8 The Knight Times Entertainment Black Panther continues to break box office records OMAR DENMON Guest Writer Second-biggest solo superhero movie ever. First movie to top the weekend box office five times in a row since Avatar. Fourteenth largest grosser worldwide ever. Need I say more? After only a month since its release, Marvel’s Black Panther is already breaking records that many other blockbuster movies could only imagine reaching. With action-packed fighting scenes, an amazing soundtrack, and a deep and emotional plot, this movie has every aspect that makes it a hit at the box office. Though the ticket sales for Black Panther are astounding because of its entertainment value, the movie sends a powerful message that has resulted in positive reviews from critics and casual movie watchers. Rather than portraying what it means to be black in America or Africa, Black Panther’s ability to incorporate both into its plot is what sets it apart from other movies in its category. The movie revolves around an advanced civilization in Africa called Wakanda and follows the struggle of King T’Challa, who is gifted the powers of the Black Panther to protect the nation from the outside world. With an all-star cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and many more, there was no doubt that this movie had the potential to be groundbreaking for spreading African culture into a society that has little to no knowledge about it. Without an excellent performance from Boseman and supporting cast, this movie would have gone down as one of the biggest blunders in cinematic history due to the April promises diverse new music ISABELLA GOODMAN Staff Writer hype surrounding it. However, every cast member did an excellent job in fulfilling his or her role and took the movie to a different level. The Marvel cinematic universe has made history by having an African-American director with a predominantly black cast make a movie that has been critically acclaimed. Black Panther has undoubtedly made its name in the film world but has also made waves in society by bringing awareness of African culture in North America. It has also sent a strong political message, resulting in African-American activists starting a political movement called #WakandaTheVote, encouraging voting among blacks. As the first black superhero film in a world that has primarily focused on white superheroes, Black Panther underlines society’s treatment of black and white Americans. In recent years, African-Americans have been treated with a renewed series of prejudicial attacks. NFL players are now unable to kneel in protest without harsh criticism from the President, team owners, or many of the fans. A recent comment from President Trump regarding an African country has also raised tension between the two most prominent ethnic groups in the U.S. Due to this shift in the social fabric, Black Panther is a movie that is essential in boosting African-American morale at a time when there is a rising disconnect in racial equality. Black Panther is not only a movie that is just relatable for African-Americans but serves as caution that freedom gained by systems of oppression does not liberate us, but further enslaves us, which can be applied to everyone. As summer quickly approaches, many musicians are gearing up for summer tours and festivals, and April is a one of the last few months that is not jam-packed with new music and news. That being said, here is what is going on for this month in music. Several artists are coming out with new albums. These artists include Kimbra, Tinashe, Kali Uchis, Willie Nelson, Janelle Monáe, the Eels, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lord Huron, and Jason Aldean. In Houston news, In Bloom and the Rodeo were both last month and this month, there are several big shows taking place. Here some of the acts coming to Houston this April: Foo Fighters (April 18), Miguel (April 3), Jack White (April 30), Haim (April 25), Eric Church (April 27), King Krule (April 9), and Matt and Kim (April 13). Record Store Day takes place on Saturday, April 21. Rare and unreleased David Bowie albums are coming out; Brian Eno and Kevin Shields are releasing a 12” together, the National is releasing a live album, Arcade Fire is reissuing their debut EP, Sufjan Stevens is releasing a 10” of his songs from the Oscar-nominated movie “Call Me By Your Name,” and Led Zeppelin is issuing previously unreleased music. For the most part, that’s it for April. May is going to be a big month as the summer starts. The Marvel film Black Panther makes millions with its prominent message to all. Photo by thegeektwins.com. Young and Hungry The versatile, vibrant radish. Image courtesy of splendidtable.org. Photo by blackbirdautomotivejournal.com. ISABEL YOUNG Staff Writer Happy Radish month! In recognition of The Knight Times Radish and April Fool’s day present to you, my readers, I will be addressing the mysterious vegetable, the radish. Do you know how many differen foods radishes appear in? The options are endless. Radishes are in/on avocado toast, salads, or dishes like steak or chicken as décor (or if you are really feeling risky, to eat). Some people’s favorite radish variation is horseradish; of course, with my love of sauce, I think this is the best form of the mighty radish. I mean, seriously, how can sauce not be the best form of anything? When asked his opinion of radishes, Director of Staff for the KT, Mr. Framel, commented that “they have a unique color and a sting, if you will, making them excellent to eat.” I could not agree more! The vibrant radish red makes them draw you in and want to put them on top of everything to add flavor and esthetic appeal. So if you don’t eat radishes already with everything, I recommend you start! Happy radishing everybody! (Hah. Just kidding. April Fools. I don’t like radishes. They’re gross!)
Sports BASEBALL Sports Brief The varsity baseball team has started the season with an impressive 10-4-1 record. Episcopal has been ranked the number one private high school in Texas with key wins over Lutheran South, Barbers Hill, and nationally ranked Cy Ranch. The team looks to continue their winning streak as they move into SPC play. Behind the senior leadership of Peter Geib, Hunter Megarity, Jack Grams, Luke Anderson, Antonio Cruz, Justin Fox, and Joe Davis, the Knights hope to win their second consecutive SPC Championship. The Knight Times 9 Records falling in track and field in 2018 SYDNEY HUTCHINS Managing Editor Over its past few meets, the track team has been hammering the records chart with multiple first places and many personal records. In the first race of the season at the Strake Jesuit Crusader Relays, the varsity had six athletes place in the top ten in four events. At the St. John’s Maverick Relays, Kenny Otah placed first in the 100 meters and Jamie Tatum placed first in discus. Five second place and third place finishes and five personal records accompanied these accomplishments. The Knights also had another great showing at the Kinkaid Relays in which the girls team placed third. Eight personal records in addition to Daniel Cai’s first place personal record in the 110m hurdles highlighted the performance. Senior Kansas Watts also had a first in long jump and Jamie Tatum came in first in discus, setting a new EHS record of 131’7 that had stood since 2003. Lastly, in the TSU Relays over the break, the Knights had six personal records set at the meet. According to Head Coach Isaiah Coleman, “The track and field team is off to a great start this season. Several studentathletes have already set personal records and even EHS school records. That’s awesome considering how early in the season we still are. Now that we are back from spring break, the six-week push towards SPC begins. With our upperclassmen leadership and young talent, we will be able to finish out the season strong at SPC with even more personal records and hopefully a few more EHS school records. We want to be at our best at SPC!” The JV had a strong start to the season as well at the JV League Track Meet at Houston Christian where they had a few personal bests set. Athletes Colton Deutsh, Obe Lewis, Aaron Deutsh, and Xavier Fefie placed first in their 4 x100m relay. Elizabeth Nottingham placed first in the 400 meters, and Catalina Rendon placed first in pole vault. GIRLS LACROSSE Look out, ‘cause here they come. You see them walking around school strutting their fresh and clean new white Polos, but you should also come see them play and strut their moves on the field. The girls varsity lacrosse team has vast amounts of potential for this season. So far they have played seven games and put up a respectable fight against some strong competition. Although they have suffered some defeats, they have already improved greatly, which showed in their last game before Spring Break against St. Andrew’s in which they came out victorious 24-9. The captains for this year’s team are seniors Merrie Afseth, Anna St. Denis, and Sofia Maldonado. BOYS LACROSSE After an exciting victory against Bridgeland in the young season, the boys lacrosse team looks to continue their momentum in anticipation for SPC matches. The team has had some difficulty in the beginning of the season, as there were multiple challenging games, including Memorial and St. Andrew’s. This week the team has games against Kinkaid and St. John’s, so be sure to attend the matches and support the boys. SOFTBALL It is that time of year again, EHS. Softball season has returned, and the girls are determined to take home the gold. The team has started the season strong with wins over St. Agnes and St. John the Baptist, among others, during tournament play. With intense and highly energized practices, the girls connect and show Episcopal true teamwork. We’re all excited to see softball achieve familiar title heights. TENNIS The varsity girls tennis team beat Awty 5-0 on March 1 as Sam Newland, Hallie Byatt, Sophia Wayne, Rollins Bell, Luce Tysor, Grace Lane, and Carolyn Hammond continue to contribute with key match victories. The varsity boys team, led by Preston Herrold, Zach Georgsson, Alexander Andrews, Aidan Stewart, Max Finkelstein, and Nile Khan finished 2-3 in their Awty match. The girls’ next match was against St. Agnes on March 22 (result) The boys play St. Thomas on April 3. During the Maverick Relays in early March at St. John’s, sophomore Charlotte Schaeffer put in an impressive performance in the long jump. Photo by PhotoJ. Any time is tee time for golf programs PATRICK BAYOUTH DANIEL DAVIS Staff Writers The 2018 varsity boys golf team has had an exceptionally strong start to the spring season. New head coach Wayne Jones has instilled his strong work ethic throughout the program, which has shown in each of the team’s two tournaments at Black Horse Golf Club and Lost Pines. The overnight trip to Lost Pines not only turned out to be a successful tournament but also helped some of the younger players on the team bond with upperclassmen. Coach Jones and the team are currently preparing for their upcoming tournament at Herman Park in the Woodlands. The Knights girls golf team is looking sharper in preparation for an SPC run. The Knights are confident they can compete for the SPC championship with a team led by seniors Margaret Runnels, Mary Helen Kennedy, and Miranda Greenwalt. Sophomores Alisia Cruz and Madelyn Scholtes are contributing to the team by providing a spark of young talent on the links. On March 4 the team visited the Hyatt Lost Pines course in Austin to compete in their annual tournament and finished in third place. Their next tournament is being held in the Woodlands on March 26, and the girls are confident they will bring an outstanding performance. Coach Meghan Moake encourages the girls to do their best and fuels them with confidence in a game that can be quite frustrating. With tough competition this year in SPC, the Episcopal Knights girls golf team may be the team to beat. Senior golfers planning on leading their team to another SPC championship are Margaret Runnels, Miranda Greenwalt, and Mary Helen Kennedy. Photo by PhotoJ.