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Trojan dance crews compete for “Fresh” opportunity By Faith Brown In an effort to further expand the wide variety of competitions that MHS participates in, the program In School Jam, an effort organized by Hawaii Team Sports, recently contacted Mililani in hopes of presenting a rare opportunity to the school’s talented youth by means of a dance competition, while at the same time spreading their mes-

sage of living a sober, safe life through their system of “Entertain to Educate.” “... We started doing like the awareness stuff cause part of this whole thing is we want people to understand ... the effects of drugs and alcohol and making bad decisions,” stated Hawaii Team Sports Founder and Head D Branch about his “Entertain to Educate” policy for the In School Jam sessions. The organization Hawaii

Team Sports was hired by a production company based in Beverly Hills, CA to find young talent in the areas of dance, either individuals or dance crews who will then compete against each other to gain a position in a new motion picture film called “Fresh.” Artist’s such as NeYo, Chris Brown and Ciara have been deemed as possible stars of the film, which Continued on page 2

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Senior Brittnie Aguilar, center, with Hyper Squad competes with other crews for a chance to appear in the new movie “Fresh.” The precision of their performance earned them the winning spot for this first round of competition hosted on the Trojan’s homefield.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS Band Cheerleading Football Journalism Paddling Softball Student Council

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These six pillars are the basic virtues that are focused on throughout the Mililani public schools. Caring and Respect were the pillars presented to the elementary children.





Volunteer Character Counts presenters spoke to all five public Mililani elementary schools on Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 on the values of character through their real life experiances. The elementary school students responded with enthusiasm and understanding as they answered questions and learned to apply the lessons of either respect or caring to their lives.

To the delight of hundreds of “bright-eyed” public elementary school students in Mililani, Character Counts Week was celebrated on Oct. 21 and 23 through a unique learning experience for both the elementary and high school

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students. Volunteer Trojans became examples of the Six Pillars of Character, specifically Respect and Caring, for students at Kipapa, Mililani Ike, Mililani Mauka, Mililani Uka and Mililani Waena. Over 60 students from various organizations from around the school

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were either chosen or volunteered to be a Character Counts presenter at their old elementary school in Mililani or a Mililani public elementary school of their choice. “When (the elementary school students) see the high school students they look at them as the examples and sort of the pillars of who

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Constitutional lawyer Neal Katyal discusses experiences with students By Noah Perales-Estoesta

they’d like to be someday. And so we are bringing the best and brightest examples from Mililani High School into those classrooms,” Vice Principal Fred Murphy stated. Students who partcipated in the presentations included a wide

The Advanced Placement (AP) Government class, taught by Social Studies Teacher Amy Perruso, participated in an Oct. 25 field trip to a gathering between students and Lawyer Neal Katyal, hosted by the Hawaii State Bar Association. Those who attended the meeting listened to and took part in a discussion led by Katyal, who spoke at the William S. Richardson School of Law about his practice. Katyal was the lead counsel in the 2006 Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which found the ordinances established by the Bush administration concerning the detainees at the Guantanamo Bay

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WAC fights world hunger with school bake sale By Caitlin Kuroda The problem of world hunger continues to escalate and it will take the collective effort of many countries to solve it. Locally, however, the World Awareness Club (WAC) chose to take an active role in addressing this crisis by holding a two-day bake sale. During first quarter, WAC officers sat down and discussed many of the current issues prominent around the globe and in the end decided to focus on hunger for their first service project. “They look to what’s going on in the news, they saw that the food crises were going out of control and that people were really suffering and they figured that would be a good thing to focus on,” said WAC Adviser Steven Schick. The bake sale took place from Oct. 22-23 after

school. On the 22nd, WAC also took advantage of the GT/ AP Performance Night to make sales there. WAC members sold their homemade treats such as cookies, cupcakes and brownies, as well as pins promoting their cause. On each baked good a fact about world hunger was attached to educate customers on subjects such as the conditions of other countries regarding the food crisis. After the first day of sales, Schick reported profits of 310 dollars, “more successful than we’d hoped.” After the second day WAC earned even more – 480 dollars – making the total profit from the sales 790 dollars. As always, WAC’s main goal in carrying out this project was to “raise money and spread awareness,” said Senior Kent Yamada,

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Tumble Rocking Krew (left), Hyper Squad (center) and Pop Rocks (right), the three competing dance crews, were given the chance to show off their moves for the In School Jam program supported and createdd by Hawaii Team Sports, founded by retired NFL football player D Branch.

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With their matching outfits and flowing choreography, Pop Rocks entertains the crowd that gathered to watch. The first of the three groups to perform, the team’s coordinated purple appearance added to their to the excited air of the begining of the competition and the whole occasion’s competetive, yet light-hearted feel.

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English Teacher Jeni Nishimura helps support the WAC bake sale, which was held on Oct. 22 and 23. The two-day event accumulated 790 dollars, which were donated to the World Food Programme, an organization dedicated to fighting world hunger.

president of WAC, “that’s what our club is about, spreading awareness.” The club chose to donate their profits to the World Food Programme. “It was between the World Food Programme and the Hawaii Food Bank, and we’re the

World Awareness Club,” said Yamada, emphasizing WAC’s focus on larger issues affecting the entire world. The World Food Programme is an agency of the United Nations that works to bring food to millions of deprived people

every year. With the success of this recent project, WAC has the momentum to carry out bigger and more ambitious projects. An art show is already in the planning stages for later in the year.

is based here in Hawaii. For the next several months, the competition will spread to ten different public high schools and the organization will also host a variety of other competitions in an effort to find skilled dancers. Mililani was their first stop on their island tour and the In School Jam was hailed with much anticipiation. Three dance crews were confirmed as competitors for the Trojans including the Hyper Squad, Pop Rocks and Tumble Rocking Krew (TRK). They were given two weeks to choreograph a dance to music, including the week of fall break. On Oct. 16, the three teams came excited and prepared to beat out the competiton and capture the judges’ attention in whatever way possible. The first group to perform, Pop Rocks, appeared onstage in matching purple garments and white shutter shades, looking the very image of a competitive dance team, such as the Jabbawockees from “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Junior Ace Estiamba, captain of Pop Rocks, stated, “We were thinking of dance crews and the good dance crews and how they matched. So we decided to

match so that they could look at us as a whole.” In their performance the “popand-lock” was the most predominant dance style used. TRK, the second group of performers, experienced complications in the creation of their choreography but, nonetheless, were able to perform well in their incorporation of a multitude of dance styles including breaking and popping. “I think we did good ‘cause we tried our best. I wish we had more time because we could have done better but ... I think we did good with what we had,” said Senior Brian Araki, elected representative of TRK. It was, however, the seamless dance choreography of Hyper Squad, which is a Mililani branch of the renowned dance studio, that won the judges over. Trojan representative for Hyper Squad Senior Brittnie Aguilar, commented after their victory, “I think it was really good. We were all really hyped up and excited. It was really fun and the other crews and teams did really good as well.” As the winner for this first round of competition, Hyper Squad will move on to compete against the win-

ners from about nine other high schools until the finalists are judged one last time by “Fresh” Producer Dave Scott. Both student and faculty audience members were able to enjoy performances by Mo Love of Mo Love Productions with DJ stylings provided by Da Lion of Judah, official Hawaii Team Sports DJ. Branch explained the reason for all the support, “It’s about us trying to add to what schools are doing. We’re just trying to come add the fun because sometimes we want to add some real serious stuff too. Like today, we were hoping that if we had time to talk a little about politics and you know what’s going on right now and you know important things.” In addition to being highly entertained with a taste of modern dance and the chance at the opportunity of a lifetime for one talented dance crew, the audience, a wide margin of the school’s populace, was also educated in a unique manner about avoiding drugs, alcohol and cigarettes by a group of people who are very passionate about their message.

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Character (continued from page 1) variety of members from the ASMHS Student Council, athletes from multiple sports, Marching Band members, journalists and other students. At every school other than Mililani Ike, which focused on Caring, the focus of the presentations centered around the Pillar of Respect. To best represent their school’s respective pillar to individual grade levels, children in kindergarten through second grade were read a book centered around a moral by their high school presenters. Senior Melanie Inouye, Student Council representative, commented, “I think it is a good process. This is a good program for a volunteering action.” Third grade to fifth grade classes enjoyed live skit performances done by groups of four to five students for multiple classes at a time. Skits included scenes of song and dance, music, candy and games. These skits were created in an effort to bring an educational experience for the high school students. “... Because they are very impressionable being little kids ... it would be fascinating for them to see big kids with all the things that older kids are doing today. It would be surprising to see older kids being respectful and so I guess they would want to follow them,” said Junior Dharyl Bongbonga, Student Council and Color Guard representative. Murphy explained the value gained from the expe-

“We were representing our school and becoming role-models as upperclassmen or teenagers or whatever. So it’s kind of cute to see them kind of looking up to us.”

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“I’d have to say that it was a great experience because talking with little kids was a challenge but fun at the same time.” -Hideki Aoki, 12 Photo courtesy of Kellie Young

Senior Dean Shimokawa, Junior Kylie Tao and Senior Cory Nakagawa interact with kids at Mililani Mauka Elementary School by asking them questions about respect.

rience for the participating high school students, “... the idea was that the older students, ... when they teach, they do have to reflect upon what does it really mean to be a caring person. It’s an authentic process. It’s not contrived for the class and they’re not just answering it because the teacher asked them a question. They are doing it so they can present it to some kids and that act really is a profound one. The reason why we are doing this is that it’s a great activity for older students, high school students, to go through that thought process and personalize it for others.” “It was a really good experience and I think that everyone should have a chance to do it. It helps you understand and learn and gives them a better understanding of the Six Pillars,” commented Senior Shayna Asuncion on her experiences as a Cheerleading repre-

“When they see the high school students they look at them as the examples and sort of pillars of who’d they like to be someday.” -Vice Principal Fred Murphy

sentative. Not only was this experience a learning opportunity for both teacher and student, it was also a valuable asset in building up the community of Mililani and its citizens’ values from a young age in a unique manner. Murphy explained the underlying purpose of teaching these Character Pillars in the elementary schools and its benefits, “... the good you do here really does affect what you see at the Town Center, really does affect people and how they interact at the Recreational Center or in the supermarket and that impor-

“We were making a big difference.”

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“It was pretty cool because the

kids were actually interested in it and the things we do.” -Kent Yamada, 12

“I think it was a good way to show the kids how these pillars are used in everyday life.” -Kylee Rodriguez, 12 tant community link is what makes you realize just how profound it is to be a part of a community that has values. Values don’t happen in a vacuum that they have to be taught, they have to be demonstrated, they have to be lived.” With benefits to all sides involved, the Character

Counts Week presentations were a great success in the Mililani public elementary schools and hopefully in regards to the actions of 60 high school students, hundreds more will later enter that higher level of education with a respectful and caring attitude.

Digital media students gain valuable skills from Olelo training By Cyrus Takahashi The week before fall break, students in Digital Media Teacher Shelly Bishop’s electronic media and directed studies classes were able to gain valuable skills from training with members of Olelo Community Television that granted access to professional equipment and gave them the opportunity to work in a realistic setting, creating a project for televised broadcast. Coordinators for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) choose one school every year to make a film and this year it was Mililani. Bishop’s students had to receive proper training before the project could start. “In order to use Olelo’s equipment, they had to be trained on Olelo’s equipment,” said Bishop, who volunteered her students for the HIFF project. The proj-

ect, once edited, will be brought to Olelo to be broadcast on cable channel 56 by late December or early January. The training took place for several hours after school at Dole Cannery theaters from Monday, Sept. 29 to Thursday, Oct. 4. Students were divided into groups based on equipment, which included cameras, a switchboard and a sound system. Though Bishop and the Olelo members were key components of the training process, they played the role of supervisors, allowing students to work on their own. “I didn’t help at all, so they did it all themselves, put it all together, hook it up, connect it, everything and then take it all apart after they’re finished,” said Bishop. However, the experts from Olelo did make sure the students were on the right track. “(Olelo members were) …

the people who (were) overseeing us and telling us if we were setting it up correctly, helping us get through some of the more difficult stuff,” said Senior Kekoa Yoshinaga, whose training involved cameras, microphones and an intercom system. The students who went through the training became certified to take out Olelo’s professional equipment for use in their own future projects to be aired on the station. “They can film a school project, they can film a school function, they can make commercials, public service announcements, anything that fits into what Olelo can show,” said Bishop, adding, “You can’t sell anything, but if you want to produce a show, you could.” Some students are already taking advantage of these new opportunities. “We’re actually going

to get to film and direct our own ... commercial,” said Yoshinaga. For the students, the training was more of an exercise in reality than equipment certification. “They had a real-world experience,” said Bishop. “They get to meet the directors, they get to film everything, do it all completely by themselves.” The event also helped trainees to make decisions regarding their futures. “I wasn’t really sure if I really wanted to either go into film or (be an) electrician,” said Yoshinaga, adding, “This really helped me with my choice, and I think now I’m really leaning towards … the film industry.” With their newfound expertise, Bishop’s students are ready to use their skills to tell their stories and take their interest in electronics to the next level.


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OC16 films segment on AP programs By Elizabeth Spalla Each year, various schools around the island have an opportunity to show which courses they are most proud of. Oceanic Cable (OC16) covers the short segments that give the courses’ descriptions and airs them on local television. In the past, OC16 has covered MHS’s Graphic Arts department and Tri-School. This year, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are being featured. Principal John Brummel stated, “I’m very proud of our AP program, we have teachers that want to challenge students … and I think it’s a great asset for a school to have as many Advanced Placement programs as what we have at Mililani High School.” As great additions to the school, AP courses offer great opportunities for students to grow. Much appreciation, time and recognition is taken into building the school’s AP programs. The teachers provide students with the information necessary to further their knowledge of the world. All AP teachers are provided with opportunities to advance in their professional development. Brummel stated with pride, “The teachers that we have in our AP program work very hard and make it so that it is very rewarding for the students and challenging and it’s been great for our kids.” On Oct. 23, OC16 filmed

a 24-second segment that featured the AP courses as a whole as well as students and teachers enrolled in the program. Due to OC16’s filming schedule, only AP courses that are offered in the morning were showcased. AP Literature and Compostion, AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics and AP US History are some of the courses that may appear in the segment. “… (It) totally prepares our students for college, to be successful in college,” said English Teacher Lisa Tsuruda. Mililani’s AP program offers assignments that create a challenge for students. “The amount of work that you do and the quality of work that is expected. It’s not a normal assignment … you really have to analyze everything,” stated Senior Kristen Levay when talking about how AP courses help for college preparation. Besides the aforementioned, MHS also offers a diverse assortment of many other AP courses such as English Language and Composition, US Government, Calculus and Spanish. AP programs are encouraged to be a part of every student’s schedule because they provide excellent academic opportunities and learning experiences. MHS is proud to display its AP programs on OC16 for the segment that airs during the next football season.

Stormy weather doesn’t stop Make a Difference Day By Veronica Sims Make a Difference Day, which has become a Mililani High School tradition, happens every year around the fall season. Similar to Campus Beautification, Make a Difference Day is meant for the campus to stay maintained and to be improved. Principal John Brummel and the PTSO collaborated and scheduled the day for Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. Throughout October, the word was spread through advisory classes that student volunteers were needed for the

event. The National Honor Society and Chip Chip Churrah! (CCC) were student organizations that answered the call. In preparation for the event, Brummel purchased the necessary equipment such as paint and wood chips. As Saturday morning rolled in, so did the thick black rain clouds. The rain poured and the wind blew, but students and members of the Army were determined to make a difference and worked alongside Mother Nature to improve

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(Top) On Oct. 24, in celebration of Red Ribbon Week, Rising Sun Anime members Brianne Tottori, Jayna Kitazaki and Micheal Shimabukuro volunteered their time to help students pledge to be drug free. For the past three years, Rising Sun Anime has helped organize the event at MHS, which was founded in 1985 in honor of Drug Enforcement Adminstration Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena. Camarena was an undercover agent who investigated a drug cartel in Mexico. On his way to see his wife, Camarena was kidnapped and brutally murdered. (Bottom) Junior Landon Thornock takes the pledge to be drug free. MHS buildings. Students had the duty of repainting B-Bldg, L-Bldg and K-Bldg with fresh coats of white and brown. Junior Josh Batenhorst, president of CCC, and club members had the opportunity of repainting the tunnel near J-Bldg. The rain made things a little more difficult but the outcome was what kept them there. “It makes the environment a lot more forgiving, even when you don’t realize it,” said Batenhorst.

Sophomore Marissa Yamamoto added, “It makes the school campus a nicer place to stay.” The Army volunteers shoveled out dirt and placed wood chips. For Tiffany Madlock, who served in the military for five years and six months, it was her first time volunteering at a school event like Make a Difference Day. “If another event like this were to come up, I would most definitely do it again.” said Madlock. Social Studies Teacher Katrina Guerrero said that

events like Campus Beautification and Make a Difference Day are opportunities for students to give back to the faculty and school. “I like it when we can bring students, community and faculty together for an event like this,” commented Guerrero. The MHS students and US Army were able to succeed in taking time to contribute their skills and efforts towards making a difference around campus.



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Lavarias wins Teacher of the Year By Elizabeth Spalla

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Effective planning, teaching and organizing are some of the many things that Business Teacher Sue Ann Lavarias can do as Teacher of the Year. MHS is proud to be represented by Lavarias for this recognition. MHS faculty and staff nominate and elect one teacher who they believe best suits the Teacher of the Year qualifications. Principal John Brummel said, “I believe there are many ingredients that make up a good teacher; one would be excellent preparation in the classroom, delivering effective lessons and an exceptional teacher is one that cares …” As a phenomenal example of a teacher, Lavarias never fails to be visible on school campus. She is not

only a teacher but the adviser of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and Kapisanan Ng Lahing Pilipino as well. She is quick to learn new technological material that needs to come into effect soon. Her contributions to the school have helped other teachers, students and staff. She is known for providing assistance to other teachers. Brummel agreed that Lavarias helps new teachers become adapted to the school and also helps veteran teachers with projects. With effective learning styles, Lavarias’ students are able to learn quickly. “… It is easy to learn in her class because she explains everything and if you need help, she will help you whenever …” stated Junior James Dejon-Baskin, a former stu-

dent of her class. Students acknowledge her ability to make class assignments easy to learn and understand. For her great work on campus and in the classroom, many staff members have been congratulating her on her nomination as Teacher of the Year. Lavarias stated, “I feel very honored. It is a huge vote of confidence for me to receive this award from my colleagues,” Other teachers of Central District were recognized for their work and contribution to their school. The nominated teachers will be recognized at and enjoy a luncheon planned by the Hawaii State Teacher Association (HSTA) at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on April 19.

portant to me and because … they feel that, they’re willing to go above and beyond in their learning – ‘cause they cannot let me down.” In addition to the WalMart Teacher of the Year title, Tsuruda has several other achievements to her name. She is the Language Arts Department Head, Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition teacher and was,

this past summer, an AP Exam Reader for the College Board. Furthermore, she is the adviser of Book Club and a mentor to students completing a pilot Senior Project. She was also named by the PTSO the 2008 Teacher of the Year back in April. Tsuruda is now a candidate for the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year award at state level.

Tsuruda named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year By Noah Perales-Estoesta English Teacher Lisa Tsuruda was named the WalMart Teacher of the Year for the Mililani district on Oct. 29, winning a one thousand dollar grant for MHS in her honor and a one hundred dollar Wal-Mart gift card for herself. As both students and faculty members attested, the recognition Tsuruda received as a fine educator was well-earned despite her initial shock. “I’m freaking out,” she said immediately after being given the title. “I’m overwhelmed and surprised … It’s just amazing, it’s amazing.” Principal John Brummel, who was present with other staff members at the meeting where Tsuruda was honored, said, “(Tsuruda) is an energetic, hard-working individual that truly cares about kids. When you find a teacher that truly cares about kids and works hard in their classes and meets standards, you know that you have a winner. And she’s always been that type of teacher.” The notion that Tsuruda is an exceptional mentor is also apparent to students. Senior Shawna Fujita, who, with several of Tsurda’s students nominated her for

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(Above) In a heartfelt gesture, Principal John Brummel expresses his appreciation for Tsuruda’s years of excellent teaching. It was her dedication and caring that made Tsuruda stand out as an outstanding educator. (Right) Tsuruda stands with the Wal-Mart presenters while she accepts a check as part of the award. Just as she was important to her students as a teacher and respected member of the MHS English department, Tsuruda owed her achievement to her “children,” with whom she has a personal connection. the title, said, “I think (Tsuruda) deserves this award because even though I’ve never been in her English class, I was able to go to her for help with college essays and scholarships.” Senior Micah Matsumoto, another proponent of Tsuruda’s nomination, stated, “I’ve been in (Tsuruda’s) class my freshman year and this year – my senior year – and the thing

that I’ve learned about her is that she’s not just a teacher; she always wants to help, she’s always there, she never turns you down for help. She’s just so caring and loving. She loves all her students like we’re her family.” According to Tsuruda, this is true. “I’m able to connect with kids on a personal level and every one of my children (is) important to me and they know they’re im-




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Ancient stories: By Francis Empeno

On Oct. 22, The GT/AP Evening Performance was held in the library, showcasing six groups and consisting of around 30 students. The performance had three groups in both the freshman GT’s Original Mythology Plays and senior AP Literature and Composition’s Epic Presentations. The skits performed had to be under 10 minutes, and the entire event lasted from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Senior Jessica Sneed and her group were given the ancient Norse epic “Beowulf” by AP Literature and Composition English Teacher Lisa Tsuruda. Each of the three groups was given an ancient epic such as the “Iliad” or the “Odyssey.” The groups not only had to compress their original presentations of around 20 minutes, but they had to have an original take on the story. “... Everyone is in charge of knowing his or her part, and then everyone met on the four-day weekend,” said Sneed. We had and made the script all in one day, and from there we just met together at school and at my house to either practice or put our props together.” The freshman GT English students had to present skits based off of their own imagination but similar to the ancient epics

that the senior AP classes performed. English Teacher Steven Schick said, “They have invented their own society. They’ve invented their own pantheon of gods. They’ve created their own mythology and it’s an enactment of one of those myths.” During the event, the World Awareness Club (WAC) sold baked goods and water. The MHS Book Club sold books and children’s books for less than 25 cents each. Proceeds were donated to the World Food Program to help the hungry. The MHS Book Club’s funds went toward filling out the school’s library with new books. This isn’t the first time that Schick and Tsuruda have done an event like this. “We did this last year. We combined our two classes for the first time last year and we’re just re-doing it this year,” said Schick. “Tsuruda and I just said, ‘Hey let’s put our kids together and do a performance,’ since we both wanted to do it for the parents. We wanted to combine it since we’re both working along the same lines. She’s doing classic Greek epics and I’m doing Greek mythology and original epics.” On the night of the performance, every skit was executed smoothly with minor technical errors. After

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Faith Brown | Trojan Times Recently installed is the new marquee bulletin board, donated by the class of 2005 and 2007. The board is located in front of the upper campus parking lot.

Seniors and freshmen showcase skits

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Freshmen Jessica Kawana and Cherish Corpuz show their acting talent at the GT/ AP Evening Performance while showcasing their own myth entitled: “Excellion.” it was over, Sneed she was able to share the true meaning of “Beowulf” and quell her uneasiness of performing in front of a live audience. “I was pretty nervous because if you were there, the room was pretty filled with all the chairs and people stand-

ing up, but it kind of helped because I was wearing sunglasses so I didn’t see everybody in my costumes so I was able to get over it eventually.” A night that everyone enjoyed, from the eccentric actors to the amused audience.

detention camp for suspected terrorists unconstitutional and in violation of international law as established by the Geneva Conventions a quartet of treaties that outline international law for humanitarian purposes. As Perruso explained, hearing firsthand of Katyal’s experiences within the judicial system gave rise to an opportunity for her students to connect what they are learning in her class about constitutionalism to the real world. “One core component of our study of constitutionalism is civil rights and civil liberties. We have especially been talking about the methods used by the Bush administration in the conduct of the War on Terror and how the Supreme Court has decided that many of these strategies or approaches are unconstitutional … and while (Katyal) was able to talk at great length about the legal issues, I felt his personal story also hooked students on a different level,” she said. Katyal, who also works as a professor at Georgetown University Law School, also said that he hopes students will walk away with “the sense that as part of their training in speech and in history, they can take power into their own hands and use it to make the world a better place.” Students agreed that the field trip was an enlightening experience.

Senior Alyssa Gray commented, “It was very interesting to know that the things that we were learning about the Constitution and the things that we had read about the different aspects of our government are really in practice today. So it was interesting to see how different people’s lives really are affected by our government and it’s not just something disconnected.” Fellow Senior Jessica Sneed also remarked, “In (AP Government), we’re studying how the legal system works and (Katyal spoke) about the legal system and how it’s being interpreted by the President. So it just shows how much (the executives) affect … lives.” Perruso encapsulated the entire experience, stating, “The content of this particular field trip could not have been reproduced in the classroom, not only because (Katyal) was able to interact with and answer the questions of students, but also because he was able, in this setting, to more informally share understandings and insights from his experience at Guantanamo ... in his quest to challenge the presidential policies shaping Guantanamo.” Accordingly, the field trip to the Neal Katyal speaker session aided students in realizing the relevance of the subject matter covered in class to the real world politics of today.

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Japanese students experience American education By Preston Miyashiro Breaking the language barrier proved to be difficult, but that didn’t stop anyone from trying. Having arrived on Oct. 27, Miyazaki Marine High School students (31 boys and 5 girls) along with two teachers and the school principal looked to encounter American student life. They chose to visit Mililani High School on their third day in Hawaii and experienced a taste of an MHS student’s schedule. Each group conducted presentations in which they shared a part of their culture. Miyazaki students prepared a karate exhibi-

tion for Mililani students to enjoy and presented Principal John Brummel with two gifts, a Japanese doll and a board which had various tied knots mounted on it. Mililani High School presented a plaque of the Hawaiian Islands to Miyazaki. The purpose of the visit was for the Japanese students and MHS students to see the differences between each other’s educational environment, allowing them to compare each other’s behaviors. For this purpose, Japanese students shadowed volunteer MHS students throughout the day. “It was really interesting because I guess their school

system is a lot different from ours, especially their future goals and aspirations,” said Senior Russell Park, who was involved in hosting the students. “Like how American people really want to go to college, some (Japanese stuents) don’t want to go to college and go straight to work. I thought that was really interesting.” Although there was a language barrier limiting communication, the students made the best of the situation. They asked each other about hobbies, sports and school. The Japanese students were able to notice differences between their school and MHS. “For

them (the most significant difference was) especially how big the campus was. Their campus is in a much, much smaller space,” said Park. Coming from a school population of about 300 students, with a total of nine homerooms, the Miyazaki visitors were amazed by the campus size and amount of people at MHS. Manners were also observed throughout the day, as Mililani students noticed certain qualities of their Miyazaki guests. “They’re a lot more quiet and proper,” said Sophomore Kayla Balasbas. “Like when they were laughing, they’re always covering their mouth and stuff.” Re-

spectfulness and courtesy were traits commonly seen among the Japanese students. The experience was well taken in by MHS students. By volunteering, they could talk to and interact with students from a different lifstyle. There are more opportunities like this coming up later in the year to have this unique experience. Kaiyo High School students, who are all males, will be revisiting the MHS campus on Nov. 14. On March 10, Koho High School will also be revisiting the MHS campus.

“I really like the hamburgers here, but I can’t remember where I ate it.”

-Akihito Tanaka, 11

“There’re a lot of ethnicities mixed together at Mililani High School compared to our school.”

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Before getting ready to leave, the students and school officials from Miyazaki Marine High School regroup near the MHS gym for their final goodbyes and a picture with their student hosts. By the end of the day, the students from both schools were able to connect with each other across the language barrier and share a part of their respective cultures.

“We study things about boats, make canned goods, learn about boat engineering and study things to become captain of the ship. There are three studies we can get into after the first year. It is between engineering, fisheries and foods; I’m an engineer.”

-Tsuyoshi Hidaka, 11

“I see too much freedom in America. During the tour we went on, the guide mentioned about how the rules in American schools aren’t very strict.” -Sakurako Nagatomo, 11

-Yukie Mochinaga, 11 “Your principal looks very cool. He was very tall. And he had an aura of kindness around him. His mustache matches him.”

“On the boat we do maintenance on the engine and alternate turns to clean up the engine room.”

-Kenji Ota, 11

-Haruka Kinoshita, 11

Student quotes translated by Akira Miyanari and Remii Tanaka


“(I support Obama) because he supports ending the war. And I like his running mate more than John McCain’s.”

Did your opinion match the nation’s?

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“(McCain) has more benefits for military personnel, and if Obama wins, those benefits will be lost.” -Dennis Resurreccion, 12

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John McCain Barack Obama “I don’t prefer either because Obama’s inexperienced and McCain chose a bad running mate.”

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008

Tri-School brings Antigone to stage

By Angelica Sewake Hard work and determination go a long way for TriSchool, whose cast will be performing a modern translation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone,” written in 442 BC. This adaption, called “Burial at Thebes,” focuses on the conflict between the need for social order and the feelings toward a higher power that rises above the human law. Tri-School Director Jaime Rolfsmeyer chose to do a performance that related to the student body. “Well I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, mostly because all the sophomores read it. And I think it’s a good story,” Rolfsmeyer mentioned. Rolfsmeyer had wanted to do “Antigone” for a while but had difficulty finding a play adaptation that pleased her. “I’ve been looking for something to do that wasn’t modern theater. And then I couldn’t find a good translation. I’ve been looking for a couple of years. And then a friend told me about the

Seamus Haney translation.” The modern translation was also a lucky find in that Rolfsmeyer found other ties to it and the sophomore English curriculum. “Now Seamus Haney also has poems that are in the Daybook of the sophomores. But I mean we kind of study Seamus Haney in the Daybook and then ‘Antigone.’ It seemed like a good match.” “Burial at Thebes” focuses on the events of Antigone’s punishment for burying her brother Polyneices, who was branded a traitor. The leading role, Antigone, will be performed by Junior Shelby Benson. Benson has participated in several Tri-School performances since the eighth grade. She starred in last year’s performance “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.” Unsure of how she was able to achieve the lead role, Benson stated, “I think it’s like a really hard role to play. I mean there’s all sorts of different emotions that go into the character. I don’t think

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Junior Shelby Benson (Antigone), Senior Ryan Murphy (Ismene) and Senior David Teraoka (Creon). Dress rehearsals for “Burial at Thebes” began Oct. 28 in preparation for opening night. “Burial at Thebes” is Nobel Laureate Seamus Haney’s translation of “Antigone,” written in 2004. I’ve really played a character that had this much under it. Like I always played the fun and silly character…” Creon, another important character, will be played by Senior David Teraoka. Teraoka is making his very first appearance with the Tri-School group. Teraoka stated one of the challenges that he needed to overcome was his acting skills. “I think I got it pretty good, just like I have to gain confidence in how I say things. I have to just really be angry at times and sad at times.” Teraoka also mentioned the student body and community should be expecting a very different play this year because of the uncommon theme of performing a classic Greek tragedy unlike their previous modern

plays like “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Haemon, the third leading role, will be performed by Senior Giovanni Cleghorn. Like Benson, Cleghorn has been involved with TriSchool for several years now. He too has taken part in a number of plays produced through the Tri-School group. Cleghorn stated, “I learned a lot about things like how to do sound or how to do lighting; how to build a set, even how to act. Straight down to it, pretty much every aspect of theater.” Cleghorn took the knowledge he had acquired to heart and applied it to his performance.Although Cleghorn did not get the role he initially wanted, he felt he was able to overcome this obstacle and understand the

depth of his character. “Well at first I had trouble figuring out my character. But once I settled down and got into character I really think I got the feel for what my character should be like.” Benson, Teraoka and Cleghorn believe the play will be more than what others may expect. Teraoka stated, “I think it’s going to be really, really good. I think all the cast has worked really hard on getting their roles down and the set looks fantastic. I think it’s going to come together and be a really good play.” Dedicated and hard at work, the cast and play production crew is ready to perform a successful premiere of “Burial at Thebes.”

consequence of performing witchcraft within the town. Although the defense pursued a good point of view on one of the tragedies of this story, the jury agreed with the prosecution. The mock trial itself has given the students an opportunity to understand the concept and perspectives of life through “The Crucible” Laxton stated, “I think it gives them a way to see people in a different light. And this mock trial was a good way for them to see the

characters as human too.” Laxton believes this mock trial was a success and more than she could have expected from her students. After the trials were over, the students themselves had new personal feelings on the case of Abigail versus John Proctor on the murder and affair. Junior Jen Portalatin was one of the lawyers for the defense whose opinion of Abigail changed over time, “I really would have chosen, you know, prosecuting Abigail because ... I don’t know.

It’s hard to defend her. But I don’t know. After this project, I’m kind of neutral now.” Portalatin was able to relate to Abigail emotionally, understanding the feelings of not being wanted and sympathizing with the fact that Abigail lost her innocence to a man who didn’t love her. This mock trial was a new learning experience for Laxton and her students, who developed new perspectives when participating in the trials.

Students engage in trial of “The Crucible” By Angelica Sewake Classrooms offer opportunities for students to be able to share their personal opinions and thoughts. English Teacher Jennifer Laxton gave her class a final exam based on their views on an American play called “The Crucible” through the procedure of a mock trial. The story “The Crucible” consists of a love affair between a young girl named Abigail and a married man, John Proctor. The trials are

being held against Abigail, accusing her of witchcraft and the murder of Proctor’s wife Elizabeth. Laxton carried on the mock trial with roles of the judge, the defense and prosecution. Both the defense and prosecution teams held valid evidence during the trial. The prosecution’s strongest point during the trial was based on straight facts, Abigail committed murder and should not be excused for her actions. She especially should suffer the



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Learning the value of an empty piggy bank By Kellie Kawamoto Throughout my adolescent life, I have always had the worst luck with technological inventions. I don’t remember a time that I’ve actually kept a device in good condition for over a year. Somehow, every gadget that has ever come into my possession has either been broken or defective. For example, I’ve gone through more cell phones than all the phones my family has had put together. I’d have to say I’m on my seventh or eighth phone, give or take. All my previous phones broke, for some reason, and more than half the time it wasn’t even my fault. The only blame I’ll take is when I sent my very first cell phone through the wash. But other than that, all my other phones just mysteriously broke on their own or other people broke them for me (namely my aunty who sat in the ocean with it ingeniously in her pocket). Even the phone I have right now is somehow defective. I only got it about a couple months ago and the thing always resets and erases all the contacts in my address book and the camera is broken. It’s as if I have the Midas Touch gone wrong.

for my own property, and I didn’t want to disappoint them by proving them right anymore. So I tried to take responsibility for my own carelessness and forked over all the birthday cash I had left to I also seem to have un- buy myself a new eight gifortunate experiences with gabyte iPod Nano. digital cameras. The first This was a huge blow one I ever got broke be- for me (and my wallet) because it fell off the counter cause I realized that I am ledge and onto the hard really not as responsible as bathroom floor (on its own, I thought myself to be. My of course). It just never parents had always proworked the same after that. vided me with everything Then the next camera I I ever wanted and I never got was brand new, and one really appreciated its value. day it just wouldn’t turn on. Until I actually bought my I didn’t even drop it or any- iPod myself, I took a lot of thing, but of course, some- things for granted. thing just had to go wrong. So now that I am cur My iPod Mini actually rently learning how to drive, lasted the longest out of all it’s no surprise that my dad the technological devices I would rather have me drivever had. Although after a ing my brother’s old beatcouple years of loyal ser- up Acura Integra versus the vice, the battery only lasted shiny new Nissan Rogue. about half a day, even after I always complain that I being “fully charged.” After don’t like my brother’s car. my constant whining about I insist on not driving it and my horrible deprivation of I insist that I get my own a decent music player, my car (the Rogue, specifically). parents finally bought me a But I now understand why new iPod Nano. my dad doesn’t entirely I was ecstatic, but this trust me behind the wheel enthusiasm was short- of a twenty-grand car that lived, as my beloved iPod he’s paying off with his own was stolen a month later. hard-earned money. I never told my parents In the future, when I am about this loss, nor do I ever able to afford my own shiny plan on doing so. I knew new car, I’ll probably be rethey already didn’t trust luctant to hand the car keys me with being responsible to my kid, too.

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Trojans, during the first half of this quarter, there were a lot of new and exciting activities. There was a Blood Bank Drive on Oct. 17 where students had an opportunity to donate blood. On Oct. 21 and 23, several students went to the various elementary schools to talk to the students about Character Counts, especially respect and caring. On Oct. 25 there was Make a Difference Day at the high school, where students and our military partners came to help clean the campus. Also that week, on Oct. 22 and 23, there was picture taking for all the clubs. The following week from Oct. 27, there was freshman and junior testing. I hope you all did your best and tried your hardest. On Oct. 29, there was a Japanese school (Miyazaki Marine High School) that came to visit. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out, especially the Japanese National Honor Society and classes. Of course we all know that Oct. 31 is Halloween. The best thing about this year’s Halloween was that MHS students had no school. I’m sure all of you who went trickor-treating got a lot of candy. For the seniors, the next day was Senior Luau which was held at Hickam. Hopefully, all of the students who attended had a blast and it was something they never expected. During this quarter, the freshman class has been selling Jamba Juice every Tuesday for a fundraiser. Go and support the class of 2012 and buy a smoothie. It’s the perfect drink to have, especially when you just get out of school. We are about half way through second quarter. For the students, keep studying, and for the teachers, keep teaching the students because we appreciate all your help.


Students swoon for sweetness at NOVEMBER 6, 2008

By Kelli-Anne Ho As the most talked about shop, Yogurtland sounds like a dream come true for yogurt fanatics everywhere. Within a large, pink building is the dairy lover’s bliss, a place with fifteen different flavors of frozen yogurt and even more toppings to deck it off. Located on University Avenue, it is a trendy spot visited by many of the student population. Yogurtland has become a popular topic of discussion among students, and many who have yet to go express eagerness simply from the store’s name. “… I’ve never been there … (but) yogurt is what I live for and I want mountains upon mountains of yogurty goodness for the rest of my life,” said Junior Dylan Endaya. The appeal of the store


comes from not only its name but also its inward appearance. Inside, the shop’s walls are vividly painted lime green and cotton candy pink. Numerous tables with green and orange chairs are open for customers to indulge their treats and Yogurtland’s upbeat music only adds to its zesty atmosphere. On a green tiled wall is a long row of frozen yogurt machines where customers can choose from fifteen different flavors, ranging from vanilla to taro. “I tried vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, plain tart, pineapple and cookies and cream,” said Junior Jennifer Chomko. Unlike other ice cream - type stores such as Baskin & Robbins or Dippin Dots, Yogurtland operates on a self-serve basis, which means a customer can choose

- Dylan Endaya, 11 between two cup sizes and pile on as many yogurt flavors as desired. The endless choices don’t stop there but also extend to the toppings. Yogurtland has over thirty different varieties to add that extra flavor, including candies, fruit slices, cereal, granola and nuts. Customers pay for their finished creation at the counter where, like Cookie Corner, the cost is dependent upon weight: a reasonable 39 cents per ounce. Senior Ross Yonamine said

he usually gets cookies and cream and also commented that “(Yogurtland) is a good place to go because it’s cheap.” Junior Ashley Deguchi agreed and said that, “I like Yogurtland because you get to make your own creations of different yogurt flavors and toppings and they only charge you per ounce of your whole cup.” The only troubling aspect of Yogurtland is its far off location. “I would definitely go there more often, but not on a daily basis since it’s really out of the way,”

said Chomko. Fortunately for the store’s fans and interested customers, another store is in the process of being built in the Waimalu/ Aiea area near IHOP, and according to an advertising sign, Yogurtland is “coming soon.” With all its various flavors and toppings galore, Yogurtland is sure to have something for everyone; aside from the distant location, it’s a place that’s definitely worth checking out in the near future.

New Trojan trend shows gladiator style By Elizabeth Spalla

Creating a modern comeback, gladiator sandals are a way which an individual can show her Trojan style. MHS students, who show their creativity through their wardrobes, have adapted to this trend. From casual to dress up, gladiator shoes are a unique way to show off women’s footwear. The overall look of the shoe is sleek and flat. Some gladiators have an elegant style through their thin strappy appearance, while some display boldness through their thick design that climbs up the ankle. With such versatility, these sandals can be worn with almost any attire. A popular dress up is to wear gladiators with leggings and a flowing dress. For Freshman Sierra Kee, “A cute blouse and skinny jeans,” are preferred when wearing gladiator shoes. Their comfortable fashion keeps people coming back for more styles. Women buy casual gladiators, ones that have more buckles than any person could imagine

“They match with a lot of my stuff.” Rina Carillo, 10

“The designs, the different straps, it’s better than wearing regular flip flops. It looks more fashionable.” Paige Yenke, 12

“One person started wearing them and then everyone ...” Julia Scibilia, 12

“I can just roll out of bed and just take out anything from my closet and then just wear my sandals and then I’m good.” Kamlynn Chow, 11

among other styles. Some of the shoes even come in the popular transparent jelly material. “They are stylish and different from your everyday footwear,” said Junior Ashley McCann. T-Bar flats are among the

most popular style of gladiator shoes. They can be decorated with jewels, or come in metallic, patent or leather material. Gladiators can be found at any shoe store and in most women’s clothing stores.

“You can wear them with shorts or dresses. I wear them with jeans.” McKenna Dooley, 11

Customers look forward to buying the shoes and creating different outfits with them. Stores like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe carry gladiators, along with major department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Gladiator sandals were the spring and summer trend for 2008 but still leave their mark on MHS’s fashion scene. Girls around campus still display their Trojan style by wearing these sandals.

C&CC It is fall season and you know what that means … college application deadlines are fast approaching. What I am finding is that students are procrastinating on the essay portion of the application. The essay is an integral piece of the application because it tells the admissions office something about yourself, as well as your writing style and ability. Before submitting your essay, as with any writing assignment, be sure to edit your work for misspellings and grammar. If you are reusing your essay to apply to a different school and the name of the school is in your writing, be sure to change the name to the appropriate college. This careless error could be the difference between you being accepted or denied, or whether you receive the scholarship or not. If you are having difficulty getting your essay started, then consider the screenwriter’s approach, courtesy of The College Advisor, Inc. Good luck and happy writing! The Screenwriter’s Approach to the College Essay The best applications tell a student’s story in a compelling way and make the reader feel positively toward that student. It is not so different from a screenwriter painting a portrait of a character and getting the viewer to root for that character.

So how do you get an admissions officer to root for you in the application process? A writer chooses certain attributes in creating a likeable character. While a student is not making up a fictional character, he or she is choosing aspects of his or her personality, values and experiences to highlight in the application, thereby creating an image in the reader’s mind. The proverbial “actions speak louder than words” is true. In a screenplay, you don’t have the character tell someone that he cares about animals; you have him stop his car to rescue an injured cat. Likewise, on college applications, rather than proclaiming your passion for politics, talk about working on the 2004 presidential campaign, doing an internship for a state senator or running for president of your class. If you haven’t done any of those things, politics might not be your best topic. Write about the activities or ideas that consume your time and energy. Readers love enthusiasm. One student, who plans to become a doctor, began an essay with “I love pus!” Doesn’t that make you want to know more about the writer? I bet admissions officers haven’t read many essays with that as the opening line. It works for this student because her enthusiasm is genuine, as the rest of her application makes clear.

The most interesting people have some flaws. On the popular TV show “24,” Jack Bauer is a hero who seems indestructible and saves thousands of lives. But he has also sacrificed people he cares about and uses extreme measures, including torture, in pursuit of his goals. While he has to suppress his emotions to survive, occasionally he’ll reveal his vulnerable side. Without flaws, he wouldn’t be so compelling. Don’t be afraid of your own flaws, which hopefully don’t include torture and murder. Presenting yourself as perfect would only make you seem unbelievable, and even if people believed you were perfect, they wouldn’t like you. How would you respond to the girl who has a 4.4 GPA, scored 2400 on her SAT, raised $2 million for African orphans, always looks amazingly beautiful and has a great boyfriend? If such a person existed, I doubt you’d feel close to her. When admissions officers read applications, they’ll be rooting for students who have pursued their passions, even if they haven’t always succeeded. One student wrote an essay about a project he started that failed, and he is now a freshman at an elite university. What’s the best way to pull the reader into your sto-

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Tips to writing a college essay

ry? First, set the scene with just enough detail so the reader feels like he or she is there. Too much detail and the reader gets bored because you haven’t started the story. One student described the moment he approached the podium to give his big speech. Instead of starting with a lot of background about when he joined the debate team and how much he prepared for this event, he took the reader right to the dramatic moment. You need to grab the reader’s attention from the start. Going on too long is another common mistake. Cut any paragraph, sentence or word that doesn’t move the story ahead or give compelling new information. As you learn in screenwriting school, start your story as late as possible and get out fast. Compiled by Career and College Counselor Denise Yamamoto

Important Upcoming Dates November - February

Keep track of these important upcoming dates to make sure you register for and take all of your necessary tests!

November 14 Hawaii’s College & Career Fair Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

December 6 SAT Test

December 13 ACT Test

December 26 Registration deadline for 1/24 SAT

January 6 Registration deadline for 2/7 ACT

January 15 Financial Aid Night MHS Cafeteria 6:30 p.m.

January 24 SAT Test

January 29 College Planning Night MHS Cafeteria 7:00 p.m.

February 7 ACT Test

February 27 ASVAB Testing


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Stevenson volunteers to raise cancer reasearch funds By Caitlin Kuroda Homecoming Week was an important time for the Trojan football team and they ended it on Sept. 26, defeating Nanakuli 21 - 6 and serving up a game that pleased the Mililani crowd. But the game wasn’t the only significant event for one player. A day earlier, on Sept. 25, Junior Dalaunte “Taz” Stevenson, spent his evening serving customers of Mililani’s Chili’s Grill & Bar to raise funds for cancer research. During September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Chili’s restaurants nationwide took part in their “Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer” campaign. Upon making a donation, customers received a paper pepper that they could color and then have displayed in the restaurant. Chili’s chose Oct. 29 to dedicate 100 percent of the profits from that day to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In Hawaii, local

television personalities and broadcasters as well as student athletes took part in this campaign by volunteering at restaurants in various areas. Stevenson worked alongside OC16 Feature Reporter Jenn Boneza, Leilehua Quarterback Andrew Manley and OC16 Sportscaster Dave Vinton. From 6 - 8 p.m. Stevenson and the others greeted customers and were partnered with actual Chili’s waiters and waitresses to take orders and deliver meals. “Actually (Varsity Football Head Coach Darnell Arceneaux) was the one that volunteered me for it,” said Stevenson, “so we did it, we helped out it was pretty fun.” Although it was shortlived, Stevenson found the two hours to be fun and meaningful. Commenting on the whole experience, Stevenson said, “It felt good helping out the community as well … and I don’t know, just helping out with sicknesses, it makes you feel good.” He agrees that more

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student athletes should take an active role in these kinds of fundraisers. “The more people the better, that’s why,” Stevenson said. “So the more people help, the more money we raise for people with cancer in the hospital.” The Trojan football players made a positive impact on Mililani fans there in the stadium. But Stevenson made an even greater impact on the lives of countless children, giving them the hope of finding a cure for cancer.

Trojan of the Month By Diana Thompson To some students, there is nothing more important than having a balanced life and that is exactly the case with Senior Candace Soares, the outside hitter of the Varsity Girls Volleyball team. Volleyball became a passion for Soares when she was 12 years old. “I started to like it, and I liked hitting the ball, and then I started getting more serious about it,” said Soares. Her love for the sport came naturally to her and she has worked hard to maintain her skills and abilities through both the school’s team and the Jammers Volleyball Club (VBC). Every day, the Varsity Girls Volleyball Team practices for two hours, performing drills and perfecting their planned lineup for the upcoming game. Jammers VBC, which starts right after the school season ends, has brought Soares different experiences. “We travel, we go to Junior Olympics and get scouted and hopefully get signed to a college,” said Soares. On top of all of this training, Soares works hard to maintain good grades in school, which can be challenging since she has a full schedule, taking classes such as physics and humanities.

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“The reason I’m taking some of the courses is so I can get into a division one college, because some colleges want you to take that kind of math and that kind of science,” said Soares, who wants to attend Colorado State University. After college, Soares wants “to become a pediatrician. … That, or get into the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour.” Her desire to be a pediatrician reflects her love for children and her desire to be a part of the AVP reflects her love for beach volleyball. She keeps her life from getting too hectic by taking the time “to play beach volleyball, actually, and then just hang out with friends and go to the beach,” said Soares. Soares has maintained a balanced lifestyle through athletics, academics and recreational activity. A successful senior year is on her horizon.

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yeself to be a scally wag of the sea, trapped in Hookbeard's grasp and forced to be a swabby, a cleaner of the great ship's deck. The only way to free yeself is to snatch the keys from the Island of the Mermaid.

Key Collect all five to be released.


Aries (March 21 - April 19) Keep in mind that the world does not revolve around you. You are most beautiful and well-liked when doing a good deed. So as you pass by the park and you find a stray dog, help the poor little fellow out. In return (if the stars are aligned correctly), what goes around will come right back around. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) The cure has been found! It is Florida Orange Juice. Why Florida you ask? Well, simply because that state is well-known for its oranges. The reason for your sickness is because you lack Vitamin C. It is very important for you to become more excited and to look forward to this Florida Orange Juice. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) Oh me, oh my. Fall is here! The time of the year when leaves in Hawaii remain

green ... well, they turn light yellow. Anyway, the pumpkin patch awaits your TLC. After you do become some kind of farmer, harvest that pumpkin because pumpkin pie sounds fantastic. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) Happy days are foreseen! This time around you might actually conquer the world and not get distracted by cute and sparkling things. After this, you will transform our world into a nice, beautiful world because of the ray of light that shines through your perfect heart of gold. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) The gnome in your front yard is sending you a message: buzz, buzz, zap, zap, boom, kaboom, swoosh! He has spoken. The message, interpreted by a professional nonsense maker, says to sing out loud. The gnome also said not just to sing aloud anywhere but by the school’s flagpole.

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Apparently Asia is calling. Most likely the countries calling are Japan, Korea, China and India. These countries are not really calling but deep, deep, deep down in your heart you are desperately needing an Asian adventure. Set your mind free to new experiences and travel to Asia.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Life is never good with too much of one thing, or as the saying goes: “Too much of something is never good.” Balance is the key to success ... not. Actually where is the key? Grandma Peanut Butter has been looking for it. When you find the key, teleport yourself to Candyland and please return it to her. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Free yourself from the cage of deep dark sadness. It’s time to refresh your outlook and change. Morph into a big and lovely butterfly,

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Because fate will always be inevitable figuratively of course. But if you do decide to attempt to become a real butterfly, remember you need to somehow attempt to become a caterpillar first, because Mother Nature has made this process a little difficult. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Close your eyes for two seconds. Within those two seconds, imagine all of the things you want in life (good things only please). This is serious ... close your eyes. You’re not closing them are you? You know how I know? If your eyes were closed you wouldn’t be reading this. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) This month you should watch a little more TV and dedicate some time to becoming a real couch potato. Maybe sitting through another “House” rerun will smooth things out. Being a genius must be exhausting, so reward yourself. The secret will set you free. Perhaps Wilson will tell Cud-

dy his secret that will set them both free from the TV world. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) You are a rain cloud on a sunny day. There’s not much to say ... but it is a warning for the rest of us out there (really out there). The rest of us should go and buy umbrellas, boots and rain coats. These items need to be bright and happy colors to make that rain cloud go away. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) Since you have the sign of water, look forward to having a wet weekend. Reconstruct those of importance to you by showing that very special someone how fabulous he or she is. Perhaps sitting down in a field might do both of you some good.

Compiled by Angelica Sewake

Issue 3 2008-2009  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 3

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