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Love is in the Paper With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the question becomes how to celebrate it? In this issue, read some of our teachers’ most romantic memories and how to make homemade Valentine’s Day dinners.


14-YEAR LEGACY JV GIRLS WIN OIAS For the last 14 years, the JV girls soccer team has won the OIA Championship.


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SCIENCE OLYMPIAD PLACES THIRD, FIFTH AT REGIONALS By Janelle Lau At the Science Olympiad regionals at Leeward Community College (LCC) on Feb. 1, the two teams, the brown and yellow, earned third and fifth place. “We had one team that had students in all events, we didn’t

have enough students to fill up the second team, so the second team didn’t participate in all the events, but participated in most of them,” said Science Olympiad adviser Tyson Kikugawa. The Science Olympiad competition is organized by the Hawaii State Science Olympiad, which encourages

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “It shows that science is pretty exciting when you take it outside the classroom,” said Science Olympiad competitor Senior Adrianna Saymo. During regionals, the Science Olympiad competition consisted of two divisions, building and testing. “We have

everybody sort of doing a few events and it is a team, you can only have a couple students per event so we all sort of just have them pick what events they’re interested in because it is an after school thing,” said

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AMERICA’S TOP TEEN SCIENTIST Mocz selected as one of forty for National Science Talent Search By Jacob Chang


or the past three years, Senior Viola Mocz has dedicated much of her time toward scientific research. Recently, Mocz entered the Intel Science Talent Search (STS), a program dedicated to finding and recognizing America’s top high school scientists. After a three-month screening period, Mocz was announced as one of only 40 finalists from around the country, and the only one to represent Hawaii. The competition will be held in Washington D.C. from March 9 to 11. “(Mocz is) a successful student because of her attitude. She’s very driven. She’s very talented (and) gifted in terms of academic

performance. But I’m also impressed by how motivated she is,” said Science Fair Coordinator and Mocz’s current Advanced Placement (AP) Biology teacher Nel Venzon, “She never misses a deadline (and) she’s never late. She’s one of those students that is almost always positive in terms of attitude.” Mocz’s former AP Chemistry teacher Matthew Capps added, “(Mocz is) amazingly intelligent, probably one of the top three students I’ve had in my 15 years of teaching. She’s also extremely hard-working and polite and nice.” STS is a prestigious program, with over 1,800 applicants each year. From those applicants, 300 were selected as semifinalists and a few weeks later, the projects were reviewed a second time and a pool of 40 finalists were chosen. “(STS) is a competition where you submit a college level research


SPORTS Coach Roderick York was selected by the NFL as Coach of the Year.


WE THE PEOPLE TAKE HOME THE GOLD A group of 16 students won first and will be attending the National We the People Competition in Washington, D.C.




READ MORE ON MOCZ ONLINE National Merit Scholarship State Science Fair Trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland

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After four years of competing, Senior Gabriella Munoz finally won the annual Shakespeare Competition on Jan. 22.

MORE ON MOCZ IN THIS ISSUE Winning the Pacific Science Symposium



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Senior Viola Mocz has been highly involved in the sciences, taking the highest level course for each type. She has worked diligently on her research and has created a model to find the physical properties of subatomic particles. Her work has led her to win many awards including the state science fair, the Pacific Science Symposium and even a trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.


VALENTINE’S DAY? Some people know it as “Single Awareness Day” while others see it as a lovely holiday. But what is it really? Read this issue’s editorial and find out.


NEWS FIRST Robotics place first-time competitors: second, third in FTC

By Harlan Rose

On Dec. 7, MHS’ FIRST Robotics team competed in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) competition for the first time. After many months of planning and building, the team was able to secure second place with robot 7851 “Sack-a-Rice” and tie for third with robot 7438 “Double Pastry” at the Hawaii regional competition. “(Placing second) was a surprise, especially because this was our first year in (the FTC) competition,” said FIRST Robotics adviser Tyson Kikugawa, “We didn’t know what to expect, so it was a very pleasant surprise.” The FTC competition serves as an introductory challenge to the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), allowing teams leeway and an extended 12 weeks of preparation. “(The teams) are given a game in the beginning of September and from there they get to design and build (a robot) using modular systems,” Kikugawa explained, “Basically they can go ahead and put something together and if they don’t like it they can take it apart, it’s very easy.” In contrast, the FRC only al-

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lots six weeks for preparation and teams are not allowed to take apart their robots. Before the competition, the team spent many hours after school planning and building the robots. “(There was) lots of research and a lot of caffeine,” said Senior Joanna Hugo, “We were lucky enough that at one point Punahou even invited us to their shop and they helped us a lot. They lent us some very valuable parts that became integral to the overall design of the robot.” By the time of the competition, the team had successfully constructed a robot that was capable of completing several tasks, such as placing blocks in a basket, raising a flag and hanging from a pull-up bar. However, the team faced many challenges during their construction. “(There was some) miscommunication, (a) lack of commitment and (we had trouble) staying focused,” Hugo said. Junior Allan Ching added, “Our greatest (challenge) we really believe, was the fact that so many of our members had to leave us for personal reasons.” The team entered two identical robots in the competition, codenamed “Double Pastry” and “Sack-a-Rice.” As the team worked their way up the ranks, they competed

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(L-R): Freshman Michael Caris Abagon, Sophomore Lauren Ceria, Junior Allan Ching, Junior Tyler Schaefer and Freshman Tyler Yoshioka of team 7851 after winning second place in the FTC competition.

in numerous two-and-a-halfminute matches. The matches were divided into three parts: a 30-second autonomous period, where the robots ran on pre-installed programs and a two-minute, driver-controlled period, which included a 30-second “end game” where the teams could score the most points. “We concentrated on the end games (because) it was a good amount of points,” Ching said. The team’s hard work paid

off, as “Sack-a-Rice” placed second while “Double Pastry” tied for third. “As a rookie team, it felt amazing to even move on to the semifinals, and then we got second and third and all of our brains sort of erupted,” Hugo said. Ching added, “There were lots of (emotions), such as, ‘Yay, I can’t believe we made it!’” After the competition, the team acknowledged that there were many areas they could improve in. “There were a lot

of mistakes made and (the team understands) that if we can fix those mistakes there’s a chance we can do better,” Kikugawa said. Hugo added, “We had a bad case of ‘analysis paralysis’ and spent entirely too much time thinking when we should have been building and prototyping.” The FIRST Robotics team is currently preparing for the upcoming FRC challenge, scheduled for February.

Mocz takes first place at Pacific Symposium Senior Viola Mocz has participated in PS3 all four years of her high school career, placing sixth in freshman year, fourth in sophomore year and first in junior year. By Vivian Fang

On Jan. 11 and 12, Senior Viola Mocz and Junior Brandon Kinard competed against 10 other semifinalists for five finalist titles at the Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability (PS3). Mocz placed first, securing herself a spot at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NJSHS). “There was kind of a bit of pressure considering that I won first place last year,”

said Mocz, “I definitely wanted to be in the top six again because (NJSHS is) always a great opportunity to meet other people and other scientists and

make new connections.” PS3 is a competition funded by the Department of Defense where students present their scientific research, usually relating to applied science. Students first submitted their research papers for review by the Hawaiian Academy for Science. Over 50 papers were submitted to the first judging round, which were narrowed down to 12 semifinalists that would present at the symposium in front of a panel of 10 judges. Students had 12 minutes to present their project followed by a fiveminute questioning session. “It’s a really good opportunity for them to apply their social skills and their oral skills,” said MHS Science Fair Coordinator Nel Venzon. Judges also evaluated the quality of the presentation. “(The semifinalists have) already been pre-selected out of 50 projects,”

said Venzon, “This is when students have to clearly present their research, they should be able to answer the questions. If the student does a really good job of answering questions then they have a good project and then you know that student’s going to be in the top five.” Mocz added, “It’s a mixture, I think. As a scientist, you need to present your work effectively for any field, so that’s definitely a plus.” The symposium also allowed participants to forge new connections. “It was fun, I met a lot of new people and the experience was good. It improved my public speaking skills, which was much needed and it was an overall good experience,” said Kinard, “(My favorite part was) seeing all the other semifinalist projects. They were really interesting.” Mocz’s project was based off of an extension of her

sophomore science fair project which used a torus model to calculate physical properties of particles. A torus is a three-dimensional shape made by revolving a circle along a line made by another circle, giving it the shape of a donut. “The torus is one of the postulates of string theory, where all particles are represented as either one-dimensional lines, two-dimensional closed loops or three-dimensional torii,” explained Mocz, “I did a similar project using a torus model, but that was only to calculate the mass of particles. I went to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) because I won an award in ISEF in my sophomore year. I spoke with some of the professors about my project and they helped me to further develop my model to




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Sixteen students win We the People state competition

Photo Courtesy of Social Studies teacher Dr. Amy Perruso

Seniors Daniel Smith, Isis Usborne and Junior Marcus Dunn of Unit One are questioned over the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system in the competition. By Harlie Bates-Hudgin

Showing off is one thing, knowing it is another. For 16 Advanced Placement (AP) Government students, they had it all. On Feb. 1 at the Federal Courthouse, Social Studies teacher Dr. Amy Perruso and her band of students won a spot in the National We the People competition by placing first in the state competition. “We’ve poured so much time and energy into preparing ourselves for the competition,” said Senior Caytlin Yoshioka, “We the People was the culmination of four years

of history classes for some of us, where we could present everything that we had learned since freshman year, so it seemed surreal when this was enough to propel us to nationals, that’s for sure.” The program was first initiated in 2005 and from then on has been integrated in the AP Government curriculum. “In 2005, the first time I did it, I just brought in outside experts like lawyers and judges to be judges in the classroom,” said Perruso, “You can do it in a classroom setting, just having small congressional hearings and having the students participate.”

Unlike other competitions, We the People consists of six units focusing on American history. “We the People is a national program centered on the Constitution and citizenship,” said Perruso, “So it involves the curriculum that introduces constitutional principles and the history and philosophy and philosophical foundations of the Constitution.” As practice makes perfect, the team has dedicated many hours in the preparation of the We the People competition. “When I joined AP (Government), I didn’t even think about We the People until January, which ulti-

Music students bring experience and helping hand to MMS Music Camp By Karen Neill

When plans fell through for Mililani Middle School (MMS), MHS’ music students stepped to the plate and seized the opportunity to fill the shoes of professional musical clinicians at the annual MMS Music Camp at Camp Erdman from Jan. 17 to 19. “We always say that to teach something really shows that you understand your subject and in their case they really understand the pedagogy behind their instrument,” said Orchestra teacher Bryan Hirata. The music camp is an annual trip where middle school students are able to explore their musical talents. Upon their arrival, the students were presented with opportunities to be mentored by professional musicians by instrumentation, while also participating in common Camp Erdman

past times. On the last day, MHS students showed up to take part in the activities, in addition to promoting the MHS music department. “(Band and orchestra) usually go and then we do these team bonding activities with the students there. So in the past that’s been our purpose, our function as far as our students,” said Hirata, “But this year some of our students got to serve as clinicians as well.” Although they were out of their comfort zone being mentors, the music students were able to show the younger students what they know. “It was kind of awkward, but it ended up working pretty (well),” Violinist Senior Dean Leong said, “We accomplished a lot of things. We taught them how to have better tone. I taught them (things) like finger placements and intonation.” It was only a few years ago when these high school

students were in the middle school students’ place so they understand why these camps and clinics are important. Leong explained, “At music camp that’s where you learn the most I think because usually you would have a kind of professional person in your clinic. You are getting professional help from a professional player.” Saxophone player Senior Tyler Yamauchi added, “I just think that music in general just teaches you a lot of stuff that maybe normal classes don’t really touch such as diligence and dedication.” Both MMS and MHS students agree that it was an enjoyable experience for all of those involved. “I just love going there and seeing all of the middle schoolers,” said Yamauchi. The high schoolers look forward to returning to the camp in future years.

mately led to lots of procrastination,” said Senior Daniel Smith, “But that’s what our class excels at.” Winning the state competition didn’t come easily, but their hard work paid off. “I didn’t think they’d win,” said Perruso, “The night before (the competition), we stayed here really late practicing and stuff. And Unit Three, the first two questions they were great on. And then the third question was about gun control and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a stupid question, we’re not even going to practice that one because it’s a stupid question and why would they even ask that?’ And they asked that question, and my heart just sank all the way to the floor. But they still pulled it off, and they were totally unprepared for that question.” The AP Government students credit their success to Perruso and teamwork. “Knowing that I have a whole team to help me is great and really helps with the stress,” said Smith, “Having a tremendously dedicated teacher like Dr. Perruso is a really lucky thing that I am really grateful for.” Perruso and her class of AP Government students are currently preparing for the national competition which will take place in Washington D.C. at George Mason University from April 25 to 28.

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include topology and to calculate various other properties.” Kinard’s experiment focused on engineering a cheap alternative for visually impaired people. “I created a belt that, in prototype, you wore around your waist like a fanny pack and it uses three ultrasonic sensors to send out a sonar-like ping,” explained Kinard, “Based on the time it takes to return the signal, a distance is calculated and this distance is then used to determine the intensity of vibration of a motor placed in conjunction with the sensor.” Kinard hopes to participate again next year with a project focusing on super capacitors and energy harvesting. Mocz will be competing at the NJSHS, which will take place in Washington D.C. from April 24 to 27.


Aloha Trojans! Hope that your second semester is off to an awesome start. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so please wear red or pink. Dressing up counts for spirit points, so support your class! If you wear 50 percent red or pink, you earn one spirit point for your class and may come to B105 at lunch or recess to receive a prize. Spirit points count towards the spirit trophy presented at the End of the Year Assembly. Thank you to those who purchased our Valentine’s Day fundraiser items! All profits are going to the American Heart Association and because of you, they can continue to provide service to our hospitals and community. Pickup orders will be available tomorrow morning and deliveries will be made to your valentine during period 2. As a final Valentine’s Day announcement, tomorrow night there will be the Valentine’s Day Dance in the B & C courtyard, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Join us for a night under the stars. This dance is open to all grades, however only to MHS students. Tickets are $15 at the door. Support the senior class at Brown Bags to Stardom in the gym on Saturday, March 1. Performers will compete to move on to the state level. This will be an evening event, open to all community members. Juniors, be on the lookout for prom bid sales from March 3 to 7! Senior prom bid sales will follow, continuing through the last week of March. Sophomore banquet is March 14. Have a great third quarter and see you soon!


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On Saturday, Jan. 25, Hui Malama o Mililani helped with the Heeia Fishpond restoration, sorting out rocks called pohaku, to make flooring for the hale, a gathering center and to help restore the walls around Heeia. Along the way, the students learned about the importance of sustainability and how the Hawaiians used fishponds as their main food source. “Helping out the environment in turn helps us because we are dependent on each other in that we give the land life and the land in turn gives us life,” said Hui Malama participant Junior Isaiah KelaPacheco. Hui Malama is not a club, but a group that has branched from the science learning center. Any student is allowed to join in on events during any time of the year. The projects range from beach clean-up, habitat restoration and storm drain work to removing invasive species and usually require a lot of planning beforehand. Planning projects

(Above): On Jan. 25, Hui Malama helped restore Heeia Fishpond by sorting out rocks and rebuilding walls. Aside from the work, they also learned history of the area.

for first and second semester occur in the summer and over winter break. “Our main task at the fishpond was picking out ili rocks, a round (and) smooth type of rock, from a huge pile of donated rocks, so it could be used to help build possible walls or ground path around Heeia,” said KelaPacheco. During the restoration, Hui members got to see the cycle of how the fish were trapped in gates, then released to reproduce before starting over again. The gates that trapped the fish were made of mangrove wood tied together. “It was really cool because it was a traditional style that they’re trying to make possible again today for their goals of sustainability,” said Hui Malama President Junior Samantha Alvarado. Kela-Pacheco added, “Our efforts have an impact on the environment because instead of using concrete walls or any

foreign materials, everything is hand-built using natural materials and supports the regeneration of native species.” The group in charge of the fish restoration is called Paepae. However, the head coordinator for Hui’s volunteer group and the director of their work was Peleke Flores. “That’s part of the cool part for me, is the people that my students get to meet when they go and the people that they get to learn from,” said Hui Malama adviser Sandra Webb. The Paepae o Heeia group consists of many motivated workers, who are passionate about maintaining and fixing the environment they live in. “They formed their own organization, they do the work, they are making it happen, they have school groups come in, they have a website. This is not getting funded by tax dollars or anything else, they do their own fundraisers,”

(Left): Members from both Hui Malama and the Heeia fishpond teamed up to get the job done. The Hui Malama students helped create flooring for the hale, a gathering center.

(Bottom right): The team from Heeia fishpond gave Hui Malama students a tour around the area and explained the importance of a clean environment.

said Webb. Alvarado added, “The group leased it out from Kamehameha Schools, which is Bishop Estate, so Kamehameha Schools is in charge of the land and they let this group be the caretakers.” Even though getting muddy and wet was fun for many, the Hui still had their share of work to do. “The

Photos courtesy of Sandra Webb

most challenging aspect of the work was sifting the dirt using crates in order to find the rocks, because after a while it got tiresome,” said KelaPacheco. Currently, Hui is planning to team up with NHS to host a beach clean up.

Increased communication fostered at first Mililani Quarterly luncheon By Lauren Barbour

On Feb. 7, the students and faculty of MHS mingled with other groups from around Mililani during the first Mililani Quarterly, a luncheon sponsored by the school in order to facilitate communication among community members. “We want the community to feel that we’re interested in what they have to say too,” said the luncheon’s co-coordinator Hazel Guerrero. Ivy Ogawa, her partner, added, “And we want them interested in us.” Besides MHS members,

the Neighborhood Board, the Town Association, local businesses and parents were also invited. “It’s kind of just a little powwow to talk about things that are going on, share good news that’s happening within the school, see how outside entities can contribute to our school and help with student growth and then tackle any concerns that our school itself may have or the community has that maybe pertain to the students that go here, things like that,” explained Ogawa, “So it’s really a (two-way discussion) but the focus is on benefiting the students.” One point of the meeting

was recent facility upgrades and renovations. Various students were also honored. Three National Merit Scholarship awards were handed out as well as the Intel Talent Search awards to Science teacher Nel Venzon and Senior Viola Mocz. The rest of the students in attendance were part of the Principal’s Advisory Council and were free to mingle with the other guests. “It’s good experience for them to talk to these community members and represent the school, good future training for when they’re out in the world,” said Guerrero. However, the main hope of the coordinators was

that they would increase their sense of the community as a whole. Ogawa explained, “I think, sometimes, maybe kids feel a little insulated here. They don’t realize that this is just a smaller part of the bigger community they live in.” That hope was intended for both parties. Principal Fred Murphy added, “It’s also about the community seeing our students. It’s one thing for them to talk to me and our teachers all the time but being able to interact with our students (is even better).” Inspiration for the Mililani Quarterly stemmed from luncheons Murphy experienced while teaching

at Radford High School. “What they would do was assemble a lot of the military VIPs and ‘people in the know’ because they have such a high military population. So they invite people to really just figure out what they can do to benefit the kids and, if necessary, solve any issues that the community feels is going on or that are going on in the school,” said Ogawa. Both Ogawa and Guerrero hope that the luncheon will be a quarterly event. Various members of the Principal’s Advisory Council will continue to be present, as well as any future recipients of awards and scholarships.


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MHS’ Raider team pushes past obstacles to take overall trophy in first outer-island competition event. MHS placed first in the MPFT, the rope bridge event and the six mile run and took home the mixed trophy for having the highest score overall. The team’s success in the competition was due to their devotion and commitment to the program. “They’re very well disciplined, physically fit, they’re very healthy, they don’t eat junk food,” said Timothy Schiller, “When they hit the ground on Saturday, they hit the ground Photo Courtesy of JROTC adviser Lt. Col. Timothy Schiller running.” However prior to the The cadets were unable to practice for the paddling event because competition, the team the sixth and fianl event of the Menehune Adventure Challenge faced conflict of schedule, wasn’t unveiled to the cadets until the day of the competition. in regards to practice dates. “What happened was they By Kiana Caranto positive experiences. bonded the last week and “They actually bonded then they practiced a little with several of the other bit while we were there in The MHS Raider team Kauai cadets and became Kauai before the events,” said was given the opportunity good friends and I think Timothy Schiller. Despite to participate in their first that’s something that they’ll not being familiar with each outer-island competition, the take out of this competition,” other prior to the competiMenehune Adventure Chalsaid JROTC adviser Lt. Col. tion, they were able to pull lenge, from Jan. 17 to 19 Timothy Schiller, “A memory through. “Even though we at Waimea High School on that they’ll always have in didn’t really talk before this, Kauai. The team was comtheir mind for the rest of over there we actually had prised of Junior Keoni Borja their life.” good communication,” said and Senior Owen Miyahara The competition consisted Borja. and Sophomores Brandee of six different events which Good communication Schiller and Darius Usborne. included the Modified Physi- was the key to the win. “You They faced many challenges cal Fitness Test (MPFT), a wouldn’t be able to perform that tested their ability to 400-meter swim, an obstacle a task like (the) rope bridge communicate and work as a course, a rope bridge coneffectively without communiteam, leading to the formastruction and crossing, a cation because you can’t read tion of new friendships and six mile run and a paddling minds or you can’t tell what

the other person is doing,” said Borja. They exemplified teamwork in each of the events, particularly the six mile run. “They would take the weakest runner and that person was the pace person,” said Timothy Schiller, “These guys never stopped, they were like a mile and half ahead of the other teams.” Although they won half the events, they were modest and presented themselves with maturity and professionalism. “They were encouraging the other cadets from the other teams and it wasn’t like, ‘Hey, we were (going to) go there and win everything and we don’t care about you guys,’” said Timothy Schiller. They viewed this as more than just a competition, but as an opportunity to visit a neighbor island and make new friends. “My favorite part about this trip was getting to meet other kids from Waimea High, they were super nice and humble,” said Brandee Schiller. The Raider team is determined to improve their performance for next year’s Menehune Adventure Challenge, in addition to adding a second team.

MMS REACH for the stars Awarded $45,000 in after-school funds By Ireland Castillo

Mililani Middle School (MMS) beat the odds in the Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health (REACH) initiative pilot project. Out of 23 intermediate schools, MMS was one of the five selected schools to be awarded a $45,000 grant. “A ceremony with Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui presenting the school with a check was held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 before the High Interest Program student participants and teachers,” said MMS Principal Elynne Chung. Initiated by Tsutsui, the REACH program’s purpose is to ensure that Hawaii’s intermediate schools provide its students ample afterschool opportunities in the fields of academics, athletics and arts. The five schools, MMS, Waikea Intermediate, Molokai Middle, Kawanakoa Middle and Hana High and Intermediate Schools were all selected to initiate the REACH project. “The criteria for selection was based on the type of after-school program being implemented, the military or community partnerships currently in place to supplement the after-school program,” explained Chung. Each school was awarded a grant ranging from $25,000 to $45,000 to continue its after-school programs. “(The) funding (will) pay teachers and support the after-school programs with supplies and materials,” said Chung. With the $45,000, MMS will continue to embrace its school mission. “We recognize that a vibrant extracurricular activities program not only enhances student achievement in terms of attendance, behavior, academics and leadership, but also keeps (our) pre-teen and teenaged students engaged in healthy and productive activities after school and on weekends,” explained Chung. The project will continue to enforce its mission to ensure that all intermediate schools are able to provide after school programs to address student needs.


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Photo courtesy of Senior Rachel Yonamine

The Na Koa Alii Hawaii All-State Marching Band that marched in the parade was made up of roughly 100 schools, approximately 400 students from around the islands.

ONE BAND, ONE SOUND MHS students march in All-State Marching Band at 125th Pasadena Rose Bowl By April-Joy McCann

Most students spend their New Year’s Day celebrating with their family and friends. But Seniors Jocelyn Ebesu, Kristopher Ward, Tyler Yamauchi, Rachel Yonamine and Junior Aliza Mari Ancheta spent the new year as a part of the Hawaii All-State Marching Band, Na Koa Alii, that participated in the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The trip, which was from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3, was a once in a lifetime opportunity that expanded the students’ musical abilities.

“I have a whole bunch of amazing friends from all over not just Oahu, but the state of Hawaii. It reminded me that no matter how far we all may be we’re still connected through music and we always will be,” expressed Yonamine. Each year, states apply to participate in the Rose Parade but only a few are selected every year. In 2009, MHS attended the parade but did not participate in it. This will be the first time in over 10 years that MHS has marched. “The Rose Bowl is a very prestigious parade. There are certain requirements that won’t allow our

marching band to actually participate in the parade. So I thought (about) giving them an opportunity and I thought that they would represent the school well,” explained Marching Band Director Derek Kaapana, who nominated the students. The Hawaii All-State Marching Band, comprised of approximately 100 schools and 400 students, was created over a year ago. Practices were held monthly starting from December 2012 until the last month, increasing in frequency. “When we got to California we had to have practices everyday for about three (to) four hours or more,” said Yonamine, “It was vital that we practiced though because we weren’t a whole band until we got to California and met with the marchers from all the other

islands.” While on the trip, the band participated in a bandfest at Pasadena City College. The goal was to feature the outstanding bands as each school presented the show that led to its success. The main event for the students however, was when the Na Koa Alii participated in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. “I would definitely say my favorite part was actually marching the parade. It was about a six-mile parade and it was pretty rigorous. But it was pretty fun at the same time,” expressed Ancheta. Having participated in this experience, the students were able to develop their musical abilities. “When you’re involving yourself and interacting with students of various levels and with other teachers, it helps you to grow

as you understand things a little bit differently or more,” said Kaapana. Ancheta added, “I learned how to be a better musician myself. We combined our technique together with the other schools to become one band.” Besides the knowledge students gained from this trip, they also created bonds with people that will go beyond high school. “It’s an amazing experience getting to say you marched in the Pasadena Rose Parade but it’s even more amazing to say you got to do it with your best friends,” said Yonamine. Although this may be the last time that MHS students will be participating in the Rose Parade for a while, Hawaii will still be represented next year by the Maui Marching Band that will march in the parade in 2015.


The Science Club made a shocking victory in second place after competing for the first time with a new team against 18 other schools in the Science Bowl. Seniors Viola Mocz, Ganesh Prasad Rapolu, Joanna Hugo, Junior Vivian Fang and Freshman Zachary Higa managed to both train and bond along the way. “They did extremely well, this year was a first year team,” Science teacher Matthew Capps said, “So to have a brand new team, we did not expect to do so well. We just decided from the getgo that we were to just have fun. If we got last place, well whatever, we got last.”

The Science Bowl is a competition in question and answer format requiring two teams to have diverse knowledge of biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, natural energy and math. “At first I was really nervous but we watched another match we weren’t playing in and that really set my nerves and we did really well, then we just kept on going,” said Hugo. MHS took second, behind Maui High School. By the final round, Maui High and MHS were in the lead. “But the most memorable moment was halfway through the final round and looking at the clock (thinking), ‘Dude, we are in second place we can win this thing.’ We had this thing built up in our head that no one can

beat them, but when we looked at the scoreboard we were 10 points down and that was like nothing,” Hugo explained. The questions were deliberately broad in order to test the students’ knowledge in all fields. “The questions are very random, I can look to the other coach and I can tell (neither) one of us knows the answer,” said Capps. The freshman of the team, Higa, was designated as an alternate to get a feel for the competition and relieve any of his teammates during play time. “It was kind of intimidating because it feels like they know more than you but overall it was fun working with the upperclassmen,” he said, “It was fun going in and competing because even

Photo courtesy of Science teacher Matthew Capps

(L-R) Junior Vivian Fang and Seniors Viola Mocz, Ganesh Prasad Rapolu and Joanna Hugo. though most of them are upperclassmen and I was (an) alternate, it was a fun experience to watch and learn from it.” Capps helped ease the stress on the students during competition by not pressuring them when they lost points and supporting them when they gained some. “It helps that Mr. Capps’ attitude helps a lot too. If

we missed on something or made a mistake he was like, ‘Whatever.’ There was definitely no stress at that point,” said Hugo. “The Science Bowl helped us learn about each other and how to work well together,” added Higa. With the help of now experienced competitors, Capps hopes to expand next year’s team with both new recruits and returning members.


CHOSEN TROJANS Thursday, February 13, 2014

Greeting the New Year: MHS participates in Nengajoo contest

the sunset, palm trees and coconuts.” The contest judges gave the students guidelines that they needed to follow. “They’re required to, for example, write the kanji character for the zodiac animal for that particular year,” said Zukeran, “This year is the year of the horse, so they have to write the kanji or Chinese character for that. They also specify that you need to write the year and the date in Japanese numerals. They also ask that you write your name vertically along the left side.” New Year’s in Hawaii is a unique time of year, and the entries using the Hawaiian theme reflected that. “I thought that it’d be easy because I’ve lived here (in Photo courtesy of The Hawaii Herald Hawaii) for most of my life and I know the traditions,” Junior Kyle Matsuoka’s winning Nengajoo card featured this year’s Chinese Zodiac with a backdrop said Unpingco, “So, I just beach scenery, inspired by local New Year’s traditions. thought of all the New Year’s traditions in Hawaii and I By Katherine Ozawa Hawaii. features the Chinese Zodiac decided to draw those.” “Nengajoo are basically of the year. This year, apParticipating in the New Year’s cards. In Japan, proximately 500 students gajoo contest was enjoyable The start of the new year people send Nengajoo to submitted a Nengajoo featur- for all who were involved. “It is celebrated in different ways family and friends. It’s kind ing this year’s zodiac: the was fun. It was like a break all around the world, and of a new year’s greeting,” said horse. “There (were) different from my other work that I Hawaii is no exception. In Japanese Language teacher themes to the Nengajoo. It don’t really like to do,” said the annual Nengajoo contest Corey Zukeran, “It’s kind of was Originality, Creativeness Unpingco. Matsuoka added, held in December, MHS a way of saying ‘Thank you and Hawaiian,” said Matsuo- “We get to express our own Japanese language students for what you’ve done for me ka, “So, (it was) just based off feelings and our creativity.” Junior Kyle Matsuoka and in the past year and I’m look- what we did on New Year’s The winners of the NenSenior Adriene Unpingco ing forward to this coming in Hawaii. Like popping gajoo contest had their enplaced first and third in year.’” fireworks and the stereotypitries featured in The Hawaii the high school division in Each year, the contest cal figures in Hawaii. Like Herald’s New Year’s edition.

STS continued from page 1 report on any scientific topic and you have to be a high school senior to enter,” said Mocz. For her project, Mocz has researched and created a model to find the physical properties of subatomic particles such as mass, angular momentum and spin using topology and toroidal physics, a concept she came up with by herself. Aside from presenting her scientific research, Mocz also went through a rigorous application process answering questions not only about her project, but also her inspiration and motivation for the project and pursuing a career in science. With such a selective screening process, Mocz was the only finalist from Hawaii and in March she will fly to Washington D.C. to present her project to the STS judges as well as the general public. “I’m very excited. I hope to represent Hawaii well, and I didn’t expect to become a finalist at all, really, so I am just very excited for this opportunity,” said Mocz. Venzon added, “To have someone from Hawaii to compete at the national level, it’s remarkable.” At the competition, over $650,000 of scholarship money is available and all 40 finalists are given $7,500 for their participation. Mocz’s flight will be paid by Intel and she will compete for prizes ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. “(Mocz) breathes science. To me she’s one of those that she’s so passionate about science that you can see it just by the way she performs,” said Venzon, “She’s just a scientist, she’s a problem solver.” Regardless of the results of the upcoming competition, Mocz hopes to major in particle physics and continue her research so that it may help people in the future. “(Science is) important to me because I really want to learn more about the universe itself,” expressed Mocz, “I hope to help other people with my research because particle physics has a lot of applications in technology.” In the meantime, Mocz strives to improve her research as she prepares for both STS and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, another science research competition.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Munoz’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ wins first at Shakespeare Competition

Three students move on to district FFA competition

noz, “But I haven’t picked one yet.” Munoz prepared for the competition with a Shakespeare troupe in Honolulu at the Hawaii Theater Young Actors Ensemble, where she and several other students learned from Pookela award-winning actress Eden-Lee Murray. “I had been in touch with her about (the competition) all day, and was there to celebrate with her at rehearsal that night,” recalled Sophomore Erin Gillum, a close friend of Munoz and a member of the Shakespeare Harlie Bates-Hudgin | Trojan Times troupe. With graduation in Seniors Gabriella Munoz, Marjory Palompo, Jaslyn Loftin and May, Munoz is relieved to Angelina Ervin had practiced together before the competition. have finally won after four years of fighting for the By Harlie Bates-Hudgin (ESUUS).“(The ESSUS’) first place title, as she didn’t mission is to promote the place at all in her freshman English language in the world and junior year but she Senior Gabriella Munoz today,” said Fine Arts and placed second during her walked into the library for English teacher Jamie Stroud. sophomore year. “It felt so the annual Shakespeare ComTo participate, the stugood, to be honest,” said petition on Jan. 21 with no dents select a Shakespeare Munoz, “It just felt really idea that her chosen monomonologue piece to perform. nice to finally win it, since logue from Act 2, Scene 2 The victor is chosen based it’s something that I’m so of “A Midsummer Night’s on their ability to perform in passionate about.” Dream” would be her ticket front of an audience and will If Munoz performs well to first place. move on to compete for the at the state competition The Shakespeare Comnational title where they will on Feb. 15, she will be in petition is sponsored by reenact their chosen monocontention for a prized trip the English Speaking logue as well as a sonnet. “I to New York. Union of the United States have one in mind,” said Mu-

By Jessica Fontenot

one thing to get in front of your classroom and speak in front of your peers, other stuFuture Farmers of dents, but to get up in front America (FFA) adviser of an audience of adults, it’s Jeffery Yamaguchi had very challenging,” said Yamafresh ground to till for this guchi. year’s district competition, Although the results of the as many students who competition were not what competed were new to his they expected, students who class. Yamaguchi’s Agricul- took the class learned someture Demonstration team thing that this generation was able to place third. generally may have forgotten “I was expecting us to about. “I think agriculture do better, but not bad. For is super important because a lot of these guys, it was that’s how we survive. We get their first time. So they our food from the ground didn’t quite know what to and it’s just a great way to expect,” said Yamaguchi. sustain what we have on the With their combined earth,” said Buenaventura, efforts, Senior Jaimelyn who has competed at the disBuenaventura and Sopho- trict level three times, “In agmore Zoe Tengan were riculture you just realize that able to move on to the there’s so much more to the state competition for takthings around you, like the ing first in Plant Identifica- smallest plant thing is more tion. “I’m kind of nervous complex than you think it because there’s schools would be. So it’s just realizing coming from different that plants aren’t just plants, islands and I don’t know they’re living things too.” how they scored,” said The students who made Tengan, who is new to the it to state competition are program. preparing for each of their Meanwhile, Junior respective categories while Kristen Miguel will be their classmates will continue participating in the state to focus on the importance competition for her perfor- of agriculture and how it may mance in Creed Recitation be implemented in their lives. and Job Interview. “A lot of it is self-confidence. It’s

VEX shifts into high gear, moving on to world championship By Lauren Barbour

On Dec. 20 and 21, the first Hawaii State VEX Robotics Championship was held, the successor to the PanPacific VEX Robotics Championship. Despite the change in competition, the Trojanbots continued their legacy, having won the last two PanPacific championships in addition to the first state championship. Of the five teams that competed, two will be moving on to the world championships in April. Teams 1973B and 1973A placed second and sixth respectively and will continue to compete. “I am very happy that I was able to keep Mililani’s streak of winning the biggest competition in Hawaii going,” said Senior Clayton Dailey, who made up 1973A. As a solo team, Dailey was driver, programmer and builder. Junior Alex Noveloso, captain, driver and programmer of 1973B said, “I am satisfied with our results. Even though we didn’t come out as champions, I learned a lot about teamwork and

robotics and can apply it to the world championship this year.” Noveloso’s teammate, Senior Sean Fitzgerald, served as the coach and builder of 1973B. Compared to the PanPacific championships, the state championship was smaller, only featuring 40 teams from Hawaii, as opposed to having participants from the west coast, China and Taiwan competing. “I liked the PanPacific Championship better because it was an international competition and it was a lot bigger,” said Dailey. Despite the smaller number of people, the teams were still able to reunite with other Hawaii teams. As tournament champion, Dailey formed a three-team alliance to face off against seven other teams, including Team 359A from Waialua and Team 382B from Waiakea Intermediate School in Hilo. “I was very happy I got (an) alliance with 359A because we have been friends (and) rivals ever since freshman year and it was great to win my last VEX robotics tournament with them,” Dailey said. It was the tournament champion award

Photo courtesy of Senior Clayton Dailey

Besides Teams 1973A and 1973B, three other teams from MHS competed in the championships and placed 15th, 22nd and 30th out of the 40 other teams that competed from around the state. that qualified 1973A for the world championship. The competition was the culmination of hours of work put in by the team members. “We spent almost every day this school year preparing for the tournaments so when (the) time to compete at the state tournament came, I

was really stressed,” Noveloso explained, “No matter how much work we put into preparing, it all came down to how we performed at the actual competition.” Fitzgerald recalled similar feelings. “Failing to do well meant that your season was over,” he said, “Unlike previous tour-

naments, this one would be twice as hard with a field that was equally as big.” With the state championships behind them, the teams are now preparing for the world championship to be held in Anaheim, Calif.

Something to remember &



Love can be defined by many things, but true love is something you never forget. Find out some Years married: 3 of MHS teachers’ Valentine’s Day plans: go out to the North Shore and eat at “The Cajun Guy” unforgettable moments and what makes love so special to them. e both liked the brand Volcom, Volcom Stone and it was this rabbit doorstop and this doorstop was made out of, it looked like a stuffed animal, but it was like a rabbit but with the Volcom Stone logos all over it. I sent it to her along with a, you know, some chocolates or something, and yeah she wasn’t really interested in it. But I think that was one of the more memorable moments on Valentine’s Day, I guess (because) I thought she was going to really enjoy her gift, but she ended up really not liking it. But to this day we still have the door stop in our house and it kind of plays as a funny memory for us several years ago.


Photo Cortusey of Genevieve Matsumura





Wife: Marlene Schick Years been together: 7 Valentine’s Day tradition: Writing a poem for his wife

Husband: Clyde Fujimoto Years been together: 39 Anniversary: July

Photo courtesy of Steve Shick


e really don’t spend a lot or make a big deal out of one specific day. Rather what we do is spend all of our money on very expensive vacations. We prefer to spend money in that way. Photo courtesy of Darlene Fujimoto


e used to work for Aloha Airlines, when there was an airline, and so we were lucky enough to be able to take some trips and so we went to Vancouver. I know that was one of the stopping places, or where our hotel was and it was for my birthday. So it was in September one year, and with another couple, good friends of ours, we took a dinner train, which is another experience I’ve never had. And the dinner train was in the evening. And it was the last time that train was going to run ever.

matthew capps Wife: Duriza Belen Capps Idea of a romantic dinner: Steak and mashed potatoes


Louis Darnell Wife: Skye Darnell Years been together: 11 Valentine’s Day Tradition: Eating lasagna


or our wedding, yeah, we were at Honolulu Country Club, and it was beautiful. We had a lion dancer and some taiko drums and it was quite a show.

Photo courtesy of Louis Darnell

Designed by

A. McCann J. Fontenot

Photo courtesy of Matthew Capps

remember in school we did the whole Valentine’s Day you fill out the little card, and say “Would you be my Valentine” and everybody traded them and we actually had class time to do that. Then I was (a teenager) had a girlfriend, always buying her stuff, I guess it’s been the biggest difference between then and now it’s just a lot more of a marketing thing now. Typically I spent 100, 200, 300, couple hundred bucks on a present for my wife and that’s when its used to (be)--I think it was a little more -- idealistic and romantic.


Fiancee: Brianne Rivera Years been together: 10+ years First met: in high school


e’re pretty simple. (For our engagement) I just, well, I put it in a Christmas card. I put my camera on a tripod and put it on the long exposure and just wrote it with the lights. And then put that picture on the Christmas card.

Photo courtesy of Tyson Kikugawa

A Table for Two

Designed by Reagan Paz

If you’re tired of giving flowers, cards and candy on Valentine’s Day, a home-cooked meal can be both a thoughtful and simple gift for your loved one. To help, here are a few recipes that you can make on that special day for that special someone.

Vegetable and chicken pasta

“(The guy I was seeing) taught me how to steam or keep vegetables crispy, even tomatoes I didn’t used to eat. So he knew I liked pasta so he added olive oil or fresh herbs and feta and then gave me crunchy vegetables or tomatoes so this (dish) is me coming into a whole new type of food and eating. And now I put vegetables in everything.”

Lara Katine, parent of Sophomore Risa Askerooth

Ingredients: 1/2 box linguini pasta 1/8 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese 2 ounces feta, cut into small pieces 8 cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup green beans, steamed or broiled 1 tablespoon garlic, diced 1 tablespoon parsley salt to taste 1 chicken breast, cooked until brown

Recipe by Lara Katine, photo by Sophomore Risa Askerooth

“When I first met my boyfriend the only thing I could cook without ruining was macaroni and cheese and toast. Then our first Valentine’s Day rolled around and I had the crazy idea I was going to cook for him. My mother was able to slowly teach me everything she knew about cooking and I was able to make this for my boyfriend and my first Valentine’s Day.”

1. Boil pasta for nine minutes. Drain. 2. Combine green beans, chicken, tomatoes and feta with pasta. 3. Toss with olive oil, parmesan, garlic, parsley and salt.

Broiled steak with mushrooms and onions

Senior Natasha Parowski

Ingredients: 1 bunch of asparagus 1 cup of wild rice 20 to 25 of your favorite type of mushroom 2 onions 5 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup red wine 3 to 4 slices of steak 3 to 4 small tomatoes 2 cups teriyaki sauce

1. Season steaks with salt and pepper and leave to marinate in teriyaki sauce overnight. 2. Slice mushrooms and onions and sautee in a large pan on a hight heat. Add olive oil. 3. Cook until almost all water is gone. 4. Add wine (all the alcohol will cook off). 5. Boil/cook rice and leave in pot to keep warm. 6. Blanche asparagus and add lemon juice when on plate. 7. Broil steaks for three minutes of each side for rare, four for medium, five for well-done. 8. Let meat rest for five minutes then plate steak, mushroom topping, rice and asparagus. 9. Slice up tomatoes and add to plate for extra color.

Shrimp over mushroom alfredo pasta

Recipe and photo by Senior Iris Corrales

Recipe and photo by Senior Natasha Parowski

“Fifteen years ago,my dad wanted to cook something nice for my mom on Valentine’s Day. It was their first Valentine’s together and this is similar to what he made for her.” Senior Iris Corrales

Ingredients: 4 pieces of jumbo shrimp 2 cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons butter Pinch of garlic salt and black pepper For alfredo sauce: 1/2 cup of butter One 8 ounce package cream cheese 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 cups of milk 6 ounces grated parmesan cheese 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 box of penne pasta (if you want to be cute, use mini penne) 1 cup of sliced mushroom Green onions

1. Boil pasta for nine minutes, drain when done. 2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic power until smooth. Gradually add in milk until smooth. 3. Stir in parmesan cheese and pepper. Remove from heat when done. 4. Remove the shell from the shrimp and cut the cherry tomato in half. On a skewer, take the back end of one shrimp and place it through. After the first shrimp, skew the half cut tomato followed by the inside of the shrimp so it looks like a heart. 5. Season the shrimp with garlic salt and black pepper. In a separate non-stick frying pan, melt two tablespoons of butter. Add mushrooms then add two more tablespoons of butter to fry the shrimp. 6. Put all on a plate then serve.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

a performance for the pros: york chosen by nfl as coach of the year By Reagan Paz


ach year, the National Football League (NFL) selects one high school football coach from each state to be honored as Coach of the Year. For the first time, Hawaii’s recipient was varsity football Head Coach Roderick York. Although he was selected for his achievements as a coach, York feels the award serves as recognition for the MHS football program. “I’m excited for our school because we represent Mililani High School and our football team and the kids are doing a great job and the coaches are doing a hell of a job (and I’m) just proud of everybody,” he said. York’s players, however, feel he is well qualified for the award. “He’s

Photo courtesy of Roderick York

just good all around like on the field, he knows the play calls, he knows how to handle situations, but then off the field he takes good care of the players, he’s helpful around the community, and I think that’s what played into choosing him for the coach of the year,” said Junior Rex Manu, who has known York for four years. Apart from being a good coach, York knows how to connect with his players. “Coach York had the biggest impact on my high school career off the field. He was with me throughout all my struggles and is basically like my second father,” said Senior Dayton Furuta, who has known York since his eighth grade year. Manu added, “Throughout the years here and there, he would say ‘what’s up’ and sometimes that friendly smile can make This is York’s first your day so that helps too, time winning the and he’s just a good person, award and the first time like a good friend.” MHS has been recognized Winning the award is by a national organization. York’s motivation to do well He was invited to the 2014 during the football season. Pro Bowl practice and game “The feeling of that ten at Aloha Stadium. minutes in the final quarter

Photo courtesy of MHS varsity football Head Coach Roderick York

(L-R): Seniors Ian Herold-Namu and Dayton Furuta, former San Francisco 49ers Offensive Guard and Center Jesse Sapolu, Sophomore Vavae Malepeai and MHS varsity football Head Coach Roderick York at the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. when we scored those two touchdowns (in the state championship) and we look up in the stage and the gold and brown is roaring, it’s the whole sideline of Mililani, we’ve never seen that, ever,” York expressed. York feels his success comes from the team’s success and the support from the Mililani community. “It takes a village to raise one child,” he said, “(I credit) the entire Mililani High School and the kids’ parents, and ultimately, the kids because if the kids don’t do it, then I’m a bad coach, and if the kids do it, all of a sudden I’m a good coach.” His players, though,

believe it was his dedication that set him apart. “I feel coach received this award because he’s a great man on and off the field. He cares about us as if we were his own children,” said Furuta, “Coach York has accomplished many things as head coach of Mililani High School but one thing you can’t measure is his heart. He would do anything for us.” York was honored at the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26 and will be travelling to the NFL Hall of Fame Game in the summer. York looks forward to preparing for next season, determined to clinch the state title.

hawaii all-stars score fourth win at samoa bowl xi By Risa Askerooth

Seniors Robert Faleafine Jr., Ian Herold-Namu, Jacob Afele and Mata Leota became part of the 41 football players from across Hawaii to compete in Samoa Bowl XI on Dec. 28. They not only brought home a 22-15 score that marked a victory for the Hawaii All-Stars for the first time in seven years, they were also able to connect themselves to the Samoan culture. “I feel more in touch with who I am now, because of that trip. Because I’ve seen where my dad came from and I know what my bloodline

Photo courtesy of Offensive Coordinator Amosa Amosa

The purpose of the Samoa Bowl is not only to compete, but to serve as a means of bringing players from Hawaii and Samoa together. is and my heritage and it’s just a good feeling to know that part,” said Namu, who played safety. “I’m so proud of my Samoan culture and I want to continue to display what our culture’s about: the respect, the love, the people,” added Offensive Coordinator Amosa Amosa. Football players are eligible to participate in the annual Samoa Bowl if they are of Samoan or Polynesian an-

cestry, although the selections are ultimately made based on a player’s caliber and skill. To prepare for the game against the Samoa All-Stars, held at Tafuna High School’s football stadium, the Hawaii All-Stars attended practices both prior to and during their time in American Samoa. Although called “the best team” from Hawaii of the 11 years by Amosa, by no means was the game an easy victory

for the Hawaii All-Stars. “We had a horrible first half basically, we couldn’t get anything going. So it was nice and the second half of the game was strong,” expressed Faleafine, “It was nice to actually feel the momentum coming on our side for once.” Hawaii’s victory was sealed when the final touchdown was scored by Amosa’s son, Campbell Senior Amosa Amosa Jr., who had previous-

ly attended the Samoa Bowl as a spectator when he was in sixth grade, seven years ago, the last time Hawaii had won. “I was so happy for our team (when we won) because there was a lot of pressure on us when we go down to Samoa,” said Amosa Amosa Sr., “For us to come out with the win, I really thought our kids did a good job.”




Thursday, February 13, 2014

OIA shutout: JV baseball wins championship 10-0 By Karen Neill

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Pitcher Sophomore Jaydon Arakawa helps to bring his team one step closer to winning the OIA championship title.

On Saturday Jan. 25, the JV baseball team hit the ball out of the park in their match against the Campbell High School Sabers in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championships with a final score of 10-0. OIA champions, the JV baseball team finished their season with an undefeated record of 12-0. “I really feel they stepped up their game and really played awesome baseball. Defensively we were solid and, as always, offensively we were hitting the ball,” said Head Coach Gainor Nitta. The team played Campbell once during the season and won with a similar outcome of 10-1. “We hear about them, especially during the season,” said pitcher Sophomore Jace Nakama, “They are always a tough town to play, just the fact that they’re all big guys.” They feel however that playing against them beforehand helped them prepare for the championship. “Having the knowledge of playing them before kind of helped us know what was expected out of them and what our game plan was going into the game,” Nakama explained.

With such a large crowd watching, especially at a home game, the players felt an immense amount of pressure from not only their coaches but their community. Fortunately they used this to their advantage. “Playing under pressure is actually a better thing for us,” Nakama explained, “We like to play with a big crowd because it kind of gives us that intensity and that adrenaline going through your body. They made us play a little better.” The team attributes their accomplishment to their ability to come together and work hard, while not forgetting to enjoy themselves. “I couldn’t have (asked) for a better crop of kids to coach. This year I decided to approach the season with a different mentality, have fun. Having fun brings out the best in their ability,” said Nitta. “No one was for themselves,” said pitcher Sophomore Jaydon Arakawa, “Everyone was a team player.” As champions, the team redeemed themselves after last season, where they were unable to make it into playoffs. Nitta hopes his team learned that having fun can lead to success and to retain the championship crown next season, beginning a new legacy at MHS.

Streamlined OIA performance propels swim team to state competition By Timothy Leoncio

The MHS boys and girls swimming and diving team continued Mililani’s winning legacy and took part in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championship finals on Jan. 31 at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center, placing 16 students into consideration for the upcoming state-level competition. “We all worked and this whole season we all pushed each other so we can be the best and at OIAs we kinda showed that we were the best,” said distance swimmer Sophomore Brandee Schiller, “We all had that mindset where if you do your best, you’re already a winner.” Competing at the meet was a rightfully challenging experience for the students. Relay swimmer Senior Michael McGuire stated, “We figured we gotta get a little more excited about this meet if we want to do better, so eventually it did kick in and we started swimming harder.”

Head Coach Ryan Micale added to the sentiment, “The competition was tough. There were several very talented teams.” The increased level of intensity for practice yielded commendable results as all of the competitors cut their times, advancing their team’s overall standing. The boys team went from third ranked in the state to second, while the girls team went from fifth ranked in the state to fourth. “This year, because our ultimate goal was getting to that state tournament with as many people as possible, we didn’t quite rest as much, we didn’t quite taper as much,” said Micale, “And it seemed to pay off especially in the relays. Most of the swimmers had their best times especially in the shorter distance and sprint events.” Their bolstered performance allowed for 16 MHS swimmers to be brought into consideration for the upcoming state-level competition to be held on Feb. 14 and 15 at the Kamehameha School campus on Hilo. “I’m

stoked,” said Schiller, “It was a lot better than last year. I dropped a whole lot of time. It was great.” McGuire added, “I didn’t get any slower which is a good thing, but now that I know that I can actually rotate, that’s gonna help me drop a lot of time at states, which is what I’m really looking forward to.” Regardless of the outcome at the state-level swim meet, the team still felt great pride in their accomplishments. “I’m pretty proud of how our team did this past season,” said relay swimmer Senior Kylie Tom, “We

all did good, we pulled our weight and did the best we could.” Also proud of the team’s success, Micale said, “The best part of the season is what I’m most impressed with seeing, just the best moment altogether, was seeing 16 people placed on the state roster. Having that many swimmers with fantastic times that I can take to states is fantastic.” As the state tournament rapidly approaches, the team hopes to keep focus and hone in on perfecting their technique to continue their distinctive performance.

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Senior Kevin Frifeldt, Junior Jakob Dewald and Freshman Darah Ann Miyashita are to compete in individual events at the state level.

of the

By Jesika Henson

Children often grow up looking up to their fathers and Point Guard Senior Mikaela Limper is no exception, and began playing basketball intending to follow in her father’s footsteps. “I look up to my dad,” Limper said, “I just wanted to go in his footsteps, and just the love for the game kept me going.” Inspired by her father, Limper began playing when she was six years old. Once she started, she never stopped. “(My dad) played basketball growing up and he played all through high school,” Limper said, “He went into college expecting to play all four years, but (suffered) a careerending injury in his freshman year, so he couldn’t play.” Limper is always looking for ways to improve herself, especially during practices. “If she misses a pass or shot in practice, you’ll see her on the side at a water break working on it until she gets it absolutely perfect,” said Forward Junior Summer Bolibol, “We all look up to her.” As team captain, Limper makes it a point to push herself to create an example for her teammates to follow. “(Limper’s) work ethic and unselfishness is really what makes her a great player,” said Head Coach Patrick Basilio, “She’s an extremely hard worker, never quits, always has a positive outlook.” After graduation, Limper will be playing basketball at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

JV basketball team wins OIA title against undefeated Rams, 32-31

Vanessa Panetta | Na Manao Poinaole

Although this year’s team was very young, with nine freshmen and only two returnees, the girls didn’t let the age barriers stop them from forming close friendships with each other and working as a team. By Kiana Caranto

MHS’ JV girls basketball team competed against the undefeated Radford Rams in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Red championship game at Radford High School on Jan. 18. Although they went in as underdogs,

they left the court with the OIA Red title. “I feel we played really good. I think that was one of our best games we played the entire season,” said Center Freshman Katherine Asbery. The team experienced a rough start to the game, down by five points in the first couple of minutes. How-

ever, at the end of the first quarter they were up 12-10. They went on to score almost double the points Radford managed in the second quarter, ending the half with a score of 20-15. During the second half they started to tie up, giving Radford the opportunity to score double the points they did in the

fourth quarter. “That’s where we had a little bit too much turnovers in that last half, and a lot of it was unforced turnovers,” said Head Coach Daryl Kawamoto. However, they managed to hold on and ended the game with a score of 32-31. Making it to the finals meant a lot to the girls. Since the OIA developed a system where two west and two east teams play in the playoffs, no Division I JV team from the west has ever made it to the final game. The team defeated Roosevelt in the first round of the playoffs, setting them up for a place in the final against Radford. “I basically told them, ‘We came this far. Yeah we lost to them twice, get revenge on our side. They’re undefeated and yeah, I know we’re underdogs but I expect to win,’” said Kawamoto. Many on the team were nervous before the game and unsure if they would be able to clinch the win. “I actually thought that we were gonna have a really hard time against them, and we were gonna be a little bit intimidated,” said Point Guard and

Guard Sophomore Megan Shimabukuro. Despite their anticipation and the strength of the opposing team, the team was confident in their abilities. “Most of the girls did their job. I mean, we had small breakdowns here and there, a little bit too much turnovers, but I believe they played together well. The girls performed how we wanted them to,” said Kawamoto. However, the hardest part for the girls was staying mentally strong and not getting distracted, which they were able to accomplish. “Our weakness is actually our mental part of the game. (Skill-wise) we (were) decent but we had a lot to work on mentally,” said Kawamoto. Shimabukuro added, “ I was surprised at how well we played together and how relaxed we were instead of being nervous and intimidated.” The players will take from this season positive experiences both on and off the court and are already working on improvements for next season.

JV girls soccer scores 14th consecutive OIA championship By Jacob Chang

With a 13-year legacy riding on their shoulders, the Lady Trojans JV girls soccer team challenged the Chargers of Pearl City High School for the JV championship title at John Kauinana Stadium on Jan. 18. With a final score of 4-2, this win marked the 14th consecutive time that MHS has taken home the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) title. “I’m really happy I was a part of (this legacy) because it’s something that we (hope to) continue for a really long time,” said Co-Captain and Center Middle-Back Sophomore Taylee Miyamura. Co-Captain and Center-Back Sophomore Mayalin Nakasone added, “It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m so proud of my team for all of the hard work they put in this season.” The game started off with a kickoff by Pearl City but Mililani soon took possession of the ball. After several attempts in the beginning of first half, the Lady Trojans finally succeeded in scoring a goal against the Chargers. A few minutes later the Lady Trojans scored another

goal, leaving the score at 2-0 Mililani. Entering the second half, Pearl City and Mililani struggled for the ball, resulting in a back-and-forth second half, eventually leaving the final score at 4-2 with goals scored by Outside Midfielder Freshman Jacie Nakazato, Center Mid and Backup Goalkeeper Freshman Jacie Kuniyoshi, Forward Freshman Marisa Matsuo and Outside Midfielder Sophomore Haley Hamamura. Despite the 13-year-long streak, the game was no easy win and the girls had to overcome many obstacles to earn their victory. “We had lots of injuries. (In the beginning of the season) we had no keepers (since) both of our keepers were injured for the majority of the season,” said Nakasone, “We had to have field players in the goal which was very difficult for them and for all of us.” In the game itself, the Lady Trojans were forced to adapt to the aggressive approach of Pearl City. “(The girls) played (extraordinarily). They played fast and they adapted to the physical style of Pearl City and they held their ground even though the game was (a) rollercoaster,” said Head Coach Natalie

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Outside Midfielder Freshman Jacie Nakazato (right), one of the 14 freshman on the team drove down the field before taking a shot on goal, scoring a point for the Lady Trojans in the first half of the game. Goo. Miyamura added, “We tried to treat it as a regular game, so that we would play our game and we wouldn’t panic or anything. We kept our composure and played our game instead of theirs.” With many of last year’s players being moved up to the varsity team, the JV team was left with only eight returning players and 14 freshmen. With so many new faces, the team had to make many adjustments before

going into the season. “It was definitely nerve-wracking in the beginning because we didn’t know what was going to happen and how we were going to play together,” said Nakasone, “(But) this (season’s) win felt sweeter than last year because we know that this was our final year playing JV and we just wanted to make our season the best.” The girls attribute their success throughout the

season to working together and thinking as a team both on and off the field. “The relationship between all of us definitely helped and we also worked hard at practice to get ready for each of the teams we played,” said Defender Sophomore Kayli Chun. With 14 OIA titles under their belt, the Lady Trojans are looking toward adding a 15th title to their legacy next year as many of the girls prepare for the summer league.

Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to be the student voice and to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations. Editor-in-Chief April-Joy McCann Managing Editor Reagan Paz Design Editor Jessica Fontenot Copy Editor Ireland Castillo Photography Editor Kiana Caranto Video Editor Timothy Leoncio Opinions Editor Russell Omo Online Editor Lauren Barbour News Editor Risa Askerooth Features Editor Makanalani Yamanoha Business Manager Danielle Guevarra Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Mr. Fred Murphy Staff Jacob Balatico Harlie Bates-Hudgin Jacob Chang Vivian Fang Jesika Henson Janelle Lau Karen Neill Katherine Ozawa Harlan Rose

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By Russell Omo

Among the things that celebrate the splendor of humanity’s passion for compassion, nothing, and absolutely nothing, compares to that of the American Valentine’s Day. For it is on this one occasion that couples and lovers across the nation can celebrate the euphoria of being couples and lovers. But the old traditions have long since passed, and now a new age of Valentine’s has been ushered in, a time where love has been optimized and convenienced so that everyone can share in the romance. No longer is there a need for us to write little notes or have to grow our own flowers to give to our lovers, or to take the time to make thought-out gifts. In this day and age of technology and the advent of consumerism, the martyrdom of these tedious tasks and trivial procedures are but a figment of archaism. With some money to spend, a sliver of time

and a second of thought, the perfect Valentine’s Day can be crafted. The traditional card has evolved from pen and paper and the painstaking time it takes to think of an original idea and even to that of the convenient mass production of drugstore holiday cards with charming pre-written messages. Everything can be digitized, including love. Perhaps this Valentine’s you should send your love a personal e-card to show your admiration. A handwritten letter with messy penmanship pales in comparison to a baboon wearing a pair of heart-shaped glasses saying the words, “I’m bananas for you.” The charm here is that baboons are known for having bananas as a part of their diet but at the same time, using the word “bananas” in this manner also connotes to “crazy.” It’s a nuance that a meager letter cannot achieve, unless by chance you have a skill in illustrating primates. The spirit of Christmas giving has made its way to

Murrica! By Russell Omo and Timothy Leoncio

Valentine’s, making this day of romance also a day of anticipation where one can hope they will get the gift that wasn’t on sale during Black Friday. Flowers surely must have been a great gift to give centuries ago, but that’s only because Steve Jobs wasn’t there to bless the world with iPads. And unlike flowers that rot in less than a week, iPads last forever (or at least until the next model comes out). And what is Valentine’s Day without chocolate? The definitive edible treat of love can be bought from reliable and trusted vendors, places such as the local Walmart, where the shelves are covered with pink and red colors of delectables that are safe for any wallet and hopefully, any stomach. But if M&Ms and Snickers bars aren’t what you or your lover are craving on Valentine’s, perhaps try a more exotic treat: a Valentine’s heart-shaped box of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. However, the true beauty of Valentine’s Day does not

come from the gifts that lovers shower one another with, it comes from the fact that one is left out of the festivities. For those who don’t have partners, watching others enjoy their relationships will serve as a reminder of how fun love is and how lonely and empty their lives are in comparison and give them the extra motivation to go out and get someone to love and who will maybe love them back. A person doesn’t even need to leave their home in order to experience Valentine’s because romantic comedies cover mostly every channel that tell the timeless stories of how Matthew McConaughey met a woman and how a woman met Matthew McConaughey. This experience is best had with a bucket of ice cream and pondering thoughts of achieving nirvana and of what could have been. I should know. This is my plan for Valentine’s.

C&CC Senior Announcements:

Applications If you have not submitted any applications yet, please see Mrs. Yamamoto, Mrs. Toyota or Ms. Kato as soon as possible. There are still opportunities available to you. Submit Scholarship/Award Letters to C&CC If you have received a scholarship or financial award from a school or organization, forward a copy of it to C&CC, whether you are accepting it or not. We will add the information to our year-end report and you will be recognized in the graduation program.

INFORMATION money means less money out of your pocket. May 1 – Reply to Colleges May 1 is the universal reply date to colleges. In addition, this is not a postmarked deadline, so schools need to receive your enrollment plans by that date. Most schools will need a final transcript as well, so don’t forget to submit your transcript request.

FAFSA – Financial Aid The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides the foundation for the college financial aid process. Colleges, including community colleges, and many scholarship foundations use the report generated Selective Service: All males by the FAFSA to evaluate an 18 years of age must register applicant’s financial need. In order to qualify for federal You must file the FAFSA even student loans and grants, job if you seek only grants or training and employment, subsidized loans. Request for males 18 years of age must forms or complete the form register with Selective Seronline at vice. Go to for more Filing your FAFSA online information. results in much faster need evaluations. Each college Scholarships Posted on has a deadline and most aid Edline is awarded on a first-come, Check Edline or our bulletin first-served basis, so file your board for the latest scholarFAFSA today! ship listing. Any scholarship

Upcoming FAFSA Help Nights at MHS It will be held at 6 p.m. at the H-Building computer lab. We have partnered with UH West Oahu in helping our families complete their FAFSA. Register on the C&CC page on Edline to attend one of these evening events – Feb. 12, Feb. 20 and March 6. Don’t Forget Your Thank Yous! As this school year is quickly coming to an end, don’t forget to send a thank you note to the teachers and/or counselors who helped you submit letters of recommendation and school report forms. Other Announcements: Tuesday, March 4 – ACT/ PLAN/EXPLORE Test Day Mark this date in your planners! We will be administering these tests to grades nine to 11 on March 4. We will follow a Wednesday bell schedule that day. More information will be forthcoming via advisory. Junior English Class Visits Mrs. Yamamoto is done visiting Junior English classes.

College planning, course planning, college entrance tests, resume/essay writing, NCAA, etc. was covered. If you were absent on that day, please see Mrs. Yamamoto in C&CC to get the information shared. Students and/or their parents are encouraged to make an appointment if they have any questions or concerns. SAT/ACT College Entrance Exams Underclassmen should sign up for the SAT or ACT. Go to or to sign up for the appropriate test. Our school’s CEEB code is 120-197. ASVAB Testing – Grades 10 to 12 Only – April 16 We will be offering the ASVAB on April 16 at 1 p.m. Sign up in C&CC. 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. Students should have a 3.0 minimum

receive an academic and athletic scholarship to a university. As a student who never earned less than a 3.8 GPA in high school, she credits Mrs. Sherilyn Lau, her cheerleading coach and business teacher; Mrs. Judy Taparra, another cheerleading coach; and Math teacher Mr. Glenn Nanbu who, she claims, “made me grow up quickly” with his mantra, “I not going do it for you, you better learn how and help yourself.” But her favorite subject was marketing. One reason was because she had to engage in many impromptu business scenarios which allowed her to “use my acting skills!” She loved the challenges and “putting on a show.” Students in this marketing class were the first to organize a student-run store in L building that sold school supplies, snacks, and some clothing. Her accomplishments didn’t stop there. Renesha Kierstedt explodes with pride when describing how she feels about Mililani High School. “Being a graduate from Mililani High School is an honor. The programs, teachers, staff mem-

bers, students and athletes provide the bond that creates a great family. This school has always been the best public school on the island. Overall, Mililani is a Class Act…all the time.” Kierstedt has been a teacher for 10 years and coach for 14 here at MHS. The varsity cheerleading team has won one state (four times runner up) and nine national championships—making her the winningest Trojan coach ever. It’s no wonder since one of her cheerleaders, Kayla Moniz, says sincerely, “She’s not just a great coach and ‘second mom’ to us, she’s an inspiring mentor! She even encouraged me to pursue my dream to be a professional dancer and didn’t demand that I make cheerleading my whole life. She truly supports our other interests.” Coach Kierstedt herself claims, “My cheerleaders are trained to know and believe they have the will and power to make a difference and create a better world not only for themselves but for others. I hold the words ‘Trojan Legacy’ close to my heart; not only am I a dedicated Trojan, I have raised

GPA. Come to C&CC for more information, or visit College Planning Appointments Make an appointment to discuss post-high school plans. Appointments can be scheduled during the school day, before school or after school. Contact Mrs. Denise Yamamoto to schedule a student and/or parent appointment. Fee Waivers Available Students on free or reduced lunch are available for SAT, ACT and NCAA Clearinghouse fee waivers. See Mrs. Yamamoto, and pick up your fee waiver. College Fair The National College Fair will be held on April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with representatives from visiting schools. For more information, visit Compiled by College and Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto

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Trojan Legacy, One Graduate at a Time If the Trojan Legacy is in the embodiment of persons who continue to “give back” to Mililani High School, Special Education teacher and cheerleading coach Renesha Kierstedt is a perfect example. Not only does she represent excellence in character and service, she professes to “bleed brown and gold!” Every single graduate interviewed in this series fondly remembers and longs for the homecoming bonfires of yesteryear. Beyond that, Kierstedt belonged to the graduating class of 1993 that celebrated the 20th anniversary of Mililani High School by having commencement ceremonies on campus for the last time. Her high school career includes being a cheerleader all four years and captain twice; being president of the African American club and first dance club at MHS; graduating with honors; receiving an HPU scholarship; and proudly being the first person in her family to graduate from MHS who did “not attend Store Front!!!” she emphatically announced. She was also the first in her family to

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my own children to soon become Trojan Legacy holders—to make a difference and be remembered in a way that makes the world shine!” As a successful coach, teacher and mother of two, she has sage advice to offer Mililani students: 1) “Be more conscious of your actions and accept consequences. 2) Take pride in your education; don’t take it for granted. 3) Take charge of your future and don’t be afraid to step “out of the box” and face challenges. 4) You only go to high school once so create memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.” Renesha Kierstedt is a remarkable woman that we are so lucky to have as a leader of our school, one who epitomizes the Trojan spirit in her pride and gratitude for all that is Mililani High School. Let’s follow her lead and “bleed” a little brown and gold ourselves! Compiled by English Teacher Darlene Fujimoto

“The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa Meghan Chase never really felt normal, but when her best friend takes her to a new world to find her brother, she doesn’t realize who she is facing. “The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa takes you on a crazy, humorous and exciting journey through the Nevernever. She realizes that the world of Fey consists of the summer and winter courts, the Wyldwoods and the war that is brewing with the iron fey. As Meghan searches for her brother, she realizes that she is the daughter of the powerful faery king of summer and she must face the Iron King, Machina. She also meets a prince named Ash and finds out that her best friend Robbie is the infamous Robin Goodfellow (better known as Puck) from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Full of snappy remarks and interesting characters, “The Iron King” will make you want more of Meghan’s story. Compiled by Sophomore Zoe Tengan


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YOUR LIBS BE MAD! Create your own story for this lonely prince. Just fill in the blanks with any words that you desire and let your imagination take flight.

Once upon a time, there was a __________ prince. His name was adjective

__________. He was lonely, so he went to ask the __________ Wizard, name


__________, for advice. The Wizard said to search for his __________ name


love. The Prince searched __________ for a __________, until he met adverb

time period

the one. She was __________, __________, and __________. The adjective



Prince said “__________” to her. The girl __________ in response and one word greeting

verb (past tense)

said “_________________________.” However, the prince had bought snarky response

her a __________. The girl __________ the gift and __________ at the noun

verb (past tense)

verb (past tense)

prince. They __________ away together to the land of __________ and verb (past tense)

__________. They lived __________ ever after. verb (past tense)



Plethora By Timothy Leoncio

Fill in the missing numbers making sure each row, column and box has every number from 1 to 9.

7 1 9 8 5 6 9 9 2 3 6 7 4 1 2 6 3 5 9 6 1 7 2 2 6 4 3 9 8 1 2 7 5 DOUBLETS

Invented by Lewis Carroll, doublets test your vocabulary and logic. Turn the first word into the last by changing the word one letter at a time.



_______ ... dining

_______ The clothing store

_______ straight

_______ night sky

_______ on a road

_______ to watch

_______ lions have one _______ ... in China _______ mean, median and _______ relocate


_______ old chips _______ style with an “i”


By Me For Me By Jesika Henson


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