Recognizing Middle Schoolers

Recognition Day… Probably the most nauseous day of the year. Everyone gets goosebumps just thinking about if they will get recognized or not. We get awarded for all the hard work we have put in this year. When your name gets called it’s one of the best feelings because you know you are recognized by the teachers and the school. We all worked hard for our accomplishments and it feels great to be recognized and appreciated for it.

Our recognition day was held in our school auditorium with the stage decorated to look like a  gold medal…it looked amazing!  Our Principal, Mr. Rutten, was called to give a few opening remarks and said we should all be reading this summer. Reading is an important part of our lives because it helps us to learn new vocabulary words and better ways to write. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Marcos, was handing out the certificates and had a big smile on her face as she gave each one out. Mrs. Bali also welcomed us warmly with a few words.

Even us students had the biggest smiles on our faces when we heard our names being called. All I can say is congratulations to the kids who got certificates. To the ones who didn’t — that’s okay, try and try again until you succeed. Everyone has something special inside them so good luck and start by having an awesome summer break (reading of course)!

Natasha Pinto – Grade 6



Technology Eases Election Process

Student Council Elections

The truest forms of Leadership arise from students determined to give birth to change. Within these walls, an organization takes oath to morph these leaders into the greatest form, the student body deserves to see. In Student Council, Leaders are born before our eyes as we watch them passionately chase after what they believe is theirs, taking hold of positions in the annual Student Council Elections. The overwhelming factor however, was not the results of the next-year positions, but rather how technology brilliantly went hand-in-hand with such a prestigious event. ISG-Dammam has become widely known for unlocking the doors of technology on our campus with golden keys. Therefore, May 21st marks the day those passionate leaders were elected through the swipe of a finger, as students took advantage of the available technology provided by the school and completed the voting procedure online with the help of Google Apps. Congratulations to the following people, whom have demonstrated pure excellence:

President – Nihal Ranjit
Vice President –  Hamza Riaz
Secretary  – Noorcein slim
Treasurer  -Tasneem Farag

As for ISG -Dammam, the adaptation to 21st Century advancements continues within our walls, as we uncover more and more methods of displaying passion in its rawest forms, and surely excelling in the race against technology.

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-Noor Ra’fat (Journalism Layout Editor)

Math Behind the Ferris Wheel

The next time you decide to drive out to the Amusement Park, make sure you pay the Ferris Wheel a visit. This entertaining ride will make you ponder about how such a colossal moving structure was built. You will realize that the Ferris wheel is much more complex than it seems to be. We, the FST Class, explored, analyzed, and identified the complex mathematical procedures required to build a model of Ferris wheel, calculated the height of the seats within the model aswell as applied the concept of unit circle trigonometry by making a periodic situation. The team, consisting of Judy El-hassan, Abdul Hannan, Mina Samy, Hayoung Lee, Nour Tareq, and I, collaboratively worked and carefully initialized the construction of our Ferris Wheel. In order to make 12 equidistant spokes, we needed a consistent rule to follow. Therefore, we idealized the unit circle and transformed the intervals in terms of pi and marked them on the cardboard carefully. We repeated this for all the 12 spokes to ensure that our Ferris Wheel was error-free. We also remeasured the distance to ensure it was identical.

It takes vital practice, thought, and application to build a perfectly round structure able to withstand constant circular motion and weight of amusement park riders. Behind every structural component in the Ferris wheel is a purpose, and that is what we aimed to portray whilst building our model. We can now safely say that we have successfully constructed a realistic model for the Ferris Wheel and have completely understood the different mathematical applications performed to build such a wonder. Applying mathematics into forms of amusement has never been more intriguing.

 Written by: Mazin Eisa

Edited and Reviewed by Noor Ra’fat (Layout Editor)



Teeth Whitening Wonders – Part 2!

Revolutionary Science in the Palm of our Hands

Based on the results of the previous experiment conducted on seashells, the High School Science Club has decided to proceed and conduct its newest experiment. Thanks to the contributions of a few dentists however, we were able to conduct our experiment on real human teeth. The aim of this experiment, just like its precedent, is to discover which chemical is most effective in teeth whitening. Interestingly, these experiments supported the results obtained by the earlier experiment. Again, tea was found to be the strongest staining agent whose stains were most difficult to remove. Amongst the toothpastes, Signal again has proven to be the most powerful whitening agent, as the results were much better visibly compared to the other toothpastes (Colgate and Crest). Due to limited teeth samples however, we were not able to continue the study with natural remedies (banana peel and baking soda + lemon), which were found to be as equally effective as toothpaste. Nonetheless, we believe that these results would also have been replicated, like the remaining others. This experiment also supports and validates the use of seashells in teeth-related experiments since they produce the same results. In a nutshell, our experiment concluded in a huge success, since our expectations and theories were in fact reality.

Roba El-Zibaoui, Ahd Abdelhadi, Yara Sami.

Edited and Reviewed by Noor Ra’fat (Layout Editor)

Pioneering the Youngest of Leaders

NHS and NJHS Induction Ceremony, 2015

It is an honor so grand that a prestigious celebration is held annually. An honor so exquisite that only a very few are granted entry, and an honor so fulfilling that the students often feel like they have accomplished their best. Welcome to the National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, where young minds transition from endless dreamers to youthful leaders. Demonstrating excelling characteristics in Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Character, and Service, a few students are selected each year to vow their loyalty to their school and their dedication towards bettering its community. Forming the new National Honor Society, these students are some of the few people who truly understand that NHS is not merely a club, but a groundbreaking impact in the school’s future. They work year-round towards a better cause, and the student body is lucky to witness it every single day. Congratulations to the 2015 NHS and NJHS Inductees; we have faith that you are only going to pioneer our school to the better. As for the previous members, your legacy surely lives on as you instruct your newest inductees in the values of the society. And as a current NHS member once mentioned, you do not join the society, you embody it. You become its values. You resonate its beliefs. You breathe its morality and you live its achievements. To be inducted is a blessing, but to embody the society remains the greatest gift of all.

-Noor Ra’fat (Layout Editor)

The Luck of the Irish

Exploring the Irish Horizons 

On March 28th, 2015, the formal DAMMUN ventured off to the stunning land of Ireland, to participate in the Saint Andrew’s International Model United Nations Conference, Dublin (SAIMUN). Their hard work and preparation beforehand evidently glowed in the prestigious conference that is attended annually by over 700 students from all over the globe. Several Leopards actually main-submitted resolutions, in which Delegate Mohammed Al-Bakshy’s passed, and passionately defended them in their committees. The Luck of the Irish kicked in when I discovered that I had won the title ‘Distinguished Delegate’. While tackling world issues in the morning through debate and discussion in the Royal Marine Hotel, they explored the streets of Dublin by night. They saw beautiful tourist attractions such as Dublin Castle and Trinity College. At their last day in Ireland, the Leopards visited a traditional Irish pub called ‘Celtic Nights’ where they experienced the breath-taking Celtic dance and food first hand. We congratulate the Leopards for their hard work, dedication, and efforts in the conference and for having such a fantastic time.  In a nutshell, it is wise to say that the students of ISG-Dammam have successfully achieved the ‘Luck of the Irish”.

-Basant Shenouda

Reviewed and Edited by Noor Ra’fat (Layout Editor)

When the Leopards Speak, They Roar

27th Annual Speak Out

The absence of a voice forever defines the life of an individual. Those who cannot Stand up and Speak out lead a life of silence. The students of ISG – Dammam aspired to show the world that speaking was not only a talent, but a weapon.  Wednesday, March 18th marked the day for the annual Speak out program. Celebrating its 27th year, the ceremony presented to the audience a group of students embedded with raw talent and endless potential. These students, who underwent hours of practice, gracefully took the stage and mesmerized its crowd. Topics ran through from Women Power, Confidence, and Persistence to even Human Truth and Freedom. With so much beauty, so much faith, and so much confidence, the Leopards had taught humanity a lesson. This lesson had finally proved that words do in fact speak louder. The lesson reads: “Be a a voice, not an echo.”

-Noor Ra’fat (Speak Out Runner-up)