Principal Brown Explains: What’s Up With Our Schedule?

Editor-in-Chief, Justine Hong Once again, our growing school has revamped its schedule and as the dawn of the year progresses, students have begun to wonder why. Responding to their questions, Principal Brown explains the purpose of the new homerooms and addresses several other common schedule-related concerns. Information reveals that while some changes may seem unfavorable at first sight, each adjustment serves to benefit our education and you–the … Continue reading Principal Brown Explains: What’s Up With Our Schedule?

A Heartfelt Sport: Why Jacob Son is Going Pro

Justine Hong, News Editor “My uncle used to be a soccer player so I always played soccer with him. And living away from my father, I spent most of my time with a soccer ball. It was the best friend I had.” Influenced by humanitarian ambitions, his uncle the role model, and an intimate history with the sport, senior Jacob Son plans to become a … Continue reading A Heartfelt Sport: Why Jacob Son is Going Pro

Amendments Drafted and Resolutions Passed: MUN’s Successes at the China Conference

Justine Hong, News Editor A delegate, donning a sleek business suit, stands confidently at the podium in a massive committee room and gives a speech to thirty-some other delegates. When he is finished with his speech, he deftly answers questions that challenge his argument, effectively convincing the committee of his stance. Outside this conference he is merely a high school student, but when he debates in … Continue reading Amendments Drafted and Resolutions Passed: MUN’s Successes at the China Conference

Students come together to celebrate the arts through three one-act plays

Photo By: Jeannie Lee, Heather Yang convinces Ryan Moon to stay away from the temptation of social media as Trey Noh (Facebook), Jay Hwan Lee (Confidence), and Noel Lee (Temptation)  look onward.


Photo By: Jeannie Lee, Julia Lee (George Spelvin) Leans forward to be beheaded by Jusin Hong (Henry Irving) as Stephanie Kim (Sarah Siddons) and Heather Yang (Stage Manager) watch during the performance of ‘ The Actor’s Nightmare.’

Monica Cho, News Writer

On Mar. 13, the entire upper secondary school was captivated by their peers’ performances during an hour-long show of three one-act plays, which marked the commencement of the community coming together to celebrate the theater arts during school hours.

The plays the drama students performed were “Everystudent” by the MYP 10 Drama students, “Please Hold” by the DP Theatre students, and “The Actor’s Nightmare” by the Theatre Arts students. ‘Everystudent’ and ‘Please Hold’ were written by the students to teach their classmates lessons and provide them with something to contemplate at the end of the play.

The secondary students did not know they were going to watch a play and were taken aback when they heard the news. “First off, I didn’t realize that we had an assembly on that day, so I was pretty surprised,” said junior Grace Shin. She continued, “Truthfully at first, I didn’t really like the idea, because I had a summative due at 3:10 p.m. “

However, once the lights went down, the students’ opinions changed. “Once I got there, I was really happy because the lights were off and the atmosphere was really cool and everybody seemed to enjoy it. Also, I think it was a really good experience, because I’ve never experienced anything like this at GSIS before. It was worth the time,” said Grace.

Senior Caleb Lee said, “I think it was okay to pull the students out of their classes. It’s a once-a-year event, so it was a good experience for the students to watch the drama.” Caleb continued, emphasizing that it is important to learn how to enjoy drama and musical performances. “It is a good experience that the school should promote for the students.”

Students claimed that the plays were comedic, but also were able to communicate meaningful messages in that they allowed the students to reflect upon themselves, and learn lessons about their own personal behavior.

In the play ‘Everystudent,’ the seniors were able to reflect on how they are not taking their last year seriously and should put more consideration into their lives.

In ‘Please Hold,’ Monica and Kevin ignored one another during their date at an Italian restaurant, to converse and play games on their cell phones. The performance attempted to reveal how face to face conversation should be more valuable and that people are too concerned with how they are perceived by others. Everyone could agree that although Monica and Kevin were physically present, they were mentally detached from each other since they did not have any real conversation.

The students definitely had their favorites out of the three. Many of the students claimed ‘Please Hold’ to be their favorite. Hannah Seo explained how it was mainly because she could relate to the story. “Whenever I go to restaurants, I see these couples. They’re dating, but they’re not actually dating because they’re on their phones all the time. We could relate to that really well. All the words that Monica used like “hashtags,” were popular social media words. Those really bought a lot of our bond of sympathy, so it was really nice.”

Senior Jonathan Yim, also claimed ‘Please Hold’ to be his favorite, because the play was original, creative, and interacted with the audience in a fresh new way.

Senior Kevin Cha picked ‘Everystudent’ as his favorite, because he found it realistic and relatable. “Because graduation is coming up and I know in person that a lot of my friends are in similar situations like Ryan, who acted as ‘Everystudent,’ I found it really interesting.”

The actors also surprised the students, because the audience didn’t expect certain students to be the way they were on stage. Referring to ‘Please Hold’, Grace Shin said, “There were only two actors in the whole thing, but I was really shocked by how those two actors played totally different characters than who they actually are. I don’t know who wrote it, but it was amazing. I kept laughing and I heard my friends three rows in front of me laugh.”

The astounding fact was that the students wrote ‘Everystudent’ and ‘Please Hold.’ The reception was positive and it seemed as if student-scriptwriting should continue. “I think the students should continue. I think they can find their talent in scriptwriting and have a chance to show their talents at the school and get some feedback. Also, because the actors did a really good job, it didn’t feel immature at all,” said Grace.

Even though this was the first time the drama department made a bold move of putting on student-directed, written, and produced performances, the audience was not repulsed against it, but was rather attracted to it. “Instead of knowing the play beforehand, you expect the unexpected. I truly liked it,” praised Jonathan about the student scriptwriters.

A lot of the students claimed that, in the future, they should take school hours to watch these kinds of productions, because they are normally reluctant to do so if the shows were only afterschool and they were given the option to choose not to come and watch.

Despite their initial prejudice of how drama is not interesting, the performance overturned those thoughts and made them more optimistic towards drama. #Drama #OMG #Funny

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Soul Food cooks up an appetite for community

By: Janice Kim Soul Food for boys and girls is a weekly gathering where students and teachers can go to dinner and coffee with one another, talk about life, and see where conversation leads them. “It sounded like a lot fun and Mr. Lozano did everything to make it [Soul Food] work in our favor,” said Matthew Chang, a senior, explaining why Soul Food attracted … Continue reading Soul Food cooks up an appetite for community

Instagram: nothing more than photo filters

Heather Kim, Writer Attracting over 50 million users worldwide, the ultimate social-networking application Instagram has consistently dominated smartphone application stores since its debut on Oct. 2010. However, Instagram does not entirely fulfill its purpose of creating an intimate social network. Instagram is a free, photo-sharing social network application where users can share photos with other followers. What the application is widely known for is the … Continue reading Instagram: nothing more than photo filters

Campaign aims to address impacts of tobacco use

Ahjin Kim, News Writer Mr. Ivison is planning to start an ‘Anti-smoking Campaign’ to discourage tobacco use at an early age and encourage students to quit or abstain from using tobacco. The ultimate goal of the Anti-smoking Campaign is to address the impacts and effects of both illegal and legal drugs that are used in society. This campaign will be led by a group of … Continue reading Campaign aims to address impacts of tobacco use