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Performing Arts

By Amelia Culp

Artistic ability at King’s extends well beyond the two-dimensional, and its sounds are audible throughout campus. The halls are alive with the sounds of drama!

From the beautiful voices of the Living Faith team to the bold humor of KHS Live to the impassioned actors in the spring musical, “The Sound of Music,” talented King’s students are finding creative ways to express themselves through the performing arts.

If you were at Knight of the Arts in March, you had the privilege of seeing two unique forms of this expression working together to bring joy to an audience and serve God simultaneously. Sam Tompkins ‘14, a member of the joint group fondly named Living Live, describes the Cancun mission trip Knight of the Arts helped fund as “the launching pad for all our awesomeness to start.”

McCardleTompkins and Living Faith member Gavin Langer ’15 both agree that their respective groups have meaning beyond only their performances. “Living Faith is not just about being a good singer; it’s about forming relationships with your friends in KHS Live and Living Faith,” said Langer.

Supportive community and talented performance don’t stop with choir or improv, though. The spring production of “The Sound of Music” will take the stage on May 16, 17, 22, and 23, so make sure to get your tickets and be at Schirmer at 7! “Do Re Mi Fa Go To La Show!” said Grace Phelan ’15, humorously encouraging attendance of the play in which she will gracefully take on the role of a 93-year-old nun.

Mason Hudon ’14, who will play Captain von Trapp, reflected on the production on a slightly more serious note. “The Sound Music requires a lot of devotion and hard work,” commented Hudon, “and I see the cast really putting in the time and effort. I’m looking forward to a really quality show. Hope you all come!”

Culture Clash

By Kacey Kemper

Bastille on iPods, the Union Jack on purses, and oxfords on feet- lately anything British is the bees’ knees, especially when it comes to the telly.

“I liked Downton Abbey before it was popular,” said history teacher, Mrs. Stubbs. “I really like their accents,” said Aisley Allen ’16. Sam Tompkins ’14 enjoys watching the humorous British car show Top Gear as well as the sci-fi hit Dr. Who. He loves witty British humor featured on Top Gear, and asserts that “it’s an acquired taste.” “Some of it is slapstick and silly, but some of it, they use the silly humor to talk about society and real issues,” Tompkins said. He also confidently stated that the Brits do TV better than Americans. He said “the writing and the stories are more immersive and more interesting than shows you get here in America.”

Grace Snitselaar ’15 agreed, adding that most American shows are “competitions or talent things,” while British shows “have a lot more depth.” Her favorite show is the two-years-running, fast-paced and mysterious BBC rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, titled Sherlock.

Snitselaar also enjoys Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey, a historical drama set in 1920’s through 30’s and centered on an English estate and its inhabitants, ranging from the pompous earl to the lowly maid. She loves that Downton is “in a different time period, it’s a view you wouldn’t get normally from documentaries” and that it has a “huge fan base.” According to Nielson data, 10.2 million viewers tuned in to the Downton season four premier, breaking the record and outperforming every other entertainment show on TV.

Another enthusiastic member of the huge fan base is speech teacher Mr. Volk. He appreciates that the interesting historical period piece doesn’t bore audiences, but rather features good characters. In response to the common labeling of Downton as a soap opera, Mr. Volk disagrees. Although it has thick plot lines and dramatic secrets, “which are soap opera staples,” Mr. Volk said, “it’s a lot higher quality acting and a lot different pacing than soap operas would be.”

Mr. Volk appreciates that the Brits are character driven and story driven in their productions, while Americans “try to make shows last as long as they can to make more money. “ He also stated that British TV is made for a little more adult maturity level than a lot of American TV. With Downton, for example, “there are certainly moments where it’s R rated, but it’s never trashy,” Mr. Volk said. “A lot of American shows have just mastered being as trashy as they possibly can.”

Whether it’s sci-fi, comedy, mystery, or drama that catches your fancy, the Brits have hit the nail on the head and are taking the lead in winning the hearts of Americans.

 

Young Filmmakers

Daniel Bolliger filmakers Kyle in frontBy Daniel B0lliger

Jonah Hlastala, a sophomore at Kings, has been interested in movies for a long time. His first inspiration was his mom, an avid movie lover herself, who introduced him to fine films at a young age. Since then his passion for movies has only grown, blossoming into a passion for not only movie watching, but movie making. Jonah has acted on this passion with Kyle Shorack, another sophomore at Kings who shares an interest in moviemaking. Recently, they began a small project and have already drafted a script and sketched some concept art. They both hope these humble beginnings will, in the near future, lead to the creation of a short film.

Jackson Whipple ’15, who shares Jonah and Kyle’s interest in moviemaking says, “I like to think that art is the response to whatever choice you make, and when you make a movie, you make millions of choices,” He compares movie making to painting or music, “when you are painting something you make choices; do I want that to be blue, green, what kind of color ratio… and the same thing with music; do I want you to play that note, do I use this instrument… and with movies the same thing; where you put the camera, how the actors look, how they act, how they are supposed to respond, what they say.”

Jackson’s interest in filmmaking was first sparked during Ms. Platter’s film class last year, a class in which students analyze movies from a director’s point of view. Through this curriculum Jackson was inspired to pursue his newfound interest in moviemaking, having already drafted a script for a full length short film. While the contents of this script remain a mystery, Jackson hopes to produce this film in the near future.

Jackson strives to follow in the footsteps of great directors like Steven Spielberg, who directed Shindler’s List, a visually beautiful movie with a great story, not to mention Jackson’s favorite, he says, “one of the movies that gave me the biggest emotional response, it’s the only movie that ever made me cry.” One of the values Jackson sees in great directors like Steven Spielberg is their versatility and ability to create emotionally moving movies across a wide range of genres. He says that Steven Spielberg is most well known for making wild, sci-fi movies, but yet he can turn 360 degrees and direct an emotionally stirring drama, and in Jackson’s opinion, one of the best. This is the kind of director Jackson aspires to be.

Jackson, Kyle, and Jonah are part of a surprisingly large community of young filmmakers within American high schools. This community is where young artists can pursue their passions with the support of those who see a future in them. The National Film Festival for Talented Youth is one such outlet of support in which youth get a chance to showcase their work to the world. This highly respected festival takes place in Seattle in late April every year, drawing talent from high schools across the nation, coming together to support each other in their big-screen pursuits.

 

A Day to Remember

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The last Monday of every May, the United States remembers those who, as President Abraham Lincoln said, “…Gave the last full measure of devotion…”to their country and their fellow citizens. From the Revolutionary War to the battlefields of Afghanistan today, Americans from coast to coast remember those who did not come home from their deployments. According to the Veteran’s Administration over 1.1 million Americans have died in combat since the Revolutionary War.

Cristwood resident Gordon Friang served in the Philippines in the Pacific Theater of World War II as an artillery sergeant and after the war as a special agent for the FBI. He feels, “Privileged to serve my country, I was able to contribute to the establishment of us as the strongest nation in the world.”

Despite his service, Sergeant Friang insists that, “I am not a hero, just a very blessed individual.” He said that the real heroes are the ones who did not come home; “They are the ones who are responsible for us being a free nation, they gave their lives for their country.”

This year Memorial Day comes about a week and half before the Western World will gather in Normandy, France on June 6, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, commonly known as D-Day. D-Day was the invasion of German-occupied France by mainly American, British, and Canadian soldiers onto five German held beaches, where they faced fierce German resistance; ultimately 1,465 American soldiers lost their lives, according to the national World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Frank Fisher, who comes and speaks to Mr. Crane’s United States History class every semester, was in the 5th Corp Army 186th Field Artillery Battalion. He landed on Omaha Beach during D-day and fought at the Battle of the Bulge, the second deadliest battle in United States military history.

The successful invasion marked the beginning of the end of the War in Europe; the victory at Normandy gave the Allies a foothold in mainland Europe that allowed them to push towards the German homeland, liberating Nazi-occupied Europe as they went.

Attendees at the events in Normandy this year will include President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

 

Free Them 5K

By Ashley Driscoll

Human trafficking may seem like an unsolvable problem, but this May, “you can really make a difference,” urges Kristin Hingtgen, Outreach Coordinator at World Concern.

Through World Concern’s early intervention and prevention of human trafficking, “we are providing hope for people,” Hingtgen continues. World Concern works in villages in Southeast Asia to provide job training and education for children. Many trades are taught, including basket-weaving and sewing.

The 6th annual Free Them 5K, which falls on Saturday, May 10th this year, will raise money to stop this globally permeating problem. The event—which will include a food truck and activities for families—will host 1,500 runners and walkers on the CRISTA campus.

The King’s Social Justice Club will also be raising money at the 5K for the village they are sponsoring through World Concern. Dak Rak “is a high-risk area for human trafficking, being so close to the Vietnam border. Many girls from this community are taken away and promised jobs, but end up in slavery,” says Hunter Bryson ’14. By attaining job skills and education, the girls will no longer be forced to find work outside of the village.

The Social Justice Club has a team of students running the 5K, and Bryson encourages “students who participate in the run to do additional fundraising.” Clean water, food security, and access to education are desperately needed in Dak Rak, so the team will be sending out letters to friends and family to raise $10,000.

This ambitious goal is only partially accomplished, so go to khsquill.com to register for the King’s Social Justice 5K team. “Signing up for the Social Justice team connects you with other students who are interested in the same issues,” promotes Bryson. Registration is only $10 for students and includes a t-shirt.

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Spring Break Mission Trips

Israel: By Ingrid Thorstenson
Reading the Bible will never be the same.  For those travelling to Israel for the first time this spring break, names like Jerusalem, Jericho, and Bethlehem will soon bring much more than a flannelgraph to mind.

Two members of the King’s Israel trip give us a glimpse into their upcoming journey abroad.

“My mom and sister had gone before and they kept telling me how amazing it was and that I shouldn’t miss out on it” said Greta Finholm ’14.  Finholm is looking forward “to walk[ing] where Jesus walked,” and said “getting baptized in the Jordan River is probably what I’m most excited for.”

Mrs. Stubbs, anticipating her third trip to Israel, summarized the itinerary: “We’re going to start in the north for three days around the Sea of Galilee.  Then we’re going to spend about three days around Jericho and then three days in Jerusalem.”

Mrs. Stubbs has three specific prayer requests for her team: health issues, “that when we have conversations with people in Israel that we are winsome,” and “that we have a song that unifies us.”
Jamaica: By Dena Foster

“Love the life you live, live the life you love,” was said by Bob Marley, a famous Jamaican singer-songwriter who was passionate for his music and country. Our Jamaican mission trip team is very excited to give their love to the people of Jamaica.

Waterlily Haung ‘14 is part of the Jamaican mission trip team and is looking forward to such a life changing experience this spring break. “I’ve never been to a 3rd world country before, and I’m really looking forward to learning their culture and their love for God but also hanging out with the kids especially.”

The team is ready to experience a trip of a lifetime.

Seattle: By Ashley Driscoll

“I liked the idea of not having to go far away for a mission trip. There are things to do right here in our backyard,” says Nate Campbell ’16 about the upcoming Seattle mission trip.

The team of 10 students will be partnering with local non-profit organizations and homeless shelters in addition to passing out the “Just Bag It” bags collected by King’s students.

Nate hopes to gain “a better sense of what the homeless go through.”

Cameron Sharpe ’15 can’t wait to “help out in a way that you don’t normally do.” He has “always just liked serving people,” especially locally.

He and Nate both chose the trip because it is so close to home and cost effective, which makes it flexible for their busy schedules. It is a great alternative for students who want to serve but aren’t able to travel out of country.

Students who previously rode along on this Seattle adventure said that another great part of this trip is the chaperones, Mr. Volk and Mrs. White.

This dynamic duo has led the Seattle trip in the past and hopes to continue to impact the greater Seattle area with their capable and excited team of students this year.

Mexico: By Arthur Emmons

When people hear the word “Cancun” it stirs up imagery of college kids going crazy and getting into trouble.

Yet many people fail to realize the poverty rate which is an astounding 52.3% according to the CIA factbook.

Living Faith and KHS Live are going to Cancun with a much different intention.

“Working on construction of a children’s home,” said Mr. Olson, who is co- leading the trip. This will be among the many things that groups will be doing in Cancun.

Mr. Olson is not new to the mission scene as he was a part of the mission trip to Atlanta, Georgia last year.  “Seeing God work through the kids,” he recalled was the most impactful moment.

They stayed at a YWAM base, (Youth with a Mission) in Georgia. Homeless and refugee communities appreciated the lively improvizational art and music.

“We shared the gospel through performance arts,” said Kacey Kemper ‘14, who was a part of KHS Live 2013.

Current KHS Live member Kierney Johnson said she is “looking forward to influencing children’s lives.” Perhaps by building both strong facilities and deep relationships, KHS Live and Living Faith will have a truly profound effect on the Cancun community.

Laos: By Kacie Capuzzi and Amelia Culp

30,000 dollars. That’s enough for a new Mercedes Benz, 50 pairs of Jimmy Choos, or 4, 672 jars of Nutella. That also happens to be the amount of money King’s Social Justice is sending to Dak Rak, Laos every year for the next three years.

Social Justice is partnering with World Concern to spend three days in the village of Dak, Rak, Laos assisting with water sanitation and community development and then continue to support the village financially in the coming years.

“It’s not a normal mission trip, I’m excited to get to know the people and really show them who King’s is,” shared Makenna Dreher ‘15, a Social Justice Club member.

The students are only spending two days in the village because of the long plane ride and 8 hour drive.”I mostly get scared by terrorist attacks on planes,” said Dreher.

More than a third of Laos’s community is in poverty. With a community of 800,000, many citizens still live in villages. Farming accounts for 67.6% of total employment.

“We’re going to take photos and videos to share what life looks like there,” shared Ashley Driscoll ‘15 who was an intern at World Concern. Driscoll was automatically chosen for this trip because of her connection to World Concern.

Driscoll is eager to interact with the community of Dak Rak and learn how she can help.  “This is my first mission trip, but I know World Concern is great company to travel with,” commented Driscoll.

This long-term connection with between our communities holds incredible promise for growth and improvement both here at King’s and in Laos, and we should all be on the lookout for what God will do with this ministry.

Social Media Shrinks our World

By Amelia Culp

 

“50 likes in 30 minutes? Not bad, but I can definitely do better. I’ll have to use a better filter next time.”

Whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, or anything else, there’s no denying that social media has a tremendous effect on the lives of America’s young people, but how does it affect those outside the first world?

What happens to our cultural distinction when people growing up on the other side of the planet spend their lives on the same sites as King’s students?

Globalization. Many students don’t even know what this term means, but it affects everyone. Dictionary.com defines globalization as “worldwide integration and development.” Mr. Crane, history teacher at King’s High School, is certainly familiar with the subject and addresses it both in his history and social justice classes. He sees globalization as having both negative and positive effects, but when it comes down to it, “globalization doesn’t change the status quo. The strong are still strong, the weak are still weak.”

Although he admits that “part of [him] wishes we could go back to self-sufficiency,” he also sees positive globalization photo

sides to social media’s specific role in the phenomenon. “In the Egyptian revolution in the last few years, social media has played a huge role in exposing the situation to the rest of the world whereas, without social media, it might have just remained an isolated incident,” said Crane.

Increasingly, foreign countries are represented prolifically online, and some of their citizens view their shared online presence with the U.S. much more positively than others. There are many who feel that online interactions allow individual cultures to express their unique values and characteristics. Mrs. McCormick, KHS Spanish teacher, has definitely experienced this, and anyone who has been in one her Spanish classes would know. McCormick’s students have the opportunity to meet her Guatemalan friend Milvia through a Skype call in class. “It’s given my students and myself an appreciation of something that is different,” remarked McCormick.

She says that Milvia shares how she and her family celebrate Christmas and it encourages McCormick and her students to “pause and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. I know in the United States, we’re so focused on materialism often … [but] there’s a little more focus in her world right now on the presence of being with family and your community.” Talking with Milvia “opens up [her] students’ eyes” and “encourages [them] to say ‘Well, I wonder if we could do that?’” observed McCormick.

Opinions vary widely on the expansion social media has fostered. Some don’t see the contact different cultures have online as positively as others. David Winningham ’15 commented “I feel like a lot of other countries are put down online as if they are inferior to the U.S.” He also notices a distinct difference between how his international friends interact online and the interactions he sees between King’s students. “I feel like people from different countries that have moved to another country are more unified with friends, less out-lashing, more friendly, less mean, to put it bluntly,” said Winningham. He thinks this is because “they understand people’s problems. When you move you become more aware of problems in the world.”

Despite differences of experience and opinion, integration is swiftly overtaking isolation in today’s world. No matter who you are or where you plan to go in life, you will have to face the reality of globalization. In this rapidly shrinking world, it’s important for King’s students, as global citizens, to conduct all interactions with responsibility and consideration.

#Insta-Obsessed

Serina Chou

Step aside Facebook, Insta-obsession trumps. Madeline Konswa ’14 describes Instagram as a “great way to express yourself with pictures. I like to keep up with friends and see what they’re doing.”
The social networking service launched October of 2010 and since then has gained 150 million monthly users. According to Instagram.com, there are 55 million shared photos and 1.2 billion “likes” daily.
Avid Instagramers Sydney Gaenz ’16 and Madeline Konswa admit to always starting and ending their days with Instagram. Both spend approximately an hour each day browsing the feed, and admit that the click to the Insta app is immediate and instinctual.
Instagram.com claims they created the app to make the uploading process fast and efficient, but that’s not always the case. “It takes me so long to think up a caption. I text my friends for help sometimes,” said Gaenz. Konswa agrees that a good picture caption is a must.
Although neither of them use hashtags or keep track of how many followers they have, both know the best times to post pictures in order to get the most possible likes. “School nights are usually from seven to nine, never during school,” advised Gaenz. “On weekends, let’s say Fridays, post after the football game, because no one checks during the game. Saturdays are after eight.”
For some people, including Gaenz, not getting enough “likes” after posting feels like a bad indication. She admits that not getting 70 likes will be a sure sign that “it’s not a very good photo,” and because of this, she’ll take it down.
When asked if they even knew the most likes they’ve ever gotten on a photo, both knew right off the top of their heads: for Gaenz, 225, and Konswa, 125. Neither Konswa nor Gaenz think that they are Instagram obsessed, however. “I wouldn’t call myself obsessive,” claimed Konswa.

From Faith to Food Trucks

By Kendon Campbell

World Concern warrior Kristin Hingtgen talks about the impact and blessing that can be brought by tacos on wheels.

 

“I love food trucks and I love World Concern,” said the 2 year Crista veteran as she spoke yesterday to the King’s High School Journalism class.  She talked about discovering a passion that brings global hunger awareness by selling food in your own back yard.

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Her boss called her crazy and funds were not in her favor, but a prayer and a few retweets later, Hingtgen found herself among thousands in a hungry community, enjoying the lineup of mobile restaurants with owners who share the same passion.

 

“I didn’t want a quantitative goal for this event,” said the servant leader. But like the seven loaves and few fish, this lunch was quite the success!

 

Track Family Tree

By Dena Foster

Members of track are not just a team, they consider themselves a family.

It’s an exclusive matriarchy.  Kristen Maggs 14’ is the mother of it all. She has to approve all members that want to be a part of the family. The family is three years and running. Literally.

To get into the family you have to have the mother’s blessings. “I have to like you,” Maggs explained. The family consists of so many members. “I know most of them, I forget some though, we have like a forgotten baby, a stalker and a hobo and I have to keep all the others in check.” She explains how the rest of her “children” are trouble makers.

Maggs shares how stressful her role is to play in this family. “I try to get them to all wear tie-dye on Tuesdays, which is a brilliant idea I mean tie-dye Tuesday right? Except only a few of them do it”.

There is not much of a punishment if they don’t listen but maybe just a little threat. “Nothing actually happens though, I have no power.” The kids in the family aren’t intimidated by their mother, yet Maggs likes to think that they are.

“My track family is different than my family at home because it has a different type of bond and fun memories are created,” said Decker 14’ who joined the family sophomore year. One of Decker’s favorite things about being a part of this family is the memories from bus rides and track meets and even spending time together at practice.

Even though they do a variety of different events, there is a strong bond connecting the members of the family. Decker throws javelin, Ishmael runs sprints, Scherrer long jumps, hurdles, and sprints, Brodsky runs 1600 and Maggs hurdles.

Maddy Sherrer 14’ is the “hobo of the family. She lives in the walls,” said Amelia Culp 14’. Culp calls herself “everyone’s cousin”.  She runs 800 and 1600 distance for d-crew.

In the end “Family is family” says Maggs. The most important thing to all of them is that they all have each other’s back.

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Genocide Anniversary

By Ingrid Thorstenson

April 7th marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide that spanned 100 days and left an estimated one million people dead.

In the mass slaughter, Hutu extremists attempted to wipe out moderate Hutu and minority ethnic Tutsi, a group that had been deemed superior to Hutu by the Belgian government during its colonization of Rwanda in the 1930s.

Two decades later, “the Hutu and the Tutsi tribes are all one now. There’s none of that tension.  Everyone has bonded together because they realize that that’s what differentiating between the races actually causes.  That’s what caused the genocide in the first place,” said Sophie Holt (14), who travelled to Rwanda last summer.

Though the tribes were no longer divided, Holt felt “a real sense of evil and violence and heaviness in the air because the people have lost so much.”

This was true of the official anniversary ceremony on April 7th, located at a soccer stadium in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Thousands of people attended dressed in purple, the color of mourning.  Performers reenacted the horrific killings on the soccer field during the event, forcing some spectators to be carried out of the stadium, wailing uncontrollably.

In a speech during the ceremony, Rwandan president Paul Kagame said “As we pay tribute to the victims, both the living and those who have passed, we also salute the unbreakable Rwandan spirit in which we owe the survival and renewal of our country,”according to CNN.com.

20 years after the genocide, Rwanda is not only still surviving, but flourishing in some areas. In primary school enrollment, Rwanda has the highest rate in Africa at 96.5% of children, according to unicef.org. According to the World Health Organization, malaria death rates have fallen 85% since 2006, child mortality in Rwanda has fallen by over 2/3 since 2000, and life expectancy has doubled since 1995. In an analysis of Rwanda’s health in the first week of April 2014, Dr. Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in health, told the New York Times: “I can think of no more dramatic example of a turnaround.”

Although Holt saw that “the kids are actually quite hopeful,” she said “there’s still darkness because a lot of them are orphans, their entire families have been wiped out so there’s still a lot of oppression and there’s a lot of grief for them as well.”

Holt encouraged students “to pray that the people, that the new generation learns to live with their history and learns to be proud of their country regardless of its past.”

 

A Year in Stem

By Alex Christy

The STEM Center opened its doors in September. Now as the year winds down, reviews are coming in on the new building regarding whether it’s lofty price tag of over $10 million price was worth the investment. The big question is if it makes a difference compared to the previous buildings and classrooms.

King’s High School anatomy and biology teacher Mrs. Santucci was perhaps the most vocal proponent of the project.

The original purpose was and still is to equip students with talents and skills within the STEM sphere. As Mrs. Santucci said quoting from the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, “The US is failing to produce an ample supply of qualified workers to meet the growing need of these fast growing fields.”

Mrs. Santucci said, “We are now able to expose students to hands-on inquiry based laboratory experience in science, engineering, math, and technology that we were never able to do before.” Additionally she said, “While we did a pretty good job limping through with what we had before, there is no comparison to what the learning environment is like now and what students are now able to experience.”

The only regret she said she had was, “That it could have been built sooner.”

When asked if she missed anything she said, “Bathrooms in my room… that was pretty cool,” but had no such regrets about, “tripping circuits all the time, experiments falling off ledges and mystery-brown tap water,” that the STEM center now is free of.

 

Living the Theme: Reckless

By Elizabeth Johnson

Living a life reckless for Jesus is the chapel theme that Kacey Kemper ’14 told the King’s students about at our very first chapel back in September. Casey Kispert ’17 describes recklessness as being “something that lets you be yourself.” She enjoys the theme and has taken it to heart by starting her own Bible study for the freshmen girls. She thinks King’s students could be more reckless and encourage others to be reckless by lifting up others in their faith more. Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Savanna Hanson ’15 likes the reckless theme because “it can relate to a lot of students, because we are constantly worried about what others will think of us.” Hanson’s New Year’s resolution was to be fearless and share with more people about Christ, which goes hand in hand with being reckless. She thinks the students of King’s could be more reckless by “letting their actions speak for their words.” John 13:7 “Jesus replied, You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” This verse inspires her since she realizes right now she cannot comprehend all that God has for her life.

Luke Sanchez ’14 enjoys the chapel theme this year because “it is a broad theme but chapel speakers have an easy time narrowing in on specific areas of being reckless.” One way he has seen recklessness this year is the KHS live team going to Mexico. He shares it is brave of them because most don’t speak Spanish, and that will be a hindrance. Sanchez shares that while he thinks most King’s students are lacking in being reckless in their faith, he admits in can be difficult because it is a hard thing to do and most are not willing. He encourages King’s students to share their faith and heart with others. Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” These three students are taking this chapel theme to heart and believe the students of King’s could really make a difference if they do too.

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Rosok to Sing in Japan

By Amelia Culp

In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance swept the nation, bringing with it exponential cultural growth and modernization. In this unprecedented environment of vibrance, extravagance, and daring recklessness, African American culture thrived as never before and encapsulated the spirit of that lively decade in the musical phenomenon we now know as modern jazz music.

The soulful, moving notes of this distinctive genre entranced nearly 400 audience members at the 10th Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Vocalist Jazz Competition on February 24th of this year. Among the five high school finalists who had been selected from hundreds of initial applicants, King’s student Laura Rosok ’15 stood out and took the victory with her moving renditions of Almost Like Being in Love from the musical Brigadoon and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars.

Rosok, who has been training to sing jazz music since the 8th grade, said she “didn’t expect anything to come out of [the competition].” Clearly, she underestimated herself, as she came in first place and will travel to Kobe, Japan to sing at a jazz festival on May 10th.

She is “excited to be singing in a foreign country” and to be “singing at this big festival and hearing other people who are really talented,” said Rosok. Although she is also nervous, she says “it’s a nervous sort of excited, so it goes together.”

Proud supporters may not be able to carry pompoms all the way to Kobe, Japan, but be sure to congratulate our victor when you see her in the halls.