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MHS determined to have athletic success despite budget cuts By Kellie Kawamoto Recent budget cuts from the athletic program across the state have created a huge deficit in the MHS funds. Nearly every aspect of the athletics program has been affected – the coaching staff, equipment, supply, transportation money – and con-


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sequently, reduced. However, despite these budget cuts, MHS is doing its best to provide the same sports opportunities while also maintaining safety for its student athletes. This year, Athletic Director Glenn Nitta was forced to cut thirty percent of his coaching staff and their sala-

ries. “… that equated to like thirty coaching positions at Mililani High School,” he said. Many of the positions that were eliminated were assistant coaches. In the cases of some sports like bowling, where there was a boys coach and girls coach, there SEE BUDGET, PAGE 7

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Students participate in CTSO convention over the summer By Noah Perales-Estoesta and Cyrus Takahashi Over the summer, students from the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Family, Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA), Health Occupations students of America (HOSA) and SkillsUSA participated in national conventions and conferences held across the nation. These events allowed students to test the extent of their knowledge and skills while at the same time giving them the chance to meet with students who shared their interests. DECA

Soccer girls give back by coaching young players

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Photo courtesy of Alumna Danielle Daranciang

(Left): Seniors Shanyn Chung and Lance Kishi competed at the HOSA National Leadership Conference with their project about noise-induced hearing loss. (Right): Senior Heather Saenz submitted her SkillsUSA board at the 45th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. FCCLA

On April 27, twenty-one students from Hawaii left to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), held from April 29 to May 2 in Anaheim, CA. This was the state’s delegation of the DECA students that would be attending the annual conference. Of these was Senior James DejongBaskin, the only national competitor from MHS. According to Business Teacher Sue-Ann Lavarias, DECA adviser, “(The purpose of this conference was) for students to test their skills

MHS was represented at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference by Alumni Jalene Carvalho and Melissa Nakamura. The conference, which was held in Nashville, TN from July 12-16, involved numerous Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events – competitive programs in which students’ proficiencies in





From June 24-27, the members of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competed in the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN at the Opryland Hotel. Senior Lance Kishi, the HOSA state vice-president, stated the reason for holding the convention. “I think it’s

Industrial Arts Teacher Christopher Blauvelt accompanied seven MHS students and alumni, as well as competitors from Kapolei Middle and High Schools and Aiea, Radford and Waiakea High Schools to the 45th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, KS from June 21-26. The conference gave participating students the opportunity to showcase their skills in a wide variety of areas, such as cooking,




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In loving memory of Wendy Danielle Davis I had the opportunity to chat with Danielle the Sunday before the accident. In calling to inquire about the workshop the next day, we had a chat about important issues in her life. As a mother, Danielle was concerned about her son having the best education. She knew that the teacher of the math course on his schedule would best suit his personality thereby maximizing his learning potential. I hope that he will live for his Mom and be the best that he can be. Danielle had faced many different marital relationships and had finally found her true love. Also, this woman cared so much about her mother. Her mother had an experience with cancer and Danielle wanted her mother to see the value in living with organics. I too had an experience with breast


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 DECA and knowledge in the area of business, but it’s also for them to network with other business students as well as professionals and for them to develop leadership abilities.” Dejong-Baskin, who moved to the mainland over the summer, competed in the accounting division after winning at the state level. “To do that, he needed to practice and review his accounting skills as well as (analyze) financial information,” said Lavarias. Though Dejong-Baskin did not place at the national level, Lavarias recalls him saying that it was still a good experience. “An activity like this is something we can’t provide for the students in a classroom setting. So it’s an experience I think he’ll never forget.” FCCLA areas such as entrepreneur-

Mrs. Davis was not only an awesome teacher and a good mentor but also a dear friend. I was fortunate to have met her and be part of her life. She was very outgoing and had a unique sense of humor. She was a magician in the classroom where she would get students “with it,” like magic. She will be dearly missed, and remembered by many. May 29, 1969 - July 31, 2009

cancer and the following day at the workshop, she shared some articles that explained the importance of utilizing organic foods. I hope that her family and all those who were influenced by this woman would live life to its fullest, make each minute count and live a most healthy life. - Carolyn Okunaga, Math Teacher ship, interior design and live event planning. FCCLA Adviser Karla Deguchi explained one STAR event category. “Illustrated Talk is this really broad category where, basically, you can pick any subject you want or any kind of topic you want.” Carvalho and Nakamura had been developing their Illustrated Talk topic, “Greener Today, Brighter Tomorrow,” about going green throughout the year. Their project consisted of giving out pre-surveys, a PowerPoint about what can be done to go green, and post-surveys about what students learned from the presentation. “... Their focus was how we can teach … younger generations to take care of the environment,” said Deguchi. HOSA to see how well your project or knowledge is against the nation and it’s also to meet new people,” he said. The HOSA members did indeed have many opportunities to get to know each other not only through the competitive aspects, but also during

- Ronel Agarpao, Math Teacher I shall always remember your every grinning smile you gave every morning when we would pass the halls of C-building. Your stories and your advice when things got hectic. You will forever be missed but not forgotten. - Francine Sandell, Photography Teacher

the periods of free time. Kishi and partner, Senior Shanyn Chung, competed in the Health Education event, one of many different categories, with a project on noise-induced hearing loss. “We had to teach a class and create a lesson plan and come up with activities and we also had to give a speech and answer questions in front of a panel of judges,” said Kishi. With HOSA members from all around the nation gathered in one place, the conference was a perfect way to demonstrate the organization’s mission of bringing together students with a common passion for the health field.

retary last year, elaborated upon the program. “SkillsUSA is a vocational or technical kind of club. Our motto is ‘Leadership at Work’ and it’s for people who want to go into the technical field and just be leaders at work,” she said. This summer’s conference marked the first time Daranciang competed at nationals, just as it was the first time for Saenz, who was

tasked with the completion of a board advertising SkillsUSA for a graphics competition. And although none of the MHS students’ project placed at the national level, they still found benefit in attending. “It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I hope to do it next year too. It’s really life-changing; it makes you think about your future twice,” Saenz stated.

SkillsUSA drafting and graphics, and to use these skills in competition. These students were Alumni Christina Sale, Danielle Daranciang, Keynon Kong and Jordan Perkins, as well as Juniors Mallory Hayase and Carina Noveloso and Senior Heather Saenz. Daranciang, who acted as the SkillsUSA state sec-

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Editorial Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations. Editor in Chief Kelli-Anne Ho Assistant Editor Cyrus Takahashi Sports Editor Kellie Kawamoto Copy Editor Noah Perales-Estoesta Business Manager Lexi Kaneshiro Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel Staff Matthew Ambrosecchio Caitlin Basilio Michelle Choe Trey George Caitlin Kelly Jaclyn Knitter Camille Marsden Landen Muasau Ryan Rustyn Farah Schumacher Bianca Sewake Cheyenne Young The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789

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Saving future for when it comes

By Kelli-Anne Ho I have yet to decide if I’m over the shock of how fast senior year has leapt upon us. Half of me is trying to survive this year, week by week; the other more excited half is still in disbelief that my last year of high school has finally come, and in approximately eight months we’ll be graduating. I think part of my disbelief is due to the fact that our graduating year seems far too futuristic, like something off the Jetson’s TV show. I used to calculate the years I would graduate when I was a kid, and 2010 then sounded like an incredibly far off time. Even now, months away from graduation day at last, it still does. I had one of those generic scrapbooks when I was eight, and I remember

a page was dedicated to our future. I would draw pictures of how I visualized myself ten years from then, which is right around now. I don’t recall what I drew, but I remember thinking that high school and senior year would never come. But they have, and it’s such a strange feeling to now be among the oldest kids at school. Throughout the past three years I’ve watched as each senior class dressed up for their senior week, or ran around school getting signatures to go to their Senior Luau and Prom. The past graduates really weren’t kidding when they said time would fly because it has. Regrettably, there are sections of memories that I recall from my past three years where I wish I had tried something or done

things differently, and a piece of advice to the current underclassmen is to explore everything you want to do. Seniors, our final year has arrived and we’ve grown up. We’re so close to starting our own lives and most of us have a basic idea of which interests we want to pursue after graduating. In elementary school, adults frequently asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. I remember a lot of us wanted to be doctors or lawyers, (except one kid in my class, who wanted to be an ice cream man) and today, some of us still do. I used to want to be a vet, until I found out that I’d have to put animals to sleep. I then moved on to wanting to be a teacher. I’d even make pretend that I really was a teacher and create

lesson plans to give to my students, who were a bunch of stuffed animals, plus my brother. Now, I don’t know what I want to be anymore. It’s funny that back then, at a young age, I was certain of the career I wanted, but now I’ve never been so unsure and I wish I still was as definite as my kid-self. But for the time being, the school year has only just begun. For us seniors, the year 2010 is still far away and (according to many colleges, and I hope they’re right) there is still time to decide on the future. Senior status gives us much to enjoy, like being able to park in our own parking lot — not that it really matters to me since I’m currently without a license, but still, the thought is a nice one to have.

Career and College Counselor Announcements

Welcome to a new school year! C&CC is open to all students, parents, and staff of Mililani High School. General Announcements: Communication: Keep abreast of weekly information via the C&CC Bulletin. All teachers have a hard copy of this bulletin, and it can also be found on Edline at or on the school’s website at Career Assistance: Ms. Kato is available to help you with occupational/college searches, connect you to a military recruiter and help you with scholarship information.

C&CC Appointments: Mrs. Yamamoto is available to discuss your college options. It is difficult for her to see every student therefore, she encourages students, to be proactive and come into the office to make an appointment. Everyone is welcome, regardless of grade level. College Speakers: All students are welcome to attend the speaker sessions. If interested, sign up on the

bulletin board outside the C&CC office. On the day of the speaker, check into your class for attendance and have your teacher sign your planner.

College Planning: Please make an appointment to see Mrs. Yamamoto if you have questions or need help, especially if you are applying to mainland colleges. How to Apply to Colleges: Applications are available at most colleges’ websites. The college may have an “apply online” option or provide an application that can be downloaded and submitted in the traditional manner. Even if you do apply online, you need to submit some parts of your application in a paper form. For example, teacher and/or counselor recommendations, transcripts and sometimes essays must be submitted by mail. Application fees may need to be sent by check if not paid through a credit card. SAT/ACT scores may need to be sent directly from the testing agency instead of on your transcript. So paper or electronic, the choice is yours. Keep a copy of all applications sent

and the dates they were submitted.

Testing for Seniors: Sign up immediately! Don’t forget our CEEB Code, 120197. Send your scores directly to your colleges. Keep in mind that MHS does not have the “score choice” option. If we send your test scores with your transcript, we will be sending ALL of your scores. If you are on free or reduced lunch, fee waivers are available for you. See Mrs. Yamamoto for more information. UH System Common Application: Students should turn them in to C&CC ASAP. UH Manoa, Hilo and West Oahu require an application fee and your transcript request form. See Mrs. Yamamoto if you do not fulfill UH Manoa’s requirements and she will give you the special recommendation form that must accompany your application. The community colleges do not charge an application fee. Application deadlines: Except for those with earlier deadlines, most applications should be turned in to C&CC by Dec. 1. Keep track of

your application deadlines! A few merit-based scholarship deadlines are in October and many have November or Dec. 1 deadlines. All college applications should be turned in to C&CC. We will add your senior schedule and the MHS Profile to your application packet. ASVAB Testing: Any senior interested in the Armed Services should take the ASVAB, which has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30. School will not be in session that day. Sign up on the C&CC speaker bulletin board. Financial Aid: Continue to check either the web page or the scholarship bulletin board for any scholarship announcements. Use FAFSA4caster to get an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid, and get an early start in the financial aid process. When you are ready to apply for aid, much of the information you enter in FAFSA4caster will populate the FAFSA on the Web. Go to www.fafsa4caster. for more information. Financial aid forms will be available on the web starting Jan. 1.

Jocelyn Kong

Simran Suri

Special Education

Special Education

What was college like for you? Playing softball? It was good. I only wanted to play, I think, at the time, you know? We had two of us going to college at the same time, so it really helped our parents with the tuition. I mean tuition wasn’t as much as it is now. You know, tuition my freshman year was $750 for a full-time student.

Have you been a teacher before or is this your first year ever? I have had experience, teaching experience, with children back in India. It’s just that the Indian way of teaching is different and the students in India, the students in India how they are bad outside of the classroom but in the class, it’s like a cultural thing, they respect the teacher. I mean they could be the worst children outside but in the class they are like intrigued by the teacher, in other words.

Marc Tolentino English Teacher

What is your approach to teaching students effectively? In Kailua High School, we embrace this idea called, philosophy for children. And it’s basically a discussion and inquiry based classroom. So I try to get the students to become more of the teachers and we do that a lot through discussion.



Robin Nagasako Teen Health

What clubs or activities were you in? I was in the girl Drill Team.

Aubra Williamso


So how was it in Mexico and Spain? Was it like hot? Spain, I was there in the summer, and it was really hot. And Mexico, I was in Mexico City, and that’s an area that’s more kind of in the mountains, it’s not so hot. But it was a wonderful learning experience, and I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to travel to do it.

Janet Ward

English Teache r

What are some of your hobbies? I love reading and I also like hiking, that’s my other hobby. I also do a lot of volunteer work outside of school for help organizations.

What kind of teacher did you want to be when you started teaching? Someone who can inspire students and relate the content of the classroom to like, real world experiences, make it more relevant.

Science Teacher

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Do you have a favorite memory from high school? Probably spending time with Drill members and dancing in my halau.

Where did you teach at before? The University Lab School at (the University of Hawaii) but we only had eight to twenty kids, so basically, what i’ll be doing this year is Science Fair and classes and Hui Malama.

Christine Hernandez Christopher Cordell Math Teacher

Where have you traveled? A lot of places: Australia, Fiji this summer, ten different countries in Europe another summer, South America, all around South America, Argentina, Brazil.

Social Studies Teacher

Have you had any of those moments as a teacher that have been really rewarding? Yeah, at my last school I taught student council and leadership and I had several students who were kind of going the wrong path that I was able to bring back to do better things in their school and really make a difference in their school if that kind of makes sense.

Ronel Agarpao

Marc Collins

What were your favorite and least favorite classes when you were in high school? My favorites were my math classes, they always came pretty easy, least favorite I’d have to say, French. I hated French. It was my least favorite out of all my other classes. I never got along with the teachers, and it was just not my favorite.


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Math Teacher

What potato chip flavor would you be, and why? I am original, traditional and more from the old school. I enjoy learning new things but when it all comes down to it, I believe we should live by traditional values, like the original potato chip flavor.

Tim Pregana

Industrial Arts


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Have you traveled anywhere you really liked? I studied abroad for a semester in college and I went to Japan and China and Australia and New Zealand. But Japan was my favorite out of all of those.

Are there any sports you enjoy? Like are you a football fan? I played football in high school and college. I coached the air rifle team at my previous school for the past five seasons.


Math Teacher

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s excited to welcome fifteen us grounds. We hope they hing it has to offer as amazciting and fascinating! As g leaders learn the ropes of to learn a couple of things them!

What made you decide to come to Mililani? I’m returning to Mililani. I was here for 18 years; from 1986-2004. I left the classroom to go to a district job and then now I’m back.

Mary Jean Fischer Science Teacher

What else do you do outside of teaching in school? I’m an aerobics instructor. So my other in-between lives, I’ve spent time as a fitness director at the YMCA. I teach everything.


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From Middle East to America:

By Kelli-Anne Ho

Hawaii is widely viewed as a place of paradise and two students, who are firsttime visitors to the state, had visualized the same image as many others. Traveling over 10,000 miles from their countries in the Middle East, Junior Al Gassim Sharaf Addin and Sophomore Abdul-

Kareem Fanni were given the opportunity to experience a year on Oahu, and will continue their education here at MHS. Through the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, Sharaf Addin and Fanni were two of the more than three hundred students traveling to other countries to learn about different cul-

(Left): Sophomore Abdul-Kareem Fanni (Right): Junior Al Gassim Sharaf Addin.

Trojan Life program opens doors for cultural experiences tures and customs. “… When I told my family back home or friends ‘Hawaii’ they were like, ‘whoo!’ They think it’s like, wow, amazing,” said Sharaf Addin, who comes from Yemen. “But actually, it’s not like I’m living in a five star hotel or whatever on a beach. I’m going to school, I have a lot of obligations and it’s not just like a vacation.” After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the YES program began to close the gap between the U.S. and other countries, and in 2003, the program was able to send its first group of students to America. According to the YES program’s website, http://www., the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. exchange community, recognized the importance of youth exchange.It is a key

component of renewed commitment to building bridges between citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world – particularly those with significant Muslim populations. “There aren’t much differences when you put the cultural and religious differences aside. In addition, I mean when we all get together, we really do get along and enjoy this cultural exchange,” explained Sharaf Addin. While there are differences between countries, one thing remains the same among many people: curiosity about other cultures. Through the YES program, more and more students are able to learn about those from other countries, and after their stay in Hawaii, Sharaf Addin and Fanni can take their experiences back home to share with their family and friends.

Church members, volunteers bring community together at annual Hongwanji bon dance By Kelli-Anne Ho and Kellie Kawamoto Around a giant tower, people danced in a huge circle to the beat of the traditional Japanese bon dance. Others enjoyed the various food, such as andagi, and sat down in the company of their friends and family. With the help and time of the Mililani Hongwanji Church members and volunteers, the entire community was able to come together in the courtyard of Mililani Hongwanji to celebrate and participate in this annual function. The bon dance was held on Aug. 21 and 22, and each year the Mililani Hongwanji Church coordinates this event, which is open for the whole community to attend. “Oh, it’s many, many months and weeks, actually, of preparation,” said Charijean Watanabe, one of the helping hands involved in the dance. Members, friends and

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(Left): The scent of freshly made andagi fills the air as church members and volunteers fry this popular treat. Long lines of people eagerly waited to purchase these snacks; profits from the sales went to the Mililani Hongwanji Church. (Right): A large crowd of people dance to the traditional beat of the drums. Juniors Bryson Calma and Nainoa Pihana enjoy the festivities with friends. family of the Mililani Hongwanji Church all volunteered their time at the celebration. “Because the labor is donated, luckily we can make a good profit off of the event,” Watanabe said. But profits weren’t the only benefit. “It’s such a wonderful place for people to come together,” said Carrie Kawamoto, another helper from the church. Kids that are members of

the church, as well as those from the Karate Club and Judo Club, also volunteered their time. Senior Zachary Taniguchi, a member of the church, felt that volunteering was “self-gratifying because I feel like I’m giving back to my church. They gave so much to me.” The bon dance has been going on for decades already and it is hoped that it will continue for many more.

“We want our children and our grandchildren to be able to experience it too. You know, like our grandparents experienced it,” said Watanabe. “I can’t imagine life in Hawaii without a bon dance.” With all the effort that is put into this joyous event every year, the bon dance is sure to successfully continue for many years to come.

ASMHS President Matthew Lai Welcome Trojans to a new and exciting school year! My name is Matthew Lai and I am your 2009-2010 ASMHS President. This is my first year in office and I am a senior this year and am excited to be serving you all! If any of you have questions about upcoming events please don’t hesitate to ask. I am found in B105, so stop by anytime to ask your questions. First off I would like to welcome all our new students as well as the class of 2013. This is just the first chapter in your lives for most of you, so let’s start it off good. Be ambitious and shoot for the stars! It’s that time of the year again! No, not Christmas, but Homecoming! This year’s Homecoming is going to be one that you’ll remember for a lifetime! Are you ready to hear this year’s Homecoming theme? This year’s Homecoming theme is: The Circus Shabang! Homecoming week is from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. On Tuesday, Sept. 29 we will have our Pep Rally down at the Kauinana Stadium and on Friday, Oct. 2 there will be our Homecoming Parade and Game and we will be playing Kapolei. On Saturday, Oct. 3 we will also have our Homecoming Dance held in the gym. I am extremely excited for this year. There are so many new things to be looking forward to. This year is also going to go by very fast. I still remember my freshman year as if it were yesterday. Words of advice: always aim high and never let anyone dull your shine because you’re the best. Have a great year Trojans!


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Soccer girls receive opportunity to coach By Kellie Kawamoto Adults are not the only ones who get to coach soccer teams. Players from the MHS girls’ soccer teams had the opportunity to volunteer at an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) clinic on Aug. 8, 15 and 22. This annual event allowed the girls to do something beneficial for their community while having fun interacting with the younger players. For these three Saturdays, the MHS girls and their own coaches came out to the YMCA field to help boys and girls that are five to twelve years old work on their soccer skills. Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Ray Akiona felt the younger players gained valuable insight from the clinic. “I believe the young players enjoy having the high school players as coaches and are impressed with their skills and knowledge,” he said. “The young players relate to the high school players as a level that they may hope to achieve in the future.” The MHS girls also saw this as a great learning experience for the kids. Senior Mari Miyashiro felt that the younger players benefited from the clinic “because they’re being helped by people that are experienced, so that’ll help them out.” Sophomore Kristen Fujinaga noted that the effort the kids put into their practice is vital to their improvement. “… They at least try and that’s kind of what really counts and matters, is when they try. And if they don’t try and don’t put in any effort, I don’t think they’ll improve as much,” she said. But besides just being

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Senior Rosalena Nakata assists eight and ten-year-old boys in a passing drill. They practiced passing the ball with their laces and insides of their feet. worthwhile for the younger players, the clinic is also a fun teaching experience for the high school girls. “I love helping little kids improve on soccer and enjoy the game,” said Fujinaga. JV Soccer Coach Natalie Hirata agreed, “… (the girls) get to teach the game they like to play, create silly games and run around with the kids for a couple hours.” This AYSO clinic is continuing to provide a fun opportunity for the youth to improve on their soccer skills. For years to come, both MHS soccer girls and young players of Mililani can look forward to sharing a beneficial and enjoyable experience with each other.

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MHS soccer girls volunteered at the Special Olympics, which helped individuals with mental disabiltities get the opportunity to play in a mini-soccer tournament. Go online to read the full article at

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Senior Ashley Deguchi supervises a drill that works on the boys’ dribbling skills. Deguchi and teammates created the drills themselves.

To the point

Every year, a program called Kraft Shop and Score provides an opportunity for high schools to receive money that will benefit their athletic department. From August to the end of September, anyone who shops at Times supermarket or opens an account at American Savings Bank will earn points. Then he or she will choose which school

will get those points. “The school that accumulates the most points at the end of this period earns the most money for uniforms,” said Athletic Director Glenn Nitta. For the first time last year, MHS came in first and earned $15,000 for Adidas uniforms. The money went to boys and girls soccer and volleyball. Compiled by Kellie Kawamoto




will only be one coach for both teams. “We have the same number of kids but less coaches. Now they have to be a little more diligent as far as supervising goes,” Nitta said. Equipment and supplies were cut more than fifty percent. “From $18,000 we now have $8,000” Nitta said. Principal John Brummel added, “Just to recondition football equipment, which is mandated by state law and you know, for safety, our price to recondition all of our football gear was $9,000. So just with one sport, we’re already out of equipment money.” Transportation also suffered a huge loss. According to Nitta, “… now we only have $9,000 for transportation when we usually spend $30,000 every year.” For each sport’s preseason games, the players will be asked to find their own rides to the designated place. But Nitta believes that MHS will still be successful despite the cuts. “… A lot of the coaches say, ‘We’re not in here for the money,’” said Nitta. “The assistant coaches who used to coach who will not get a stipend this year say they’ll still volunteer their time and help out. A lot of the head coaches say they’ll split their pay with their assistants.” Also, many fundraisers are expected to help cover the deficit in the budget. A golf tournament on Jan. 20 to fundraise money will be held for the first time. “… We really need all of our parents to help support that golf tournament … ” Brummel said. Even though money is tight for the sports teams, MHS isn’t letting that deter it from having a successful sports program. By working together and fundraising to cover the deficit, the athletic staff, student athletes and parents alike can all contribute to continuing a successful athletic program.

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Aries (March 21 – April 19) Ever since school started, Starbucks can now thank you for their recent surge in sales profits. You should start asking for a “frequent customer” discount already. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) G’day mate! You should speak with an accent this month to broaden your cultural scope. British, Australian, Brazilian, Italian – it doesn’t matter! Hopefully you can still be understood,. Gemini (May 21 – June 21) If you’re ever bored, go outside for once. Get in touch with your inner child and hula-hoop or play hopscotch. Cancer (June 22 – July 22) In your efforts to “go green,” abandon the use of paper towels completely. You should carry around a little towel to dry your hands and use newspapers to Windex your windows. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Beware of the ridiculously long-lasting Stride gum. Instead of sending goats to tackle the wad out of your mouth, they will send rhinoceroses. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) You’ve noticed that a new trend has appeared: wearing miniature Sharpies on lanyards. Begin your own school supply-wearing fad, like clipping a ruler to your belt!

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You’ve been pondering over a mind-boggling riddle that’s got you stumped for days on the end: Is it a spork or a foon? Good question.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Have you ever tried to dig a hole to China? Today is a good day to go into your backyard and start. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) This month, instead of calling and texting your friends, you should go old school and write them a nice letter. Snail mail will make its comeback!





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Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) You’ve recently discovered that you are the equivalent of Kelly Clarkson when it comes to vocals. Sign up for the next talent show to showcase your singing skills! Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Do you ever miss watching those television shows we grew up watching like “Rolie Polie Olie” and “Doug?” Relive your childhood and watch some old episodes on YouTube. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) You’ve noticed that naming technology after fruits is trendy, like the ever-popular Apple iPods or the Pear-pod from “iCarly.” You should be innovative and invent your own fruit devices like a Berry-pod or a Lemon laptop. Compiled by Kellie Kawamoto




Across 1 Teacher to whom memoirs are dedicated 3 Opening song for the Town Center Anniversary 5 Store advertisement 8 Japanese treat sold at the bon dance 10 The college and career counselor 12 September 10 holiday 13 Organization that had a student place fourth in a convention 14 Sport that helped with AYSO clinic

Down 2 Junior fromYemen 3 The only class to be given the HSA test 4 Sophomore from Jordan 6 Journalism adviser 7 Mililani _____________ Church, place where bon dance was held 9 Sports editor 11 Supermarket to shop at for Kraft Shop and Score


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Issue 1 2009-2010  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 1

Issue 1 2009-2010  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 1