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Inside the Issue

Front Cover by Jayna Milan, Back Cover by Various IASAS photographers

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Photo of the Month: Shannon McCarty (11) plays with colored powder after completing 5k for Operation Smiles’ charity run, Color Miles for Smiles Photo by: Jayna Milan (11)

L etter f rom th e Editors Now that we’re over the Songkran hump, things seem to be wrapping up at an exponentially increasing pace. Take a look at all the exciting things that have been happening this month in this month’s issue - the fantastic Songkran festivities, Operation Smile’s Color Run and of course, the four IASAS sports that happened over spring break. Even though yet another school year is coming to an end, it seems that the action-packed schedule of events won’t let up till the very last day. That being said, this is our last issue editing and writing for The International. We hope the magazine continues to deliver the best coverage of all the going-ons of our little community. Thank you for reading, there would be no point to this publication without readers like you. Amber Barnett and Nisha Stickles

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Co-Editor-in-Chief Co-Editor- in Chief Advisor

S e ct ion Ed itors Opinions News Features Sports

Christine Hathaway Seo-Young Lee Sam Davin Leeann Schudel

Amber Barnett Nisha Stickles Keith Miller

Rep or t ers

Dan Borenstein Thanya Chat Ashmita Dutta-Ray Katy Lewis

Anjali Menon Sarah Poff Fallon Reagan Nathan Scott

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Rape Culture Cultural Perceptions Superficiality in Today’s World Marriage Equality Words Can Change Your Brain

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Global Awareness A Special Summer The Songkran Spectacle G4 Winners A Course Change in History Math Club

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Saying Goodbye Saying Goodbye Spotlight: Cheryl Kim Watching ISB Grow Teacher Couples

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IASAS Badminton IASAS Golf IASAS Track and Field IASAS Softball




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Rape Culture The growing epidemic of rape and its effects on today’s society


�ust totally raped my test, says a student walking out of a classroom nodding his head confidently as his friends pat him on his back, smirking and encouraging his success. What is wrong in this situation? It is not just that the word “rape” is used as a connotation for triumph and power, or that people support this slang as a light joke, but because our society is feeding on the rape culture. Day after day, headlines are streamed on news channels and newspapers highlighting inexcusable rape cases from all over the world. Simultaneously, people are surrounded with images, language, laws, and other everyday phenomena that validate and perpetuate rape. Thus, these two contradicting serious matters create misconceptions and undermine the seriousness of rape.

Media coverage of certain rape cases have recently been put down by readers, such as the Steubenville rape case covered by various media companies including CNN, simply because instead of concentrating on the vital issue of rape, the media tends to overlook the actual crime. From the way victims dress to emphasizing alcohol intake, it seems that the media focuses on every factor but the rape itself. From the recent Delhi rape case, certain governmental officials are still unable to agree on actions to take towards the rapists but are however fast to blame women to provoke unwanted attention. Moreover, everyday slang revolving around rape and violent sexual crimes disassociates the true meaning of this traumatizing act and therefore some argue this affects the way society acknowledges and responds to rape.

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For instance, similar terms associated with homosexuality and gender roles have been seen in recent years, which have contributed to the degrading of such topics. As we bring attention to the harmful effects of such terms, society itself is able to see a change in the way people react to topics regarding homosexuality or women gender roles.

“People are surrounded with images, language, laws, and other everyday phenomena that validate and perpetuate rape”

Today, terms such as “frape” a term related with hacking one’s Facebook account correlates with destroying one’s privacy and humiliating them in public- symbolizing the violent crime itself. The language itself may not seem as detrimental, but as we look closer at the way society responds to such crimes and the way it is subconsciously embedded into our actions and words, the idea of rape is taken too lightly, hence affecting the way society responds to actual rape crimes. The rape culture is spreading in our society and it is our responsibility to make an end to it. The more awareness and zero tolerance we show for sexual crime acts such as rape, the faster we can bring justice and stability to our society to make it a safer place to live in. Ashmita Dutta Ray



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Cultural Perceptions, by ISKL


How does the meshed culture we live in influence our perception?

t is obvious that the environment we are born and raised in influences us. You would think that most of the students living in Southeast Asia would have similar life influences due to the meshing of cultures. However, this really isn’t the case. All humans actively construct their perception of the world and themselves. Maybe the kid in ISKL cares a little more about gallon smashing or fried chicken than your average ISB student. Ultimately it’s up to the individual, but a distinct culture truly is the first facet of influence in this everchanging path of development. Let’s look at a few elements of an ISKL student’s daily life that are heavily influenced by our distinct Malaysian culture.


Malaysia’s celebrated diversity is reflected in their food. It includes gastronomic influences from Portugal all the way to India. As international students, we are also granted the privilege of indulging in a diverse Smörgåsbord of cuisine. Fancy a plate of Roti Canai? If you prefer Eastern food, you may like a bowl of Bulgogi on rice or dishes from the Wok. The array and selection of food available at our fingertips is


absolutely mind-boggling once you really take the time to think about it. Eating exotic food from different cultures is less of a cherished luxury and more of a norm for third culture students like us. Let’s take a moment and chuckle pretentiously at the plates of our lessfortunate non-international school counterparts whom are forced to dine on single servings of monocultural sustenance accompanied by a single carton of milk.

Viral videos, memes and the Internet

Gallon smashing. Improv everywhere. Coning. Have you heard of these aforementioned things? Most likely. Do you find them utterly hilarious? That’s debatable. Our sense of humor is halfway derived through popular culture and our interests. While some students at ISKL spend their free time guffawing mindlessly at 9Gag and writing “lyk a baws” on front-page posts, others browse Reddit or may even be a part of a fandom on Tumblr. With the flurry of Asian and Western influences in Kuala Lumpur, it is not difficult to find someone who shares your interests and sense of humor.


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Musical taste and pop culture

Recently at ISKL, a poll was given to the seniors regarding the graduation song. Many were disappointed by the choices as they were songs played on the radio for the past few months that were not reflective of graduation. The senior class was disgruntled and reacted negatively to the cheesy songs. “I thought they were a bit generic,” stated senior Dylan Lee. Soon enough, the student council posted a retraction to their poll: students were able to submit song suggestions, which spanned a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and genres. In fact, both the Nyancat and Breadfish songs had a horde of devoted voters. This reflects who ISKL students are; we are open to different ideas, mainly because we hail from a plethora of cultural backgrounds. International schools are bound to share similarities, but the differences are just as numerous. The multicultural mindset is not defined by simply being international. Each IASAS school has its own trends and perceptions that are colored by the customs of their host countries and the unique community that develops within each school. Jacey Rush, Max Chen and Marlee Ellison Senior editors of ISKL’s monthly student magazine, The TAKE


Superficiality in Today’s World The loss of the true communication

It is no lie that appearance has been an important part of making an impression for as long as humans have roamed the Earth. By just looking at someone, their social status and maybe even state of health can be determined. But the rise of technology has given many people yet another way to present themselves: through social media. Everything can be easily changed – edited photos put up for the world to see, photos deleted off Facebook and taking other peoples’ words and making them your own. In Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign, videos are made to show how easy it is for Photoshop experts to change the face of a model into something that is generally considered beautiful. A time-lapse video is shown of a plain model being made up and photographed, and then those photographs being altered greatly to make the model more “beautiful.”

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“The rise of technology has given many people yet another way to present themselves: through social media.”

At the end of their Evolution video, it simply states: “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.” Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and offer even more ways to showcase yourself. You can choose the photos that

you post and edit how you look in them; you can choose to show only one side of yourself. Sophomore Habiba Nasser says, “I think it really depends on how you use it. You can use social media to show the best version of yourself

of what you want others to see.” Another sophomore, Simmy Sherwal, agrees that, “I think it’s good, but only to an extent. Our wide range of social media sites has damaging effects. We lose the benefits of face-to-face communication, which is being replaced by technology. It’s even affecting the way we interact with each other in our society.” Technology has changed the way we look at communication and how people interact with each other. It allows users to present an edited version of themselves – a fantastical version that can be far removed from real life. Katy Lewis

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Marriage Equality Prop 8 and Redefining Marriage


n light of the Gay Straight Alliance’s Day of Silence on April 10th, The International reviews some recent current affairs, such as the matter of same-sex marriage in the US. On one hand, the question of allowing same-sex couples to be married seems to be a simple one; two people who want to bind their lives together, just as straight couples do. However, there are many legislative, cultural and regious contexts to consider. Historically, social change has never come easily. Most religions have long-standing beliefs regarding homosexuality, which still exist today in support of the traditional definition of marriage. Culturally, heterosexual couples are held as the models in society – whether it be in fairy tales that children read every day, pop culture or religious symbols, heterosexuality is the ‘norm’. Additionally, the legal procedures involved are rather complex. This past month, a debate has been taking place in the Supreme Court. Discussions have been held regarding the federal definition - or redefinition - of marriage. In Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court in the US entertained arguments from both proponents and opponents of Proposition 8 and same-sex marriage as a whole. Prop 8 is an amendment to the Constitution that redefined marriage in California as only between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage was legal for six months before Prop 8, and, as expected, this started quite a stir. Now, it is being debated whether Prop 8 should be overturned, and if it is, whether same-sex marriage should be legalized not just in California but all across the US. Overall, there are some main arguments that proponents and opponents do not agree on.


These issues are the intitution of family, human rights and the religious tradition of marriage. The International asked some teachers at ISB, who are likely to know more about the issue than students - what they think. “It’s about time,” said Ms. Brenda Perkins. She elaborates, “I come from Canada. We’ve had same-sex marriage for over ten years now. I think it’s not just a matter of gay rights. It is a matter of human rights and basic human freedoms.” Regarding the definiton of marriage, Mr. Kim Krekel states, “simply, marriage is a commitment to love, respect and honor another individual.” Conversely, many believe that the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples will change society. This is the notion of family and of child-rearing. One anonymous teacher comments on the matter, “[if marriage is redefined in order to include same-sex couples,] children [will] grow up totally confused regarding the role of men and women in the context of a family.” She adds, “the society will at some point collapse.”


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In contrast, Dr. Nancy Le Nezet, however, states, “I know very successful same-sex families, some of whom have adopted, some of whom managed to have their own children through various arrangements.” She adds, “they were criticized at the time, and now everyone can see that their children are happy, healthy and balanced.” Mr. Dennis Harter also adds his opinion on same-sex couples that have children. He says, “being a good parent is not tied to sexual orientation. Being a good parent is about being a good parent.” Alas, just like many other instances of social change in the past,, the decision on the redefinition of marriage will take some time. It may even take until this summer to completely solidify. Until then, several campaigns and discussions will take place to decide where exactly the US stands on this human rights issue. Anjali Menon

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Words Can Change Your Brain The most dangerous word in the world

The Power of No!


f you were to be put into an fMRI scanner- a huge donutshaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening in your brain- and flash the word “NO” for less than a second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the brains normal functioning, impairing logic and reasoning. If fact, just seeing a list of negative words has proven to make one highly anxious, having the ability to actually damage key structures that regulate memory, feelings and emotions. You may not believe it, but a list of negative words can easily disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long term happiness and satisfaction. The chemicals released when you vocalize your negativity, or even slightly frown when you say

no can cause stress chemicals to be released, not only in your brain but also in the listener’s brain as well. Negative thinking is also self perpetuating, and the more you engage in negative dialogue the more difficult it becomes to stop. Negative words spoken with anger do even more damage, as they send messages through the brain interfering with the decision making centers in the frontal lobe, increasing a person’s likelihood to act irrationally. Fear provoking words, like poverty, illness and death also stimulate your brain to act negatively, one begins to react to these potential fantasies as though they were actual threats occurring in the outside world. In fact, just hanging around negative people will make you more prejudiced towards others. But don’t worry! In order to in-

terrupt this natural tendency of negativity, several steps can be taken. First, ask your self whether the situation is really a threat to your personal survival. Usually it isn’t, and the faster you can interrupt your reaction to an imagined threat or worry, the quicker you’ll be able to remove a permanent negative memory out of your brain. After you have identified the negative thought, you can reframe it by choosing to focus on positive words and images. Thus, anxiety and depression decrease and the number of these unconscious thoughts decline!

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words can easily disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long term happiness and satisfaction.

The Power of Yes!

The brain does not respond to our positive words and thoughts as rapidly as it does to negative thoughts and words. To overcome this negativity, we must repetitiously and consciously produce as many positive thoughts as we can. For each expression of negativity, we need to generate at least three positive thoughts and feelings. By utilizing positive words and

thought, we are propelling the motivational centers of the brain into action. They in turn help us build resilience when we are faced with life’s problems. By choosing your words wisely, you are allowing yourself to change your brain’s likelyhood to be negative, and therefore feel better in life. A P R I L

Sarah Poff

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Global Awareness I

S B ’ s Green P a n thers organized the 2013 Earth week from April 22nd to 26th. The Green Panthers’ primary objective was to strongly encourage others to adjust their environmental habits for the better. In March, the Green Panthers set out to encourage students to participate in the global Earth hour campaign. This year’s Earth hour was celebrated worldwide from 20:30 to 21:30 on March 23rd. To participate in Earth hour, students, teachers and parents turned off their household electronic devices. Treasurer Swikriti Dasgupta (10) explained that, “the Green Pan-


ter bottle. On Turn It Off Thursday, students were urged to turn off lights and electronics. Finally, on Fin Free Friday, the Green Panthers raised awareness about shark finning and encouraged students to sign petitions against it. Swikriti also stated, “Earth Week is a class competition so the more eco-friendly a grade is, the higher the chances for them to win free bubble tea.” It will take millions of Earth Weeks for us to really see an evident change in our global environment. However, it is unquestionable that ISB Earth Week allowed the ISB community to realize that it is not difficult to take actions in our daily lives and help heal our world. Dan Borenstein

A Special Summer

Internship opportunities at ISB

s the countdown to the end of the school year continues, students are already planning for summer break. While many ISB families choose to travel, others remain in Thailand, eager to pursue various opportunities that will help them achieve their personal goals. One of these aspirations might be preparing for life after graduation, that is, the working world. These skills, that may include etiquette, special skills and general knowledge, are best acquired early on. ISB’s very own student summer internship program provides the perfect fit for students with a wide variety of interests. Internships are offered in medical science, business, media, engineering, technology, and hotel occupations. Students are given the opportunity to work with businesses that


thers raised awareness about how using too much energy is extremely bad for the environment. Therefore, [they] asked everyone to turn off their non-essential lights and electronics.” During Earth Week, the Green Panthers set up and scheduled ‘alliteration days’, which focused on different environmental issues. On Meatless Monday, meat was not served in the cafeteria. On Tree Tuesday, students were able to pay 20 baht to put a Slow Loris on a tree. All the money donated will be forwarded into building Slow Loris enclosures. On Water Bottle Wednesday, all students were recommended to bring reusable water bottles to school. The first hundred people were given a 50% discount at the Grind if they brought a reusable wa-

have respectable, international reputations. Several companies worked with in the past include Coca-Cola, The Department of Medical Sciences, Operation Smile, The Bangkok Post, Nancy Chandler Graphics and Chevron, among others. Students who participate are provided with pre-internship workshops that provide key information on how to complete an interview successfully, produce a quality résumé, and act in a working environment. The company also interviews the students before they start their internship, which gives a firsthand experience on life in the working world. Internships include eight working days and a follow-up workshop to summarize their learning. “[After participating in the ISB Summer Internship Program,] I now have workplace experience that has A P R I L

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prepared me for future internships and jobs, a fancier transcript, and a letter of recommendation,” says Meagan Smith (11), who interned at Nancy Chandler Graphics. “[These are] all reasons why every student at ISB should intern.” “It was definitely a very rewarding week and allowed me to experience an office-working environment,” comments Asli Koc (12), who worked with clothing company Hanesbrands Incorporated. The summer internship program is available to students at a firstcome first-serve basis. It is currently the lowest summer program available at 15,700 baht. For information on how to apply for this invaluable experience, students are encouraged to contact high school counselor Mr. Kevin Callahan. Spend your summer wisely and apply for an internship! Thanya Chat


The Songkran Spectacle The fun and dangers of the Thai New Year

f all the Thai holidays, Songkran is by far one of the most widely celebrated.


Known as the Thai New Year, it reunites individuals with their families and brings thousands of people onto the streets to celebrate through the ever-so-popular water fights. On the more traditional side, Songkran is also a time for spir-

itual and physical cleansing and renewal. Religious customs are carried out, homes are cleaned and decorated, and festivities are organized. Songkran is by far one of Thailand’s biggest annual celebrations, but what are its pros and cons?

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Pros: During Songkran, Thailand’s tourism industry receives a significant boost. In addition to more family-oriented celebrations, there are also many organized festivities in major tourist cities such as Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket. This year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand expected 2.71 million tourists, 10% more than in 2012. In addition, tourists were predicted to spend 31.5 billion baht on parties, making merit, travel and various Songkran activities. Songkran is also a very enjoyable and inclusive holiday. Regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, everyone enjoys participating in the water fights. Thousands of people take to the streets during the day to cool off during the hottest month of the year. Songkran also brings many extended families together as the top priority of those travelling is to visit their hometowns. Much like Christmas or New Years, Songkran is never a time to be spent alone, but reuniting with friends and family. It is not only a period of celebration, but a time of religious observance and paying respects.

Cons: However, as with most large celebrations, Songkran was also a time of extreme fatalities, especially due to road accidents. Over the past three years, the average number of motor vehicle accidents that have occurred annually is estimated at around 410, according to Highway Police. Altogether, the National Statistics Office estimates that 859 deaths and 10,608 injuries were caused in road accidents during Songkran from 2009-2011. The most common cause was revealed to be alcoholic impairment. In order to reduce these astonishing numbers, Thai Road Safety has tightened regulations and police are now targeting vehicles that are speeding, overloaded or driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Various alcohol laws will be strictly imposed such as certain alcohol-free zones, prohibition of alcohol sales to those under 20 years of age and hours during which alcohol can be sold. Thousands of public hospitals around Thailand were also instructed to double their medical staff to prepare for the typical high number of accidents during Songkran. Thanya Chat

The first three days of Songkran alone resulted in 1,447 road accidents and 173 deaths A P R I L

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A Course Change in History

No more World Civ. and Modern World History?


he World Civili�ations and Modern World History courses have truly been a major part of our education during freshmen and sophomore years. However, next year’s social studies courses will not be the same. The International stepped in to take a closer look into the social studies department to get a sense of what the future may hold for the rising freshmen and sophomores in the academic year of 2013-2014. “ISB has been going through a curriculum alignment process for several years”, explained high school Social Studies teacher, Mr. Peter Soule. Mr. Soule also described that this alignment process analyzes all the key concepts in social studies from kindergarten all the way to senior

year in order to provide a logical sequence of learning throughout the students’ years at ISB. Therefore, all the skills and ideas learned in previous years are built upon each other. Last year, the high school English department changed according to this process. Now the time has come for the Social Studies department to adjust their course curriculum as well. In order to make this possible, the department teachers have cooperated with the ISB curriculum office to align the key units in a sequence, which will help ISB students develop their skills. Mr. Soule stated, “the Social Studies Department believes that the changes to the grade 9 and 10 courses will help students think more conceptually as well as better

new courses will have an increased focus “ The on current events, geography, economics and other areas of the social studies ”

Math Club


prepare our students for ISB’s grade 11 and 12 Social Studies course offerings.” For the past couple of years, both World Civilizations and Modern World History focused more on a specific region or events. For example, World Civilizations concentrated more on ancient history such as Hinduism in India, the Renaissance and Ancient China. Meanwhile, Modern World History focused on more recent history such as World War I and World War II, the Great Depression and the Russian revolution. However, due to the alignment process, the Curriculum office and the Social studies Departments decided that these two courses should not focus too much on specific areas; therefore they came up with these new alternatives. The new courses will contain broader ranges of ancient or modern history. Mr. Soule explained that, “[the new courses] will have an increased focus on current events, geography, economics and other areas of the social studies. At the end of each unit, students will be challenged to apply their understanding of these themes to other contexts.” After a long process of modifying the grade 9 and 10 Social Studies courses, the new alternate courses will provide a more logically sequenced education in the social studies area. With this, future ISB students including the rising freshmen and sophomores can look forward to a more efficient skill-building education. Dan Borenstein

There is a viral phenomenon circulating right under our noses. It’s called Mathematical Anxiety. Maybe your teachers are not aware of this new generation issue yet, but it has clearly infected the public. It affects millions of people every day, and with the spreading use of calculators and computers to do our math problems, we are slipping into a crisis. At ISB, students are working hard to solve this problem. Math Club meets every Monday after school in Room 119 for students who need help in their math courses. Top-notch IB students are always willing to tutor those with questions and help out with study troubles. If you, or the people you care about are victims of Mathematical Anxiety, join Math Club now! OR, if you would like to help out the community and become a tutor, you’re always welcome to stop by! Contact Juniors Bryan Ahn or Hannah Mussi for more information. Sarah Poff A P R I L

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Drumroll, Please

Announcing G4 Project Winners Overall Winners

Green Roofing at ISB Christian Yang Dome Chartsakulkanajarn Hannah Mussi Crystal Lam

Inventive Groups ISB’s Paper Usage JJ Erpaiboon Katie Henderson Olivia Arnold Yuji Nakatori

From Waste to Biodiesel

Unyanud Wongwijitkul Natalie Kang Pleum Pisitthakarn Toffy Charupatanapongse

Final 4


n recent years, the effect humans are having on the environment has been a hot topic. Recently, Grade 11 students took on this topic when they partook in the G4 Project. The Group 4 Project is an activity in which four students from different science classes join together and create a project based on a certain theme. This year’s focus was on the task of making the ISB community a more environmentally friendly place, and a total of ten groups are being recognized for their outstanding projects.

Chosen by their teachers, they will receive 3000 baht to donate to a green charity and a letter of commendation for their college applications.

Eco-friendly Koi Pond Panida Rojanapiensatith Proud Sirichantaropart Grace Suprakob Ryan Xu

Fertilizer and Biogas from Cafeteria Food Waste Merica Apichanapong Tarini Arte Nikita Kumari

Chosen by their teachers, the administration and their peers, they will receive a 300 baht gift certificate to Nichada Thani’s green business, Twist.

Turning Sweat into Energy Seung Min Kim Jack Zaw, Chun-Chi Yang Kevin Gronlund

One Degree of Difference

Wattana Wutthichai Nicole Eichentopf Palazuelos Shannon McCarty Evan Morgan

Reducing and Conserving Energy Spent on Cooling Thanaporn Amornkasemwong Gina Durst Brandon Friedman Jay Lee

Green Roofing at ISB Christian Yang Dome Chartsakulkanajarn Hannah Mussi Kit Ying Lam

They are recognized for their project’s simplicity yet effectiveness, as it demonstrated how small changes can result in large, positive changes towards the environment.

Faucet Aeration Tracy Chin Ryan Irwin Chanont Thanaphansin Leeann Schudel

Fallon Reagan


Although planning on studying at UC Berkeley, co-editor-in-chief Amber Barnett, is taking a gap year to learn Mandarin in Taiwan. How have you seen The International transition over the years?

I’ve seen it change drastically in each of my four years. However, the many forms I’ve seen it take have proved to be very valuable in my final year as one of the editor-in-chiefs. I’ve picked up on elements of the magazine that I like and dislike over the years. Consequently, I feel that the final product we’ve put out this year really reflects the cumulative successes and failures of the magazine in the last four years that have allowed it to progress to where it is today. What will you miss most about the class?

I’ll miss the cohesive feeling of the class and its people, the excitement of putting out a product I’m proud of, the weekend hours, and the classroom itself. I’ve spent so much time there that it feels like a second home. It’s been so nice to see the wall of magazines slowly fill up, with issues that take more and more of my involvement to produce. I can look at a single wall and see everything I’ve accomplished in four years.


F E A T U R E S As seniors prepare themselves for a week of IB study leave, The International takes a minute to say goodbye to our departing staff members, all of whom will be greatly missed next year. We wish them good luck in all their future endeavors!

Co-editor-in-chief Nisha Stickles is dual majoring in Magazine Journalism and Marketing at Syracuse University. How did your experience at The International influence your decision to major in magazine journalism?

During my time at The International, I’ve come to love the publication process. So far, it seems that journalism provides the optimum work environment for me; I need the pressure from deadlines and the opportunity to constantly create something new. Because The International has been one of my fondest experiences in high school, I think it’s in my best interests to continue on this path. You never know though, in a few years I might completely change my plans... but I highly doubt it. Which issue of The International was your favorite?

Content-wise, my favorite issue would be this year’s February issue. Although our article layouts were not our best work, the issue definitely showed the most growth from everyone in the staff. It’s always a pleasure to see others’ progression. However, my favorite cover would be last year’s October issue, featuring a submerged Buddha statue. In the wake of the floods, seeing such an image was powerful. A P R I L

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Opinions writer, Ashmita Dutta-Ray, will attend McGill University for a major in Sociology and a minor in Communications. Why did you join journalism?

I joined journalism because I love the creativity and risks that come with writing for a magazine. Reading previous issues from other years helped build an interest within me and I wanted to become part of this community of writers and editors as well. In fact, before joining The International, I interned for a magazine company for half a year and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of brainstorming, writing and creating fun articles to inform and entertain readers. What have you learned from your time at the magazine? I would definitely like to join something pertaining to journalism in the future! I think I have learned something new from every issue.From journalism skills such as interviewing, researching and writing with flair, I have also learned to cooperate with a group effectively, as well as learning the art of communication. This class has definitely improved and developed many writing skills as well as working with creativity.






Our Departing Underclassman

Features editor Sam Davin is enrolled into Carleton University As an undergraduate at the Unito study psychology. veristy of Michigan, Opinions editor Christine Hathaway will maIn what ways have you jor in biomedical engineering. grown from the class?

When I first joined the class as a sophomore, I wasn’t a very confident person. I was a bit unsure of what to do, especially being in a new school. Journalism class gave me a chance to get to know people and gain confidence in my abilities and myself. I think it also allowed me to build leadership skills as an editor that will be applicable throughout my life. I learned the importance of meeting deadlines, as well as the importance of being able to work well with others. It has made me a more creative person, and it’s something that I’ll never forget. What did you enjoy most about journalism?

I enjoyed the opportunity to be creative and take a peek at the journalism business. However, my favorite part of journalism class, though it may sound cliché, was the friendships I formed in this class. I grew close with all the other editors and reporters in the class, who I probably wouldn’t have known without being in journalism. I’m really happy that this class brought us together. I will truly miss Journalism next year.

How has journalism grown to be a part of your high school experience?

Through these four years in journalism, I have been compelled to take risks, to take responsibility for my mistakes and to become a better leader. But in addition to growing as a reporter and editor, journalism has allowed me to forge new friendships and experiences, and I know that it will forever be one of the highlights of my high school career. What do you think you’ll take from your 4 years in journalism to university?

I’ll definitely take away the many skills I have gained as a reporter and editor, from the organizational skills to the ability to work under deadlines. Most importantly, The International has allowed me to gain a greater confidence and pride in the work I produce, and I know that at university, this confidence will help me both in my academics and extracurricular activities. A P R I L

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Fallon Reagan (10) is moving back to the United States after a year of being a sports writer for the magazine. Which issue was the most enjoyable to write for?

I would have to say all of the IASAS issues. I really enjoyed celebrating our awesome sports teams’ and arts teams’ accomplishments! All the articles were fun to write. Even though I was only part of The Inernational for one year, it was a great experience. What will you most remember from your time in journalism?

I will most remember all the amazing people I met through journalism. We have had so much fun together, and I’m sure we’ll see each other again! I’ll remember all the great experiences that we had, and of course, our Starbucks’ orders!



heryl Kim is known to be one of the most talented accompanists in ISB’s current Music program. Recently, she placed first along with Phillip Kim in the “ISB’s Got Talent” contest, for their stirring voice and piano piece. The International decided to sit down to get the scoop on her musical talent.

How did you feel when you came in 1st place for the talent show? Before the announcement, I felt like we (Phillip and I) were not going to be first, because there were many other participants who were as talented, especially the Reverse Oreos. After we were announced as first, a little flashback of what Phillip said before the performance was on my mind, because he mentioned that this performance is our second last stage together. Phillip and I have gone through numerous series of performances together as a singer and an accompanist, and I felt very happy for him to get first place after two years of second places. What musical events have you done, and whom have you accompanied in the past? Or played by yourself in? My first professional concert was done as a second violinist in BKYO (“Bangkok Korean Youth Orchestra”). BKYO really allowed me to grow as a performer, because we performed at big venues like Paragon or the Pridibanomyong Hall. After that, I attended AMIS JHO at Vienna American School. At school, I have attended Cultural Convention Music at TAS and SAS. I have also personally accompanied Phillip Kim, Tata Tangth-


Watching ISB Grow


ISB’s longest serving consultant discusses ISB’s history

he past decade has seen huge changes in education as ISB, and many people came and left to help this school grow. The International caught up recently featured education consultant Mr. David Playfoot, who has seen ISB’s improvement up close for the last 12 years. David Playfoot was featured in our latest issue, but was very keen on further discussing ISB’s progress over the years. He has had connections with ISB for over a decade, and was happy to talk to us about the improvements he has witnessed over 12 years. Since his first visit, Mr. Playfoot has seen many great changes, “ISB is much better organized now, and runs more like a welloiled machine. I’ve always been amazed at how the vast majority of students are sociable, considerate and take part in so many aspects of school life.” He also added that the main changes he noticed were “a massive improvement in facilities” and “growth in the quality of education offered”, which he believes are the key aspects towards improving schools around the world.

ISB in its early years

anakul, Keitaro Tada, Brooke Solorio, Erle Tonne, Hyunbin Jung, Mina Edwards, and many more.

What are you looking to do with your talent in the future? I am planning to major in Music Education. Teaching has been another part of me, so I think that A P R I L

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Having observed ISB for such a long time, Mr. Playfoot has been able to identify ISB’s key strengths and main areas in which the school has improved in, “In the past, and still in some schools today, it’s all about teaching or keeping parents happy and so on but at ISB people genuinely concentrate on helping students learn.”

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Spotlight: Cheryl Kim


Mr. Playfoot was also keen to elaborate on his opinion on ISB’s future and how it can improve even more. He explains that the future of the school is very flexible, and that it needs to “adapt to the future needs of society whilst staying true to its mission to provide ethical and global education that respects all individuals.” ISB has become one of Mr. Playfoot’s favourite schools over the years, but will always have areas of improvement as any school would. The last 10 years have been iconic, and Mr. Playfoot added, “I love the chance I get to work in one of the best schools I know - I just wish my own children could have spent their school days at ISB.” Nathan Scott

major goes very well with me. I will continue to attend CC Music (and hopefully AMIS, if the school allows us), which has become an annual event that I look forward to. I’m planning to take the Grade 8 ABRSM Music Theory test at the end of this year, which is my greatest challenge in music so far. Amber Barnett


Teacher Couples


ISB’s cutest teacher couples

SB is not a school particularly know for its cuteness. It is a school filled with passionate athletes, sharp students and one great new Olympic-size pool. But there is one thing about ISB that has the potential to ruin its fierce reputation: its extremely cute teacher couples.

The Soules When lectures get boring, college students usually just doze off. But Mrs. Soule had a different distraction - Mr. Soule. When this particular college student started to doze off in class while the professor droned on and on, she was lucky enough to have Mr. Soule to draw cartoons in class to make her giggle. They started dating, and when the class was over, they were lucky enough to be offered two individual jobs in the same district in Virginia. That was ten years ago. They’ve gone everywhere together. Today, they both happily work at ISB, seeing each other at lunch and passing each other in the hallways,

The Soules enjoy a romantic Valentines’ Day surf.

and there is not a student at this school who would not name them as one of ISB’s cutest couples.

The Clovers This is a couple that worked in politics, met there and stayed together. Mr. Chris Clover was working in the US Senate when he met a wonderful woman by the name of Sarah, who was going for a job there. After a while, Mrs. Clover went into teaching and started traveling. One of her jobs was at a Thai high school; Mr. Clover came with her to Thailand. “I came as baggage,” Mr. Clover jokes. Today, they are both teaching history classes at ISB and their oldest children are attending. They love working together because it means that they don’t have to make time to see each other and that they see their kids often. The Rockeys Mr. and Mrs. Rockey met in the last month of their senior year of college, in 1979. They dated for three years before they got married. Mr. Rockey asked Mrs. Rockey for a dance at a fraternity event, and the romance began there. The Rockeys both decided to move to Bangkok together - they were “both ready for adventure, interest in learning about other cultures and a new challenge,” as Mr. Rockey stated. After beginning to teach at the same school, the adorable teacher couple have struck the perfect balance. They have ISB in common, but because they are in separate departments, they still have plenty to talk about. A P R I L

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Look at those matching turtlenecks! Mr. and Mrs. Rockey enjoy a vacation together.

As for the future, Mr. Rockey wants to follow Mrs. Rockey’s lead and become a PE teacher. He plans to be an elder fitness instructor when the couple returns to the United States. One might think it mortifying to attend the same school where your parents work, but Mrs. Rockey says that teaching at the same school as her sons has been a highlight to teaching overseas. She states, “to be able to share in their everyday happenings or just to see them during the day always puts a smile on my face.” “In the grand scheme of things, the time together is so little so you want to make the most of it all.” The Rockeys have been together for a wonderful 34 years and it is a pleasure to have them both teaching at ISB! These cute teacher couples bring a smile to our faces everytime we see them pass by together in the hallways. We’re all so glad to have them teaching together in our high school! Anjali Menon and Katy Lewis





he Badminton teams returned this year with a fire to bring home a medal and the Boys varsity team succeeded. However, there were some changes to the tournament this year, which proved difficult for both teams. In the past, IASAS badminton tournaments would have a round robin system. All the schools would play one another and the schools placing first and second would play each other in the finals. For each school, there are three singles teams and two doubles teams. To win, teams have to get the best out of three games. Each game consists of 21 points, with no deuce. After each win, the school is awarded one point. Normally, the two schools with the most points try to best each other in the finals. But this year, a new system was implemented. The four schools, each with the least amount of points, must compete against each other for a place in the semifinals. When two schools compete, in order to become the victor, a school must be able to get three out of five points. Both teams did quite well in the round robin, earning them a matching second place in the rankings. This meant that they were not required to compete in the quarter




finals but advanced straight to the semis. With high hopes, the teams went into their matches. The boys had to play against JIS for a spot in the finals. The boys fought exceptionally hard, refusing to leave any point up to chance. Unfortunately, the boys lost two of the five games. Although they were unable to win their matches, their valiant efforts are recognized in proudly representing their school in one of the toughest competitions. After their loss, the boys played against SAS for third place. Here, the boys truly shined, defeating SAS, 4-1, and bringing home a bronze medal. The girls also clawed their way through the semi finals against ISM. They played tough, and did not let ISM gain any points easily; they made them work for it. The girls put in their full effort, but alas, the Bearcats got the better of them. In the consolations, their brilliant efforts once again did not pull through as they merely lost the opportunity to bring home a medal. All in all, our badminton players played excellently, with the boys bringing back home the bronze and the girls coming in fourth place. They went in with everything they could possibly conjure, and ISB could not be any happier. Dome Chartsakulkanajarn A P R I L

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IASAS rankings BOYS





espite the cloudy sky above the imm ac u l at e ly groomed golf courses of Kuala Lumpur, ISB’s Varsity Golf teams defied the weather and shone bright during IASAS earlier this month. ISKL hosted the event, keeping the players busy with eighteen ‘flights’, or games, played everyday. ISB was certainly up to par with the skill of the other teams, with the boys securing a commendable fifth place and the girls snatching silver. ISB’s boys fared well during the event, managing 381 points on day one and 382 points on day two, ending with a total of 763 points. Despite landing only a mere 23 points away from fourth place winner JIS, ISB still returned home with a respectable fifth place effort. The girls played outstandingly well, grabbing 349 points on the first day of IASAS and celebrating with their best score of 333 points on day two. This brought the lady panthers to a final standing of 682 points, earning them a silver trophy to bring back to Bangkok. The Panthers obtained multiple individual awards, with Patty Treevichaphan (10) coming in second place overall and receiving the individual All-Tournament award, and Tor Chairatana (10) winding up with a tie for third place and receiving an All-Tournament award as well. Ella Rosén (11) was ranked as the



sixth best player, also picking up the All-Tourna-

ment Award. Nex Pattamakijsakul (12) also amazed onlookers as she snagged the All-Tournament award and the individual medalist award (1st place) for her fourth consecutive championship, shooting two under par 70. Nex also created a new IASAS record with her scores. As Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Golf Coach Mr. Kevin Callahan proudly notes, “Nex is certainly the most outstanding golfer in the history of the competition.” Nex will be continuing on with her talent when she attends university in the US on an athletic scholarship. Myra Techakraisri (9) also achieved triumph in what Coach Callahan calls a “thrilling” last hole victory, making for a highlight of the competition. “[The players] learned a lot,” shares Coach Callahan. “Our girls learned about competition and going head-to-head against their opponents, and the boys came together [as a team] on the third day.” Although both the boys and girls came back with successful results, Coach Callahan talks about the team’s disappointments, sharing, “We were hoping for higher finishes, but I am proud of the players.” Tor Chairatana (10) notes, “I was really pleased with the team’s performance. Even though we A P R I L

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came in fifth place, we still had a lot of fun.” Ella Rosen (11) expresses, “the girls did a nice job getting silver, and we are very happy with that. Plus, we met some really great people [at ISKL], and just being at IASAS was fun.” Girls Captain Patty Treevichaphan (10) explains, “the team’s overall performance was outstanding. Everyone in the team should be applauded for their hard work; we all put our best efforts into IASAS.” As for team chemistry, Patty continues, “our supportive teamwork led us to the silver medal. After every game, we complimented each other for the play and effort, regardless of what consequences may be.” As Boys’ Captain Ross Alexander (11) confesses, “none of us had any idea what to expect. [But] we proudly claimed 5th place and will win gold next year in Taipei! Overall it was a fantastic first season and we can’t wait for next year!” Altogether, the team brought true sportsmanship and dedication to the course, also returning back to ISB with a exceptional silver trophy. and a nice fifth place effort. With golf only in its first official year of IASAS, the team made ISB proud and will surely continue to do so in the future. Fallon Reagan





ASAS Track and Field 2013 was a new beginning for the ISB boys team. They finished above last for the first time in a few years taking a satisfying fifth place finish. The boys overcame ISKL by 2.5 points with a slender lead while missing out on fourth place by a 27.5 point difference. The ISB boys broke two school records, one in high jump with Spencer Barnett (12) breaking the old record by four centimeters with a huge 184cm jump, winning a silver medal. “When I saw that the bar had not fallen off, I was overwhelmed with joy and shocked that I had actually cleared the height since my personal best jump prior to IASAS was 181cm,” said Spencer, who was ecstatic about his record-breaking jump. The other school record breaker was also ISB’s only male gold medalist this year, Jack Melhorn (11). “I wasn’t expecting to win, but I was confident I was going to do well as I’d put in a lot of hard work during the season,” said Jack, who already has his sights set on another record. Medals from the two record breakers along with medals from Thayne Price (12), Matt Poff (9), Ethan Fernandes (12) and John Paul Rivera (10) and points for many other athletes helped secure a solid fifth place finish for the ISB boys. Varsity boys’ captain this year, Matthew Nagy (12) was very




pleased with the team’s performance this year. “I definitely a, very happy with the team’s performance this year,” said Matthew, who was very pleased with the team’s overall improvement. “In the previous years we had gotten sixth place by a lot of points, and coming in fifth place this year says a lot. I think that we will move up the rankings in the next couple of years. We have a ton of young talent with this year’s freshmen and sophomores, who already performed so well this year.” For the first time in IASAS history, the Varsity Girls’ Track and Field team won gold. In the past, the girls have struggled to cumulate points, but now ISB has rose to the occasion to end SAS’ decade-winning streak Following last year’s disappointing defeat by 14 points to the Eagles, ISB entered the tournament with the determination to clench to gold that had narrowly eluded them. Fortunately, the lady panthers met every event with success. According to captain Amanda Giles (12), who broke the IASAS Javelin record, ISB’s gold can be mostly credited to “having a strong all around team.” “Although [ISB] won less individual events, we had a lot more [athA P R I L

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letes that] placed in the top 6 for nearly all the events, and thus earned points,” continued Amanda. She was also part of the 4x800 relay that broke ISB’s long withstanding record. Indeed, the Varsity Girls were able to maintain their first place standing throughout the tournament due to their overall strength. Four-year IASAS participant, Becca Chairin (12), claims that, “ISB does not rely on star talent to win IASAS. We won because we had people place. Every point counts.” In addition, Becca believes that the team’s commitment was another crucial element that allowed the girls to elevate themselves from second to gold within a mere year’s time. ISB record breaker for the discus and shot-put throw, Rebecca McReynolds (11), was elated to win two silvers for her team, but expressed uncertainty for next year’s prospect. “The girls will need to do a lot of recruitment to replace the extremely talented seniors and those who are leaving,” said Rebecca. “Still, the returning girls are also exceptionally talented and have the potential to retain ISB’s first place title.” Hopefully, the ISB girls can establish a legacy and tip a world in which gold was reserved for the Eagles off its axis. Nathan Scott and Nisha Stickles




his year’s IASAS softball was difficult and yet immensely rewarding for both teams. After an exciting exchange in which all six schools were present (an unusual occurrence), teams headed off to Taipei for the final tournament. Unfortunately, unlike last year’s brutally hot Track and Field IASAS that took place in Taipei at the same time of year, the playing field this year was bitterly chilly. However, despite wind, rain, and temperatures hovering from 15-18°C, both teams were able to take home medals, with the boys nabbing the bronze from ISM and the girls getting their first gold in 13 years. The boys brought a strong game to the round robin, beating JIS 18-6 and ISKL 10-5. TAS and ISM barely eked out wins against our boys, with scores of 3-4 and 8-9, respectively. Gold medalists SAS beat all the teams in the round robin by large margins, and unfortunately the Panthers suffered a 1-25 loss to the Eagles. However, the fairly young ISB team impressively played their way into the consolation against ISM. In this final game, they decisively beat the Bearcats in a comfortable 9-4 win, resulting in an excellent bronze standing for the Panthers. The girls started the tournament strong, coolly beating JIS



18-3 in their first game. This dominance on the scoreboard continued throughout the next two days, as the girls beat team after team by large margins. After beating TAS 11-4 in the second-to-last game of the round robin, the girls had clinched their place in the final. Undefeated thus far, all that was left was their round robin game with SAS, and the final that would follow. The equally dominant SAS Eagles had also guaranteed their placement in the final, and so on Saturday, the two teams prepared to play each other twice. A combination of nerves on the Panthers’ parts, and good hitting on SAS’s part unfortunately resulted in a 2-9 win to SAS for the first game of the day. However, the Panthers put the game behind them, and used it as motivation to prepare themselves for the final. The final itself was nail-biter for six straight innings. The teams were at a stalemate, for each run scored was matched by the opposition. The scoreboard slowly went 1-1, 2-2, and finally at the bottom of the 6th inning the teams were still tied 3-3. However, in the 7th and final inning, with two outs against them, the Panthers began to pull away. A rally followed by two critical deciA P R I L

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sions by the p itch er to walk Jayna Milan (11) and Nadya Eddy (9), filled the bases and allowed for run after run to be scored by the Panthers.

“The game could’ve gone either way. Due to our aggressive hitting, our tenacious attitude and the fact that we wanted it so badly, we were able to wrap up the game”

The Eagles’ strategy of walking ISB’s best hitters in hopes of making a force out at home, and hopefully getting the third and final out, backfired as ISB’s girls made hit after hit. “The game could’ve gone either way.” Co-captain Jayna states. “I think that due to our aggressive hitting, our tenacious attitude and the fact that we wanted it so badly, we were able to rack up points and wrap up the game.” The final score of 9-3 sealed ISB’s victory, putting ISB Girls’ first gold in 13 years down in the record books. Amber Barnett


The International April2 2013  

A High School Student Publication from International School Bangkok Issue 13 of the 2012-2013 School Year

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