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Kevin Yang – Back in Black

You walk down the deserted street, unsure of where you are or where you’re going. Are the streetlights broken—or indeed, have they ever worked? It doesn’t really matter, because either way, you’re still all alone, apprehensively making your way to whatever awaits you ahead.


You stop in your tracks, startled by the dull thuds of a drum echoing through the night air, and the bright LED street lamps lighting up for a few seconds. In the brief time they’re on, you think you can make out the silhouette of someone walking down the dead center of the street toward you. You pause. Could your eyes be playing tricks on you?


The lights and the drums go on again. This time you are sure there is someone walking toward you, but you can only make out the very basics of his features. He is clad in all black, all except for one bright-colored streak on top of his head. He walks confidently, with authority, and wears dark shades over his eyes.


You are intimidated by his commanding figure as the lights flash on again and reflect off his trench coat. He stops a few yards in front of you and fixes you with a firm stare.


You feel small and exposed as the cool wind brushes by you. You wish you could run, but you know he would catch you in an instant.


He crosses his arms. You gulp. This must be the end. You wonder how he’ll choose to finish you.


The lights stay on this time. He grins, uncrosses his arms, and starts to laugh before taking off his shades and running his hand through the lock of yellow hair hanging off the back of his head.

This is Kevin Yang, and he’s back. In black.


Not only does Kevin just love the color black, this rising junior also relates personally with the themes of the song “Back in Black” by AC/DC; he traces this connection back to the bone cancer he had several years ago. Sports and martial arts are two of his greatest passions, but when he had ten inches of his left leg replaced with titanium due to cancer complications, he couldn’t participate in some of his favorite activities. Despite this, he has made a full recovery and was declared an official cancer survivor just this summer. He now feels like he can re-engage in the physical activities he loves just as well as he could before his cancer.

Black is a fitting color for Kevin, who enjoys listening to heavy death metal and rap, with artists like Impending Doom, AC/DC, NF, Luke Reelfs, and Eminem being some of his favorites. His favorite book is Thr3e, by Ted Dekker, which Kevin describes as “a psychological thriller . . . involv[ing] split personalities. Literally an insane read.” His favorite movie is Rudy, a football movie set at the University of Notre Dame.

Kevin plays (and excels at) practically every sport, but American football is his forte. He currently trains in Hap Ki Do and has a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do—but these formidable arts are for preventing and stopping fights, not starting them. In fact, Kevin aspires to be a journalist, due to his love for writing. He plans to attend either Notre Dame or Taylor University.

An unusual side effect of his ordeal with cancer is that he can make his left knee pop so loudly that people can hear from ten feet away. Another fun fact is that he changes his hair every few months, so that you can never be sure you’re talking to the real Kevin (ok, that’s probably not the real reason he does it, but hey, it’s a clever idea, right?).

Kevin was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and now resides in Plainfield, Illinois—near where TPS’s own Dr. Juneman used to live. He has two younger siblings and two older ones, though he has been known to “adopt” other kids from his youth group into his “expanded” family. Kevin has faced no small number of hardships, but he perseveres through the trials: “It ain’t about how hard you can hit,” he says, “It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” As one who has personally seen Kevin win many, many times, I can’t help but believe that this is solid advice. Kevin’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”


As the impressive figure in black makes his way back down the once-again dark city street, you struggle to accept the fact that just a few years ago he was the victim of cancer, and you can’t help but wonder what amazing feats he will go on to accomplish next.



  • Meyers-Briggs Type: INTP or INTJ
  • Favorite Color: Black
  • TPS Classes this Year: Economics, AP Statistics, College US History, English 4/5: Western Literature, Physics, Arabic 3, and Theology Matters


  1. Daaaaang duuuude xD Fantastic article! You make me sound so cool xD