones placing third in the 200, sophomore John Bruton finished fourth in the 800 meter run, sophomore William Moursund came up second in the 110 meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 meter hurdles. Everone is excited to see what the season may have in store for them. The student athletes are anxious to continue to improve and perform at the top of their game throughout the rest of the season.
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