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Issue 4 Volume XLIII



STAR WARS RETURNS See your favorite characters in print before Star Wars comes to theatres.


By Risa Askerooth


CTAA’S ‘A PIECE OF MY HEART’ Photos courtesy of Bryce Lagua (11)

Sienna Lalau (10) and Bryce Lagua (11) met Janet Jackson and practiced their routine with her briefly, but their impression of her was a lasting one.

By Risa Askerooth


unior Bryce Lagua and Sophomore Sienna Lalau stepped into the spotlight and on to the stage of the Blaisdell Arena as backup dancers for the song “Rhythm Nation” in Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour on Nov. 12, 13 and 15. Apart from meeting Jackson herself, the two dancers were among the youngest recruit-

ed to perform in front of the massive crowd. “It was just one song, but it was super fun,” said Lalau. “This is my first time performing for a celebrity so it was super cool and just like, the vibe that I got off of it and my adrenaline was rushing.” Lagua and Lalau were invited as a part of their dance studio, The Headquarters, to attend a workshop on Nov. 11 hosted by Jackson for lo-

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This series of vignettes details the life of American women involved in the Vietnam War.


EDITORIAL (L-R): Bryce Lagua (11), Bailey Lagua, Vance Medeiros, Sienna Lalau (10).


cal dancers. However, what seemed to be a workshop was actually a much more larger opportunity. “They told us that we would like to see you after the workshop and that’s when they told us, ‘Oh this


is actually a secret audition to dance with Janet Jackson in concert,’” recalled Lagua. After learning the routine for two hours, Lalau and Lagua were two out of 24 selected


With Syrian refugees struggling to escape the horrors of their homeland, America is divided on how to handle the situation.



The MHS Marching Band closed off their season this year as the first band to represent Hawaii in the Bands of America (BOA) competition. The event was held from Nov. 11 to 14 at the Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium and began the start of the trip that would take the band to Disney World in Orlando and Millennium Park in Chicago. At the competition, the marching band performed their number “Pandora’s Box,” earning a score of 77.30 out of 100 and a rating of I (superior). “This experience has strengthened my friendships

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The Indianapolis Convention Center became home to the MHS marching band as they practiced for BOA and observed the other bands’ show.

with some of my friends as well as with my section and it has allowed me to become closer with many others,”

stated Junior Kira Goya, a French Horn section leader. “It’s been so much fun spending time with my

section since they do act as another family, and then spending quality time with them makes me love and appreciate them more and more each day.” With their friends at their side, the MHS marching band worked hard to improve their piece both technically and musically. “My routine compared from (the normal routine) was a bit more hectic because we were trying our best to get our show good for BOA,” said Junior Jessica Watarai, part of the color guard. Participating in a national competition has allowed MHS to watch mainland bands play and perform. “This experience has opened

my eyes to a whole new world of marching band and has really made me appreciate the program we have. Up on the mainland, marching band is bigger than sports and to see how dedicated the students, staff, directors and parents are is really amazing. It makes you realize that you are a part of something really special and it makes you appreciate being able to perform a show that is unlike any other back in Hawaii,” stated Goya. MHS had the opportunity to interact with other high school and college marching bands during their trip. “We actually did an exchange with a local band, Greenwood




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TEEN HEALTH CAMP TURNS STUDENTS INTO DOCTORS suture, they also showed us how to apply a cast. Then we (were also able to) partner up n Nov. 7, 10 students with someone and pretended from MHS including like we were a doctor. We got Freshman Brandon to make up a whole scenario. Roy and Sophomore Missy We had to introduce ourArvey attended the Hawaii selves and figure out how Teen Health Camp at the to make them feel comfortJohn A. Burns School of able. It was really fun,” stated Medicine (JABSOM) in Arvey. Kakaako. The Hawaii Teen The Hawaii Teen Health Health Camp was open for Camp had many activities students in grades six through for students to take part in. 12 and allowed them to get a “There were six workshops. hands-on experience of what The first one was Hawaiiana it was like to be a medical where we learned about the practitioner. different home remedies “It was really cool, we (you can use) when you were able to learn from first are sick. There was also one year medical students. They called risky behaviors. They talked to us about stitchinformed us on how you can ing and (taught us) how to avoid getting (certain diseasBy Shelby Haygood


es),” said Arvey. Roy added, “We were able to learn about the different types of herbal medicines along with the different Hawaiian plants we have on the island.” Health Services teacher Candace Chun recommended this program to all of her students, encouraging them to go out and experience all that the medical workshops have to offer. “I always encourage my students to attend any of the medical workshops that are available. They not only learn the different skills that are taught, they also get to meet different people who take interest in the medical field. It’s just a really cool experience for them,” Chun stated.

Though the Hawaii Teen Health Camp is an annual event, there are many other opportunities for students to get more experience in the medical field. “Students who are interested in a career in the medical field should definitely go out and volunteer at the different hospitals or medical facilities we have here on the island. It really allows students to go out and see if they are truly interested in these types of careers,” said Chun. Roy and Arvey plan on attending similar events in the future and hope to have different careers in the medical field; while Arvey wants to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, Roy plans to be

either a toxicologist or microbiologist. “I would absolutely recommend this camp to others, it was really fun and also very informative. If you are really passionate about going into the medical field you will definitely enjoy the opportunity to speak with others who have the same desires and aspirations as you,” Arvey said. Roy said, “It felt somewhat comforting, we were all surrounded by nurses and doctors who knew exactly what they were doing.” While Roy and Arvey have time left before they start a career, both continue to attend different medical camps to help them understand their desired field.

After 3-year tenure at MHS, Bocchino leaves for Utah By Annissa Burcham

After teaching for a little over three years, former ACCP teacher Marci Bocchino left MHS on Nov. 13. Bocchino moved to Herriman, Utah with her husband, Information Security Engineer Joshua Bocchino, after he accepted his new job. “I will miss my students, my co-workers, the wonderful friends that I’ve made here. Also the delicious food. I am giving up some delicious food for different delicious food,” said Marci Bocchino. Though she is leaving MHS behind, there are many things she looks forward to in Utah. “Being close to family, all the delicious food in Utah, seasons, so I get to have a fall and spring,

so that’ll be good. I am not looking forward to the snow and the extreme cold, I don’t really like that, but that’s okay,” said Marci Bocchino. Marci Bocchino has plans to expand the family, a view she shares with her husband. “We’ve been married over a year and a half now, so we wanted to grow our family eventually, and be near family and friends, and some of the things we like to do, and so I decided to change my job and move to Utah so we could move on with life for a little bit,” said Joshua Bocchino. Joshua Bocchino previously worked for the Department of Defense as a civilian, but is currently an information security engineer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The decision to move was tough, however, as there were

many pros and cons that had to be factored in.“We decided we needed a change, we were enjoying living in Hawaii, and we had a good job and we had friends but we decided living in Hawaii much longer wouldn’t support some of the things we wanted to do, said Joshua Bocchino. “We thought really hard about all the different factors, from the things we’d be doing up in Hawaii, but we’ll ultimately be gaining a lot by moving to the mainland,” said Joshua Bocchino. Marci Bocchino will also be missed by the students who connected with her through her ACCP course. “I think she was meant to live on the mainland, so I am happy for her that she gets to live close to her family and friends, but then I also

ONE SHOEBOX AT A TIME, MHS HOSTS SHOEBOX FOR THE HOMELESS. From Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, MHS participated in the annual Shoebox for the Homeless, coordinated by ASMHS officer Junior Airi Morita. The event allowed students and their families to easily help people who have no homes of their own. MHS was able to donate more than 250 shoeboxes to the homeless that were filled with toiletries. “It’s definitely a very big situation that we have, especially on Oahu but I think little by little, by even doing Shoebox for the Homeless and giving small things to people, I think that they will really appreciate it,” said Morita. Compiled by Lindsay Shiroma

Photo courtesy of Student Activities Coordinator Janet Ward-Riehle

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(L-R): Rachel Yasunaga (12) and former ACCP teacher Marci Bocchino will still share their memories of class together even after Bocchino leaves.

think we lost a really good teacher for the CTE department, because she was really good at teaching the foundation of the Illustrator and Photoshop stuff,” said Senior Rachel Yasunaga. Marci Bocchino has influenced the lives of many students, including Yasunaga, who joined SkillsUSA and was able to win first place in the Job Skill Demonstration category.“I initially thought I wanted to become an engineer, for my entire life, and then I took that class, and I still didn’t think I wanted to become a graphic designer

type of creative career, but then as I went on to the next year, she always supported me and she always encouraged me to continue it, so I guess I had a knack at it. So then I realized I really like doing it, so I want to study marketing in college, it’s probably because of her,” said Yasunaga. The Bocchinos look forward to a bright future, filled with friends, family, food and fun, as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.


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showed me the caliber of the bands up in the mainland, and how we can progress to become a better band for MHS and represent the state of Hawaii.” The end of the competition brought forth a flood of emotions, as the band realized it was over. “I (remember) my captain crying and thanking us for being the best we could be for five months,” said Watarai. Goya added, “After I played the last few notes, I felt a rush of Photo courtesy of Kendra May emotions knowing that this The MHS Trojan Marching Band practiced at the Indianapolis Convention Center for the Bands of America competition after experiencing multiple is the end of another season. I felt a big weight lift off of hardships throughout their trip, such as losing their drum major Kimberly Tsuha (12) to a back injury only a couple of hours before the performance. my chest knowing that that how other bands operate, said Goya. “We are now ally a very emotional thing was the moment we worked (with) direct interaction and a part of history, and the for a lot of us, not only for so hard for.” continued from page 1 also some indirect interacresponse from everyone else myself, because it reminds At the end of their tion,” Kaapana said. was incredible. People on the us even though we are 4,000 season, all members of the High School,” March As the first band in Hamainland were so excited for miles away we still have a MHS marching band are ing Band Director Derek waii to compete in the BOA us to come up and they have connection back home and proud to say they have been Kaapana said. “We watched competition, there was a lot been so supportive of us and people supporting us.” a part of this year’s BOA their show, (and then) we of stress placed upon MHS our program.” The BOA experience has competition. As the marchdid a performance for them to do well, but that did not All the while back allowed every musician that ing band says goodbye to in the cold, which we were stop the musicians from seehome, MHS was showing performed to improve in his their seniors, they await the not used to.” While the band ing how amazing this chance their support by playing the or her own way. “I feel like start of the new season, and prepared for competition was. “Knowing that Mililani band’s performance live in this trip (made) me stronger with it, a hope to return to they also were able to obwas the first marching band the cafeteria. “When I saw as a musician,” stated Sophothe BOA competition in the serve their competitors. “We from Hawaii to participate the photo of the cafeteria,” more Erin Koge, a member future. got to see and experience at BOA was unbelievable,” Kaapana stated, “it was actu- of the first ensemble. “It


CTAA’s fall play captures a piece of audiences’ hearts By Paul Park


n Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21, Central Theatre Arts Academy (CTAA) put on their fall production, “A Piece of My Heart.” The story followed women from the United States in the Vietnam War, and the tragic experiences they overcame before and after their service. Actors and play production students alike dedicated weeks to constructing and rehearsing the play, in an effort to make the performance smooth and meaningful. “The practices were super fun, we have a really great cast, so there were always jokes, so even though it’s a really heavy play and there’s a lot of deaths and other really kind of downer stuff, we always were able to have a good laugh and be able to get stuff done and get it done quickly, too,” said Senior Veronica Davis, who played Martha. Due to the limited amount of time to learn the script, the cast dedicated many hours of their school and personal life to the play.

The cast started practicing in August and met three times a week from 3 to 5:30 p.m. “It is very time consuming and it is a huge commitment on the part of the students who agree to be cast in the show,” said Director Julia LoPresti. There was as much effort put backstage as there was on the front stage. Play production was in charge of building the set, and also helped

“I’m very proud of the work they have put into this play because it’s very emotionally challenging to bring these stories to life.”

Director Julia LoPresti

to manage the lighting and other aspects of the play put in just as much work. Although stressful for both groups, it was a very strong bonding experience for them. “We couldn’t have done it without the other(s),” said Davis. The crew for this play also included students from other high schools, such as

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Performing “A Piece of My Heart,” CTAA inspired their audience after an phenomenal performance about the nightmares women serving in the Vietnam War faced, and the difficulties of adapting back to life at home.

Audrey Wills from Radford High School who played Whitney and Jordan Greene from Moanalua High School, a member of the ensemble. “Mililani High School is where the learning center for performing arts is housed, and so we encourage other public school students around our neighborhood to come and participate because it is really a program that’s for all public school stu-

dents, not just Mililani High School,” said LoPresti. Like any production, the months of hard work that the crew put into the final product were essential for its success, but the emotional connections that were made in the process were just as meaningful. “I’m very proud of the work they have put into this play because it’s very emotionally challenging to bring these stories to life

because it’s based (on) true stories from women who served in Vietnam, and so I think it was a real learning experience for the students involved,” said LoPresti. Despite the recent end of “A Piece of My Heart” showings, LoPresti has already began working on a musical. “Mary Poppins,” will open during spring in hopes that it will be just as great.


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Dice-Cholodzinski has her “Golden Moment” in ice skating show

Photo courtesy of Jill Dice

Zofia Dice-Cholodzinski (11) (far right middle) and her fellow skaters hope that this event will impact their ice skating experience for the better as they continue their careers knowing they skated with gold medalists. By Mary Conner


unior Zofia Dice-Cholodzinski participated in the “Golden Moment” figure skating show, headlined by Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano at the Blaisdell Arena on Nov. 20 and 21. The event featured special guests: First Lady of Hawaii, Dawn Amano-Ige, Francesca Weems from Hawaii News Now and “Hawaii Five-O” actor Daniel


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from just under a hundred dancers and were required to memorize and perfect the routine within six hours. “We all practiced hundreds of times before we went on and while we were practicing a lot of us forgot it. Like you know how you second guess yourself? That’s how a lot of us were feeling, especially me. Because it was such a lastminute thing, we’re all like freaking out. We obviously don’t want to mess up in front of a big crowd like that and especially for a famous celebrity like Janet Jackson,” expressed Lalau. Out of the three performances that Jackson gave during her stay in Hawaii, Lagua danced in two of the shows and Lalau danced in

Dae Kim. “Golden Moment” was organized in an effort to emphasize the importance of early childhood literacy in Hawaii. For the amateur participants, this event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “I would say there was an excitement there, everyone was excited about the performance, to see all the athletes and everything,” said Jill Dice, Dice-Cholodzinski’s mother. “I think everyone that went to the event was really interested

in ice skating or fairly interested in ice skating. I think it was a pretty exciting atmosphere.” Participating in the show allowed Dice-Cholodzinski to experience what it was like to perform with worldrenowned athletes. Along with the large cast and esteemed hosts of the evening, Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Shizuka Arakawa, Katia Gordeeva; world champions Kurt Browning, Yuka Sato, Miki Ando; and

three. Despite the briefness of the song “Rhythm Nation,” the intense routine was by no means easy for the dancers. “It’s very militant. Very straight. Straight lines and all about hands,” said Lagua. “So it was very different, it was really challenging.” Due to the briefness of time allotted for practicing and memorizing the routine, the dancers’ nerves were running high before each showing. “I was both excited and nervous only because I haven’t performed in front of a huge huge crowd. It’s usually around 200 to 300 people but then the concert, it was like 500 plus, so it was like, ‘Wow,’” said Bailey Lagua, Bryce Lagua’s brother who, at 14 years old, was the youngest selected to perform in the concert. In addition to dancing in front of perhaps the larg-

est crowd of their career, meeting Jackson was yet another unforgettable moment for Bryce Lagua and Lalau. “She just told us like how it’s going to be and just remember to have fun and be humble about the experience. I’ll always remember that. She’s very humble and very sweet,” said Bryce Lagua. “She is such a nice person,” added Lalau. “I’m pretty sure she’s like one of the only artists that ever does that, to bring on local dancers to the stage.” With such a momentous experience under their belts, Bryce Lagua and Lalau are more comfortable with dancing under heavier pressure and a shorter deadline, and are ready to dance into even bigger opportunities in the future.

national champions Takeshi Honda and Jeremy Abbott were featured in the performance. “The performers there were really nice to us as a group. They made us feel like we were welcome, like we were part of the team,” said Dice-Cholodzinski. “It wasn’t just like they had their performance, and then we were just an exhibition.” Dice-Cholodzinski has grown as an athlete since she first began the sport at seven years old. “I think she’s become more confident, and a more solid ice skater. She does a lot of things, but ice skating has always been something she wants to do. When she performs, it (teaches) her to really be expressive and things like that and maybe to push herself outside her own comfort zone,” said Dice. To prepare for the event, Dice-Cholodzinski spent two months rehearsing the number, which included weekly on-ice practices and several off-ice practices to fine-tune the choreography; however, to her the hard work is an escape. “I like it because it’s so different, and there’s just those moments where you just feel like you’re one with the ice. It’s the hardest feeling to explain,” said Dice-Cholodzinski. “That gliding feeling is something that you can’t really experience anywhere else. I

feel free when I do it.” The love and support of her parents, friends and coaches has always encouraged Dice-Cholodzinski to continue ice skating. “For me, it was just a really great experience. It just made me so very proud that she was skating, starting an event for something that big. I was just very excited that she was skating on the ice,” said Dice.“It’s always exciting to see students perform in events like this,” said Dice-Cholodzinksi’s coach, Flo Steed. “It would have been a wonderful learning experience for them just to see these amazing skaters, but nothing like getting to share the ice with them. Most skaters in the country don’t get that kind of opportunity.” Dice-Cholodzinski’s passion to ice skate has rubbed off on her parents in more ways than one. “She inspired me to skate. I don’t skate now, but we actually went to an international competition. We did a production number, we did ‘The Jungle Book,’” said Dice. “I was allowed to skate in the number with her, and that was very cool for me.” Dice-Cholodzinski plans to audition for future shows, and will continue her ice skating career even after high school. For now, she continues to rehearse for whatever opportunities come her way.

Training for Excellence: Teachers of the Quarter Announced

Carina Morgan

Patrick Riehle

Exhibiting excellence, tradition and pride, the quartet chosen to represent first quarter’s Teachers of the Quarter are individuals dedicated to their craft. Math teacher Marcie Waki, English and Journalism teacher Christopher Sato, Math teacher Patrick Riehle and Physical Education and Health teacher Carina Morgan were all hand-picked by the student leadership advisory. They each received a

Marcie Waki

plaque and a parking stall. “It is most gratifying when students write thank you letters and express their appreciation or come back to thank me for teaching them. That is when I know I did my job well,” said Waki. “I might not make an impact in every individual, but at least I can plant a seed in all of them to set the foundation for all students.” Compiled by Jannah Kalai


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Trojans tough it out against Crusaders, take third in state

Photo courtesy of Matthew Capps

Although the game ended in a loss, the team has continued to support each other, as shown by Kalakaua Timoteo (12) and Vavae Malepeai (12).

By Robbie Evans


n Nov. 13, the varsity football team challenged the St. Louis Crusaders at Aloha Stadium for the chance to of the

play in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Football Championships. Although the Trojans fought valiantly the whole way through, the Crusaders prevailed, ending the game with a score of 30-

56, making MHS third in the state. This defeat, however, did not diminish the Trojans’ spirit and the team is proud of their teamwork. “Well, we’re just a little disappointed, but we’re not defeated. This is one of those things that you really got to work hard for it, but six turnovers wasn’t going to do it,” said Head Coach Rod York. The game started off slow during the first quarter, with MHS scoring the first touchdown, keeping both teams on their toes and racing to pull ahead. By the end of the first quarter, they ended up tied with a score of 14-14. However, the race was soon to turn into St. Louis’ favor during the second quarter, when Quarterback Senior McKenzie Milton was illegally blindsided while throwing the ball to Wide Receiver Senior Bryson Ventura and injured the same shoulder that had just recovered from a grade III AC separation. This penalty put Milton on the sidelines in an arm sling for the rest of the game. York said, “It was pretty serious. He was out all game and he’s out for six weeks, but he’ll

be okay, he’s a big boy.” After this setback, the Crusaders steadily grew momentum scoring a total of five more touchdowns in the second quarter leaving the score at 14-49. This did not come without cost to the Crusaders, as they earned themselves 11 penalties in the first half alone. In the last half of the game, the Trojans fought hard to slow the opposing team down, allowing them to score only one touchdown in the third quarter and earning two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Although MHS worked hard to slow the momentum down for the other team, keeping them on their toes the whole game, this was not enough in the end as they ended the game with a total score of 30-56. Defensive End Senior Frederick Liva said, “It was really hard on the guys because obviously we didn’t expect to lose and we were hoping for a win, but I mean what happened– it’s life, it happens and I know they’ll do good and come back stronger next year.” In light of this defeat, the


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Carter leaps to success in passion for volleyball By Nick Malae

Throughout her childhood, Junior Hope Carter was exposed to the sport she has grown to love and has been playing for almost eight years: volleyball. Now, as captain of the varsity volleyball team, she hopes to continue to grow as a player and as a person. “Ever since I was growing up, even as a really young kid I was around the volleyball environment and I started playing competitively in fourth grade,” said Carter. Carter’s passion for the sport goes well beyond a pastime. “I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing. It’s something that brought my family closer together, and I just have so much love for (volleyball),”

said Carter. Family is a big motivator for Carter, as she initially started playing from her parents’ encouragement. “It was definitely my mom, she introduced my dad to (volleyball) before I was born and she got him into volleyball, so as we were growing up we were always around it and we all learned to love it. She coached (my siblings) as we were growing up, and made me a better player,” said Carter. For the last two consecutive years, Carter made the Oahu Interscholastic Association All-Star Team, and more impressively, the First Team. In November, she was named Player of the Year, and will return to the team next year even more experienced than before.

team stays true to the Trojan spirit and have already started preparing for the next season. “I mean, life goes on. Besides the fact that our season is done, there’s nothing we can do to turn back time so it’s just a matter of picking up and getting better,” said Running Back Senior Vavae Malepeai. Although the season is over, the bond that these teammates have gained from playing together has become something to remember. “There were 90 kids on the team,” said Malepeai. “After the trips and after the team camp and stuff everyone just kind of got closer together and just started talking jokes more and the bond just grew.” While the game ended with a loss, the lessons learned and the bonds created during this season have been enough to strengthen the team forever. As the team turns over a new leaf, it is also waving farewell to a few of its star players including Milton, Malepeai and Wide Reciever Senior Kalakaua Timoteo, but they will be remembered forever as the mightiest of Trojans.

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With a strong family backing, Malepeai recieves first Marcus Mariota Award By Caitlyn Resurreccion


regon Ducks Running Back commit Senior Vavae Malepeai ends his prep football career as the state’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and yards. In return for his dedication to the sport, Malepeai received the Marcus Mariota award, which is given to student athletes based on the players’ athletic skill, academics and character. “I look up to (Mariota). All of his achievements when he was in Oregon, when he was announced the Heisman trophy winner, it reminds all young athletes from the island that you can be Polynesian or just a kid from Hawaii and still come out as the best,” stated Malepeai. “Through faith, family and hard work, anything is possible.” In his last season, Malepeai passed Iolani’s Joe Igber’s record of 4,428 yards and 56 touchdowns set in 1999 and became Hawaii’s all-time leading rusher with a career total of 4,549 yards and 71 touchdowns in the three seasons he has played. “Records are records,” Malepeai stated.

“The mentality I have in the game is not so much ‘How many touchdowns I’m going to get’ but rather ‘Play with my heart on my sleeve, play for my family and play for the man above.’ I guess I’ll look back on this one day and say, ‘Oh wow, I did that.’” The passion Malepeai has for football stems from his family, who served as his main source of inspiration throughout his years as an athlete. “What initially inspired me was my family,” expressed Malepeai. “Making them proud is really the best feeling ever.” Head Coach Rod York added, “You know, (Malepeai) has been doing what he was doing ever since he was born. From youth even to now, that’s just the way he is.” After a long day of school and practice, Malepeai still has time to care for his family. A part of the Malepeai household is Leiloa Malepeai, Vavae Malepeai’s younger brother. “He truly is an inspiration. He’s kind of my motivation I guess,” said Vavae Malepeai. “He doesn’t get to experience that. So when I’m down, or thinking about taking the day off or slacking a little bit, I think how (my brother)

doesn’t have the opportunity to be on the field.” Although Vavae Malepeai is celebrated state and nationwide as a four star running back, he is just Vavae Malepeai when he comes home to his family. “When I come home, I’m just my mom and dad’s son, Vavae Malepeai. There’s no title; that’s a part of my name. I thank them for instilling in me to not let the success get to my head and always be humble,” Vavae Malepeai said. Vavae Malepeai’s mother, Tali Malepeai, added, “I’m proud of him. He’s always making his family proud. I always tell him to represent your family, state, team and culture.” This year, however, with Quarterback Senior McKenzie Milton’s shoulder injury late in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) season, the team looked to Vavae Malepeai as a source of leadership, which has provided him an opportunity to seek greater responsibility. “I would consider myself somewhat (of) a leader. There’s a lot of other things that I have to work on,” said Vavae Malepeai. “Slowly but surely, it’s a hard process. (York) always tells us

Photo courtesy of Matthew Capps

Vavae Malepeai (12) and Kahuku Head Coach Vavae Tata after the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championship game on Oct. 30. Malepeai led the team in rushing yards with a total of 16 carries for 92 yards.

to make unpopular popular. Sometimes it’s hard, but with the help of my brothers it’ll get easier.” Furthermore, Vavae Malepeai has felt the constant support of his teammates throughout the season and he attributes the Marcus Mariota award to them as well. Wide Receiver Senior Kalakaua Timoteo added, “I let him know when he is out of line and by catching his back, no

matter the circumstances. He is a brother to me, taking the field with family is one of the best feelings that can’t be explained.” While this may be Vavae Malepeai’s senior year, he still continues to embrace his passion for football and intends to complete his high school career playing in the Army All-American Invitational on Jan. 9 in San Antonio, Texas.

CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID, CHEER TEAM TAKES SECOND AT TOURNAMENT like that was the greatest feeling,” said Captain Senior Cydney-Jerin Meneses. Practices leading up to the competition were vigorous and daily. “(Head Coach Renesha Kierstedt) would have us practice until she knew we were ready for it. Also, she prepared us for what was coming, especially when the other teams are very competitive,” said Junior Lori-Ann Ashley Tungpalan. The competition was very exciting for the cheerleaders, Lorelei Miyamura | Na Manao Poina Ole but there were some worries before the event when Throughout the season, the varsity cheer team was able to grow closer as it came to their stunts. “My a team and support each other through thick and thin. favorite part of the night was competing with my By Shaina Telford routines, with MHS bringing sisters and hitting all of our home not only second place, stunts, especially our pyramid but a banner as well. because that was one of the On Nov. 14, four high “In my opinion, placing things we were iffy about in school varsity cheerleading second was a big accomplish- previous practices and in our teams came from around ment because coming from warm-ups. My team did well the island to face off in the what we had to go through on overcoming the obstacles Hawaii High School Athletic before this competition was we had,” said Meneses. Association championships. crazy. We had to change our In spite of those initial The teams from Kaiser, routines continuously and we worries, the cheerleaders had Mililani, Moanalua and Pearl kept getting frustrated with nothing but positive things to City High Schools came ourselves because our stunts say about their performance together at Aloha Stadium weren’t hitting. So just to see following the competition. and performed their original us get a huge accomplishment “My team did amazing. We

performed our best and it showed in the end, but there is always room for improvement. My favorite moment was when we yelled ‘Trojans!’ at the end of our routine. It was the best feeling ever,” said Junior Mila Stojadinovic. The coaches helped encourage and boost the cheerleaders’ confidence before the competition. “My coaches (Kierstedt and Allysen Kikumoto) prepared us by keeping our motivations up and doing what they thought was best for us. They’ve always believed in us no matter what and kept us on our game. My coaches are also hard on us because they know our capabilities and they just want us to do the best we can do. They’re like second mothers to us and are there for us in and out of cheer,” said Meneses. For many of the seniors on the team, this competition was bittersweet as it was not only the end of the cheerleading season, but also the end of their high school cheerleading career. “With this being my last competi-

tion before graduating, I feel sad about leaving (the team) because I created great memories with them and they’re a bunch of great girls that are always there for each other. However, I know that I have to move on and leave my legacy with them so they can carry it on,” expressed Meneses. For other members of the team, the end of the season means time to rest and get ready for next year. “I feel that our season was super fun. We’ve all tried our hardest to get very far and we love each other. Now that (the season is) over, our attitudes won’t change toward each other because we’re all a family,” said Tungpalan. The Hawaii competition and the team’s cheerleading season may be over, but members of the varsity cheerleading team will be leaving the island to compete in Dallas, Texas. This competition is expected to take place in mid-January and the Trojan cheerleaders are already preparing themselves for the event.

Christmas Personality Quiz:


Which Christmas icon are you? As the holidays approach us, we all tend to channel the an icon that symbolizes the spirit (or lack thereof ) of Christmas. Take this personality quiz to discover which icon best represents you! Start with the question below and then follow the arrows!


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What would you like to find in your stocking? TOYS



Do YOU want to build a snowman?

What is your favorite holiday dessert? GINGERBREAD




NO Okay bye...

What do you put at the top of your Christmas tree? STAR

Do you like cold temperatures?





What is your favorite Christmas song?

What is your favorite Christmas movie?











You are a very caring person that enjoys giving gifts to those you love. You are always cheerful and you strive to spread joy during the holiday season.

You are very humble and like to join in on the holiday fun with friends. Additionally, many people revere you as a leader that brings the team together.

You are the “bad boy” of the holidays. You are cold, calculating and manipulative as you worm your way through the month to get to the coolest presents.

You are the black sheep of the holiday season and prefer to spend Christmas in isolation. You despise giving gifts and see the celebrations as noise.

Favorite Star WArs Characters



Design and Layout by Annissa Burcham


Jump aboard the hype train as we prepare for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” coming out Dec. 18, 2015. We decided to revisit some of our favorite characters and see who is the best. A survey of 65 people determined our favorite Star Wars character; just remember, bigger isn’t always better, it’s what is on the inside that counts.

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the winneR is... R2-D2!



DEC. 18

Jabba 3% the Hutt

Ewoks 3%

Qui Gon 3% Jinn

C-3PO 3%

Luke 3% Skywalker

Darth 3% Maul

Jar Jar Binks 5%

Leia 5%

Obi-Wan Kenobi 6%

Darth Vader 11%

Chewbacca 12%

Han Solo 12%

Yoda 14%

R2-D2 15%

Our favorite and smallest droid has captured the hearts of everyone, but take a look at the runner-ups from the galaxy far, far away.

Padme 2%

Anatomy of a Lightsaber

Everyone knows this iconic item, the lightsaber. The lightsaber has evolved over the years, from being a ceremonial decoration to a clunky device with an external battery. Here we cover the common lightsaber, and see what really makes it buzz.


The Energy Cell channels energy though the Primary Crystal.

The Focusing Crystal tightens the beam and gives the lightsaber its color.


The Superconductor returns the emitted energy to the Energy Cell, making the lightsaber energy efficient.

The beam loops back about a meter from the emitter and returns to the energy cell.

The energy passes through a positively charged Energy Lens and a Blade Emitter.


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Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to be the student voice and to publicize events, share in the success of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations. Editor-in-Chief Risa Askerooth Managing Editor Harlan Rose Video & Photography Editor Matthew Kawamoto Ads & Marketing Caitlyn Resurreccion Public Relations Danielle Smith Design Associate Editor Annissa Burcham Video Associate Editor Kelikoaelakauaikekai Gongob Opinions Associate Editor Jannah Kalai Online Associate Editor Paul Park Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Staff Mary Conner Robbie Evans Matthew Feria Sierra Gamayon Shelby Haygood Nick Malae Katlin Schendel Lindsay Shiroma Shaina Telford Minh Tu Ung Elise Vasper 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 risa.askerooth Please type your letter and clearly state your name, grade level and period one class. The Trojan Times reserves the right to edit any letters as they see fit.



Refugees crossing the Atlantic to find American dream By Jannah Kalai


s political fire is sparked once again with party disagreements in Washington, D.C., the number of Middle Eastern refugees making the dangerous Aegean Sea journey rises, totalling almost 700,000 in Greece as they make the passage from Turkey. It was a shared sensation of relief as volunteers welcomed the refugees to Europe with open arms. The United States is divided on whether or not we should accept incoming refugees, as some argue that there is no concrete method in which an official may separate a refugee from a terrorist. Yet, we have to remember that this stems from an internal war that has broken the bond between the Syrian Assad regime and the common citizen, and has left many parts of the country in rubble. The entirety of the political scope and history must be taken into account, as the United States begins to understand what refugees are The Housewife Chronicles By Mary Conner

attempting to escape from. Much like Greece, France has made the decision to continue to accept refugees, and will average 30,000 within the next two years. This decision came as a surprise to many, as this statement was made only a short week after the Nov. 13 Paris attack, during which the terrorists involved found their way into the French capital hiding among the incoming refugees. France, the country that was targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) radicals has made the decision to open its doors, understanding that those who flee are escaping much worse that what we could ever imagine. It is rare that the western world is subject to news coverage of the destruction of Syria, and when one may see first hand what these individuals are attempting to escape from, a viewpoint is more clearly defined. In his declaration to accept refugees in the next two years, French President Francois Hollande has said,

“We have to reinforce our borders while remaining true to our values.” But it appears that it is difficult for U.S. state governors to remain true to their values while attempting to prioritize the “safety of our people.” Their political diction fails to cover up the fact that in hindsight, all refugees have been attempting to find for years is safety for its people. In terms of our local decision as a state, Governor David Ige has stated officially both that Hawaii will welcome refugees and on a softer note that he had no true power in the final say. It seems as if we have quickly taken sides in accordance to our own personal views, without taking into account the full extent of this issue. Those fleeing from Syria and surrounding Middle Eastern countries are escaping a violent battle that initially sparked in March of 2011. Refugees have been attempting to find peace for years before the Paris attacks. When the counterarguments are examined, it comes to light that the argument

is not if the United States should accept refugees; rather, it is when and how. No matter how shallow one politician many think another is and vice versa, it is clear that both sides have come to accept the fact that refugees are being passed around like a tangible object with western Europe and beyond. It is time that the United States looks deeper into the dilemma. The argument that there is no solid method in which one may separate a refugee from an ISIL member is not a radical opinion, as the justification is grounded in facts. However, do we become desensitized to our own inner moral standings for a “What if?” question? The threat of ISIL is growing and prevalent, and it is understandable for many politicians to want a strict system to verify all incoming refugees. But it is time that the United States stops the flowery narration and political tears and realizes that we must act now for the greater good and the thousands of lives at stake, before it is too late.



Student Book Club “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari


tand-up comedian and sitcom star Aziz Ansari delivers yet again in his latest endeavor, a “dangerously delicious” novel chronicling the perils of dating in the 21st century with the aid of NYU professor Eric Klinenberg. From online dating sights,

Seasons greetings Trojans! The holiday season is here and we are nearing the end of an incredible and action packed semester! This year, ASMHS had the opportunity to participate in the Mililani Christmas Parade. It was a true blessing for many of our students who didn’t have the chance to walk in our Homecoming Parade and gave our community the chance to bond and celebrate the season. To name just a few of the amazing things we’ve accomplished so far, we participated in multiple service projects, welcomed our sister school from Japan to campus, hosted a heroic Homecoming, supported our Trojan Athletes, partook in multiple spirit weeks and pep rallies and left our legacy with our Trojan Marching Band participating in the Bands of America competition! This semester consisted of not only quantity, but quality hard work and dedication to make it happen. The holidays are a time to rejoice in the love of friends and family, cherish the memories made throughout the year and start looking ahead to what the New Year may bring. With winter break almost here, use it to your advantage. Use it as time to get re-energized, inspired and excited for a new year full of new opportunities. I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store for us. Good luck with your finals, get rest and see you all in 2016!

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to awkward, late night text message conversations, Ansari and Klinenberg amalgamate to deliver us from the horrors of modern romance and facetiously ridicule us along the way. Filled with egregiously hilarious personal anecdotes and tons of shocking research, the unlikely duo enlighten us about the dos and don’ts of love in the digital world.

Despite the novel’s roguish tone, Ansari does a beautiful job making his message relatable to seemingly all audiences. Through numerous focus groups, interviews and even a discussion forum on the social networking site Reddit, he blends his witty intuition with carefully researched facts to create an easy to follow blueprint for success.

“Modern Romance” is a must read for anyone with a cellphone and a heart (everyone). Ansari warns us that too much of a good thing can be bad and advises readers to put down phones and go have a real conversation, make a real connection and fall in love.

electronically signs your Federal Student Aid documents. Create your mandatory FSA ID today! Go to

Go to for more information.

especially in senior year, so check the website of prospective colleges.

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C&CC Senior Announcements: Application Deadlines! If you have not done so already, submit your applications and/or transcript requests! 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. 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, with 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. To apply, go to Scholarship Award Letter If you receive a scholarship or financial award from a school or organization, forward a copy of the award letter to our office, whether you accept or not. We will use it for our report and you will be recognized in the graduation program. FSA ID – New Requirements for Parents and Students The FSA ID – a username and password – has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain US DOE websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and

Financial Aid – Available Online Jan. 1! With the economic concerns, Financial Aid will play a role in the college application process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides the foundation for the college financial aid process. Colleges and many scholarship foundations use the report generated by the FAFSA to evaluate an applicant’s financial need. You must file the FAFSA even if you seek only grants, work study or subsidized loans. Request for forms or complete the form online after January 1 at Each college has a priority deadline and most aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so file your FAFSA as soon as possible. College Goal 808 Get FREE help completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s the first step toward getting the student financial aid available to you. It is recommended that you register online, however walk-ins are also welcome to attend – go to to register or for more information. College Goal 808 – Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at Leilehua High School, and Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at MHS. Selective Service In order to qualify for federal student loans and grants, job training and employment, males 18 years of age must register with Selective Service.

Scholarships Posted on Edline Check Edline or our bulletin board for the latest scholarship listing. Scholarship money that you receive means less money out of your pocket. Follow the instructions and watch your deadlines! Other Announcements: Jan. 28 is College Planning Night – 6 p.m. – Cafeteria Free, informative presentation suitable for students in grades nine to 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. Tuesday, March 1 – ACT/ ASPIRE TEST DAY We will be administering these tests to nine to 11 graders on March 1. More information will be forthcoming. PSAT Thank you to everyone who helped with the Wednesday administration of our PSAT on Oct. 14. Scores will be available in January. More information will follow. Registration Information Registration for next school year’s classes will begin in January. Utilize the resources that we have available at MHS by taking interesting or challenging courses. Some colleges require a fine arts class, while others recommend 3 years of a foreign language. UH-Manoa requires 17 college-prep classes (core classes & world languages). Colleges like to see a rigorous course schedule,

Juniors Juniors should be getting ready for senior year. Update your resume, take at least one SAT or ACT test during second semester, make an appointment with your counselor, request for letters of recommendation (if applicable) and research your schools. Make an appointment with Mrs. Yamamoto if you need help. SAT or ACT College Entrance Exams Juniors should sign up now for the SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests (if needed). Sites and dates fill up very quickly, so plan accordingly. Go to or to sign up for the appropriate test. Our school’s CEEB code is 120-197. Fee Waivers Available Students on free or reduced lunch are available for SAT, ACT, NAIA and NCAA Clearinghouse fee waivers. See Mrs. Yamamoto, and pick up your fee waiver today. Running Start The Running Start program is a 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 Compiled by College and Career Center Counselor Denise Yamamoto


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Tyler’s Troubles By Jake Serrano

The Lonely Cactus By Mary Conner

Cri-ing Tom By Lindsay Shiroma

Little Spoon’s Side Notes By Shaina Telford

Silly Scribbles By Annissa Burcham


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