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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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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.

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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

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Oh The Places You’ll Go

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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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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

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Another Graduating Dreamer

Article by Rachel Onega

HIMG_5624e held onto Mom and Dad refusing to go in. He didn’t realize how much fun he would have that day. He met all new people and he was his own person. He has come a long way from that first day of Kindergarten, being scared to leave his parents, to being ready for college. Continue reading

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The Decision of a Lifetime

Article by Christian Pierce

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Meet a kid who made the difficult decision to choose academics over sports. You won’t find him after school on the fields. You won’t find him working in fast food. You won’t find him trying out for the school musical. He’s at home studying. Meet the kid who made a sacrifice not very many others would make. Continue reading

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You Can Still Be Kind

Opinion by Anna Hoffard

Anna H - EditedDating is hard enough in high school. Imagine how hard it would be if you were gay, transgender, or bisexual. Continue reading

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Frustration in the Air as Faulty Fire Alarm System Sounds Off

Article by Ryan O’Donnell

On March 15th, 2018, the entire student body and staff at Kings High School were taken by surprise as the fire alarm sent its piercing siren-like sound throughout the school. They shuffled to get out, with confused looks on their faces, as they could not see or smell smoke. Much to everyone’s dismay, the culprit was discovered to have been a shuttlecock hitting the fire alarm during a badminton game in gym class. In a bizarre example of lightning striking twice, a nearly identical situation occurred about a week later. Additionally, in between the two incidents was a poorly timed instance where the fire alarm seemingly malfunctioned and went off several times in a single day. This incident triggered a small – albeit vocal – outcry from staff and students alike. Continue reading

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More Guns; More Chaos

Opinion by Lauren Steele

SP-LaurenHow close are you to your teachers? Are you close enough to be comfortable in their classrooms knowing that they would be armed? I’m close with some of my teachers, but not that close. According to Donald Trump, arming “gun adept teachers” is the best option for the United States. It’s not. Even Joel Myrick, a former assistant principal who survived a school shooting by chasing the shooter with his own gun, realizes that arming teachers is not the right approach. Continue reading

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Great Expectations

Article by Christian Pierce

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The King’s Knights baseball team began their regular season over spring break. They had an excellent trip to Vero Beach, Florida, scoring sixty-six runs, giving up only thirty-five runs and finishing the trip 6-0. When the Knights returned home, they went on to win two more games, recently losing to Springboro and Loveland. The Knights now are 8-2. Continue reading

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Schedule Changes for the 2018-19 School Year

Article by Zoey FitzGerald Kidwell

On Tuesday, March 20th, the Kings Board of Education voted to remove Wednesday early release starting next school year. In addition to this change, the board also agreed on a later school start time, 7:50 A.M., for the KJH and KHS. Despite this later starting time, school will still end at 2:25 every day. In order to shorten the school day, the district also made the decision to cut down time in between each class from five to four minutes. Continue reading

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Paddington 2 Review

Article by Kevin Lewis

At first glance, Paddington (2015) should not have been a good film. It had all the trappings of terrible kids movie: a CGI character who is annoying and only there for “comedic” fart jokes, lackluster plotlines and cheesy acting, but somehow the film managed to exceed everyone’s expectations. The film about a polite bear who loves marmalade was a genuine delight for all-ages . Unfortunately, the film was not seen by many people here in the States, however, it did manage to find an audience overseas and was successful enough to warrant a sequel. To the many people who did not witness the friendly bear’s first adventure, it would be easy to dismiss another entry in this franchise and for good reason. Most kids films that feature a CGI animal only get worse with each entry; Alvin and the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear and the Scooby Doo just to name a few. Paddington 2, instead, earns the right to stand by some of the greatest sequels ever made: The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, The Godfather 2. This is not a hyperbole. Continue reading

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Something Fishy

Opinion by Jess Harmon

SP-JessA year ago, Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, won Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. I remember watching the absolute chaos on my screens, as they announced the wrong winner, claiming that La La Land was the Best Picture winner before quickly correcting their mistake and announced that Moonlight was the true winner. The immense joy and pride I felt when I heard that this film got the recognition it deserves, is one that only cinema can provoke in me.  A year later I was desperately hoping that one of the films that made me feel the way Moonlight did would win the same title.  I was rooting for Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, because it pushed boundaries, generated conversations, and reminded me of why I fell in love with film in the first place. Sadly, Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was the winner of Best Picture for the 90th Academy Awards and to say the least, I did not get that same feeling of joy, and here is why. Continue reading

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The Allen Children’s Library at Joshua’s Place

Article by Anna Muenchen

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Joshua’s Place will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Allen Children’s Library whose legacy will continue to spur a love for reading after its move into the community center. Continue reading