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4 Balancing School a About the issue Moanalua High School is full of multitalented students that lead secret lives. Whilst having her life as a student, Alyssa Sakai (pictured on the cover) is involved in extra curriculars that are centered around her love for performing. Meet a few of these other outstanding Menehune in this issue and discover how they pursue their passions outside of the classroom.

5 Mental health surv 6 Alyssa Sakai 8 Quincy Corpuz 10 Frankey Demas 12 Alyssa Jose 14 Kiara Kanzic 16 Landon Mauricio


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The mental health “report

card” for Moanalua High School, based on last fall’s Panorama Student Perception Survey, revealed some highs and some lows. While students generally reported being able to manage their emotions, their scores on self-confidence and feeling a part of the school were low. On a positive note, 72 percent of the school felt capable of managing their emotions and ability to be prepared for classes, and 64 percent said they felt students were empathetic towards each other. The scores that concern the school’s front office, however, highlighted the students’ perception of their self-efficacy (42 percent) and sense of belonging in school (39 percent). Self-efficacy means the belief that one has in his or her ability to achieve one’s goals. “I feel that last year was hard for students’ mental health because many felt isolated without even noticing it. Maya Chang, a student here at Moanalua High talked about how “Students also didn’t have much social interaction to help them stay motivated and balanced everyday, which is also why it took a toll on our mental health.” The lack of regular classroom interactions last year possibly affected the students’ self-confidence that they could be successful in school. More importantly, the lack of face-toface student activities last year made

it harder for students to feel connected to the campus. Counselor Taryn Tongg said the year of on-line learning last year took a toll on the students’ understanding of what it means to attend high school. “There were not nearly the number of activities for students last year, and only now we’re starting to build back up,” she said. Tongg cited the sports and recent Winter Fantasy dance as ways the school was trying to “go back to normal,” and while students who remember what those experiences looked like in the past before the Covid pandemic might have felt these events were not the same, at least there was something for students to do that was fun, she said. Counselor Donna Yamamoto said she and her colleagues are hearing from students about general anxiety about school. She said she feels bad that tunity to have the full high school

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have lost the opportunity to have the full high school experience Counselor Donna Yamamoto

experience,” which might have helped them feel more connected to the campus and to each other. The counselors agreed that school wide events are powerful ways to develop a connection to Moanalua as more than just a place to earn credits toward graduation, where it is a home away from home. Andrea Rhodes, another counselor, said that events such as assemblies would go a long way towards building school spirit, but regretfully added that “we can’t do that with the [government] restrictions now.” So if the school is limited in how it can bring students together within the Department of Education rules, then it is up to the students to find ways to take care of their own mental health within the limitations of school until the campus can truly return to “normal.” Asking students how they feel about this year is a question that has many similar answers. Students have been feeling stressed out so far this year. It is the first real year back to in-person school. As Yamamoto said, this causes both stress from the actual school learning aspect as well as from the social aspect. Many students have struggled to get back in the groove of socially interacting with one another after having been separated from each other for so long. For the freshmen and sophomores, this is the first time they have even been on campus, learning what it means to “be a Moanalua Menehune.” Continued on page 24




She can sing, dance, cheer, and act. She can do it all and more. Al-

yssa Sakai has always been a busy kid. Only at three years old was she tumbling and performing tricks on the mat as a gymnast. As she grew, school began to consume more time out of her life, and unfortunately she had to quit after a decade. However, still wanting to be active she began her journey in cheerleading. From there she branched out into dance, through inspiration from a friend, and theater through realizing her love for singing and acting. Although these activities seem somewhat unrelated, Alyssa incorporates the skills she learned from one activity to another. She explains that they are all intertwined in some way. “For my voice lessons I use them for cheerleading since I’m supposed to be using my diaphragm instead of just screaming,” she explains. “Also dance, it helps with cheerleading because we use a lot of dance-like moves in our routines.” Currently she is cheering for Aloha Cheer Academy(ACA) and the school’s cheerleading team, dancing at 24-VII Danceforce, acting in the school’s theater program, and taking voice lessons. Everyday of the week is filled to the second, but that doesn’t stop Alyssa from being at the top of her game. She has performed in multiple theater productions, dance concerts, and singing recitals. Plus, competing in numerous competitions for both school and club cheer and gymnastics in the past. You might wonder how she stays so motivated to keep up with everything that she has. Having a busy schedule filled to the brim is tough, and can seem exhausting at times.However, surprisingly, her greatest motivation is the activities themselves. She loves being active and moving on her feet. Her parents are also constantly encouraging her to push and strive for the best. What really drives her the most is the experience of performing in front of a crowd. The rush of adrenaline and showing people her abilities brings a sense of joy that becomes fuel. Calista Ancog photo


Photo Courtesy Alyssa Sakai Alyssa competing in 2020 junior varsity cheer competition.

“There’s little nervousness before(a performance), but when you’re out there performing you’re just so happy,” she said. “ Hearing those people cheer you on is very amazing. Like you just see all those people cheer you on and you’re just happy but also kind of nervous.” Alyssa recalls one of her most memorable performances was with ACA. Being the first time ever cheering for a club team she was a bit tense, but filled with excitement. As soon as she wished her teammates luck and got into position it was time to give it her all. The second the music hit the rush of adrenaline took over and guided her through the routine. Although, out of breath she was filled with energy from the pure happiness of tumbling. As the performance came to an end she was left with a smile on her face. The performance received the “Hit of the Day”

It was such an amazing experience to adjust to something new, make new friends and perform with my heart left on the mat. Alyssa Sakai


award with an additional dinner at Tanaka of Tokyo. In a more recent event , she performed in the school’s fall production, Rising Stars. Her most memorable performance, from the many, that she did, was an elegant yet powerful solo singing, “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” from the hit movie Hercules. The production was prepared in a limited amount of time starting from fall break. She explained that it was a bit of a struggle juggling everything that she had since rehearsals took place almost every day. However, with help from the directed studies student, she was able to prepare for the big day. “It was a really great experience. I got to bond with all of my friends in that class and I also got to improve a lot of my singing and acting skills,” she said. . With experience juggling a heavy schedule and discovering their true passion, Alyssa has much inspiring and useful advice to offer. She encourages those who are trying to achieve their goals to simply “go for it”. “Just go for it. You don’t have anything to lose right?”, she said. “Even though you can be busy with all these extracurriculars you need to just push on because it will just be worth it in the end.”

Calista Ancog Photo Alyssa performing her solo “ I Won’t Say I’m In Love” from the Disney movie Hercules for the musical production “Rising Stars”.



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A rt on the go is what Alyssa Jose specializes in. Jose, a se-

nior at Moanalua replaces the traditional paint brush with henna paste, a new hobby she picked up during the pandemic. She uses a type of Henna paste called jagua gel that is a more convenient alternative to the paste. When left on the skin, the jagua gel penetrates only the top few layers of skin, resulting in a beautiful deep brown stain that lasts between one to four weeks. Henna is an ancient art form initially used in India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East as a cooling method from the hot sun. It is now adopted by people all over the world to adorn their bodies with the temporary, beautiful, and delicate designs. “I started because my aunty did it,” Jose said. “And every time I would see her I wanted to get one [henna design] from her, but after a while I didn’t see her as much ‘cause of COVID so I decided… to try it out for myself.”

Jose uses jagua gel, squeeze bottles, and tips in different sizes to create her henna art. Alyssa Jose photo

She first started practicing henna on herself, friends and relatives. “I feel confident and like extra cool because it looks like a real one [tattoo],” says Lauren Jose, Alyssa Jose’s twin sister. “...people do compliment them.” The process of creating these designs is relaxing for her. Jose takes the jagua gel and puts it into a squeeze bottle topped with a needle tip. She changes out the tips throughout the drawing process to make lines of varying thickness to perfect the design. Jose blends the South Asian art form with East Asian designs. She favors drawing the Japanese koi fish on both people and bags. “First I find a design I like,” explained Jose. “Either I draw it out by hand or I take inspiration from photos, and then I draw it on with a pen. Just like a rough sketch and I kinda just go for it.” Eventually she added a new canvas to her skillset— tote bags. She started an Instagram business @alysssells, to sell her painted bags and other creations. The bags allow her art to travel wherever the wearer goes, bringing the Jose museum to the world.

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Koi henna design and kanji on Jose’s mother’s back. Alyssa Jose photo

Jose’s sells a variety of bag designs via Instgram. Alyssa Jose photo


JANUARY 2022 Photo courtesies Frankey Demas

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While most teens at Moanalua High School are

working on receiving their driver’s license on land, one student is aiming towards the sky. Frankey Demas, a sophomore, regularly copilots planes. Traveling and transporting goods, Demas is a regular in the air. “So as a pilot, I fly. . . interislands, and I do cargo,” Demas said. Demas works for Kamaka Air, his mother’s company. Kamaka Air does contract work with various mail carriers such as USPS, UPS, and FedEx, multiple businesses, and private individuals as well. “I do any kind of cargo, we do animals, household goods, anything that you can think of,” he said. Demas has been a regular in the air since the early age of 12. Being able to travel within the state of Hawaii from

the view of the front seat (and enjoying the sweet payroll that comes with it), the young pilot soars. Along with his piloting and school, Demas also balances being a DJ (taking on assignments such as the Sophomore Banquet coming in March 2022) and managing bands in his busy schedule. Although he has a lot on his plate, Demas’ love enables him to manage everything and have his job as a top priority. “Just traveling is the thing I want to do,” Demas. While Demas only travels within the neighbor islands for his job, Demas loves traveling in general. “I just like traveling the world, and seeing other people’s culture, and other people’s religion, and what they believe.” The path to jumping in the pilot seat was not an effortless path. Just like driving on the freeway at night, there is




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risk; one wrong move made, and you go down. To ensure the safety of all in the plane, aspiring pilots must first go through an intense training period to receive their green light to fly. “The training is really hard, and it’s really difficult,” Demas said of his two- to three- month training period to start flying, which could have been extended if he didn’t pick up things fast. “I was learning about some parts of the plane, and some of the other things I needed to get done to get my private pilot license.” The training period occurs in the mind as well. “I got really scared, I got paranoid.” Demas said about one of his memories of piloting near Ala Moana and seeing two towers, because he said it reminded him of the World Trade Centers and the September 11 terrorist attacks. “After a while, it didn’t bother me. And now, I think it’s just fun to just

fly.” Demas flew in the rain during last month’s big storm and said it was challenging to fly in those conditions. He currently copilots with a certified flight instructor, as he is still too young to get his full pilot’s license. Though, once Demas receives it at age 18, he is one step closer towards his extraordinary goal of becoming a pilot as a full time job in the future. “I think it (hard work) will pay off in the future, because you know, I really know what I want to be, and I really know who I’m gonna be. But I just hope that nothing happens in the way I don’t want it to be,” he said. Demas also has a place in mind to travel to. “The place I really want to visit, I want to go to Guam”. Demas is surely ready to take flight.

Kiara Head In t With her head in the clouds, a performer hangs elegantly

suspended in the air by two lengths of cloth. Kiara Kanzic is a 16-year-old junior who has a rather unique way to spend her free time. Rather than spending her time in conventional ways, she’s elegantly suspended in the air on her pair of purple silks. Aerial silks is a type of performance that takes place in the air with the performer suspended by two lengths of surprisingly stretchy fabric. The performer twists the long, silk “ropes” around different parts of the body to suspend it above the ground. This unique type of modern dance is a breathtaking and gravity-defying display that requires high full-body strength. There are multiple holds, movements and poses when it comes to aerial silks; Kanzic is one who is quite well versed in the matter. Kanzic said she was inspired to try aerial silks after coming across a video of a Cirque du Soleil street performance in 2018. “I Initially wanted to do contortion or acrobatics, but when I found out that there was an aerial studio near me, I decided to try it,” Kanzic said. After being star-struck with the graceful-yet-powerful Cirque performance, she decided to take a leap of faith into a new hobby. Since then Kanzic has honed her balance, muscle engagement and overall body control to the utmost precision while learning some of her favorite moves; her favorite being a double-ankle hang into what she likes to call a donut: being suspending horizontally to the floor while grabbing one’s ankle or foot behind the back to form a circle. One of the harder moves--which Kanzic admits she still cannot perform well--is the “inversion,” where the aerialist straddles the silks and moves from a vertical position feet down, to a vertical position feet up. “It takes a lot of core muscles,” she said. “Some people start on the ground, but others start in the air. It’s really hard.” Kanzic has found great enjoyment in aerial silks. She Miles Sharrock Photo


Kanzic the Clouds likes the feeling of “being in control of being out of control.” When performing drops, she’s given this sense of freedom. “I have to set myself up for it, and when I let the silk go, there’s a moment of free fall. [It] feels like being out of control but because I’m prepared for it, I’m still in control.” Kanzic said her hobby helps her deal with stress. “I love to dance and aerial is another form of dance, just in the air,” she said. “It’s nice because it’s exercise but it’s nice.” Kanzic enjoys the adrenaline rush, and leaves the studio energized and more relaxed. This mood-uplifting exercise can be challenging to come by, Kanzic said. Balancing time for school and aerial practice is difficult for her because her studio, Noe Noe Hawaii, is on the windward side--the opposite side of the island from her home in Salt Lake. This cuts out practice during weekdays, leaving her with mostly early morning classes on Saturdays, as there are no classes on Sundays. When it comes to any breaks or holidays, Kiara makes sure to attend class. “My favorite part of aerial is performing and creating. When playing around with pieces (skills) I’ve learned, I might accidentally find a pose or even mini drops,” Kanzic said. “I especially like the control aspect. As difficult as it is, making choreography look effortless--which it isn’t--is satisfying,” she said. Kanzic follows her own flow and continues to glide through the air on her silks purely “to have fun.” She has performed twice at Noe Noe Hawaii with the focus to simply enjoy the flow of performing. “If you have the opportunity to try something new, do it,” Kanzic advised. “Explore interests, learn new skills.”



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The high school experience can be recalled as “just a

blur” for many people. Life, truthfully, is not a coming-of-age movie. However, for alumni Landon Mauricio, Moanalua was truly the start of his passion for tech and media. Mauricio, a class of 2016 graduate, is Moanalua’s current IT and Audio Visual (AV) coordinator. But during his time as a Mene, he could be found in the media room writing the script for his next award-winning film—not too far off from what he’s doing now. His love for being behind the camera started at a young age. Although Mauricio grew up in front of the camera—his father is a professional magician in Waikiki—the behind the scenes aspect of filming always captivated his attention more. Tyler Yafuso, a stagehand for the show, attended MoHS at the time and was a MeneMAC student. ““I would always be watching him edit and thinking

it was super cool,” said Mauricio. “I really wanted to do MeneMAC but my parents said [I had] to do orchestra [for a]... geographic exception (GE).” Regardless, media still found its way to him. After starring in one of Tyler’s award winning films, MeneMAC teacher Kelly Calistro recognized Mauricio and wanted him to be a part of the media department. Calistro “convinced the principal to sign off to be in MeneMAC and Acting as my GE,” said Mauricio with a chuckle. But to his surprise he was “thrown into the deep end” since he was registered for an advanced media class with no prior experience. His teacher and classmates intentionally made Mauricio a director once to test his scant knowledge; to no surprise he failed. Yet, the struggles he faced then only helped to hone his skills. In his high school career Mauricio directed a film that won Best Visual Effects nationally.

JANUARY 2022 Usually after the protagonist comes to learn their lesson in a coming of age movie, their failures and embarrassing moments have taught them a thing or two for the final scene. Mauricio enjoyed his time as a student at Moanalua, but he didn’t peak there. Quickly moving on to his 5 star sequel of life after high school, he used his experiences (the good and not so convenient) within the MeneMac program longterm. Everything, including maybe being left to directing a project by yourself with no prior knowledge, happens for a reason. Maurico’s experiences evoked a passion that sparked his fulfilling career: CALLED Presentations. CALLED Presentations is a media business that is in conjunction with CALLED Ministry, a nonprofit organization that he established in 2017. CALLED was originally a Christian club Mauricio started as a middle schooler at Moanalua Middle. It grew to become the largest Christian club on the island and is still active at Moanalua High School. Presentations assists other businesses with their online presence through web design, video production, graphic design, and printing services to name a few. Mauricio is focused on using CALLED Presentations to fund his ministry and as an outlet to express his long time passion for film and media. He is currently working on expanding Presentations

Mauricio received awards for both Drama Student of the Year and Menemac Student Student of the Year for the 2015-2016 School Year.


Mauricio (center) performed in front of the school with friends from CALLED.

with the help of his team of five. They recently created a half— studio, half—student hangout lounge in Mapunapuna called The Space. “My heart is still for students in general and film,” added Mauricio, making this new business endeavour an ideal mix of his two passions. His message to current Moanalua students is to “not underestimate and take for granted what we have at Moanalua. Utilize the resources we have here.” He also says to not worry about things that will only matter in the moment since “there’s so much life after high school”; do what you want, make mistakes, and learn from them. “Fail, and fail fast.” Mauricio said. “Mistakes allow growth,”

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“Boba” and “aesthetic” are two entirely different words, but both have the power to make younger people’s heads turn in a flash. One is an addictive sugary drink with tapioca Caylen Maria Corpuz Photo pearls, while the other is a term used to appreciate appearances. Opened last year, the new Teapresso Bar location in Salt Lake, managed to incorporate the two words into its business. The shop sells various coffee drinks, tea, and smoothies, freshly made to order, and with the option to include tapioca. Some student-favorites include the Teapresso Milk Tea, Tropic Osmanthus Iced Tea, Waikiki Sunset Lemonade, and the Avocado Smoothie. Conveniently located behind Target, Teapresso Bar serves as a fun pit-stop students can make after their shopping sprees. The drinks are the perfect refreshing treat to end their days after working hard at school and having to walk everywhere. Outside the store is a complementary peaceful atmosphere, where patrons can unwind and enjoy the outside air. Benches are provided for them to sit down, chat, and sip on their drinks before finally heading home. Aside from their addicting boba and alluring ambiance, something unique to this location is the shop’s inside walls, which are decorated with colorful and eye-catching artwork done by local artists. Hawaii-based artist, 7sketches, has a funky and fresh cartoon-like art style that is displayed on several murals inside. The art is not only pleasing to the eye, but gives locals the perfect place to take Instagram-worthy photos with friends and family. The rich colors and characters provide a background that appeals to the trendy aesthetic teens like incorporating into their social media posts. A picture is worth a thousand words, and Teapresso Bar is a melting pot of treats, tranquility and trendiness, that allows its visitors to create that memorable picture. LAGOON DRIVE PARKING LOT

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Wake up, eat, stress, eat again, sleep, repeat. The days of students are a repetitive cycle filled with burden and boredom. Within that cycle, there’s barely a second to breathe, let alone relax and unwind. Doing the same thing everyday is excruciating, and the best way to relieve that pain is to occasionally do something adventurous. Lagoon Drive Parking Lot is the perfect place to make an unplanned adventure to. Located right next to the airport, Lagoon Drive is a long and unbusy road that leads to a small parking lot. Its road is a popular feature that many high school students drive on for the first time. The calm environment makes the unfamiliarity of driving more bearable, and the scoldings of parents less painful.

JANUARY 2022 The lot is gated right next to a runway of planes, and if you go at the perfect time, the scenery is something you’ll never forget. Looking left, you can see the ocean and gently swaying trees, and not too far in the distance, the bustling island finally calming down. While the everyday lives for some people seem colorless, this site gives them the rainbow they need. A popular pastime at this parking lot is to watch the sunset. The yellow, orange, and pink hues mixed with the occasional plane passing by, calm those that watch. You’ll find groups of people having picnics in the trunk of their cars, enjoying the ambiance of it all. Skateboarders will pass by, using the long road as their playground. People exercising will be glowing with sweat, yet still enjoying the tranquility. There’s so much to do in Lagoon Drive Parking Lot, which originally, wasn’t intended for the purposes it serves now. The next time stress is intolerable, a quick trip to the lot is an easy way to have fun and temporarily forget about what was so stressful.


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ALOHA STADIUM SWAP MEET It’s no secret that most college students are broke, but let’s not forget about how broke high school students are too. Only about half of the school are eligible to work a part-time job, but only a fraction of those students actually have one. The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is the perfect place for students to find hidden gems for a cheaper price. As Hawaii’s largest open-air market, locals can enjoy the cultural diversity, unique cuisines, and the warmth of aloha. Hosting over 400 vendors, artists, and crafters, the Swap Meet provides a colorful palette of products like clothing, accessories, jewelry, ethnic foods, and antiques you can’t find anywhere else. Caylen Maria Corpuz Photo

From the colorful shaved ice, and the local “Jesus slippers” we know and love, to the tasty lumpias we devour, the Swap Meet is a home of memories locals will never forget. Being dragged to the Swap Meet as a kid, but gradually growing to love it, is a feeling many on this campus have experienced. And unfortunately, it’s not too long until that feeling will only be a distant memory. Scheduled for renovation in 2022, Aloha Stadium will be undergoing drastic changes; one of those changes includes the end of the famous Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. Many have realized this approaching end, and have started making their visits to the Swap Meet as soon and as frequently as they can. They bask in the nostalgia of it all, breathe in the exotic smells from the food stands, and shop for affordable things to their heart’s content.

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FOOTBALL ABOVE - Moanalua Na Menehune finished their football season with an overall five wins and two losses. LEFT - Senior Keenan McCaddy (left) returning an interception, with junior Ruben Chavez behind him

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FAR LEFT - Senior Joshua Paleafei picks up freshman Jayce Bareng to celebrate their touchdown.


state champions oia champions ‘18- ‘21 boys

2nd at states 3rd at oia championships RIGHT TOP - Seniors Olivia Akina, Lexi Tokuda, Kendelle Hung-Ino, and Love Akina (left to right) won the first girls air rifle state title for Moanalua. RIGHT BOTTOM - Junior Landon Lau, seniors Aidan Fong, Chris Guerra, and junior Gabriel Taira placed second at the team state championships. FAR RIGHT - Senior Olivia Akina won the first place individual state title and is the first student from Moanalua to do so.

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4th at states 2nd at oia championships boys

7th at states 3rd at oia championships FAR LEFT - Senior Branson Lazo aims to roll a strike. LEFT - Senior Cadence Sasano focuses in on the pins down the lane.

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state Champions oia east champions JV

oia east champions RIGHT TOP - The Bleed Blue Crew placed first in the state large division making this win their seventh title since 2003. RIGHT BOTTOM- Junior Kamryn Horiuchi waves her pom poms in the air under the Friday night lights. FAR RIGHT - Senior Emma Estacio stand high cheering at a football game.

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CROSS COUNTRY FAR LEFT - Junior Colin Shimabukuro running in a cross country meet. Shimabukuro placed 18th at states. MIDDLE- Juniors Ian Nomura and Kacie Teruya train by running a course around campus. LEFT - The boys cross country team practicing by running around the track after school

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Ep. 28: malu & jerney on varsity volleyball Sophomore Maluhia Garcia and freshman Jerney Tang-Silva talk with Haley about their experience playing on the varsity volleyball team. Malu and Jerney explain how their team dynamic has lead to success and fun on the court.





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OIA CHAMPIONS RIGHT - Boys soft tennis won the OIA championship title this fall. BOTTOM - Seniors Brandon Law, Kelsen Martinez, Austin Law, Zachary Law, Youya Channel, Stephanie Lau, and Ariana Patalinghog celebrated their final soft tennis season.


3rd at states - D1 2nd at oia championships FAR LEFT - Senior Allexis Iramina throws the volleyball to serve it to Kaiser High School. Iramina plays as a setter and has been on the varsity team since her freshman year. MIDDLE- The varsity girls team huddles and cheers together before game time. LEFT - Junior outside hitter Leilani Guista jumps to spike the ball. RIGHT - Senior middle blocker Amy Fuifui (left) and sophomore outside hitter Kamaluhia “Malu” Garcia jump to block the ball.

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that is known to be very calming, and can help you relax your mind. Mental health can be affected by many different things, and it is something that doesn't only revolve around school. Maybe your struggle in mental health is not revolving around school, or there is nothing at school that is helping. A coping strategy that is popular amongst many people is journaling. Journaling in your own notebook and writing everything you want to and need out on a piece of paper is another great way to cope with your built up feelings. This can be done in the comfort of your own home, or in any safe place you love. This activity is known to help people who don’t know how to communicate their feelings. Sometimes it is hard to find the words out loud and so writing it all out makes it clearer and easier. This can also be done in many different ways, for example you could write about your feelings throughout the day, you could log about your whole day, or you could write once every week. Whether you are planning for school, or just life in general, using a planner or calendar, even a to-do list, can help you organize your time. Sophomore Isabel Lewandowski said, “I usually create a schedule for each week to know my priorities and my goals so

that I don’t over stress myself.” Time management is a skill that can help students with their mental state when they are struggling with the motivation to do things. Setting goals will give students something to look forward to and plan for, and this will help them learn to power through assignments, power through each school day, and power through the whole school year.

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Time management helps students avoid becoming overwhelmed. Many people, especially in this time of Covid-19 and highschool, students struggle with their will to complete things, and this leads to procrastination. Stopping procrastination is one of the key factors to accomplishing goals.



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“This year has been so much better because I’m getting more work done on time, due to actually having to pay attention in class and it’s more interesting to be in the classroom environment,” Sophomore Maya Chang said. “It’s also easier to get through my days by talking to all different people, whether they’re close friends I talk to all the time, or just fellow classmates.” These are many different strategies and skills that can be used by students and people in general, but the main strategy that is known to be the hardest skill for people to use is to ask for help, whether that be asking family, friends, teachers, and counselors. Trusting someone to talk to is a hard decision, but it can really help improve your mental health and the struggles you are going through. Talking to someone, or people you trust can help you overall cope with any problems you have, like school, work, or anything that is bothering you. Everyone, and especially students can use these strategies and skills to help and better improve their mental health. People handle their health in many different ways and that's why there isn't only one answer. Finding what works for you and your mental health is all about trial and error.

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