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November 12, 2009
Volume XXXVII, No. 3
INSIDE Aunty Lisa wins prestigious Milken award GLO #1 more important than ever
Editorial | 7 CTE students gain experience at HCC Career Day
By Caitlin Kelly
English Teacher LisaAnne Tsuruda, also known as Aunty Lisa, has always pushed her students to achieve their full potential. Because of her outstanding contributions to education, she was awarded the Milken Family Foundation Award, an extremely prestigious award that was presented to just fifty-three teachers across the nation this year.
A surprise assembly was held on Oct. 22 for the presentation of the award, where students were seated in the stadium for a supposed bomb evacuation drill. It was there that Governor Linda Lingle presented the award. Tsuruda had no knowledge that she was the one receiving it. “I was crying, and I didn’t even know who it was. I was already SEE MILKEN PAGE 2
Central Theatre Arts Academy premiers new play
The spirited struggle of Kaelynn Oshiro
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Junior Kaelynn Oshiro keeps up with her studies and exhibits a positive attitude throughout the school year.
By Matthew Ambrosecchio firstname.lastname@example.org Pure optimism is not something one would expect from someone who has undergone an amputation; after all, losing a leg to hip cancer is no light matter. But Junior Kaelynn Oshiro displays her optimism for all to see. Her battle is a spirited struggle, a story that started with a limp, led to a diagnosis, lasted through surgery and still continues. Oshiro had known there was something wrong with her hip since January 2008, but she and her doctor didn’t realize how serious it was until it broke on Aug. 22, 2008. Oshiro
was heading to her geometry class the day it happened. “I took a step down as I felt (my hip) break in half at the joint at the femur bone,” she said. An ambulance was called onto school grounds and after Oshiro was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at Kapiolani Hospital to fix her hip, a tumor was found at the place where the break occurred. A biopsy discovered a synovial cell sarcoma, a soft tissue tumor located at her hip joint. According to Dr. Scott Nelson, Professor of Pathology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), little is SEE OSHIRO PAGE 5
Hawaii State Assessment to be administered online for 2010-2011 school year By Farah Schumacher
Got Milken? Aunty Lisa does. English Teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda stands among previous Milken award recipients.
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The Internet can be used for a wide range of things from leisure, to business, to communication. The most recent expansion is to education, where the Hawaii
Department of Education (DOE) will implement the switch for the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) from traditional paper-and-pencil to online testing. The HSA will officially begin administering online tests during the 2010-2011 school year.
The HSA tests all public school students in selected grades in mathematics, reading, writing and science. Furthermore, it is used to assess the progress of public school students throughout successive school years and will gauge their academic growth.
These results are compared to the Hawaii Content Performance Standards (HCPS) and each student is placed into a percentile range among students with similar performance levels. SEE HSA PAGE 6
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crying. I was like, ‘Oh my God this teacher’s awesome, this teacher’s awesome!’” Tsuruda said. Milken Family Foundation Award recipients are select teachers from across the country who display educational talent and an inspirational presence, among other qualities. “It’s such a prestigious award. You know, one in the entire state – that’s tremendous. One out of 13,000 teachers; that’s just quite a lot. And it’s an honor for Mililani High School,” said Patricia Hamamoto, Hawaii State Department of Education Superintendant. Tsuruda received a trip to Los Angeles scheduled for the spring where she will be presented with $25,000 of unrestricted prize money. Even though Tsuruda received such a large award, she remained humble. “At
our school we have so many phenomenal teachers, it could’ve been anybody. It could’ve been anybody! And I would’ve been like, ‘Right on, right on!’” she said. Though Tsuruda was shocked, it was clear to many that she was a worthy recipient of the award. “I think when any teacher can bring out the best in their students, I think that’s the hallmark of a good teacher. Even when the student themselves didn’t think they could do that great, the teacher brings them up to a higher level. I think that’s what’s so important. My impression from talking to her for a few minutes was every one of her students is important as an individual,” said Lingle. Many agreed that Tsuruda stands out because of her commitment to students. 1994 Milken Award Recipient Aimee Kumura said, “I see that she has a lot of energy; she is definitely committed. And I know that her number one concern is the
kids. I mean, I don’t even know her, but just from the few statements I’ve heard her make, I can see she’s very committed; she has a clear vision of what she wants from the kids, why she’s here, her purpose.” After the ceremony, emotions were running high, but Tsuruda further proved her dedication to her students. Lingle said, “When she got the award and they put all the leis on her, her first comment was ‘Well what about my kids today?’ And she was looking at her watch because she knows her students are going back to class. And she didn’t relax until someone said ‘Don’t worry, I have the key to your room and I’ll be there with your students.’” Tsuruda credits her former teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy, MargaretAnne Wood, for influencing the person she is today. “She was my teacher in ninth grade and twelfth grade. And to this day I have a picture of she and I, and
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English Teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda is congratulated by Principal John Brummel after receiving the Milken Award. She was described by Brummel as “passionate about teaching and her kids.” I look at it everyday and I wonder, like, ‘What would she do?’ And I can call her. We’re still very close and I’m like the daughter she never had,” Tsuruda said. Tsuruda feels that her students push her to do better. “They’re more to me
than just students. They’re parts of myself and they’re just like my children. So their successes are my successes,” she said. Her ability to be a positive force for her students has made her worthy of receiving the prestigious Milken Award.
Students find that they’re the “bomb” when it comes to PSATs By Caitlin Basilio
On Oct. 22, MHS had a fire drill/bomb threat evacuation that actually turned out to be an awards assembly. In addition to English Teacher LisaAnne Tsuruda’s award, five of MHS’ seniors were recognized. Seniors Leelynn Harris, Noah PeralesEstoesta, Cyrus Takahashi, Jordan Takayama and Kristin Wilson were recognized for their outstanding Preliminary SAT (PSAT) scores. The five honored seniors were completely unaware of what this assembly had in store for them. “Honestly, I thought I was in trouble. And (College and Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto) wouldn’t tell us initially why we were called up there in the first place, so we were all kind of anxious,” expressed Harris. This year at MHS, four students were recognized as Commended Students and one student qualified as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). Wilson
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Left to right: Seniors Leelynn Harris, Kristin Wilson, Noah Perales-Estoesta, Cyrus Takahashi, Jordan Takayama was MHS’ semifinalist. About 16,000 students qualify for semifinalist status and they are the highest scoring entrants in their states. Wilson was the highest-scoring entrant in Hawaii and in order for her to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, she must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards along with other
requirements. “Well, I’ve already submitted my forms and essay, which the committee looks over to decide whether I go on to become a finalist. If I make it to that point, there are a number of scholarships that I could be eligible to receive. But for now, there’s not much I can do but wait and hope,” said Wilson. If Wilson becomes a finalist, she will be
granted with the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. Harris, Perales-Estoesta, Takahashi and Takayama were all recognized as Commended Students. These students scored higher than two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT. They received Letters of Commendation in acknowledgement of their outstanding academic promise. Although these students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of them do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. “Before I knew that I was recognized, I had been getting letters from different colleges saying that they were impressed with my PSAT scores as well as some scholarship opportunities,” said Harris. However, the benefits of this recognition vary. “I don’t know whether this recommendation is helpful in filling out applications.
So far, I have not seen an application that has a place to list it. It depends on the college,” said Takayama. Perales-Estoesta was named a National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) scholar. Although NHRP does not give scholarship money, it does present scholarship opportunities to the students of Hispanic descent. “What the College Board does is they place you on this list of scholars and send that list out to a whole bunch of different colleges,” explained Perales-Estoesta. “If they’re interested in recruiting, I guess they’ll send out letters offering information about scholarships and benefits about tuition.” The awards for these five seniors opened up a lot of opportunities for them. Even though none of the students were granted scholarship money yet, they will gain the advantage of receiving financial aid information and become candidates for other special scholarships because of their exceptional test scores.
Nov. 12, 2009
Monette recognized for A Harvest for Many By Kelli-Anne Ho email@example.com
Motivated by the vast problem of world hunger, Senior Melissa Monette decided to undertake a solution to this issue in Hawaii and created A Harvest for Many, a non-profit organization devoted to collecting and distributing produce and canned goods to those in need. Her efforts have impacted many people across the state and have led her to be honored as one of the recipients of Hawaiiâ€™s Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth Award. Governor Linda Lingle presented the award to Monette on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Governorâ€™s mansion. To qualify for this award, recipients must significantly impact the youth in ways such as donating school
supplies, food or clothes. â€œI knew there were children and teenagers that either left their homes or were abandoned and they need food. So I started spreading the wealth,â€? explained Monette. â€œI see problems all over the world and hunger was a big one, but itâ€™s so hard to help fix these problems. Helping to bring food to people that couldnâ€™t afford it seemed like something I could handle,â€? she said. A Harvest for Many began when Monette saw that her grandparents and other elderly people could not come up with the money to buy fruits and vegetables. â€œMy grandparents inspired me first â€Ś It was at their low income elderly living facility that I noticed them and their neighbors werenâ€™t even eating fruits and veggies or even eating
good amounts because even if they could afford it, it was so hard for them to go shopping so I tried to bring it to them first,â€? said Monette. Her efforts grew when other people contacted her seeking to donate fruits, vegetables and canned goods. â€œI didnâ€™t really know what I was doing at first, just simply helping. Then when I realized I was successful, I then wanted to expand the number receiving and I accomplished that,â€? said Monette. â€œIt feels really awesome to know I made a difference,â€? she continued. From there, A Harvest for Many was established and after three years of collecting and distributing food to the hungry, Monetteâ€™s outreach has assembled over twenty-five thousand pounds of fruits, vegetables and canned goods.
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Senior Melissa Monette recieves Hawaiiâ€™s Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth Award at the Governorâ€™s mansion. While Monetteâ€™s success has made her one of Hawaiiâ€™s Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youth, she has remained humble. â€œItâ€™s very nice to be appreciated and recognized but thatâ€™s not why I do it,â€? said Monette.
Although Monetteâ€™s modesty is clear, the award was well-deserved as the impacts of A Harvest for Many has been bountiful for those in need.
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Tacadena Tim Tam Slams his way into contest finals By Noah Perales-Estoesta
Trojan Life Marching Band keeps audience at the edge of their seats
Students in Digital Media Teacher Shelly McCharen’s Electronic Media and Integrated Digital Media classes were given the opportunity this past October to compete with students from other schools in a video contest sponsored by Aquarius Endeavors to advertise Tim Tam cookies. Junior Brandon Tacadena’s video was selected as a winner in the fourth week of the five-week prePlace your vote at liminary round and is currently a http://krater96.com/ candidate for the ads/09timtam-finals.html. contest’s ten thousand dollar grand Voting ends Nov. 15. prize, the winner of which will be determined by a public vote. McCharen was notified of the contest via e-mail and after express- which spans 56 seconds ing interest in having her and features the talent of students compete in it, re- Senior Nicole Bulacan, was ceived three cases of the produced over a period of chocolate and caramel Tim only a few days. Tams for use in the stuMcCharen noted that dents’ videos. The contest Tacadena and the other encouraged participants to students who competed include in their videos peo- generally worked indeple performing Tim Tam pendently. “Other than Slams – practices involv- telling the kids about the ing the use of a Tim Tam project I just stayed out cookie as a straw through of the picture and offered which beverages can be them feedback on ideas sucked up and drank. and technical help when The selection of Ta- needed. The students were cadena’s video in the basically on their own to fourth week of the contest follow through with their won him and the Digital own ideas,” she said. Media department five Tacadena’s submission hundred dollars each. is now eligible for the ten Tacadena described the thousand dollars grand approach he took to selling prize that, should it acthe Tim Tam brand with his cumulate enough public video, stating, “Basically, I votes to win, will be split just wanted to give another evenly between himself look at it, another perspec- and the school. Other fitive. I wanted to try and nalist videos come from get the audience to try and Roosevelt and Radford think of something else, High Schools, Wheeler like – I was trying to make Middle School and St. Franthem think that it was a cis Schools. Voting will last drug kind of PSA and then through Nov. 15 at http:// I just flipped it around and krater96.com/ads/09timtamused it as a way to adver- finals.html. tise Tim Tams.” The video,
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MHS’ Drumline performs a solo, “Drum Break,” during the third movement that featured music from the suspense film “North by Northwest.” By Camille Marsden
It was the battle of the bands, or rather, the festival of the marching bands, as Nov. 2 marked the 34th Annual Oahu Band Festival. Several high schools’ marching bands, including MHS’, Pearl City and Radford High Schools’, had the opportunity to perform at Aloha Stadium. The Oahu Band Festival is “for any school that is willing to participate. We aren’t necessarily judged; we are critiqued by a panel of judicers, so there isn’t a first, second, third kind of deal. There’s just comments on how we could improve our performance,” said Band Director Derek Ka apana. Before performing, MHS Marching Band members were dealing with a wide range of emotions. Freshman Danielle Futch said, “(I’m) nervous – really nervous – and excited and nervous.” Junior Taylor Smith was not as worried, saying, “I’m not nervous, because it’s my third year doing this and the nerves kind of go away after a while and you like being
in the stadium and having fun because it’s actually fun. For the freshmen, it’s pretty nerve-wracking, but once you’ve done it for a couple of years, it’s really awesome.” MHS Marching Band members left campus at 4:00 p.m. and arrived at Aloha Stadium shortly after. Before entering the field for their performance, the band members remained wellmannered and stood neatly in single file lines before entering. With only a short amount of time before their performance, the band members prepared themselves to walk out onto the field. “As you go on the field, the feeling that you get – it’s like, amazing. You feel all this energy from the rest of the band and it’s so powerful and you know that everybody’s in this with you, and the show is yours. And it’s up to you to perform it,” said Junior Kelcee Fujimoto. Each high school’s band performance consisted of three movements, each of which addressed a cohesive theme. MHS’ theme was Edge of Your Seat. The theme was based on movies from the 1950s that kept
movie goers captivated. For the Band Festival, the marching band played music from the Alfred Hitchcock movies “Vertigo,” “Psycho” and “North by Northwest.” After MHS performed, Junior Ryan Tsujimoto said, “I think we performed well. I think we could have practiced a bit more, but we did our best … We worked very hard this year and definitely it’s paid off.” When the band returned to the school at 10:00 p.m., Ka apana said, “They sounded good. Because it’s a completely different venue, a lot of them, or the younger ones have never performed at Aloha Stadium. On the field, it’s different – the field markings for high school and college are different. That threw some of them off. I mean, in terms of the way they sounded, they sounded really good. In terms of the way they looked, it was expected, but not where they usually are.” After a long day of practicing and performing, the band members were ready to return home, knowing that they, as Tsujimoto said, had done their best.
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By Caitlin Kelly
After months of preparation, the highly anticipated Central Theatre Arts Academy (CTAAs) play “The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less” premiered on Nov. 5. Cast members include Juniors Andrew Baker, Lucas Bender, Katrina Gurdak, Emily Makanani and Freshman Jalen Thomas. CTAA Director Jamie Stroud explained her selec-
tion of the script. “Well, every time I am working on a fall show, I try to find something that goes along with the curriculum somehow … I go out specifically looking for something that will fit in and this does because pretty much everybody at Mililani High School has to study Greek mythology at some point,” she said. One of the script’s more interesting yet challenging aspects came from the fact that only five members portray the numerous characters
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Junior Andrew Baker portrays one of the many Greek heroes who appear before the judges of “Mythology’s” faux reality show “Greek Idol.”
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known about this cancer. “Like all sarcomas, synovial sarcoma is very rare. It is many, many times more rare than the more common cancers that you hear about. Interestingly, despite its name, the tumor does not come from Synovium at all. We don’t know where it comes from. It was called synovial sarcoma because it often occurs near joints. However, it can occur virtually anywhere,” he said. After spending two weeks at Kapiolani Hospital, Oshiro returned home only for a day before breaking her hip again and having to return. She was soon flown to the UCLA Medical Center where specialists could treat the tumor. Unfortunately, Oshiro received some grim news about the procedure.
“When they take out a tumor they have to remove five inches from every side of it to clean out the whole border – you know, to make sure no bad cells are left – and I wasn’t big enough for that,” explained Oshiro. “The doctors said my choices were to keep my leg and die or lose my leg and live,” she said. As a result, she chose to have her leg amputated. Despite such dismal circumstances, Oshiro showed surprising strength. “When they told me initially that (the amputation) was going to happen I was pretty shocked, but I wasn’t like totally torn apart. I only cried for about an hour about it and after that I haven’t cried since,” she said. Her strong will and spirit lead her through the surgery and recovery process that followed. She was able to push past phantom pains (physiological pains coming from the limbs not attached
that appear. For example, gods and goddesses, as they appear in each myth the play condenses, are portrayed by the same actors and actresses. “It’s really well-written so that when (Bender) has to be Zeus, he’s Zeus and he’s never Zeus and Poseidon at the same time,” said Makanani. The cast was soon challenged with furloughs, which limited rehearsal time. “Our original opening night was on (a) Friday, but because of furlough Fridays, we’ve had to change it to (a) Thursday. And also because of that we’ve now had less rehearsals,” explained Bender. “Greek Mythology” is also a longer production than most of CTAA’s other presentations; it is only the second full-length play that Stroud has directed at MHS. “There’s a ton of lines for all of the kids to learn and that has been the hardest. Most of our shows have been an hour to an hour and a half, but this is a full-length and that has been the most difficult because there’s only five people,” said Stroud. to the body) and even insisted on using crutches instead of a prosthetic leg, saying it would slow her down. After a month at UCLA, Oshiro returned home and although her future seemed to be looking up, there was one more challenge to overcome. Oshiro could have returned to school in the second semester of her sophomore year, but she dreaded the thought of returning to class and facing her peers. “I was struggling with the whole appearance thing and I kept it from a lot of people except for my really close friends because I didn’t want anyone to know because I was embarrassed by it and I thought that they were just going to ignore me and not be my friends anymore,” she said. But with a lot of support from her friends, Oshiro returned. Junior Cameron Cole, a close friend of Oshiro’s, was
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Central Theatre Arts Academy playfully ventures through Greek mythology
Junior Lucas Bender “I want to say that the entire play has just been fun to work on because it’s a really funny play. It’s really entertaining to work on; it’s just coming and getting to act everyday with my friends. It’s great,” said Baker. Two shows have already run, while two more are scheduled for Nov. 12 and 14.
a main driving force behind Oshiro’s return this year. “I was totally pushing her to come to school and to go places and stuff. If she had it her way she would be a hermit and live by herself for the rest of her life, but luckily (her friends) all got her to come outside,” he said. Throughout this ordeal, Oshiro explained that she changed during the recovery, gaining humility, patience and faith. “You need to have faith that the doctors know what they’re doing because ... I questioned them a lot, but the doctors know and you just have to be patient and everything will be okay if you take one day at a time,” she said. Four hundred forty-seven days later, Oshiro is still standing proud and tall, facing every moment with her cheery personality, eagerly seeing what each new day brings.
5 ASMHS President Matthew Lai
Hey Trojans! Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler. I’m very excited to see what else this year has in store for us. Congratulations to Aunty Lisa for winning the Milken Award! You deserve it Aunty, and the student body of Mililani High School couldn’t be any prouder to have you as a teacher. We love you! I would also like to congratulate the seniors who won Hoss elections! You all deserve it because over the past years here at MHS, you as individuals displayed spirit, style, personality and diversity to your class and were recognized for your efforts. Congratulations! So far, we’ve had Halloweek Spirit Week and everyone did an amazing job showing off their school spirit by dressing up. I was also amazed to see the amount of people that dressed up in their costumes! Every year the costumes seem to get more creative and unique. Congratulations to the individuals who won the pumpkin carving and costume contests! You all did an amazing job! Now that the month of October is past us and the month of November is here, we’re moving forward faster then ever! This month Kaiyo High School will be visiting us from Japan on Nov. 16th, so keep your eyes out for the morning bulletin for more information if you want to get involved. From ASMHS to you, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Have fun eating lots of food and spending quality time with family and loved ones.
Nov. 12, 2009
HCC Career Day grants students valuable insight into construction industry
Photo courtesy of CTE Teacher Timothy Pregana
Sophomore Jared Munemitsu operates one of the heavy machines during Career Day. It was provided by Kiewit Pacific Corporation along with about a million dollars worth of other equipment. By Kellie Kawamoto
The construction industry is an area that students should consider if they’re into operating heavy machinery and making lots of money at the same time. According to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Timothy Pregana, a heavy equipment operator in Hawaii can make over $35 an hour. To introduce this field of interest, Hawaii Community College (HCC) held a Construction Career Day on Oct. 22 that MHS students participated in. The Construction Career Day was meant for students to see the academic and technical sides of being in the construction industry. “It (provided) students an opportunity to see what programs HCC has to offer and what the construction industry is looking for,” Pregana said. The day was thus split up into two portions: one that focused on the academics and the other was more of a “hands-on” demonstration. The first part basically showcased the courses and programs that HCC has to offer such as the carpentry, electricity and electronics, welding and pre-engineering programs. Instructors
and current students in those programs informed the MHS students of what goes on in each particular course. Freshman Joelle Arakaki, who attended the event, said, “… it was more informational kind, where it was about safety stuff and different programs they have for students and scholarships that they offer.” The next part had the students involved with operating machinery themselves. There was about one million dollars worth of equipment available for use that was provided by Kiewit Pacific Corporation. Students operated machinery like bulldozers, front loaders and concrete trucks. They also engaged in different activities without the heavy equipment. For instance, the “Hammer the Nail” game where the students competed to see who could hammer in a nail the quickest. Overall, the students found benefit from attending the event. Freshman Randall Chan said, “I got to find out about construction and see if I want to be in construction when I grow up.” Freshman Gavin Shigesato also mentioned, “… it gave me an opportunity to use things, machines and stuff, that people, adults and stuff, wouldn’t be able to use.”
Pregana felt that the students found benefit in that it helped provide insight for construction to be a possible career choice. “Well a lot of my students want to become engineers or architects, so this Construction Career Day at HCC (was) very beneficial.” He also added, “… Right there, (HCC showed) what they do, what equipment and how much they are paying … So more students are considering the trades as a possible career choice.” Arakaki agreed, “In the beginning, I wasn’t really thinking about construction, but after we went, I considered it more because it sounded more interesting.” At the same time, the Career Day also showed students that perhaps the construction field wasn’t the right career choice for them. “... I like it, it’s fun, it’s just, I want to see more stuff like architecture and engineering,” said Chan. The HCC Construction Career Day was both an educational and enjoyable experience for the student participants. Future Career Days in the later years are planned to further encourage students to pursue a career in the construction industry.
gives kids more chances with the test and displays (their) talent,” said Math CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Teacher Russell Robison. However, students The DOE, in collabo- will also be restricted. ration with their current Through a special browser testing contractor, the that prevents them from American Institutes for doing anything else but Research (AIR), conduct- taking the test, students ed surveys in September will be unable to look up to determine the average answers online. Each stutechnological capabilities dent will receive a unique public schools can handle test with questions in and from then on, will random order so that stucreate an online mock test dents cannot cheat. As for for students to take from ensuring that the student February to May 2010. taking the test really is The DOE has ensured that the student, the DOE can the test will be compatible only rely on the testing with computers as old as proctors. ten years, so there will be Part of the reason why no need to spend money the DOE has decided to on new ones. Scores from switch includes student the mock test will not be versatility with the Intercollected or distributed to net and computers. It also the students and the pa- allows schools to schedper and pencil format of ule testing sessions that the test must be taken as suit their bell schedules, well. saves thousands of dollars Students are given from printing booklets more leeway with the on- and brings quick commuline version of the HSA, nication to the students, with three chances to take teachers and parents after it and time to pause for completing an online asa break. “I think it’s bet- sessment. ter to go online because it
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Editorial Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations. Editor in Chief Kelli-Anne Ho Assistant Editor Cyrus Takahashi Sports Editor Kellie Kawamoto Copy Editor Noah Perales-Estoesta Business Manager Lexi Kaneshiro Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel Staff Matthew Ambrosecchio Caitlin Basilio Michelle Choe James George Caitlin Kelly Jaclyn Knitter Camille Marsden Landen Muasau Ryan Rustyn Farah Schumacher Bianca Sewake Cheyenne Young The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789 To voice an opinion or any concerns, feel free to submit a letter to L205 or to email@example.com. 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.
Students given 17 chances to be self-directed By Cyrus Takahashi
The first General Learner Outcome preached by the state and required to be posted in classrooms is quite possibly the most important. It is the one most applicable in the most situations and is an all-around good behavior to which one should comply. To be a “Self-Directed Learner” means to take charge of one’s own education and be responsible for learning beyond the classroom and to be a “Self-Directed Learner” is more crucial now than ever with the introduction of furlough days. The opportunities Seventeen instructional days have been removed from the school calendar – roughly ten percent of the approximately 180 day year. Some waiver days have been replaced and some days have had their schedules changed but there is an important rule of science that must be remembered if it is even still taught after the removal of these seventeen days: nothing can be created or destroyed. Seventeen instructional days have been removed and no amount of schedule changing or calendar amending can bring them all back. And this is good, not because it gives students a break, but because it gives students a chance. “The school constantly emphasizes this idea of creating self-directed learners,” said Senior Arielle Uejo, continuing, “These furloughs could be the opportunity to finally
the number of ways students from Hawaii are incapable of meeting the standards.
The problem However agreeable this behavior is, it is completely unacceptable. Students are missing seventeen days of class time that could have gone to any number of labs, tests and lectures. But by no means is the work gone. Thus is the tenacity of a standardsbased learning system. Yet this itself has its consequences. Matsumoto said, “The teachers double the amount of homework and classwork.” Tsujimoto also said
that if worse came to worst, he would have to do work on the furlough day solely because of the extra workload given. But here another problem arises in that work should not be done only because there is more of it. The work should be done or at least started because students are given a whole extra day to complete it and they should take the opportunity to do so since the valuable class time cannot be brought back. Self-direction truly is a necessity now. Recent standardized test results show Hawaii still lagging behind the mainland states that aren’t missing a hefty chunk of their school years, and this missing chunk also affects students in tests that actually count for something, namely the Advanced Placement (AP) exams. “Regardless of the furloughs, the lost time and the material covered, the content of the AP exam will not change,” said Uejo. Luckily, the students in the AP courses would ideally be self-directed enough to try to compensate for this lost time. A prudent decision as no matter what, the date of the exam is absolute. It is great if these AP students do indeed choose to keep the two day weekend and work on furlough Fridays, but they do not make up a majority or even an adequate sample of the student body. They cannot be depended on to average out the test scores when the rest of the school’s lack of commitment to education reveals itself through statistics showing
I’m fairly certain that the standard answer is, “I am thankful for everything,” but I think the day devoted to giving thanks deserves a little more thought behind that. Maybe the hustle and bustle of the school year’s many changes have left us with hardly any time to pay much attention to Thanksgiving, but in no subtle way does this holiday practically force you to contemplate the answer to what you are thankful for. “Everything” is too vague,
and to say “I am thankful for everything,” strips the turkey of its stuffing. While I am guilty of using the standard answer, this year, I took the initiative to prepare early. Inspired by an article in Reader’s Digest, I began to keep track of the specific moments I felt blessed by throughout each day. I have to admit, what I listed at first was noticeably materialistic. My first note looks like this: I am thankful for Farmville on Facebook because games like this keep me entertained when I am bored.
Maybe this wasn’t exactly the approach I was looking for in my quest to pinpoint my appreciation, but over the next couple of days, I (thankfully) improved my entries. Number fourteen: I am thankful for my Grandma, Grandpa and Aunty because they give the best hugs. As for today’s note? Number forty-one: For this year’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the realization of being able to spend a longer weekend with my family – without the term “furlough” attached to it.
put this idea into practice.”
The optimism Still, a great deal of this talk of self-direction is nothing more than idealism. To many, a furlough day is just a day off. Junior Ryan Tsujimoto said, “People probably won’t bother working because they either set plans for that day or they just want to not worry about school.” Sharing this sentiment, Sophomore Brittny Matsumoto said, “Furlough days are supposed to be work days so you are supposed to work on your homework but it’s kind of considered like a holiday to us, like a three day weekend.” It is perfectly reasonable for students to want to use furlough days for relaxation. Though it was previously an instructional day, students are under no actual obligation to work and there is nothing outside of school that can force them to use a furlough to their advantage. It simply is just another day off, the prerequisite to the much sought after three day weekend.
The responsibility Students may not feel it is their responsibility to take charge of their own educations. After all, it was not their fault that the furlough days were added in the first place. But they must realize that when they are out of school, it is their responsibility to learn on their own since they definitely will not have any teachers to hold their hands along the way. It is up to the students to use the foundation provided by teachers as a basis for what they can accomplish outside of the classroom. Taking an unnecessary day off is inexcusable. Students managed fine for decades with two day weekends. There is no reason why they should get lazy now that they can physically get out of school a day earlier. Learning should not stop as soon as students step foot off campus. Yet the only thing motivating them now is a misconception of having more work. Students must not let their only reason for out-of-school learning be an illusory burden. The GLOs have been forced down students’ throats since grade school but only now do students finally have the opportunity to show that they were able to take something away from those ever present signs, get some work done and be responsible before their education declines even further.
Thanksgiving deserves more than “everything” By Kelli-Anne Ho firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It doesn’t require standing in long lines at the mall to buy gifts, nor does it require standing in long lines at Party City for a costume. The only gift you need is perhaps a turkey and the only clothes you need are a loosefitting shirt and pants for the inflation of your stomach from the turkey. The hardest part of Thanksgiving? Reflecting on what you are thankful for.
Nov. 12, 2009
L. Mottley | Na Mana o Poina ole
of the month
By Landen Muasau
Balance is important for the success of an athlete. For Junior Trent McKinney, it is one of many things that he has set as a priority. Balancing his responsibilities has helped him achieve his football goal, which is to learn as much as he can in the quarterback position and do as much as he can for the Varsity Football Team. Being a transfer from Kapolei High School, McKinney came to MHS hoping to obtain a great learning experience. “I wanted to come over to work with Coach (Darnell Arceneaux) and Coach (Tim Chang) because they were one of the best quarterbacks to come from Hawaii, so they can help me out,” McKinney explained. Balancing a social life, academics and long practice hours, McKinney strives to give school and football the same amount of time. “... if I don’t do my work, I won’t be able to play and I would be letting my team down,” said McKinney. Fortunately, McKinney has managed to keep up with his schoolwork and hasn’t let his team down on the field. “He’s done a lot for the team; if we didn’t have him, we would’ve lost a lot of games,” said Junior Hassan Richardson. Through it all, McKinney has maintained a balance between school and his passion for football and has done a lot for the team. He plans to take football to the college level in the future.
Varsity Tennis captains double as JV assistant coaches By Lexi Kaneshiro
While many students do volunteer work through service clubs, Seniors Adrienne Hamada and Melissa Monette volunteer their time and services to the JV Tennis Team by assuming the much-needed roles of assistant coaches. After playing tennis for about ten years, both Hamada and Monette are very experienced players who enjoy the new responsibilities that come with their position. While this may be the first year that Hamada and Monette share the title of assistant coach, the two players, who also serve as co-captains of the Varsity Tennis Team, have been helping the JV team since their sophomore year. “We played on Varsity (in our freshman year) so we both helped out JV anyway in our sophomore, junior and
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Seniors Adrienne Hamada (left) and Melissa Monette (right) have been playing tennis under Head Coach Mary Anne Beamer for ten years. senior (years),” said Monette. As assistant coaches, Hamada and Monette have the responsibility of helping out at practices and coaching at matches. “They know the game very well now, and they know what works so they can help those that are starting with strokes, with drills, with strategy, how to play the game, what to look for, all the good and bad parts of the game and the sportsmanship and all of that. They know the game really well. Well enough
to actually coach the team themselves,” said Head Coach Mary Anne Beamer. Although the position of assistant coach is normally filled by former players that have graduated, this year, Beamer chose Hamada and Monette because they were more regularly available. “We need the help. People from last year that helped don’t come out as often to help us so (Beamer) has the two of us. She can always rely on the two of us to be there,” stated Hamada.
“They’re very willing to help out the younger girls who are just starting out in tennis and they’re just good guys that always – since they’ve been with me so long – come out and help me,” said Beamer. The position may require a lot of dedication but Hamada and Monette enjoy the work. “It’s fun to work with these upand-coming girls that you could end up playing at the Varsity level with and to see what kind of players that you have coming up to help us be a better team,” said Hamada. Monette agreed, “Anything on the tennis court, I enjoy.” Through the position of assistant coach, Hamada and Monette are able to share their techniques and their passion for the sport with a younger group of players. With ten years of experience, Beamer knows that they both have much to offer the JV Tennis Team.
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Students team up to clean the community By Bianca Sewake
Saturday morning at the beach may sound like a fun day to relax and soak up some sun, but for the MHS Paddling and Judo teams, this wasn’t the case. On Saturday, Oct. 24, these students, along with two other high schools, spent their morning tidying up Haleiwa Beach Park for their first annual Make a Difference Day. The day was organized to devote time to making a positive change in the community. Paddling Coach Azurae Burdett was contacted by Athletic Director Glenn Nitta to participate in this event. “Nitta, our (Athletic Director), just told us to show up here at this time with a bunch of kids, and be ready to clean,” she stated. Junior Paige Ortega, a team captain for the paddling team, explained what the day was about. “(It’s) just like helping the environment and like help to clean up, to keep some part of the island, you know, clean and stuff.” It was also a time for the teams to show appreciation to the state. “ ... We kind of gave back to the state because they donated a lot of money (to the sports programs), so this is the least we could do to help them,” said Sophomore Lauren Dias, a member of the Judo Team.
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The MHS Paddling Team poses for a quick photo after a morning of picking up rubbish around Haleiwa Beach Park. They worked alongside the Judo Team and two different high schools to make the community cleaner for their first Make a Difference Day. The Paddling Team was soon joined by the Judo Team, as well as students from Waialua High School and Leilehua High School to clean up areas around the beach park. “We picked up (trash) all alongside the roads, this area around this park, and then tried to fill up the bag,” stated Ortega. Trash was also picked up along the beach, the parking lot and around the bathrooms. A park representative ob-
served that more tasks could have been accomplished with the large group of students who showed up to help with this event. “The park lady said that if she knew how many kids were coming out, she would’ve made us paint. But we just ended up picking up rubbish,” said Burdett. Even though the paint job was left unfinished, this is a task that could be saved for future Make a Difference Days.
Although their morning was spent cleaning, the teams didn’t mind and felt good about helping the community. “We’re actually doing something that benefits our land gets the kids participating — it’s a good activity, it’s good for the earth, and it shows them how to take care of the community,” Burdett stated. Senior Joshua PoelzingDzurik, the other team captain of the Paddling Team
had similar feelings about the effort to keep the community clean. “I feel good because we’re like taking care of the aina, you know.” Dias felt the same way. “I felt better because instead of like trashing the beach and stuff, we actually helped,” she said. After a morning of cleaning trash off the beach park grounds, the teams felt accomplished and look forward to helping their community in the future.
had to change our routine to fit each criteria,” said Head Coach Renesha Kierstedt. “MaidPro was more performance showmanship.” Before the cheerleaders won first at nationals, they won second at states. Junior Kana Hatekayama was surprised when they won. “At first it was like stunning because like we won second, but after we were like excited because we won first.” Sophomore Kori Baba agreed, “It was shocking.” To prepare for the competition, Kierstedt had twenty-four out of twentyseven participating Varsity Cheerleaders practice every day. Kierstedt mentioned, “I had them kind of go home
and think about commercial aspects because we were trying to focus on – the main point of it was to get the attention of the audience, but still have the cheerleading fundamentals.” The Cheerleaders’ practice paid off. The squad won a grand total of $3,000 from the $2,500 from the MaidPro competition and $500 from their YouTube video, which is being saved for any trips or future competitions they may compete in. They are now the representatives of MaidPro and the video of their winning cheer can be seen on the MaidPro website at http://www.MaidPro.com/ goodcheer/.
MHS Cheerleaders bring good cheer to MaidPro competition By Cheyenne Young email@example.com
More than two hundred teams competed nationally in the MaidPro Good Cheer competition, but the grand champions winning $2,500 were the MHS Trojan Cheerleaders. MaidPro, the company that sponsored the competition, is a professional cleaning service in twenty-eight states, including Hawaii. Hart High School in California placed second and Moanalua High School placed third in the competition which was held during a time period of five months, from May 1 to Sept. 30. During the months given, each cheerleading
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After practicing for 2-3 hours every day, the MHS cheerleaders were ecstatic when they were named grand champions of the MaidPro Good Cheer competition. squad had to register for the competition and post a video of themselves on
YouTube. After placing at states, their video was then submitted nationally. “We
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In this time of economic uncertainty, many students are relying on outside sources to help fund their college education. Obtaining scholarships and financial aid is essential for some students to attend any college. While community colleges are more affordable, the cost of education still adds up. The resident tuition for a semester at one of our local community colleges is about one thousand dollars. Most schools, even community colleges, require the completion of the FAFSA before any scholarships are awarded. While some parents feel that they will not qualify for financial aid, many schools are now requiring its completion before any merit-based aid is awarded. Every college has their own financial aid deadline, so plan accordingly. Check out the C&CC page on Edline for various scholarship opportunities. The FAFSA and FAFSA4caster From The College Advisor, Inc. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAF-
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SA) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid. In some cases, colleges will not even consider an applicant for merit aid unless that student has first submitted a FAFSA. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after Jan. 1 of the student’s senior year and then yearly while attending college. The FAFSA collects basic information about both the student and his/her parents’ income and assets and uses this information to determine an expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount that the student and family are expected to contribute towards the individual’s college expenses during the next academic year. The difference between the EFC and the total cost of attendance at your college of choice is known as demonstrated need. Colleges use this information to prepare a customized financial aid package for each admitted student who qualifies for financial aid. The package may include both grants and loans,
as well as self-help such as work-study opportunities. Only some colleges guarantee to meet 100% of established need, so financial aid may not cover all of your expenses at a particular college. Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible after Jan. 1. You’ll need your 2009 tax return and other financial records noted on the site. It is possible to complete the FAFSA even if you do not have your taxes done yet – this is a case of the earlier the better. You’ll also want to apply for a PIN for both student and parent so you can sign your form electronically. Do this now at www. pin.ed.gov. Not a senior? Families of underclassmen can get an early estimation of their eligibility for aid by using the FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. This online tool will also provide information about other sources of financial aid for college.
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Nov. 12, 2009
Get Well Soon
By James George
An apple a day keeps the doctor away; to most people, this is a familiar saying. But here’s one that may not be quite as well known: drink a mixture of hot water, honey and lemon to cure a sore throat. As time has gone on, more and more “home remedies” have surfaced and been spread about, making for an inexpensive, non-medicated way to treat frustrating illnesses such as the flu. And since flu season is here, the Trojan Times has decided to review some of the more popular home remedies for treating influenza.
For most parents, sickness means just one thing: upping your water intake from that of a camel to that of a whale. Given that over half the human body is water, it is considered common knowledge that drinking more fluid will assist in fighting off almost anything. The reasons are plentiful; Junior Andrew Shon said, “Water helps flow the bacteria out of your system.” And health.howstuffworks. com says “drinking plenty of any other nonalcoholic, decaffeinated liquid (caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics, which actually increases fluid loss) will help keep you hydrated and will also thin mucous secretions.” In short, drinking juices, broths, and other fluids high in nutrients helps keep your body strong for fighting the flu.
BRAT Diet For those that, along with the flu, have stomach issues, Senior Rachel Gregory has a solution: “I’ve heard of the BRAT diet, which is where you have to eat bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.” People may have heard of this, as it is a common home remedy told by many parents to their sick, bed-ridden children. Although not a cure against the flu itself, the BRAT diet has been proven to be effective against diarrhea. But there is a downfall to living off of BRAT: these are low in protein. Fortunately, a solution was found. www.wisegeek.com, a question-answer website, explains: “Many pediatricians now suggest the BRATTY (BRAT plus tea and yogurt) version of the diet to end diarrhea in children, because of the active cultures present in yogurt.” Green tea is also “low in caffeine and has numerous health benefits,” it says.
Gargle with Salt Water Do your flu symptoms include a sore throat? “You have to gargle salt water,” said Senior Daniel Kirnbauer. Junior Tiana Ibale agreed. “If you have the flu and your throat is sore, you just get hot water and Hawaiian salt and mix it together and gargle it and it should help relieve your sore throat,” she said. As www.yourtotalhealth.com explains, “If the gargle has a higher salt concentration than your cells’ salt concentration, it will tend to draw out some of the edema (i.e., swelling) fluid from the mucosa of the throat. This will make SOME of your ‘sore throat’ symptoms better,” it says. The website gives a good starting recipe. “The gargle should taste salty, but not overwhelmingly so. Begin with one teaspoon of salt per pint of water. Once the salt has dissolved, taste it. If it tastes like spit, add a bit more salt until it begins to taste salty.”
Here’s one for the books. “While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important aspect of traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, scientists are also researching the benefits of honey in modern medicine, especially in healing wounds,” said www.organicfacts.net. Indeed, claims are being made across the net that honey, especially when paired with other organic edibles – such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic and others – can cure almost anything. Senior Ashley Sanchez gave an example: “You put hot water with honey and you mix it up and put a little bit of lemon in it, and it’s supposed to cure a sore throat.” Also, an article from Weekly World News, a Canadian magazine, said that raw, unpasteurized honey and cinnamon can help cure anything from insect bites to hair loss, from acne to the flu. “A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from the flu,” it said. Now, whether honey really is such a miracle-worker for larger illnesses is debated. Some say it is all a hoax, while others testify to its healing abilities. Nevertheless, honey certainly has many other proven health benefits.
Long Pepper Acclaimed as “one of the most effective remedies in the treatment of influenza” by www.home-remedies-for-you.com, eating long pepper (an Indian herb) with a mixture of other herbs and organics supposedly cures the flu and can also help lessen postflu issues. “Half a teaspoon of the powder of long pepper, mixed with two teaspoons of honey and half a teaspoon of juice of ginger, should be taken thrice a day. This will help greatly if taken in the initial stages of the disease. It is especially useful in avoiding complications which follow the onset of the disease, namely, the involvement of the www.bigtreebali.com larynx and the bronchial tube,” it explains. Junior Theresa Svrcina commented on her experience with pepper and sickness. “It burns the bacteria in your throat,” she said. “Hot and spicy stuff gets the bacteria away.” Everywhere, people are coming up with new, effective ways to ward off the little pests that keep you in bed all day. And there are many more where those came from; just ask your parents. Chances are they will be more than willing to spoon-feed you some odd concoction of natural herbs and roots. And as a final word, don’t forget to do what the Center for Disease Contol and Prevention describes as “the best way to prevent infection and illness,” and what www.kidshealth.org says is “the best way to stop germs from spreading:” Wash your hands.
-Always check with your doctor before using these in large and frequent amounts. Even too much water has been known to kill. -Do not use these home remedies as a substitute for traditional medicine. -Always check for allergy information before using any of these products.
Nov. 12, 2009
Read It, Find It, Solve It
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Take a break. You’ve been working too hard. Go outside and frolic with the butterflies. Or you could stay inside and chat with your friends on AIM. Whatever floats your boat.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21) Remember that dream you had three days ago? Write out a manuscript and get on the phone with Hollywood; you might see your name on the big screen next summer.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Your mother will be making your least-favorite dish for dinner tonight. Go out with friends today and stuff yourself full of burgers and tacos and feed the dish to your dog when you get home.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22) The moos you keep hearing aren’t from your sister’s Farmville game. Go outside and peer into your neighbor’s backyard to see the biggest herd of cows you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) An eccentric businessman will prank call your house to see if your refrigerator is running. Make honking noises to him over the phone and you’ll receive $300 in the mail in two weeks. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Avoid Chinese restaurants for the rest of the month or you will find yourself receiving some very unlucky fortune cookies − and everyone knows that fortune cookies always come true.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Plan on meeting the president sometime next week. Your friends might laugh at you for wearing a suit and tie wherever you go, but at least you’ll meet the president looking well-dressed and snazzy. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Stock up on Monster and chips because you’ve forgotten to do a very important ten-page assignment that was assigned three weeks ago. Stay off Facebook and have fun. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) When you find a little free time, watch some old Disney movies and pig out on popcorn. It’ll brighten up your day considerably. Compiled by Michelle Choe firstname.lastname@example.org
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Taurus (April 20 – May 20) In a fit of passion, one of your friends will buy a ten pound bowl of frozen yogurt. Ten minutes into their snack, they will feel the sudden urge to use the bathroom. Grab the yogurt and run.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Be vigilant and walk carefully. You did something to irritate a family of leprechauns during your vacation to Ireland and they’ve followed you back to Hawaii for revenge.
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Aries (March 21 – April 19) Today, a small hooded stranger will come up to you and start speaking gibberish. Clap three times and do the hokey-pokey and you’ll receive two boxes of milk chocolate truffles.