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What Would Jesus Think?

By Chloe Veillon

“What is Truth?” –Pontius Pilate
Truth is defined as that which is in accordance with fact or reality.
The question floats through the halls of King’s High. Some see it as a guiding question, others see it as just another chapel theme. No matter what students think, the words eventually escape their mouths: “What is truth?”
ASB Spiritual Life Representative Daniel Jurich ’15 did not seek to “exactly ask what they think truth is, but to question fundamental truths in their lives that they kind of brush over every day, that they don’t really think about.”
Jurich lists examples of these fundamental truths, such as “what is the purpose of prayer?” “Why don’t I sometimes feel God?” “What are the purpose of missions?” “How important is it to be in the word every day?” “How important is church and fellowship?” He sees these as “things we brush over every day.”

 

 

While the theme itself was “definitely reworded at the Spiritual Life Committee meeting before the school year,” Jurich has had the idea for chapel to be a question since last year before he even ran for his position. He “wanted a chapel theme that was more than just one word, it was an idea that would prompt discussion, something that would be possible to be taken outside of chapel.”
The Spiritual Life Committee “does want to sort of keep that theme alive and we’ve been looking for different people that would talk about that theme, and people who have talked about different fundamental truths that we’ve been looking for. I think as far as right now we are trying to keep that theme alive.” This vital question will not be forgotten by KHS any time soon.
In addition to prompting discussion, Jurich hopes to get students more involved in worship through enthusiastic music, as he stated in his opening speech at the first chapel this year.
Although chapel is required, Jurich hopes to create an environment in which students can have meaningful fellowship together. The River will also serve as an extension of that fellowship every Wednesday morning at 7 AM in the music room. Students are invited to pray for each other and the school while worshipping together and sometimes listening to guest speakers.
So what is your truth? As big as this question seems, students will be glad they asked.

Starbucks puts the bar in Barista

By: Isabella Dixon

Starbucks1  The smell of coffee as you inhale it and the taste of beer upon your lips. The Dark Barrel Latte has become Starbucks new experiment. The Latte does not contain beer, but it has the dark, toasty, malty flavored of Guinness. This beer flavor drink has had people wondering if Seattle’s Starbucks’ will take on the bar in barista.

“They can pull anything off,” said Tessa Foley ‘18 a Starbucks lover. Some Starbucks around the world, such as stores in Los Angeles and China, have already taken the steps to selling alcohol, but will Seattle’s Starbucks start selling alcohol?

“They might, but I don’t think it is a good thing,” said Sylvia Hendrix ’18, a normal Starbucks customer. “I think the negatives for selling alcohol at Starbucks, are that there is a lot of kids in the Seattle area that get fake ID’s, so they can go buy coffee that has alcohol in it and drink it while being under age. Also, people buy coffee in the morning and then ….they drive to work so they could be drinking and driving. I don’t really find the positives for Starbucks doing this because I think that alcoholic coffee would taste disgusting.”

There will be many people who are going to be for and against Starbucks’ decisions, but whatever Starbucks decides to do they will always have loyal customers and a home in our wonderful city of Seattle.

Teens & Tiaras

By: Alex baker

Emily“If your mind can conceive and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it!” said pageant pro Kacie Capuzzi 17’.

What are pageants to our fellow classmates? Pageants are a way to meet new friends, a place where girls can showcase their talents, a confidence booster, and a place where girls can influence other girls in a positive way.

Jubilee Zevenbergen 15’ said, “The kind of pageants they show on TV put a bad name out there for the kind of pageants we do. All of those pageant shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” on TLC are way too glammed up.”

“They make the girls who compete in pageants look very shallow and fake,” said Capuzzi.

Pageants are not only just about getting dressed up and feeling pretty, but Zevenbergen said, “They also look great on a college application!”

Capuzzi said, “The interview portion of the competition really helps you for interviews for a real job.” Pageants also show you the reality of life! “They help you to not compare yourself to everyone around you and give you the reality that you’re not always going to win!” said Emily Cline 15’.

Pageants aren’t as easy as they may seem! “They take about a month to prepare for!” said Capuzzi. You have to go through a whole qualification process, come up with a talent and a routine, practice a specific walk, and do a nerve-racking interview in front of hundreds of people. Cline said that just like any other kind of competition; we have to prepare for the crazy moms, passive aggressive girls and the glitzed out jackets.

Even though all of this pageantry may seem intimidating and scary, Capuzzi said her favorite part is the overall experience.

Zevenbergen added, “It’s a way to help your confidence and get out of your comfort zone.”

Iphone 6

By: Jane Yi

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Apple has finally joined in the large-screen smartphone movement with their new iPhones that went on sale last month. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus orders have broken Apple’s previous records with over 4 million orders in just the opening week. There are still around 100 million owners of previous iPhone models looking for this upgrade.

 

Students at King’s High School have their own opinions on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Marlee Young ’17 is an avid Apple fan. “I love iPhones, because I love iMessage and the way it’s formatted,” Young states. “I’m excited for the new iPhone; it has a larger screen and a fancy design.”

 

However Riley O’Neil ’17, the official technology representative for ASB, has a different opinion. “[They’re] putting back old hardware, calling it new,” says O’Neil, “…[I would rather have a] different brand of smartphone: Android.”

 

Inoutside appearance, the most prominent part about the new iPhone designs are the bigger screens. The iPhone 6 is now 4.7 inches long, 0.7 inches longer than the iPhone 5 and 5S. With the new Retina HD display, the iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. The screen is an improvement in both size and resolution from previous models, but slightly smaller when compared to other smartphone brands. However, the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches long and slightly wider than the iPhone 6. The 6 Plus also has Retina HD display and a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Despite its larger size, the 6 Plus can still fit your jeans’ pockets.

 

Not only are the screens different, but these new iPhones have a rounder shape than previous iPhones. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also come in three different colors; silver, gold, and space gray.

 

There are pros and cons to each new iPhone model, making it hard for buyers to choose which iPhone to buy. Young shared her opinion on this problem. “[I want the] iPhone 6, because I don’t need the Plus, because I’m not a business worker.” O’Neil’s own opinion is that, “If you’re a simplistic person, then yes (buy the new iPhone).”

 

What Scares You?

By: Jack Ryan O’neil

scary halloweenZombies. Vampires. Creepy dolls. Werewolves. What creeps you out the most? Josie Culp ‘17 and Nathan Cabrales ’17 are bold enough to let you all know what scares them this Halloween season and how they handle it.

During Halloween, kids from all over get scared by certain characters from movies, whether it’s a doll face that gets stuck in their minds, or a zombie that chases them in their dreams. Maybe these both apply to you. Listening to Cabrales and Culp would be wise as they speak about what scares them and how, just in case, they would avoid the dangers if these characters came to life.

“Martial Arts for sure, I mean obviously,” Culp says with confidence when talking about what she would do if chased by a zombie.

“Speed ‘cause you gotta run fast,” that is the most important skill according to Culp. “Because zombies usually aren’t smart, they just try to chase you and then you just gotta run fast and then you can get away.” These are wise words regarding the situation.

Culp’s Rules When Running from Scary Beasts

Rule 1: “Don’t be scared, zombies can probably sense your fear”

Rule 2: “You should always look out for yourself”

Rule 3: “You have to be smarter than your opponent”

Following these key rules can get you away from monsters, in any circumstance

Cabrales says, “You need to be able to run really far,” “I can’t really do that so I’d probably die right away.” Despite this conflict, a lot of smart people would agree with Cabrales’ wisdom.

“A jacket full of zombie guts”, is Cabrales’ idea for a great disguise, “because the zombies will just pass you by”.

Cabrales’ Rules When Running From Zombies

Rule 1: “Stretch”

Rule 2: “Hydrate”

Rule 3: “Eat something”

Sticking to Cabrales’ advice will help anyone survive for a while from a zombie outbreak.

“Chucky”, a thrill of a movie starring a vicious doll (Chucky) that attacks civilians, is the scariest doll movie according to Culp and Cabrales. Chucky is definitely a movie to make any environment uncomfortable to watch in.

So, you’ve heard it from your peers, you know what scares you, How are you going to prep for this Halloween season in case something Horrid goes wrong?

 

Call the Cops… Its Kaleidoscope

By: Marta Bakke

GRAYk-scope2014new “Dances are a big part of everyone’s year, and I  want to make sure it goes well for everyone,” said  Grace Phelan ‘15 about the theme: Grocery List  for Kaleidoscope.  “I wanted to come up with a  theme where there is a range of creativity and    consider all types of personalities.”

Phelan is very into details, and as ASB’s activities  rep, she has to be. She wants to work for positive  change in all of this year’s activities.  She is  looking forward for the opportunity to  communicate with all types of people.

She very much enjoys being a part of the new  ASB crew and is very impressed with how well  they work together.

King’s starts off with the year with an informal dance where people can just have fun. Kaleidoscope is a favorite dance because of the relaxed and fun environment.

“There is no pressure of having to find a date and finding the perfect dress.” said Phelan. “It’s hard work but worth it.”

“You’re just here to have fun and bond with your friends and have a good time,” said Alex Thiel ’15. Thiel, DJ for the night, played great songs. “I love music and music is like one of my passions. I love making people dance or just to make their day, so that mixes very well with being a DJ.”

Students loved a fantastic night of friends, music, and dancing. The dance ended with an epic bang as it was shut down early by a noise complaint reported to the police.

Thiel has wanted to DJ for a while but didn’t have the equipment to do it. Finally after saving money for four months, he bought what he needed on Craiglist and had his first gig for KHS in spring of 2013. He would love to continue to DJ after graduation.

Thiel loved watching everyone have a great time knowing that it was because of the music. “Just watching everyone dance is pleasing enough for me to not want to go out and dance,” said Thiel.

It was a lot of pressure to find good music to play, but it went very well,” said Thiel. It’s hard to trying to please everyone, including teachers and administrators. Thiel tried to find a good balance between good dancing songs while keeping the mood clean.

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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

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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.