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Science Bowl team finds challenge at state contest By Noah Perales-Estoesta

Multiple valedictorian policy devalues title

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Four students from MHS competed and placed 12th in the 16th annual Hawaii Science Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Honolulu Community College (HCC), winning $50 for the Science Department. Twenty-four teams from

high schools around the state participated in the “Jeopardy”-like measure of students’ knowledge in multiple areas of science. Advised by Science Teacher Namthip Sitachitta and comprising Junior Cyrus Takahashi and Seniors Continued on page 2


Kalani Koa pulls through islandwide competition By Angelica Sewake

High school bands showcase their musical talents in this season’s Brown Bags to Stardom (BBTS) 2008-2009 islandwide competition. The contest features various local bands who earned the privilege

to compete in this event. The school recognizes four of its students who have made it to the next level in challenging other skilled bands. Seniors Hideki Aoki, Kaohu Detwiler, Kupono Detwiler and Kainoa Rallita are members of the band known as Continued on page 4

Presidential Inauguration

Four MHS students get historic opportunity

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Kelly Steinfelt, 10

Kelsi Watanabe, 9

Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC)

Washington Workshops

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Lia Nakao, 12

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Students’ Japanese New Year cards place in state contest

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Photo courtesy of Kelsi Watanabe

By Noah Perales-Estoesta

Freshmen David Nakao and Kelsi Watanabe, Sophomore Kelly Stinefelt and Senior Lia Nakao were all live witnesses to an event of unprecedented historic significance. They were four of an estimated 1.4 million people who attended Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. The inauguration, which took place on the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, was preceded by three days of preinauguration events, including a reenactment of Lincoln’s pre-inauguration train ride, a national day of service projects urged by President Obama in honor of Martin Luther

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King, Jr. and two concerts entitled “We Are One” and “Kids’ Inaugural: We are the Future.” Stinefelt traveled to D.C. with the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC), which comprised over 7,000 students from around the country. Her inauguration experience began on Jan. 18 at the Lincoln Memorial with the “We Are One” concert, the musical acts of which included Beyonce, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi and Shakira. “It was pretty crowded there and there (were) a lot of people. Even at the opening ceremony, it was hard to get a good view,” she said. Watanabe attended the inauguration with the Washington Workshops study group. She received an invitation from the group having traveled to D. C. with them the previous school year.


Of her pre-inaugural experience, Watanabe said, “I had the option of going to (a) concert, but I chose to go to the museums instead.” D. and L. Nakao, whose family had campaigned for President Obama prior to his victory in the November election, traveled to D.C. with their parents and older brother. The siblings attended the “We are the Future” concert at the Verizon center on Jan. 19, which was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and featured musical acts such as Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. “There was a lot of energy; everybody seemed really excited to be there,” said L. Nakao. Continued on page 6

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for the past three months. We meet ... two times a week and ... durthe break.” MHS Science Bowl Team Scoreboard ing Each match consisted of two Mililani vs. Kealakehe Mililani vs. Pearl City eight-minute rounds, in which 114 110 82 56 teams were asked questions Mililani vs. Aiea Mililani vs. Waiakea from one of the eight categories. 128 40 74 96 “There are two types of quesMililani vs. Punahou Mililani vs. Iolani (2) tions; toss up questions and bo40 112 30 114 nus questions,” Angelica Sewake | Trojan Times explained Mocz, Wins Losses (Left to right) Seniors Kent Yamada and Ben Tanimoto, who served as Science Teacher Namthip Sitachitta and Junior Cyrus team captain. “If 3 3 Takahashi. Not shown: Senior Lucia Mocz. someone in our team (answered) Lucia Mocz, Ben Tanimoto earth science ... and math,” entered this year. “It seemed a toss up question correctly, and Kent Yamada, the team’s she said. The Hawaii Science like a good year to suggest our team (was) eligible for participation in last month’s Bowl is branched off from it (and) Sitachitta is a really the follow up bonus question event marked the first time the National Science bowl, great teacher; she goes the … We (could) collaborate MHS was involved in the first launched in 1991 and extra mile for her students amongst our team on bonus competition. sponsored by the U.S. De- and took on a lot of respon- questions, but (as team cap “(Science Bowl is) a tour- partment of Energy. sibility putting together our tain, I’d) have to verbally tell nament (that measures) how Sitachitta was informed first team,” said Tanimoto. the judges that answer.” Toss much students know about of the competition by Tan- “I just thought that our up questions were worth science,” explained Sitachit- imoto, one of her students students are pretty good and four points and bonus questa. “It covers (seven) areas … whose father, an HCC em- (that) I just wanted to give it tions worth ten. chemistry, biology, physics, ployee, encouraged Tanimoto a shot,” explained Sitachitta. Each competing team astronomy, general science, to see to it that an MHS team “We have been preparing was grouped into one of four

divisions for the first five matches. The top three teams from each division were allowed to compete in the top 12. MHS placed third in its division, defeating Kealakehe, Aiea and Pearl City, but losing to Waiakea and eventual first-place winner Punahou. The team then competed in two rounds to determine places nine through twelve. After losing to Iolani in the first round, MHS was set to compete for 11th place with Sacred Hearts, but was forced to forfeit and accept 12th due to scheduling conflicts that disenabled a team member from competiting. Despite the forfeit, Sitachitta remained proud of her team. “This (was) our first time. We didn’t know what to expect and then it was great that we got the award ... Next year, definitely, I will start early ... I know what to expect and I will definitely have two teams ready,” she said. If MHS’s performance in its first year in the competition is any indication, next year’s teams are sure to find even greater success.

Mocz named as regional finalist in Siemens Competition By Kelli-Anne Ho

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As the single competitor from Hawaii, Senior Lucia Mocz has yet another attainment to add to her long list of achievements, this time having placed as a Regional Finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The competition was held at Caltech back in December and Siemens provided Mocz a free trip to compete. Mocz, who recently entered her project on Quantum Exit Probability in the Pacific Science Symposium, also en-

tered it into the Siemens Competition. “The goal of my project was to develop new algorithms and methods to give robot scientists and researchers a fast and economic way to correct aerial, terrestrial and underwater images for autonomous robot navigation and other scientific applications,” explained Mocz. Siemens judges its competitors in three different aspects, the first being a presentation. “I presented a power point of my project (and) said a twelve minute speech,” said Mocz. “Twelve minutes is

actually a really, really short time, so I had to cut down ... to fit in that time frame (and) ... I had to make my presentation entertaining for the general public and educational for the researcher judges.” For the second portion of the competition, the judges bring the competitor into a private room for a question and answer session. “They can ask almost anything there. Usually they really grill you on your method asking ‘why’ more than ‘how.’ You have to have knowledge of everything related to that field …” explained Mocz.

The third segment is how the competitor interacts with the public and the media. “… We are scored on our interview techniques and our interaction with the general public during the poster session where anyone can come by and ask us to explain our projects to them,” said Mocz. From placing as a Regional Finalist, Mocz was awarded with a $1000 scholarship and has shown that hard work along with the perseverance to succeed has paid off and those qualities are sure to be worthy assets in her future.

Shakespeare expressed, revisited through school monologue presentation By Faith Brown

On Jan. 22 the three winners of the fifth annual Shakespeare Competition at MHS were announced. Out of the handful of people who competed, the first, second and third place winners were, respectively, Seniors Joel Libed and David Teraoka and Junior Shelby Benson. For the contest, the participants prepared a memorized Shakespearean monologue of 20 lines or less and performed in front of a panel of judges. The judges were given spe-

cific areas to critique. English Teacher Jamie Rolfsmeyer, who organized the event, stated, “Some of the things we tell them to look for is understanding so that you can tell the kid knows what they’re saying, how well they express and communicate that understanding, and how well they are understood.” Those who placed acted out a range of pieces. Libed performed the scene of Romeo’s death and his proclamation of love to Juliet. Teraoka acted a love poem from the “Twelfth Night.” Benson performed a contrasting piece,

embodying the character of Portia Brutus’ wife from “Julius Caesar.” English Teacher LisaAnne Tsuruda, a judge, commented on the performances, “I like seeing high school kids tackle Shakespeare’s works and how they internalize it and they make it their own … The three of them really understood the characters and they became the characters.” Libed stated, “I am actually really happy because I really want to go to states and then nationals. I think with hard work and dedication I could do that ... that is like my

goal right now.” To prepare for the state level Libed must memorize a sonnet. He chose to perform Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare, which he had previously memorized as an assignment in Tsuruda’s class. The state competition will be held on March 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Manoa Valley Theater and is free and open to the public. The winner of states will travel to the national competition in New York. The winner from there will be awarded the opportunity to study abroad in England, where

they will have the chance to work with Shakespearean actors. This ultimate prize is the driving motivation for many participants. “The winner is usually the one who is very flamboyant ... and is comical or very dramatic. That is why the real introspective kind of characters cannot win,” commented Tsuruda on the expected character of state winners. With Libed’s natural ease at performing his monologue he has a sure chance at obtaining his goal and competing in the national competition.



FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Winning nengajoo honor Year of the Ox By Caitlin Kuroda

Once again, MHS has proven itself in terms of artistic talent, as the nengajoo (Japanese New Year cards) of three students – Sophomore

William Gaul and Seniors Darian Oshiro and Jasmine Pang – placed in the annual statewide contest put on by the Hawaii Herald. Pang and Gaul placed first and second, respectively in the “Most Artistic” category, and Oshiro’s

William Gaul, 10 Second place - Most Artistic

Darian Oshiro, 12 Third place - Most Original

nengajoo was chosen as third place for “Most Original.” Each year students taking Japanese are required to complete a card that contains a traditional greeting and a drawing that relates to the New Year’s animal – this

year being the Ox – and Japanese New Year customs. “For the Japanese New Year, it’s the most important celebration for them,” said World Languages Teacher JoAnn Kanda. “They send out New Year’s cards, and billions are sent out every year, so … as part of the culture “We don’t really celebrate Japanese standard, we try culture at our house ... So (doing the to do this.” nengajoo) makes me more familiar Kanda and other Japanese with the culture through research.” teachers choose -Jasmine Pang, 12 nengajoo that are exceptionally artistic and fit well into one of the three categories (“Most Artistic,” “Most Humorous” and “Most Original”) and then enter them. Pang, who has had her several nengajoo place ever since she was a freshman, drew an ox pounding mochi with a sacred tool that is said to bring good luck. “I was doing some research on the traits of people born in the Ox year and the tradiJasmine Pang, 12 tions of Japanese First place - Most Artistic New Year’s, and

tried to combine it and think of a simple idea,” she said. Pang wasn’t the only one to research ideas for her card. “I drew a cow and in the background there’s a mess of Japanese related objects,” said Gaul of his nengajoo. “I just looked at Google images and just, whatever I could find I put on (the card).” For Oshiro, who drew an ox standing on water and surrounded by mountain scenery, “It was just … sporadic.” The winning students walked away from the contest with a greater sense of knowledge of Japanese customs. For Oshiro, the nengajoo is something “my family normally sends out every year anyway to family, relatives in Japan and Okinawa, so it’s just something that we normally do.” But it’s a different case with Pang and Gaul. “We don’t really celebrate Japanese culture at our house,” said Pang. “The most we do is the mochi and bamboo. So (doing the nengajoo) makes me more familiar with the culture through research.” The nengajoo were displayed in the January issue of the Hawaii Herald and the winners received small prizes, including Japanese-English dictionaries.

through a strenuous monthlong audition process. Prospective members are presented with a piece of sheet music and are then given a month to perfect it and perform in front of a panel of judges to be accepted into the fold of the OBDA. Kimata, trumpet player, commented on his own audition process, “I decided to audition because I thought I was at a point in my musical education where I was good enough to try … I practiced almost every day. It was like at least an hour a day.” Unpingco stated, “I auditioned because I love music … and because I was curious to see if I’d make it.” Once the members are selected, the audition process is over, the bands are formed and the rehearsal stage begins. To conclude the year’s association of student instrumentalists, the groups performed one last concert, the 62nd Annual

School Wind Ensemble was conducted by Dennis Fisher of the University of North Texas. Cha stated, “We spent a lot of time working with our conductor so that really got us ready … The chance to work with (Fisher) was very humbling.” Kimata commented, “… You get to interact with other people that you don’t usually get to see and you learn from them and they learn form you.” However, Ebesu stated, “It’s probably to help aid you along within your musical career, to help you get better and to ... culture you more on the different types of music.” To be a part of the Select Band is an opportunity not afforded under any other organized competition or association. Steeped in tradition and dedication, the OBDA is an annual moment of success and honor for the select few.

Distinguished band members take part in concert (Top left to right) Sophomore Matthew Ebesu, Juniors Alexandra Unpingco, Justin Yamamoto (Bottom left to right) Junior Brandon Cha, Seniors Bronson Kimata, Amber Shaw

By Faith Brown

Every year, a talented group of young, aspiring musicians gathers together from public and private schools alike to comprise the 100 instrumentalists of the Oahu Band Directors Association (OBDA) High School Select Band. The honor of being a part of this association is coveted by many band members each year but only a select few ever join this exalted league. This year, a handful of MHS students are able to have this honor bestowed

upon them. There are two divisions of the Select Band: High School Select Band I (Wind Ensemble), which includes Junior Brandon Cha and Senior Bronson Kimata, and High School Select Band II (Symphonic Band), which counts Sophomore Matthew Ebesu, Juniors Alexandra Unpingco and Justin Yamamoto and Senior Amber Shaw among them. There is also the more prestigious division of solo artists that performs during the concert. However, before students can permit themselves to be called one of its members, they must first go

Music Festival. The concert, held at the Pearl City Cultural Center on Jan. 24, was hosted by the OBDA and the Hawaii Music Educator’s Association. Cha, clarinet player, remarked on their performance, “It was very rewarding … The performance itself was very, very enriching and it was fun.” In preparation for the concert, the bands rehearsed at different schools around the island. Ebesu, trumpet player, commented on the commute, “It’s a hassle because our practice place is in Sacred Hearts and that’s all the way in Kaimuki and that’s a forty minute drive.” Despite this, he, in accordance with Cha, stated, “It’s worth it. It’s a lot of fun.” The directors of this year’s bands traveled even further than their pupils. The High School Symphonic Band Conductor was Paul Arceo of the Hawaii County Band in Hilo. While the High


FEBRUARY 12, 2009

HASMB marches for the first year in Rose Parade

Mariano sets bar for more NHD projects to come

By Elizabeth Spalla

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has been presented to ten MHS band members earlier this year; the students were able to march in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. as part of the Hawaii All-State Marching Band (HASMB) “Na Koa Ali i”. The state of Hawaii was represented with 350 other students coming from schools such as Moanalua and Punahou. The HASMB was created so that other schools can perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade, with Mililani, Moanalua and Punahou as the larger bands on the island. Mililani was the only school to have the opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl in 2004. The HASMB helped to meet size requirements and give other schools the opportunity to perform in and experience the march. Students were able to go with recommendation from their director and the permission of their parents. Musicians ranging from clarinet players to percussionists, as well as color guard were able to march. Band Director Der-

ek Ka apana accompanied the students on the trip to the Rose Bowl and marched with them. It was also his first time going into the parade. “… It was very spirited, festive, it was very enjoyable I liked it a lot,” said Ka apana. The band marched seven miles with all eyes and cameras on them. With virtually a million people watching the performance, the nerves didn’t stop them. Hawaii supporters were posted on the sidelines during their performance. “It was a lot of fun, it gave us more energy just to hear everyone screaming ‘Go Hawaii!’ … It’s so great to just be in their presence,” stated Sophomore Keenan Robles, French horn player. Adrenaline kicked in as the parade began their seven-mile march passing by continuous spectators. The band, as always, gave their all into the performance, always to the best of their ability. Students got to see other schools and observe their styles and techniques of performing, all in the process of making new friends on the trip. “… It was interesting to work with people from

different schools, see where they came from …” said Junior Jordan Tansiongco, snare drummer. A feeling of accomplishment was sent through the band members when the parade was finished. Students were able to make new friends and interact with other members of the HASMB. Some of the band members “learned the value of hard work” as Senior Melissa Nakamura, clarinet player, explained. Robles also explained how it was a humbling experience, learning to work with different marching capabilities. “… We all just learned how to understand each other,” said Robles. The band members gained the lesson of performing in front of a large, continuous audience and the cameras. This was also a trip to learn different techniques of performing to better themselves in their musical talents. Band members will be able to bring back lessons learned to help the MHS band for future references. This trip will benefit their performance skills and have them being able to say they marched in the Tournament of Roses.

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(Left to right) Seniors Shonn Rallita, Kaohu Detwiler, Kupono Detwiler and Hideki Aoki. Not Shown: Senior Aukai Kekoa Kalani Koa, which also includes Senior Aukai Kekoa who attends Kamehameha School. Kalani Koa previously won the school’s talent show that ultimately allowed them to perform in the BBTS events. On April 5, 2008 BBTS held its final round at the Waikiki Shell and Kalani Koa was able to do a live performance. To prepare for this event Kalani Koa has worked hard on “scheduling around our own activities and stuff,” said Ka. Detwiler. The band encountered and overcame several obstacles. The most difficult aspect of the contest that

Kalani Koa faced was creating a video to submit. “We all had different points of views and ideas,” Rallita commented. Regardless, Kalani Koa completed their music video called “Somebody to Love,” which featured scenes filmed around Mililani. Another obstacle that has challenged the band is a lack of funds and a need for new equipment. They hope to gain any offers of organizational sponsorship that will enable their band to grow. “We’ll take sponsors but we just don’t have them,” said Ku. Detwiler. Although Kalani Koa

may have its challenges, the pursuit of living their dreams through this competition brings the boys together to conquer any obstacle. The majority of the band would like to honor one member who has pulled through in assuring they could withstand anything. “It’d probably had to be our lead singer, (Kekoa) who is not here because he goes (to) Kamehameha. He’s the one that got us to work harder,” said Aoki. The contest will take place at the Blaisdell Arena on Feb. 28 where each of the bands will find out who will advance further in the competition of the BBTS Preliminary Round. Kalani Koa looks forward to competing in the preliminary rounds also known as “Band Champs” of the BBTS contest that will take place on March 14 at Pipeline Cafe, where the bands will battle it out for the final event. The final event takes place on March 21, also being held at Pipeline Cafe.

By Elizabeth Spalla

National History Day (NHD) projects can be difficult, but with work and dedicated research students can make it to the district or state levels. Senior SilkeAnn Mariano pushed the limits even further; the paper she wrote for the 2008 competition is now being considered for publication in professional journals. “The Banality of Radical Evil,” the extended version of Mariano’s research paper, is being thought over for publication in the International Journal of Humanities. Last year’s theme was Conflict and Compromise and Mariano’s paper on Hannah Arendt’s theoretical contribution to political philosophy addressed the theme well. Mariano’s inspiration for her topic came from the challenge of connecting Arendt’s views and contributions to the theme. “… Her ideas and the various controversies that she, knowingly or not, had stirred,” Mariano said. “I found it to be a rich area, closely related to my philosophical

interests.” Mariano advanced to district competition, stopping before states. “… The judges said it was too philosophical … so that was disappointing,” stated Social Studies Teacher Amy Perruso, Mariano’s previous teacher. After that, Perruso suggested that Mariano submit her papers for publication with a national journal for student history papers. Publication in this journal is a tremendous opportunity and very competitive. Although still being considered for publication, Perruso feels strongly about getting awareness out about Mariano’s college level NHD paper. Mariano’s paper will also be presented at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities being held in China this June.

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The “We are the Future” concert marked the last day of pre-inauguration partying, though, as the next day was the inauguration. D. and L. Nakao endured “especially cold” weather and several blocks of walking to gain admission onto the capitol’s grounds, where they were able to position themselves near the capitol building. “We didn’t see what was happening on the capitol, but there was a jumbotron – the big screen – that showed what was happening … We had a good view of that,” stated L. Nakao. “(The inauguration) was painful,” said Stinefelt. “We had to get up really early, at like 5:15 a.m. … We boarded the buses to go down to Washington D.C. … And then we tried to find a good place in front of the jumbotron, but there (were) a lot of people there already,” she stated. “Everyone was pushing and shoving … and then there (were) military guys next to us and they were doing nothing about it,” ex-

plained Watanabe. Regardless of the chaos, though, she still found some humor in it all. “People were booing Bush (and) in my group there was … a strong Republican and so he went behind the people who were booing and screamed ‘We love you, Bush!’… and he had a really loud voice,” she laughed. Despite the tumultuous tasks involved with securing their attendance at the inauguration, being present at the ceremony was of extraordinary significance for each of the students. “(I was) very honored because I didn’t know I would ever be able to … see an inauguration,” said D. Nakao. “It’s just amazing (because) … you (can) see it on TV (and) get inspired a little bit, but when you’re there, it just hits you.” Watanabe agreed and stated, “It was a really, really great experience because … it’s not something you can experience from the television. It’s something that you have to be there in person (for).”

“It was an amazing experience to be there and be a part of history,” remarked L. Nakao. “There were so many people around us that … it felt like I was close to the nation … The atmosphere was just … changing somehow. It’s hard to explain … It felt like a fresh air, kind of renewing.” Stinefelt found the experience rewarding. “It was special in that (I was) actually there, near where he was inaugurated … and somehow it just made all that walking, being in crowds on a really cold day – it made it seem really, really worthwhile,” she said. Each of the attendees also had celebratory plans following the inaugural ceremony. “We went to a gala after (the inauguration) … We held it at the Air and Space Museum and … that Daughtry band (came too),” said Stinefelt. The Nakaos had two post-inauguration plans. They first attended the Home States’ ball, a celebration of President Obama’s

School recovers from laptop theft By Kelli-Anne Ho

A month after being the victim of a break-in, the school has quickly recovered and replaced the 28 MacBook laptops valued at $1600 each, that were stolen from a classroom in O-Bldg. The burglary happened sometime between late Friday night on Dec. 12 to early Saturday morning on Dec. 13. According to KHON 2 News, two classrooms were broken into but only one of which was burgularized. So far, there have not been any arrests in the case but, “All of the laptops have recovery software that resides in the group directory and can’t be deleted, (so) when the laptops access the Internet, their location is pinpointed and we can receive that and transmit it to the police,” said Vice Principal James Petersen. The main concern of the school was not the replacement of the laptops but that the students were robbed of their resources. “The thieves weren’t stealing from the school or the state; they were stealing from the kids,” said

Photo courtesy of Lia Nakao

(Left to right) Freshman David Nakao, Senior Lia Nakao and Alumnus William Nakao at the Home States’ Ball, a celebration of President Obama’s home states, Hawaii and Illinois. history with Hawaii and Illinois, but “missed Obama by a few minutes.” “We (also) had tickets for … (Obama’s) trip to the White House (but) we didn’t go ‘cause it was too crazy … There was no way of getting in,” said D. Nakao. Watanabe’s group also found itself unable to gain entrance into the sidelines of the parade. “We were going to watch the parade, but they blocked off the area … So we ate at a deli instead. But

Kong and Matsumoto find success at State Student Conference By Noah Perales-Estoesta

Petersen in a coverage done by KHON 2 News. Now, a month later, the school has immediately taken action to replace what was stolen and has received over a hundred MacBook Aluminums. “We have somewhere ... between 120 to 130 Mac laptops … The resources are centered in the digital media facility in H-Bldg, but they can be checked out … The most important thing is to make sure that students have access to their resources,” explained Petersen. Though the stolen laptops were mainly used for social studies classes, the replace-

ment laptops are available for use by the whole school. In preparation for the future possibility of another break-in, the school is hoping that the state will grant permission for the installation of a “digital video monitoring system ... We’re expecting approval because the idea of it isn’t to spy on people; the idea is to protect the safety of students and property of the taxpayers,” said Petersen. Regardless of financial setbacks from the break-in, the school has made great effort to ensure that the education of the students is priority.

the sad thing was (Obama) walked past the deli and we didn’t even know it,” she said. The group discovered the president’s passing their deli by seeing it on the news a little after the fact. Difficulties such as these, be them waking up at 5:15 a.m. or just barely missing the president, were surely rough to handle. But nonetheless, they are a part of the memories that will define these four students’ inaugural experience for years.

Last December, it was reported that four students would represent MHS at the State Student Conference, an annual event organized by the Hawaii State Student Council at which students from schools around the state gathered to discuss education-related issues. Each student in attendance had the opportunity to create and submit proposals, called “resolutions” to Council members, and the resolutions that gathered enough support were submitted to the state legislature for consideration in the future. The resolutions of Seniors Keynon Kong and Micah Matsumoto were two of less than ten to be passed at the Conference. Kong’s resolution, the implementation of new disciplinary actions for Chapter 19 offenders, and Matsumoto’s, the creation of a mandatory drug awareness program

for students in grades six through eight, were initially among the top three resolutions in their respective categories, or “issue groups.” The resolutions were then submitted to higher Council members, who voted on whether or not the resolutions would be submitted to legislature. Matsumoto’s resolution was merged with the resolutions of two other students with similar topics. “My resolution was about a drug abuse class and then we combined that with a (teen) pregnancy program. So basically ... a program that’s mandated to be open for people to go in for help and talk,” he said. Kong also commented, “it was a real triumph for us to be able to go through so much and have all of our hard work be put to good use.” Whether or not the proposed legislation will be put into action remains to be seen.

NEWS Character education offered for teachers, coaching staff By Faith Brown

With a flip in roles, MHS has, once again, revisited the value of Character Education, focusing this time on educating the educators. Last fall, groups of students from all aspects of social networks and organizations around the school gathered together to educate the youth of Mililani in the public elementary school system. These students included a variety of athletes from different sports, marching band members, student government representatives and journalists. Now the reverse has happened as the coaches, directors and advisers of these respective groups have been invited to attend a two-day seminar called Pursuing Victory with Honor Sportsmanship Seminars. “Pursuing Victory with Honors is sort of an off-shoot of Character Counts and it is applying the ideals of Character Counts specifically to sports, and not just sports, I should say, but anything where competition is involved,” explained Vice Principal Fred Murphy. The seminar was hosted by the Josephson Institute, which created the Character

Counts program and the Six Pillars of Character. “(The Josephson Institute) is sort of like an international movement for bringing character back into our community, or bringing a community sense back into our daily lives,” said Murphy. It was a two-day event from Feb. 11-12 held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipahu during which the teacher-coaches and other educators were exempted from teaching to attend and earn their certification in Character Education under the program. The focus of the seminars and speakers of the sessions was to emphasize and promote the value of proper sportsmanship and to integrate the foundation of Character Counts into their competitive events. “Sometimes the first place trophy is too important and so important that sometimes people forget about character in the process,” commented Murphy. As the seminar’s original purpose was to focus on athletics, much of the discussions focused on the advantages of expressing good sportsmanship on the field or court, projecting that such an attitude builds self-discipline, perseverance and leader-

ship among student athletes. Coaches from the school who participated in the seminar included thse from both in- season and out-of-season sports. Athletic Director Glenn Nitta stated, “(The coaches) are at the grassroot level. They’re the ones with the kids throughout the whole season, some throughout the whole year and they’re the ones that influence the student-athletes the most. So hopefully they’ll be able to work with them and make sure that they understand how to behave as far as at games and after you win or lose.” However, this applies not only to coaches but also to any other director or adviser of student organizations. “The end result is to continue to enhance the levels of character that we see within our schools and within our students and to engage our teachers and our students in activities to make it better,” said Murphy. Many hope that the new Character Education of the coaches and teachers who participated in the workshops will touch lives of those around them and eventually change the nature of competition here on the Trojan field and ignite a generation of character-filled students.

Building and Construction: “The projects that we do will introduce (the students) to carpentry, masonry, welding, window installation, door installation ...”

-Jeffrey Cadiz, Industrial Arts Teacher

Kelli-Anne Ho | Trojan Times

Being the designated painters for their Building and Construction class, Seniors Robert Liparios and Jed Nakahara paint the roof of the boys’ football locker room during sixth period.

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Conference educates on teen pregnancy issues By Elizabeth Spalla Over the decades, teen pregnancy has become a prominent issue for many high school students across the country. In an effort to help prevent and reduce the rate of teen pregnancy here in the islands, eductational conferences were held at different high schools across the state. The conferences began on Feb. 6 and will run through Feb. 20. Teen Health Counselor Nancy Frisbie is in charge of coordinating the program for MHS. The conferences are open to any student, and are not just limited to those directly affected by the issue. Attending the conference allows students to role play refusal skills and scenarios that can cause or prevent teen pregnancy. Students and conference attendees are able to create and discuss methods for pregnancy prevention with each other in order to inspire ideas for plans of action.

The Youth Summit on Teen Pregnancy Prevention on Oahu took place along side the conferences. It was held at Aiea High School on Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. As a part of the day’s agenda, students who attended learned about ways to prevent early pregnancy through methods such as simply saying “no.” They also learned about the risks of becoming pregnant as a teenager. The conference helped students develop a schoolwide movement to prevent teen pregnancy and an understanding of the current issues related to pregnancy at an early age. The youth leaders at the conference addressed and encouraged abstinence in relationships to their peers. Teen pregnancy is 100 percent preventable and the conference has the aim of teaching students how to prevent the issue from happening and that there are numerous ways to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, such as practicing abstinence.

By Kelli-Anne Ho Preston Miyashiro

At the end of the previous school year, students of Industrial Arts Teacher Jeffrey Cadiz’s Building and Construction class worked to repair the boy’s football locker room roof. With its recent completion, students such as Seniors Jed Nakahara and Robert Liparios, spent class time painting the structure, a finishing touch to the project. Another task the class began was pouring a concrete walkway on the side of the sanding room. Unfortunately, the mold preparation for the walkway was interrupted by the recent events of the damaged softball equipment shed, which put the cement pouring on hold. Currently, all of Cadiz’s classes are now

Preston Miyashiro | Trojan Times

working to demolish the ruined softball shed and rebuild a new one before the start of the season, allowing them a two-week construction period. The continuation of the cement walkway project will resume after their completion of the shed. The various projects that the students have been exposed to give them great experience in different areas of the industrial workfield.

FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Leanne Sunahara

Trojans, welcome to the last semester of the school year. For those who went to Winterball, I hope you had fun. During this quarter, there are a whole lot of activities going on. The first week of February was Counselor Appreciation Week. I hope you all thanked your counselors for the hard work they do. On Feb. 7, there was Campus Beautification. Thank you to all the clubs and classes that came to help beautify the school. We also had a Valentine’s Day Rose Sale that happened. All the money raised was donated to the American Heart Association. I hope everyone who will receive a rose tomorrow will be happy and flattered. Wellness Fair is on Feb. 21 at the Town Center. There will be a variety of games that everyone can come and enjoy. The election of the new ASMHS council is from Feb. 25 - 26. This year, the elections will be held on Edline, so please log on and vote. Every vote can make a difference. The Sophomore class had their bid sales for Sophomore Banquet during the first week of February. Their banquet is on March 14 and for those who are going, I hope you have a great time. The Senior class had a Cookie Corner sale to help fundraise for their prom. Those who bought cookies, thank you for all of the support and help. For the next few months, all classes have something to look forward to, whether its prom or a function/outing. This Saturday is a very special day for everyone, especially couples. It’s a day where you are able to show how much you love your significant other, or maybe a friend. So, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day Weekend and see you all back in school on Tuesday.

Senior seminar class offered for BOE diploma By Noah Perales-Estoesta

Beginning with the class of 2010, the Senior Project will become a requirement for the Board of Education Recognition Diploma. This year, in preparation for next, the Project is being tested with a pilot program on seniors from the class of 2009. The Senior Project comprises four basic steps: the writing of a proposal, in which students outline what they intend to do for the project, the writing of a research paper on a topic related to their project, the development of a product or the execution of an action with a mentor who specializes in the topic the student was interested in pursuing and the presentation of the project in its entirety to a board of judges.

“This year … we’re doing everything. It’s basically the entire Senior Project process, but (current seniors) are going through the (Senior Project) handbook to ensure that the handbook and the whole process (are) streamlined,” said Curriculum Coordinator Lisa Kaneko. Revisions to the handbook are expected to be made. “Hopefully, it’s (going to be) something that’s pretty much set (and) it’s not something that’s going to be changing radically from year to year,” said Kaneko. Kaneko, who doubles as an English teacher, had previously done a miniature version of the project with her English 10 GT class at the end of the 2007- 2008 school year to experiment with the project’s format. “The projects were a lot smaller … It was more the process

that I wanted (them) to go through. So the focus was a little different from the pilot project because (for) the pilot project this year, the rigor needed to be there,” she said. The students participating in this year’s pilot program include those under the tutelage of English Teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda, who has taken on an adviser-like role to students completing the project. “I volunteered just because of the fact that I always do a lot of huge projects with my kids anyway,” she said. However, as Tsuruda has found, balancing the enormity of the Senior Project with her class curriculum which, for three periods, includes preparing for the AP English Literature and Composition exam, is proving challenging. “This particular project is so huge that it’s eclipsing some of the things

I need … for my class,” she remarked. Consequently, she will not be involved with the project in the same way next year, but will more likely become a mentor. Instead, the class of 2010 will have the option of taking an elective course, Senior Seminar, for help in the completing the project. “The development of the Seminar class came about because we want to support the students who are doing the project,” said Kaneko. “(Students) do have a summer school option in the event that they don’t have room in their regular schedule because of AP courses or different activities,” she continued. A teacher has not yet been selected to instruct the course. The presentations of this year’s pilot Projects are scheduled for March 14.

Equipment shed set to flames as school vandalism continues By Cyrus Takahashi

Elizabeth Andres | Trojan Times



ASMHS President


NHD Of the many events going on around campus, one of the most pressing for many students and teachers alike has been National

History Day (NHD). After a semester of hard work, in addition to the occasional summer assignment for those in the Advanced Placement courses, the efforts of hundreds of social studies students culminated in the Fourth Annual History Day Fair, ...

On Feb. 2, the school’s softball team suffered a loss as their equipment shed was severely damaged by a fire. Though one pitching machine was salvaged, two were lost in addition to a costly assortment of practice balls, coolers, bases, bats, helmets, catcher’s gear, a scoreboard control and a stereo system. Industrial Arts Teacher Jeffrey Cadiz’s students started to take down the shed on Feb. 4. Cadiz’s first three periods of IET Core are helping out his Building and Construction classes to rebuild the shed. The Athletics Department is calling on people to give donations of materials to help rebuild it and is currently working with Administration to get the necessary funds appropriated for the project as they would otherwise be responsible for the cost.



FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Policy misses the point of valedictorians 27 times Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations.

Editor in Chief Caitlin Kuroda Assistant Editor Diana Thompson Sports Editor Faith Brown Layout Design Manager Elizabeth Spalla Web Design Manager Cyrus Takahashi Business Manager Arianne Cablay Maintenance Manager Preston Miyashiro Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel Staff Francis Empeno Kelli-Anne Ho Kellie Kawamoto Cameron Ogle Noah Perales-Estoesta Angelica Sewake Veronica Sims

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By Cyrus Takahashi

“The numbers of valedictorians will only increase in the future and unless something is done now to curb the problem, the school will be faced with an even bigger number of students deserving to be called a valedictorian.” -Alumna and Former Trojan Times Staff Jessica Little in the May 24, 1996 issue The title of valedictorian, at one point in time, was bestowed only on a school’s single highestranking student, the student who would give the final speech to the senior body. Unfortunately, over time, it has become more difficult to find this single highest ranking student because there are so many of them. Thus, the very idea, meaning and symbol of the valedictorian are threatened. If a single person cannot be chosen, then the definition and the title itself become invalid. As a result of having numerous Advanced Placement classes, the state’s DOE decided to dilute the meaning of a once proud honor for the sake of self-esteem. For a while, schools have awarded the title of valedictorian to multiple students rather than just the one most deserving. Our class of 2009, for example, is expected to have at least 28, up from last year’s impressively gratuitous 18. The problem This is in no way an attack on the school’s best and brightest, as many as there are. Our Newswriting and Yearbook staffs certainly make up a decent chunk of the valedictorians to be honored this year and next. It’s our titles on the line too if a change is made. Yet a change is what we need. Over the years, it has become much easier to become a valedictorian ever since the policy was changed to allow more than one in 1985. Still, the requirements have not been updated very well to keep with the times. One possible reason why the policy of allowing multiple valedictorians was enacted was because it served as a failsafe to preempt the complaints of parents. Though this succeeded in forestalling having to deal with hostile adults worried about their delicate kids, a side effect was that it also succeeded in diminishing

the value and ideal meaning of the term. Which brings us to the irony in 2003. Blair Hornstine, a high school student in New Jersey sued her school to be the sole valedictorian. The school planned to change their policy and recognize a second valedictorian because Hornstine learned under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the difficulty of her work came under scrutiny. She upheld the definition and the importance of having one valedictorian but completely lost sight of the ideals upon which the title was formed. Yet, it shows us the importance the title valedictorian has when only one student is recognized.

Why work hard? We have completely lost touch with the original definition of valedictorian and find nothing debasing about giving the title to two, three or even 28 students. “An example would be Little League Baseball. Whether you’re the star player or not, whether you just played one game, at the awards banquet, everybody gets a trophy,” said Social Studies Teacher Ken Watanabe, who went on to ask, “So why work hard? Is that truly meritorious?” Watanabe believes that the valedictorian should be “one outstanding individual and the rest of us will have to learn coping skills.” The support Yet Watanabe, as a social studies teacher, remains flexible. “It’s the will of the people. That’s what social studies teachers believe in … if that’s the will of the people and that’s the way the people go, then I’m okay with that.” English Teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda supported the idea of multiple valedictorians being honored. “I would say [the policy] is good in the sense that it’s 4.0, 4.01, that’s their right.” She also later stated that the policy “would have to be changed at a state level or at a national level because say we did away with that, then that would put our kids at a disadvantage versus kids from other states.” The best of the best But consider the Nobel Prize. Imagine if the various committees responsible for selecting the laureates decided to select 28 people to win a Nobel Prize in literature. Yes, all 28 must have done

something great, but giving them each the Prize makes it worth so much less. And in the Olympics, are gold medals given to every participting athlete? The current criteria Right now, to receive the title of valedictorian, all that is needed is a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or above and the Board of Education Recognition Diploma.

Possible confusion However, starting with the class of 2010, Senior Project was added as a requirement for the BOE Diploma. Didn’t know about that? Neither did we. But the issue is not that it has been added as a requirement, it’s that this information is so ridiculously inaccessible to the public that the hardest thing about becoming a valedictorian is trying to figure out how to become one. Though Industrial Arts Teacher Tom Falenofoa supports the idea of requiring Senior Project for valedictorian, he believes the plan was poorly implemented. “I do believe that Senior Project should be a component. If not for all the degrees with honors, then at the very least, valedictorian. That said, I kind of think next year’s, the (class of) 2010, I don’t think they’ve had enough notice to make it mandatory.” Fewer next year? Fellow Industrial Arts Teacher Jeffrey Yamaguchi added, “It’s kind of ridiculous the number of valedictorians we have every year, so maybe if (Senior Project) could whittle it down and make it a smaller number, it’s a good thing.” Yamaguchi is part of the group that believes “the title is meaningless already.” One or none Still, it’s doubtful that this new requirement will do much to stop the inundation of valedictorians. The GPA requirement is still 4.0 or above even after the introduction of so many openenrollment AP classes and their 5.0 scale. A change is definitely needed not just in policy but in adherence to the definition. As a rule, there should only be one valedictorian. Some private schools such as Kamehameha Kapalama only recognize the single senior with the highest cumulative GPA as class valedictorian except in extremely

rare cases of a tie. Other private schools such as Punahou simply don’t recognize a class valedictorian. It’s understandable considering how hard it must be if any effort was actually put into this policy. Yes, it is much easier to recognize them all as valedictorians, but it is also meaningless. Having multiple valedictorians makes the title worth that much less. It’s only a solution that ignores the problem. We need a process that recognizes a person based on true merit and integritywhile remaining faithful to the definition if we want the title of valedictorian to mean anything. “If you’re gonna gain any accolades among your peers, you should earn it. You shouldn’t demand it,” said Falenofoa.

Our solution It’s true that every highscoring senior should be recognized. Though it has become undeniably easier, it still required some amount of work and they should be honored. But not as valedictorians. If anything, let them be the school’s salutatorians, the title reserved for the school’s second-highestranked students. A school should only have one valedictorian because by definition, there can be only one. The first criterion is to have a GPA of 4.0 or higher. The second criterion is let those that want the once prestigious title to present their achievements, both academic and extra-curricular, to a judging panel consisting of representatives of teachers, administrators, the senior class body and parents. Let them decide on who the single most deserving student truly is, the one who is the embodiment of not only academics, but of spirit. He or she should be the one the school can be proud to have as a representative. Changing times caused by the influx of AP classes and their 5.0 scale, offsetting and possibly creating GPA inflations, require a new process to uphold the ideal valedictorian. Or we could travel the Punahou route and just not recognize a valedictorian at all. It solves the problem of angry complaints and debates, and we don’t have to worry about ideals and principles. Why should we care about values when we clearly don’t care about the worth of the title?

Mock Trial,

My AGAPE Ohana, I unconditionally love you all! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Angelica Sewake,

-God’s Unconditional Love, Erica

Thank you for being so good to me and making me happy.

Joel Libed,

You can take me to court any time. -S CJ McLane,


Sean Lai,

Joel, you really bright up my days. When I’m around you, I feel like smiling. -Courtney


I’m so overcome by my emotions, 15 words is just I wanted to let 2,500 people Hey Gurl... You’ll always be not enough. =] Jenn, My friends and newsies, know that I love you. Happy one of my best friends... I Love You! Happy Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day. :) -Alex Unpingco Happy Valentine’s Day! Nalani I, my China loving sister! I love you as much as -Caitlin Basilio -Lauren Fukuyama FBB all the way I love Korean food. Happy Valentine’s Day NANI! Hunney, Our last one in high school. -Kell -Caitlin Love you lots! I love you baby... You’re my one Cyrus & Cameron, & only. I’ll always be here no Love, Erica matter what. You can always Wilson and Bam Bam Andrea, Brittanie, Cahlee, Cristina trust me. I LOVE YOU! Brittany Martin, I Like Shoes and Katie, I Like News I would be lying if I said -Sweetie Andrew, I LOVE You Thanks for being such welcoming, you didn’t make me fantastic, amazing and true Why in the world you asked completely, perfectly and -Godzilla Jr. friends! Happy Valentine’s one day. Now we know, incandescently happy. Day! Love ya’ll! amore mio. Kellie Tomita, -Nasera Alayon -Irene W. -Ayesha Ishihara I was going to be original William Gaul, Sharmaine, but I didn’t have the time. So Happy Valentine’s Day! Your laugh, your voice, your I could walk the world forever smile: what I think of when But my heart would always return to you -Buttah Biscuit I’m not with you. Even Passionately, you’re my sweet yellow honey Ayesha Ishihara, though a dream I hope you feel this way too. Caitlin Basilio, -Anonymous Inverse and converse may be false, but contrapositives are true. Using this -Anonymous I finally found what I was TEE baybee, looking for just 2 chairs logic I want to say, I away from me. =] Be my Montrayl Long, (x^2+y^2-1)^3=x^2y^3 Happy Valentine’s Day! Love valentine? you and only you. you girl! It’s our last year! Roses are red -Alex Unpingco Violets are blue -Anonymous Love, I lost the game Supergirl Erica Makamae T., and so did you Megan White, Happy Valentine’s Day Makz! -Ellen Man Our first and last one together Courtney Honda, I can’t express how beautiful Cyrus, in high school. you are. I would serenade you any day :) I would take over the I love your weird sense of Love, world and give it to you. humor ... in accordance Erica -Secret Admirer Forever and always, Babe! with the prophecy. Ellsey,

Alex Unpingco,

I love you Gurl... You’re one of my best friends... forever & ever! -Ellie

-Steven Ilac Bronson Sagon,

Two forks, two scoops of ice cream, one cake. Life’s complete with you around. -Caitlin Basilio



Happy Valentine’s Day Bronson. Love you lots brother!

Kawai my love, I love you with all my heart, now and forever.

God’s Love, Eri

-Love, Sweetie

Balloons, roses, chocolates: best of Valentine’s? By Kelli-Anne Ho

Toward the subject of Valentine’s Day, I come with no special stories which are romantic enough or funny enough to tell. Not to say that I haven’t received roses or balloons in the past, but that the day itself hasn’t been so significant as for me to give it much thought. I know that last year I didn’t care for the masses of balloons, especially the

big singing ones, because the wind would blow and a dozen balloons would bop me in the face as I walked to class. It was especially bad when a singing balloon hit you because the thing would croon, loud and proud, right in your ear. I also recall being annoyed another year by this girl’s bouquet of flowers because the stems were constantly jabbing my elbow in class. I think I may have tripped over a box of chocolates at one point too.

What never made sense to me was how people, girls mostly, could be so psyched over receiving a stuffed animal of the sort that was obviously bought at the last minute from Wal-Mart because their so-called significant guy was too lazy to be any more creative. Or how people seem to think that the act of expressing your true feelings is to proclaim them alongside a bunch of other people on the same day every year. What’s wrong with

the other 364 days? Not to mention, how romantic is a naked guy with an arrow shooting at people? In nearly every movie, this cupid character shoots at the wrong people, which makes even less sense because isn’t he supposed to be some god of love? Guys become very strange in the days (or on the day itself) leading up to Feb. 14, too. This one line practically echoes back and forth throughout the school:

“but I just want to show her that I care!” Oh, sure you do. That’s why you’re planning to run to the store the night before Valentine’s Day (or the morning of), to pick up some flowers, any kind really, because you know that as long as you give her something, you’re set. It’s too bad that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year. Now we won’t be able to admire each other’s identical gifts!



FEBRUARY 12, 2009


The power has just turned off in your entire neighborhood. Your pets and younger siblings are shaking, scared from the thunder and lightning; your parents are complaining that KSSK isn’t talking about this yet; you’re not allowed to open your refrigerator for food; every time you text your friend to see what’s up, your mom goes crazy, saying that you should be conserving your phone’s battery life. What now? 1. S’more s’mores? There’s nothing quite like using a candle light to roast marshmallows on “disposable kine” chopsticks. But let’s say you don’t have the usual milk chocolate and graham crackers to go with your emergency marshmallows when the power goes out. So what? Reinvent the s’more by using your imagination. Use replacements for all of your ingredients, such as candy pieces and other chocolate varieties instead of plain milk chocolate, and use bread or pretzel crackers instead of traditional graham crackers. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite snack. I’ve found that the sweet and salty taste from using pretzel crackers along with dark chocolate is great.

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2. Fun with no sun There are so many games to play alone or with family whether or not the sun’s up. In daylight, bust out the card deck and play games with the family or beat the cards at a game of solitaire. If that doesn’t sound appealing, then go on an adventure in your own room! Dig through every shelf, the corners of your closet and in every single drawer. You’re bound to find items that hold countless memories of previous years. And while you’re at it, clean your room to make your mother happy. If the sun’s down for the day, then there are other fun games to play in the dark. If you have a pet, you can be entertained by its amuse-

ment at the sight of a laser pointer whizzing across the living room or hallway, giving your pet a workout and your family a good laugh. You can also play hide and seek in complete darkness. Turn off every flashlight and blow out every candle. See how well you know your own home and become the king (or queen) of the night. 3. Make a wish! Now that all the lights are out, all you need is a dark night sky for an unforgettable sight. Grab a towel and spread it out on your front or back yard. Lie down and take a look at all of the glimmering stars in the sky. Look for constellations, make your own or just count the shooting stars that

pass by. Trust me, they’re a lot more common than you thought. You just never noticed before because of all of the lights! 4. Using the ol’ BBQ You’ve used the microwave, filled your cup noodle with boiling water and even added milk to your favorite cereal. Those are top-notch skills you’ve got there, Emeril. But have you ever used that Weber Grill that’s been sitting in your back yard for ages? Well, now’s a good time to start! Just gather the materials you need and try grilling something tasty and healthy for your entire family. You’ll be spending quality time with them while sitting around the closed fire.

5. Rest and relaxation It’s been ages since you’ve taken some time off for yourself, much less gotten your full 8-10 hours of sleep. Instead of wasting your time sitting through the power outage wondering what there is to do, stop freaking out and just chill. You can cuddle up in your warm and fuzzy blankets, and take a well-deserved nap. Or you can even read that book by your favorite author you’ve been dying to get to, but just never had the chance to because everything that runs on power was distracting you. It’s even rewarding to complete all of your handwritten homework so that when the power comes back on, you’re free to do anything electricity-related you want!

Emergency Checklist

So long as you have these things at hand, you won’t be left in the dark during a power outage. Make sure to always have the following items:

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Candles Lighter/Matches Flashlights A warm blanket A comfy pillow Barbecue grill Food to grill The night sky A watchful eye A blanket or towel to lie down on A deck of cards

o An easily amused pet dog or cat o A laser pointer P o P A messy room o Complete and total darkness o ”Disposable kine” chopsticks P o 1 bag of favorite marshmallows o P Various types of chocolate o Graham crackers, soda crackers, pretzel crackers, etc. o A positive attitude & a creative P imagination


FEBRUARY 12, 2009 By Caitlin Kuroda

In Hawaii, the weather is always warm enough for a cold treat like frozen yogurt. There are two popular stores that specialize in the business of self-serve frozen yogurt: Menchie’s and Yogurtland, which opened in 2007 and 2004, respectively. Undecided about which one to go to? Use this guide to compare and contrast the two, as well as balance out the pros and cons to make the right choice.

Menchie’s vs.




With the current economic crisis, every cent counts. Menchie’s and Yogurtland charge customers by weight instead of the number of flavors or toppings they choose. Menchie’s charges $0.43 per ounce plus tax; Yogurtland runs slightly cheaper at $0.39 per ounce plus tax.


Menchie’s and Yogurtland both carry sixteen flavors, occasionally rotating in new or seasonal flavors. What differs between the two is the variety of toppings. Yogurtland offers 48 dry and fresh toppings such as cereal and fruits, as well as syrups to complete their frozen yogurt. Menchie’s has an astounding 63 dry and fresh toppings, as well as hot toppings like fudge and caramel. Menchie’s

Chinese New Year for 2009 was celebrated on Jan. 26. It may be the Year of the Ox, but MHS is home to students who are born in the Years of the Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster and Dog. Each animal of the Chinese Zodiac has its own distinct qualities that are said to be reflected in the people who are born under them. See if you match your zodiac animal’s traits and learn what animals you are compatible with and those you may start a fight with if you’re around them for too long.


Jan. 27, 1990 - Feb. 14, 1991 Those born in the Year of the Horse are said to be popular. This could be because of their abilities in communication and their desire to always be in the limelight. They are capable of entertaining large crowds. They are also quick-

their children there, but a lot of the customers are teens and young adults, so the store is quieter, even with the music. Also, Yogurtland is able to serve as a hangout for these people, as it has tables outside. The thing that dampens the light on Yogurtland’s atmosphere is the noise outside from the busy streets surrounding it.

the ultimate frozen yogurt experience also gives the option of having a waffle cone in a cup.


Taste is subjective, so it depends what you feel like eating. If you are craving something sour, there are many tart flavors available at both places, like Lychee Tart at Menchie’s and Pineapple Tart at Yogurtland. For fresh, fruity flavors, try Georgia Peach and Kiwi Strawberry (Menchie’s) or Mango and Boysenberry (Yogurtland).

witted, physically and mentally agile and open-minded. Horses can be fickle, and hotblooded. They are also independent and not so reliant on the others. Horses are compatible with those born in the Year of the Tiger, Ram and Dog but are incompatible with those born under their own sign, the Rat, Ox and Rabbit.


Feb. 15, 1991 - Feb. 3, 1992 People of the Ram are described as being sincere, righteous, gentle and compassionate. They are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They often have some kind of religious faith and are very passionate about whatever they believe in. Rams do not worry much about the amount of money they make. Instead, they take joy in the little things in a quiet life. Rams also have the tendency to be shy, in-

There are also dessert flavors, like German Chocolate Cake at Menchie’s, Pumpkin Pie at Yogurtland and NY Cheesecake at both. Of course, for those who want to stay on the safe side, both stores carry vanilla and chocolate flavors.


Menchie’s has a very bright, cheerful atmosphere. Green, pink, purple and white are used as a color scheme around the store, decorating the walls and circle designs

that hang from the ceiling. It’s also very loud inside. There is constant music playing and many families chatting. Because it is so crowded with the ten round tables and most people have only stopped by to get some frozen yogurt as a short break from shopping, Menchie’s feels more like a quick eat-and-go place. Yogurtland also has a crisp, fresh atmosphere, but it is a little toned down from Menchie’s. Yogurtland does have many parents who take

Both Menchie’s and Yogurtland have their setbacks when it comes to convenience. Menchie’s is in Ward Warehouse and Yogurtland is located near UH Manoa. Luckily for fans of Yogurtland, another store will be opening in Pearl City soon. Parking is also a hassle at both. Parking at Ward Warehouse is never easy to come about. Yogurtland has a small lot next to the store. On the side closest to Yogurtland there is free parking, but the spaces are limited. Customers can also pay a fee of five dollars for two hours. There is also parking across the street; people must pay money to the parking meter except on certain days. So the next time you feel a craving for something cool and sweet, forget plain ice cream cones and visit one of these two stores to mix your pick of various frozen yogurt flavors and tasty toppings into your own treat, exactly the way you want it.

Bring out the animal in you decisive, pessimistic and over-passive. Rams are most compatible with people born under Rabbit, Horse and Pig and would not get along with people of the Rat, Ox and Dog.


Feb. 4, 1992 - Jan. 22, 1993 In the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is considered to be something of a genius, so naturally, those born under this animal are ultimately said to be very clever and possess a good amount of common sense. They are problem solvers, motivators and improvisers. One might imagine Monkeys to be focused only on academics, but they are also lively and enjoy sports. Because of their cleverness, Monkeys can be egotistical and very stubborn in their ways. Monkeys get along well with people born under the

Rat and Dragon but should avoid those born under the Tiger, Snake and Pig.


Jan. 23, 1993 - Feb. 9, 1994 To the Chinese, the Rooster symbolizes fidelity and punctuality, so naturally, people born under the Rooster are said to possess these qualities. These people are meticulous, organized, practical and selfassured. But they can also be quite eccentric, as well as bright and enthusiastic. Roosters can sometimes be overly enthusiastic about something but then be deeply disappointed if it doesn’t work out. Roosters also have tendencies for arrogance, selfishness and zealousness. Roosters are most compatible with those of the Ox, Dragon and Snake and least compatible with those of their own animal, the Rabbit and Dog.


Feb. 10, 1994 - Jan. 30, 1995 Like “man’s best friend,” people who are born in the Year of the Dog have a deep sense of loyalty and honesty. Others feel at ease confiding in these people because they are capable of keeping secrets. People of the Dog make good leaders because they are straightforward, intelligent, practical and moralistic. However, Dogs can come off to others as cold, judgmental and highly stubborn. They are also known for their sharp tongue and tendency to point out faults. Dogs generally get along best with people in the Year of the Tiger, Rabbit and Horse and should avoid people of the Ox, Dragon, Sheep and Rooster.

Compiled by Caitlin Kuroda


FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Winter concert performs at PCC By Angelica Sewake

Celebrating the season of cultural traditions, the school’s Orchestra, Band and Choir performed a series of holiday music for the 2008 Annual Music Department Winter Concert. The concert performances focused on the hard work and accomplishments of the many students who were able to come together and share their love for this art with the department directors, Music Teachers Bryan Hirata, Curtis Hiyane, Derek Ka apana and Erik Kubota. In the spirit of the winter season, the Music Department performed several pieces. The first group to hit the stage was the Concert Orchestra conducted by Hiyane and Kubota, which played “A Christmas Medley,” arranged by Bob Cerulli. The Concert Orchestra closed their section with pieces from “Phantom of the Opera,” arranged by Larry Moore. Senior Michael Hrysyzen commented that the Concert Orchestra always has room for improvement. “We practiced like every class period

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Music Teacher Curtis Hiyane gives a brief pep talk to the first violin section before conducting the night’s first piece, “A Christmas Medley,” arranged by Bob Cerulli. and it was pretty hard trying to work on specific improvements and meeting certain standards,” said Hrysyzen. On the other hand, Senior Ua Tuahine Kekipi felt confident that the performance went well, and stated, “ ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ it was easier to get into it because we kind of knew the melody really well so it was nice.” The next group to enter the stage was the Concert Band conducted by Ka apana and Kubota, which shared their musical choices

such as “Patapan,” arranged by Tom Wallace and their final piece “Rudolph in Wonderland,” by Paul Jennings. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Hirata and Ka apana, introduced their seasonal music with “Russian Christmas Music,” by Alfred Reed and ended their features with “A Christmas Carol Festival,” arranged by Jack Bullock. A transition from the sounds of music to the voice of rhythm came from the Music Department’s Vocal Ensemble, conducted by

MHS Robotics team is revived By Preston Miyashiro

For the past two years, MHS has not had a robotics team. But with the help of school funding, the team was formed once again and will be able to compete in the 2009 First Robotics Competition (FRC) this spring. The competition consists of 1,684 high school teams with about 42,100 high school students participating all over the world. The MHS team, is advised by Science Teacher Eric Tong, and will be competing in the regional competition held in Hawaii that will have teams from outer islands as well as the Philippines. It will take place at the Stan Sheriff Center from March 26-28. MHS wasn’t able to enter the competition for the last two years due to lack of funds. “It cost $6000 just for the registration fee,” said Tong. But with the help of Principal John Brummel,

Many students also joined the team to gain experience for their future college and working careers. “First of all you’re dealing with metal right, so you’re welding the Preston Miyashiro | Trojan Times metal together Senior Kathleen Tanaka (left) and Junior Mi- and I thought chael Standiford (right) complete the frame for it would be a the upper portion of the robot. good skill to know ...” said they were able to come up Junior Dwight Matsuo, who with the funds out of the plans to major in mechanical school’s budget. engineering. A good reason for bring- At the FRC, each team’s ing this opportunity back robot will have a trailer conto the students is the many nected to it. The objective is scholarship opportunities to put as many balls – “moon available. “Well, there’s 147 rocks” – into the opponent’s places – institutions that are trailer. The competition algiving scholarships, there’s lows the students to be in a only 30,000 students alto- real-life work atmosphere gether applying for the $9.3 where they must consider million dollars so it kind other people’s ideas and use of works out that there’s a teamwork to be successful. good chance that you’ll get a scholarship,” said Tong.

Ka apana. The choir sang three songs that included “The River” by Aubrey Snyder, “Agnus Dei” by Franz Haydn, and their personal choice of “A Christmas Portrait” by Jerry Nowak. Ka apana said with relief and satisfication, “I’m pretty glad at how everything turned out for this performance. All four of the directors were a bit worried because we chose some things that we normally wouldn’t for this early in the year ... ” The second to the last performance was the String

Ensemble directed by Hirata, that featured unique pieces such as “Christmas Dream,” arranged by Senior Brant Nishida and the “Theme from Schindler’s List,” conducted by Senior Tadahiro Meya. Senior Lucia Mocz performed a violin solo. Hirata believed that all the performances were exceptional and also appreciated the extra effort the student conductors put in. Hirata said, “ ... Personally for me as a teacher I think I appreciated the work that the student conductors did ... I think as a teacher that’s a highlight that I see when a student’s work gets to be brought to life.” Finally, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Hiyane, closed the concert with their performance of their last song “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. The Winter Concert closed with diverse performances shared by each of the Music Department’s directors and groups, who put a lot of time and effort to accomplish a successful night.

Local Boy Scouts help to renovate MHS campus By Francis Empeno

Over the past month several Boy Scouts have been renovating and remodeling dilapidated sections of the school. The Boy Scouts of Troop 195 have been working on their Eagle Scout Project, which is required if a Boy Scout wants to be promoted to the rank of an Eagle Scout. Two students, Senior Jason Sikorsky and Junior Jordan Tansiangco, have chosen to include campus beautification in their Eagle Projects. The Boy Scouts took advantage of the work to be done on campus by doing their Eagle Scout Project on campus renovations. Sikorsky chose to restore the dirtied sidewalk near the locker rooms by power washing them.

“There’s a lot of water that goes in there,” said Sikorsky. “As it is, our school’s not exactly the cleanest school ... I figure that I ... might as well do something to help it out and give back.” Sikorsky wasn’t the only scout to include the MHS campus in his Eagle Scout Project. “I actually went to (former Vice Principal) Jamie Oshiro and asked him what projects were available,” said Tansiangco. Tansiangco chose to repaint the walls of the Agriculture building and also put new tarp over the greenhouse. “I figured I could be more helpful that way,” he said. Through their contributions to the community and the school, the potential Eagle Scouts are pleased with the results of their projects.


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The recently added skateboard racks were a gift to the school from the graduate class of 2006. Alumni Ryan Fukuda, Maegan Moleechat, Kanoe Shelton and Christie Tatsuyama and Adviser Grace Domingo assembled the project.

Mock Trial skill challenged by murder case By Angelica Sewake

The Mock Trial team is thus far undefeated in their last two weeks of trials against Campbell, Kapolei and McKinley. MHS Mock Trial is determined to make it to states and is hopeful to make it to the national level. The fictional murder case has sparked the interest of this year’s team. It details the prosecution of a restaurant owner, who has been accused of freezing her partner to death. “The team plays both defense and prosecution,” said Social Studies Teacher Amy Perruso, the Mock Trial adviser. “We actually forbid picking a side,” she said. “We firmly, firmly forbid saying one side is any better than the other. Simply because in order to be good at Mock Trial, you have to honestly, honest to God believe that your side is right. Whether or not the evidence tells you your side is right, you have to believe it because that belief is where the passion comes from when you argue,” said Junior Sarah Nishioka The team finds difficulty in only one aspect, which is scheduling times and dates to meet because members are involved in other activities. “It’s really hard ... to get all the people who do Mock Trial because they’re all so

busy with different things to be all in the same place at once and at the same time,” said Perruso. In order for the team to continue in its success, the members have worked hard to make time to dedicate themselves to this case. “Yeah, we have crazy meetings like every week and every break. We had a lot of meetings,” stated Junior Jacob Garner. Besides having intense practices, the Mock Trial team has a new secret weapon: being coached by experienced lawyers. Having the lawyer coaches are beneficial. Commented Perruso, “We have an attorney coach, two attorney coaches. But one is consistent and pretty regular, Mr. Stephen Hioki. He’s a former Mock Trial coach and this is the first time ever that we’ve had a lawyer coach ... it’s a great help.” Because of their positions the lawyer coaches are able to give their opinions on how to advance the team in the competition. After the competition the team hopes to gain improvements in skill and effort. “For this year’s team, ... what I would like them to have is a sense of responsibility to each other ... I’d like to see at least by the end, the sense of solidarity to, you know, the larger purpose ...” said Perruso.


FEBRUARY 12, 2009

AP Psychology brings in young children for development study By Diana Thompson

From Feb. 2-4, preschoolers and kindergarteners from the Rainbow School and Mililani Waena Elementary School visited MHS to be tested on Constructivist Jean Piaget’s concepts by students in Social Studies Teacher Judy Taparra’s AP Psychology classes. The largest challenge faced this year was the larger number of students who came to be tested. During class time, Taparra’s students were partnered up with a child or two in order to conduct tests based on cognitive development, a concept relevant to what they were studying in class at the time, a chapter titled “Human Development.” “It’s to have you have the

textbook come to life and you can actually see it in front of you,” said Taparra. The younger students were tested on various concepts constructed by Piaget using a worksheet designed by Taparra. Taparra has done this activity with her students ever since she began teaching psychology. Taparra wanted her students to find the lesson personally meaningful so that it’s easier to remember. “… My students came back and go, ‘Miss! I know everything about Piaget!’ just because they saw it …,” recalled Taparra. However, the number of young children present doubled this year for most of Taparra’s classes. Taparra anticipated that “it’s going to be nuts!” However, when the event

actually took place, everything happened smoothly. “At first I was really scared ... I thought they would be kind of out of control, but the girls I had were definitely really shy but ... willing to open up to me,” said Senior Chloe Fonacier, who worked with two kindergartners. In fact, the high school students enjoyed doing a test with real subjects. Senior Carly Takara commented, “It was so cute when I asked her ‘where did the stuffed animal go?’ and she said ‘under the blanket,’ and when I asked her what it was doing under the blanket, she said “it’s taking a nap, it’s going to sleep under the blankie!’” Now, with this memorable experience, Taparra’s students are well-versed in cognitive development for the AP exam in May.

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Senior Kaylie Saiki works with a kindergartner from Mililani Waena Elementary Teacher Aimee Bejerana’s class. The children were all tested on the basic concepts of cognitive development created by Jean Piaget. Here, the kindergarten student is being tested on her ability to understand conservation. She is pointing to what she thinks is the longer of the two 12-inch rulers.

FEBRUARY 12, 2009 Senior Announcements: Applications If you have not turned in any applications yet, please see Mrs. Hamamoto or Mrs. Yamamoto as soon as possible. There are still opportunities available to you. Procrastination will narrow your options, so come in and see one of us today. 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. Scholarships Posted Check Edline or our bulletin board for the latest scholarship listing. Any scholarship money that you receive means less money out of your pocket. Follow the instructions and watch your deadlines! May 1 – Reply to Colleges May 1 is the universal reply date to colleges. This is not a postmarked deadline, so schools need to receive your enrollment plans

by that date. Most schools will request for a final transcript as well, so don’t forget to submit your transcript request. Other Announcements: Junior English Class Visits Mrs. Yamamoto has started visiting all junior English classes. College planning, course planning, college entrance tests, resume/essay writing, NCAA, etc. will be covered. Students and/or their parents are encouraged to make an appointment with Mrs. Yamamoto if they have any questions or concerns.

ASVAB Testing We will be offering the ASVAB on Feb. 27 for grades 10-12 only. This is an excellent assessment tool, even if you don’t plan to join the military. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of 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. Come to C&CC for more information, or visit SAT/ACT College Entrance Exams Underclassmen, especially juniors, should sign up now for the SAT or ACT. Sites and dates fill up quickly, so plan accordingly. Go to or to sign up for the appropriate test. Our school’s CEEB code is 120-197. National College Fair The Fair will be held on April 30 at the NBC Exhibition Hall. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with representatives from visiting schools. For more information, visit: http://www. CollegeFairs/ncf/Spring/Pages/ HonoluluNCF.aspx

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Selecting Next Year’s High School Program With registration just concluding, your head may have been spinning with all your different options. Do I need a class for graduation? Does the college I want to attend require certain classes? Will I be a CTE program completer upon graduation? Should I take the Senior Project class? Visit your alpha counselor or Mrs. Yamamoto if you have any questions about your registration. Make your selection wisely, because program changes will not be allowed once the new school year has started. Read on for information from the College Advisor, Inc. Around this time of year, underclassmen are asked to select classes for the next academic year. Resist the temptation to make life easy and opt for the most challenging program you can handle, while still leaving yourself time to enjoy your high school years. Don’t overload on honors and AP; instead build your foundation with solid core courses – if possible, try to include four years each of study in English, math, social studies, science, and foreign language. Provide yourself with the greatest number of college options by building your foundation with challenging high school classes. Choose the most rigorous courses available at your school if they are appropriate for you. That means to select honors and Advanced Placement classes if offered. If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering why you should work so hard. Students in honors or AP classes tend to be more focused on their studies, the breadth and depth of discussion is greater and there are more rigorous demands on students in terms of reading assignments, written and oral work. The payoff for all this additional effort comes in the form of enhanced academic and reasoning skills and preparation for college. The more challenging curriculum also yields benefits in the form of higher test scores. No matter what you choose to do in the future, you’ll need to use these skills for the rest of your life.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2009

George III finds new heart in swimming


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The Trojan of the month exemplifies excellence in academics as well as athletics. By Cyrus Takahashi

Despite difficult classes and intense practices, Sophomore Kelsey Koyanagi has managed to balance her academic life with being the Varsity Cheerleading team’s flyer all the while remaining modest. “She’s not really one to boast or to be happy that she gets awards,” said Head Coach Renesha Kierstedt of Koyanagi, who was selected by Kierstedt as one of the OIA Cheerleading West All-Stars. “For the West, I chose girls who had the highest skill and how they were able to overcome certain obstacles for the team,” said Kierstedt. Though she was chosen as both an AllStar and as Trojan of the Month, Koyanagi does not let any of this get to her head. “I don’t like all the … spotlight,” she said. It may be that she does not have time to be proud while she works out her schedule to balance biology, geometry and Spanish 2 with training by “making time to study after practices.” “That’s pretty much my main classes,” said Koyanagi, who is able to relax a bit during Food Service and English before going to one of the difficult practices. “On a scale of one to ten, it can get to eightish at times,” said Koyanagi about the training’s intensity. With her keen skills as flyer, Koyanagi is sure to continue being a successful and modest member of the cheerleading team.

By Faith Brown

On Dec. 20, 2006, while everyone was out doing last minute Christmas shopping, Junior James “Trey” George III was laid out on an operating table undergoing open heart surgery. George was living in Texas and had just entered his first year of high school when he discovered, through his failing performance on a local swim team, that he had an atrial septal defect of the heart and underwent open heart surgery to rectify it. Two years later and after the struggle of his recent move back to Hawaii, George began swimming again. After just six weeks of training George upset the world of swimming when he made qualify-

ing times for the Hawaiian Swimming Age Group Short Course Championships of 2008 and raced on the exact two year anniversary of his open heart surgery, Dec. 20, 2008. Despite his eventual success in the world of swimming, George originally nurtured an ardent animosity toward the rigor of the sport. “I guess the success for me is pushing past the first three days of getting back into swimming. I guess on the big level the success would be just making it to the state meet but, like I said, it’s just not a huge deal for me … It was just the fact that I had found the will to actually do it because I really didn’t want to do swimming in the beginning,” stated George. He now admits that he is glad that he continued swimming in spite of his ini-

tial trepidations. Randy Folker, the head coach of George’s team Aloha Aquatics, also had many forthcomings about preparing George for the state meet because of the stringent six weeks of time left to them. However, Folker soon learned that the job ahead of him would be easier than he thought. “He got in the water and he’s super, super trainable and he’s able to pick up some stroke technique and some efficiency right away that helped him qualify for the state meet,” said Folker of George’s first days of training. George qualified for not just one, but three different events: the 50m freestyle, the 100m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke. “He did a good job. It was amazing that he qualified for one event and he actually ended up qualifying for three at the state,” Folker stated. All of the events George competed in are considered sprint events where performance is judged on speed and consistency. Though George did not place within the top ten to qualify him to the final round, he did have a lot of personal success. “He was right on top of his best times … so I was very, very pleased,” Folker affirmed. Though George had physically recovered from the ordeal of his surgery and was otherwise unchanged, mentally he was changed entirely as he conceived a new

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faith of determination and hope. He commented, “I still have problems every day going to swimming when the workouts get tough.” It was through this faith that George found the will to continue swimming and persevere despite the many physical challenges it presented and still presents. George relented that he didn’t fully realize why he continued swimming. “I guess for me it was just taking a step of faith because it wasn’t logical and it wasn’t something I wanted to do ... It seemed so logical that I should just stop now and keep on using this time to focus on something that I love like doing music.” However, he is now grateful that he did. While George is not yet looking toward the Olympics in 2012, he is still planning to compete in future state meets with the next one being held this July. “I don’t know where I’m going to go from here. I know that I don’t hate swimming anymore, though at times it still sucks,” commented George. Despite all of his success in athletics George maintains that the real success all along has been in persevering through his “jump start” back into life.

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Varsity Boys Soccer team won the Red Division OIA championship against Kapolei. The score was 2-0.

The Varsity Boys and Girls Swimming Teams won first place at the OIAs held at the Central Oahu Regional Park.

Sophomore Nainoa Tompkins and fellow wrestlers placed individually in their weight classes at the Western Division Championships.



FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Koyanagi wins first team cheer select 2008-2009 By Angelica Sewake

Sophomore Kelsey Koyanagi showed her true Trojan spirit of brown and gold by achieving the gold in the 2008-2009 Cheer Select Team. Cheer Select is an islandwide competition where cheerleaders from all over the state show off their skills and talents individually in front of judges. The competition holds the best of the best in Cheer Select’s First Team (also known as the “Dream Team”), then Second Team and lastly, honorable mention. Koyanagi was able to obtain a spot on the Dream Team. On how the judges rate the cheerleaders on whether or not they’ll earn a spot on First Team, Koyanagi said, “It’s based on your skill level as a cheerleader, your tumbling (and) your stunting.”

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(From top to bottom, left to right) Sophomores Kelsey Koyanagi, Christina Otte and Freshman Chantasia Tote-Bod. Koyanagi’s skill as a flyer let her win a position on the Cheer Select Team. The honor of being one of the best in the state wasn’t simply handed to Koyanagi, but grasped through her persistence and dedication. During the season, Koyangai spent time committing herself to her stunt group,

Students participate in Aloha Run By Kelli-Anne Ho

Among the tens of thousands of people participating, many Mililani students will also be running with the crowd in the 25th Annual Great Aloha Run. The popular 8.15mile race will be held, as always, on President’s Day, Feb. 16. Beginning at Aloha Tower and ending at Aloha Stadium, eight miles sounds very intimidating, but the race is open to every one of all ages. Junior Tyler Yonemura, a third-year veteran of the race said she has had fun each time, and for all first-time runners her advice is to “try your best and finish with a smile.” Not surprisingly, many Cross Country runners have decided to participate, including Yonemura, who said she is looking forward to the race because “I’m excited to run eight miles. It’s a good way to get active.” Sophomore Kelsey Painter, another Cross Country runner, is also participating in the Aloha Run for her third year but said she is not nervous about the distance. “I have run many races before and

I know what is expected … (but) I am running this race because our coach encourages us to do it as part of our training.” Participating in the marathon is not the only affair available to students. A couple of days prior to the race, the Great Aloha Run High School Challenge will also be happening on Feb. 14 at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Each of the twenty schools entered will compete with a team of about thirty students. Team members will complete a variety of relays such as three-legged races, jump rope games and obstacle courses. But for people outside of high school, the Aloha Run draws in participants from all over the state and even the rest of the world. The Great Aloha Run has raised millions of dollars, which goes towards various organizations and community groups. The race is not only centered on running, but also reflects the island’s Aloha spirit through its Hawaiian name “Ke kukini me ka aloa pau ole,” meaning the race with compassionate love, according to the marathon’s website, http://

which involved her performing gymnastic events with the aid of four or five of her team members. Koyanagi did not focus on the the specific skills of cheering, but instead focused on her own personal goal which was, “...

doing my best.” The event of Cheer Select took place during the end of the cheerleading season, which made it convenient for Koyanagi to really step it up. Koyanagi stated her benefits in entering in the competition, “I guess I’ve been cheering for a long time so that helped too.” She also credited Head Coach Renesha Kierstedt for helping her with her achievements. Kierstedt commented that Koyanagi was successful not only in skill but personality. “Not only in cheerleading, tumbling and stunting so forth, but also her personality, the attitude and sportsmanship ... ,” said Kierstedt. Koyanagi not only wanted to make it on First Team but participated in this event for her own personal gain. “I just wanted to cheer in college and I thought doing this would help,” she shared. Kierstedt, knowing Koyan-

agi’s dream to cheer in college, has hoped experiences such as this would inspire Koyanagi to understand her capabilities. “I always want her to gain the knowledge of what she can do. I know she wants to cheer in college, so I’m trying to expose her to the different areas of cheerleading whether it’s individual, team (or) co-ed. I want to give her that type of environment experience so she can prepare herself for college,” she said. Overall, Koyanagi has a positive outlook on future competitions and events that will better herself. She stated, “I’m going to cheer next year and compete again in the state Select Team Competition. I think next year will help me to gain more confidence.” With her drive and ambition to excel, she definitely has the chance to achieve her dream of cheering in college.

Seniors win last regular season game at home

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First Row (left to right) Seniors Galen Fukuda, Kyle Suan, Westin Alcover. Second Row (left to right) Seniors Thomas Aoki, Jonathan Fukumoto, Cory Nakagawa, Aaron Yokoyama, Philip Sakaba, Joshua Matzen, Duke Batungbacal, Landon Salvador. By Preston Miyashiro

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team enjoyed a 2-1 victory on senior night, Jan. 20, over the Leilehua Mules, winning their last regular season game at home. Having already won the OIA Red West Division, the pressure was off, allowing the players to have fun and enjoy the moment. The game began as the sun was setting. It wasn’t until late in the first half that the first goal came from Senior Westin Alcover, defender. In the second half, the Mules tied the game with a direct free kick. Then in the last minutes, Senior Aaron Yokoyama, for-

ward, scored a second goal, giving them the win. “It’s always important to win the game,” said Head Coach Jeff Yamamoto, “... but we had clinched the West Division at the last game so ... this game we got a chance to try some different things but at the same time it was good to win.” The night before, the team defeated Kapolei in order to secure the first place spot in the West Division. Fans made signs for each senior. Teammates, friends and family gathered to congratulate each one, where all the attention went straight to the seniors. Each player cherished the moment, giving them a chance

to look back on the season and think about what being part of the team means to them. Knowing that soon they will be leaving made them realize that they will miss playing in the high school season. “It sucks because it’s fun playing with all these guys,” said Senior Jonathan Fukumoto, forward. They’ve had a lot of time to make memories since the preseason started in November. Now in the postseason, the team is extending their season as long as possible. After the regular season, the Trojans rushed the OIA playoffs as the west’s number one seed. This allowed them to automatically advance to the quarterfinals where they faced Leilehua, beating them 1-0. In the semi-finals, they took down the Kaiser Cougars, winning 4-2. Finally, in the championship match, they defeated Kapolei 2-0, crowning them the 2009 OIA Red Division Champions. “I think we always expect to do well,” said Yamamoto. After senior night the main focus was on winning the OIA championship, but the team’s current goal is to win in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) Tournament, which began on Feb. 11 and will end Feb. 14.

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Aries (March 21 – April 19) Since all of the state quarters have officially been released to the public, you should take the time to collect all 50! If you haven’t already, get one of those books that hold the quarters collection. It’ll help keep track of all that pocket change. One day that collection may be worth more than $12.50.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Coming into the new year, you feel like you need to temporarily change up your style. Go for something bold, like dying your hair electric blue with that semi-permanent dye. Or get one of those snazzy peel-and-stick tattoos from the quarter slot machines. You’ll definitely make a statement for a short time-period! Gemini (May 21 – June 21) You suddenly find that you’ve been blessed with a green thumb. So put it to


use and start planting a garden! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it would be wise to grow a variety of flowers to give your special someone a nice bouquet. Roses would be especially sweet. Everyone loves to be given roses! Cancer (June 22 – July 22) After watching one of those Do-It-Yourself channels, you’re feeling inspired and independent. Now you’re building everything on your own – bookshelves, coffee tables, you name it. Home Depot has you to thank for their recent increase in wood sales as you are now the equivalent of Tim Taylor on “Home Improvement.”


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) This month, you’re feeling superstitious. Be careful not to step on cracks or walk under ladders. Don’t, for any reason, open an umbrella indoors. Watch for black cats that cross your path. Your cautiousness will pay off because after all this, you’ll


find a four-leaf clover and your luck will turn around!

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) The best way to spend your weekends is to have a barbecue with your friends! There’s nothing better than hanging out with an open grill and some burgers and onions. Another year has passed and everyone is getting older. These days of going out are becoming limited, so take advantage of the time you have now!


Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You should start to explore new hobbies. Maybe making balloon animals or spaghetti bridges will spark your interest. Or if you’re not the arts and crafts kind of person, maybe you’ll get into creating websites. You could invent the newest social network and call it MyFace.


Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) The new season of America’s Best Dance Crew has struck you with a dancing


Because fate will always be inevitable fever! Perhaps someone will ask you to join their crew when you’re spotted breaking it down to some elevator music. It’s thanks to all that practice you put into Dance Dance Revolution that you’ve come so far.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) This month you’ll be quite the happy homemaker because you’ve discovered that you are like the new Martha Stewart. From sewing pillowcases and curtains to cooking fabulous meals and desserts, your friends will be receiving really nice gifts from you this Valentine’s Day.


Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) This is a good month to contribute to society and do good deeds for people. Mow someone’s lawn, walk a dog, do someone’s homework – the possibilities are endless. After all your hard work and effort, you’ll be deemed the unofficial Samaritan of the Month.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Spring is just around the corner, and that means spring cleaning! When you see all the accumulated junk that the winter season has brought, you’ll find yourself feeling like the equivalent of Niecy Nash from “Clean House.” Get rid of the old clutter to make room for shiny new clutter. It’s out with the old and in with the new!


Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) This month you’re feeling quite creative. Put together a new song and make it to the top of the charts. Write a new book and win a Nobel Prize. Invent a new food dish and win one of those Food Network contests. Your innovative ideas will come with rewards and recognition.


Compiled by Kellie Kawamoto

Issue 5 2008-2009  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 5

Issue 5 2008-2009  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 5