Inside the Issue Front and Back Cover by Amber Barnett
NOV E M BE R 2 7 t h - DE C E M BE R 7 t h , 2 0 1 2
Photo of the Month:
ISB’s IASAS MUN delegates cheerily pose for a team photo at Taipei International School. Photo by: Taipei International School
OPINIONS 01 Relationship Advice 02 What Makes You Smile? 02 Possibly the World’s Most Frightening Place to Be 03 Wat’s Going On?
04 GINSPIRED 05 Southeast Asian Honor Band 2012 05 Untangling the Weed
FEATURES 06 07 08 08 09
Movember Match the ‘Stache Amazing Thai Facts! Vintage Lit to Movie Hit Christmas Time Coffee Wars
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Raising Panther Spirit Diving Into New Waters Season 2 Rosters Season 2 Rosters In a League of Their Own Tackling the New Season
L etter from th e Ed itors It’s that time of the year again. You can faintly feel this solidifying sense of panic as exams approach. T-minus 3 weeks till they’re here! To help you cope with the stress that will inevitably swallow you whole in the coming weeks, the International has some fun and interesting articles to help take your mind off of things. Get some insight on the reason all of your male teachers seem to have foregone razors this month. In fact, play our mix and match game to see how well you’ve coped with their new cringe-worthy looks. If you’re having man or lady troubles, take a look at the relationship advice offered by our two “forever single” freshmen guys to see if their stellar advice can help you out. All in all, just try and relax in the coming weeks. Christmas break is just around the corner! Amber Barnett and Nisha Stickles
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Co-Editor-in-Chief Amber Barnett Co-Editor- in Chief Nisha Stickles Advisor Keith Miller
S e ct ion Ed itors Opinions News Features Sports
Christine Hathaway Seo-Young Lee Sam Davin Leeann Schudel
Rep or t ers
Dan Borenstein Thanya Chat Ashmita Dutta-Ray Katy Lewis
Anjali Menon Sarah Poff Fallon Reagan Nathan Scott
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Relationship Advice H
From two forever single freshmen
i, and welcome to the first and probably last relationship advice column in The International, written by the all-knowing freshmen, Nathan Scott and Dan Borenstein. Nathan has had an impressive 6 years of experience in third wheeling his friends while Dan has had a hint of a deep emotional Middle School relationships. Dear The International, I was on my boyfriend’s laptop, and saw that he had poked another girl on Facebook, is this bad sign? – Gertrude Wallace
Well, we’re assuming that you already know that your relationship is over, so we’ve found a way for you to extract revenge on him instead: Wait until he foolishly leaves his Facebook open on his laptop again. Then go to his relationship status and set it to single, as opposed to “In a relationship with Gertrude”. Then when people ask if you’re okay, tell them that you had no idea he had “Facebook dumped you”. He will now be shunned by the whole school for breaking up with you over the Internet. Nathan Dear The International, my boyfriend is a hardcore One Direction fan, should I be worried? - Meredith Green
The first thing you must do is stay calm and take slow deep breaths. You are dealing with a very serious situation here. This is more dangerous and more contagious than Bieber Fever. What you must do is sneak into his room when he is out at basketball practice and tear out all of the One Direction posters off of his wall. Since his room most probably filled with hundreds of posters, you should probably gather a team to be able to get rid of anything One Direction related in his room before he returns from practice. Hopefully in a few days you should see your boring, lifeless relationship begin to blossom. Hopefully. Dan
Top 5 Pickup Lines
Photos by Sarah Poff The all-knowing relationship experts, freshmen Nathan Scott and Dan Borenstein
Dear The International, I’ve noticed that my girlfriend keeps lending her ID card to another guy called Terrace for his lunch, should I be worried? – Albert Trebal
Fear not Albert, for we have conjured up a solution to salvage you and your girlfriend’s obviously dying partnership. Next time he walks off with her ID card, tell him that you’ll give it back to her for him. Before returning the card to your girlfriend, notify the lady at the cashier that you want to pay for everyone’s taco salad for today, and scan the ID. I don’t think she’ll be lending her card to Terrace anymore once she checks her balance. Nathan Dear The International, I have caught my girlfriend cheating on me five different times now, what should I do? – Ross Goldsmith
Honestly I don’t see the problem with your situation. You shouldn’t worry about it. There’s not much to be said except to just wait it out and hope that your relationship won’t shrivel up and die due to your nonsense and unnecessary paranoia. Dan
1. Hey, do you have a library card? Because I’m checking you out. 2. Hi, people call me John, but you can call me Tonight. 3. Hey, do you have a parking ticket? ‘Cause you have fine written all over you. 4. Hi, my name is Doug. That’s “god” spelled backwards with a little bit of you wrapped up in it (Only applicable for people named Doug). 5. Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
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What Makes You Smile? Operation Smile’s Advocacy Week
organization. On Monday, students had a chance to tape their teachers to the wall for a mere 20 baht. On Wednesday, students had a chance to duke it out with other students and teachers on the balance Photos by Mr. Miller beam in a pillow fight. Finally, on Friday, the club hostrom November 5 to 9, ISB’s Operation Smile Clubs, both ed its annual raffle, which included high school and middle prizes such as an iPhone 5, stays at school, had advocacy weeks from hotels in Bangkok and other vacawhich they raised over 300,000 tion spots in Thailand, gift certifibaht, which is enough to change cates to restaurants and spas and the lives of 20 children! Operation much more. Throughout the week, the club Smile is an organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft held bake sales and had students lip, cleft palate, and other facial de- participate in “The Smile Project” formities all over the world. in which students wrote down what Throughout the week, the high made them smile to raise awareschool’s Operation Smile club had ness about the cause. a range of activities to increase Come support the club and the awareness and raise money for the cause at the Operation Smile Pan-
Possibly the World’s Most Frightening Place to Be
Raising awareness about student abuse
magine coming back from school with severe brain damage as a result of your teacher throwing you across the room. Imagine living in fear of asking simple questions in a class. Student and child abuse may have been eradicated in many places, however this issue continues to trickle into world news despite major regulations that suspend such actions. In the last few weeks, such cases have been witnessed like the tragedy that struck in China, where a preschool teacher threw her four year old student across the room as a mere punishment for the absence of homework. According to the Huffington Post, reports claim that the student is now severely brain dam-
ther Run on December 15 and keep up with the rest of great activities the Operation Smile Club has planned for this year! Sam Davin
aged and no longer has the ability to walk or speak.
“It is not enough that we just read about world events but it is important to spread awareness of injus-
Other cases have slowly been emerging, where teachers have been caught slapping and hitting young students to keep them focused on their work. This has resulted in these innocent children being scarred with bruises all over their face and bodies. The worst part about these
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crimes is that they are not rare and still take place around many parts of the world. Even though it may be difficult for us to hear and see videos about such atrocities, it makes us think about the community we live in. Too often, we have heard complaints of our teachers being unfair on the way they grade or interact with the ISB students, but when we pop out of our safe and secluded bubble, it is astonishing that the world still consists of such brutality. It is not enough that us as students just read about world events but it is important to spread awareness of injustice especially pertaining to education. Ashmita Dutta Ray
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Wat’s Going On? Freshmen express their disappointment to their first field trip this year
he stray dogs wandered around the Bo trees, the symbol of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The cats crawled around the Dhamma wheel, the mark of Buddhist teachings. The freshmen wandered the paths, silently observing the statues dotted around Wat Chonlaprathan Rangsarit.
thought it was quite irrelevant to what we had learnt in class, and we had already been studying Ancient China for a couple of weeks before we visited the Wat.” said Mason Burgess, one of the many freshmen opposing the idea of the trip. Others were irritated that it interfered with after school activities and studying. Guy Sarfati stated “It
But what have they gained from this annual field trip? Did it enlighten them, or rather confirm what they’d already been taught? The International caught up with the seemingly disappointed freshmen. Timing and relevance were among the biggest issues according to many students in grade 9: “I
took up my precious free period study time and cut into practices after school, which caused many problems for other people too.” On the bright side, it was not all complaints from the 9th graders. A recent survey found that 20% of this year’s freshmen found the recent field trip relevant and expansive on their knowledge. Ellen Sypolt (9) thought that “…it was fascinating to see how the things we learned in class about Buddhism connected to the Thai community.” Among these comments were also suggestions for improvement. Many freshmen enjoyed and were interested by the talk we were given by the Buddhist monk/sermon. “The part where we had to walk around to Wat and name all the places wasn’t very useful… But talking to the sermon was actually really interesting. I thought maybe next year they could bring a sermon to ISB instead.” Suggested Jace Payackaban, who clearly opposed the accusation that the whole trip was irrelevant to our learning. All in all, over 80% of the freshmen were disappointed by the Wat trip. But some of them were eager
to give suggestions on improvement. Hopefully the World Civilizations department will take these opinions into account and improve the field trip for next year’s freshmen. Nathan Scott
“I thought it was quite irrelevant to what we had learnt in class, and we had already been studying Ancient China for a couple of weeks before we visited the Wat.”
Photo from ISB High School Facebook Page Freshmen World Civilization students intently listen to a monk speak.
Photo from Flickr ID genchi71 Wat Chalong, a Wat located in nearby Bangkok.
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Gincredible GINSING Conference
he Global Issues Network (GIN) is a network between students all over the globe that aims to tackle pressing issues that the world faces today. These issues range from world hunger to climate change, and GIN is comprised of students who wish to make a real and lasting positive impact on the world. On November 8th, middle school and high school students alike travelled from ISB to Singapore to attend the EARCOS GINSING conference held at Singapore American School (SAS). The theme of this year’s conference was to inspire change, connect and make it happen, no matter what it takes. Almost 800 students from schools all over the world, from Saudi Arabia to Vietnam to Korea, participated in the conference. All delegates were separated into Global Action Network Groups (GANGS) of their choice during the weekend, such as Biodiversity or Peacekeeping. Sophomore Brian Leong states that he “enjoyed the GANGs be-
cause it gave each participant the chance to participate in an issue that they feel strongly about.” By the end of the conference, all delegates put together ‘Local Action Plans’ that they planned to realistically carry out when they get back to school. In order to inspire, the participants also had the honour of meeting various Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and guest speakers whose mission is to make the world a better place. One particularly inspiring keynote speaker was Hannah Taylor, a mere sixteen year old teenager who has started her own NGO for the homeless called The Ladybug Foundation, published a book and has touched thousands of lives. Jenny Witchawut (12) states that for her, “the moment when you realize that age does not determine your power of changing the lives of others” was one of the high points of her trip. Various eco-excursions were organized for the participants, to places such as the Singapore Media Academy or Singapore’s beautiful bird park. SAS also hosted a Peace concert with various school clubs and organizations selling and raising awareness for their worthy causes. Students also learned the importance of networking and connecting during an emergency response simulation. The Singapore American School and United World ColISB Ginsing delegates pose for a photo lege South East Asia (UWCSEA) Photo by Ciel Sriprasert faculty and student facilitators put forth a lot of effort to make
this year’s GIN conference a memorable one. As ISB’s GIN president Sara Kelly (11) puts it, “GINSING was one of the best weekends of my life. To be able to hear from a huge array of people [...] and how I too can make a difference, was fantastic. It was truly GINspirational.”
Photo by Ciel Sriprasert
One keynote speaker even alluded to Mr. Bradley’s ‘The Lorax’ lesson that “unless someone like you” cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. ISB GIN secretary Ciel Sriprasert (10) agrees “that nothing is going to change, unless we make it happen.” As 2012 comes to an end, we are moving further and further into a world that needs our help. Whether it be the environment, maritime safety, women’s education or world hunger, find your passion and figure out the specific steps you need to take in order to combat it. As Benya Kraus (11) says, “Make it happen. It doesn’t matter what it is or how far fetched your idea may seem. If you want it bad enough, then find a way to make it happen.” It is time to act, and it is time to change. Anjali Menon
“The moment when you realize that age does not determine your power of changing the lives of others ”
Southeast Asian Honor Band 2012
ith eighteen ISB band students in attendance, the annual Southeast Asian Honor Band was hosted this year by Faith Academy in Manila. The event brought together student musicians from international schools all over Southeast Asia as they combined their skills and musical backgrounds for a wonderful weekend of music. It was a busy two-day event with rehearsals all throughout in preparation for the final performance of three beautiful, yet challenging, selections of music. These included “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, “Century Tower Overture” by James Barnes and “American Hymnsong Suite” by Dwayne Milburn. In addition, the students were fortunate to learn from a brilliant guest conductor and music instructor, Mr. Timothy Saltzman. As Director of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Washington, he had plenty to teach the students on how to improve as band musicians. “What I enjoyed the most about Honor Band was the whole learning process. The conductor was really strict on us, but I think it was a good way for us to improve, and we certainly did in a very short amount of time,” says flutist Helen Liu (12). “Working with professional musicians (the different conductors) was really inspiring and has helped me improve a lot. I also got to know a lot of new people!” adds fellow flute player Anna Schmitt (10). After nearly two full days of rehearsals, the students gave a brilliant performance that showcased all of their hard work and dedication. The experience truly helped them to increase their knowledge and skill in music, as well as their love and appreciation for it. Thanya Chat
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Untangling the Weed
Is the war on marijuana coming to an end?
truly historic moment is currently unfolding in the United States as new pages are being written in the books of law. On Tuesday November 6th, voters in Denver, Colorado and Washington State made it legal to smoke Marijuana recreationally without a medical excuse. This news brings joy to the hearts of some but fear to others. Therefore, this enormous decision has tended to bring up many questions, especially: ‘Is this the beginning of the end of the war on drugs’? However, despite the decision people must still refrain from smoking Marijuana because it will take at least a month or more before everything is written down in official law books. Thus it will take even longer to write the tax codes and further of regulations needed to create licensed retail Marijuana shops. A lot still remains unclear at this stage of the decision, as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has stated that federal drug laws still remain unchanged.
When the laws are certified and officially written down, it will be legal for an adult over the age 21 to possess one ounce of Marijuana. Local offices such as the Seattle Police Department are worried about what may happen when the law is put into effect, particularly ‘stoned driving,’ which has become a big discussion topic. On the other hand, the supporters of the legalization of Marijuana see this as the first step taken toward to end the war on drugs. Supporters state that this would enable the government and other federal forces to focus on more important drug crimes. This is because the prohibition of Marijuana has more dangerous consequences to those who fail to abide it rather than the actual effects of Marijuana. Despite many issues that need to be dealt with in the time it will take to officially legalize marijuana, it does not change the fact that this decision is a true historic moment in American history. Dan Borenstein
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Whiskers for Whiskers
f you’ve seen your male teachers walking around school with ridiculous facial hair, don’t be alarmed. It’s all for a good cause. We all know what November is, but what about Movember? That’s right, it’s time for men all around the world to unite and raise awareness for a good cause; men’s cancer and health research. Movember is what some call NoShave-November. It is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year, during which men refrain from shaving their facial hair for the whole month to raise awareness and funds about men’s health issues. It all started with a group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia. They began the campaign as a small-scale activity just for fun, but the public soon caught wind and was interested and intrigued by these young men growing ‘whiskers for whiskers’. Men grow their whiskers to raise funds for men who lose their own whiskers to cancer. Soon enough, it became somewhat of a phenomenon; something fun and daring for a great cause. It has since raised about $174 million worldwide and continues to be a great success, supported by celebrities, such as rapper Snoop Dogg, reality TV star Brody Jenner and hockey player George Parros.
Mr. Dan Bentley is one of the teachers at ISB that has participated in growing his beard out for Movember. He says, “growing a good moustache takes a lot of hard work, but then again, isn’t that case for anything awesome?” Mr. Bentley thinks that Movember “is basically a free ticket to do weird and wonderful things with your facial hair without people calling you a freak. The best part is that, as the movement gathers steam, more and more awareness is being
“It’s time for men all around the world to unite a raise awareness for a good cause; men’s cancer and health research.”
brought to men’s health issues.” Movember gives people a chance to talk freely about certain taboo topics that normally don’t come up in colloquial conversations, but that need to be addressed, in this case, prostate cancer. As Mr. Bentley says, “prostate cancer is often a taboo topic for men to talk about, but with the help of Movember it is becoming less so.”
Our very own high school principal, Mr. Bradley, is a survivor of prostate cancer. In support of Movember, he reminds us all to educate themselves and their friends about the importance of going to the hospital and getting screened and checked through a PSA test. He stresses early detection, even if there are no symptoms. He himself was lucky because his cancer was caught early and thus he was able to survive it. Science teacher Mr. Rockey also spoke with The International about Movember and the importance of raising awareness and reducing sensitivity of such topics. Having survived prostate cancer as well, he tells us all to be open about such discussions and to not be paralyzed by this taboo or fear of touchy subjects such as men’s health issues. Prostate cancer and other men’s health issues are not uncommon, and if campaigns such as Movember can reduce the sensitivity and taboo of these topics, it can be very treatable. Boys, if you are interested but have not yet started to grow out your whiskers, it isn’t too late! Drop that razor and grow it all out. After all, it’s for a very worthy cause. For more information, visit www.movember.com or follow it on twitter at @Movember. Anjali Menon Photo from: Movember.com
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Match the â€˜Stache!
ISB teachers participate in Movember 1
Choose the name of the teacher that matches with the picture! A) Michael Oâ€™Shannassy B) Keith Miller C) David Giles D) Dan Bentley E) Chris Clover F) Andy Vaughan G) Dennis Harter H) Andrew Cohen I) Brad Augustine J) Christopher Bell K) Bill Schoonover L) Peter Soule
Answers: 1)G 2)B 3)J 4)D 5)K 6)C 7)L 8)E 9)A 10)I 11)H 12)F NOVEMB ER
Photos by Sarah Poff
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Amazing Thai Facts!
id you know that…Muay Thai, an authentic kickboxing sport originated in Thailand from Muay Boran, an ancient method of kickboxing? Some believe that is was used as an alternative way of fighting by Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in battle. Today, it has become the de facto style of choice for competitive stand-up fighters, even in the western world. Did you know that…Thailand is home to one-tenth of all animal species on Earth including the world’s longest poisonous snake and lizard?
Did you know that…the popular Chaipattana Aerator, which has been utilized in treating wastewater for water quality improvement project for more than seven years, originated from Thailand by His Majesty in the 1930s? It is now used in several bodies of water treating polluted waters in many places around the world.
Did you now that…Thailand is also home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge and the world’s tallest hotel?
Did you know that…Thailand is the only country in South East Asia that wasn’t colonized by a Western power? Did you know that…Bangkok currently holds the Guinness Record for having the longest name of a place, which is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Ashmita Dutta Ray
Vintage Lit to Movie Hit
012 is the year for history and English geeks. In the coming months, cinemas will show adaptations of classical novels and dramas of notable historical figures. Here is a list of must-see films for any self-proclaimed humanities lovers.
Titled by Time Magazine as the “greatest novel ever written,” Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina explores the theme of love in its multiple forms, from the fiery passion of adultery and the tender bond between mother and child. The film will not be shown in Thailand, but try and find a legal online version to experience the enduring beauty of this Russian classic.
Daniel Day-Lewis resurrects the United States’ 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, in the historical drama Lincoln. The film accounts Lincoln’s struggle to sustain the Union war effort while fighting for the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Lincoln is set for limited release in the US, so purchasing the film digitally will be the only way to enjoy the film during the holiday season.
“The tigers [will] come out at night” on New Year’s Eve with the release of the musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. Fans of its hugely successful Broadway production will see the classic come alive on the silver screen. The legendary cast of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried will enchant audiences with its touching story of loss, hope and freedom.
Christmas Time Coffee Wars
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The Battle of the Mochas
Photo by Flickr ID: PinkBow
s the weeks fly by and we rocket into the Christmas season, the jolly carols begin to echo on the radio and the gift-buying commences. But most importantly, Starbucks begins to sell their famous Christmas drinks!
The much-anticipated classic stars of the Christmas menu are the Toffee Nut Latte, Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha, and Peppermint Mocha. All three can be bought as a frappucino, either as a hot drink or a cold drink.
The International took it upon themselves to investigate with a survey. Which is the favorite of ISB students? The competition is on. But first, what do these celebrated drinks deliver to a customer?
Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha
Toffee Nut Latte
The Peppermint Mocha features a rich chocolate taste blended with a sweet, sharp hint of peppermint. Floating like a delicate sugary cloud on the surface is a generous swirl of Starbucks’ special whipped cream, topped off with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. It was described by Izzie Fortuna (10) as, “Christmas in a cup.”
The Toffee Nut Latte invokes a cozy feeling upon the customer, as its rich decadence leaves one begging for more. The creaminess of the toffee contrasts with the distinct flavors of the nuts. According to sophomore Brian Leong, the Toffee Nut Latte “blends a diverse medley of tastes,” and is “a must-have.”
The creamy Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha delights all. The swirl of cranberry syrup atop the whipped cream tantalizes and whispers, “Merry Christmas, even though you live in Thailand and it’s not cold.”
So, who wins the Christmas coffee-off?
The Peppermint Mocha shot into first place as the favored Christmas flavor, with 60% of students selecting it as their preference. The remaining drinks were left far behind in the dust, with Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha coming in with 27% of voters and Toffee Nut Latte bringing up the rear with 12%. Christmas is a time to share with all whom you care about. So take a moment, gather a few of your loved ones, and pop by Starbucks to enjoy a delightful sip of Starbucks’ Christmas specials! Fallon Reagan and Katy Lewis
Toﬀee Nut La>e 13% Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha 27%
Peppermint Mocha 60%
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Raising Panther Spirit
ith only a few minutes left in the game, the support of a crowd can sometimes contribute to whether a team wins or loses. This is where the cheerleaders come in to make sure that an audience is actively participating in the game by cheering the team on to victory. An anonymous student says, “Especially at ISB where crowds can be quiet at pivotal points of a game, an organized cheerleading team could help raise school spirit and encourage more activity in the bleachers.” Like any other second-season varsity sport, the cheerleading team practices every weekday from 3:30-4:45. During these
Photo By: Ciel K
practices, they work hard at perfecting various routines, jumps, and cheers, all the while making sure that their movements are as synchronized as possible. “As cheerleaders, we practice five days a week, working on strength and conditioning,” says veteran cheerleader Sabrina Berardi (10). “My goal for this season is to make sure that all of my teammates will trust each other in order to do some stunts,” adds veteran cheerleader Sakura Kobayashi (10). Although previously having only cheered during basketball games, a change from previous seasons is that this year’s cheer team hopes to pursue cheering for the rugby teams as well.
“We want to try our hardest to show that we want our school’s teams to do well,” explains Melissa Alto (11). In addition, the varsity cheerleaders also met with their new coach, Ms. Jennifer Bowen. “I love our new coach,” says Sabrina, “because she came prepared to teach us new things and has done so very quickly. She makes us work hard but makes it fun too.” Despite the numerous changes from last season, this year’s varsity cheerleading team has high hopes for a successful season.
“All I know is that we are going to do the best we can to pump up the spirit at ISB this season.”
“What I love most is the dedication each person has to the team. The team functions so well, like each of us has a role that we just fell into and were able to follow,” says new member Samantha Brickerd (10). “This year I am really excited that we are supposed to do more cheering this year as well as learn new stunts. Although we have a smaller team this year, I think we will be able to do a lot of great things. All I know is that we are going to do the best we can to pump up the spirit at ISB this season!” Sabrina exclaims. Hopefully these improvements will be successful in raising Panther spirit among all students at ISB this season. Thanya Chat
Diving Into New Waters
A new JV team rises from the depths of the waters
ew this year to the pools of ISB is the Junior Varsity Swim team. While the team is still unofficial, they are still working just as hard as any other team. The JV Swimming Team has been training three times a week
as they create waves lap after lap. Since this is the first year there has been a JV Swimming team, and the swimmers are thrilled for a chance to improve their skills through technique work. Says Savannah Weaver (9), “Even though practices aren’t that
challenging, we work a lot more on technique, and I feel myself getting faster everyday.” These Panthers are quickly adapting to the cold water, and are sure to perform well throughout the year. Katy Lewis
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Season 2 Rosters Varsity Girls Touch
Varsity Boys Rugby
Captains: Captains: Will Thanapisitikul (12) Thailand Nick Callahan (12) Laetitia Devarrewaere (12) France Kevin Lim (12) Seniors: Amanda Giles USA Amalie Iuel Norway Darcee Parker USA Nisha Stickles USA/Thailand Noam Schulman Israel
Varsity Boys Basketball
Captains: Denmark/USA Joseph Kenrick (12) Korea Benjamin Blackstone (11)
Seniors: Ethan Fernandes Matthew Nagy Robbie Hebard Shayne Rockey Thayne Price Yusuke Funami
Seniors: USA Eric Heidel USA USA USA Juniors: USA Xavier Del Rosario Philippines USA Masahiro Abe Japan Japan Joseph Almlie USA
Juniors: Jin Ahn Korea Juniors: Angela Lutz Thailand Ross Alexander USA Noelle Soriano Philippines Mitchell Craig USA JJ Erpaiboon Thailand Owain Davies Thailand Katie Henderson Thailand Maxwell Davis USA Shannon McCarty USA Jeremy Dupas Canada Cha Patra-Yanan Thailand Joachim Madsen Denmark Grace Suprakob Thailand Andrew Real USA/Thailand Bautista Vela Argentina Freshmen: Christopher Bunker USA Becky Bradley England Kevin Gronlund Norway/Thailand Jasmine Burr Scotland Julia Tarrega USA Sophomores: Jazmyn Green USA Dylan Harvey Canada Ryan Jones USA Varsity Girls Tennis Ken Yoshimoto Japan
Sophomores: Maxwell Okazaki USA John Paul Rivera Philippines
Freshmen: Afi Blackshear USA Jakrin Sirimongkolkasem Thailand Diego Valer Peru
Varsity Girls Basketball
Captains: Jayna Milan (11) USA/Thailand Leeann Schudel (11) USA/Korea
Juniors: Rachel Spears USA Captains: Varsity Boys Tennis Megan Smitch USA Nutt Salirathavibhaga (12) Thailand Hannah Mussi USA/Korea Tarini Arte (11) India Captains: Jermaine Bale USA Midori Fujitani (12) Japan Sharmaine Bale USA Juniors: Jack Melhorn (11) USA Olivia Chudanov USA Nana Inayama Japan Kao Mori Japan Juniors: Sophomores: Yukino Watanabe Japan Laurence Neale England Maggie Turner USA Proud Sirichantaropart Thailand Alexander Taubert Thailand Victoria Alexander USA Anuka King USA Ryota Nishimaki Japan Rina Matsumoto Japan Nata Tavonvunchai Thai Catherine Naoi Japan Yuki Preechabhan Thai Sophomores: Yu Sumita Japan Freshmen: Sophomores: Max Pitaksit Thailand Sarah Corning USA Ludo Riboni Italy Vich (Ed) Smutharaks Thailand Hanna Matsuda Japan Varsity Girls Cheerleading Freshmen: Mongkol Sukpraprut Thailand Juniors: Melissa Alto
Freshmen: Noga Livschitz Leah Stuckey
USA Sophomores: June Wangsthaporn Samantha Brickerd Israel Sabrina Berardi USA Sakura Kobayashi
Thailand USA USA Japan
Varsity Swimming and Junior Varsity Rosters on the next page!
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Season 2 Rosters Varsity Boys Swimming
Captains: David Schwan (12) Martin Brekke (11)
Seniors: Jonathan Batchelor Matthew Robert Juniors: Pleum Pisitthakarn Takaki Tsuji
Sophomores: Anders Brekke Jun Seo (John) Park Praan Pisitthakarn Jui Trakansuebkul
Freshmen: Stefan Alexander Jake Chairin Samuel Pritchett
Juniors: Germany Marvelyn Lingganay Norway Som Tawisook
Captains: Jessie Reeder (12) Samantha Smith (11) Seniors: Becca Chairin Natalie Mayer Earn Khunpinit Earth Samanthai
Sophomores: Thanya Chat Emily Edwards Katy Lewis Mckenzie Miller Aim Samanthai Joanna Thompson
Freshmen: Anna Atnip Sidney Smith
Captains: USA Shaikim Holman (11) Thailand James Byrne (10)
Juniors: USA Aaron Atnip Korea Tokiya Baba USA Mitchell Dehaven Thailand Sophomores: Jeremiah Hoehn Korea Forge Kongpornjaras Thailand Pom Lerkkumsup Japan USA Freshmen: Brandon Blue Rigel Blatt Adit Mangharam JV Girls Touch John Kim
USA USA/Thai Thailand Korea
Captains: Sam McPherson (10) Junior Chairatana (9)
Sophomores: USA Briana Chaisone USA Jessie Lee Kimberly Remijan Ciel Sriprasert Thailand Japan Freshmen: Helen Chang Mercedes Hauschild Norway Yukako Kinoshita Korea Kathy Miller Thailand Thailand UK Captains: USA/Thai Erika Nagasaki (12) USA Natalie Kang (11)
Varsity Girls Swimming
JV Boys Basketball
JV Girls Basketball
Seniors: Hayley Noah Juniors: Puifai Keadsiri
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Juniors: Jj Charoenchitmun Thailand Gunn Sereeyothin
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JV Boys Rugby
USA USA Sophomores: Sophomores: Makena Emery USA David Collins Izzie Fortuna Philippines Jan Logrono USA/Thai Nanako Fukuda Japan Rick Churchill Honduras Toi Lapcharoen Thailand Nick Pendleton Thailand Amitta Miller Thailand Matthew Poff Thailand Habiba Nasser Australia Kai Starmer Phim Rodchompu Thailand Austin Sypolt Rachel Seng Singapore Cole Whiteley Thailand Krystal Song USA USA Freshmen: USA/Thai Freshmen: Dan Borenstein USA Kacee Jones USA Mason Burgess Thailand Nikki Glucksman USA Junior Chairatana England Sara Michaels Thailand Taylor Craig Ellen Sypolt USA Rory Daniel Charlie Han USA Rendy Muharam USA Mason Sale Ken Yamada
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In a League of Their Own
The International takes a peek at the 2012 JV Basketball teams
fter securing a commendable fourth place at BISAC last year, the Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball team has once again arrived at the court with hopes for gold.
Aaron Atnip (11) dribbles past a defender.
Although less than half of the team is composed of returning players, the girls are confident in their efforts so far.
“Along with practicing new plays, the team has also been focused on skills and fitness,” commented player Kimberly Remijan (10). According to Ciel Sriprasert (10), “all of [the] players have been picking up [the] plays pretty fast.” But for this team, it isn’t all about fitness. “The team has a big range of ages, and personalities!” Ciel commented. “Everyone is so funny and easy to bond with.” The JV Boys Basketball team is also seeking redemption. The team snagged ninth place out of eleven competing teams last year, but sophomore Jeremiah Hoehn states that with “hard work and determination, I think we have the ability and skills to better our performance.” The team acquired only four returning members, and it lacks tall
players. However, Jeremiah expressed that the group is “working on trying to be an offensive and defensive threat without a big man.” Aaron Atnip (11) added that once the boys “get in the swing of things, they have the potential to do some serious damage.”
“The team has a big range of ages, and personalities! Everyone is so funny and easy to bond with.”
However, like their counterpart girls’ team, the boys treat each other like family. “We teach each other,” remarked Jeremiah. “We know when to laugh, but we know when we need to be serious and focus on what is ahead.” Fallon Reagan
Tackling the New Season
The JV Girls’ Touch and Boys’ Rugby teams 2012
lthough it is only the beginning of the season, the girls of touch rugby are already enduring tough workouts under the burning mid-afternoon sun. Yet the endurance training and sprints the girls face do not way down on their team spirit. With only nine returning players out of a team comprised of nineteen, there are plenty of new faces on the squad. “It is a very young team,” veteran Izzie Fortuna (10) revealed. “But already, our new girls are improving every practice.” After finishing fourth place at BISAC last year, the team is aiming for a medal this year. “I feel like we have a great shot at medaling in BISAC and hopefully winning gold!” Captain Natalie Kang (11) added.
With the goal of gold on their minds, the players make sure to care for each other. “One of the best parts about touch is how close the team becomes,” gushed Izzie. “Everyone is supportive and we push each other to grow stronger.”
have also been working hard to bring on a rewarding season. Kai Starmer (10) enthuses that, “This year, our team looks to be very promising. In just these first few weeks, the team has shown great improvement in coordination and ball handling skills.” Flickr: ISBPanthers The boy’s coach has been emphasizing the importance of physical condition and basic skills, and sophomore Cole Whiteley is proud to say, “We have developed a lot of basic skills like passing and tackling because of the training by the coaches, and physical fitness is definitely improving because of our sessions with Amir [the training coach].” Both the JV Touch and Rugby Natalie Kang rushes towards the try line. teams are rapidly improving, and are Toiling outside in the sun a few sure to see fantastic results at BISAC. times a week, the JV rugby boys Fallon Reagan and Katy Lewis
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A High School Student Publication from International School Bangkok Issue 6 of the 2012-2013 School Year