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Patrick Haney’s premature passing came as a shock to the ISB community. The school has lost a fine young man. Not only was he a fantastic athlete, he was also a warm, kind and talented student. It was a privilege to know him. Although a tragic event, it was amazing to see how the school came together to celebrate his life. The whole of ISB offers its condolences to Patrick’s family and friends. Patrick will be greatly missed by all, and will forever live on in our hearts.

Letter f rom th e Ed itors With the co-editors-in-chief and other seniors of The International away for exams, the three of us have officially taken on the responsibility of producing issues. It seems like just a few weeks ago we were starting the second semester, and yet somehow, it is already May. With less than a month to go until summer, the next few weeks are sure to be exhausting ones. With exams encroaching upon is, it is important to take a breather here and there. Although these are stressful times, be sure to squeeze in some time for yourself, whether it be prom or just taking time to relax with your friends over the weekends. Before you know it, it will be time to say our goodbyes, so make use of these last few weeks and cherish the moments we have together.

Leeann Schudel, Anjali Menon and Seoyoung Lee

t h e I N T E R N AT IONA L 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


01 Sugar and You 02 Earth Week Efforts


03 Authentic Applications 04 A New Era for the IB Extended Essay

FEATURES 05 PROM? 06 Scapino!


07 Golden Girls 08 IASAS Rewind

Front Cover by: Seoyoung Lee (10)


Sugar and You I

t might not sound like an issue that an increasing number of students are adding sugar to their drinks at the Grind. However what is alarming is that they may not be aware that the drinks themselves are already sweetened. Concerningly, students are adding large amounts of sugar syrup to already sugared drinks, like lemonade. The International had a chat with Ms. Michelle Ihrig, manager of Epicure catering at ISB to find out what the negative side effects of this are as well as some possible alternatives for those who have these high sugar cravings.

“Sugar is an imporant

part of our diets, but it is important to be aware of the kinds of sugar you are consuming.

Ms. Ihrig is alarmed, as she tells us that with students, “not just a pinch of syrup is added [in their drinks], but an entire bucket load.” “I’ve even seen a student order half a drink so they can fill the other half with sugar water!” It is not a lie that we do not need sugar in our diets-we do. Sugar is an important part of our

The negative side effects of too much sugar

diets, but it is important to be aware of the kinds of sugar you are consuming and what it may do to your body and health. Artificial sweeteners, such as those that students are filling their drinks with, are chemical substances that are extremely toxic for your body. Ms. Ihrig wants students to know that, “it is not safe to substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners like equal or sucralose.” So what should we consume to replace our sugar cravings? Ms. Ihrig suggests that by consuming more foods that have natural sugars, we can consume less artificial sugars. “Fruit, bread, milk and carbs are the main ones,” said Ms. Ihrig. “So if you are eating a balanced diet, you are getting plenty of sugar already, enough of what your body needs.” However, if you read labels on other foods, you will likely see that sugar is already added also. Be aware of the amounts and chose those foods low in sugar. Start by adding a little less sugar every day. This way, you will consume less at a time, and gradually, you will crave for less sugar as well. Sugar is habit forming. This means that the more you consume, the more you need. Train yourself to follow better habits, and before you know it, you will be consuming less sugar, and you will not be craving more. Want to add sugar? Think Again. Sarah Poff M AY

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According to Ms. Ihrig, there are seven side effects of too much refined sugar:

1. It leaves you feeling tired, drowsy and depressed. The initial feeling is an energy boost, but just as quickly as that comes, it goes again, leaving us with these feelings. It will be hard to complete school work, concentrate or do sports. 2. Refined sugar (basically, the sugar found in sugar syrup) is currently the leading cause of obesity in the US. 3. Sugar is cancer feeding. It also further lowers our immune systems leaving us more prone to all sorts of illness and disease, including diabetes.

4. It contributes to the development of eczema, acne, pimples and other skin conditions. 5. Sugar can weaken eyesight. 6. It can cause hyperactivity and anxiety.

7. Sugar is habit-forming, so the more we get used to it, the more we want it.



Earthly Efforts

Green Panthers “ The will continuously

prompt us to take actions toward the benefit of our planet for years to come


Results from the Green Panther’s Earth Week competition

his year, the Green Panthers organi�ed the Earth Week, which took place from April 22nd to the 26th. The Green Panthers had introduced many new features to Earth Week 2013, such as having non-governmental organizations (NGOs) come and give presentations at our ES and HS libraries as well as giving up soi-dogs for adoption. However, the finest feature of Earth Week was the class competition. The grade, which would have participated in the most activities would thus earn more points and win free bubble tea. The winners of this year’s Earth Week competition were the sopho-

mores. They won with a score of 262 points, defeating the juniors only by 30 points. Vice President of the Green Panthers, Brian Leong (12), stated that, “the Green Panthers will continue the Earth Week class competition tradition next year.” The Green Panthers have reminded us of our crucial environmental duties and the Earth Week class competition projected how much we truly care about our environment. The Green Panthers will continuously prompt us to take actions toward the benefit of our planet for many years to come. Dan Borenstein

Student Council Results

Student Council Cabinet

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Webmaster

Jin Ahn Swikriti Dasgupta Kimberly Remijan Pim Temcharoen Thanya Chat


President Vice President

Katy Lewis Rachel Seng

Sophomore Class Council

Senior Class Council

President Vice President

Junior Class Council President Vice President

Benya Kraus Cha Patra-Yanan



Helen Chang Shania Pensuk


Authentic Applications


sk any senior, and they will probably agree that the most stressful time of their lives was the first semester of senior year. The pressure is high as seniors battle between maintaining high grades, perfecting their SAT score, and of course, preparing their college application. The International met with ISB Counselor Ms. Curtis, who shared that “most students are extremely anxious about college admissions. As are parents, who naturally want to do whatever they can to help their child get to their desired university.” As increasing concerns have been raised from US colleges regarding a large amount of unprincipled college applications from Thailand, ISB has been quick to make the student body aware of the dangers of this unethical act. “It is a misconception that recieving outside help is in the best interest for students.” says Ms. Curtis. Some students may believe that the college application support at ISB is not sufficient enough, and that they will have a greater chance of being accepted to their top college if they get outside help. Little may they know that the school counselors at ISB are constantly in contact with many admissions officers.”

As a counselor, Ms Curtis is always trying to protect not only ISB’s reputation with universities, but also its students. When students seek outside application assistance they are no longer protected. To strengthen the reliability of applications coming from ISB, next year the counseling office has plans to put practices in place that will help universities understand that every application coming out of ISB is authentic, true and honest.

“It will be a big burden to students, as they have to follow deadlines more closely, but we have to do this to protect them.”

“It will be a big burden to students, ” Ms. Curtis says, “ as they will have to follow deadlines more closely, but we have to do this to protect them.” These new plans to authenticate the applications from ISB include signing an agreement stating that counselors are obliged to report any misrepresentation, submitting a hard copy of applicaM AY

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tions, submitting a verified list of each student’s extra curricular activities to universities and applying directly from the counselor’s office. All of these precautions are necessary to ensure that ISB’s reputation remains unharmed. Put yourself in the perspective of an admissions officer, who out of 50,000 applications receives 100 from Thailand. If you cannot guarantee the truthfulness of those 100 applications, would you take the time to question every single one? “Students at ISB are vulnerable because there’s a reputation that applications from Thailand are not authentic. We want to change that.” says Ms. Curtis. It is only in the past 5 years when this has escalated. Before this, every application that left ISB was mailed in an envelope to the university one by one. However when the application process became online, counselors no longer had access to view each applications and so they were not able to read what was being written. Although this is not to be taken lightly, HS students should not be worried about any university rescinding their application in the future. The new practices set in place will guarantee to colleges that you have an authentic application. Sarah Poff




When it comes to the Extended Essay, it’s all about independence

SB’s juniors have been the first to pioneer several new curricular changes this year involving TED talks, the Group 4 competition, and last but certainly not least, the IB Extended Essay. The assignment is now introduced many months earlier than in previous years, and the essay workshop that used to take place during the first week of summer break is now being removed. With these major changes currently in effect, many people are left wondering, what’s the reason behind all of this? The IB Extended Essay is a 4,000-word paper written independently by an IB diploma student on a topic of their choice. It is written over the course of approximately one year. However, the student chooses when and how to work on it. On the other hand, there are a series of general deadlines and checklists to make sure the students are producing work throughout the year and keeping up to date with their essay. A teacher also supervises the student with their project, and are allowed to provide assistance in order to encourage more independent work. Back in October, a multitude of IB seniors endured a series of

“It is an independent essay. This way, a student gets to choose when to write it.”


sleepless nights as they juggled college applications on top of completing their IB Extended Essay. The deadline for this extremely important assignment coincidedswith the due date for college applications. Every year, the majority of Full IB seniors predictably procrastinated on both their college applications and their Extended Essay, and as a result, struggled immensely to complete both on time. As a way of addressing this problematic issue, IB Coordinator Mr. Phil Rogers resolved to introduce the Extended Essay much earlier in the school year in order to provide the students with more time to plan and work on the essay. In addition, it would be due about a month earlier as to not conflict with the completion of college applications. “I think it’s good to start the essay process earlier,” says IB senior Primrose Yooprasert. “It is definitely a better idea to finish the Extended Essay and get it out of the way so you can focus on your college applications.” Another major change is the removal of the Extended Essay workshop, which used to take place during the first week of the summer holidays. This was once considered by some juniors to be a key motivator in working on their essay, as they had a full week solely dedicated to their essay.


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However, from an administrator’s point of view, it limited a student’s freedom in working on their essay. One of the primary goals of the IB Extended Essay is for the student to learn how to research and write on their own, without teacher guidance or assistance from others. “It is an independent essay,” says Mr. Rogers. “This way, a student gets to choose when to write it.” Students this year were also given four periods of their Theory of Knowledge classes to work on their Extended Essay. The research tools and knowledge they acquired would not only be valuable for their essays, but in other aspects of life as well. Completing the IB Extended Essay may seem like an intimating task, but it prepares students for future endeavors in college as well as in the real working world. The process develops important time management skills that are needed in every area of work. As Mr. Rogers commented, “whether you’re an engineer, a doctor, or a lawyer, [the Extended Essay] helps students acquire skills that they can use in real-world contexts.” So no matter what your plans are for the future, learning to work independently through the IB Extended Essay helps prepare students for whatever lies ahead. Thanya Chat


Photo from TISCHspoon on Flickr

Prom-po-sal (n.) A mash-up of ‘prom’ and ‘proposal’; a proposal to go to prom with someone. The question is, who are you promposing to?


romposals have consistently been one of the main traditions of prom over the years. Whether you choose to ask your sweetheart through a grand and intricate way, or simply write them a small card and ask them in person, any gesture is definitely treasured. This is one of the aspects that makes prom so exciting for many. Prom has always been a sensation, particularly in the United States. Students from the US look forward to prom all year and from an International school perspective, it seems like a very important social event in the year for them. While ISB definitely treasures its prom traditions, many of our students feel that we are more “chill”, as Jasmine Monday (12) puts it. “I just think we don’t make such a big deal out of it. I guess, for some people it’s a big deal, for other people it’s not really.” How is our idea of prom different from other IASAS schools? We tend to think of prom as a very American phenomenon, and as an International school, it only makes sense that some of those traditions are slightly more diluted. We still have promposals and dress up, but some tend to think that prom overall is not as big a deal here as it is in most of the US.

ISKL seems to be on the same page as ISB. They tell us, “prom isn’t as big as it is in the US although ISKL has a few creative promposals every year.” While promposals still exist, they may not be as sensationalized as it is in more Americanized schools. Other fellow IASAS schools, however, may feel differently. SAS, for example, is a largely American school, and thus participants in some prom traditions that are more ‘American’, so to speak. Former ISB student Sanjana Balachandran (10) who now attends SAS reports to The International on SAS’s prom traditions. She tells us, “the biggest tradition by far is the promposals. Every year there are small promposals but most of them are rather grand.” She also says, “another tradition is the dinner before prom: it is necessary to have dinner with your date (and friends).” M AY

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Photo from l.seto on Flickr

Apart from the dinner, another tradition that most students follow is the dress trend for juniors and seniors. Generally, juniors wear short dresses and seniors wear long ones. However, this tends to vary depending on the girl and what she may have the desire to wear. Boys and girls (yes, girls can ask too!) get their friends to assist them in promposing, as well, which always helps with the nerves. Overall, the promposal tends to be the tradition that stays consistent over the IASAS schools. Why might that be? The promposal is a gesture that represents the traditions of prom and to build up the excitement. Whether you ask in a cute and quirky way, or you organize something elaborate, promposing is always a cute way to express your feelings and ask someone to enjoy prom with you. Anjali Menon

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his year, the May play was a bright, cheerful one. Coming off the dark wake of last year’s May play, ExPOEsé, Scapino is a delightfully hilarious breath of fresh air. The play is written in the old Italian Commedia Dell’arte style,

which began in the 16th century. The play has been adapted by Ms. Hanson to fit a 1940s time frame. It roughly translates to “comedy of craft” and is believed to be a re-


sponse to the Italian political and economic crisis of the century. Our own version enchanting and colorful, involving foreign accents, romantic complications and lots of swooning. Scapino, played by Olivia Arnold (11), is the hero of it all. Marcus Grey (10), who plays Leandro, the lover of the Gypsy girl Zerbinetta, played by Benya Kraus (11), says of the play, “it’s hilarious comedy full of identity mishaps and societal hierarchy. People are mistaken for being someone they are not.” Matylda Jablonka (10) plays Fiorella, a poor girl left without her parents or fortune. She falls in love with Marcello, played by Dan Borenstein (9), in just five minutes. She shares her thoughts on what we should take from the play. “Despite everything that can go wrong and no matter how many people turn against each other, true love, happiness and maternal love will always save the day.” Ms. Hanson, the director, designed the set and the costumes. She sends thanks to those that put in the huge amount of work to create a set, saying, “I love the creativity involved in designing the set and the costumes. However, my ideas would never come to anything without a talented team of people to make the set. We are fortunate to have Khun MJ, who built it, and a team of people who installed and ‘dressed’ it.”


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All photos by: Ciel S.

On the moral of the play, she says, “it is important to laugh in life; love will win the day; don’t be self-

ish; treat those who work for you with respect; and if you’re cunning you can always fool your parents!” Scapino is, sadly, the last play she will direct at ISB. This hilarious play was a definite success and must-see. It made audiences roar with laughter and sigh with sympathy. Congratulations, Scapino cast and Ms. Hanson, and thank you for bringing such a wonderful play to the ISB community! Katy Lewis



ven after a long and rela�ing summer vacation, the lady panthers returned to ISB eager to prove their capabilities last semester. The Varsity Cross Country team pounded the pavement every day, pushing themselves in order to get in shape for IASAS. The countless kilometers certainly paid off when these long-distance gals returned home to Bangkok with a silver medal. The Varsity Volleyball team was also consistent in their work and effort. This was clear when they traveled to ISKL, smashing their way to finals. Against rival SAS, ISB pushed all their effort into every bump, hit and set. Falling behind SAS by a mere two points, our girls brought home silver. The Varsity Soccer team had the home-field advantage, earning a gold medal for the second consecutive year in a row. Achieving double gold twice in the past two seasons, the team is looking forward to a three-peat. Second season started off with a bang when the Varsity Touch Rugby team traveled to ISKL. After last year’s gold-winning success, the pressure was on for the girls to deliver again. Through a series of intense games, ISB successfully pummeled the opposition.


Anticipation reached a high as ISB went to the finals against ISM, but victory was theirs as the lady panthers brought home gold once again. The Varsity Basketball team traveled to SAS, facing fierce competition against the home-team. Putting their best into each game, the girls returned to Bangkok with a commendable fifth place effort. The intensity continued when the Varsity Tennis team started IASAS with wins against ISKL and JIS, gaining a spot in the consolation match. There, they faced competitor SAS, but managed to dominate the Eagles and bring bronze back to Bangkok. Swimming traveled to TAS, where records were shattered and victory was gained by the Panthers. A total of 11 records were broken as the girls made their way to the finals against SAS. Their dedication and speed ultimately landed them a silver medal. Varsity Badminton started off IASAS with wins against JIS, ISKL, ISM and SAS, making their way to the consolation match. ISB brought a valiant effort to the court but was ultimately defeated by SAS with a score of 3-2, bringing home fourth place. In their first official IASAS, the IASAS Golf Girls faced intense courses and dreary weather at ISKL. Still,


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they managed to grab a total of 682 points, bringing silver back to Bangkok. Varsity Softball slid from base to base during the championship match against SAS. After shattering TAS, ISKL, ISM and JIS in previous games, ISB faced their biggest competitor as they reached for the gold. The girls outshone SAS with a win of 9-3, coming back to ISB as golden girls.

Photo from ISB Athletics

Girls’ Track and Field pose with their golds.

Hoping for an improvement from last year’s second placing, the Varsity Track and Field team traveled to ISM with dreams of gold. They fared well throughout the event, with bronze, silver and gold medals won individually. The final points were tallied, leaving ISB with a 17.5 point lead ahead of SAS, granting them their season-long wish of bringing home gold. Overall, based on the total number of points won by all the IASAS schools over the 2012-2013 school year, our girls come in second place, with a total of 53 points behind SAS’s 56. Mr. Harold Albert, ISB’s Assistant Athletic Director shares, “the girls did better than any girl athletes at ISB ever have [this semester]. Also, three girls, Katie Henderson (11), Cha Patra-Yanan (11), and Amanda Giles (12) won individual gold medals in three seasons, which has never happened before. That was very special.” Based on the stellar results of this year, the girls are sure to return next year full of potential and drive. Fallon Reagan



IASAS Rewind Boys The International looks back at our boys’ year of IASAS sports


inally all three seasons of the 2012-2013 year of IASAS have come to pass, and now is a great time to reflect on what a fantastic season our panthers have had. The first IASAS sports season for the boys consisted of a gold for soccer for a second year in a row making ISB history on home turf. Then came silver for boys volleyball who climbed all the way to the final where they were beaten by SAS at ISKL. Cross-country also travelled to ISKL and the boys managed to bring back a satisfying fourth place finish. These three results combined with the girls’ results was to be ISB’s best ever first season of sport at IASAS.

proving their ability earlier on in the season, prior to an IASAS plagued with injury. The swimmers brought back a bronze medal after just missing out on second place. The boys competing in Manila for tennis also returned with a respectable fourth place finish after their consolation match resulted in an unfortunate defeat. Another newcomer, Dylan Harvey (10) explained his excitement

Photo by Amber Barnett ISB celebrates its double gold.

It was newcomer soccer player Ben Blackstone’s (11) first of two IASAS seasons this year, and the competition left him with a hopeful first impression of what our athletes are capable of next season, as well as the competition in general. “IASAS is definitely more competitive than other international school tournaments I’ve attended. My favorite part was winning double gold on home turf for soccer. All the hard work and sweat eventually paid off,” said Ben. “I think the boys’ teams will improve next year thanks to the large number of returners and rising seniors on our varsity teams.” The second season was less successful but there were promising signs nonetheless. Boys rugby came in sixth place but tied against champions ISKL earlier in the season,


Photo from Paul Zaini (ISKL) Volleyball claimed ISB boys’ only silver

about their rugby season and was keen to give his first impressions of IASAS. He says, “this IASAS was my first, and it was a great experience. I met lots of new people and had a


enjoyed playing at a higher level of competition, and I really improved as an athlete.” M AY

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He continues, “the best part was probably that I enjoyed playing at a higher level of competition and I really improved as an athlete. I think that for rugby next year for IASAS we are going to improve because we have nothing to lose and we are playing in Bangkok.” The last season saw four sports take place, with golf making its first appearance as an official IASAS event. The boys managed a fifth place position, setting the bar for future panther golfers after going into this newly formed IASAS sport. Boys Track and Field finally climbed out of last place this year to claim fifth place above ISKL, while picking up two ISB records and a total of six medals. Unfortunately for the boys badminton they missed out on a final place and slipped into the consolation match, which they won comfortably to bring back bronze. Lastly, softball travelled to Taipei to pick up ISB’s second bronze medal of the season, celebrating medals for the boys’ and girls’ softball teams. Our panthers managed to bag a grand total of five team medals along with many individual medals in swimming and frack & field. Obviously all teams will suffer with the loss of this year’s fantastically inspiring seniors, but should also look forward to rising talent from 8th grade and others moving to ISB from abroad. The only way is forward for ISB’s boys’ teams. Nathan Scott



The International May1 2013  
The International May1 2013  

A High School Student Publication from International School Bangkok Issue 14 of the 2012-2013 School Year