-Coaches Parmar and Pantano
On Friday, January 20th the Phoenixes had an exhibition match against the BIS-Canada Bobcats. Still amped from their one-shot win on Wednesday the girls went in hoping for a third victory. There was a bit of uncertainty going into this match against an unfamiliar team, but with the Bobcats coming from a smaller division school our girls dominated the court. In the blink of an eye the first quarter had ended, with the Phoenixes ahead by more than 12 points. Throughout the game our girls had plenty of opportunities to implement plays and etiquette addressed by Coach Parmar throughout the season. Our rebounds? Phenomenal! Offense? Fantastic! In this game we also saw the revival of Junior captain Hyewon Hong who won us a number of fast breaks, and even more steals throughout the game. Our still recovering PG/SG Elizabeth Yu also had a comparable number of steals in in the final two quarters. In short, the Phoenixes were on fire in this game. The final score of the game was ended with a victory at 44-6. After Seollal Break the Phoenixes will have one more scrimmage against Chadwick before our final KIAC tournament.
-Coaches Parmar and Pantano
On Friday, January 20th, CDS took on opponent BISC in a non-conference match. The game wound up to be more competitive than expected as BISC proved early on with their size and speed that they would be a worthy opponent. CDS was short-handed on the day, missing four players due to injury and three to personal reasons, leaving the team with just seven active players to start the game. That would change in the 3rd quarter when sophomore SF Eric Kang sprained his ankle and consequently is expected to miss 1-2 weeks of basketball activity. The problem was compounded further when sophomore PF Danny Lee fouled out of the game in the 4th quarter, leaving the team with just five players, two of which only had one foul remaining! With the tie scored 50-50 and just one minute remaining in the game freshman SG Ricky Kim, assisted by captain sophomore PG Phillip Yoon and with ice water in his veins, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Phoenix the lead. With a three point lead, and attacking on the fast break Phillip Yoon found sophomore sophomore G/F/C Jace Kang with a beautiful pass for a lay-up and then sophomore SG Ryan Park for a lay-up on the very next possession. Phillip Yoon capped off the game be stealing the ball on BISC final possession- finishing with 6 steals, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and 13 points in a great all-around performance. Leading the team in scoring was Ryan Park with 21 points, a new career high. CDS has now won 4 games in a row and will take the court next vs. Chadwick at home on February 1st.
On Saturday, January 21st, CDS hosted a mini-basketball exchange between three schools. In the first game the 3-0 Phoenix would play against St. Paul Preparatory School’s varsity team. It would be a good test for the young JV team. They stuck right with their opponent in the first half, but gave up a late basket to fall behind 18-16 at the half. After a poor start to the second half the team lost it’s mental and ended up losing 20-36 in the non-conference exhibition game. Leading the Phoenix is scoring was 8th grade PG Solomon Choi with 6 points.
In the second game for CDS in the mini-basketball exchange they faced APIS, a KAIAC red division opponent. This game would count towards the seedings for the KAIAC tournament. The Phoenix dominated from the opening tip, scoring in a multitude of ways, showcasing superior ball movement throughout the game. Sophomore SF Joseph Park was the difference maker in the game, scoring 10 points on a series of fast-break lay-ups. Junior C Mo Alzaki also chipped in with 7 points in a strong defensive performance. The team is now 4-0 in KAIAC play and will be rewarded with a strong seed in the February 4th tournament.
CDS has recently announced the winners of the annual winter writing contest. The contest consists of three categories: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. There were many excellent entries this year, but the following students were the winners of each category:
The CDS Public Speaking Contest is fast approaching, be sure to see your social studies teacher to sign up for it.
On Wednesday the ICS-U Eagles traveled to CDS for the Phoenix's final league game. Back in December when we last faced off our girls suffered a devastating one-shot loss to the Eagles, but had no intentions this week of letting that happen again! There were not many points had in the first quarter, and it seemed that some of our girls just could not run our plays. It was not looking positive in the second either, but things took a turn in the third quarter! The Phoenixes really stepped up their game in what was one of their best offensive matches of the season. We saw more of our younger players rise to the occasion with ninth grader Teresa Park accounting for two of our baskets, and more shot attempts than previously seen throughout the season. In this game we also saw the return of Elizabeth Yu (10) who had been out the last three games due to a knee injury. While Elizabeth was responsible for a number of baskets, she also acted as a great assist to other players. Throughout the game she knew where to be, and got there! In both the third and fourth quarter the Eagles put up a strong fight- matching us point by point, minute by minute. However, following some technical difficulties, the Phoenixes managed to clinch the win in the final 6 seconds thanks to a much overdue basket courtesy of Julie Kwak (11). The final score of the game 25-23.
On Wednesday, January 18 the CDS varsity boys basketball team put their winning streak on the line as they faced off against the Eagles from ICS-U. The Phoenix had lost the previous battle to the Eagles, 44-48, back when the team was playing a different style of ball. But, this would be a new style of ball, the fast-breaking style that had won the team two games in a row. The Pheonix played aggressive from the outstart employing a full court trap that wore down their opponents gradually throughout the course of the game. By the time the 3rd quarter ended, the Phoenix had outscored their opponent 18-4 in the stanza, giving them a solid lead heading into the 4th. The game was never in doubt after that. Phoenix 56, Eagles 38. Leading the team were co-captains Jace Kang (16 points, 7 steals, 4 blocks) and Phillip Yoon (15 points, 9 steals, 4 assists). CDS will take the court again on Friday when the play host to BISC.
On Wednesday, January 18th, the CDS JV boys basketball team put their undefeated season on the line as they played host to the International Christian School of Uijeongbu. The Phoenix sprinted out the gate, hounding the eagles on every possession and running fast breaks at a breakneck pace. Leading the team in scoring were 8th graders Bonil “The Bone Collector” Koo (8 points) and Solomon “Solo” Choi (6 points). CDS is now 3-0 and looks to take the court next when the host APIS JV and St. Paul Varsity on Saturday. Let’s go Phoenix!
The following is an interview with Visual Arts student Christine Chun (11th Grade).
Q. Nice to meet you, Christine. Can you briefly introduce yourself and your art pieces as a whole?
A. Hello, my name is Christine Chun and I’m in 11th Grade. In Term 2, we did independent series, so we created our own artwork. I created three artworks in total and my theme was based on galaxy and space. For my first art piece, I made a painting on a canvas (“Galaxy in Hand”), for the second art piece I also drew the galaxy but with a different material (“The Galaxy Behind the Shadow”), and for my third piece I created a 3D model of my imaginary character and the galaxy (“On The Planet”).
Q. Your art pieces seem to reflect your interest in galaxy. What prompted your interest?
A. I always liked the look of the galaxy. I think it’s really pretty and I absolutely like the color. The background is usually dark but the stars are very bright, making them pop out. I like how the galaxy includes pretty colors, like pink, bright blue, and purple. Those are my favorite colors. I always wanted to try painting galaxy and I thought this was a great opportunity for me to actually paint galaxy as my own artwork.
Q. All of your works are beautiful, but I think there is one that stands out to you. Can you explain which one it is and why?
A. The one that stands out the most to me is my third art piece, which is the 3D model, because I could actually create my own imaginary character. The character is in all three of my pieces but two of them were 2D, while my last one was 3D. I think this makes the last one special. I created my character using clay. 3D artworks always look nicer than 2D because you can see them in different angles. I never tried making 3D model and it was really fun, yet difficult at the same time.
Q. “The Galaxy Behind the Shadow ” is composed of several sticks. Where did you get the inspiration of using such materials from?
A. The sticks are actually popsicle sticks. For my first work, I used canvas and I wanted to use a material that was different from canvas. The popsicles popped up in my head. I just thought of popsicles as the background of my art piece.
Q. All three art works feature the same girl. What is the significance of the girl?
A. Many people say that my art pieces remind them of the story of “The Little Prince.” I really like the characters that don’t look realistic because I think they are really cute. So, I wanted to create my own imaginary character, and every time I drew a character I always drew characters that looked like the character I created in my art pieces. I think it was a great chance for me to actually make my own 3D character. Also, one of my classmates mentioned this during the critique in art class: when I switched around the order of my first and second art pieces, he pointed out that the girl starts with being portrayed as the shadow, and in the second one her actual appearance appears, and in the third one she comes out of the canvas and she looks real. I thought it was cool, because I didn’t think of it.
Q. During the process of creating your work, what difficulties did you have?
A. This was my first time to paint galaxy, so I didn’t know how to do it. Ms. Pantano taught me how to draw galaxy. At first, I thought it required just the normal way of painting things, like dipping the brush in the water and just painting on the canvas. But Ms. Pantano taught me that I had to use dry brush instead of brush that was dipped into water. So, I had to practice in order to paint galaxy that looked realistic and doesn’t look fake. I had my second difficulty when creating the third art piece. I was the 3D model and it was difficult to create a character that looked real just by using clay, because I had to make it with my own hands. Ms. Pantano also taught me in making realistic characters. I was able to make her look realistic at the end, but I had many troubles in the process of making her.
Q. Would you like to give final words to the audience?
A. Yes! I spent a lot of time and put a lot of effort in painting my galaxy art pieces. So, I really want you to check out my works. I also want you to check out my classmates’ art pieces because they put a lot of effort in them as well. If you have time, please check out the gallery!
As Oscar Wilde said, art is really the most powerful way to express individualism around the world. The artist have all the opportunities to decide from the individuality which they will express to the way how they will express it.
The 2016-2017 academic year’s second exhibition to be held in CDS gallery shows the individuality of each student artist successfully. The works shown are very different to each other’s in the case of materials, technique, media, and nd subjects. The works displayed this Term in the gallery are all different in genre; there were drawings, calligraphy, sculpture… etc.
For some people, it is more difficult to carry out their own individual project than do what others assign them to them. Individual projects require far more depth in thinking solely by themselves about their project, the quality, its meaning, and how to make it. Therefore, producing individual work is a very hard thing to do, but it can also be some of the best work artists produce. Individual works bring far more attachment, because of the efforts and time they spent on it.
One series of artwork by Kyungmin Park (11) represents the theme of ‘Obangsaek’ (오방색) or the Korean traditional colour spectrum - the color scheme of the five Korean traditional colors of white, black, red, blue and yellow. Her series of artworks contains calligraphy and photographs. There are two calligraphy works she did - one with the word ‘우리나라’ (Our country) and the other with the names of Obangsaek in different languages on the different backgrounds which have the colors that match to the words. Her uses of different tones of colours and languages seems showing deeper meaning, such as the ‘harmony of different traditions’.
Along with her works, there is another series of works by Hyemin (Christine) Chun (11), in which her artworks are almost like the pages from the fairytale. Her artworks also contains the mixture of drawings and sculpture that are all focused on her own character - very cute blond girl wearing pink dress! - and the galaxy. One of her works is a sculpture she made, which features the girl sitting on the planet looking upwards. This artworks shows that her character and the background blend well with each other and also, in some ways, reminds the audience about one famous fairytale, ‘The Little Prince’.
Since the works in second exhibition are from the individual projects, there is much more diversity compared to previous exhibition. Their successful and talented art skills allow them to come up with great individual art pieces, and these showing their aptitude for Art.
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