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Games Night 2013 Photo by Jack Zaw (12)

Letter from the Editors Happy October Break! We must have gotten old, because all that I’m looking forward to is to sleep in and to just put everything aside. It is weird to think that back in elementary and middle school, I’d brag about sleeping late; this has become quite habitual now. These past few weeks, I must say, have been insanely hectic. IASAS, BKK MUN, Games Night, Panther Run, CC auditions and so many more events I cannot think of on the top of my head. I sometimes wonder how ISB students, including myself, can juggle with a multitude of tasks so adeptly. There definitely must be a great deal of stress required to maintain this delicate balance. If you are one of these jugglers, then don’t hesitate to pamper yourself with lots of food and sleep during this upcoming break. You deserve it. To all the athletes who partipated in IASAS last week: awesome job! Although not all of you managed to win a medal, it was undoubtedly impressive to see you working well with one another and making it through the end of the tournament with determination and professional sportsmanship. If you have matured through this experience and had fun, then there is nothing to fret about. So enjoy your break! Get immersed into books. Play video games. Watch TV shows. Have fun. Seoyoung Lee

OPINIONS 02 Mission Accomplished

03 The Future of The International/ Parent Teacher Conferences


04 A Bark for Help

05 Operation Smile/ 3 Things You Should Know 06 You are What You Read


07 Spooktacular 08 Frightening...or Frivolous? 09 Turning into a Turtle/ Steep on This 10 Awards Fever


11 The Way the Wind Blows 12 Glory and Frustration 13 The Cloud’s Silver Lining

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S e ct ion Ed itors

Co-Editor-in-Chief Co-Editor- in Chief Head Writing Editor Advisor

Opinions News Features Sports

Leeann Schudel Seoyoung Lee Anjali Menon Conor Duffy

Sarah Poff Thanya Chat Katy Lewis Nathan Scott

Rep or t ers

Dan Borenstein Arya Bhai Austin Gallagher Sofi Sintes Tosia Lekawska

Hannah Mussi Sarah Lim Sammi Thomas Chloe Griffith Yichen Zhu

panthergrowls Are Relationships a Distraction from School? Brandon Juman ‘9

Thalia Johnston ’9 “It depends on the person you are dating. If they are responsible with schoolwork then it is a motivation to do well in school also.”

“It depends purely on the individual and whether or not you let them be a distraction.”

Juliana Chhouk ‘10 “It all depends on time management and the level of commitment.”

Seamus Murphy ‘10

“No, not a distraction at all.”

Jemima Lindsay ‘11 “If the couple is mature enough and supportive of each other then no, it can actually make school more bearable.”

Hinako Murai ‘12 “Sometimes yes because ISB gives a lot of assignments and homework to do. Then emails, chatting and relationships can be a distraction.”


Zachary Karaul ‘11 “Not really for me, but I guess for some people they are.”

Kevin Gronlund ‘12 “Love is what gets me out of the bed in the morning. I come to school for her. So I guess yes, it is.”




Mission Accomplished

Do Grad Requirements Restrict Choice?

n order to graduate from ISB it is known that students must fulfill an abundance of graduation requirements. At ISB, the graduation requirements for both IB and ISB diplomas are about equivalent. To graduate from ISB, students need to complete eight semesters of English as well as six semesters of math, science and social studies, all with passing grades. Students must also finish four semesters of P.E, a semester of health and two semesters of visual or performing arts. The rest are elective courses. The requirements were originally established by the High School administration, which had to get them approved by the Board of Trustees. The Board then gets the requirements approved by crediting agencies. ISB is accredited by two main crediting agencies such as the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). High School Counselor Mr. Kevin Callahan, stated that, “a lot of schools in Bangkok may not have as many P.E requirements as ISB but some schools have language requirements in order to graduate. [Students] do not have to take any languages to graduate from ISB.” Despite that, in order to graduate with an IB Diploma a student needs to complete two credits of IB language courses. Mr. Callahan elaborated that, “these requirements are partly to do with traditional education. Kids


need to have a broad base of knowledge in English, math and science. I think ISB has taken a more active role in keeping [students] healthy and physically active, which is a very good thing.” By bringing new ideas to the administration, it is possible to alter requirements, but only after a thorough procedure of approval. The administration must approve of the changes and also have them approved by the Board. Finally, the crediting agencies must provide the final stamp of approval. The graduation requirements raise a variety of positive and negative responses from the student

“Kids need to have a broad base of knowledge in English, math and science”

body. At times students are obligated to enroll in classes they do not enjoy, or miss out on classes they want to sign up for due to schedule complications. There have been various incidents in which seniors were forced to cram classes into their busy schedules in order to complete their P.E credits and receive their high school diploma. Although graduation requirements seem fitting in the purpose of high school, it also poses a tint of irony. These very rules that have been established to allow students to explore possibilities for the future,



actually may set limitations for students who want to further develop their true passions. One sophomore believes that “graduation requirements restrict students from exploring fields that they have an interest or passion in.” They go on to claim how two P.E credits could potentially cause a person who loves music to “not be able to take as many music classes because the schedule does not allow it.” Yet, this begs another question. If students are only concentrated on one aspect of their interests and do not take the time to learn others, how can they know what they truly like? In this case, the graduation requirements do allow students to discover, change and develop new interests. Anna Schmitt (11) shares her thoughts on how graduation requirements are important because “there are classes that are really important for our future that many people might not do if there weren’t any requirements.” She also adds that, “with requirements you have to do a wide variety of subjects, which could lead you to finding a passion in a particular subject that you might not have found otherwise.” Due to the controversy of this topic, it is no doubt that the graduation requirements summon a wide range of opinions amongst the students. However, regardless of these requirements, high school is place for open-mindedness. With an open mind, passion is always around the corner, waiting to be discovered. Sarah Lim and Dan Borenstein

Highschool Graduation 2013 Photo by Crystal Lam

The Future of The International In Print or Online?


odern gadgets such as iPhones, Kindles and Androids make news accessible by anyone at anytime. With a single tap of a finger, people can read about the latest news, ranging from Hollywood celebrity gossip to serious conflicts in Syria. The International has been a print magazine since its debut, but with such quickly advancing technology, the question of going online has been raised. An online school magazine would suggest perks like the immediacy of recent news and the possibility of feedback from the student body. This could include comments on articles that are full of student opinions and thoughts. Swikriti Dasgupta (11) claims


that she would like The International to go fully online because “our generation is very dependent on technology and spends most of our time on the Internet.” She goes on to state that putting it online would allow “a network of people who do not live in Thailand” the ability to access to the magazine. However, others had different opinions, as they still preferred the traditional printed copies. “Reading on laptop screens make my eyes sore,” Jasmine Burr (10) tells The International. She also claims that “the printed copies are so much prettier” and that she prefers “reading with the actual material in her hands, rather than online.” Others advised that The Inter-

national be both online and on paper, like many real acclaimed publications such as The Bangkok Post and The New York Times. Ms. Ronna Stefan, High School English teacher shared that she personally “like[s] flipping through the hard copies” of The International. However, she adds that since the “current format for so many newspapers is online,” putting the school magazine on the web is a definitely a good “option to explore.” So what is in the future for The International? Will it keep producing paper copies, or transform into an online magazine? The ultimate choice is in your hands. Sarah Lim

Parent Teacher Conferences For better or worse?

he 4th of October: the special day when our teachers had that little talk with our parents. Parent-teacher conferences may have frightened some students, but others felt excited about the opportunity to share all the interesting things that they have done at school. One sophomore mentioned that she was proud of her improvement and “wanted [her] mom to know about [her] school performance.” Then of course, lots of us were just delighted to have a day off from school. Many students responded to a survey by The International by simply saying, “I love parent-teacher conferences because I get to sleep in.” One question that many families explore is whether students should attend conferences with their parents. Many of us who have been at ISB throughout elementary and middle school will remember student-led conferences, where we were responsible for explaining our learning to our parents. That changes in high school. High School English Teacher Mr. Conor Duffy observed that “only about 20% of the

conferences that [he] had included the students themselves.” So what are the students’ opinions on attending parent-teacher conferences? Maddie Laidlaw (9) proposed a benefit of students attending parent-teacher conferences. She said, “[we] get to hear our ‘review’ firsthand, and improve based on that, not just what the parent tells [us] about the conference.” By attending parent-teacher conferences, students can skip the unpredictable “so what did my teachers say about me?” talk. Kamal Narayana (9) had a different take on it. He mentioned, “not going means not hearing the bad parts.” By not attending parent-teacher conferences, students don’t have to be embarrassed about all the mistakes they’ve made. Other students disagreed with Kamal and saw “finding out about the bad” as an “opportunity for improvement.” Ice Somboon (9) agrees saying “students should know what they have to improve on and how to do it. This is critical because it’s a big opportunity for students to reflect on their own



learning.” Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity for this. High School English Teacher, Mr. Tim Pruzinsky, stated a clear opinion on this matter. In his words, “not having students go to parent-teacher conferences is a bit like having your mom get a medical check-up for you. It doesn’t make sense.” Parent-teacher conferences remain a choice for students; they can come if they want to but aren’t required to. Just remember, before you make the ch oice not to go to the next conferences, remember to review the many benefits of attending! Tosia Lekawska

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A Bark for Help N E W S


The tragic fate of Nichada soi dogs

eartbreaking stories of abused and neglected Soi dogs are appallingly prevalent in Thailand. The hearts of numerous ISB students and faculty members truly ache for these unfortunate animals enduring such horrific lives. This issue has raised many voices regarding the actions that individuals can take to improve the conditions and lifestyles of the countless soi dogs.

Snoopy ready for adoption!


Photo by Sarah Lim

Recently, the Helping Paws club at ISB has been in touch with Mrs. Kristin Simpson, the school nurse, who has been working in soi dog centers inside the Nichada Thani community. The soi dog centers are situated in various locations within Nichada that many of us pass daily without looking twice. One is across from Premier Place 1, facing the new construction site that Nichada has recently developed. Others can be found behind the Olive pool and across from Rosemary Academy. Although these dogs are cared for by the guards in Nichada, Mrs. Simpson and the members of Helping Paws, they still are in desperate need of cleaner spaces, food, water and medical attention. Whether it is joining or donating to the Helping Paws club, or going directly to the shelters to take care of the soi dogs, any involvement would be greatly appreciated and a major step towards improving this grave issue. Likewise, if there are people looking to adopt, many of the soi dogs are in great needs of homes. The puppies and even the older dogs would make phenomenal pets for all families with their amiable



Photo by Izzie Fortuna

RJ near the construction site Photo by Izzie Fortuna

and patient nature. If you are looking to help or contribute, whether in a small or a big way, you do not have to look far. The centers in Nichada Thani and the clubs here at our school are great networks to join to initiate positive actions. The chances of improving the world are just within our reach; it is our duty to take advantage of them. Sarah Lim



Operation Smile Healing smiles and saving lives


ere in Thailand, one in every 500 babies is born with a facial deformity. Without treatment, adults and children who suffer through this have trouble eating, breathing and speaking. Operation Smile helps to fund surgeries for this cause. Since its beginning in 1982, Operation Smile has provided 3.5 million patient evaluations and more than 200,000 free surgeries in 60 different countries. In the 2012-2013 school year, the ISB Operation Smile club raised around half a million baht by host-


ing both on-campus and off-campus activities. Some of these events are the Panther Series Runs and the Panther Charity Run, the proceeds of which will go to Operation Smile Thailand. Additionally, this year the club has already successfully sent six of their members to Ubon Rachathani for a medical mission. Club officers Julie Kim (10), Kaz Shigeta (11), Izzie Fortuna (11) and Eefa Shehzad (11) say “we’ve grown as a stronger and more proactive club, in terms of fundraising and awareness.”

Their advocacy week is next month and everybody can start looking forward to a great week of raffles, t-shirt sales, class competitions such as coin wars and advocacy activities such as ‘What Makes You Smile?’ If any students are interested in joining and supporting a great cause, the Operation Smile Club meets on Wednesdays during lunch in Mr. Pruzinsky’s Room (306). Sammi Thomas

Things You Should Know

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NORWAY - This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. They were applauded for their efforts in prohibitng the use of chemical warfare. They have most recently been working on issues in Syria, and have been cooperating with the United Nations in investigating chemical weapons attacks.

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UNITED STATES - After having failed to pass a temporary spending bill, the US government remains in shutdown, entering its third week with little progress to show for it. Over 350,000 federal workers remain furloughed, without work and pay, while talks between Republican and Democratic leaders are still inconclusive.



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SE ASIA - According to a statement by former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, corruption in Thailand is of major, and growing, concern. While Transparency International ranks Singapore as 5th least corrupt country, Thailand is currently ranked 88th. Myanmar is among the most corrupt in SE Asia, ranking 172nd out of 174 nations.



You are What You Read The culture of reading at ISB


ot long ago, the HS English Department began to develop what they called a “Culture of Reading” in the High School. A quick look around the HS English quad reveals bulletin boards plastered with book reviews, teacher recommendations and “must read” lists. ISB has attempted to increase reading opportunities through more independent reading time during class, and by giving students more opportunities to choose the books they read. Beyond independent reading, alterations to actual curricula have included offering three different novels that students may choose from in the Grade 9 novel unit. The aim of all this is to “instill a lifelong love of reading” in ISB’s students. The International asked high school students for their opinions towards the new “Culture of Reading,” and the responses appear to be quite positive. In fact, Genie Pakvisal (9) informed us that her reading opportunities and habits have increased. “Before coming to

ISB in 6th grade, I barely read. But coming to ISB, reading was very encouraged,” Genie stated. In a survey conducted by the English department about the past two years of summer reading, the reading preferences of the high school were recorded through a whopping 809 student responses. Mr. Brad Augustine, the head of the English department, believes that “reading has the capability to change the way students think,” and that by exposing kids to a “new world” of books, they will be encouraged to read more often. From the responses received, it was seen that more than 70% of students preferred the option to choose their own reading book. Almost 40% of students believe that they would be more likely to read more if given that choice. The English department strives to display fresh and modern books around the classrooms and high school to excite students about reading, and many of the English teachers stress how important reading is as a part of our lifestyles.

English teacher Mr. Tim Pruzinksy notes that reading “lets [people] discover [themselves]” and “allows [them] to exercise creativity and imagination.” Mr. Conor Duffy adds that it “provides insight to who we are as a human species,” while Mr. Andrew Cohen suggests that we feel connected to books because “characters in great works of literature mirror the people in our lives.” Finally, Ms. Ronna Stefan comments that “reading makes us human,” because we have an opportunity to “live lives and experience things through books that we may never get to do in real life.” Reading is an important skill to have in today’s society, and should be incorporated further into our daily lives. Make it a habit to pick up a book before you go to bed every night, or during a long commute on the bus. As Mr. Cohen concludes, it’s never a bad time to “relax, unwind and experience the world through the eyes of great writers!” Hannah Mussi and Sofi Sintes

“Reading makes us human because we have an opportunity to live lives and experience things that we may never get to do in real life.” - Ms. Ronna Stefan OCTO B ER




Spooktacular Have your creepiest Halloween yet!

FOr a Spook without sweat...maybe


pend the night in and spook yourself out. Hit the lights, turn on your laptop and cozy up with an order of Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee. Here are a few short stories to give you the chills:

“I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, ‘Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.’ I look underneath for his amusement and see him – another him – under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, ‘Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.’” “I just saw my reflection blink.”

“You hear your mom calling you into the kitchen. As you are heading down the stairs from your bedroom, you hear a whisper from the bathroom saying, “don’t go down there honey, I heard it too.” “The grinning face stared at me from the darkness beyond my bedroom window. I live on the 14th floor.”

Stories from Michael Koh, Thought Catalog


Then & Now

very year on October 31st, excited children step out onto the streets in various disguises. On this night, they go around, ready to ask for their favorite treats from adults waiting to hand them out. This has been going on for years, but what is the real reason behind this tradition? If we trace back to the history of Halloween, it leads us to about 2,000 years ago. Back then, the day belonged to an ancient harvest festival called ‘Samhain’ that marked the end of summer and the start of a dark winter. Celtic priests would wear animal skins while sacrificing crops and animals to their Gods. It was also a commonly held belief that many spirits would return on the eve of this night to destroy these crops and to trick the living. In order to entertain the dead and avoid possession, many Celtics dressed up as witches, ghosts and goblins. Much later, when the Romans came to the Celtic territories, they brought a day to honor the dead in late October. Later, as Christianity spread to these territories, another holiday called “All Saints Days” was brought to the Celtics. The name later transformed into “All Hallows Eve,” and was eventually abbreviated as “Hallowe’en.” As time went on, traditions changed. In the 1800s, as Irish and English immigrants moved to the United States, they brought along the tradition of dressing up as the Samhain had.


These immigrants, along with the Americans, would dress up and go from house to house asking for food and money. This eventually developed into the tradition of “trick-or-treating.” Information from Origins of Halloween by Damira Pon


Popular Attractions in Nichada Thani

n the mood for some real American treats? Make your way to Regent! It’s past the main entrance of the school, past Nichakorn and across the main soccer field. According to Maggie Turner (11), the crowd in Regent may start to get too heavy, so you may want to stop by at Premier Place 3 or Palm Tree, further down Nichada Thani, past Regent. The candy will be waiting! If you’re in the mood to send shivers down your spine, be sure to visit the haunted house in Nichada Park! You are guaranteed one of the most hauntingly memorable experiences ever, but one piece of advice: don’t go in alone! Make you sure you have a hand to hold when you make a run for it. Arya Bhai




Frightening...or frivolous?

What to watch to bring the giggles on Halloween


ire with psychic powers It is an odd movie; not necessarily Once Max lights a possessed cankills people. a good one, but it certainly is inter- dle, his initial skepticism turns to Rubber. This French-di- esting. horror when he realizes he has igrected comedy film sounds like a It is not trying to have the wide nited the haunting tale of the three strange pick, and that’s because it audience appeal that Titanic had. witch sisters to come back to life is. Or even the following that, for some from 300 years before. The film is set in a Californian reason, The Notebook has acquired. Two teenagers, a young girl and desert and begins with a monoThe surrealist nature of the film an immortal cat, are put to the test logue from a sheriff about the con- might turn some off, while it could on a never-ending Halloween night cept of “no reason” in film. be the reason others love the film. to put a stop to a potential catastroWhile this idea is too complex to Overall, Rubber is worth the phe. truly delve into, the basic idea is watch, if only to say that you have This movie is a classic to watch this: Why do certain things happen seen a movie about a killer tire. every autumn. in movies or even in life? No reason. If this movie seems like it would It is a great alternative to someEvery great cinematic piece has tire you out, try out our next Hal- thing a tad less terrifying than The an important element that happens loween pick: Hocus Pocus. Conjuring, for example. for no reason, and the film claims Despite the fact that Disney proitself to be an homage to this parduced Hocus Pocus, this film is less ticular element of filmcheesy than one may making. assume. A man hands out The witty dialogue binoculars to a group and occasional suggesof people and they protive remarks morph to ceed to watch “the film.” produce a piece that is It surrounds this enjoyable for all ages. concept of “no reason” This thriller-comedy in regard to filmmaking reflects clever humour and thus introduces us through the use of the to our main character, three ancient witch sisbilled as Robert in the ters acting not-so-devcredits. ilishly serious, while Robert is a simple walking through a modern-day town, littered car tire with psychic with kids dressed up in powers, which is just costumes; a town they about as awesome and once knew to be busridiculous as it sounds. tling with village folk After the film’s opencarrying pitchforks. ing, Robert begins to A touch of potential learn how to stand up nostalgia for the older straight and roll himself high school students is around. also elucidated through He crushes a plastic the style and attitude of water bottle as he takes the characters, as this his first rotations in the movie was released in big wide world, starting the 90s. himself on what will Overall, Hocus Pocus end up being a murder is a playful, cozy movie spree. This is the main to watch on ‘Hallow’s plot of the movie. Three hundred years must get boring - what photo by daekazu on Eve’ night. An important thing to will they do when they are finally free? deviantart Austin Gallagher and keep in mind is that RubChloe Griffith ber is not for everyone.





Turning into a Turtle


Are our backpacks too heavy to handle? s you

move up a grade, not only will everything be more complex, but there will also be a greater possibility that you will start to become a turtle. It means your backpack, like a turtle shell, will be so heavy that it prevents you from moving quicker. According to Kid’s Health, doctors and physical therapists say that students should not carry more than 10-15% of their body weight on their backs. When a backpack is heavier than that, it can pull the student backwards. In order to counter this, one must lean forward, but this can cause the spine to compress unnaturally and might develop shoulder, neck and back pain. How about a change in the way backpacks are worn? Perhaps carrying the backpack on one shoulder? It looks cool and fashionable. No! Students may end up leaning to one side in order to offset the extra weight. Students who do so might develop lower and upper back pain and strain their shoulders and necks. There are even more terrifying things that heavy backpacks can cause. For example, they change the way students walk and increase the risk of falling, particularly on stairs. It could be a really painful experience. Out of the 202 people who replied to a survey by The International, about 17% said they put their bags other than their backpacks in their locker, while 82% of them said they do not. This might explain why 83% of them feel that their backpacks are too heavy to carry around all day, because they carry all their

Do you really need everything in there?

extra bags around with them. What are the heaviest things students carry in their backpacks? Surprisingly, 71% of the 202 students said that it is their laptops. Not putting backpacks in the lockers and having to carry so many school supplies around all day, 86% of the students said that they always or sometimes feel sore after carrying their heavy backpacks. In order to prevent turning into a turtle, students must try and adjust their habits. Here are some tips: 1. Use your locker more frequently. It will not take a lot of time to do so. 2. Make sure you only put things you need in your backpack. You might find it lighter afterwards. 3. Purchase a backpack that has thick straps, so it does not dig into your shoulders. It is better to have a waist belt, so it can help your shoulders bear more weight. 4. Clean your backpack frequently. Get rid of the things that you do not need. You will probably know how to deal with heavy backpacks after reading this article, so please do use these tips to prevent turning into a turtle. Yichen Zhu



Steep On This


erbal teas are non-caffeinated beverages made from the infusion of herbs, and just about everything lovely nature has in store for us. Herbal teas uncover another delightful surprise by benefiting our bodies and lifestyles. Different herbal teas have the ability to soothe our stress, calm our nerves and further aid the pesky details of life. To a certain extent, of course. For troubled tummies: Peppermint tea and Ginger tea are known to curb nausea and settle stomach upsets. Peppermint contains menthol, a substance that has a direct antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscle of the digestive tract. For melodramatic minds: If you have a problem putting your brain to sleep at night, or just have issues keeping stress at bay during exam week, lemon balm and lavender tea are guaranteed to attend to your troubles. Lemon balm tea is known as the “happy tea.” With its own natural tranquilizer, it is famous for lowering blood pressure and helping you concentrate. All my fellow ADHD diagnosed buddies out there, keep lemon balm tea in mind; it definitely tastes better than Ritalin. The next time you feel an imbalance in your health and mind, take a sip from a cup of tranquility. Chloe Griffith




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Awards Fever

An inside scoop on the Emmys

awards ceremony recognizes The Emmys the best of were established American by the Academy as well as of Television Arts internaand Sciences. The tional teleEmmy Awards’ vision programs. The most purpose was to viewed Emmy act on an imceremonies, which age-building and receive the most public relations media attention, are the Primetime opportunity in orEmmys and the Daytime Emmys. der to shift more However, there are other Emmy attention toward events and ceremonies held throughthe television inout the year in the United States. Some dustry. of these ceremonies celebrate the excellence of national sports programming, nationThe statuette is of a al news and documentary shows as well woman with vast wings as business and financial reporting. These extending from her events are known as the Regional Emmy shoulder blades, holding Awards. an atom. Nonetheless, this year’s Primetime Emmys occurred for the 65th time on September 22nd. Nominees ranged from OutstandThe very first Emmy Awards were hosted on January 25th, 1949. ing Drama Series such as Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones to Outstanding Reality Competitions like Dancing with the Stars and The The wing symbolizes the essence of Voice. art in the making of television while the The award categories included in the ceremoatom represents the importance of the nies are programs, acting, supporting perforsciences; both are crucial factors in the mances, choreography, directing and writing. making of television arts. In recent years, celebrities such as Jane Lynch, Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have hosted the Primetime Emmy Award shows. The Emmy statuette This year, it was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. was designed by Louis McThe Outstanding Drama Series Emmy went to Manus. After forty-seven Breaking Bad on AMC. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn, who rejected designs, the Teleplays Skylar White, also received an Emmy for Outstandvision academy finally acing Supporting Actress in a Drama. This television show cepted McManus’ design. added two more Emmys to its already earned five. Modern Family, a well-known T.V show on ABC, was nominated for a total of eight Emmys and took home the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Other television series that received one of the prestigious awards were Saturday Night Live, Homeland, The Big Bang TheDan Borenstein and Sammi ory and many more. This is just the beginning of the busy schedule Thomas for award shows such as the Country Music Awards in November, the Golden Globes in January, the Oscars in March and others continuing throughout the year.


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typhoon-struck Taipei hosted this year’s IASAS soccer tournament, and both ISB teams were hit by the consequences of the unfortunate storms. All of the matches were moved to the TAS field, as the grass field they had planned to use was flooded. The athletics department did a terrific job of re-planning the tournament, but the turf field turned out to be a key factor in our panthers’ IASAS struggle. The ISB boys started off their gold medal defense with a 2-0 victory over ISM, with goals scored by Bryan Ahn (12) and Mingyu Shin (11). This win combined with two 0-0 ties against SAS and TAS gave the boys enough points to qualify for the consolation match, where they played the hosts. In most games, including the conso-





said that “‘ISB had the best taste in football out of all the schools” and also complimented ISB’s goalkeeper, Bautista Vela (12), on his amazing saves that helped the team into the consolation match. The co-coach, Mr. Basil Tahan was extremely proud of the boys’ determination, stating, “we had the best defense in the whole tournament, and we’ve only let in three goals in our past 11 games.” All tournament awards went to the Japanese duo of captain Yuji Nakatori (12) and full back, Shin Osumi (11). Yuji was also one of the few four-year IASAS players, and will be sorely missed next year. In the words of ISKL parent, Mr. Smith, “who is that Asian kid? The one with the feet of God?” The girls also struggled to keep up with the ball as it skidded around on the slippery field, even with their lightning quick forwards. However, their determination helped them to a 1-0 win against JIS and a 2-0 victory over ISM. The girls then went on to dominate their game against TAS with the hope that a victory would grant them a place

All Tournament: Yuji Nakatori (12), Shin Osumi (11), Katie Henderson (12), Crystal Lam (12), Julia Tarrega (10) lation game, they dominated the match in terms of possession, but it was hard to adapt to the artificial pitch in such a short amount of time. A late TAS cross that was helped into the net by the fierce Taipei winds sent ISB home with a fourth place finish. The father of a TAS player, Mr. Moran,

Alyssa Alexander goes into a tackle Photo by TAS Athletics



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in the final against SAS. However, a counter-attack by TAS in the final seconds of the game saw their striker fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner. This was a blow to the girls, but they picked themselves up and fought tirelessly in their consolation game against ISKL, whom they lost to earlier in the tournament. The girls’ fitness and effort kept them in the game, and carried them into extra time, where it emerged that it was now the ISB panthers who were in the driving seat. Somehow the goal never came, and the game went on to a penalty shoot-out. The shoot-out ended 3-2 to ISB, with Katie Henderson (12), Jazmyn Green (10), and Julia Tarrega (10) scoring their spot-kicks with perfect placement. ISB’s all-tournament winning Crystal Lam (12) saved two penalties and saw one-shot swerve wide as the girls won their well deserved bronze medal. The other all tournament winners were Katie and Julia, two of the penalty scorers. Julia thought that the impact of the pitch was evident, and that “at times it was like playing on a basketball court.” Although both teams had to hand back their championsip plaques, all the coaches were proud of how our panthers stuck to their principles and played attractive football that the crowd enjoyed.

Nathan Scott



Photo by Dragon Tales


The boys’ team, however, was faced with many obstacles. Every other team had also arrived at IASAS with high hopes of being golden. “All the teams were incredibly close, skill wise. Each of the teams had the ability to take first place,” Co-captain Afi Blackshear (10) reported. The first day of the tournament was filled with intensity for the panthers, as they were to face the teams that medaled at the IASAS exchange (SAS, ISM and ISKL). That morning, they had their toughest match against the Singapore Eagles. Although they had beaten them at the Exchange, they were unable to pull out on top against the long-term rivals. However, later on in the day, the panthers played their best game against Manila and Kuala Lumpur. With two wins and a loss, the boys just needed one more win to earn them a spot in the semi-finals. Up against Jakarta International School, although the obvious sixth

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cracked, but we pulled through in the end. We went into the finals with complete faith in each other.” The ISB girls pulled ahead early on, winning the first set, but couldn’t hold off the Eagles from tying it back up in the second set. With every other IASAS team supporting them in the crowd, ISB finished it off 3-1 and became the only team that prevented SAS from earning gold. For the four seniors on the team, three of whom were four year IASAS participants, it was a fantastic way to end the season. It was a dream come true. Nathan Scott and Leeann Schudel

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place team, the panther boys cracked under the pressure of the home crowd and lost their easy path to a medal. Ending up in the quarter finals against Taipei American School, the panthers were once again unable to pull through, and ended the tournament with a fifth place title. Afi Blackshear was “disappointed with how [they] choked” but he knows that “[they] are such an inexperienced team and can really bring it next year.” On the other hand, the lady panthers breezed through the competition. Playing ISKL, ISM and TAS on the first day, the girls were able to sleep comfortably at night knowing that they had not yet lost a set. However, this streak did not last. Up against last year’s champions, the Singapore Eagles, the lady panthers did not keep up their clean record. By the end of the round robin, the girls’ had only lost to one team, giving them a free pass to the Semi-Finals, where they faced the home team, JIS. Although the girls cracked under the pressure during one set, they managed to earn their spot in the finals for the second year running. Co-captain Leeann Schudel (12) said, “I was so proud of the girls. We had a lot of pressure on us to get to the finals, and there were moments where we


ith the memory of double silver from last year still at the back of their minds, the Varsity Volleyball teams returned to IASAS with a fire in their hearts. The teams arrived in Jakarta fueled to bring home that gold medal.


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All Tournament: Grace Suprakob (12), Leeann Schudel (12), Jayna Milan (12), Afi Blackshear (10)






eople who have never run a race have no idea what it feels like. They don’t fathom the way lungs can blister with sharp breaths, the way sweat flies from soaring limbs, muscles scream and feet pound like bass lines beneath a blazing sun. They have not seen what a runner sees: an opponent’s ever-nearing heels, a finishing line. They haven’t listened to the way a heartbeat can drown out the voices of spectators shrieking at you that you must not, under any circumstances, stop. Someone who has never run a race couldn’t imagine the absolute focus and determination that a person needs to possess in order to keep going. This weekend, the ISB boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams proved that they possessed these qualities. Heat could be seen rising off the track on a blistering Jakarta morning, sweat streaming off the runners’ skin as they lined up for the 5k.


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Meanwhile, the girls were in combat with TAS for the silver medal. The top five places are added up to determine a team’s score; in an unprecedented act of fate, both ISB and TAS were tied with 85 points. It came down to ISB’s sixth place runner Hikaru Uchida (12), who beat TAS’s number six. Kana Ichimura (9) tore up the course and placed 8th overall, just missing the All Tournament selection. After the 5k, the 3k was not exactly easier, but kinder. For the girls, who had been bruised by the race the day before, it was a glorious way to end the tournament. Captain Mizuki Awamura (12) had the 5th fastest time out of all six schools; Johanna Stiefler Johnson (11) had the 9th. Almost all the girls, hungry to prove that they were better than Taipei without need for a tiebreaker, got personal

All Tournament: Jack Melhorn (12), Robbie Melhorn (11) It was a hard race with extremely tough competition but both teams ran with fire on their heels and placed second overall. Captain Jack Melhorn (12) came in 2nd with his brother Robbie Melhorn (11) following him in 6th, earning them both All Tournament IASAS awards. Zach McVey (11) came close behind in 9th.



bests, with five of the seven times under twelve minutes. They finished a convincing second; no tiebreaker this time. The boys also did well and came third in the race, with Jack placing 2nd and Robbie, 8th. Both the boys and girls Cross Country teams earned silver medals: the boys’ first medal in ten years. The teams’ tireless work in the months leading up to IASAS certainly paid off. It was a strenuous tournament and each runner proved they deserved a spot on that starting line. However, these victories could not have been achieved without the unwavering support of Coach Bentley and Coach Giles. Their desire to see the runners succeed, and their willingness to push the teams to limits they didn’t know they had were probably the biggest contributions to the triumphs. This IASAS was a superb way to end the Cross Country season. Seniors Jack Melhorn, Mizuki Awamura, Hina Nakamura, Aiko Fukuda and Hikaru Uchida will be sorely missed; yet there is no doubt that a gold medal is on the horizon of the coming years for ISB’s Cross Country teams.

Johanna Stiefler Johnson

Jack (12) and Robbie (11) Melhorn Photo by Dragon Tales




The International October2 2013  

The International October2 2013 A High School Student Publication from International School Bangkok Issue 3 of the 2013-2014 School Year

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