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December 2012—3rd edition
It’s a Rhino Life Random Spotlight—Page 3 A Public Announcement: Seniori s—Page 4 Rant: Welcome to Reality—Page 4 AA—Page5 ISHCMC Said What? ‐ Page 5
Reporters Ben June Karen Vincent Editors Bo Yeon Jang Garima Thakur Jin Won Park Kimmy Buurman Nayantara Dutta Ryan Yap Publishers Cindy Lam Dong Hyun Yang Jou Young Soo Jun Sung Kim Suk Min Yoon Tae Hoon Lee Young Tae Kim Photographers Jeong Min Lee Cartoonists Seung Yeon Lee Ji Yun Kim Jae Won Cho Hyun Jung Oh
Contributors Melody Nguyen Robin Han Happenings MRISA Cultural Exchange 2013—Page 6 iHelptheWorld Week—Page 6 YOU and the GIN Saigon Conference—Page 7
For Your Entertainment Mr. Darcy’s Tips for Love and Valen nes—Page 7 Cartoons—Page 8
High School Herald Press Team (February Edition)
What’s New? EIC’s Le er—Page 3
HIGH SCHOOL HERALD (February 2013)
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There always seems to be something hap‐ pening at ISHCMC. In fact, I’m star ng to wonder whether there’s ever actually a me when there isn’t anything special happening on the campus. Case in point, you’re only a few weeks into the semester. And yet, among others, you’ve already hosted two MRISA events (pg), ripped our basketball courts apart (pg), organized and supported two GIN group weeks (pg) and/or rocked it out at recital evening or Ba le of the Bands. There also seem to be no signs of slowing down with
Can you introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Kevin! When did you first come to ISHCMC? I started in 8th grade! I heard you’re the MVP for the recent MRISA basketball championship, how’s that feel? It feels good, considering it’s my senior year and my last opportunity to get this award for MRISA. So you’re a star, huh? No, I don’t want to sound cocky or any‐ thing! Were you disappointed with your loss in the finals? Yes, it was the first me we got this far in a long me and the girls managed to win the finals, which is great for them, and it would’ve been amazing if we had also won.
soccer season kicking in and prepara ons for La Dolce Vita Formal (pg) and the 2013 GIN conference underway (pg). Convinced? And to think, all this in a span of less than two months. Naturally, your resident press team doesn’t plan on lagging behind either. What I’d like for us to do this year is to give you the chance to contribute. The first steps taken, which you’ll find in this issue, were to pub‐ lish ar cles wri en by non‐HSH contributors and to create a new department called “ISHCMC Said What?” (pg) where you’ll see
What did you do during Tet? I went on vaca on with my family. I went to Phuket and I had fun. How did you spend Valen ne’s Day? Alone with my family. Rice or bread? Depends. On what? What I’m ea ng it with? Like? I like my cheese with bread, not with rice. Coke or Pepsi? Doesn’t ma er, tastes the same to me. Are you going to formal? Yeah, with Jonas and Bob. What are you thinking about?
your answers to the randomest ques ons. It was honestly great to see the number of enthusias c responses we got, so I’m look‐ ing forward to seeing what else you’ve got in store for us to publish this year. But first, flip through and tell us what you think! Here’s to an amazing 2013! Hannah Tablan, coeditor‐in‐chief firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m thinking about narwhals and elephants. Speaking of animals, if you were one, what would you be and why? A narwhal, it’s like unicorns don’t exist but a narwhal does! I have a horn that I don’t use for anything so I’m like a uni‐whale. Do you think people can control their own des ny? Yes, the decisions and ac ons that you make whether good or bad will help deter‐ mine where you will be. I like to believe those who do good go to good places! Being a senior, are you ready to graduate? I like to think so… But? It feels weird having to make new friends all over again and live without my family. It’s like we’re finally becoming adults and it’s a scary thought. Who will you miss especially? Benjamin, I was forced to say this, just kid‐ ding J That’s nice, I won’t miss you, just kidding J ‐Ben Nguyen
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messes with your head, taking away your will to do anything school‐related. Its symp‐ toms include forge ulness, lethargy, listless‐ ness, procras na on, zombie‐like staring, outbreaks of supposedly deadly diseases that allow students to be dismissed, and the inability to care about schoolwork or grades. One clear characteris c of aﬄicted pa ents is their con nual moaning of “I’m boooored”. It will slowly suck away your sanity as the year progresses. One explana on suggested by absolutely unfounded research is that Seniori s is a natural defense mechanism protec ng the fragile human psyche from breakage. The stress and the urge to defenestrate yourself from the pressure of senior year can be diﬀused by making you simply not care. Sure, you’ll s ll fail because you forgot three Internal Assessments. But you don’t care and you’re s ll alive, so it’s alright. The flaw of this theory is that the ming of Seniori s actually avoids most important work. For those applying to the United States, college applica ons are over a er
February. The Mock Exams are January, and the Extended Essay, TOK essay, and most Internal Assessments are done before Tet. Seniori s strikes a er these cri cal mes, making students disregard smaller assign‐ ments in their apathy. Rather than providing protec on during stressful mes, Seniori s mars the peaceful interlude between the Mock Exams and the real IB exams. The worst thing about it is that it stays with you. Though Internal Assessments hang over you, making you feel like you want to knock your‐ self out so you can’t think about it, it even‐ tually leaves. Not so for Seniori s. It is there with you, just around the corner, hiding in your bed – you can never escape. So be warned, non‐senior high schoolers. It will come for you sooner or later. Put down the garlic; no ward will save you from this virulent disease. Simply beware, and when the me comes, watch as the last threads of your sanity disintegrate.
at the wrong door. JUST GET OVER IT. This issue’s theme: VALENTINE’S DAY Warning! This ar cle has nothing to do with the fact that I don’t have a Val‐ en ne or secret crush or anything – it is totally unbiased. Valen ne’s Day is associated with flowers, chocolates and, of course, LURVE! Only one word comes to my mind when I picture enamored girls desperately hoping Harry Styles will be their Valen ne for a day: EWW (capitals necessary for empha‐ sis). EWW is not even close to what I think of Valen ne’s Day. How could the tackiest, most useless day of the year be so popular?! Why do we need a conspicu‐ ous avalanche of pink and the cheapest, most repulsive of chocolates? To all couples celebra ng Valen‐ ne’s Day (and to those who aren’t): PDAs Hey y’all, are FAR from alluring! Let Edward and This is your dose of much‐needed Bella do the awkward wrestling. In case you didn’t know, Valen‐ REALITY. The world is a cruel place – and if you’re looking for comfort, you’ve knocked ne’s Day is only another ritual created by
mass media and companies to sell gree ng cards and to make easy money oﬀ you. Sorry for ruining your childhood dreams. I have to admit, the idea of an eternal and uncondi onal love is very pleasing‐ especially to a loner like myself (LOL). But who needs the break‐ups and divorce that follow? NOT ME!!! So if you bought a heart‐shaped ice cream cake at Baskin Robbins this year, watched ALL the Julia Roberts rom‐coms, or even worse, cried yourself to sleep lis‐ tening to ‘’Baby’’ on replay because you were ‘’lonely’’ (aww), I am u erly speech‐ less and wish you luck in life. You’re going to need it. It’s finally over! By the me you read this, it’ll probably be March, which means no more pink for a year! Now we can look forward to the greenest (and drunkest) of celebra ons: St. Patrick’s Day! Oh dear, I can already smell the beer … Compliments from yours truly (please don’t send flowers). ‐V
Senior year. The scariest year, the busiest year, the year everyone’s going to explode from the pressure – or so people think. When students imagine what it’s like in the gradua ng grade, the image of hassled up‐ perclassmen in blue shirts rushing about like headless chickens over the ever‐increasing workload o en comes to mind. That’s actu‐ ally not too far from the truth. With college applica ons, the dreaded Mock Exams, and the flurry of Internal Assessments, it’s rather amazing that most people survive 12th grade intact. Yet they do. But sane is another sto‐ ry. Here’s the thing about senior year: there is one foe, greater than all the others, which will poten ally cripple your ability to func‐ on properly as a working, cramming being. Its name? Seniori s. This endemic disease
‐Bo Yeon Jang
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cult to accept. How about instead of sim‐ ple ge ng your girl‐ friend a bouquet of flowers, you can add a teddy bear or may be a necklace/bracelet that has her name on it? Or you can visit a shop that makes cou‐ ple t‐shirts according to your own designs, which represents you both as a couple. Or if you’re a crea ve guy, you can definitely closer and I’ve been running around asking make a collage of pictures of you two to‐ Dear Anonymous Adviser, people what I should get and so far, it kept gether throughout your 5 months rela on‐ ge ng more diﬃcult to make a decision. My girlfriend and I had been da ng for al‐ ship. Or if you’re some who likes signing, most 5 months and as you know, Valen ne Please help! you can always invite her to a nice restau‐ is coming up. I struggle to find a present for rant, bring a guitar along and strum some her since I don’t want to just buy her a bou‐ Dear (fill in something appropriate for me serenade that’ll make her smile. Anyhow, quet of flower cause that would be too sim‐ please?), I’m sure that in the end, what ma ers is that you both enjoy Valen ne together. The pre‐ ple. I know we had been da ng for nearly sent is simply you showing your apprecia on half of a year and I know I should had know Well I understand why you would be wor‐ her well by now, except I find it hard to pick ried because ul mately, you would not want towards her. Have a great Valen ne day and something that will last for a long me and to give something that is too simple or too good luck with your present! <3 ‐June Cheancharadpong would make her smile. The day kept ge ng expensive that would make her find it diﬃ‐
song about them and hire the most expensive acous c guitarist to perform while you sing. Then, find out where they live and pressure his/her sibling to s ck images of you in your crush's bathroom. Finally, the day be‐ fore formal create an ice sculp‐ ture of you and your crush danc‐ ing passionately! Voila. It'll all Can I buy you a formal cket? Home‐ work out perfectly!! room 9S What are you wearing to formal? Do you want to wear Ask in‐person and in a casual way Write ''Formal?'' everywhere they go. it with me? Hey, just so you know, you’re beau ‐ Talk them into it The delegate of … would like to merge ful. So by that would you go to the formal with me? ;) with the delegate of… Balloons‐ Lots and lots and lots and Give them flowers on Valen ne's Day with a note that says, "Will you lots of balloons spelling out love! go to formal with me?" Le er in their locker First oﬀ, create a shrine of the girl/guy Bake/ buy them a cake, crushes love cakes ;). Hide your cket in a box that you want to ask out. Prefer‐ or something similar and then ably, in the locker next to hide it in your cake. Then, let hers ‐ don't forget to light aro‐ ma c candles in the locker. Next, them cut the cake up to get their make sure you write a love note piece and SURPRISE ;). CRUSHES LOVES CAKE, CRUSHES LOVES to him/her everyday along with SURPRISES ;) roses and chocolates. And on his/her way to school, sing a
Probably when you're alone or some‐ thing? Not over text or Skype or Facebook ... like with them :) I think that the best way to ask your love interest to formal. Well, one cute way is to ask them by wear‐ ing a tuxedo and bring a rose to them and then say a pick up line or just ask the ques on straight on like '' If you think I look good now, then you'll love how I look at formal :)'' or just say "I really want to take you to formal, will you go with me please?" I don't know, something like that. What do I know? I have no date ... :( Get amazing cupcakes and spell it out on the cupcakes. Just ask bravely. I guess ... I'll pick you up in my Ferrari. Ask brave Ask her. See the link below: h p:// www.youtube.com/watch? v=hA3YInU1deE (Prom? By Jason Pi s) In French! ‐Hannah Tablan
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As we waited for our guests, who were apparently arriving in 10 minutes, our excitement for this year’s MRISA Cultur‐ al Exchange could only increase. Yes, of course, those ten minutes were the longest of my life, but the agonizing boredom soon washed away as our guests started walking into the school. A er a very awkward and yet exci ng night, the first day of MRISA Cultural Exchange finally came. Funnily, the first day is usually one of the most exci ng days out of the three. We started mee ng new friends and reuni ng with our old ones. Although there would be the performance at the end of the day, no one really worried much about it. We were all too busy trying to find a rac‐ ve girls (or guys), catching up with old friends and complaining about our spe‐ cialist workshops. Despite our lack of prac ce, everyone seemed confident in our performance. It
was only a er watching the first three by other schools we started feeling a li le uncomfortable. However, a er ours came to an end, we were quite happy with the reac on of the audi‐ ence. A er par cipa ng in three con‐ secu ve Cultural Exchanges, I feel that ISHCMC’s performance is always the funniest and the most direct, whereas all the other schools are usually very abstract and symbolic. The second day went by without much, un l the barbecue. A er being away from home and being stuck with strangers for a few days, we had all started to get a li le cranky. Because we were so sensi ve from the stress, the slightest disturbance or annoyance could spark a giant fight, which would end with both par es involved crying. It has always happened, and this year wasn’t diﬀerent. The third and last day of MRISA CX was‐
n’t so full of crying and hugging, but ra‐ ther full of worrying about the work people have to finish when they get back. I’m sure you’ve all been there. We s ll pulled through the last day, despite the fa gue from the last two days of ar s c outburst and did our best to make the final performance as good as it could be. The crying and hugging final‐ ly came a er the last performance of the day. This year’s MRISA Cultural Exchange was a deligh ul experience. We all let our real selves out for the three days we were given, and for once, did not have to pretend as if we were someone else to be happy.
On January 28th, iHelptheWorld week commenced in the hope of raising over 10 million VND to sponsor medical treatment for lung cancer pa ents. The goal was also to raise awareness of the nega ve eﬀects of smoking. Yes, you might be thinking that everybody knows about these: smoking is a well‐ known cause of tooth decay, mouth deforma on, lung cancer, and coro‐ nary diseases. However, the thing is that everybody believes these things won’t happen to them – they believe that they can stop smoking any me they want to without incurring any adverse health eﬀects. No one expects smoking to be so addic ve. With this in mind, the iHelpthe‐ World week was carefully planned and filled with an array of food and drink sales, water ac vi es, dona on boxes, public service announcement videos, brochures and posters. Everywhere one turned, one would be reminded to not smoke and to stay away from cigare es and shisha. However, as many GIN organizers might already know, the one sure thing to ex‐ pect when organizing a fundraiser week is
that nothing is predictable. For example, who would have thought that no one wanted to throw sponges at their teacher or that people prefer ge ng bubble tea over 4GB USBs in the ‘Win a Prize’ ac vi‐ ty? Or that some would be ready to turn on their best friends for the last red velvet cupcake? As the week came to a close, iHelptheWorld raised 15,550,000VND, which is enough money to fund cancer treatments for two lung cancer pa ents. We would like to extend our special thanks to FPT for dona ng to us a tablet, MOF for their gi vouchers, and the FV Hospital doctors for giving their me. Oh, and if you’re wondering why smoking is so addic ve, iHelptheWorld has some answers for you. Smoking is addic ve because nico ne, a substance in cigare es, s mulates the produc on of dopamine and noradrenaline, which makes you feel good. Some may enjoy this enhanced feeling so much that they be‐ come dependent leading to a hard to break addic on. ‐Melody Nguyen
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Being a movement that empowers students to develop solu ons for global issues, the Global Issues Network (GIN) has played a large role in our educa on and school life. In fact, our GIN is one of the most established global issues networks in Ho Chi Minh City. So, what does that mean? It means our student body has been not only philanthropic, but also ac ve and dedicated to making a diﬀerence in our community. It means we have more experience with GIN than anybody else does. It means you are a pioneer. You have lots to say, to share, and to inspire with. And because of this you should par cipate in the GIN Saigon Confer‐ ence 2013. This year, the conference theme is “Educa on for All” which means to provide educa on for people from all corners of the
Pride and Prejudice was the ‘it’ book for romance before Stephanie Meyer was even born. So it stands to reason that Mr. Darcy might have some be er advice to give for love than Edward Cullen, who has both rabid fangirls and dedicated an ‐fans‐ as opposed to just rabid fangirls. Here are five useful ps to keep in mind this February: The proper way to build up acquaint‐ ances is through frequent visits to their homes. Call on the object of your aﬀec ons at random inter‐ vals, with li le warning. One nev‐ er knows when he or she might confide their most hear elt se‐
(Month) world, giving them a future and improving ourselves and our approach to raising awareness and solving global issues. We o en take our educa on for granted, but Malala, the 15‐year‐old Pakistani educa on ac vist who was recently shot by members of the Taliban, has been figh ng for her life to be educated. Inspired by this event, Girl Rising, a documentary film advoca ng for girls’ educa on around the world, has been produced and our conference has applied to be an oﬃcial screening site. The exci ng things about this year’s confer‐ ence don’t just end there. Apart from the tradi onal visits to student workshops, pro‐ ject booths, and the film fes val, at the con‐ ference, you’ll experience student TED‐style talks instead of long and tedious speeches made by the keynote speakers. You will also be able to par cipate in GANGs (Global Ac‐ on Network Groups) where you’ll have a chance to work with other par cipants and think of solu ons to improve or alleviate the issues that you and other group members are interested in. A er the conference, you will vote upon the best ac on plan that each GANG proposes and the winning team will be oﬀered a cash prize to turn their plan into reality! Do you want to be part of this large, this inspiring and this innova ve conference? Join us now! Sign up to be an usher, an in‐ forma on desk volunteer, a GANG leader, a student speaker, or a par cipant! By: Melody Nguyen ‐Melody Nguyen
When one seeks to learn more about the object of one’s aﬀec ons during any random party, it is useful to stand near while he or she is engaged in conversa on with another person. It saves one from the eﬀort of a conversa on while providing fresh knowledge on the object. It is common prac ce to walk with crets. acquaintances during break and Once invited in to another’s home, lunch. One must ensure a steady one must leave such trivial things flow of awkward silence, so that such as beginning a conversa on any a empts at conversa on will to others. It is enough that one be perceived as most welcome. has graced them with one’s pres‐ ence; it would be unbecoming to February is an exci ng me, and memora‐ ble things may happen if you follow think up prompts as well. Instead, stare at them intensely. Mr. Darcy’s ps to the le er. Just not The best thing to do when one acci‐ in a good way dentally comes across the object ‐Bo Yeon Jang of one’s aﬀec ons during Valen‐ ne’s Day is to abruptly turn head and leave. Riding away on a horse is recommended for maximum eﬀect.
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