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Sign Language Co-Curricular: King’s Academy Students Open Their Ears to the Deaf

When students entered the Co-Curricular Fair booth in the beginning of the year with huge excitement, they found out several new activities for this year, including Lacrosse, Gardening, Coding for Smart Phone Applications, Mixed Media Painting, Sculpture, CPR & First Aid, Entrepreneurship, and more.

Students were stopped at the very moment they were about to leave the tent, as their eyes were fixed on the panel of one particular co-curricular: “Sign Language.”

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King’s Goes ‘Nanas for Bananas


Cyan Brady ’18 picking a banana from the dining hall.

The banana tree appeared suddenly a month ago, hanging next to an empty banana tray in the dining hall. Hanging on a little chain, a huge banana tree with nearly a hundred bananas gave a fresh look to everyone using the dining hall. Instead of getting bananas that the dining hall staffs already picked from the tray, students and faculties now have to pick the bananas by themselves from the tree. Read More

King’s Surveillance System: Are You Being Watched?

Kaziyeh Camera

Supposedly deactivated camera outside of Kaziyeh
Yazan Aryan ’18

King’s Academy is often seen as a bubble in an odd part of Jordan. The campus is a strong location for diversity, open-mindedness, and learning. Madaba, and more specifically Jbeir, is a community of generally traditional people, many of limited education. The school is an outsider in its community, and so it must ensure the protection of students and faculty. There exists a surveillance system in King’s, aspects uncovered to students, stages unkown and repeatadely questioned.

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2018 Boys Varsity Basketball: How Long Can The Lions Roar?


The 2016 Varsity Basketball Team, after winning the AAC tournament.

Sprints, sprints, sprints. That was the theme of the boys varsity basketball team in 2015. Coach Daniel and Mark led the disgruntled team to a .500 record throughout the season, with 0 tournament placements and a lot of conditioning. Every missed layup meant a suicide. Every lost game meant a lap. Every mistake meant you run.

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NBA All-Star Selections; Did we get it right?

NBA All Star

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Earlier this week, the NBA All-Star reserves list were released for the East and West, just one week after the starters were announced on the NBA on TNT broadcast. The rosters are now complete, and they’re far from perfect. Under the new system, the captains, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, pick their teams from the pool of selected players, first from the 8 starters (Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, James Harden, Giannis Antetekumpo, Kyrie Irving,  Demar Derozan, Joel Embiid), followed by the 14 reserves (Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Karl Anthony Town, Jimmy Butler, Lamarcus Aldridge, Russel Westbrook, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo, Kevin Love, Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis).

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5 Tips to Consider When Traveling Alone

“Just go with the flow” is the quote that I had in my mind every time something didn’t go as expected during the 52 days I lived in the Iberian Peninsula. The summer before, I went on a trip to the United States to explore the world of universities, including New York, Washington DC and Boston with my 18-year old brother for 31 days. Based on that experience, I thought that I was independent and capable enough to travel alone. Traveling wasn’t just about going to popular tourism sights and eating cultural food, but rather was about feeling the unique atmosphere of each city and making friends with people that I’ve never met before. Read More

Making Cement Breaks Backs: A Trip to Jordan’s Ajloun

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to spend my weekend taking part in the Habitat For Humanity trip to Ajloun. It’s a volunteer program that collects volunteering students to build houses for the less-fortunate members of Jordan’s community.

I’ll start off bluntly, and confess that I initially signed up for the Habitat trip to add to my college resume. Yet, I began to get this giddiness as the trip got closer.

The Friday morning drive to Ajloun was a relaxing escape from the protective, and yet limiting walls of King’s Academy to the open and calming forests of Ajloun.

Once we arrived at the house we’ll be staying the night in, I felt nostalgic, looking at the plain white walls that reminded me of my aunties’ houses. Despite how simple and “cheap” it looked, I only felt an odd warmth, the same warmth that surrounded my aunties’ homes, whenever I visited.

Inside the house, the walls were a rough cement gray, with the strokes of the trowel used to spread the cement were so clear you could copy the same movements just by following the strokes on the walls. These strokes were oddly foreshadowing, we came to build a house and here’s a preview as to what we’ll be doing.

The students rushed up the stairs to check out the rooms, there were three rooms, 1 for the boys and 2 for the girls. The boys’ room was large singular space with a bunch of mattresses on the floor. I didn’t really care where I slept, I just dumped my bag on the ground and went downstairs for our snack time.

A bag of hummus and falafel sandwiches, a perfect 11:00am snack.

We started heading to the building site at 12:30pm, and we arrived at a house on the hillside with the perfect view of the valleys of the hilly Ajloun. We were introduced to the family who we were going to build this house for. Mr. Ramadan, the man in charge of the whole operation.

He first asked us to line up in a factory line to start getting the bricks from the truck they came in, to the inside of the building site.

It reminded of a song the dwarfs from Snow White sang. I kept chanting “heigh ho heigh ho” in my head as we passed a brick from one person to another.

Once we had enough bricks for the walls, we needed the “glue” that every building needs.

It was time to make some cement.

Mr. Ramadan had me and another student join him and watch the backbreaking process of shoveling the cement powder with the sand and making sure everything gets soaked in water.

Mr. Ramadan did so smoothly that I thought it was going to be a cake-walk.

However, I thought wrong and as I let out a hefty grunt I started mixing the cement, as I shoveled the sand and cement together, all I thought was how strong Mr. Ramadan’s back must be.


Hunter Engle ’20, and Mr. James Magagna mixing cement with the author (middle) in Ajloun
Mohammed Malkawi/Habitat for Humanity

After 4 hours of hard work, we went back to the house to clean up.  Afterwards, we had the privilege of eating at the family’s house for dinner. They prepared Maglobah for us, with salad and everything.

What caught my eye was the chicken to lamb ratio. They had 3 dishes of chicken Maglobah and 1 dish of lamb Maglobah.

I soon remembered that chicken was the cheapest meat you could buy and the lamb was a luxury that a lot of us forget sometimes. I understood that despite the fact that this family didn’t have much, they gave us more welcoming faces and food they normally have.

That warm feeling enveloped me and couldn’t help but truly reflect on where I am now. I’m in the best boarding school in Jordan. I’m privileged to have access to a higher education.

On the bus ride back to Kings, I only regretted not thanking the family enough like they thanked us for building a home that will help them in the long run.

All I can say is to be willing to do a thankless job, you’ll understand that you don’t need everyone’s approval and learn how to thank yourself.