The Treaty

A Critical Analysis of “The Platform,” a Gut-Wrenching Allegory

The slab descends into a purgatory-like area amidst a beam of light. Goreng, played by Iván Massagué, is collapsed on the left.. Zihara Llana, who played the girl, is on the right.

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2020

Note: Contains spoilers and details the plot of “The Platform”. This can be read without having seen the movie, but previous viewing contributes to the analysis.    “The Platform”, like many Netflix movies, has been among the many trailers at the top of the website before I see my lis...

Whipped Coffee Becomes the New Quarantine Snack

Whipped coffee: the final result.

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

April 9, 2020

During our time in quarantine, many trends have taken the internet by storm in an attempt to keep everyone busy. More recently, people across TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube popularized the recipe for whipped coffee. Always a skeptic, I decided to see if the whipped coffee trend was worth the hype. &n...

Books to Read While School is Closed

Books to Read While School is Closed

Paxton Coley, Managing Editor

March 19, 2020

VBCPS has moved to virtual learning days until at least March 27 in order to slow the spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Social gatherings have also been limited in regards to public health and safety, with Governor Ralph Northam limiting gatherings of 10 people or more. While coming up with things to do during this time of social distancing may be difficult, hopefully, you can stay entert...

Battle of the Streaming Services: Netflix vs Disney+

Design created by Janelle Camba.

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

February 28, 2020

In November of 2019, Disney+ made its debut, raking in over 10 million subscribers on the first day. The entertainment giant’s success continues today as it accrued 28.6 million subscribers in the first quarter of operation, blowing the original 20 million subscriber estimate out of the water, acco...

KHS Gets Special Performance of “Cross That River”

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, founder and chairman of VAACC, with President of the Board of the VAACC Mr. Bruce Williams, and Allan Harris.

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

February 11, 2020

“You probably don’t realize what a special honor this is for Kempsville High School to have this performance, 'Cross That River,' in our auditorium,” said Principal Melissa George, opening a selective performance of “Cross That River” on February 7. A shortened version of the musical was perf...

“Little Women” is Sensational, Heartwarming, and Motivational

The “little women” in Little Women: Jo and her sisters. Photo credit attributed to Sony.

Jakelynn Credle, Staff Writer

January 16, 2020

Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was a sensational, heartwarming, and motivational film. As I watched this movie, I saw young love bloom, teenage heartbreak, the power of being a strong family, and pushing through tough times. I felt every ounce of emotion for the March family. Having never read the...

Emotional Plays Highlight The Night of One Acts

In the center stands Jennie Touchton, sophomore, who played Jo. She is surrounded by her emotions, in what started as a party, as the separate sides try to convince her whether or not to commit suicide. Chavito Allen, who played hope, is missing from the scene.

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

January 14, 2020

On January 10 and 11 Kempsville’s Drama Club put on their annual Night of One Acts, presenting “I Hate Love,” “Serial Killer Barbie” and “The Message.” Two of the plays performed, “I Hate Love” and “Serial Killer Barbie,” were student-directed, with senior Rhianna Rebholz directin...

Something in the Water Lineup Announced at Kempsville High School

Something in the Water Lineup Announced at Kempsville High School

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2019

Something in the Water is a music festival created by Virginia native, Pharrell Williams, that is held in Virginia Beach. This year, it will be from April 20-26, with concerts and music from the 24 to the 26. This year, to announce the lineup, Pharrell Williams turned to Virginia Beach schools. In K...

“Living with Yourself” is a Different Point of View

Paul Rudd, playing the character Miles from

Cate Benedict, Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

“Living with Yourself” is a comedy show that was released on Netflix on October 18, 2019. Going into the show, I had no clue what it was about and wanted to have a clean slate for my thoughts.   The main character Miles, played by Paul Rudd, is worn out on all aspects of life - a poin...

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is a Memorable Performance

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is a Memorable Performance

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

November 21, 2019

“The Importance of Being Earnest” was a change for the KHS Drama Club; rather than the modern act of “subText” performed last year, or the well known “Little Women,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a work relatively unknown by students, and also set in the Victorian Age. It was pe...

XXXTentacion’s Posthumous “?” Deluxe is a Work of Art

Album design for XXXTentacion’s Deluxe Anniversary Edition of

Jakelynn Credle, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

On March 16, 2018, before his death, XXXTentacion released his album “?”. The album featured 18 songs with an interlude of his interpretation and explanation of the album. The interlude is “instructions, not a warning” he said, asking for listeners to have an open mind while listening. “If y...

Social Issues and Strawberry Shortcake: Melanie Martinez’s “K-12”

Melanie Martinez as her character Crybaby in the center, surrounded by background dancers during the choreography for “The Principal

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

September 26, 2019

Melanie Martinez released her second album “K-12” on September 6, several years after her debut album, “Cry Baby”, which came out in August of 2015. During this break, she remained relatively silent with musical releases although she did release a song titled “PIGGYBACK” in December of 2017. ...