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Thursday Nov. 17 2016 | | Issue 3 Volume XLIV

Tomorrow is Today

By Sierra Gamayon


alfway through their competition season, the Trojan Marching Band continued to strive above and beyond as they took first place in class AAA at the Kapolei Marching Festival on Oct. 29. The band performed their show “The [U]n[i]verse Within Us.” The first movement “Searching for the Truth,” the second movement “The Great Debate” and their third movement, “The Most Astounding Fact.” They took first place for the categories of drum major, color guard, general effect, music execution, marching and maneuvering, percussion and the overall win in sweepstakes. They were also the only band to score a superior in festival rating. “I feel very proud of what the band accomplished, what I try to stress to them is that the emotions that goes into every performance are very different, each person on that field is connected somehow in order to get a show that moves seamlessly, and if one person is just off it’s the whole form that’s off; we all need to be connected, although we are a very competitive group, winning first place and sweepstakes overall and having the score is just a reminder that we are where we are supposed to be,” explained Marching Band Director Derek Kaapana. These wins were supported by the long


hours put in by the march“I believe that if we all collabing band. “We have been oratively put our minds to it preparing since June, not just and help each other out then for this competition but for we can have a really good all competitions in general, performance,” added senior we have normal practices color guard captain Lauren for about three days a week Iwasaki. which is Tuesday, Thursday Although there have been and Saturday so we have some stressful moments in been pretty consistent about the season, their hard work preparing. We have added continuously shows in the some extra practices for the way the band has managed upcoming competitions not to set themselves apart from because they are doing poorly other groups. “We choose or anything. It’s mainly just our shows and concepts not so that we can get a little based on popular music or more stuff done Disney, we base and do our abour concepts solute best at the “Every performance more around performance,” is a different one so themes or consaid Kaapana. like this you know you only cepts With only year with the have one chance to universe. Our two weeks left in the marchshow the judges.” show designs are ing season, it clearly different Senior Caden Morishige groups but what has given many students the opI feel sets us portunity to reflect on their apart and what our strongest past years in the program. part of the program is, is the “Before I performed I still felt students and their ability to nervous even though I have work quickly and they are been doing this for four years very open to change, they already. Every performance is are probably one of the only a different one so you know groups that you could change you only have one chance to something the day of the pershow the judges what you put formance, and I mean huge out,” said senior saxophone changes to parts of the show, section leader and a member and they would be comfortof the band’s Social Planning able with it,” said Kaapana. and Management (SPAM) “ I feel that this program is Caden Morishige. different than others because The band has put an em- along with the bonds you phasis on working to perfect make throughout the season, the performance quality of performing for other people each and every member. “The and schools is really life emotions that goes into every changing because you get to performance are very differsee their reactions to the final ent, each person on that field production,” added Iwasaki. is connected somehow in or- With all the time put in, der to get a show that moves the band has formed seamlessly,” said Morishige. a strong bond with


Old, Spontaneous, Broken Love in CTAA Play “Almost Maine” By Taylor Ann Ono

A telling of passionate love stories, Central Theatre Arts Academy’s (CTAA) fall play “Almost Maine” had members painting brick walls and assembling backdrops of the Northern Lights. CTAA’s production had four shows in the MHS cafeteria on the weekend of Oct. 28. This romantic performance displayed different types of love stories, which included feelings of broken and regretful love, to young and old love. TROJAN LIFE Page 4 Aikau and Stone visit MHS, sharing experiences of surf and culture.

“I wanted to choose a production where it was very flexible, so I decided to choose something that teens and adults and everybody can relate to and I think they have some kind of connection with,” said Director Carolyn Taira. This is Taira’s first year at MHS, giving her different experiences with directing and teaching acting to high school students. “For me working with high school kids is different. What I enjoy is that I get to develop deeper relationships with the

CHOSEN TROJANS Page 5 Maa Tanuvasa one of five selected for the Polynesian Hall of Fame.

kids,” explained Taira, “What I really want [the students] to learn is just to have confidence in themselves, be able to trust themselves, to build character, teamwork skills and to learn how to think on your feet.” Acting portrays many different feelings, teaching the students to expose their emotions. “I can put on a show and people can laugh at me without really laughing at me. I love putting emotion into the audience, like for me the best feeling in the world is

SPORTS Page 7 JV Cheerleading take first at OIA Championships, Varisty place second.


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The fall production of ‘Almost Maine’ is the first show by newly appointed CTAA Director Carolyn Taira, who is herself an alumna of MHS.

FEATURE Page 9 A guide of fantastic beasts including what they are and where to find them.

EDITORIAL Page 10 Find out what students and faculty have to say in ‘Trojan Thoughts’.

INFORMATION Page 11 C&CC Column Prepare for college with these simple steps.


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Shoot for the stars; 1973A Finalists at VEX Pan-Pacific Championships By Maiya Ezawa Timothy Won | Trojan Times

TOWN CENTER CONSTRUCTION plans revealed By Christian Lum

For the past seven months the Mililani Town Center has been under construction, leaving the public to wonder if the addition of new stores or restaurants exclusive to Mililani would be in the Center’s future. Marcelo Lamoza, the project manager from Allied Builder System explained, “We are currently re-developing the Mililani Town Center. The last renovation was about 15 years ago and was a bit outdated. We are constructing a new seating area, a new podium, and a shading area. We will expand the center aisle of the Town Center. We are also repainting parts of the Town Center.” The new podium will be much larger than the previous one. Eight columns will be constructed at the new podium and a speaker will be placed at each column.” As Town Center is a gathering center for hundreds, the construction will benefit more than the stores that conduct business. Long time residents of Mililani have been complaining about the overflowing water at the Town Center after heavy rains, but complete remodels of each center aisles at the Town Center will fix these issues. New lighting fixtures will also be installed. The new renovation will give the Center a modern look with an attractive welcoming feel. “This re-development will benefit the whole community. It will make the town center more bright and local then businesses should see an increase in walk-in traffic,” explained Lamoza. The renovation also offers many job opportunities to local residents. The company that Lamoza works for, Allied Builders System, is a local company with many local employees, some residents of Mililani. The Town Center will soon be completed for all to use and to enjoy. The new podium will reopen officially on Dec. 3, featuring a day full of festivities and entertainment including games for children, live music, a parade and a possible Santa.

After weeks of designing, building, programming and driving, the VEX Robotics team 1973A took first in their seed at the Pan-Pacific Championships on Oct. 7 to 9 at Kamehameha Schools’ gym. This year MHS sent seniors Tyler LaBonte and Noah Evile of team 1973A to the competition to bring back gold. After facing off against other students from all over the globe, 1973A was able to compete in the finals, qualifying for the State Championships in Hilo in January. “It’s fun to meet a lot of people from all over the world, including China and Taiwan, that share common interests and a drive to succeed,” stated LaBonte, the robot’s programmer. “Other than that, I just love the vibe of VEX tournaments; they’re very fast-paced and challenging, and you never know what might happen, so you always have to stay on your toes.” Team 1973A had to find a balance between building a robot that was creative, and one that would also accomplish the task given to them during the Pan-Pacific Championships. “This year the game was a two versus two game called Starstruck. Robots must toss game pieces, including stars and cubes, over to the opponent’s side. Generally, the alliance with the least pieces on their field at the end of the two minutes is the winner, but teams can

earn extra points by winning the autonomous round and hanging on a post at the end of the match,” explained LaBonte. Team 1973A was able to wipe out their competition in regular and ranking matches, and make it to the final round. “In our last two matches, we were more concentrated on scoring SP (points awarded based on your opponent’s score) than actually winning, and a few times (we) actually scored points for the opponent’s team in order to maximize our gains. Due to our foresight and tactics, we were able to overtake 4142A and achieve rank one. It felt like all our planning, preparation and strategizing were finally paying off,” said LaBonte. Teams can spend months preparing and working on a single robot to enter. Evile, who was the driver and team captain in this competition explained, “We had to build and program the robot from the ground up.” LaBonte added, “For this tournament, (Evile) came up with a design that was an amalgamation of the best parts of the best robots we saw at the Sacred Hearts Competition, plus a few twists of our own including an H-drive. Then, we have to actually build the robot, which, including motors, troubleshooting and wiring, can take anywhere from two to six weeks depending on how busy we are. After that, I can start working on the program, including driver control and autonomous code. This usually takes

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Only two to three actors performed a scene at a time, but the cast still had a strong, tight bond without necessarily performing all together on stage.

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performing a dramatic scene or monologue or something, and then the audience starts tearing up and crying,” stated Senior Christian Howe. Although the cast’s role

was memorizing lines, rehearsing and pushing through four shows, they wouldn’t have been able to perform without backdrops and costumes, provided by the play production program. “We have to rehearse putting up the whole set together every night, most of the time I’ll be building something for the set like when we first

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The Pan-Pacific Championship prepared competitors to interact with others on a global scale, with competing schools from California to China.

about two weeks, and the troubleshooting can go up to the morning of the tournament. We also get a lot of driver practice in, at least six hours in the week before the competition.” The VEX Robotics program is geared to be student centered, with the teacher’s role being less pronounced. “For me it’s just to register them, get them the parts, and make sure the classroom is open when they want to work. That’s about it. And look at them with a grin on my face if they made a foolish mistake, or a smile on my face when (they’re) doing (something) right,” stated VEX Robotics Coach Timothy Pregana. Although LaBonte and Evile had different roles, their team dynamic is what gave them an edge in competition. “During the competition, we’re very much in sync, each utilizing our strengths and compensating for the weaknesses of the other. One thing

I find really amusing about our team dynamic is that we’re both really paranoid, always triple-checking. It works out for the best, though, as it minimizes our risk of error on the field,” said LaBonte. Students are planning to spend longer preparing and push their minds to the limits next year. “It’s a good introduction to that field of engineering. It allows students to build skills as well as learn critically,” stated Evile. “Be prepared. Have fun.” VEX is open to all students who are willing to work hard. “Register for IET core, show me interest and you’re on the team. Simple as that. IET pathway (is the way) in. You meet the criteria. Good attitude, good work ethic, love to have you on board,” said Pregana. Although the Pan-Pacific Championships are over, team 1973A hopes to use their newfound skills to take their robot to a new level for the state tournament.

started, but now we’ll be painting something and like adding details,” stated sophomore Miriam Morgan. The long hours and hard work that the play production put into the play brought their teams closer together. “It’s probably one of my favorite parts of the day, like we’re all a big family here, so whenever I see people I’m just excited,” Morgan said. “We do have a lot of fun.” Playing a character depicting different emotions has extended outside of the stage for many actors. “Acting and figuring out how to portray all these different emotions, it really opened me up and really got me to understand like when other people are talking to me about their emotions,” says Howe. “It really helped me become more understanding and helped me be more open. It really got me out of my shy stage and got me to open up more.” Taira added,

“I think through experiences like these, you know where they have to get up in front of their peers and they have to perform something, it does give them confidence,” she explains.“It does teach them a lot about themselves that they wouldn’t learn any other way. I want these kids to experience something really good for themselves.” The closing show was emotional for the entire cast, who had become so close. “I feel the play went well, we came through as a team to make the performances the best we possibly can. I was reminded we all need to depend, rely and trust each other. We are a team. We are all ensemble,” said Howe. CTAA’s spring musical “The Little Mermaid” will be performed from March 16 to 19 at the Pearl City Cultural Center. Find audition information, dance and vocal workshop dates, requirements and more at


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Live entertainment included a chorus perfomance from MHS, as well as a hula performance from Mililani Middle students (above). By Christian Lum

On Oct. 22, MHS hosted a ‘Character Counts’ fair open for all students from elementary to high school. “The Character Counts Fair is a complex area school celebration. This year the fair was hosted at MHS, in coordination with Milialni complex schools. “It’s an event to celebrate and promote the 6 pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship,” explained event coordinator Leilani Ward-Riehle. The fair is held once a year in conjunction with Character Counts Week, a weeklong national celebration. The event hosted by

the Mililani Complex Area Schools included a variety of games, entertainment, activities and prizes. Local community leaders and organizations also had booths. The ASMHS officers ran the MHS game booth. Some of the activities held at the fair were obstacle courses and live entertainment such as hula dancers. There was also a photobooth where children could take picture with characters that promotes positivity, like superheroes. Some of the parents even did the obstacle courses with their children. “We made an Obstacle Course called the Character Counts Challenge. Upon completion they would win a prize,” said Hawaii State Student Council Representative and Senate

President Airi Morita. The activities all promoted good character and what it means to be a contributing member of society. “I don’t think the fair itself instills the values, but it helps promote and celebrate the right values. In school we teach the character counts pillars and what it looks like, and how to behave in certain ways to be good citizens. At home parents do the same, but I think the fair is a time to celebrate those good values,” explained Ward. “The children enjoyed the Character Counts Fair very much. The highlights for them were the games which provided a fun and memorable experience. The main target audience of the Character Counts Fair are children (under the third grade) because the younger they are exposed to how to have good character, the closer they will be to embracing the (character count) pillars in the future,” said Afuso. All those who attended left with new insight in values that they can remember and use in many different aspects of their lives. Both students in attendance and coordinators alike are excited for next year’s fair, where MHS will continue to expand on what it means to have good character.

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one another. “ My favorite part is the moments before we compete when you are talking in sections because that is where we really connect with each other. You really feel a bond with each other before we start the competition,” explained Morishige. With many other groups including the Maui High School Marching Band rising up to compete with Mililani, it has provided to be a new set of challenges in preapring for the next festival. “We have tough competition, Maui is coming to the next festival specifically to compete with us, so knowing that they are motivated and driven to produce a better product then they have been provides us with a new

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level of competition. Our placement in the lineup for saturday is not ideal, we will just have to do our best and see what happens,” stated Kaapana. Throughout the season they have remained optimistic about competitions. “I’m not sure what the outcome will be and I think that is exciting because we don’t know how we will place the next week so we will have the motivation to work hard,” said Morishige. The Trojan Marching Band competed in their final official show of their season on No. 5, with the Tournament of Bands held at Kamehameha High School. They competed against Pearl City High School, Moanalua High School, Maui High School and Leilehua High School in class AAA at the Tournament of Bands. The Trojan Marching Band will officially ending their season at the Trojan BandFest on Nov. 12.



he MHS Marching Band attended the Moanalua Menehune Classic on Oct. 22, with their original show “The [U]n[I]verse Within Us” nabbing a superior score, the highest score in the competition, in music, marching, color guard and percussion along with a score of excellent in drum major. “Before entering the competition, or before performing, you have to just say ‘you know what? It’s not so much about the competition and stuff. It’s about just you and your team and your band’ and you just have to mentally prepare yourself and, you know, just get in that mind set that just put your 100% in the performance,” said Color Guard Captain, senior Akoni Pasoquen-Castillo. With a strong team of advisors behind him, Band Director Derek Kaapana created and designed what he hopes to be a memorable show. “Every year there is a brainstorm session between myself and the design team which consists of Susan Segawa (color

guard director), Todd Clevenger (drill writer) and John Morse (music arranger). We’ll (throw) out ideas that showcase students’ strengths, but also challenge them enough to grow out of their weaknesses. Once a brainstorm for concepts is done, we look at possible music choices. All of our field show music (are) custom arranged so we search for source material to pull from. Sometimes it’s a quick process, other times it takes months to settle on a show,” explained Kaapana. The MHS Marching Band has been preparing for the competition season since June with many different focuses. “There is a detailed coordination of all the elements involved in the show. Once the theme or concept is created and the source music chosen, our music arranger will create music sketches for me to listen to. At this time I, along with Susan Segawa will brainstorm a visual concept which includes color palette, imagery, costumes, etc. Once the first chunk of music is sketched out, and (if ) I feel it is appropriate then we move to the next step, which will

create the battery and front ensemble arrangement which is written by Nick Tuvera and Andrew Kinimaka,” explained Kaapana. “Once that is underway, it is an evolving process that will either require re-writes, or staging to be done by myself or (Segawa). The product is in constant evolution as the students are learning the show, all to enhance what is already being done by the students performances.” The competition itself was a whirlwind of music and movement, but there some moments that the band enjoyed more. “For (the band), it was kind of like a new experience (to) see all the other bands (and) what they can bring to the audience and how everyone performs differently from each other is a pretty good (opportunity),” said Drum Major senior Dean Kaya. PasoquenCastillo added, “Since I am a senior, it was a bittersweet moment. Like, it’s our last first performance. So, I wasn’t nervous, but at that point, it was like ‘Oh I’m not. I’ve been doing this so I’m good.’ Now it’s just time to put it all

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The MHS Marching Band practices every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays to perfect their show to compete against the other schools.

out there on the field and just leave it.” In the wake of the results of the competition, the band plans on making improvements to both their future performances and practices. “(On Tuesday) we had practice and I told them (if ) there’s one thing that I find appealing in the color guard (it’s) if you carry yourself with confidence. If you can do that, even if you might not have it, if you could just act it and carry it on the field, I find that more appealing than just, you know, not carrying it at all. Having that confidence or that mindset, saying that you can do it, will push you

even further then you can achieve,” said PasoquenCastillo. “Our last week of practices will be focused on cleaning up our show, in this sense, the practice vibe will change because the students will have been given everything they need for the show, it’s just a matter of taking it to the next level,” added Kaapana. The Trojan Marching Band participated in the Kapolei Marching Band Festival on Oct. 29, taking first place in all categories for their division and the sweepstakes award. They ended their regular season performances with the Kamehameha Tournament of Bands on Nov. 5.


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Tom “Pohaku” Stone has lived a life of extremeties, growing up on a rurual island and spending much of his time at sea, surfing and exploring.

By Danielle Smith


ith stories of surf, passion and politics, Clyde Aikau and Tom “Pohaku” Stone made a guest appearance at MHS on Oct. 27. Both with experiences unlike the other, Aikau and Stone brought with them an insight on Hawaiian culture and stressed the importance of making a difference in any way they can. “(Aikau and I) both come from traditions of surfing and we are always looking to catch the next wave and you come to learn in our times that the next wave is always gonna

take us on a new experience. And a new experience is always good. It’s about educating,” Stone said. “It’s always about passing on the knowledge and sharing the knowledge through the ages.” While they share their love of surf, Aikau and Stone have led lives much different from the other. Although he no longer does it competitivley, Aikau, brother to the late Eddie Aikau, continues to surf at major events such as the Eddie Aikau Invitational and with other world renowned surfers. He also works as a teacher for homeless students, ensuring that they are being fed, sheltered and taught. “My

main purpose in life now is to help anybody who needs help,” Aikau said. “Basically it’s trying to be a better person and to help other people the best I can.” Stone, meanwhile, has been featured on various National Geographic shows for his extensive knowledge of living off the land, his most recent show being ‘Migration.’ In addition, Stone is credited to have revived the sport of Hawaiian Sledding, as well as the production of the koa wood and twine sleds. He continues now as a professor at the University of Hawaii. “For (Stone), he comes from a different perspective. He comes from the perspective (through) his experiences on Hawaiian sovereignty, which is a hot topic always in Hawaii. He provided experiences and insights that I don’t know many people have, ” said Modern Hawaiian History teacher Asialyn Wong. Although not their first appearance at MHS, Wong has brought the pair back again to share their extensive knowledge and unique experiences with the students. “My intention for them is for (the) Modern Hawaiian History (class) because we have a unit for contemporary issues which both of them can touch on. Contemporary issues can be anything from the Hawaiian Renaissance and Hawaiian culture, like the Hawaiian

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sled that (Stone) brought or surfing culture that (Aikau) brought,” Wong said. Aikau took the opportunity to recount his brothers and his own life, from being the first lifeguards at Waimea Bay to becoming world renowned surfers. “(Aikau) will always talk about his brother’s legacy and him and his brothers journey growing up,” Wong said. Outside of schools, Aikau actively works to share the same message at every place he goes. “I try to inspire people, try to inspire the next generation in trying to let them know what Eddie Aikau is all about, his legacy and what my inspiration of Uncle Clyde is all about,” Aikau said. Stone spoke of a wide variety of topics related to Hawaii hoping to better educate the students. “We are a living culture, we are living people. Just because we live in the 21st century and we aren’t living in grass shacks—which I have, I grew up in one—it doesn’t change the fact that we are living and we are alive and that we want to live our lives under the conditions that were in place for us,” he said. “Education is the best weapon to carry. That’s what I hope everyone who walked out of here realized, that you can’t go wrong with education. You can educate yourself in so many ways. I didn’t start read-

ing until I was 17.” Students and teachers alike were able to learn and explore the topics from his message. “I got the perpetuation of culture and legacy and learning is really important. I’m not Hawaiian, I’m from here but I’m not Hawaiian and they show that whether you are from here or not we should respect culture,” Wong said. Stone brought to light the significant political issues that Hawai is facing today, and gave advice on taking a stand on these. The skills he taught were ones that the students can harness in other aspects of their lives. “Our political issues are either ignored or people aren’t aware of it and how we are trying to go about it. One thing that turns anyone off is screaming and yelling and physical conflicts. And in that way, you never accomplish anything. It’s when one stops and realizes that it’s good to listen to someone who is willing to share,” explained Stone. As Stone continues exploring the ocean and being an active politician, Aikau has taken a break surfing competitively and intends to focus on his job teaching. Wong intends to bring them back again next year, in hopes that they continue to share their knowledge with the students.


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Tiani Scott (11) performed in Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha’s annual Hoike at the Hawaii Theatre Center to promote their new CD, “Blessings.”

By Shelby Haygood

On Oct. 29, hula and performing arts studio Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha launched their newest endeavor, a CD titled “Blessings.” Partnering

with singer Kapena DeLima’s Bu Print Studios, the CD featured many students of Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha as well as two MHS students, junior Tiani Scott and senior Katlin Schendel singing various numbers. Na Maka

O Puuwai Aloha’s Director and President Mandi Scott stated, “The CD was recorded by Kapena DeLima and Bu Print Studios. (I wanted) to give my performing arts students at my studio the opportunity to record with the talented producer Kapena Delima and to record in a recording studio and have their talents on a CD.” Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha is a non-profit organization that focuses on being a non-competetive environment that gives back to the community and encourages higher education. Tiani Scott adds, “It’s for the scholarship fund that we have at the studio. So the seniors have to write an essay, (they) have (to have) been with us for three years, and a certain amount of community service hours.” Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha’s “Blessings” CD can be bought at Na Maka O Puuwai Aloha’s studio located in Waipio on 94-547 Ukee St. #204, Waipahu, HI 96797.


By Anika Ramos

With the help of Marine Biology teacher Ciera Santos and substitute Kuuipo McFadden-Shimizu, Marine Biology teacher Jennifer Kuwahara was able to make ‘Ecosystems Under the Table’ a reality. Kuwahara, who was on maternity leave and making the transitions from teaching middle school to high school, was thinking of creative and exciting new ways to study marine eco-

systems. By assigning this project, Kuwahara and her students were able to bring a personal flair into the class. Each period was given a designated table and ecosystem to paint. It took the students two to three weeks to research about the different organisms in their ecosystem. “This project helped to give character to our class,” said senior Jared Ellamar. ‘Ecosystems Under the Table’ was a successful project that brought color to the marine biology classrooms.



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hen given the chance to compete in the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa College of Engineering High School Industry Challenge, a group of MHS career and technical education students took it. On Oct. 13, they competed with eight other schools in challenges centered around engineering. The MHS students took first, second, third and fourth place in the Raytheon Impromptu Challenge, which required them to build a tower that withstands wind. They also took first, second and tied for third in the Shimazu, Shimabukuro, Fukuda and Matsumoto (SSFM) Planned Challenge, which required the students to run a simulation of living off of solar panels. “The only thing that was difficult was figuring out how the circuits worked because


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The challenges provide students with the opportunity to have a hands on experience in the engineering field, while also testing them mentally.

we had no knowledge of how to hook them up, so that made the challenge harder but I was up for the challenge,” said sophomore Dylan Miyamura. This challenge was difficult, but rewarding, “Our group had to build a tower with limited resources and time. We had to use a foil to reflect light and be able to withstand wind,” said junior Min Soo Kang. With all their hard work and achievements, students made advisor Timothy Pregana proud. “It went extremely well for my students, of course because they placed well. I have got good students. My design technology students are great, they are already taking classes to do well in architectural engineering, they have the right math and sciences and they have design tech. They will be

graduating from MHS with above average or exceptional technical related skills,” stated Pregana. The skills and opportunities that an event like this provides gave students the chance to think ahead. “One of the reasons I do it is because UH is trying to recruit the best and brightest, but as a teacher for almost eight years, four out of ten of my graduating seniors from my design tech class ends up at University of Hawaii and that’s been very common for the last eight years, so I know I’ve got to do my part to help out my students in getting into the UH system. That is the priority. I want to put them in best position for success,” added Pregana. Pregana and the students look forward to participating in this competition for many years to come.

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The Hawaiian Humane Society is taking quick action to care for the dogs.

By Danielle Smith

Working with the Honolulu Police Department the Hawaiian Humane Society oversaw the rescue of more than 250 dogs in Waianae under the shelter “Friends for Life.” The rescue took place on Oct. 12, after the Humane Society workers discovered the dogs living in malnourished and unhealthy conditions. Among those who participated in the seizure and rehabilitation of the dogs was MHS Senior Quinten Harada. Since the rescue, the Hawaiian Humane staff have been making the necessary precautions to care for the dogs. “Staff and volunteers have been working around the clock to provide the needed care for all of the animals in Hawaiian Humane’s custody. Hawaiian

Humane has and will continue to make all necessary accommodations for every animal involved in the rescue, including dietary, medical and shelter needs,” said Humane Education Manager Mandi DeSouza. The experience has become one to take lessons from. Harada expressed, “I’ve always heard stories about rescues and the good and the bad parts about it and how dogs may look or act and the fact that I was able to experience this not first hand, but to have a fairly big part in this situation was huge.” As the Hawaiian Humane continues to care for and rehabilitate the dogs, they’re asking for donations of 16 oz. bottled waters, Kongs (all sizes), large and extra-large wire crates and dog shampoo. Donations and more information can be found at


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Maa Tanuvasa led the Denver Broncos in sacks in the 1998 season. The Broncos would later go on to win the 1998 Super Bowl.

By Caitlyn Resurreccion

MHS alumnus Maa Tanuvasa was one of five inductees chosen to be a part of the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2017. In order to be eligable, football players must not only be of Polynesian descent, but must also demonstrate a high level of play while simultaneously representing their heritage with pride. Tanuvasa comes from Samoan ancestry and continues to instill the cultural values into future gen-

erations through the means of football camps, volunteer work and providing his share to his family and community. “The award itself doesn’t mean much. Working with kids and working with the community is just something I do and it’s very rewarding,” expressed Tanuvasa. The selection process began with over 200 nominees. From the nominees, 18 were selected as finalists. Once the 18 finalists were chosen, the members of the Selection Committee and the Board of

Directors narrowed the 18 finalists to the five inductees. The five inductees include: Junior Ah You, Riki Morgan Ellison, Christopher Kealoha along with Tanuvasa as players and John Manamaleuna as a contributor. “(Tanuvasa’s) accomplishments on and off the field show his (selflessness). For that, I am truly honored to select him as a member of the 2017 class,” said Richard Hastings Tomey, the Selection Committee Chairman. Tanuvasa attended MHS where he was a multi-sports athlete participating in football and track-and-field. From there, he attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he played collegiate football. He was later drafted into the National Football League where he played nine years of pro ball, primarily as a defensive end. The duration of his time in the NFL proved to be successful, where he was a twotime Super Bowl Champion for the Denver Broncos in the 1997 and 1998 football seasons. “The years I spent

in the NFL had to be some of the most crazy years in my life. Being traded, then cut, then let go. With all the hype and unbelievable talent in the league, sometimes the viewers forget that (players) are human too and have emotions just like they do,” said Tanuvasa. “When I was traded to the Broncos, I felt the overwhelming support from the Denver community and ultimately decided ‘I have to work and play for them.’” After his career in the NFL, Tanuvasa continued to project his support for the Polynesian community by establishing the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame along with co-founder Jesse Sapolu. “The success I gained from the NFL really made me want to share it with the people on the island. When I was a student and played ball I always wanted to make it big and play in the NFL. Now, I have the ability to help mentor these kids so they too can ‘make it big’,” said Tanuvasa. With multiple achieve-

ments and a hard working mentality, Tanuvasa’s family along with the whole Mililani community sees him as a role model and a source of inspiration. “I always looked up to my dad, he really is the reason why I wanted to play football. Every day, we would go and just throw the ball back and forth, work on drills and just talk,” said Maa Tanuvasa Jr., son of Tanuvasa said. Alumnus Bryson Ventura added, “He’s a great coach. Even though he worked with the defense, he would still come to each group and run over the weaknesses that we need to improve on. I remember after Friday practices, the whole team would meet by the lower parking lot and we would eat Hawaiian food and talk. We’re family, even after we graduate.” The official induction ceremony will take place on Jan. 21 and 22 at the Polynesian Hall of Fame where the five inductees will be honored and recognized during the Polynesian Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.


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Hope Carter’s (12) commitment to Wayne State College in Nebraska will pay for her four years of school, dorm, meal plan, and travel.

By Cameryn Oshiro


enior Hope Carter, one of the two student athletes who was chosen as Trojan of the Month, reflects on how volleyball has impacted her life as she looks forward to finishing her senior year with a bang before

heading to college next fall. “Growing up with volleyball, it kinda helped me build that confidence that I never used to have when I was little. I had a brother and sister and it was all about them, so I never really had that confidence, but going through junior varsity to varsity in high school, I was able

to believe in myself and was more determined,” expressed Carter. Another figure that has impacted her was her mother. “Sometimes she’ll text me before a big game and tell me what I need to work on— what I need to focus on,” said Carter. “She told me to always look at the net; ‘who’s the shortest blocker—’set that hitter with the shorter blocker,’ so she always gives me advice, because she was a setter too. She’s kinda my undercover coach on the side.” Although beneficial, club athletics can become a financial issue for any family. “Growing up playing club is really expensive—you put out thousands of dollars every year and so now it’s just good because it’s paying off,” said Carter. Sports runs in the family, from Carter’s parents to siblings. “My dad was a basketball player in high school and my mom was a volleyball player in high school so they kinda rubbed off on us. My sister played volleyball and softball, my brother played volleyball, basketball and soccer, so I kinda took role of everyone and I played the sports they’ve played so they’re a really big impact on me,” said Carter. “My siblings and I had a really great bond; we helped each other out and I know for sure they pushed me to be the best I

could and we were all really competitive and so I think that competitiveness sparked that gear in me to keep excelling and keep working hard.” Carter remains humble, despite this being her second time being chosen as TOTM. “I was picked last year, and I didn’t really think I made that big of an impact to be chosen, because I’m only a setter and the setter’s not really a key role in volleyball; mainly the hitters, because they score the points so I was kinda surprised as well.” However, Athletic Director Glenn Nitta saw how Carter’s role as a setter was vital for Mililani. “She is the catalyst of the volleyball team and is by far the player that makes this team ‘go’.” Opposite position sophomore Ava Moniz, a teammate and friend of Carter’s witnessed the same qualities that cemented her place as TOTM. “I think the biggest thing is that she’s always bringing other people together. Her demeanor on the court brings a lot of energy, yet a sense of seriousness to the game which is really important. Even in a short season, you learn a lot from a player like her because she is very talented and she’s the glue that holds us together,” said Moniz. Before settling into the position as setter Carter was an outside hitter. How-

ever the transition from an outside hitter to a setter changed the outlook Carter had for the game. “When I first came to Mililani, I was a hitter, I wanted to hit—score all of the points—and have all that glory, but right when my sophomore year came I was on the same varsity team as my sister when she was a senior and so when she got injured during high school season, Coach put me in as a setter and I hated it. I didn’t want to set. Setters don’t get any glory and so it was really hard for me to transition,” said Carter. “(But) now I embrace setting. I ended up loving it. My mom was a setter, and I just realized that she was a setter too, and that I’m doing the thing she did when she was younger. It’s really benefitting me now because I’m going to better places with the position that I’m in now, and I really have to thank my high school coach—Coach Val (Crabbe)— she’s the one that saw potential in me and she knew that I would excel more (as a setter).” Carter dreams of playing for the Women’s National Volleyball Team and trying out for the Olympics after her high school career. She will continue volleyball as a collegiate player with a commitment and full-ride scholarship to Nebraska Wayne State College in the fall.


Andrew Valladares made a name for himself by taking charge as a leader on and off the field catching the eyes of colleges, friends and teammates as team captain and wide receiver for the MHS Varsity football team. Valladares is one of two MHS athletes chosen as Trojan of the Month (TOTM). “Football is my passion and I wanna pursue it,” expressed Valladares, “I want to go to college but I haven’t decided yet. I wanna stay close to home like the west coast, and I want to study in sports medicine.” In order to be selected as TOTM, athletes must demonstrate leadership and hard work. “(Valladares is) a vocal team leader and plays well on the field of course. (He’s an) excellent student athlete, he’s well liked among his teammates; he’s like a coach on the field,” said Head Football Coach, Roderick York. Athletics Director Glenn Nitta described the football player

as being “Outstanding on offense as a receiver and on special teams.” “I started playing football around first grade. (I started) at flag (football) then later around third-grade I tried tackle (football) and I loved it. (I’ve been) playing tackle ever since. I would have to say my mom got me into playing sports and she is my inspiration,” explained Valladares. Playing football from freshman to senior year and support from an abundance of friends has made a great impact on Valladares’ life. “My friends influenced me by always getting on me and making sure I’m on task and making sure I have good grades. (Math teacher Britney Hagihara) influenced me a lot and (Head Cheerleading Coach Renesha Kierstedt) because they were always on me to do my work. I felt I’ve grown more mature and I feel like I work harder now than I did freshman year,” reflected Valladares. Through many years, sports and clubs can play a

huge part in forming and building one’s character. “As a person (Valladares has) remained the same; always happy, smiling, outgoing, funny, and humble, but football wise he’s gotten more dedicated and he just improved a lot. Personally (Valladares) has influenced me to always be myself and to not care what anybody thinks, because he has no shame and isn’t afraid to be himself, and that’s why a lot of people like to be around him” explained junior Michelle Banks, a close friend of Valladares. As everybody looks up to someone else for inspiration, Valladares aspires to play similar to professional football player Marcus Mariota. “I try to be like Mariota. Even though we don’t play the same position I like the way he plays and he’s such a humble person,” says Valladares, who plays as a wide receiver. Also, similar things are said about the TOTM himself by his peers. “(Valladares) is a very humble and positive person. Even when you’re feeling down he’ll try

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Throughout this past OIA season, Valladares dashed a total of 671 yards and contributed to scoring by making seven touchdowns.

to cheer you up. He’s also very friendly, respectful, outgoing, and also shows humility and compassion,” added Banks. Valladares is striving to end the season and his senior

year strong. Although he is still keeping his options open in selecting a college to attend, Valladares knows for certain that wherever he goes he’ll take his passion for football with him.


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Photo courtesy of Isaiah Lopez

Andrew Valladares (12) switches between slotback and wide receiver— both offensive formations that are able to make touchdowns.

By Cameryn Oshiro

As the regular fall season comes to an end, the MHS junior varsity (JV) and varsity football teams reflect on their play and performance during this past Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) season which lasted between early August to November. Throughout the OIA division, the team endured a mixture of wins and loses but were able to grab a spot to play against Baldwin Schools on Nov. 4. “(We’re) very excited to (have qualified) for states, because in the past years our loss to Waianae—we would’ve been done—so I’m happy that we are still

striving to be number 1 in the (division) one bracket. There’s always pressure coming into any game, and (with) Leilehua there was pressure, because we had to make sure we won to get a better seed in states,” expressed varsity team captain, senior Andrew Valladares. The beginning of the fall season brought new underclassmen athletes to tackle and show their strenghts on the field. “I think our JV did excellent, we have a lot of ninth graders and tenth graders playing on the varsity (team) because we pulled them up, so there’s a lot of inexperienced (players) in the JV (yet) they were able to match last year’s semi final lost, (but) they made it to the

semi final game which is hard because most teams there are big. As far as our varsity, we’re just happy for new life; we’re in the division one tournament and hopefully we can take it one game at a time,” stated Head Football Coach Roderick York. Since football is a team sport, all players must work together and cooperate; but there are many highlight moments for individuals players. “It’s tough, it’s an ultimate team sport, there’s 74 guys, it’s hard to (single out) one guy, two guys, three guys, but if I were to pick a unit it’d be the offensive line,” revealed York. “We got young guys—inexperienced guys— but they’ve been producing almost every single game that they’ve played.” The football team played a strong season; winning six out of nine games set between Aug. 13 and Oct. 21. Junior Michelle Banks, sister of defensive line Joshua Banks, added, “A few highlights of the season would be when linebacker/running back Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua jumped over the linemen to score, and when Andrew Valladares scored a total of four touchdowns in the first game against Leilehua.” In the beginning of their season, the varsity football team had wins against Kaiser, Castle, and Farrington, but have also experienced their share in losses. “We lost to Kailua—came from behind 21 points, we lost our homecoming (game) to Kapolei, and we lost a close one to

Waianae in which they took the lead the last minute,” expressed York. Both the varsity and JV teams value the games they lost as much as the games they won. Michelle Banks explained her standout for the season; “The best game the team played this season would be the Castle game which resulted in a final score of 42-0 Mililani with the win.” York added, “Those (games we lost) are probably the best ones, because we learn from them, you know, we learn from every game. When you get those kinda loses, the kids feel it so we’re able to not just talk about it but feel it and change it to get better and those loses have improved us a lot. Best games are when we get out of them like that, we just look at the ones we can improve on.” From a spectators view, Michelle Banks expessed,“In my opinion I think both the junior varsity and varsity football boys had an out-

standing season. Yeah there were a few bumps in the road but those boys never stopped fighting till the end and thats all that really matters whether they win or lose. My family is super supportive of the team. Both my parents and I go to every football practice and every game; we constantly cheer on the team,” said Banks. With their wins against Kaiser, Castle, Farrington, Nanakuli and Leilehua, only Kapolei, Kailua and Waianae were able to overcome Mililani in their OIA season. The MHS team won against Leilehua once more on Oct. 21, putting Mililani up against Baldwin in the first round of the Division 1 play-offs, on Nov. 4 at the War Memorial Stadium in Maui. The winner of the first round moved on to play against the top-seeded school in the semifinals, which was held Nov. 12. The Championship Division One title will be played for on Nov. 18 at the Aloha Stadium.










Averages Offense 24.7 Defense POINTS 38.3

Points YARDS Yards PASS Pass RUSH 1 Rush 0 30

38.3 358.1 358.1 193.3 193.3 164.8 164.8 50

24.7 237.5 237.5 162.4 75.1 75.1 162.4 30



blocker senior Katherine Asbery. “Even if we’re down or someone makes a mistake, For the first time since we just stay positive.” 2013, the MHS varsity girls The tension was high volleyball team made it to as fans from both Kahuku finals in the Oahu Interand Mililani voiced their scholastic Association (OIA) support from the stands. “It championship against the Ka- was kind of like the battle huku Red Raiders on Oct. 20 between the undefeated. We at the McKinley High School were the underdogs in that Gymnasium. Following an situation because Kahuku is undefeated season, the team the number one in the state, claimed second place after and we had nothing really to dropping the first three sets. lose. We just wanted to play Despite the disheartening our hardest and we wanted to outcome, the team has a plan win,” said Asbery. for claiming first place next Not even the loud cheeryear, and prides themselves ing of the crowd was enough on showing sportsmanship to distract the Lady Trojans and character. from their goal of play “We kept our heads high ing hard, and playing well. and we shook (Kahuku’s) “From a player’s point of hands and said good game to view, the game of volleyball is all the girls. We do that every complete focus. You’re nothgame, win or lose, keeping but focused on every play ing a smile on our faces and and trying not to let any ball not getting mad at them or touch the ground on your at each other,” said middle side,” explained setter Senior

Hope Carter. “As you hear the crowd roar, you feel the pressure build, but you have to try your best to not let it get to you.” During the game, the players had to find ways around what they felt was Kahuku’s number one advantage, their height. “Most people don’t want to hear that,” said Head Coach Val Crabbe. “But it’s a game where, like football, size matters. And at some point, height is a huge factor. That’s what Kahuku has, height and athleticism.”Asbery said, “(We) just kind of played smart so that we could (win), because we knew that they were taller than us so we had to find our own advantages rather than what they had, and we had to try to play our game rather than trying to play up to their level.” Despite their loss, the team feels no ill will towards

the Red Raiders, and respects their skill and dedication. “Kahuku is hard because they’re such a good team, and we have to give them credit for playing a great game. Especially because when we played them in preseason, they smashed us. It was 25-7, and we ended up bringing it up to 25-17 (in the last set of OIA’s),” stated Asbery. In addition to improving their volleyball skills, Crabbe also emphasizes the teamwork aspect of the sport. “Our coach really likes to push us together to be close with each other and keep us from being clique-y with each other. That just doesn’t work because volleyball is a team sport and we’ve got to work together, not as individuals,” stated Asbery. The season was one of hardwork and dedication on behalf of the entire volleyball team. “There were points

in the season where I was so exhausted and thought I couldn’t keep going, but I had to remind myself why I even started playing volleyball. I love the sport and it’s my passion and I had to keep telling myself that and to keep sticking to it,” stated Carter. In reflection of their loss this year, the seniors of the team had advice for next year’s group. “I think next year, they need to put everything out on the court, for every game, no matter what,” said Asbery. “Our season is over now, but my goal for all the underclassmen is to continue to love the sport of volleyball and continue to work hard to be the best they can be,” added Carter. Despite their loss, MHS’ varsity girls volleyball team has refocused their efforts and plan to come back stronger than ever next year.


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Also just focus on what you can do and not what others are doing,” said Head Coach fter qualifying in Nate Aragaki. “I don’t think OIAs, the MHS Cross we’re under any pressure to Country teams parmeet past expectations. Most ticipated in the state chamof the athletes are happy with pionships on Oct. 29 hosted how far they’ve come and are on the Big Island. In the excited to go out there and individual boy’s race Timothy just run. They’ve worked hard Schiller placed 12, Tyler Stiles and have been consistent all 40, Azriel Burcham 73 season so I’m not worried.” and Elijah Abramo 109. Practicing for states does In the individual girl’s race not only train the team Katie Hashimoto placed 76, physically with their running Erisa Castillo 111, Madeline but mentally and emotionally LeBron 141, Skylar Sua 142, as well. “It’s just a lot about Maya Hoeft 144 and Mila not quitting,” says Gaston. Gaston 155. The girl’s team “I’m just hoping all of us can placed 13 overall. do our best, just be proud of “(There’s been) a lot of ourselves and know that we mental preparation, just trygave it our all because it is ing to help myself know that the last race and we just want I’m prepared and I’m trained to finish strong,” said junior for it so everything will end Hashimoto. up being okay. Also just tryRunning is like any other ing to eat as healthy as posdaunting task; it has pros and sible and not working out too cons for each individual athhard at practice,” explained lete. “I don’t enjoy running, senior co-captain Gaston. but it doesn’t mean I hate it. The team prepared for It’s like a love-hate relationthe event with fast workouts ship. I hate the running part during practices. “Hard work but I love finishing,” said always pays off in the end. Hashimoto. “I love our team,


I love the sportsmanship, but really in all I guess it’s a gratifying feeling to accomplish something that was hard.” Taking into precaution temperature and elevation of the course is important in preparation.“I’ll just trust in my training. I’m just going to try to know that everyone is dealing with the same thing that I am, so I just have to push harder than them,” Gaston explained about the course, “It’s the hardest course in the state, there’s elevation and the temperatures going to be kind of cold.” Only runners who placed in the top 20 received a medal, but the team was still proud of their work. “After this race, it motivated me or helped me find a goal for next year because next year I want to place, I want a medal, but this race inspired me,” says Hashimoto. “I think all of us learned to really push our limits because it was nothing like we’ve ever raced before, but we also learned how strong we could be.” No matter what, the

Photo courtesy of Erisa Castillo Not everyone placed in the race, but seeing as it was the last one of the season, the team was still happy and proud with what they accomplished.

team is there to support and help each other. “My team definitely motivates me. There are definitely times during the race where I’m like, ‘Oh my God I can’t do this, I want to quit,’” admitted Hashimoto, “But then you’ve got to remember why you started and remember

that it’s still a team sport, even though it may seem like an individual sport. In the end, you start and finish as a team.” Although this was the cross country team’s last race of the season, all team members are looking back at their accomplishments with pride.


Photo courtesy of Lexi Hara

MHS Junior Varsity Cheer team celebrates after beating Moanalua and taking first place at the OIA championships, qualifying them for states.

By Lindsey Scott

The MHS Varsity Cheer team took second while the Junior Varsity (JV) team took first place in the OIA championships on Oct. 29 at Kalani High School, competing against Moanalua and Leilehua. But their journey to OIA championships has brought them victories both on the floor and in their lives. “I love my job or hobby. Coaching allows me to influence the team in more ways than just coaching a sport. I get to see them grow and achieve goals they thought were impossible in the sport and in life. We all learn from

each other which creates a special family bond,” said Varsity and JV Cheer Coach Renesha Kierstedt. Both cheer teams have been working to diligently to prepare for this competition. The JV won both a preseason and West Championship while Varsity won the West Championship in their division. “Each competition is different, we like to step it up on skills and creativity. We continue to deal with various injuries and setbacks but the teams are a family so they know how to work it out and get it done,” said Kierstedt. “(I’m) totally confident in this team. They mean business. They don’t go to compete with others, their

only competitor is themselves.” Assistant Coach Allysen Unkle added, “This year we have added a JV assistant coach and we have a group of freshmen on varsity. We normally don’t put freshmen on the varsity team because it’s a lot of pressure on the athlete while transitioning into high school, but this year we tried it. It has taken some added adjustments for the coaching staff, but overall it really worked out for the best.” While they strive to have fun and build relationships, the importance of the results of this championship was not lost on the coaches nor the cheerleaders. “It was OIA’s, so (it’s) how we get our invitation to states, which is at Blaisdell. And (for) JV it’s only exhibition, but Varsity is competition for states,” explained sophomore Sidney Liu. “This next competition is very important. JV is up against teams with higher skill levels, but the Trojan JV ladies know how to put on a show. Varsity has had to change the routine a lot due to inconsistent team members and injuries, but they are ones that won’t allow things like this to get to them. They have stepped up to the plate and ready to rock that floor,” explained Kierstedt. JV Coach Amber Sistoza-Awong added, “I think our teams will do

their very best this upcoming competition. They work hard every single day and the bond becomes stronger and stronger every time they do their routine.” The competition itself was a tense, highflying event, but the Trojan Ladies were able to bring themselves together and push through. “(I was nervous at) the beginning (of the competition), like during warmups, ‘cause we have two warm ups (and) I’m usually nervous (during) the second one. (Because it’s) like right before we go on stage. Yeah, some of us are nervous, (but) some of us are excited,” said sophomore Zoe James. Liu added, “Well, (the win) was a big surprise. We knew we did well, like we did the best that we could, but we thought Moanalua had a really high skill (level) too. So (when) we won, we were really shocked because, (it) could’ve gone the other way.” Cheerleading has changed both the coaches and cheerleaders beyond the football field and competition floor. “Cheerleading has given me a second family, although we may all have our (differences), we all come together and become a perfectly imperfect team,” said senior Seaenna Correa-Garcia. “Cheerleading changed me as a person by being a leader and having confidence, but not being

too boastful. And just being cheerful, helping others and volunteering. Because, before I wouldn’t really do anything with the school, but now I’m like more into the committees (like) Winter Ball Committee. And it’s helping me with my grades too because we have grade checks every other week and it really helps,” explained James. Unkle added, “I truly love coaching cheerleading. It is my passion and always will be. I recently got married in New York, but (I) came back home to Hawaii so I (could) be here to coach this season. These girls are my life and I love seeing them grow and achieve their goals. I wouldn’t be where I am as a person if it weren’t for the amazing Coach (Renesha Kierstedt) that I had when I was in high school. I will always be there for these girls, just like Coach Renesha has always been there for me!” It is obvious that both the competition and the work that went into it affected cheerleaders from both JV and Varsity on and off the floor. Both teams scored high enough to qualify for States, which will be held on Nov. 19 at the Blaisdell Arena. Varsity will be competing for the State Champonship while JV will be exhibiting their routine.



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TROJAN THOUGHTS QUESTION What characteristics do you look for in a politician?

Bryson Shishido, 11 “Someone who is honest and hardworking. Someone who isn’t afraid to tell the truth even if most people aren’t going to approve of it.”

Steven Schick, English Teacher “Honesty. Integrity. Leadership.”

Kaili Garland, 11 “Someone who can unite people even if what they say might not be the best idea, they can get people to follow them.”

The mission of the Trojan Times is to be the student voice and to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations.

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Vanessa Gerber, 12 “I would look for someone that is logical and doesn’t focus on exactly on what people want to hear, but what people need to hear.”

Jessica Jones, 12 “The characteristic I look for in a politician or president is a knowledgeable person. I want someone who deeply understands the issues at hand and has done their research.”

a LETTER TO the 2016 election By Jannah Kalai


he end of any political election and the results of said season are guaranteed to upset at the very least a minimal amount of voters. Generally the anger is partisan-based, a Democrat in the face of a Republican, or a Republican in that of a Democrat. I’ve sat for hours listening to candidates on varying topics all with varying stances, for multiple elections. When we put the 2016 presidential election into context, and compare it to other major campaign seasons, local or national, there are several things that immediately separate it from others. But the one defining characteristic that sweeps anything else off the board is an undeniable lack of respect. It doesn’t matter who I support or who you support, or your mother supports, or your teacher supports. It held nearly 310 million Americans hanging on a clothesline with their jaw wide open. We’ve rebranded audacity as courage to speak up against opposition, silence over supporter scandals as humility, and disregard to past personal actions as headstrong attitudes for the future. Debates look like Wheel of Fortune rounds with moderators having as many lines to say as

Vanna White. I felt like I was watching a four-hour movie and I started throwing popcorn at the scene to hopefully get it to end. There’s childlike comebacks and cheap shots at touchy subjects, sure. But it’s come far past anything we (and by we I mean both the Democratic and Republican parties) could have ever imagined. History was going to be made either way the election swung, so why did we allow it to be dictated by those with more outrageous statements and egos? In kindergarten they teach you that the Constitution is the law of land, and the supreme protector of the amendments is the President of the United States of America. We grow up idolizing the resident. We all had a favorite one. We all had hatred for another. But even when I was a child when terms came to a close there was always a standard to set for the next generation of voters. We’ve shifted the definition of politics more in the last few months than it has ever in two to three decades. The takeaway of election seasons are always impressions. We can’t control the impression a canidate’s actions has, but we can control how we allow ourselves to be dictated by what they believe to be true.

Dominik Glaz, 9 “I would probably find someone that really knows what’s going on in our country, like someone that understands some of the problems we have.” Depressing Rainbows

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Multimedia Editor Kelikoaelakauaikekai Gongob Akoni Pasoquen-Castillo, 12 “I would have to say trustCopy Editor worthy. That’s because, I Katlin Schendel feel like if you’re going to be the voice of the people, the Opinions Editor United States, you need to Mary Conner make sure that people can trust you.” Tech Matthew Feria Camera Man Nick Malae Ads & Marketing Caitlyn Resurreccion Social Media Sierra Gamayon Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Staff Alicya Burt Maiya Ezawa Katie Hashimoto Christian Lum Taylor Ann Ono Cameryn Oshiro Anika Ramos Elgin Reese Lindsey Scott Aimee Vinta Chaeley Winkler Timothy Won 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 jannah.kalai@mililanihs.k12. Please type your letter and clearly state your name, grade level and period one class. The Trojan Times reserves the right to edit letters as they see fit.


C&CC IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES Nov. 3 Leeward CC Application Day in C&CC Nov. 10 HPU Free Application Day – Come to C&CC for info

My fellow Trojans, We have now fully launched into the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. It is my hope that we have discovered a balance in our lives that has allowed us to try new things, and push our personal limits. As we continued through the Trojan Universe, the leaves began to fall, and we encountered the season of Autumn. Our spooktacular Fall Spirit Week gave us all the opportunity to embrace the Spirit of Halloween. Our planet has also been rocked by the Presidential Election, and after many months, the future of the United States was decided on Election Day, November 8th. In just two weeks, we will celebrate the Holiday Season in our annual Winter Spirit Week from December 5-9; this will include the Winter Pep Rally and Winterball. It is important for us to remember, that no matter how busy things get, we should never take life for granted. I know that sometimes with the pressure of school, extracurriculars, and other things which we cannot predict, it can be easy to become stressed, but never forget to enjoy every moment as it comes. Life is precious, time never stops, and we will only be high school students for four short years of our lives, so make the most of it! In the words of Barbara Bradford, “We are each the authors of our own lives,” so let’s write the best story imaginable! Have a happy Thanksgiving Mililani High School. Remember to be grateful for all that you have, and to appreciate the people in your lives.


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Nov. 15 UH Hilo Application Workshop – pd 2 Nov. 15 Application Help Day Lunch A/B & After School Nov. 16 FAFSA Help Night – 6:00 – Computer Lab Nov. 17 UHWO Free Application Day – Come to C&CC for info Dec. 1 APPLICATIONS/REQUESTS FOR LOR’s DUE! Jan. 12 FAFSA Help Night – 6:00 – Computer Lab Jan. 25 College Planning Night – 6:00 - Cafeteria SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS Dec. 1 Deadline! Seniors – watch your deadlines! Dec. 1 is the C&CC target deadline to apply to your colleges, if not sooner.

Seniors are solely responsible for meeting all deadlines! Most colleges encourage students to file an application as early as possible, especially if you want to be considered for merit or academic scholarships awarded by the colleges. Need a counselor’s letter of recommendation (LOR) for a Jan. deadline? See a counselor by Dec. 1 as well.

at a substantial savings. The community colleges provide quality education, more personalized attention and lots of opportunities. Popular programs fill up quickly, so complete the online application as soon as possible. You should apply to only ONE community college campus. To apply, go to apply.hawaii. edu.

Application Deadlines Don’t procrastinate! If you have not done so already, turn in your transcript requests and/or applications! If applying online, you still need to turn in a transcript request to C&CC so we can add your list of senior courses and attach our school’s profile. Let us know if there are any questions.

Selective Service: All males 18 years of age must register In order to qualify for federal student loans & grants, job training and employment, males 18 years of age must register with Selective Service. Go to for more information.

Financial Aid Help NightNov. 16 & Jan. 12 If you and your parents need assistance with filling out your FAFSA, please sign up to attend a help session. All sessions begin at 6:00 pm in the H-Building computer lab. Sign up on the C&CC page of the MHS website. UH Community College Application The community colleges are a smart choice for starting a 4-year degree. With an AA degree from a community college, you can transfer with your “core” general education requirements fulfilled,

Scholarships Posted Check or our bulletin board for the latest scholarship listing. Any scholarship money that you receive means less money out of your pocket. Follow the instructions and watch your deadlines! Scholarship Award Letters If you have received a scholarship or financial award from a school or organization, whether you accept it or not, forward a copy of the award letter to our office so that you can be recognized in the graduation program


Items include - Letters of reccomendation -Transcipts -Standardized Test Scores

All colleges have different documents needed, check to make sure you have everything!


Running Start The Running Start program is a unique partnership between the DOE and the UH system. It allows public high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes while earning both high school and college credits. Come to C&CC for more information, or visit www.hawaii. edu/runningstart. College Planning Night Wednesday, Jan. 25 6:00 p.m. Cafeteria Free, informative presentation suitable for students in grades 9-11 and their families. Sessions include high school preparation, choosing a college, financial aid and more! Each family who attends will receive a free workbook.

APPLY TO YOUR COLLEGE ONLINE Most applications are (thankfully) online these days.

Compiled by College and Career Center Counselor Denise Yamamoto




Fee Waivers Available Students on free or reduced lunch are available for SAT, ACT, NAIA and NCAA Clearinghouse fee waivers. See C&CC, and pick up your fee waiver today.




Thank you to everyone who helped with the Wednesday administration of our PSAT on Oct. 19. We tested 505 students! Scores will be available online in Dec. More information to follow.

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Now that you finished applying, don’t forget to thank those who helped you. Another thing to consider is applying for scholarships, whose deadlines are often after college applications.

A good resource is After inputting your prefrences, the site will generate a list of colleges that could be what you are looking for. Preferences include size of school, location, cost, area of study, and more.


PREVIEW DAY! Saturday January 14, 2017


At Preview Day, you will meet and speak with faculty, current students, alumni, and staff. Attend, and you will receive a $500 visit grant if you are admitted and enroll for Fall 2017.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Check-in and breakfast with faculty

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Information sessions and tours of Aloha Tower Marketplace and Waterfront Lofts

12:00 PM

Optional guided tour of the Hawaii Loa campus


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