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New Year, New Faces

Meet and greet these newcomers to the 2015-16 school year.

With melancholy farewells to familiars in the end of the school year 2014-2015, we now begin a new year welcoming pleasant, yet unfamiliar, faces. Gratifying additions have been made to KIS!

For those who don’t have the courage to improvise a smile and approach a stranger and for those who don’t have the nerve to ask for his/her name, Blueprint has brought your yearning opportunity to hear from the newcomers.

 

Jenny Woo (9)

Yoo Bin Shin - "Welcome, New Faces" Photo of Jenny Woo - Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Introduce yourself to KIS!

Hi, I am Jenny Woo, a freshman. During my lifetime, I have lived in many places, but I spent most of my life in America. Besides that, I may be shy at first, but if you talk to me, I am actually a really active person!

Where are you from?

I am from San Diego, California.

How is KIS treating you so far?

KIS has been fun in some parts, especially the clubs and after school sports because I can do what I enjoy!

What activities are you involved in, and are you enjoying them? What activities are you interested in participating in?

I have always been wanting to join the cross country team, and now I am! Other than that, I am also interested in soccer, swimming, and lacrosse. I am generally interested in sports or medical related things.

What do you like/dislike about KIS?

I like the variety of opportunities we get to involve in, especially sports and clubs. However, I dislike the flight of stairs that I have to climb everyday, but overall KIS is not too bad! I just need to adjust to the new community and culture, and then I think I’ll be fine!

 

 

Borah Choe (10) 

Yoo Bin Shin - "Welcome, New Faces" Photo of Borah Choe - Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Introduce yourself to KIS!

I’m Borah Choe, a new sophomore this year.

Where are you from?

I’m from Virginia, US!

How is KIS treating you so far?

KIS is my tenth school, and I would say that this is one of the best schools I have been to! Although I haven’t been here for a long time, I am thoroughly impressed by the friendly environment among the students and the students’ high motivation to learn new things.

What activities are you involved in, and are you enjoying them? What activities are you interested in participating in?

As a cheerleader at my old school, I tried out for cheerleading! During tryouts and clinics, I was fortunate enough to make some nice friends who helped me out at school. Cheer is a lot of fun, and I’m really looking forward to the season. Also, KIS offered a long list of clubs, so it was hard to decide on which clubs to join, but I ended up joining dance, science honor society, and math competition. I’m excited for these as well.

What do you like/dislike about KIS?

I love the KIS staff who work hard together to create the most beneficial learning experience for the students and the students who try to make the best out of these opportunities. Oh, and the ice cream. The ice cream at the Deli is so good!

One thing I dislike about KIS is the way that it’s built. KIS is built vertically, which makes me tired even before getting to class. I’m disappointed that only 1.4 calories are burnt during one flight up the stairs!

 

 

Andy Byun (11)

Yoo Bin Shin - "Welcome, New Faces" Photo of Andy Byun - Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Introduce yourself to KIS!

My name is Andy Byun and I’m a junior.

Where are you from?

Although I’m from Korea, I lived in Spain for five years and China for two years. I studied in Spain before moving to KIS.

How is KIS treating you so far?

KIS students and teachers are generally nice in many aspects. However, I didn’t yet get enough time to adapt to the KIS lifestyle.

What activities are you involved in, and are you enjoying them? What activities are you interested in participating in?

I’m excited to start playing soccer soon because soccer is the sport that makes me feel involved and vivid.

What do you like/dislike about KIS?

I would like KIS to give us more time between classes as seven minutes seems to pass by so quickly. I would also want KIS to provide us more spaces and facilities to practice sports after school.

 

 

Nicholas Badgley (12)

Yoo Bin Shin - "Welcome, New Faces" Photo of Nick - Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Introduce yourself to KIS!

I’m Nick. I go to KIS now and I live in Yongsan Military Base.

Where are you from?

Virginia.

How is KIS treating you so far?

KIS is treating me well so far, I like it a lot.

What activities are you involved in, and are you enjoying them? What activities are you interested in participating in?

In my previous school, I have played lacrosse and basketball. Here in KIS, I am definitely going to try out for basketball. Also, I joined Student Council for the first time, and I’m enjoying it so far.

What do you like/dislike about KIS?

I like the teachers here, as well as the student body. It’s a lot more different from other schools I’ve been to. The one thing I don’t like about KIS, I hate, are all the stairs to get to classes. I’ll change that because I’m part of Student Council!

 

 

Mr. Bryant (Student Support)

Yoo Bin Shin - "Welcome, New Faces" Photo of Mr. Bryant - Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

– Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Introduce yourself to KIS!

Hey KIS! I’m Mr. Bryant. At KIS, I work with students that may need some extra assistance. I also work in the Learning Lounge where we encourage students to come and hang out. We have a nice comfortable place provided with beautiful furniture (such as bean bag chairs). And we want you all to come and enjoy.

Where are you from?

I’m from Chicago.

How is KIS treating you so far?

So far, KIS is awesome. The students are great, the staff is amazing— it’s been a real joy to be here.

What activities are you involved in, and are you enjoying them? What activities are you interested in participating in? 

I think I’m going to be involved with the varsity boys basketball program. I’m planning to volunteer and help them out this year, so that’s what I will be spending my time doing in the winter season.

What do you like/dislike about KIS?

I don’t think there’s anything that I dislike so far. It’s been a great experience… What do I like most about KIS? I think it would be the students. I really enjoy working with students that are motivated and dedicated to their education and being successful. I really enjoy you guys.

 

 

Mr. Bailey (HS Principal)

Yoo Bin Shin - "Welcome, New Faces" Photo of Mr. Bailey - Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Photo by Clare Na Hyun Kwon

Introduce yourself to KIS!

I’m Mr. Bailey, the new principal here. I came to Korea just this July. I have been a principal for sixteen years. For the last seven years, I was the principal of Westland High school. Before that, I was a middle school principal for nine years.

Where are you from?

I came from Portland, Oregon.

How is KIS treating you so far?

KIS is very nice! It’s a great little place where all the students are very polite and respectful—I love how you all always smile. I’m getting to know the staff as well as adapting to this new culture. I am pleased by the environment of a smaller school, as my school back home had 1700 students.

What activities are you involved in, and are you enjoying them? What activities are you interested in participating in?

My hobbies are, when I don’t work, I like to golf, hike, and bike. Regarding the school, I’m really interested in helping to see what I can do here with the students. My school back home was a community school which was pretty comprehensive with lots of sports and activities available along with that, it was easy for the students to stay after school and do things. However KIS is a different setting, so that is a shift for me too. I’m trying to figure out how to create things here where it’s not just about classes and academics, but some activities for the students to have some fun.

What do you like/dislike about KIS?

KIS a great place, as I said many times before, and I’m getting used to it so far. I especially love the student body that is so nice and polite.

 

 

As difficult as it may have been for you, one, two, maybe three or even four years ago, first entering this threateningly tall building, these new students and teachers are experiencing your past lonely struggle.

Remember running from the swimming pool (B3) to World History class (G6) in five minutes, and remember taking an innocent first bite into the oil-drenched but deceivingly delicious looking pizza from the Deli.

The struggle was real.

Now that you have some of the newcomers in mind, please greet them with your greatest and proudest smile.

And again, welcome to KIS.

 

 

Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

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