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02 First Baby, Now Misletoe? 02 The By-Stander

03 The Kindle Conflict 03 Racism at ISB

04 Celebrity Conspiracies

05 The Spirit of the Season 05 Stress.


06 Thank Goodness I’m a Freshman: T.G.I.F 06 Vivaldi Gloria! 07 I’m Special!

07 Marching Through the Streets 08 Embracing Poetry 08 Sister Schools

09 Long Talk with Aftab Mallick

Letter from the Editor Happy Holidays! Sorry, I just had to get it out there. I’ve been listening to Michael Bublé’s new Christmas album since I woke up this morning. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but it’s the holiday spirit that puts me in this mood. True it’s not snowing, although my computer screen saver is a close substitute, and the pine needle scent is only my Bath and Body Works candle. Although ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’, the palm trees and humidity will have to do. The holiday spirit is about giving, not getting, something which we all sometimes need to be reminded of. Although the flooding crisis seems like it’s calmed down a little, there are still plenty of people in our host country in need of help. So in the spirit of the season, why don’t you head down to the old Band room and package a care set for those in need? Every little thing that we can do to help others will not only make ourselves feel better, but also benefit those who are in dire need of our help. Once again, it is clichéd advice, but it’s the Holidays, and the time of the year to give back to our community. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The International, stay safe and have a wonderful winter break. Katie Eliot

09 SCC Talk


12 Alf Laylah Wa-Laylah 13 Holiday Word Search

13 Club of the Month: Student Library Advisory 14 Special Education

15 A Brief History of the Winter Holidays 15 Christmas Workout!

16 You are what you Wear?

16 Top 5 Ways to Cope with Stressful Exams


17 Season 2 Introductions

18 Panthers on the Podium

18 Junior Varsity Volleyball Tournament 19 Rugby Kicks Off 20 Varsity Rosters

BACK INSIDE COVER Healthy Holiday Treats

Brave Shaharazade regales King Sharaya with stories in The Arabian Nights Photo by: Amber Barnett

the INTERNATIONAL staff Editor-in-Chief Layout Editor Advisor

Katie Eliot Amber Barnett Keith Miller

Reporters Agnes Lee Sarah Poff Aditya Menon Seo-Young Lee Alisha Cunzio

Section Editors Opinions Nisha Stickles News Sam Davin Features Christine Hathaway Photographer Sports Leeann Schudel Leeann Schudel

Thanya Chat Mekayla Lazoruk Angela Gloninger Anjali Menon Greg Ah-Fenne

panthergrowls How do you celebrate the Holiday season?

Staying with the people I love!

Asking Santa for a girlfriend!

Edoardo Riboni, 12


Noam Schulman, 11

Nothing really. I just get presents.

Owain Davies, 10 I visit the Philippines to spend time with my cousins and grandparents who I only see once a year. And I eat... a lot.

Izzie Fortuna, 9

Yui Satome, 12

I visit my family in the states and snowboard.

Joseph Kenrick, 11 My family writes cards to relatives and goes downtown to have a giant Christmas buffet. It’s amazing!

Katie Henderson, 10

I spend time with my family and study for exams, of course.

Cole Whiteley, 9



First Baby, Now Mistletoe?

Musicians and their weird Christmas albums

t’s that time of the year, when artists release what they call their holiday album. Justin Bieber (J-Biebs, The Biebster, or simply JB) has recently released a Christmas album, titled “Under the Mistletoe”, with the hit single being (you guessed it), “Mistletoe.” This video has already been viewed over 50 million times on Youtube. Typical. The video is remarkably charming, with white snow falling and Christmas décor that adds to the mood. As for the singing… I’ll leave that to you, dear reader, to comment on for yourself. Michael Bublé is another artist who recently added a Christmas album to his discography. Aptly and imaginatively named “Christmas”, it is Bublé’s second Christmas album since 2003’s “Let it Snow.”

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another album. These artists are undoubtedly tapping into their fanbase, capitalizing on their devoted followers who are willing to pay for yet another redundant Christmas album. Followers of pop artists, before you spurge on Christmas songs sung by your favorite artists, please take a second to ask yourself why. Greg Ah-Fenne

The By-Stander Do you stand idle?

n November 5th, 2011, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired for keeping a scandal quiet for eight years. In 2002, a defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team, Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a 10-year-old boy in the football locker rooms. An assistant coach witnessed this, and reported this to the head coach, Joe Paterno. This was only one of the numerous instances in which Sandusky sexually abused children. When Paterno was informed of this, he did not directly inform the police of this matter. He did not follow through with the issue and did not make sure that the offender would be punished. Joe Paterno was fired not because of his actions, but because of


Bieber and Bublé definitely not the first artist to release a Christmas album. Country-pop singer Taylor Swift released one entitled “Sounds of the Seasons” in 2007, with five songs being covers and one original song. Similarly, Bublé’s album has 15 tracks with only one original song. Why are these “Christmas Albums” necessary? Do we really need another artist singing their unoriginal rendition of “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night”? There’s a reason why these songs are considered classics; they are as good as they will ever get. So artists across the world please do the international community a favor and cease with the production of these holiday albums. Unless there is intent to write new, fresh, original songs about the holiday season, there is no need to record

his failure to act appropriately. Although this is an extreme case of abuse, we should still reflect upon the consequences and punishments that these infamous people received because of this event. Many people, specifically in high school, are ‘by-standers’ when someone is being bullied. People are afraid to stand up for the victim, in fear that they will either be the next victim, or because they themselves feel insecure and do not want to further lower their ‘social status’ by defending someone who is seen as ‘unpopular.’ Mr. David Anderson, ISB’s school psychologist, emphasizes, “There are group social dynamics that control the roles we play in groups. Whether real or perceived, these roles keep the students from intervening in bullying situations.


Aside from this, probably a major contributor to not reporting is the fact that students forget that they have an obligation to keep their friends safe.” Here at ISB, we should be vigilant and aware of bullying. As Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “In the end you will remember not the words of your enemies, but the silence of your friends.” We should interpret this quote in relation to bullying. It is important to defend the victim and speak out against the bully. We should not just be a ‘by-stander,’ because our failure to act is just as detrimental as the actions of the bully themselves. It’s your choice; will you be the silent ‘friend’ or the defender? Angela Gloninger

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The Kindle Conflict

The war between bookworms and “techies”

What are people going to put on their bookshelves if they stop buying books and switch to Kindles? The Kindle is the hottest e-Reader on the planet, but I for one would not buy one. To start off with, Kindles do not have the same feeling as a paper book. Even the best-designed eReader is a cold, lifeless steel contraption. Many people think of paper books as a “more personal” reading tool and may grow attached to a copy of their favourite worn-out annotated book throughout their life. No e-Book could ever replace the memories evoked when that novel is picked up. Going to a friend’s house and looking over their bookshelves to see what types of books they read can tell you a lot about the person. It has become common to ask others whether they enjoyed a book.


Part of the fun of reading good books is talking about them with people who also enjoyed them. You can pull a book you have never seen before off a shelf and decide then and there if it’s for you. If you do not love it, you can put it back and pick a different one. The life span of a Kindle does not compare to the lifespan of a book. Novels are usually carried around in bags that get taken everywhere, dropped everywhere, sat on, and usually banged against something. A book can withstand this all. A Kindle can’t, simple as that. On the other hand, it is understandable how one could be smitten by this newfangled contraption. A Kindle would be a sensible and probably health beneficial purchase for many. The fact that I am usually reading multiple comically large novels at a time makes a Kindle or e-reader seem ideal.

Racism at ISB

How ISB deals with racism

e, Aditya Menon and Anjali Menon, are actually not of any relation, despite our identical surnames. However, we have faced much of the same animosity towards certain minority groups at ISB. How does the student body deal with and tolerate these events? Stereotypes are abundant in all communities, and International schools, though less severe, are not exempt from this. Just as all Americans do not eat hot dogs every day for dinner, all Mexicans do not own Sombreros, and Indians do not eat curry everyday. Most of the racism amongst the students stems from racial stereotypes and ignorant statements. Though many aspects of ISB’s curriculum cover racial and social stereotypes and prejudices, many

people still continue to make racist comments and judge people based on their ethnicity. Dr. Cathy Curtis, head of the counseling department commented, “Racism is treated just like cyber-bullying. No tolerance for it here at ISB.” Overall, racism does not seem to be much of a major problem at ISB. Sophomore Tarini Arte stated that, “Most students make groups that they hang out with or subconsciously judge other races, even though they don’t directly show it. I don’t think racism is such a great problem that needs to be addressed though.” Natacha Manomaiphan, a sophomore, adds, “Sometimes it may be joked about but not in ways to offend others.” Personally, I, Anjali, have experienced racist remarks and stereo-


Though we all love the smell of books, the feel of paper beneath your fleshy digits and the satisfaction from progressing through a long novel, Kindles are far more convenient. One simply cannot fit IQ84, Fight Club, Naked Lunch and four books of poetry into any other medium. Read between the lines, and it is easy to see that an e-reader would really be an advantageous purchase for us all, but not always a suitable fit for all occasions. However, although the expediency of Kindles is evident, they are not as personal as a proper book. For some, a Kindle may be a good fit, but for bibliophiles such as myself, who seek comfort from these texts, I recommend you stick with your beloved paperbacks. Sarah Poff and Mekayla Lazoruk

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types throughout elementary and middle school. In high school, however, such treatment is less common. High school students seem to understand social differences and are more mature about such matters. Either way, if one does experience racism at ISB, it is best to contact the administration and/or counseling department before the situation worsens. Sometimes it is easier to go with a friend, as Dr. Curtis agrees, for moral support. “Every student should feel safe at ISB,” she adds. People at ISB should not have to endure cruel jokes. People need to understand that imitating accents and joking about nationalities can cause emotional distress. Racism is a serious matter and will be taken into account should a student issue any complaints. Aditya Menon and Anjali Menon

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Celebrity Conspiracies

The rumors regarding the deaths of the stars

he conspiracy of Kurt Cobain’s death has been followed for many years, and the phenomenon of the 27 Club has also been an enigmatic mystery in pop culture today. For those of you who don’t know, the 27 Club is a group of musicians that have all died at the age of 27. This includes Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, amongst other stars. Kurt Cobain was the front man of one of the most sensational bands in history; Nirvana. His lyrics spoke to many and mesmerized the public and the band became not just a musical group but almost as a way of life. In Seattle on April 5th, 1994, it was ruled by the court that Cobain died of his own hand. However, many Nirvana fans beg to differ.

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Some believe that it was murder. Others still believe that Cobain is in hiding, as an attempt to avoid the mainstream spotlight that he and his band members, drummer Dave Growl and bassist Krist Novoselic tried to desperately avoid prior to their success. The circumstances that followed are also irksome. Ex-frontman of the band Alice in Chains, Layne Staley, died on April 5th, 2002, in Seattle. Staley was also a singer-songwriter in the grungerock genre. The similarities between Cobain’s and Staley’s lives


and the circumstances of their deaths have puzzled the public for years. Though this is the hope of many around the world, regardless of these conspiracies, Cobain still remains an icon for many generations of nonconformity, creativity, and musical genius. Cobain’s famous words “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not” have stood as an inspiration to many. Similarly, immediately after Michael Jackson’s death, speculations and conspiracies began circulating. The most popular and widespread belief was that the singer faked his death in order to escape the media spotlight and impending bankruptcy, much like Cobain. In the midst of preparing for his first live concert in more than a decade, Michael Jackson suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the age of 50 in June 2009. The official cause of his death was somewhat bizarre as the details given were surprising. The autopsy results stated that Jackson’s body was riddled with scars and wounds that evidently proved the massive amount of prescription drugs that he was abusing It was determined that Jackson’s overuse of propofol had killed him, although some suggest that Jackson may have faked his death to block out his physically demanding concerts and escape his mounting multi-million dollar debts.

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Given the way the ‘King of Pop’ lived his life, there was no surprise when wild explanations of Michael Jackson’s death arose. A few believe that “Michael Jackson was killed,” or that “Michael Jackson faked his own death to escape money worries/ start new life/ hang out with Elvis.” Or, “Michael Jackson died two years ago, and was replaced by an impersonator.“ One source even claims that “The predictable sales boosts that followed his ‘death’ and the 200 unreleased songs he reportedly bequeathed his children in his will should be enough to provide for Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket while their father kicks back in Mexico.” Regardless of the way they died and the circumstances that followed, both Cobain and Jackson will forever be remembered and revered. Anjali Menon and Sarah Poff

Flowers placed on Michael Jackson’s star on the walk of fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles Photo by: Brisbane Times


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The Spirit of the Season What do the holidays mean to you?

n September 1897, 8-yearold Virginia O’Hanon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, asking him the one question all children eventually ask: “Does Santa Clause really exist?” The editor responded in what became known as the “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause” article, and it is the most reprinted editorial to ever run in any newspaper in the English language. What did the editorial say? That Santa Claus exists, in the same way that love and generosity and devotion exist. He is real in the same way that kindness and friendship and gratitude are real, and make life beautiful. This is why the holidays, whatever you may celebrate during them,


are the most magical time of the year. Christmas, for those who celebrate it, is the season, the time, to reflect on the things that we have, and where we came from. It is the time for us to sit down and reflect on the past year; to think about who we were, and who we’ve become. It is about spending time with those you love and those who love you. A gift is not meant to come with strings; it should never be an obligation to present someone with a gift. A gift comes from the heart: it is genuine and true, because it was given without thought or consideration of what the rewards may be. That’s what Christmas, Hanukkah, or any holiday really, is about: the mentality. The spirit of the season. It’s about being kinder, about being a better person.


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We are not being good so that Santa will bring us presents. We are being good because we can, and because we should be. The holidays present us the opportunity to do our part and spread joy into the world. I love the holiday season. It allows me to wish well to those who I care about and to spend time with those who love me. I adore this season, since it gives me a chance to remind those who I see everyday how much I love them. It is that time of the year, when we remember how fortunate we truly are, to have such beauty in our lives. What does the holiday season mean to me? It is, as it always has been, about love. Greg Ah-Fenne

Our inexplicable inability to follow advice

wise man once wrote, “Many receive advice, few profit from it.” How often have you been told to “stop procrastinating and get your work done”? Come on, you’re a high schooler. You know what I’m talking about. Exams are almost upon us. Now, more than ever, it is probably a good idea to heed the words of your parents, siblings or that little voice inside your head. Procrastination is not a new concept (it has been around since the first caveman refused to go hunting because a couple of his friends were fighting over some meat and he wanted to watch). Even so, it is surprising how people blatantly refuse to listen when advised against it. There is no doubt in my mind that some of you are using this ar-

ticle as a means to procrastinate studying for your English final. I could say something like, “Put this article down and go study,” but what’s the use? You will either (a). Continue to ignore me or (b). Say something along the lines of “But I’ve got PE tomorrow and there’s no exam!” Since you are so dedicated to reading this article, let me reward your commitment by giving you some advice that you will undoubtedly choose to ignore. Ready? Your stress level will go down if you managed your time better. Two exams a day is definitely doable; I know, because I have done it six times. Yes, six. Good luck freshmen! In all seriousness, your success in exams is a function (like math!) of how much time and energy you

devote to studying. I am not suggesting that you devote (insert ridiculously large number) hours to prepare for your exams; sleep is also very important, despite what the seniors say. I’m not breaking new ground here. I’m just another voice in your head, telling you to do something that you really don’t want to do. At the end of the day, you’re the one making the decisions. You can choose to listen to me, finish this article and go study, or you can continue to procrastinate until the night before your exams, get on Facebook/Skype and freak out with your friends who’ve procrastinated as well. High schoolers of ISB, do your parents, your friends and yourselves a favor. Go study. Greg Ah-Fenne

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Thank Goodness I’m a Freshman: T.G.I.F

The class of 2015 goes crazy at the freshmen social


n November 25th in the MPB room, a social that included a talent show took place solely for the freshman class. Starting at 5:30 and lasting until 7:00, the freshmen class released all the stress they had received during the first few months of high school.

Photo by: Erawan Staff Awang Kesturi (9) and Joe Meisburger (9) show off their talent

This dance, also called “Thank Goodness I’m a Freshman (T.G.I.F)”, was organized by the freshmen student council. However, the freshmen class faced many obstacles while planning this event. ] Due to the floods and the unexpected extended October break, the dance had to be postponed multiple times. Nevertheless, by raising class spirit and having the freshman student council members strive to make the event happen, the social was able to take place at last. This event gave students the chance to freely let go of the academic stresses and feel like carefree middle school students again. It also gave the opportunity for some of the students to portray their hidden talents. One of the students who attended this event said, “This social started out like any other dance but as time passed, everyone became more hyper and it began to feel more like the unforgettable dance we had at the end of eighth grade. What I loved so much about this social was how everyone was so sup-

portive of one other and how everyone was attentive when someone else was performing.”

Photo by: Erawan Staff Freshman boys bond while dancing

The T.G.I.F. dance undoubtedly gave the ISB freshmen the opportunity to raise class spirit and to bond with each other. Hopefully, the students will have another chance in the future to experience this thrill again. Seoyoung Lee


Sing For Their Supper – Collaboration of Choir and Orchestra

How can I help you?” Any student on campus is aware that those five words are most frequently said by a very caring teacher, Mr. Anthony Giles. Mr. Giles has been a member of the ISB community for almost two years. His arrival to the school has been influential on many different levels. As head of the Fine Arts Department, he has not only helped enrich the various music programs available here, but has also taken


the initiative to become actively involved in enhancing various activities provided at ISB. The annual Holiday Concert is rather special this year. Unlike previous years, the December 2011 Concert will be a collaboration of choir and orchestra only, without the band. However, Mr. Giles has put forth much effort to hire professional musicians that will help accompany the High School choirs. One of the main features of this


concert will be the famous work ‘Gloria’ by Antonio Vivaldi, arranged by Clayton Westermann. In conjunction with the High School orchestra, all choirs combined (including staff members) will be singing this particular piece. Entrance fees are free, but donation boxes will be available at doors and all proceeds are to go to the flood victims here in Thailand. Agnes Lee

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I’m Special!

Special Kids Olympics 2011

ovember 26th marked the 15th anniversary of The Special Kids Olympics, an ongoing tradition here at ISB. Eighty-two high school students participated in this year’s Olympics, serving as buddies for the seventy children from Baan Nonthaphum. Sixteen varsity council members ran the morning and afternoon activities, with several ISB teachers also pitching in to make the event possible. “It was a beautiful day and the smiles on the faces of the children and their buddies were also beautiful,” says Ms. Christine Tananone, who, along with a student planning committee, was responsible for organizing the event. Ms. Tananone stated, “I would like to thank my secretary, Khun Jurairat [for all her help.] I couldn’t have done this without her! Also, I would like

to thank my super student planning committee, and Mr. Harold Albert and Mr. Macky for supervising.” The committee included Anavi Mangharam (12), Gabriella Boulton (12), Catherine McKay (12), Courtney Ballard (10) and Katie Henderson (10). Varsity council member, Nisha Stickles (11) has assisted with The Special Kids Olympics since she was a freshman. In her opinion, the event went “exceptionally well” and “it was a nice change [from her previous years volunteering as a buddy] to help out behind the scenes… [Because] it’s so rewarding to see your hard work making others happy.” When asked whether she would plan on coming back to help out next year, Jeewon Paek (10) says, “Definitely! My partner was really enthusiastic throughout the day,

and it was fun playing games and soccer with him.” Overall, the event was a huge success. It was an enjoyable day filled with enthusiasm. The children laughed while participating in three-legged races, water balloon tosses, swimming, and much more. Nisha says, “[Special Kids Olympics] is a great experience that all ISB students should try to take part in.” Thanya Chat

Photo by: Chris Tananone (Flickr ID) Children and their buddies participate in the Tug-of-War game

Marching Through the Streets

How protests have become global phenomena


011 has lent itself to a surprising amount of globalized protests. In February a death toll of over 84 was reached during the Libyan protests. In May approximately 60,000 Spanish citizens gathered to protest for more democratic changes within the Spanish government. In November movements in Egypt and the United States generated thousands of individuals protesting against their governments both politically and economically. Protests are certainly not a new concept. Students of ISB especially know the impact that protesters can have on the government and everyday life. In just the past three years alone ISB students have faced both the yellow shirt occupation of Suvarnabhumi International Airport (2008) and the red shirt riots in Bangkok (2009). So how do these global protests

affect the student body? Protests and riots change the way that people go about their daily lives. Students of ISB have obviously felt this in the past, but movements in other countries can also affect our school population. With the wide range of international students attending ISB, a protest in a single country can cause any number of students worry for their families, friends and homes. Protests also impact global politics. In countries like Libya, protestors have worked to overthrow their governments, sometimes in the most violent way possible. As new countries and governments are formed as a result of national revolutions, many of our students may face issues ranging from their college choices to their citizenship status. The recent Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, which


has become an international protest movement, has also made a mark on the international economy. Citizens that are unsatisfied with the recent global economic crisis have taken to the streets to protest against the ‘1%’. The ‘1%’ refers to the portion of the population that posses a disproportionate amount of the world’s wealth. These movements call for change in both home and international markets, which have the potential to lead to economic and social unrest. Therefore, as these movements continue it is important for ISB students to remain aware of global affairs. By being attentive to these international movements, the ISB community can be prepared for any changes that may occur as a result of the recent rise in globalized protests. Alisha Cunzio

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Embracing Poetry

Students and Teachers Gather to Share the Beauty of Poems he annual Coffee House is House. “Although the outcome was


an event that the ISB High School English Department hosts in the MPB. On Tuesday the 29th of November, numerous students and teachers gathered to share their favorite poetry at this year’s Coffee House. English teachers Mr. Brad Augustine and Ms. Alegria Barclay also shared each their favorite poems and the audience was startled by their articulate portrayal of literature. Contrary to the usual poetryreading, Paul McPherson (11) and his friend Molly McCarty (11) decided to sing, and the audience enjoyed this very much. Mr. David Krocker, head of the high school English Department, announced the winners of the poetry contest. In first place was Becca Chairin (11), followed by Michael Pollock (12) in second place and an anonymous student in third. Besides Mr. Krocker, there were two

dramatically smaller than we (The Odyssey Club) would have hoped, the smaller audience resulted in a more private and personal than prior years. With an abundance of talent and good food, Coffee House was definitely a success.” Agnes Lee

Photo by: Amber Barnett Cole Whiteley reads his original poetry at Coffee House

other judges Mr. James Fitzgerald and Ms. Barclay. All in all, this year’s Coffee House was a memorable event for all. Mekayla Lazoruk (10) mentioned that this was her second time at Coffee

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International Schools in Bangkok Assist Each other during a crucial time


he recent floods have greatly affected the country of Thailand, including the many international schools in and around Bangkok. Harrow International School was flooded and will be closed until January. So as an alternative, Harrow students between years 10-13 (grades 9-12) have been attending ‘night school.’ NIST has been lending them their classrooms. New International School of Thailand finishes school at 3:30 PM and Harrow uses their facilities and classrooms from then until 9 PM. This provides students with an opportunity to sleep in, get homework done during the day and attend classes later on. This is a


perfect example of how all people, regardless of personal circumstances, come together and help each other in a time of need. When disaster hits, society shows its true colours. This has been true for the schools in Bangkok. We have all come together at one point or another since the floods here in Thailand, and will continue to work together to solve the problems that have stemmed from them. The American School of Bangkok was not flooded. However, they were equally affected, and took action similar to ISB. Stella Fanega, a junior at ASB, told The International that “both [ASB] campuses were not affected by the flood, and no damages have been found, but our


school was closed for about three weeks. Students were asked to go online to work on their homework. On Saturday the 26th, students were asked to perform at Queen’s park, right beside Emporium to raise money for charity for the flood victims. It was a really great opportunity for us to help the people who are homeless; at least we did something for a good cause.” It is evident that many international schools in Bangkok are putting forth their best efforts to assist people in need; whether it is flood victims or others.

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Anjali Menon and Angela Gloninger


Long Talk With Aftab Mallick

language experts should immerse themselves in foreign language books. Our wonderful library staff, as well as SLA, the student group, would be delighted to assist inquisitive students fulfill their literary needs.

Photo by: Seoyoung Lee Aftab Mallick (10) shares his thoughts about modern literature


he ISB student body consists of many students who have diverse talents and interests. Among all the students, Aftab Mallick, a sophomore student, shines for his gifted talent in literature and history. In order to find out why and how his passion has grown so strong, the International interviewed him for a long talk.

Intl: When and how did your passion for literature first arise? Aftab Mallick (AM): I began reading big, classic books ever since sixth grade such as Agatha Christie, although some people may not consider her as a classic writer. My passion grew for reading these books more and more as I realized that to read is to better one’s mind. I resolved to read as many great books as I could to become a greater person. Intl: What would be some of the ways one can gain interest in reading? AM: I think it important that people pursue the types of fiction or non-fiction that capture their own interests. So, science lovers should try out science fiction, history addicts like myself should examine historical fiction, and foreign

Intl: Why do you prefer reading classics books to modern books? AM: Simply because I believe that life steadily becomes worse as time goes on and that the examples of the Ancients are most worthy of emulation. Modern literature I think is largely mediocre but has produced some real gems.

Intl: I heard you are taking IB HL History. As a sophomore, this is an outstanding achievement. How do you like your class? AM: IB History of Asia has been a wonderful experience in terms of learning of history writing. For example, our internal assessments are great opportunities to write about our own personal views. Intl: What are your plans for the future? AM: I hope to pursue a career in academics. For me, nothing could be a greater pleasure than imparting the joy of history to the future generation. Seoyoung Lee

Photo by: Jayna Milan Aftab Mallcik (10) performs as the Sultan in The Arabian Nights


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SCC Talk


ith first semester winding down, I’m sure everyone is excited for the winter break, but before we get ahead of ourselves I just wanted to remind you guys that next semester will be jam packed with more activities! The main student council events for next year will be the Holiday dance (which is scheduled for January), Munch ‘N’ Music, ISB Idol (or perhaps ISB’s Got Talent) and both of the end-of-the-year dances. Also, we hope to encourage more panther spirit by organizing several more spirit days, so if you have any suggestions for activities, please let your representatives know. If you have any other concerns/suggestions, don’t be afraid to approach us or write it anonymously on the formspring. We have a lot ahead of us next year and need your voices to guide our actions. On behalf of the student council, I’d like to thank all of you for a wonderful first semester and say that we cannot wait to see you all again after the break! Pammy Thavornvanit




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One Thousand and One Nights Come to Life


magine having to tell stories to your homicidal spouse for one thousand and one nights in order to save your life and the lives of hundreds of others. Now imagine spending up to three hours every day working on a play that tells The Arabian Nights.

original Arabian Nights were also told. Not only was The Arabian Nights a huge project, but it was also the first play that director Josephine Hanson has written. Ms. Hanson began writing in the summer of 2011. “I spent 5-7 hours a day for 3 weeks writing, re-writing and editing and re-writing again, sustained by my mum serving cups of tea, sandwiches, lunches and dinners, with breaks to pet Tessa, the West Highland Terrier,” Ms Hanson said when asked about the process. Even after auditions were over edits were still being made, and with each revision Ms. Hanson came closer to perfecting her vision. It was clear that the cast and crew worked hard to make Ms.

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Hanson’s vision come to life. Fabrics, lights and polystyrene came together to create a set with eyecatching sand dunes and glimmering tents. Actors and crew worked tirelessly on perfecting lines, cues and scene changes to bring life into the stories they told, and their work was rewarded by a brilliant turn out during the performances. The Arabian Nights was another success for ISB’s theater department. While the play itself may be finished Ms. Hanson and her actors have no time for rest. The IASAS drama team has a lot to prepare for in anticipation for Culturan Conventions, but there is no doubt that their hard work will result in another spectacular event. Alisha Cunzio

Photo by Amber Barnett Traveller, Aftab Mallick (10), watches the events of Ali Babba and the Fourty Thieves.

ISB’s November play boasted a cast of 33 students and a tech crew of eight students. Over 130 hours of rehearsals were spent creating the story of Sheherazade (Alisha Cunzio 12) and her efforts to save the women of her kingdom from a fate of execution at the hands of her husband, King Shahryar (Thomas Eliot 12). Within Sheherazade’s tale the stories of Alaeddin (Abel Koster 12), Ali Baba (Scott Andrzejewski 9) and two additional tales from the


Photo by Amber Barnett The Grand Vizier, Molly McCarty (11) talks to his daughter, Dunyazade, played by Olivia Arnold (10).


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Holiday Word Search Club of the Month:

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f you love delving into the masterpieces of Charles Dickens, setting up diverse events, or forsaking your precious Facebook time to spend time reading, then SLA, Student Library Advisory, is a perfect club for you! SLA is a club that organizes and

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keeps school library activities lively in order to encourage ISB students to discover the value and enjoyment of reading. Meeting every Thursday during lunch in the library, SLA members discuss how to make the ISB library a more comfortable and cozy place for students. They also organize many different events ranging from author visits to reada-thons.

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hanukkah dreidel menorah kwanzaa wreath lights new years eve parties christmas specials santa snowman st nick family Angela Gloninger


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The contributions SLA is making to the ISB community are truly significant, as reading can tremendously improve a student’s creativity and writing skills. Seo Young

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Special Education

ISB’s policy on special educational needs

he International School of Bangkok prides itself on delivering the best education it can for its students. Whether a student is striving for an IB Diploma or is focusing more on a specific skill set which they wish to pursue, ISB is willing to provide the classes that students needs to best excel. However, what programs do the school offer for those students with special educational needs? The International sat down with school psychologist Mr. David Anderson to ask about ISB’s policy on students with special educational needs. Mr. Anderson stated that ISB, like most international schools, accepts students with mild or moderate special educational needs. “The incidences of [children with learning disabilities] in the general population are very slight,” Mr. Anderson stated. “It’s difficult for international schools to program for those kids.” It is because of this difficulty in programming courses that international schools usually accept only students with mild or moderate learning disabilities. While this is the status quo among international schools, there are a few places where students with learning disabilities may slip through the cracks. “One of the issues about ISB is that we do not modify the curriculum,” Mr. Anderson admitted. “Any student at ISB needs to be able to… be successful in the regular curriculum.”

“One of the issues about ISB is that we do not modify the curriculum.”

These students may be allowed extra instructional accommodations, such as books on tape or additional time on tests. However, all students intending to graduate from ISB must complete the same requirements despite any existing disabilities.


Photo by Alisha Cunzio Mr. David Anderson, the school psychologist, stated that ISB, like most international schools, accepts students with mild or moderate special educational needs

sional support for students with learning differences. Most international schools charge extra for parents to enroll their children in IS classes; however, ISB is different in that respect. The International sat down with middle school IS instructor Anne Bradley to learn more. When asked about the support that IS classes offer, Mrs. Bradley said, “Students in IS write independent education plans with specific targets and goals that address the areas in which they have difficulty. In IS, class time is given to working toward these goals and to supporting curricular areas as needed.” For many students, IS classes allow for growth and development in accordance to their Independent Educational Plans. “Often students become better at advocating for themselves and develop the confidence to speak with teachers and administrators,” Mrs. Bradley further supplied. Overall, classes like IS do pro-

“My dream would be to offer an all-inclusive education to all students. I would like inclusion to mean everybody.”

Photo by Alisha Cunzio Mrs. Anne Bradely, the middle schools IS instructor, mentions that overall, IS classes allow for growth and development in accordance to their Independent Education Plans.

In terms of instructional accommodations, ISB does provide classes that extend help to those students with mild and moderate learning disabilities. The Intensive Studies Program, often referred to as IS for short, is a class that offers profes-


vide support for those students at ISB with learning disabilities. There is always room for improvement, though. As the demands for the support of children with learning differences change, ISB is sure to change with them. Hopefully, goals like that of Mrs. Bradley will one day be possible: “My dream would be to offer an all-inclusive education to all students. I would like inclusion to mean everybody.” Alisha Cunzio

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A Brief History of the Winter Holidays

How Three Major Traditions Began

ecember break is quickly approaching, and while students remain anxious about semester exams, they are noticeably eager to finish their schoolwork so they can finally kick back and enjoy the holidays. As an international school, the ISB student body is known to celebrate several different traditions during the holidays. In this article, a basic overview will be given about three major winter holidays—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa.

Christmas Considered to be the most celebrated holiday in the world, Christmas began around the 4th Century A.D. as a strictly religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. However, over the course of many years, it has evolved into a cultural and commercial phenomenon worldwide celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike. With a primary focus on the “gift of giving,” Christmas has transformed over the years into a family-oriented event. It combines the aspects of magic, music and religion into a celebration of generosity and charity for the entire community.


Hanukkah Lasting eight days and nights, Hanukkah is the Jewish “Festival of Lights” which celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukah occurs on the twenty-fifth day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Every Jewish community often has a variety of Hanukkah celebrations, however three main traditions are the lighting of the hanukkiyah (menorah) candles each of the eight nights, the spinning of the dreidel and eating fried foods to celebrate the significance of oil in the history aspect of the holiday. In the modern era, most Jewish children also receive gifts on Hanukkah to commemorate the festive holiday. Kwanzaa Every year, millions of African Americans participate in a winter

holiday known as Kwanzaa. It is a relatively recent holiday, as 2011 marks its 46th annual celebration. It is not a religious holiday, but instead, a celebration that commemorates ancient African values and accomplishments. Furthermore, it brings together communities and replaces the year-end harvest festivals that have occurred in Africa for countless generations. During this holiday, there is a major feast (Karamu) and festive decorating in the colors red, black and green to represent the blood shed for African freedom, the color of the people and the fertility of the land, respectively. There is also traditional music and dance, as people have the time to reflect on major aspects of African history. Thanya Chat

Fun Facts

1) China is the top supplier of ornaments and artificial Christmas trees. 2) The candles used for lighting Hanukah Menorah are supposed to burn for at least half an hour after the stars come out. 3) Kwanzaa (Swahili for “fresh fruits”) is based on an African harvest festival.

Christmas Workout!

s the festive seasonal holidays approach and we begin feasting on delicious delights, we are sure to gain a pound or two. The holidays can involve a lot of time away from the gym, but never fear, the international is here! Below is a sequence of exercises for a 7 day plan to keep in shape over the winter break. Day 1: Yay, Burpees! 30 burpees.

Day 2: Ab-ish 3 rounds:
5 push-ups, 10 situps,
15 air squats

Day 3: As Fast As You Can 5 rounds:
20 second sprint,
10 second walk Day 4: Jump Start 5 reps for 30 seconds: Pencil Jump-Push Up


Day 5: All Together 50 jumping jacks,
35 air squats,
40 sit-ups

Day 6: Arms & Legs 2 sets:
10 push-ups,
20 walking lunges

Day 7: Cardio Heaven 200m sprint (about halfway around a city block)
20 push-ups

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Sarah Poff




You Are What You... Wear? What Your Clothes Say About You

any students are often told never to “judge a book by its cover,” but a lot of them admit that they still do. Despite traditional beliefs, an individual’s “cover” is often largely based upon his or her wardrobe choices. According to school psychologist, Mr. David Anderson, “Clothes are an expression of how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us. What people wear

is also found to affect their overall mood and self-confidence.So in today’s fast-paced society where first impressions are always important, sometimes it’s worth spending more time deciding what to wear first thing in the morning. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common styles of clothes and how people often perceive these personalities.

Top 5 Ways to Cope with Stressful Exams


xams are coming and the stressful days are here. You’re probably wondering how you will study and manage your time. If that is the case, then this is the guide for you. This guide will help you become more organized in order to create more efficient studying methods. 1. Take Breaks and Sleep Do not to force yourself to study too much, rather give your brain a little rest so you can concentrate better. Avoid taking “two hour” naps because they can get you very drowsy. Instead take a warm bath to relax your weary bones. This should help you become energized for the study session.

2. Physical Activities Regular exercise is an excellent way of coping with exam stress. It can increase self–confidence, help you focus on your body movements and can help shed the tensions. A good time of 10 minutes would be perfect. 3. Create a Time Table Organize your day. Create a schedule to fit in different subjects for studying instead of focusing solely on one the whole


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night. Try to create a balance and remember to add 20-minute breaks.

4. Revise Your Work Try to revise what you learned so that it becomes much more efficient to remember. Try not to waste all your time by doing pointless things such as gaming and facebook. To cope with exam stress, time management is very crucial. Revise whenever you can. 5. Eat Right Eat healthy foods such as fruits, green vegetables, cereals and eggs. Proper nutrition is important for the brain to perform well. Try to avoid oily and junk food. Aditya Menon


The Casual Dresser: This person feels most comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt. They look for excuses to not dress up for formal occasions and typically sport a laid-back look. This is fine most of the time, but these people can also be perceived as stubborn or lacking in creativity.

The Sporty Dresser: If you find yourself always wearing your favorite pair of running shoes every time you leave the house, or reaching for a pair of gym shorts regardless of whether you’re going out for a run or not, then you’re probably a sporty dresser. These people care about their health and fitness, and aren’t afraid to show it. However, beware being mistaken as a sloppy dresser.

The Flirty Dresser: Whether it’s short skirts or tight pants, these dressers often wear skimpy clothing that radiates selfconfidence. Some people consider dressing this way fun, flirty and somewhat acceptable, while others disagree, stating that it is overly provocative and inappropriate. The Stylish Dresser: Also referred to as the “brandname” dresser, these people only wear designer brands, and often brag about their most recent purchases. Others may perceive them as well put-together, successful, and fashionable. However, some may also view them as materialistic and insecure, or as an attention-seeker. Thanya Chat

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Season 2 Introductions

The insights on the Second season teams


econd season sports have begun and official roasters have been set. With new teams of panthers representing us for swimming, tennis, rugby/touch and basketball, the 2011-2012 second season looks promising.

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Girl tennis player smashes b all at the net.

With the success of last year’s gold under their belt, expectations for the boy’s swim team are rather high. Coach Andrew Myers explains, “The boys have been working hard with a desire to improve individually and to do the best they can for the team.” With the guidance of Coach Gaile Rockey, the Varsity Girls Swimming team are also looking forward to a successful season. Both teams are comprised of many promising fresh faces that Mrs. Rockey hopes will “create new surprises.” Our Varsity basketball teams have also hit the courts, and plan on fully taking advantage of the ben-

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Swimmer intensely takes a breath from his freestyle

efits associated with hosting IASAS. Coach Dave Krocker explains his team’s situation, “The last time Rajendra Hall witnessed IASAS basketball a gold medal was earned, and I certainly would love for these hard working, dedicated players to bask in the glory of victory in front of their home crowd. This would be a gift hard to replicate in their lives and we are collectively putting in countless hours to equip ourselves with the skills and conditioning necessary to have a chance to play in the finals.” With the same goals in mind, the girls’ team also looks forward to a successful season, “With the combination of experience, talent and enthusiasm we are excited about this years team,” says Coach Perry, “Our goal is to medal at IASAS” Preparing for the IASAS tournament held in Manila later this season, the boy’s rugby team is already hard at work. With a fresh, young team, Mr. peter Hardman is optimistic that his players will do well consistently throughout the season, “This year’s team while very young has a great deal more depth than we have had in the past few years. There will be a lot of competition for positions. The team has a good leader in [captain] Carl Geagea and includes a good number of talented sophomores. Practices have been going well. If the team stays injury free they should have a good shot at being very successful at the IASAS tournament.” The same can be said for the Varsity Girls Touch Rughy team, which is composed of solid mix of promising players, both new and old. Both teams aim to conclude what will hopefully be a successful season with an IASAS medal hanging from their necks. With only nine players in each line up, ISB’s tennis teams are looking more than capable. With each player’s specialized skills, Coach Ducharme explains that he has confidence within his teams.


“The girls, led by Yui Saotome (Captain) would surely vie for a medal in Kuala Lumpur this year, but GOLD is our only goal, something we were unable to capture last year due to the rained out finals.” “Expected to be 6th last year, the boys vied for the bronze medal before being rained out. This year, bronze or better is a realistic goal for the boys,” says Mr. Ducharme, “I would also like to welcome coach Melhorn back for his 2nd year as coach and introduce two new very capable coaches to the team in Coach Cza and Coach Neung. They all have a wealth of tactical information to share with the players.” It’s been a busy past few weeks for all athletes at ISB. Hopefully this hard work and dedication will pay off in IASAS, and our panther sports teams will have equally victorious meets as last year. Mekayla Lazoruk

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Rugby player sprints with the ball tucked under his arm.



Varsity Rosters

Varsity Girls Touch Rugby

Captains: Captains: USA Carl Geagea (12) USA Friend Chaikulngamdee (12) Thai Thai Ryan Schudel (11) USA/Korea Rebecca Chairin (11)

Captains: Gabriella Boulton (12)

Juniors: Vicky Baldos USA Laetitia Devarrewaere France Amy Elliott UK Amalie Iuel Norway Darcee Parker USA Nisha Stickles USA/Thailand Will Thanapisitikul Thailand Sophmores: Courtney Ballard USA JJ Erpaiboon Thailand Katie Henderson Thailand Shannon McCarty USA Cha Patra-Yanan T hailand Noelle Soriano Philippines Grace Suprakob Thailand Freshmen: Lily Akrapongpisak Kristine Kim

Thailand Korea

Varsity Boys Swimming

Captains: Rahul Kuchibhatla (12) Preston Fernandez (12) Seniors: Koen de Meyere Ben Sine

Freshmen: Anders Brekke Matthew Chu Praan Pisitthakarn



Seniors: Thailand Mina Edwards Brazil Friend Chaikulngamdee Thailand Amanda Okazaki USA Thailand Juniors: Earth Samanthai Minday Sethaputra Juniors: Nick Callahan Denmark Earn Khunpinit Ethan Fernandes USA Pom Kongpornjaras Yusuke Funami Japan Earn Phichaiphrome Robert Hebard USA Jessie Reeder Kevin Lim Korea Madison Vasa Matt Nagy USA Shayne Rockey USA Sophmores: Angela Gloninger Jean Uchupalanun Sophmores: Ross Alexander USA Hina Nakamura Chris Bunker USA Samantha Smith Owain Davies Thailand/Australia Mook Wongwijitkul Max Davis USA Ahnika Wood Kevin Gronlund Thailand Yasuaki Jitsuyama Japan Freshmen: Joachim Madsen Denmark Thanya Chat Bautista Vela Argentina Mckenzie Miller Aim Samanthai Hannah Warling Seniors: Jam Kraprayoon Arthur Rempel Toto Snidvongs JT Whiteley Pong Karatkul

Varsity Boys Tennis

USA Juniors: Germany Midori Fujitani Philip Kim Norway Thailand Japan Thailand

Sophmores: Laurence Neale Ryota Nishimaki Jack Melhorn Alex Taubert

Freshmen: Norway Max Pitaksit USA Thailand

USA Thailand USA Thailand Thailand Thailand Thailand Thailand USA USA USA/Italy Thailand Japan USA Thailand USA Thailand USA Thailand USA

Varsity Girls Tennis

Captains: Captains: Mike den Hartog (12) Netherlands Yui Saotome (12)

Netherlands USA Seniors: Jin Woo Chung

Juniors: Jonnie Batchelor David Schwan Sophmores: Martin Brekke Pleum Pisitthakarn Takaki Tsuji Max Wongwijitkul

Varsity Girls Swimming

Varsity Boys Rugby

Seniors: Korea Nancy Pakdivong

Juniors: Japan Nutt Salirathavibhaga Korea Petra Bhanubandh UK Japan USA Thailand


Sophmores: Haley Sadoff Yukino Watanabe Tarini Arte Nana Inayama


Thailand Thailand Thailand USA Japan India Japan

Other Second Season Sports Next Issue!


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Rugby Kicks Off

A memorable two - day tournament for all Photo By: Agnes Lee


his weekend was definitely a great experience for the boys’ varsity rugby teams. Four schools (ISKL, JIS, SAS, ISM and BIS) were invited for the annual rugby exchange here at ISB.

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Nick Callahan (11) is lifted through the air

The first game for our boys against SAS on Friday afternoon was rather disappointing for the home crowd. After the match, 2nd year varsity payer Jam Kraparyoon (12) stated, “We have had less game experience than the other teams. Something to improve would probably be trying to get the ball from

the forward pack to the backline in a smoother manner.” Our boys gathered on the field by 7:30am on Saturday to warm up for a match against BIS. The crowd was impressed to see ISB’s strong defense and aggressive forward play from a couple veteran players, which ultimately assisted the team into winning the game. After all matches came to an end on Saturday night, Joachim Madsen (10), new to the team, exclaimed, “I still don’t know if I’m going to IASAS but results come out next week. I definitely feel more experienced than before the exchanged and I’m pumped to make the IASAS team!” Overall, students from the other schools showed much appreciation towards the exchange that took place here this past weekend. JIS boys’ captain James Eve (12) exclaimed, “The team really enjoyed playing at ISB with such nice facilities where the field was more than a pleasure to play on. The food was more than satisfying and it was a great opportunity for our boys.” Co-captain of ISM Arrlen Barnes (12) also said he enjoyed the exchange. “The crowd was amazing; in just an exchange when we played ISB it put a lot of pressure on as it

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After a successful tournament. the Varsity Touch Rugby Girls pose for a fun photo.


felt like an IASAS match.” Although it has only been two weeks into the season, ISB’s captain Carl Geagea (12) reflected upon the team’s performance by men-

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Shayne Rockey (11) tackels a JIS Rugby player

tioning that in terms of readiness, there are still lots of areas to work on. He specifically mentioned, “All the teams were beatable except for SAS – they’re pretty good this year. So it’s going to come down to how we practice and what we work on in the coming weeks.” In the meantime, the ISB girls’ touch team had their exchange in Singapore the week before. The girls came in third place out of the 30 different teams over Asia. Captain Gabriella Boulton (12) believes her team’s evident strength is speed. “We have such a fast team and that will definitely benefit us in all of our games. It is hard to say how prepared we are for IASAS since it is still a while away, but I know we will gain more skills and knowledge about the sport in these next couple of months, which will help us succeed at IASAS.” Agnes Lee

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Panthers on the Podium


JV Boys and Girls Soccer teams place 3rd and 2nd at BISAC

he Boys and Girls Junior Varsity Soccer teams excelled during the BISAC tournament held at Bangkok Patana School with the Boys JV team earning bronze and the girls securing silver. The reason for the boys’ success was evident by Art Parnitudom’s (11) description of the collaboration and strength demonstrated by each individual member. “I believe the team played quite well. Every person carried out their task with optimal effort, even at times when the results weren’t on our side,” said Art. “I can say that everyone tried their best and gave it their all; which benefited the team as a whole rather than particular individuals.” Laurence Neale (10) agreed that the boys had excellent teamwork and added that they “were very good at defending and putting pres-

sure on the opponents.” Laurence considered the tournament to be a very “enjoyable experience” and mentioned that he will remember “the good team spirit [the boys] demonstrated” not just during the tournament, but throughout the entire season.

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JV Soccer Girls pose for a photo with their new silver medals

Similar to the boys, the Girls JV team performed exceptionally well. They triumphed over their rival

teams and remained undefeated until the finals. Unfortunately, the girls lost 0-1 to Shrewsbury International School. Despite their loss, the girls were pleased with their performance. “[The girls] were so close to gold,” wrote Natalie Kang (10), “but knowing that we played our best, I feel proud of [the] team to have played that well!” Co-captain Sara Hasan (11) expressed similar feelings. “We all got along very well as a team,” Sara noted. “Everyone was so motivated by our winning streak against the other teams during the season and tournament that we knew a medal was definitely in reach.” While neither team managed to win their respective tournaments, their demonstration of sportsmanship and collaboration proved to be much more precious than medaling a gold.

Nisha Stickles

JV Volleyball Tournament


Panthers complete first season with a final BISAC Tournament

ur first sports season of the school year has come to a final close, and our JV volleyball teams have completed their BISAC seasons and tournaments. Equipped with a set of fond memories and big grins, both teams feel that they have earned their results and have reflected on these past months as what libero Pim Temcharoen (9) describes as “amazing”. At the beginning of the tournament, the JV Girls Volleyball captain Tess Burapachaisri (11), expressed to the girls in a pep talk that, “It’s not important that we win today, but that we play our best and go home with no regrets,” which is exactly what both JV teams did.


Placing 5th at their tournament, girl’s coach, Mr. Kerry Dyke justifies his promising team’s outcome and performance at the tournament, “We were one of the favorites in the tournament and we did play very well. While most JV teams play a very safe style of volleyball, making few mistakes and few winning shots, we are an aggressive attacking style that uses blocking and spikes on a regular basis. We were very dominant at the net. I feel we played volleyball the way it is meant to be played.” Jon Bradley (10), a committed member of the boy’s JV team explains his team’s results, “We placed third. This season we did a good job working as a team but we did not reach our full poten-


tial at the tournament, however I feel like we worked hard and made progress throughout the season”. Toffy Charupatanapongse (10) speaks for both teams, stating, “I think we can all say we came out of the tournament with no regrets, having played our very best, and fighting hard to win.” All players are aiming for gold next year, a medal that they believe they will be deserving, and capable of receiving. Mekayla Lazoruk

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Healthy Holiday Treats


Recipes for tasty treats for the winter time

is’ the season that all the delicious (and carb loaded) treats hide around every corner. Are you tired of returning to school unhappy with your size? Leave your Santa belly behind by using these low fat recipes to recreate your favorite treats!



Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter and sugar until dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for two hours in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch thickness. Use holiday cookie cutters dipped in flour to make cutouts. Gather scraps and re-roll until all the dough is used. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack after 1 minute to cool.

Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add egg and egg whites, and beat with a mixer for 3-4 minutes. Gently heat fat free milk in a large saucepan. Gradually stir egg mixture into the hot milk. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let the milk and egg mixture cool a little before blending with fat-free half-and-half milk. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. Before serving, add rum or brandy if desired and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg on top.

5 tbsp butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1 egg 4 egg whites 1 1/2 cups fat free milk 1 1/2 cups fat free half-and-half 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract freshly grated nutmeg to garnish


1/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 egg 1/3 cup dark molasses 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well. Divide dough in two; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness. Cut gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. Add candies or raisins to decorate. Place 1-2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when cool.

Leeann Schudel

“Share your stories” The Arabian Nights 2011

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