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Trojan Times Students represent Hawaii at CTE nationals (Bottom from L-R): Senior Joleen Baxa, Alumna Lauryn Mow, Senior Brittney Acoba, Senior Carianne Matsuo, Junior Brianna Daranciang and Senior Ashley Layco. After extensive research and studying, the students ranked as top ten in the nation, putting Hawaii on the national map.

Photo courtesy of Senior Erika Edwards

Photo courtesy of Senior Kara Nyuha

(Above): Senior Erika Edwards, far right, stands with Jennifer Goloran (left) of Waipahu High School and Michelle Sakuda (middle) of Kapolei High School. After placing at the state level, they made up the group that competed at nationals, bringing back a silver medal.

(Above): MHS SkillsUSA members and students from Radford High School, Lahainaluna High School, Waiakea High School and Kea ‘au High School, made up the Hawaii group at nationals after placing in the state competition. The MHS students were able to place in the top twelve.

Photo courtesy of Candance Chun




By Matthew Ambrosecchio

By Bianca Sewake

By Caitlin Kelly

After devoting long hours to researching and studying throughout the year, twenty students belonging to Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) placed at the annual state competition moved on to the national competition held from June 23-26 in Orlando, FL. The competition began the day of arrival. “Arriving to the competition was a bit nervewracking,” recalled Junior Brianna Daranciang who competed in the Medical Reading category. “Actually participating in the event is less nervewracking because I had to stop thinking about all the pressure and just concentrate on what I was doing,” she said. The students checked in at their assigned place when it came time for their competition, where they took tests, presented their projects and were interviewed by the judges.“The teams had to speak —either prepared or they were asked questions and had to respond quickly, accurately and demonstrate an understanding of the material,” explained HOSA Adviser Candace Chun. In between the stress of the competition, there were more events for the students to attend. “I got to see what students around the nation were doing for their HOSA competitions in an event called the HOSA showcase,” said Senior Brittney

Five MHS students, along with others from Radford, Maui and the Big Island advanced to the 46th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Competition in Kansas City, MO from July 20-25. This competition themed “Champions at Work” allowed students from around the nation to showcase their talent in a variety of areas from Health Care to Industrial Arts. Participants from MHS competed in five different categories, which only covered a small portion of the 96 categories available during the competition. Each of the 5,600 students there had participated in the state competition and placed in their categories. “The students had been training with their teachers for months prior to state conference. The winners from states then trained for nationals,” said Industrial Arts Teacher Tom Falenofoa, SkillsUSA Adviser. Each category in the competition consisted of different sections. “There were actually several parts of it. There’s the part I don’t get to see, a few judges judge my actual board and another checks measurements because there’s specifications for it. And then the second part is when I do my speech, and there’s judges. It was pretty nervewracking,” said Senior Kara Nyuha, a participant in the Promotional Bulletin Board category. After days of anxiously waiting for the results,





Countless hours of practice and preparation paid off during the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events that took place this summer in Chicago, IL. MHS Senior Erika Edwards, along with Jennifer Goloran of Waipahu High School and Michelle Sakuda of Kapolei High School, represented our state in the Culinary Arts division of the STAR competition. They returned home with a silver medal. In order to compete at the national level, all participants need to place at the state level; the top three ranked students were compiled into a team for nationals. “It was kind of hard adapting to having different teammates that what we went to states with,” said Edwards. “With the group we had here, everyone had a certain way of doing things so it was easier to work with,” she said. Regardless of the difficulties, the trio pushed on and prepared for their arrival in Chicago. The actual Culinary Arts competition involved a twenty minute preparation time, an hour cooking time and finally, a critique from a panel of judges. “We were assigned a menu and that consisted of a salad, an entree and a dessert,” said Edwards. She continued to describe their menu saying, “We actually made a tomato asparagus salad, pork chops- Maxwell salad pork

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FCCLA chop- and the dessert was a fruit tart.” This win was not only a victory, but a motivation for Edwards who stated, “It felt good to be nationally recognized for something, but getting a silver medal just gives me more drive to want to want to get a gold next year at nationals.” Family and Consumer Science Teacher Karla Deguchi also expressed her high expectations for the upcoming competition. “I’m excited because we had somebody go to nationals last year and so hopefully we can have one person or more than one person go again,” she said.

News HOSA Acoba, a competitor in the Health Education category. “The showcase was a time for individuals and groups in certain HOSA competitions to show off their work to other HOSA members and health care professionals,” she said. When the results came in at the awards ceremony, the students placed in the top ten. Acoba, along with partner Joleen Baxa placed 4th for Health Education. Acoba was also awarded the National Recognition Program award. Daranciang and partners Seniors Ashley Layco and Carianne Matsuo placed 3rd. Senior Nicole Kawahara and Alumnus Allen Orense placed 5th for Ca-

Pre AP/Honors program sees spike in enrollment By Caitlin Kelly The new school year has brought changes for the Pre Advanced Placement (AP)/Honors Social Studies program. More students are taking advantage of the program, as enrollment has almost quadrupled from 58 students to 220. To accommodate the larger number of students, the class is being taught by Social Studies Teachers Amy Perruso and Lailanie Richmond. In an effort to recruit more students, Perruso and Richmond visited Mililani Middle School during the 2009-2010 school year to inform upcoming 9th graders and the parents of the benefits of the program. “I think that a lot of students want to take more challenging courses and this is a perfect way for them to dip their toes into it,” said Richmond. Though the teachers for the course have changed, the students will still work to achieve the same standards. “The curriculum for the Pre AP Social Studies has changed because the teachers have changed. We’re still meeting the same benchmarks, but we have a different approach,” said Perruso. The changes are already being exemplified in programs like AP Brain Camp;

a program designed for incoming AP students who need assistance on summer assignments, or who just wish to get a feel for the course. It was offered to Pre AP/Honors students this year, when it was previously just for incoming AP students. “It helped me because stuff that she went over we were supposed to learn back in seventh grade, but that was kind of far back,” said Freshman Caytlin Yoshioka. Perruso and Richmond are looking forward to additions like these throughout the year, and have already planned unique activities outside of the classroom. “We’re going to visit Waipahu Plantation, so we have a lot of field trips and a lot of outside the classroom learning opportunities,” said Richmond. Students are already enjoying the creative ways information is presented in this course. “We started on the monarchy and we started separating into groups and developing debates for different subject matters which gets you really involved and gets you really passionate about what you’re learning,” said Yoshioka. The Pre AP/Honors program is proving to be a gratifying challenge for students who wish to push themselves.

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reer Display. Alumnus Rance China placed 3rd in Clinical Specialty and Alumna Jenna Maligro was awarded with the HOSA 2009-2010 State Officer award. The students were pleased with how they did, as was their adviser. “We usually have difficulty placing in the team events, but this time, they won in all the major categories we have been trying to win for several years. I am so proud of them,” said Chun. After dedicating much time and effort to absorbing health related information, the achievements of the students were acknowledged when they left the competition as one of the top ten in the nation.

SkillsUSA MHS participants earned several different awards. Senior Mallory Hayase placed 5th in Internetworking, Alumnus Bryson Yogi placed 10th in Job Interview, Senior Kara Nyuha placed 8th in Promotional Board and Seniors Brandon Tacadena and Grace Kim placed 11th in Video Production. Participants also received further guidance from professionals at the TECHSPO, an event where experts in different fields share their knowledge. “After our competitions we got to walk around because there was a TECHSPO and talk to a lot of different vendors. So whatever our particular interest was, we got

to learn more,” said Nyuha. Although students had several different events to attend throughout the conference, they were also able to enjoy the social aspect of the competition. “The people truly defined the experience; each of them helped distinguish this year from the past. Thus, I didn’t feel any sense of repetition or diminished excitement; if anything, I enjoyed this year even more,” said Hayase, a two time participant. The conference was filled with opportunities for students interested in getting ahead in the work force, and it’s an experience they won’t soon forget.

Students recognized at NHD national competition By Bianca Sewake The students who participated in last year’s National History Day (NHD) focused their topics on the theme Innovations in History: Impact and Change. Those who placed at the state competition had the chance to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. from June 12-20. Senior Andrew Kanei, who did a display board, explained the nature of the competition. “We register and after, if we do a display board, then we have to set up early. But for the other projects, they just practiced on their own. After that, the judges … were looking at the projects and we had an interview time,” he said. After seeing the competitors from around the world, some of the students looked forward to the event. “Due to the fact that this was my second

year attending (NHD), I was very excited to see the competition,” said Junior Elizabeth Gustafson, who competed in the display board category. “I knew it was probably going to be harder than it was the year before, but I couldn’t wait to set up my board and see what the judges had in store,” she said. During the third day of the competition, Kanei and partner Senior Cody Driver received a rare opportunity. Their board was selected to be displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History for one day. “We had to talk to whoever visited the museum that day and we also had to talk to the workers for the national archives,” explained Kanei. In between the busy schedule, students had some free time. “We spend a lot of time in Washington, D.C. touring around,” said Social Studies Teacher Amy Boehning. The students visited famous land-

marks such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House and the Holocaust Museum. When the judging was done, three of the MHS students were recognized for their projects. Senior Marissa Okazaki placed fifth for her documentary on Social Darwinism. “Not only did she place, she won the outstanding senior project from Hawaii,” said Boehning. Kanei and Driver were awarded with the Lee Allen History of Baseball award. This is given to the best project in any category that is accurate in research and historical context. Boehning was pleased with the students’ accomplishments. “It amazes me, the work that they do. The critical thinking and the analysis of a document, they really teach other people about the topic,” she stated. After extensive research and hard work, the students walked away with more knowledge of different innovations.

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Photos by Caitlin Kelly | Trojan Times (Left): Internationally acclaimed poet Christy Passion held a workshop open to MHS students. (Middle): The MHS marching band helps the Mililani Town Center celebrate its anniversary. (Right): Actress Kelly Hu spoke to the MHS Gaming Club on the values of community service.

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Watanabe helps the hungry in Central America By Caitlin Kelly Most high school students hoping to relax after a hectic school year welcome summer vacation with open arms. However, Junior Kelsi Watanabe spent the first half of her summer doing anything but relaxing. From June 6-22, Watanabe participated in a demanding service project through the Girl Scouts, which focused on helping the needy in Central America. Watanabe was one of eight girls from across the nation and the only one from Hawaii, who participated in this service project. Before Watanabe was allowed to attend, she went through a highly selective application process that included writing essays and getting teacher recommendations. Her applications then had to be approved by the state and national council. English Teacher Holland Henderson aided Watanabe in the application process because she felt she could contribute large amounts to the program. “She’s generally a very con-

Photo courtesy of Junior Kelsi Watanabe Junior Kelsi Watanabe, far right, prepares to zip line with her new Girl Scout friends. Watanabe was one of the eight selected in the nation to participate in a service project dedicated to helping the poor in Costa Rica and Panama. scientious, responsible person, so if I was traveling to a third world country, I’d want someone like her to help with direction and detail and just keeping people organized and safe,” Henderson said. The trip was focused on aiding the hungry in povertyridden areas of Panama and Costa Rica. As part of the service project, the Girl Scouts rowed boats to areas in need and delivered staple foods like rice and lentil beans. “The kids tend to get sick from the food that they eat, but they have

to eat it because they have no choice. So a lot of times they have to try and find the food they eat by fishing, and then there’s not many fish they can eat,” Watanabe added. Another big part of the trip was backpacking through the mountains, sometimes for as long as seven hours, in order to reach their home stay families. “The hardest part about the trip was backpacking because a lot of us, even the ones who were physically fit, had a hard time with that,” said Watanabe. However, the difficult ex-

periences were the ones that really brought the group together. Watanabe became close friends with Ana Komar, a Girl Scout from Burlington, CT, who also attended the service project. “On the first day of backpacking it was raining really hard and everyone was feeling really tired, so I started talking to (Watanabe) and it kind of got our minds off of things,” commented Komar. They formed a strong friendship throughout the trip, and still keep in touch today. “I plan on keeping in touch and seeing (Watanabe) as soon as possible. Hawaii sounds awesome,” she said. After seeing a place so different from the one she was used to, Watanabe came to a realization. “I really got to appreciate what I have. Like running water, you don’t have to go fetch your water that might be germy and have diseases, or worry about having three meals a day,” she said. Since Watanabe has gained an even better knowledge of world issues through this trip, it has inspired her to perform even more community service projects in the future.

Students experience Japan’s culture and lifestyle

By Bianca Sewake While most students were probably spending their summer days at the beach or in summer school, twenty-three MHS Japanese students spent some of their summer in Japan. The trip took place from May 31 to June 12, which allowed students to experience the different culture and lifestyle. “We had tours in the morning and we’d come back by five. From five on was our own free time. So that’s how it was like everyday,” explained Junior Marcie Yoshimura. The main cities the students traveled to were Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. “The teachers who went with us on the trip planned the activities so that we were able to see both new and old Japan,” stated Senior Bethany Kanda. Some of the places they visited included old shrines and temples, Nara Deer Park, Tokyo Tower and the Memorial Museum of the

Invention of Instant Ramen, where they were able to make their own instant ramen. Although the students had a set schedule, there were free days for them to explore Japan on their own. “We leave free time for them,” said Japanese Teacher JoAnn Kanda. “They get to plan specifically where they want to go and how they’re going to get there.” On those days, the students had to navigate their way through Japan without help from their teachers, which made them apply their speaking and comprehension skills. “We had some students who have gone before, so they kind of took the role as leaders and kind of helped the younger students around,” said J. Kanda. Throughout the trip, the students faced some challenges. “One major problem was the language barrier,” explained Yoshimura. “Although we knew enough Japanese to survive, it was difficult to speak to the locals because they didn’t understand what we were trying to say and they spoke too

fast for us to comprehend. So most of the time, we had to use our hands and make gestures to communicate.” Despite the language barrier, the students enjoyed themselves. “I like the lifestyle and the pace of life in Tokyo; everyone walks and the transportation system is top notch,” stated B. Kanda.

Yoshimura added by saying, “Japan is so up-beat and majority of the people there are so welcoming.” After getting a dose of the lifestyle in Japan and learning to apply what they were taught, the students have already expressed interest to visit again.

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Hello Mililani High School, I’m Sharmaine Lee, your ASMHS President for this school year. I’m here to serve the school and the students to the best of my ability. If you have any questions, need help, or just want to talk, you can always be sure that I will be there for you. Although it’s still the beginning of the school year, it feels like so much time has passed by. I hope you all enjoyed the Welcome Back Assembly, filling you with school spirit. If you are a freshman or a new student, I hope you are enjoying your experience at Mililani High School, and that your big transition is going smoothly. Class assemblies were held on the second week of school, however freshmen and sophomores had to go to their advisory. The assemblies were to update you on what is going on and motivating you to support your class. As Homecoming is coming up soon, please help out in committees such as Banner Building, Lip Sync, and Parade so your class can earn spirit points. The theme this year is “All Around the World”, a theme celebrating the diverse cultures Mililani High School has. Aim for the Homecoming Trophy. Let us have school spirit and a great year together.


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New season, new coach, new direction Jayna Kitazaki | Na Mana’o Poina Ole

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By: Matthew Ambrosecchio Leilehua. After coaching our rival school, York came back to MHS in 2007 where Taking on a leadership he was defense coordinator role is a huge responsibility, until his promotion. and it’s especially challeng- Although York has been ing to find others to take “all around,” this is his first the place of those leaving head coaching position and or retiring leaders. Luckily, says he’s still learning the when MHS Football Coach odds and ends. “As (an) asDarnell Arceneaux left, De- sistant coach you’re dealing fense Coordinator Rod York with more of the hands on stepped up to take over as everyday football, you know head coach. practice, players, personnel, “I just felt the loyalty, schemes. As head coach, you like I needed to be here at deal with a lot of things off Mililani,” York said on his the field like parents, dealreasoning to take the head ing with team managers, coach position. “Mililani is dealing with ordering jerwhere they let me switch seys, you know those types over when I wanted to of things,” he said. change, get out of Leile- Even though everyone is hua and (Principal John adjusting to new standards Brummel) and Coach Nitta and expectations, Senior, opened the doors (for me.)” Trent McKinney, quarter York has an extensive back feels that “the program football history ranging (Coach York) has now runs from playing All-State de- a lot smoother than last year fense back in ‘91 to signing because it’s a lot more orgaonto the University of Ha- nized.” waii team, and even coach- His feelings were shared ing at Iolani, Mililani and by Senior Offensive Line-

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men Chase Yamada, who also stated, “(York)’s a very team oriented coach. He’s very good about getting us to work together and having the team reach our goals.” Of those many goals, York said he really wants the team to focus on their basics, academics and true teamwork. “I don’t think we’ve been a true team,” said York, continuing, “we’re making these guys not just say ‘team’ but understand team and do team, being together.” When asked about this season’s projections, York had this to say, “We’re prepared but you’re not going to know till you put the pads on and play because now we’re going to put it all together … and we can only get as ready as we can be.” Judging by their victorious preseason record, this season’s expectations are definitely high for the 2010 varsity football team.

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9/10 Mililani vs. Campbell 4:30 JV 7:30 Varsity 9/18 Castle vs. Mililani 2:00 JV 9/24 Mililani vs. Aiea 4:30 JV 7:30 Varsity


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Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to be the student voice and 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 Bianca Sewake Assistant Editor Caitlin Kelly Design Editor Matthew Ambrosecchio Sports Editor Jayna Kitazaki Business Manager Jessica Antonio Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel Staff Jonalyn Bate Zora Ha Reid Imamura Chanel Kawasaki Judy Mossman Jacquelyn Perreira Matthew Raab Aven Santiago Shan Yonamine The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789 To voice an opinion or any concerns, feel free to submit a letter to L205 or to b.sewake@ The Trojan Times reserves the right to edit letters as they see fit. Please type your letter and clearly state your name, grade level and period one class.


Let go of fear to move on I’m not afraid of you!

By Jayna Kitazaki By Bianca Sewake Each school year is a new beginning. It’s a time to momentarily forget about the past and focus on what lies ahead. It gives us a fresh start, the clean slate and new goals of what we promise to accomplish. Each school year gives us confidence to go out and do what we want to do, explore our interests and strive for our goals. This is a good thing. It gives us the opportunity to fulfill all we want to fulfill. It gives us another chance. A lot of times, however, we don’t take advantage of this second shot. Instead, we may

just talk about what we want to improve or achieve and not do anything to actually follow through. Sometimes, we let mistakes from the past, bad experiences or some kind of fear hold us back from trying new things and reaching our full potential. We may not always know it, but we sometimes let these insecurities get the best of us. We let fear get in the way, which is what limits us in what we set out to achieve. But that can change this year. This year can finally be the year where you break old habits and stick to your resolutions. This year, let go of whatever is

holding you back and make this year your new beginning. From trying out for a sport, joining a club, auditioning for the school play or something that requires expanding the size of our comfort zone, a nervous feeling is natural. But that’s okay. What’s not okay is when we become too nervous to even try. We may doubt ourselves, feel self conscious of what others think of us or fear a not so favorable experience. Knowing that the outcome may not go how you wanted is the risk you take whenever you set a goal and go after it. It shouldn’t be what keeps you from trying. You just have to be per-

sistent. You need to step out of your comfort zone to reach your full potential, meet your goals and continue to push for what you want, even though it may be tough along the way. This year, whatever your goal is, go out and get it. When you have goals, it means you want to see some kind of change or improvement. Don’t let fear hold you back. You may be nervous to step outside of your comfort zone, but it’s only when you do that you can see what you are capable of. This year is your new beginning. This is where you decide whether or not you want to see great things from yourself.

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eScorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

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Keep an ear open. Good news is coming your way. It might be hard to hear over loud noises like shouting and singing.

(May 21 - June 21) It’s about time you did something adventurous and exciting for a change. Like eating a hotdog without a bun or going without rice for a day. Let your wild side out!

gCapricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Guess what? Somewhere in this world, there’s an exact duplicate of everything. You just need to look for it. Who knows, there might be another you on campus. Go on a twin hunt!

a Cancer

(June 22 - July 22) Doesn’t it feel good to help people? Do a favor or two today. You never know what exciting requests you’ll get. I’d carry around a utility belt for a couple of weeks.

h Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

You know the phrase, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it”? Well I guess I won’t give you your horoscope this week.






I’d watch out if I were you. A spell of bad luck is heading your way. To avoid it, stick to routine and avoid doing anything crazy.

You’re feeling quite musical today. Sing a show tune and entertain your friends. If you don’t, you may lose your voice forever!


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Today will be amazing. You’ll feel like a mountain of diamonds and have the urge to go horseback riding. If today doesn’t go well, an Aries read your horoscope.

(March 21 - April 19) Look at your horoscope, now look at Libra’s and back at yours. Sadly, yours isn’t the Libra’s. It could be if you stopped wasting your time.

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(July 23 - Aug. 22) Guess what? Somewhere in this world, there’s an exact duplicate of everything. You just need to look for it. Who knows, there might be another you on campus. Go on a twin hunt!

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1. SkillsUSA adviser 3. Program offered to Pre AP/Honors students this year 5. MHS student who competed in FCCLA nationals 7. Winner of the Outstanding Senior Projet from Hawaii

Did you hear that? It sounds like you’re about to have an epiphany! You’ll be struck by amazing words of wisdom. Share it with a friend.

By Jayna Kitazaki Welcome victims--i mean students ... to homeroom!

suffer~ suffer~~

muahahahaha hahahah haaaa!!!

...and that’s what happened on my first day

you’re over exaggerating ... your only homework is to fill out the syllabus and info. card

and this is my “child-improvement -stick”--i mean ruler!

which i had to do...and your teacher is really nice, i met with her yesterday...

By the bell

By Matthew Ambrosecchio Answers to the crossword

homework on the first day!

suffer~ suffer~~

Compiled by Matthew Ambrosecchio

1. The state HOSA nationals was held in 2. Watanabe went on a service project with the _________ 4. The new head football coach 6. Memorial Museum of the Invention of Instant _____


Be on the lookout for rabid squirrels. Only extremely long fingernails can fight them off. What’s that you say? You just cut yours? A Cancer friend can help.

c Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)










































Issue 1 2010-2011  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 1