Getting Through This Together

By: Marta Bakke   On October 24, fear shook the Marysville Pilchuck High School campus and rippled through every school campus in the States. Not again. Tyler Marcus, previously the Young Life leader at King’s (2012-13) graduated from Marysville Pilchuck in 2004 and now leads Young Life there. He knows the campus well. He lives down the street from one of the girls who was shot. His school. His neighbors. His friends. His Young Life crew. Needless to say, this hit home. The SPU campus experienced a tragic shooting similar to this one in June. Since then, their response has been the most unique element of their situation. The community of Christian believers didn’t react in anger and a desire for revenge. Instead, the SPU students and faculties have been praised over and over for their calm, kind, quiet, prayerful response to the terror that they faced. Like the stand-out SPU survivors, Marcus rallied, calling for as many volunteer leaders as possible to answer the call as mentors, counselors, friends, etc. to come support the student body.  Marcus and his leader have invested a lot of time, praying, listening to stories, going bowling, going out to movies, and helping the students of Marysville Pilchuck through this tragedy.  “They are praying and helping kids see the love of Jesus in the midst of the tragedy,” said the President of Young Life Denny Rydberg. On November 3 2014 the Marysville Pilchuck students returned to school followed by a Young Life event led […]

Here Comes the Hoops

By: Kayleen Moore   The hoops are set up, the players are ready to go, and the fans are getting pumped. It’s basketball season. Fall sports have officially ended and now it’s time for our winter seasons: girls and boys basketball. Nate Campbell ’16 said, “Can’t wait!” regarding the start of basketball. Each team has it’s own personality. Before every game the girls’ basketball team gets together for a big team dinner. Everyone bonds and has a great time with their teammates and the coaches before the game. Anna Parker ’16, Bella Galindo ‘15, and Hannah Echelbarger ‘17 all say that is their favorite part about basketball season. Some players are all about their pre-game traditions. Campbell has to pack his bag and put on his uniform in a certain way to get into his mindset for the game. Echelbarger says a quick prayer right before taking the court to calm any nerves. Brett Jones ‘15 and Josh Alexander ’15 have a dance party in the locker room. Everyone has their own way of getting ready for the game. Galindo and Parker both love the energy of the crowd. Parker says she feeds off of it and that it helps her to keep the energy going on the court. Galindo says a loud crowd helps her to get pumped up for the game. They need all the support they can get, especially when they play their hardest competition. This year it is expected to be Arch Bishop Murphy, but the […]

Operation Christmas Child
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By: Alex Baker A small little box red and green, given to children under the age of fourteen. A box of hope, toys to call their own, when they receive one you can hear the joy in their tone. It resembles to them that they are loved, not just from us, but from Him above. Mrs. Archer said, “The biggest thing for me is that it’s not just a gift but an opportunity for discipleship.” This is her third year being in charge of Operation Christmas Child at King’s, and she has really become passionate about this opportunity to give back to the community through this great organization. Not only do we give back with toys, money, and things, but we give back something that is much deeper than that. These children and people receive a box of hope: hope that there are really people out there that care about them and love them. Mrs. Archer said, “Whole families are coming to know Christ just because of one box!” According to the Operation Christmas Child website, a girl that’s mom got arrested when she was little, her life has been transformed by this organization. Veronica (the girl) said, “When my brother, sister and I got here, we received a shoe box. I got a letter in side that said, God bless you. Over here you have a huge family.” That note meant so much to Veronica and it gave her hope that someone does love her and that God loves […]

King’s Musicians

By Pran Phucharoenyos   The unsung musical heroes of King’s are not the singers, but the instrumentalists. They back up the singers. They read the music. They stand just off the risers. They follow the director. No one realizes that without the back-up music, it wouldn’t be the same performance.   King’s has many musical programs, including Jazz, the Worship Team, and the new a Capella group.   Music is a universal interest, and a large form of self-expression and creativity. Josh Frohardt ’17, said “My advice is do what your teacher tells you. I did not do what my teacher told me, so my music stalled. I didn’t have as much fun with it and I feel like I didn’t progress as far as I could’ve because I wasn’t enjoying myself.”   Some students are self-motivated learners. Jackson Whipple ’15, is a self-taught bassist and guitarist. “Find friends who are musicians and like the same kind of music as you.” Music is an art where the players have to agree with each other. “Only you can teach yourself to like musi,” said Whipple.   Ben Birchman ‘17, a multi-instrumentalist, plays more than 9 instruments and has been both classically trained and self-taught. He has also participated in the Jazz music scene. In the past few years, he has played the piano, cello, saxophone, the upright bass, the electric bass, and more.   Birchman said that “I’ve seen so many musicians play after being forced by their parents and you […]

No School November
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By Kayleen Moore   “What can I say, I’m ok with it,” said Mrs. White regarding No School November. Every November there seems to be very little school. Everyone likes to call this No School November. This year we only have one full week of school. There are different emotions that come with No School November. Some are happy and others think it is a hassle to have random no school days. Overall people at King’s see No School November as a good thing to give everyone a breather after mid-terms. Charis Tsai ’15 said, “We all need a break.” Tsai thinks it is a nice relaxing time right after mid-terms. We have extra time to do our homework, but depending on the classes you do get more homework. Mrs. White thinks that we should do this every month. According to her, the faculty doesn’t seem to mind No School November. It also generates less work for her. Emma Harris ’15 agrees with Mrs. White about having every month be like No School November. Harris says that on her days off she will be able to tour colleges and finish applications. After November, she thinks it is harder to get back into the routine of having a five day week. Ms. Halvorsen says there is no way around Thanksgiving and it is nice to have the third and the fourth off right after mid-terms to get the tests graded. Halverson says that having all these days off doesn’t affect how […]

World Series

By Johana Enns   As both teams have entered and coming slowly to the end of the World Series, the Royals and Giants are determined for the win this year. As the Royals struggle to get past the Giants, Alex Mason and Mr. Olson are determined the Royals have a chance to win Mason’16 is a pitcher and has been playing baseball for 13 years now. Alex is following the Royals as they play in the World Series.   Alex believes the Royals will win because “I like the aspect of speed [the Royals] have.” Mr. Olson, the choir teacher, is a big fan of baseball and happens to be rooting for the Royals. He also has played baseball for approximately 22 years.   “I think the Royals could win because they have great base running, and so that they steal a lot of bases, they have a lot of runners in scoring position, so they have a lot of chance to score runs and they have a really good bull pen,” said Mr. Olson.   If the Giants are doing well and have two chances to beat the Royals can their opinions be any help or encouragement to the Royals? As they go into the next game, will people lose hope in the Royals as the Giants step up and show the Royals what they can do?   Jackson Whittaker’16 believes in playing baseball is a “life lesson sport.” Maybe during the Royal’s difficult moments this sport can teach […]

What Would Jesus Think?
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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, […]

Puts the bar in Barista?
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By: Isabella Dixon   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
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By: Alex baker “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 […]

Iphone 6
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By: Jane Yi 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 […]

What Scares You?
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By: Jack Ryan O’neil Zombies. 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 […]

Call the Cops… Its Kaleidoscope
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By: Marta Bakke  “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 […]

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Performing Arts
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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.” Tompkins 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 […]

Culture Clash
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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, […]

Young Filmmakers
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By 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 […]

A Day to Remember
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By Alex Christy 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 […]

Track Family Tree
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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 […]

Genocide Anniversary
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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 […]

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