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Academic Quiz Team Seniors Grateful for Experience

Article by Ryan Freeman
Photos by Erin Seccia

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From left to right: Seniors Mo Juenger, Zoey Fitzgerald Kidwell, and Jackson Hacker focus hard during their Anderson match. 

Donned in red cardigan sweaters, the Kings Academic Quiz Team hosted their senior night last Friday, February 10th, taking on the visiting Turpin Spartans from Forest Hills. Continue reading

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Kings Choir Hosts a Recital

Article by Bayley Gilligan

Gilligan Choir.JPGOn Saturday, February 16th, the Kings Choir program will host their first annual Heart and Song recital in the high school cafeteria at 7pm. This performance will feature the talents of Hope Milthaler’s independent study students Amy Helms and Justin Alcorn. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help support the King’s Choir program. Continue reading

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Junior High Theatre Puts a New Twist on a Classic Fairytale

Article by Delaney Mettey

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Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?  The Kings Junior High seventh and eighth graders performed a new twist on an old classic “Snow White and the Prince” on February 7, 8, and 9. The story in this version follows Snow White as she prepares for her eighteenth birthday party and dreams of finding her Prince Charming. It’s a clever retelling of a classic tale.

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BPA Students Advance to State

Article by Shannon Tuggle

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On Tuesday February 5, 2019 Kings students attended the 2019 Region 17 Business Professionals of America awards ceremony at Springboro High School. Continue reading

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Basketball Rundown

Article by Austin Evans and Ryan Freeman

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The boys varsity basketball team only played two games last week, both out of town, one against the ECC leaders, the West Clermont Wolves, and the other against the Lebanon Warriors.

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Man Overboard: The Trouble with Toxic Masculinity in Advertising

Opinion by Ryan O’Donnell

Ryan OGillette recently celebrated its 30th anniversary on January 13, 2019; while one would think this would lead to a Wolf of Wall Street-esque celebration consisting of binging, babes, and boozing, Gillette decided to flip the script entirely. The sultans of shaving stock unleashed a new advertisement titled “We Believe”, and even changed their slogan to “The Best Men Can Be” to reflect their new ideals. The commercial immediately polarized consumers; it is currently the 25th most disliked video on YouTube, with 34 percent of the video’s comments being deleted within just nine days of being uploaded. However, this firestorm of social media backlash is for all the wrong reasons. Continue reading

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Anna-Claire Barker and Erin Seccia sit down to talk to students who are working towards their goals for success. This broadcast was a part of the annual Business Professionals of America competition and placed 1st in the regional event.

Video created by Kevin Lewis and Erin Seccia

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Inside the Mind of a Drum Major

Article by Kaitlyn Beauchamp

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Drum Major Rowan Hayden. Photo by Suzanne Ibrahim.

Somewhere in a parking lot, with only two street lights shining, there are ninety-seven marching band members either playing music or spinning flags. Above them, on a podium, one person is waving her arms in the air, instructing the band on how to play and in what direction to march.
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Basketball Rundown

Article by Austin Evans

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With only one game last week, the boys varsity basketball team did not disappoint. Continue reading

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Basketball Rundown

Article by Austin Evans and Ryan Freeman

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The girl’s varsity basketball team lost two tough games last week. Continue reading

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JenC_HOK.JPG“After watching my two older brothers run cross-country for many years, in 7th grade I thought I would give running a try. Continue reading

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Basketball Rundown

Article by Austin Evans and Ryan Freeman

With the season winding down in ECC basketball play, the Knights varsity men’s and women’s teams looked to get some key wins.

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Basketball Rundown

Article by Austin Evans and Ryan Freeman

The Varsity basketball teams had three games last week, with the men’s team going 1-1 and the women’s team losing in close fashion.

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Rushing Past the Odds

Article by Austin Evans

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Whether it’s laughing at a joke his friends made, or saying hello to a staff member, Nak’emon never stops smiling. Nak’emon Williams is the star running back for the football team.  However, watching him on the football field makes you forget that he is a human being. Continue reading

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A Coach’s Legacy

Article by Christian Pierce

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Coach Andy Olds wears three wristbands on his right wrist. One of them says climb the mountain, another says P.A.C.T. for Kings Junior High, and the last one says LTA. The third wristband is the most important. Continue reading

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Jordan C.JPG“Getting the family together having, ya know, everyone over celebrating is always nice. Continue reading

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Cincinnati in Winter:
A Guide to the Wonderlands

Article by Shannon Tuggle

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Overtaking the Senior Mind

Article by Gabriella Stover

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Jess Harmon works on her college applications on the Common Application. Photo by Gabby
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The December 1st deadline for college applications has finally passed, and the wait for acceptance letters is now over. All throughout September, October, and November, seniors spent hours and hours writing essays, collecting old grades, rewards, transcripts, in order to make the best impression on every college they apply to.  The strenuous, prolonged applications can easily stress out any student. Continue reading

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Operation Frontlines: Helping the Homeless

Article by Ann Hernandez

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People walk on the streets of Chicago, where homelessness is a large problem. Photo by Shannon Tuggle.

Somewhere out in the cold someone is hungry, someone is crying, and someone is searching the streets for money and food. Individuals crowd the streets with instruments and old restaurant cups in hopes of receiving spare change. The polluted smell of the city and old fast food wrappers blow through the wind only moments later hitting the black, wheel-stained road into what we know as reality. Continue reading

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Trials and Testimonies of Confidence

Article by Maddie Feltner

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Senior Kaitlyn Knific. Photo by Shannon Tuggle.

Silence hangs in the air. A judge sits at the front of the crowded courtroom, and students and teachers from schools all over the city crowd the room. All eyes in the room focus on one person: Kaitlyn Knific. Her heart beats heavily as she takes the stand. In this moment, she is not a senior at Kings High School; she is Campbell Bolt, the mayor of a small town wrapped up in a big trial. Continue reading

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Life in a Snap

Article by Ryan Freeman

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Long snapper, Brendan Beattie, snaps the ball during a game in his 2018 senior season. Photo by Jim Savage.

With one second left in the game, Kings kicker, Tommy Mitchell, made a 46-yard field goal to knock off the Turpin Spartans on their own turf. The entire student section chanted Tommy’s name, and for one night, Tommy felt like a hero. Continue reading

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It Can Happen Anywhere

Article by Erin Seccia

Eldridge.JPGThe sound of an air horn echoes through the hallways. Students sit in their classrooms without worry – this is just a drill. No harm will come with the sound of an air horn. The date is October 25th. The time is 9:02 A.M.  Kings High School’s very first active shooter drill has just finished.

This is the new reality. Continue reading

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Donye: The Dangerous Alliance

Opinion by Ryan O’Donnell

Once upon a time, it was a taboo title for one to have “fifteen minutes of fame.” Nowadays, everyone seems to be trying to grab their fifteen minutes on the clock, perhaps because it is an easy way to achieve celebrity status without possessing any actual talent. With the rapid increase in the evolution of technology and the steep decrease in the collective attention span of the general public, grabbing fame seems more difficult than ever. In a major attention grab, an unlikely friendship has recently been formed between two of the most powerful men in their respective fields, seemingly solely for the purpose of achieving this goal of attention: President Donald Trump and Kanye West. Continue reading

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“Balancing soccer and school isn’t as bad as you would think. Continue reading

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“ Wearing makeup and being openly gay is hard for me. Continue reading

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Theater Department Announces Spring Musical

Article by Maddie Feltner

On Tuesday, September 25th, the KHS theatre department made its long-awaited junior high and high school musical announcements during an after-school meeting in the choir room. Continue reading

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A Streak in Soccer

Article by Austin Evans

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The Knights were tied 0-0 but a pep talk from their coach kept them on their feet for the second half. Photo by Erin Seccia.

The Kings Knights boys’ soccer team tied on Thursday, October 4th, in their final home game of the season against a tough ECC leader: the undefeated Turpin Spartans. The Knights are now 6-5-3, and 3-1-2 in conference games. After turning their season around, the Knights have earned a good seed in the playoff tournament. Continue reading

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Football Knights Keep Streak Alive

Article by Ryan Freeman

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The Varsity football team kept their winning streak alive with an ECC road win against the Walnut Hills Eagles last Friday, October 5th. Continue reading

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Searching for Excellence

Article by Ryan O’Donnell

An old adage states that it only takes seven seconds to make a good first impression; obviously, some leniency is offered to film directors for this unwritten rule. When trailers for rookie filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching first popped up on television and the Internet, everyone rolled their eyes and prepared to write Chaganty off as an unoriginal hack. The kidnapping story had been done since the dawn of the century, in a mass of madly mediocre movies such as Olympus Has Fallen, The Call, and Kidnap, adding absolutely nothing new of note to the genre. Searching vows to set itself apart and above from its counterparts — and it certainly delivers. Continue reading

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Senior Day of Service

Article by Lauren Steele

Every year, the Seniors of Kings High School participate in the ‘Senior Day of Service’. In order to graduate from Kings High School, every student must complete fifty hours of community service. The day of service helps students receive some of their required hours as well as contribute to the community. Continue reading

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Homecoming Pep Rally

Article by Delaney Mettey

Kings High School students celebrated the beginning of Homecoming weekend on Friday, September 28 in the gymnasium before the Homecoming game. Continue reading

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Kings Beats Withrow at 2018 Homecoming Football Game

Article by Ryan Freeman

 

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The Varsity Football team took care of the Withrow Tigers for homecoming last Friday September 28th with a score of 55-6. Continue reading

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Kings Prepares for Homecoming Dance

Article by Maddie Feltner

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This year’s ticket reflects the theme of the homecoming dance, reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby.

Kings High School students are preparing for the upcoming homecoming dance, which will take place on Saturday, September 29th from 8-11pm in the high school gym.

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Women’s Tennis Senior Night

Article by Delaney Mettey

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Senior Ellie Mathias

On Thursday September 13, the Women’s Tennis team hosted Goshen High School for  a tennis match on Senior Night. These fierce girls have worked hard and devoted four years in Kings. Their coach Sarah Hennessey, was proud of her strong girls. Continue reading

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King’s Football Team Beats Anderson

Article by Ryan Freeman

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The Varsity Football team opened up ECC play on Friday September 14th at the castle with a huge victory against previously undefeated Anderson. Continue reading

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Most Anticipated Fall Movies

Article by Kevin Lewis

As the end of the year approaches, so does awards season. It is a time where films compete to become the best of the best. While some movies have the chance to come home with the gold, others are looking to make gold at the box office. This year’s crop of fall movies has a little bit of everything for everybody. It marks the return of multiple auteur directors whose previous films have been lauded by critics as well as the return of franchises that have been run into the ground but looking for another shot.

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Senior Edition 2018
Senior Wills

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I, Noah Stubenrauch, will my varsity spot to Dennis Giller

I, Katelyn Sevier, will my pettiness to Sophia Calcidise

I, Celeste Riddell, will ONE of my 6-inch high heels to Erin Seccia.

I, Alec Yeaste, will my First Trombone chair in symphonic band to Tim Bredemeier

I, Abby Dorsa, will my Carmex to Abby Ewing

I, Dunia Alkurdi, will leave my studious tendencies from freshman year —only— to Meghan Burke of the sophomore class.

I, Juste Kirieliute, will happiness and more sleep throughout high school to Urte Kirieliute and Gabby Stover.

I, Taylor Owens, will the marching band truck loading crew and podium duty to Jack Roman. Continue reading

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Senior Quotes

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“C as in Abe Lincoln”- Noah Stubenrauch

“You only live once, so live your life to the fullest” – Maddie Schlotterbeck

“All of my assignments aren’t done but I am” – Katelyn Sevier

“John Mulaney, The Comeback Kid – 42:18” – Celeste Riddle

“Hanging with a kid for a day might not change the world, but for that kid the world will change.” – Connor Gates

“Tomorrow always has the potential to be a better day.” – Megan Westermeyer

“ “A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do” – Tommy Pickles” – Darby Schussel

“Hot chicken hot chicken which combo you pickin” – Matthew Reyes

“Get Rekt” – Alec Yeaste

“The Office, Season 7, episode 19, minute 14, second 45” – Abby Dorsa Continue reading

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Oh The Places You’ll Go

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Click map for an interactive exploration of senior destinations.

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5 Years From Now

IMG_5762“Have a good start to my career, and not in Ohio”- Maddie Schlotterbeck

“In five years I hope to have a degree in sonography medical imaging and finding a job in a hospital with my 50 pet chihuahuas and coffee shop” – Katelyn Sevier

“I hope that five years from now, I’ll be traveling across the US & Europe on a book tour while also working with a record label to produce music videos.” – Celeste Riddell

“I hope to be the next Ninja.” – Connor Gates

“I hope to work at a museum, either in Cincinnati, Washington D.C, or Los Angeles. I want to work with late 19th and complete 20th century pop culture artifacts.” -Megan Westermeyer Continue reading

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Senior Superlatives

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“Most likely to have their art in a museum”

Avi DiPasquale and Isaac Chunn

 

“Most likely to brighten your day”

Anna Muenchen and Zach Liesch

 

“Best person to bring home to the parents”

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Senior Edition 2018: Features
The Truth About Being Bold

Article by Lauren Steele

IMG_5772She wants to see lions. She wants to see Table Mountain and Victoria Falls. She wants to help Africa become a better place. Continue reading

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America Forever

Article by Ryan O’Donnell

IMG_577425 percent of the children who age out of their orphanages in Eastern Europe commit suicide, 60 percent of those males become incarcerated, and 70 percent of those females become sex slaves. One young man from Ukraine was able to overcome those odds, excel in the obstacle course of unfortunate events that is life, score as many soccer goals as John Mayer scores dates, and dazzle his peers with his electric personality. This man answers to the name of Ruslan Burnside. Continue reading

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A Life Filled With Laughter

Article by Caleb Owens

IMG_5753Imagine sitting in an honors composition class hearing a sudden laughter at the expense of silence. The first reaction is to laugh, the second is to look up at her slowly and looked confused. She can’t help herself. Laughter tumbles out of her unconsciously. What’s that noise you tend to hear during an awkward silence? It’s Beth. Continue reading

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America Through the Eyes of an Artist

Article by Jess Harmon

IMG_5750It began with a sketch. It was one of the most unforgettable days of her life. She drew buildings and bridges and lights,everything she saw when she first moved to America. Her fear and excitement all captured onto a piece of paper. The people who filled this new home did not speak her language, but when they would look at what she had made, they’d be able to see through her eyes. Continue reading

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From Cleaning Toys to Changing Lives

Article by Zoey FitzGerald Kidwell

IMG_5700Awaiting instructions regarding the day’s busy volunteering tasks, she began cleaning toys, tidying up the room, and greeting patients who made their way through the rotating doors of children’s hospital. As she picked up her fourth toy, which was surprisingly sticky for 9 a.m., a voice echoed from the back of the room. “I think today’s your day.” Continue reading

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The Girl Who Keeps on Going

Article by Chloe Keith

IMG_5521A bright light shines down on her face. Multiple surgeons surround her bed holding various metal instruments. Her eyelids begin to flutter. Slowly, her vision fades to nothing as she falls asleep. Continue reading

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The Impact She wasn’t Expecting

Article by Anna Muenchen

IMG_5625People say you will never forget your wedding day. She was getting married to a camper at Stepping Stones as a volunteer counselor; it was a fake ceremony but a real union of friendship. She had picked out her outfit and had done her hair on the morning of this so-called wedding. When she arrived at Stepping Stones, prince charming was waiting for his bride to be with a ring pop wedding ring. Continue reading