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Kalani and Wheeler place first in Nengajo New Year’s card contest



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“I love drawing and coloring (these) kinds of things, once I start, I usually don’t stop till it’s finished.” Alina Kalani , 9


State winners from MHS include Freshman Alina Kalani, who placed first in the artistic category, Sophomore Alisha Wheeler, who placed first for the New Year’s in Hawaii Category, Junior Malia Kunioka, who placed second for the humorous category, Junior Preston Matsuo, who placed second for artistic, Junior Kelsey McDowell, who placed third for original and Senior Nicole Preston, who placed second for New Year’s in Hawaii. “It was a Japanese assignment that turned into a fun, exciting experience,” stated Kunioka. Kalani described her card by saying, “Well, I knew it was the year of the rabbit. So I just put in a rabbit. Of course there always has to be mochi on New Year’s so I had (the rabbit) pounding mochi,” she said. The Nengajo competition was broken up into age groups: elementary, intermediate and high school. Each age level had the opportunity to win first, second, or third place in each of the four categories. “I think they were most artistic and (the judges) look for correctly written Kanji,” said Japanese Teacher JoAnne Kanda. Depending on how advanced students were in Japanese, they had to write the date and “Happy New Year” in Kanji or Hiragana, which is a less complicated form of Japanese writing. MHS will continue to participate in the Negajo card comptition for years to come.

Artistic category, First Place


was fun. It was nice to see (my card) go on the board and have everyone say ‘Alisha did that.’”

Alisha Wheeler , 10 New Year’s in Hawaii category, First Place

“I had fun making the card because I enjoy drawing and coloring.” Malia Kunioka , 11 Humorous category, Second Place

“It was fun to make and I got experience in Japanese culture.” Preston Matsuo , 11 Artistic category, Second Place

“I enjoyed making my card because I got to be creative.” Kelsey McDowell , 11 Most Original category, Third Place

“I designed (the card) for my grandma.”

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Nicole Preston , 12 New Year’s in Hawaii category, Second Place

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Increase in meal prices

As of Feb. 1, 2011, the meal prices will be increasing. Adult and student second breakfast prices will increase from $1.90 to $2.00. The costs for student second entrees are increasing from $1.75 to $1.85; the adult lunch and student second lunch are increasing from $4.40 to $4.70. The school is no longer reimbursed by the state for adult meals or student second lunches. The full cost for said meals is $4.70 Compiled by Matthew Ambrosecchio

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Cadiz and Santos recognized at blessing of new lanai

By Zora Ha

With a year and a half’s work behind them, the Industrial Arts team, including students and staff, with help of several hired construction workers, had the chance to look back on their accomplishments on Jan. 12, at the dedication of the school’s newly built lanai. “I just felt really honored to have been chosen to perform for an event like this,” said String Ensemble player, Sophomore Brandon Quon. The event began with a performance by a selected group of students from the String Ensemble. They performed several pieces including “Autumn” by Beethoven and “Ruslan and Ludmilla” by Mikhail Glinka to get everyone ready for the opening speech and blessing. Following the performance was a blessing of the lanai and an additional performance by World Languages Teacher Kekoa Wong’s hula halau. After the ceremony, Industrial Arts Teacher Jeffrey Cadiz reflected on the construction process. “I believe it was a year process, they wanted to bring in an architecture [sic], so I recom-

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The blessing of the new lanai was completed with traditional hula dances “Kawika,” “Ula No Weo” and “Ma i No Iolani.” Faculty members and students attended, honoring Industrial Arts teacher Jeffrey Cadiz (left) and HCC Building and Construction Academy Instructor Gilbert Santos (right). mended having the school get a mason contractor to lay the foundation and put up the columns and my class would be responsible for the roof section,” he said. Building the lanai, which was made possible with the

help of multiple donors, was part of a project that the Industrial Arts students had to do. “It was the main project for the first part of the year. When the blue print was finally made, the selected students looked at the plans

and under the instruction of (HCC Building and Construction Academy Instructor Gilbert Santos) they put the roof together,” Cadiz said. Cadiz and Santos were faced with a dilemma on

whether or not to hire a roofer to stay on schedule. “I think the main problem was getting the roof materials covered when the rainy season starts,” Cadiz said. “Because my students can’t work as fast as a professional roofer, one weekend, I went to hire some roofers so they can have it out a lot quicker protect the exposed roof,” he continued. Over the course of a year, Cadiz and his assistant Santos, started brainstorming the lanai, without a particular design or space requirement in mind. “There would just be the size, the fit for the area that they were thinking about, so it went from a 20 by 20 (area), to a 30 by 40.” “It was very enjoyable working with these students for a type of project like this,” Santos said. MHS students were put in charge of everything below the shingles of the roof, including the process of cementing the floor, painting and building the ceiling. Santos and Cadiz are relieved now that the lanai is finally completed. They and the many others that contributed to the process stood proudly, with a smile, as the crowd congratulated them with a series of applauses.

MHS holds first College Awareness Week By Chanel Kawasaki

With the weight of counselors, classes and impending college deadlines, the pressure is on for students to find out where they’ll be headed after they’re handed their diploma. In order to ease the stress off of college research, MHS held its first College Awareness Week, an event hosted by College and Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto. On Jan. 10 through the 14, during both lunches at the new lanai in front of the library, students were able to talk to representatives from local colleges in Hawaii to learn more about the different campuses and what each school had to offer. “This was something I thought I could do on a smaller scale (to) expose students to colleges,” said Ya-

mamoto. “It’s giving them another opportunity to get information from colleges.” Aimed to get juniors thinking about college and underclassmen aware of their choices, students grabbed brochures and spoke to representatives from the many booths that were available throughout the week. “I’m surprised a lot of students are interested in coming to college,” said Sheryl Higa, a representative from Leeward Community College. With many careers requiring many students to have a college degree, Higa said, “Without a college degree, a lot of times nowadays you’re not going to find a really good, full-time job.” The schools that attended the event to inform MHS students included: University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Hawaii Hilo,

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(Left) Students gather around the LCC booth during Lunch B, grabbing brochures about their programs. (Right) Senior Brittney Acoba speaks to a university respresentative about college options. Hawaii Tokai, Heald College, Chaminade University, Grand Canyon University, Leeward Community College and Kapiolani Community College. “(The fair allowed students to) expand their options and to review their best choices,” said Junior Lyanne Lu, who plans on going out

of state and thus took interest in the transfer program of Tokai University. “If the students don’t know anything about the colleges they’re going to go to then they lack the knowledge that they might need to survive in that college,” said Junior Kelsi Watanabe. Spirit points were also

awarded on the Friday of that week to the classes wearing the most college logo clothing, the winner of which was the sophomores. This event, which caught the attention of many students throughout the week, is scheduled to be continued in the following years.



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AP Economics offered for 2011-2012 school year By Matthew Raab

As a part of the expansion of the Advanced Placement (AP) program at MHS, AP Micro and Macro Economics have been added to the list of classes available starting with the 2011-2012 school year. The class will be taught by Social Studies Teacher Cynthia Tong, who currently teaches AP World History and AP European History. “I think economics is really, really important. So last year, at the beginning of the year, I asked (Principal John) Brummel if we could offer AP Macro and Micro Economics,” she said. With this concernment for economics in mind, Tong had to figure out if there was any enthusiasm for the course on campus before it could be offered as a class, so that funds could be appropriated to the class without risk of it going to waste. After asking a couple of her classes if they would be interested in the course, she decided there was sufficient

interest to offer it. One unique element of the class is when it’s held. The class will be held as an after school course, a seventh period of enrolled students, which can include students from any grade level that are interested. “We’re required to give … 50 minutes per class period,” Tong explained. “So our after school classes are 50 minutes apiece and then our online or Saturday classes are 50 minutes a piece.” The class is split into two semesters, Macro and Micro. “You could take them separately or together. That’s the way they’re designed on the college level and that’s the way they’re designed here,” Tong explained. “Micro Economics is about the study of resources. Resources directly affect the individual consumer, like students, a lot of students don’t think they have resources, but you have skills, you have property, all of those are resources... all of those directly affect you.” On the other hand, Macro Economics is much more

broad, and less focused on the individual. “Macro Economics is on the international scale. That’s where we’re looking at the stock markets of Japan, Germany, we’re looking at international trade and international policy about trade.” Since the content is split into two distinct sections, students are not obligated to sign up for both sections of the class. Students interested only in Micro Economics could choose only the second semester of the course, while students interested only in Macro Economics could sign up for only the first semester. Each semester has its own AP exam, so there would be no conflict with credits. This allows flexibility for students who are active extra-curricularly, as they can take the course available when they are less busy with other obligations. The class attracted more than sufficient attention from students around the campus, which has a couple perks besides the curriculum. It has space for only 16 students, for finan-

cial reasons attached to one of those perks, as each student enrolled in the course will receive an Apple iPad for academic and personal use. “I am most excited about getting an iPad to use all the time,” said Sophomore Tristyn Wiehl, who is enrolled. Students enrolling in the class expressed an interest in the content as well, including Sophomore Courtney Wilson, who said, “I wanted to learn about Economics at a college level. And I’m very looking forward to (the iPad).” The class will be held for 50 minutes directly after school, every day school is normally held, as well as weekend classes and online aspects. As the class will be heavily reliant on electronic communication, Tong explained that classes would be held online using blogs, and students would communicate to determine the best time for meeting during the weekends. This digital aspect of the class will allow for a high amount of versatility in the class and the school day.

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MHS adds BC Calculus to curriculum

By Chanel Kawasaki

The new school year will bring new classes to students’ schedules. One of these classes is AP Calculus BC taught by Math Teacher Patrick Riehle. Currently the school has a partnership with Leeward Community College (LCC) and offers an AP Calculus class in which an LCC professor teaches Math 205. But the students there are waived from taking the AP exam and automatically receive the four hours of college calculus if they pass the course with a C grade or higher since the course is taught by a college calculus teacher. However this may vary depending the college. “If they’re taking the regular (BC calculus) and not the Leeward class they have to take the AP placement exam in May and based on the score that they had they may or may not get credit,” said Math Teacher Jeanne Nanbu. Since the LCC class runs afterschool and conflicted with student’s schedules, the math department decided to introduce BC calculus. “We wanted to offer them more options,” said Riehle. BC calculus offers two semesters of college calculus and at the end of the year, after taking the AP exam, a student can receive up to two semesters of college credit. Junior Grace Hayashi, one of the students taking BC calculus said she signed up because of schedule collisions. “I might be taking sports and the LCC class goes on afterschool,” she said. This class for students who have finished Trigonometry.


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Veteran Science Teacher Sandra Webb Returns to MHS By Matthew Raab

Sandra Webb, a 15 year veteran MHS science teacher, has returned. Webb was extended an invitation to return to MHS by Principal John Brummel earlier this school year as a replacement for exiting Science Teacher David Snow. “When Dr. Brummel knew Mr. Snow was going to go for his new family, he called me in, … and in three seconds I was like ‘yes, yes,’ and I don’t think he finished his sentence.” Science Teacher Nel Venzon, who took over Webb’s teaching position when she left, was enthusiastic about her return. “When I first found out … I was so excited because Mrs. Webb, she was truly active at our school,” he said. “She’s a very nice person, nice colleague, nice teacher, very effective teacher, and I think now she’s in charge of environmental science, so I’m sure the

students will learn a lot.” Sophomore Rayen Haid, a student in one of Snow’s classes that are now being taught by Webb, added, “Mrs. Webb is an understanding and interesting teacher.” Although Webb grew up on the mainland, Oahu became a second home for her. She and her husband had to leave in Sept. 2009, for personal reasons. “The only thing that would ever had made us leave is family concerns … and we have done everything we could,” Webb stated. They decided it was time to return to Oahu. “It was kind of a hard discussion to have with our parents that homesick meant for here, but we did it,” she said. Webb has now begun to make her transition back to the lifestyle she had grown accustomed to on the island. A part of this has been settling back into the routine of MHS. “Not a lot has changed, but I don’t know yet, like I went to Edline

and it’s a slightly different system, and I’m still figuring out my password to my computer,” Webb explained. There are also contributions Webb helped to make or supported for the school that are still visible today. “I’m excited about what kept going while I was gone, like the ecosystem investigations that all the biology kids do. (Science Teacher Michelle) Delarosa and (Science Teacher Gina) Samson worked so hard to keep those going. I know (Social Studies Teacher Amy) Perusso worked hard to keep the Kahoolawe access open, she explained, finishing, “Believe me … it’s not a one woman job.” She hopes to jump back into her role as a productive MHS teacher and Hawaii resident. “My husband is finishing up his contract in Oregon and we’ll either be moving March or June back here, so I’m staying with dear friends, and hopefully being able to help out a little there,” she said.

medical field. “We were able to speak to many different people who were majoring in certain careers,” said Sophomore Danielle Terkunia.

they were small enough where you can communicate with the presenter. I also learned many new things,” said Terkunia. Interview skills, financial aid awareness and scholarship application information as well as other college related subjects were some of the thing addressed in the workshops. All the professionals who attended Quest for Success as well as the coordinators from the Rotary Cub of Mililani Sunrise were volunteers who took the time out of their day to be at the event. This year was the first year that Quest for Success was held at Trinity Lutheran Church. Last year, the fair was held at a Mililani Recreation Center One. The Rotary Club hopes to continue organizing Quest for Success as long as there are enough volunteers and facilities for it to be held

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Science teacher Sandra Webb explains the structure of a paramecium, returning to teach at MHS after leaving for the mainland for a year. The goals Webb has for her position at MHS range through all of the classes she teaches, from Environmental Science to Advisory. For Environmental Science, she hopes to make an Advanced Placement (AP) course available after familiarizing herself with the curriculum. In advisory, she has her class talking in issues they want to address, including school lunches. All of Snow’s classes will be taken over by Webb, along

with his room. Another of Webb’s goals is to ajust the room to her preferences and become familiar with it, including cleaning it out, she explained. “You will see me going through with recycle bins and carts all over the school, because I’ve got a lot to share, including free guppies.” Webb has already started teaching at MHS, although she is still settling back into life on the island.

MHS students attend 2nd Annual Quest for Success career fair By Shan Yonamine In an effort to inform students about possible career pathways, the Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrise organized the second annual Quest for Success career fair. The event was held at Trinity Lutheran Church located in Mililani Tech Park on Jan. 20, 2011. Students from MHS and Hanalani Schools were invited to attend this event. Students were given the opportunity to browse through possible career choices and be informed about their chosen pathways. “We want students to know its okay to not know what they want to do,” said Quest for Success Director Derek Yee of the Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrise. Some careers that were showcased were teaching, criminal justice, agricultural jobs, banking, military services and jobs in the

“We want students to know its okay to not know what they want to do.” -Derek Yee Quest for Success Director

“It’s not a job fair,” stated Yee. “It’s to get students interested in possible careers.” Students also attended various workshops which were conducted by students and professionals with real life experience. “I enjoyed the workshop sessions because

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On Jan. 20, 2011, Freshman Mason Matsuo and Sophomores Peter Au, Danielle Terkunia and Lisa Grandinetti participate in one of the many college preparation workshops that were offered at the Quest for Success career fair.


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Acoba wins Cherry Blossom Festival Essay Contest By Reid Imamura This past January, Senior Brittney Acoba won first place in the Cherry Blossom Festival Essay Contest hosted by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Jan. 22 and recognized Acoba for her paper, which she had submitted to the contest earlier in October. Originally, Acoba had written it for her English class, but decided to submit it into the competition. “I liked how the paper was being shaped and what it was about so I decided to submit the paper to the essay contest and see what happened,” said Acoba.

The contest asked it’s high school aged participants about which Japanese virtue/value they would want in our own American society. Acoba chose the Japanese Government mentality as a value she would write about. “The reason why I chose government is because a Japanese government is strong and they display resistance and stay strong even when things get tough,” said Acoba. With the help of friends and her teacher, Acoba was able to significantly improve her paper. “I mostly gave feedback towards the overall presentation of the Japanese and their history. Also, towards how Gaman (quiet endurance) relates to her life,” said MHS

Alumna Kristi Auyoung. She later found out that she won first place in the contest. “I was shocked. It felt surreal. It was my first time entering this essay contest, or any essay contest. To hear that I had won because of my essay, I was lost for words,” said Acoba. Acoba, who once only intended to write an essay for extra credit in her English class’ was recognized and awarded 150 dollars for her paper that she submitted to the Cherry Blossom Festival Essay Contest. Senior Brittney Acoba, with Iolani Junior Rachel Ki. Both competed in the Cherry Blossom Festival Essay Contest.

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Photo courtesy of Brittney Acoba

Longtime MHS teachers retire

Over winter break, two teachers who have dedicated years to MHS retired. These individuals are Health Teacher Mark Durlacher, who has taught at MHS since Nov. 12, 1980 and Social Studies Teacher Byron Park who began on Sept. 1, 1971. Compiled by Caitlin Kelly

H-Building Digital Learning Center gets computer updates An ongoing process to improve the digital learning center in H building has recently made major progress. All iMacs and MacBooks have been updated, a digital audio and video production center has been set up and a screening area has been created. A part-time employee who is knowledgeable about digital tools has been hired. “We are hoping that the Digital Learning Specialist will be available by appointment to work with teachers and students who wish to engage in projects requiring 21st century tools in an environment that supports innovation and collaboration,” said Principal John Brummel. Compiled by Caitlin Kelly

Former Health Teacher Mark Durlacher

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Davison places first in the annual Shakespeare Competition By Ella Macaraig Every year, the English Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS) conducts a Shakespeare competition and every school in the country is encouraged to participate. The MHS competition was led by Fine Arts Teacher Jamie Stroud and was held on Jan. 11 in room L202. Students who were interested gathered to compete for first, second and third place. Eight participants prepared monologues from various Shakespeare plays. In the end the judges narrowed it down to the top three winners. Senior Amber Davison placed first, followed by Senior Matthew Ambrosecchio and Sophomore KamuelaDawn Napoleon. All competitors performed their monologues in front of three judges. The judges based their scores on the following criteria. “The student should be able to



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First place winner Davison (left) delivers her lines from Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well�to the judges with emotion as she tries to win a spot in the state competition.

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show that they understand what they’re saying and in their way of delivery. And also if they are communicating and they are able to make the audience to understand what they are saying,� said Stroud. Davison thought that it was a really rough competition. “I’m always nervous before I act. There was some

that she understood and was proud of what she was performing,� said Westfall. Davison will compete in the state championships held at University of Hawaii at Manoa planned for sometime in February. Winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to compete for the national level in New York City.

tough competition but I did the best I could and hoped for the judges to pick me,� she said. Davison performed a monologue from Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That End’s Well�, as the character Helena. It was also Davison’s first time competing in the state competition. The thought of this made her even more

excited. “Honestly, I jumped up in the air and called all my friends,� she said. Audience member, Sophomore Victoria Westfall, was impressd by Davison’s performance and talent. “I think they chose her because she had a very strong voice, acted with her body not just with the words and that gave off the feeling

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Olinger’s photograph wins Scholastic Silver Key By Jacquelyn Perreira

Out of the 43 MHS students who submitted their artwork to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year, only one piece was given an award. A photograph entitled “Bubbly Toes,” taken by second year photography student, Junior Amanda Rae Olinger, was awarded The Silver Key. “I really liked her stuff. Actually, (Olinger’s photograph) was so good that I even had to ask her how she did it,” said Olinger’s Fine Arts Teacher Francine Sandell. The contest accepts submissions nationwide from students that are in grades seven to twelve, and the awards are ranked as a Bronze Key for third place, a Silver Key for second place and a Gold Key for first place. Olinger’s photograph features a small set of toes surrounded by bubbles. “I just got really lucky … the waves were kind of just going over like the rocks … and there was a little girl with me

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Junior Amanda Rae Olinger and I just like stuck the camera underneath and waited for like some of the bubbles to clear up, and then I just like shot a few pictures, and … it looked cool,” explained Olinger. Winning a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can have benefits beyond just the key itself. “(If) you get a silver key … you can have this award added to your resume for when you apply to a college,” explained Fine

Photo courtesy of Amanda Rae Olinger

Amanda Rae Olinger’s photograph “Bubbly Toes,” won a Silver Key in the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Arts Teacher Ruth RavinaKoethe. The award is also beneficial on college applications. “When you apply to an art school or an art academy, if you put this on your resume … a lot of times they will give you scholarship for having an award with Scholastic Arts,” Koethe said. Olinger plans on taking a photography class again next year. “I’ll probably enter the Scholastics again.

And then in college I’ll probably major in something different, but maybe like minor in photography.” Olinger’s photograph can be seen on display at the Hawaii State Art Museum from Feb. 4 to Apr. 1. The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 5 in front of the museum from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Trojans, welcome to the second semester. I hope those who went to Winterball last quarter had fun. There are many activities and events this quarter. January 10-14 was College Awareness Week. A big thank you to Mrs. Yamamoto and Ms. Kato for making this event successful. The first week of February was Counselor Appreciation Week. I hope you all thanked the counselors for their hard work. Campus Beautification is on February 5, where clubs and classes help clean the school. Character Counts Fair is on February 12 at Mililani Town Center. There will be a variety of activities promoting the six pillars. With Valentine’s Day coming up, on February 11, ASMHS, Jazz Band, and officers from the Mililani complex schools will participate in our annual Olaloa Valentine’s Day Dance. Also on February 14, people who wear matching Valentine’s clothing may receive a treat at B105. ASMHS election forms were released, be sure to vote for our students on February 14-16 through Edline. Finally, there is a senate meeting on February 22 during second period. The incoming ASMHS officers will be introduced. With all of these exciting events coming up, let’s have fun this quarter.

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Palmer Wins Young Messanger Essay Contest By Aven Santiago Some would say that Hawaii’s economy will not do well in the future and that the reliance on tourism is not the most stable system. One of these people would be Freshman Kylie Palmer, who recently won an essay contest for the Young Messengers of Hawaii inspired by former Governor George Ariyoshi. The essay contest is open to all students enrolled in Modern History of Hawaii or Participation in Democracy. Students submitted entries about the topic, “What do you think needs to happen in the next fifty years for Hawaii to be the best place to work and live?” Palmer won the contest at the school level, out of all the students who had entered. “I felt amazing,” said Palmer after she won. “I really didn’t think that was going to happen. I was extremely happy,” she continued. Palmer’s essay explained that tourism should not be

Freshman Kylie Palmer the source of the economy in the islands. She wrote about how people should look towards agriculture as an industry instead of tourism. Her essay captured the attention of her Social Studies Teachers Amy Perruso and Lailanie Richmond, who helped choose her essay as the contest winner from MHS. “I think what distinguished her paper from others was the way she was both able to focus in on very specific issues,” said Perruso, “Like the importance of labor, and at the same time she had a big picture analysis. She had a holistic kind of approach. That was a real strength. She is a good writer so she was able to express

herself really clearly.” Originally, Palmer’s essay started off as a regular class assignment. “It was a class assignment and Mrs. Perruso told (us) it was worth half of our grade for our final so it really was a motivation to get an A in that class,” said Palmer. “The essay took first out of 60 essays written from MHS,” said Richmond. “I think it was Mrs. Perruso and myself who did this contest within MHS,” said Richmond. “So she read her students’ essays, I read mines as well and we chose what we thought were the top 15 in our classes. We read each other’s and wittled it down to the top 20 or 30 students. The one winner who had represented us had really thought about this solution.” Palmer was honored at the state capitol building and her essay will be published online and in a book to be distributed to all the high schools. You can read Palmers essay online at


To the Point: Brown Bags to Stardom

Students showcased songs at the January 26 Brown Bags to Stardom talent show. Roughly fifteen acts auditioned for a spot in the February 3rd competition. The show consisted of bands, solos and guitarists.

Trojan Showcase Date: Wednsday March 2, 2011 Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: MHS Cafeteria

Come support MHS students as they display thier hard work.



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You’re not tech savvy if you text all day By Matthew Ambrosecchio

In an age where the world is literally at our finger tips, our generation is equipped with means to enlightenment, collaboration and inspiration unrivaled to that of the past. Living in this ‘technological age,’ countless avenues have opened; web conferences with peers or informative resources can be accessed with a simple click of a mouse. But let’s get real. I’m sure the majority of us would rather update our Facebook status or go live on Xbox. The fact is we’re only using technology—consuming—oblivious to its intended ability to be productive. Before moving on I just want to be clear, when I say “consuming” I mean it in all context of the word. Like going to Starbucks and ordering a frappuccino, we are drinking up the pool of high tech gizmos and websites marketed almost every week. It’s really surprising how one can get caught up in the latest app fad or novelty site. I know I’ve wasted countless hours designing avatars, web chatting and gaming; and when it’s all said and


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done I only get a couple of laughs and a few levels up; no creditable product or end for all the time spent. Now I’m not saying we should forgo social networking or diet our electronic entertainment but we need to realize there’s much more versatility to technology than we realize. Take the internet for example, it was originally designed as a communication modem for the military but today it’s Check Edline or our bulletin board for the latest scholarship listing. Any scholarship money that you receive means less money out of your pocket. FAFSA – Financial Aid The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides the foundation for the college financial aid process. Request for forms or complete the form online at Don’t Forget Your “Thank Yous!” Don’t forget to send a thank you note to the teachers and/or counselors who helped you submit letters of recommendation and school report forms. Quest for Success Thank you to the Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrise, and to the students who attended Quest for Success on

become the staple of interaction and information on anything. In essence it’s the same—a tool to share—but it’s evolved beyond its specifications; and all because of inspired innovation. In comparison, our generation seems to lack that ingenuity. Somehow we’ve been wired to take our iPods, net-books and circuit filled platforms at face value—which happens to be the most convenient or entertaining angle advertised. “I think that for some kids they just aren’t aware of it or they’re not aware of what (technology) can do,” said English Teacher LisaAnn Tsuruda in a conversation on this matter. She suggested implementing classes to help resolve this issue. “You know how they have keyboarding as a required course, why can’t we use ‘uses of technology,’ ‘using social networks,’ “using the internet,’ ‘using, like, Google Docs,” she said. Vice Principal James Petersen took a similar attitude towards incorporating technology into education. “Part of (changing students’ attitude towards technology) really is the responsibility of the school ... and that

(change) can’t happen till teachers and administrators are conscious of the changes that are happening in society.” Till then what can we do to make the most out of technology? Ultimately it’s an issue of perspective; being inovative in optimizing our electronics and see its potential. What if we changed the language on our phones to apply and practice our studies? What if we brought cameras to school to take pictures of lesson demonstrations instead of friends? What if Facebook became a homework help center, or an MP3 player an audio study tool? The list could go on and on, only limited by one’s creativity. The key factor to keep in mind is productivity: are our applications creative contributions or trivial novelties? The determining factor in that aspect is the results, or content produced. We have to remember enjoying technology is worlds different from optimizing it. Once we understand our electronic aptitude isn’t based off how much we use, but rather how we use our resources, we can step out of our one track circuit.

Thursday, January 20.

$140. Applications have been mailed home, or are available at the attendance office or C&CC. Visit to register online.

Junior English Class Visits Mrs. Yamamoto is visiting Junior English classes. College planning, course planning, college entrance tests, resume/essay writing, NCAA, etc. was covered. If you were absent on that day, please see Mrs. Yamamoto in C&CC to get the information shared. 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. SAT Prep Class Spring Break 2011-SAT Prep Classes will be held at MHS from March 14-17. Cost is

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. Visit C&CC or www.hawaii. edu/runningstart for more information. College Planning Appointments Be proactive and make an appointment to discuss post-high school plans. Contact Mrs. Yamamoto to schedule appointments during the school day, before school or after school.

Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to be the student voice and to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations. Editor-in-Chief Bianca Sewake Assistant Editor Caitlin Kelly Design Editor Matthew Ambrosecchio Business Manager Jessica Antonio Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel

Staff Zora Ha Reid Imamura Chanel Kawasaki Ella Macaraig Judy Mossman Jacquelyn Perreira Matthew Raab Aven Santiago Shan Yonamine

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Nakamura and Suenaga, former Trojan soccer players take on coaching position

Coach Jolie Nakamura

Caitlin Kelly | Trojan Times

Assistant Coach Julie Nakamura jumps into a training exercise with Sophomore Brooke Yoshimura. Nakaura and Assistant Coach Julie Suenaga enjoy demonstrating different techniques. By Caitlin Kelly Former standout Trojan soccer players Jolie Nakamura and Julie Suenaga have returned to MHS as assistant coaches for the Girls Varsity Soccer Team. With over 40 years of combined experience and several special distinctions under their belts, they have brought a new perspective to the team. Nakamura began playing soccer at the age of five and has been doing so ever since. After graduating from MHS in 2002, she went on to play soccer for four years at Azusa Pacific University in California. In high school she was a 2001 and 2002 First Team All-State Girls Soccer selection. During college she was a Women’s Soccer All-Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Team selection in 2005 and 2006 and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American Team selection in 2005 and 2006. Her first coaching position was with the MHS JV girls soccer team in 2003. “I really enjoy (coaching), it’s something I’m really passionate about,” Nakamura said. Suenaga also began playing soccer when she was just five years old. She is a 2002 graduate of MHS

and went on to play at Azusa Pacific University for one year. Suenaga began coaching soon after the beginning of college. “When I was in California for college, I coached club soccer up there for four years. That’s when I stopped playing at Azusa Pacific,” she said. In 2002, she along with Nakamura, helped lead the MHS varsity girls soccer team to their first state championship win in eight years against defending champion, Baldwin High School. After playing on the same team in both high school and college, Nakamura and Suenaga have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share their experiences at their alma mater. “Coach Nakamura and I talked about (coaching at MHS) for years, and it’s worked out well,” Suenaga said. Players feel that the coaches’ previous experiences have been a notable aspect of their coaching style. “They understand the game really, really well. They know exactly what we’re going through and exactly how to help us. They see from our perspective,” said Senior Kristen “Mimi” Nakagawa, Center Midfielder. Nakamura and Suenaga have been bringing new ideas to the team through-

Coach Julie Suenaga

out the season. “A lot of it is changing our formation quite a bit in every game. We also have a big set of girls all very capable of playing different positions. So a lot of it is seeing which player will fit best in this game against this defender to give us the best outcome,” Suenaga said. The two enjoy demonstrating their tactics as well. “We play with the girls too so we’ll jump in sometimes and kind of model things for them,” Nakamura said. Even though the two coaches are very knowledgeable in the sport, they feel that coaching has taught them a great deal. “I’ve learned a lot of patience in terms of breaking things down to communicate what the coaches are expecting of the girls,” stated Nakamura. Suenaga agreed, saying, “I’ve learned about patience, and we’ve been tested again with patience.” Nakamura and Suenaga have helped the girls varsity soccer team achieve a 9-2-0 record and a number one ranking in the OIA Red West Division. The team will be moving on to the OIA Championship tournament which begins on Feb. 1 at the Waipio Soccer Complex. The MHS girls varsity soccer team will play their first game of the tournament on Feb. 2.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Alumni return to MHS to coach By Judy Mossman After devoting much of their high school years to athletics, Security Department Head Kalani Takase and Educational Assistant Ciera Senas have come back to coach at MHS. Both former students are eager to give back to the athletic department. Takase has been the head coach of Judo for the past four years. He participated in Judo since the age of five. Coming back to coach at MHS was always something he knew he wanted to do. “It was an easy transition for me, and you always want to see something you are involved in deeply continue to prosper,” he stated. “Having Kalani as a coach is helpful because he used to be in our footsteps so he can relate to us easier,” said Sophomore Landon Arimoto. Takase decided to come back to MHS because of the strong foundation given to him and his fellow coaches. “The support we have from the athletic department, athletic director and the administration is tremendous. It’s something I have come to realize within the past four years,” said Takase. “I tell my assistant coaches that I always like to hire coaches who are alumni because they have the best interest in our program. They want to make sure that we are not going to let this program die.”

Coach Kalani Takase

Coach Ciera Senas Another former student of MHS that had the chance to come back to coach last year is Educational Assistant Ciera Senas. She played softball throughout her four years in high school, then later attended Hawaii Pacific University to play college softball. Senas appreciates the fact that she is able to coach at the school she once attended. “It’s a lot of pride that takes place, and because I did graduate from this school,” stated Senas. “I know this program because I been through this program myself, and it’s easy for me to help coach because I been through it.” Senas and Takase will continue to coach their teams, and give back to their high school.

To The Point: Soccer charity Over the past several games, the members of Boys Varsity Soccer have collected toiletries at their games from the audience. These products are to be collected and donated to local homeless shelters on Oahu. Compiled by Bianca Sewake



Thursday, February 3, 2011

JV Tennis wins OIAs Trojan MMonth of the

By Matthew Raab

Being crowned OIA champions was a fulfilling feeling for the members of the MHS JV Tennis team. The team played in the OIA championships held at Brigham Young University in North Oahu on Dec. 4. “They won the West, and then they won the state OIA, which is East against the West, so they won, overall, the whole thing,” said Coach Mary Ann Beamer. The matches were held tournament style in the course of a day, with schools from around the island competing. Player’s wins and losses contributed to each school’s overall standing, and by the end of the day. MHS found itself on top. “My reaction was surreal, like ‘did we really win?’ I mean I didn’t doubt our skill but the feeling was amazing. You, know it was like, alright we did it,” said Soph

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Sophomore Joelle Arakaki at the JV Tennis Mililani Championships. She also competed in the OIA championships on Dec. 4 held at Brigham Young University, where the team won OIAs. omore Marisa Tottori. This victory capped a season that extended throughout the first semester of the school year. As the team members explained, the team didn’t just come together and win a championship. “Everyone definitely put in a lot of effort. We showed up to

8 a.m. practices during our fall breaks, and had the craziest conditioning twice a week, but everyone tried their hardest, and I think it showed,” said Freshman Kaycee Oyama. Other teammates agreed. “To get to where we were, our team always tried hard

during matches and practices and supported each other. In the tournament, we had five matches on and basically, we needed to win three out of five for each team we played. So we cheered for each other and kept our spirits up,” remarked Sophomore Zoe Leaman. “But we were also courteous to other teams, because sportsmanship is a huge part of the game,” she added. At the matches themselves, the team’s attitude was stressed crucially by many team members. All the players expressed a dedication to the organization and its members. Although the JV season ended with that victory, many of the players tried out for and are playing for the Varsity team, which hopes to have the same success as its JV counterpart. The last time JV Tennis won OIAs was two years ago, although Varsity took OIAs last year.







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By Ella Macaraig

Senior Hassan Richardson started playing football and basketball at a young age and is still dedicated to sports. He got in to the MHS’ Varsity Football Team as a receiver in his junior year of high school. He excels in both sports that he is in and also maintains good grades in school. His performances landed him three mainland college scholarships. He was influenced by his father, for he was an athlete in high school too. In years of being dedicated to football, he is now getting his “pay backs”. “I have one from Wyoming, San Diego State, but I’m looking forward to going to Montana with my quarterback Trent McKinney,” said Richardson. Richardson knows how to prioritize. “(During) football season, I do some of my academics before practice then after I go home and do the rest,” he said. Richardson’s friend and quarterback Trenton “Trent” McKinney said his friend has the determination that a balanced athlete should have. “He is a focused and determined athlete that does just about anything to get a win for his team,” he said. Richardson is now reaching his goal to get into a good college. He plans on heading to Montana with McKinney to continue playing football.



Keith Migita Keith Keith! Thanks for being there for me when I needed you the most. I can always count on you like four, three, two and you’ll be there haha! Happy Valentines! I you! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shan Yonamine

Jessica Anotonio

SHANYY :D Be mines FOREVER! Happy Valentines babe :) I love you. you so much! Rayen Haid

Hiiiiii Jess, had fun sharing my food with you!

Jasmine Syrotchen

Love you, Shan Yonamine

Jo Anna Antonio

Jong Hee Lee Jacquelyn Perreira

Hi Chingu!

Jacquelyn Perreira

“Heeeeeeeey Jackieeeee!!!”

Journalism staff Happy Valentine’s Day everyone :) Just know that I love each and every one of you even though you guys drive me insane! Love, Jessica Antonio

Allison Hazlett

You’re so pretty you make me forget my lines, which makes writing something to you that much harder. Lucas Bender

Jacquelyn Perreira Ahn nong, Jackie! I’m writing this to you cuz you wanted me to. Okay bye! bye. Jong Hee Lee

Allison Hazlett Hai Debrah! BFF4E

Jacquelyn Perreira

Tiffany Tamate Kristian Fabella We’ve been together for three years but that can’t compare to the number of footprints you left on my heart. Oh and make me fried rice. I can’t make it the same way you do. Love you. Melissa Jimenez

Rayen Haid Thanks for everything! I love you. Love, Shan Yonamine

I love you so much. Nothing makes me happier than being with you. Happy Valentine’s Day babe! Landon Ouchi

Shan Yonamine Ashley Caneda Aye what’s up ... See you at church! Elijah Ancheta

Thank you for entertaining me everyday by abusing your boyfriend (not literally). Happy Valentines Day! Love, Jessica Antonio

Ten Valentine’s Day gifts that Cupid himself couldn’t think of By Jacquelyn Perreira

Each year, couples give each other the same cliché gifts for Valentine’s Day: teddy bears, flowers, little boxes of heart candies, etc. This year, think outside the box of chocolates and surprise your significant other.

1. Keepsake box

It costs virtually nothing but has potential to be meaningful. Use it to hold the little trinkets from time spent together. Find any box around your house (a shoebox is fine), preferably with a cover. Then, either wrap the box (wrapping paper, newspaper, etc.) or spray paint it (regular acrylic paint works too). After that, decorate the box with markers, crayons, colored pencils, anything.

2. Gum messages

Begin with your significant other’s favorite gum pack. It must be the type that comes with white wrappers around

the aluminum wrapper, such as Wrigley’s Doublemint or Juicy Fruit flavors available at Walmart. Remove the white wrappers and use a pen to write loving messages. Re-wrap the gum and whenever your significant other grabs a piece, they’ll see a note. Surprise them by sticking it inside their bag without them knowing.

a bit costly (about $70 on Google shopping, with film running at around $14), this is an ideal gift for your significant other interested in photography. Similar to a Polaroid, this camera is easy to operate. Simply place the film inside, snap the picture and it instantly prints from the side. The photos can also be used for your scrapbook.

3. Custom gear

5. Electronic skins

At, you can customize almost anything wearable. This includes every type of short and long sleeve t-shirts, hats, umbrellas and bags. It’s as easy as selecting the color, size, what you want it to say and voila: the perfect present. Regular T-shirts range from $12.90 to $15.90, hats are $8.90 and umbrellas cost $14.90. Each item costs an additional $4.50 for shipping.

4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 7

This new, tiny camera is great for obtaining instant photos anywhere. Although

The website uniqueskins. com has electronic skins for almost every kind of cell phone, laptop and iPod. Pick any image from your own photo library, crop it and fit it anywhere on the skin. Plus, you can add text in a variety of fonts and sizes, meaning you can place both a picture the two of you and a loving message on it. Skins for the new iPhone 4 cost $6.99+shipping, laptop skins start at $14+shipping.

6. Do-It-Yourself scrapbook

Walmart has cheap scrapbook kits that run from $10-

$20. It contains a variety of materials for creating a book full of memorabilia of you and your significant other. Get creative and save movie ticket stubs, letters written to each other, favorite quotes or leave a few pages blank to fill out later, together.

7. Book covers

As students, we carry around books all day. That being said, custom book covers allow your significant other to carry reminders of you. Walmart sells blank elastic book covers and sharpies (Walmart has a 24 pack for $14.88). Then, decorate it with their favorite cartoon, quotes or any inside jokes you two may share.

8. Personalized bracelets

Choose a bag of any type of beads and a yard or so of elastic cord. After you have strung all your beads, knot the ends of the bracelet together, but be sure to measure the other person’s wrist first. The two of you

can make one for each other. Walmart sells elastic chords in a variety of colors . Simple black or white costs $4.53, a pack of wooden letter beads cost $4.53 and glow in the dark beads cost $2.24.

9. A coupon booklet

Make a booklet of couponsized paper by stapling the papers together. Then fill the pages with personal coupons that your significant other would enjoy, such as one for a “free foot rub.”

10. Valentine’s video

Using all the photographs and videos from time spent together, create a slideshow or video. Window’s PowerPoint and Mac’s iMovie are easy to use and offer many editing options, such as adding music, text and graphics. A tutorial on how to work PowerPoint can be found at computertips/tp/powerpoint. htm, and a tutorial for iVideo can be found on support/ilife/tutorials/imovie/.



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By Bianca Sewake

Followers Messages

With the increasing activity on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, society is making more use of technology to stay connected and updated with the latest happenings. In addition to these, the blogging site known as Tumblr has emerged and is increasingly gaining users. “Tumblr is a blog, but it’s more fun and attractive than any normal blog,” explained Senior Carina Noveloso. “People communicate more through Tumblr than other types of blogs where people mostly only read what others write,” she continued. Created by David Karp, this site allows users to share their thoughts and original work, somewhat like an electronic scrapbook. “It kind of holds everything that I would like to keep. It keeps everything together,” said Junior Shawn Tanaka. Signing up is easy. To create an account, an email, password and URL name is required. This URL name can be changed anytime, if the user wishes. Users can start by personalizing their blog. Tumblr offers hundreds of themes, which users can choose and tweak to their liking by changing the colors, text font and sizes, as well as background pictures.

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From there, users can begin blogging. “People post pictures, chats, videos, rants and anything they want,” said Noveloso. They can also post music, links and quotes to their site.

Tracked Tags

This allows for ideas and original pieces to be passed around. “I re-blog pictures and mutual thoughts,” said Tanaka. Re-blogging is when users publish another individual’s work or thoughts onto their site. There is also a “like” feature that lets users keep what they like without having to publish it onto their blog. Users can follow other blogs, and other bloggers can follow the user. Although many people use theirs for personal uses, there are specialized blogs that are focused to blogging about one topic. In the Directory, blogs dedicated to food, book and movie quotes, writing, photography, fashion and many other things can be found. Tumblr not only serves as an outlet for creativity, but for stress as well. “It helps me vent and it also makes me laugh because a lot of people post funny and true pictures, texts,” said Noveloso. Compared to other social networking sites, Tumblr is a community with users who are open to helping others. “They don’t congregate,” said Tanaka. “They share each other’s opinion. Tumblr is: everyone knows each other; a community where everyone gets along better,” he said. With features such as replying to a post or messaging another user, questions and answers can be sent to a particular person to offer advice or talk about something they have in common. “It has helped people,” Tanaka said. With more than 12 million users, Tumblr is becoming a popular social networking site.

Weekly updates at : · Art

By Editor-in-Chief Bianca Sewake Become exposed to the different art shows and events featured around the island, as well as ways to get involved.

· Food review

By Assistant Editor Caitlin Kelly Follow her as she ventures around the island in search for places with cheap and delicious meals, snacks and desserts.

· Video game review

By Design Editor Matthew Ambrosecchio Stay up-to-date with the latest and popular games for different consoles. Learn about the pros and cons before purchasing.

· Photo of the week

By Journalism Adviser Christopher Sato Interested in having your photo published on our blog? Submit photos to c.sato@trojantimes. org along with your full name and grade. One will be selected each week





(March 21 - April 19) Instead of going to the movies, stay home and invite people over for a movie night. Throw popcorn at each other and have a giant pillow fight.

_Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Do not go overboard on your valentine this year. Keep it short, simple and sweet and you’ll sweep them off their feet.

`Gemini (May 21 - June 21)

If you have a twin, you are one lucky person. If not, well , go find someone who looks like a twin and just hangout.

a(June Cancer 22 - July 22)


(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You’re a scale. Your life is pretty balanced. No pun intended. Try to off balance it with some late nights and early mornings.

Capricorn g(Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

bLeo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

h Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Don’t be shy when you talk to people. They won’t bite, unless you meet a Pisces and you happen to be a fish.




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(Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) You are proud and strong. Use your hooves and kick anyone who messes with you. If you don’t know what hooves are, well now you can go look something up in the dictionary.



Anyone who is a Scorpio is pretty much awesome. Everyone is jealous of you, especially Capricorns.

You are so jealous of Scorpios. Everything you do, Scorpios do it better. Try following around a Scorpio for a day and you will see.



eScorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Sleep in on the weekends and stay out late at night. Live your life up but don’t get eaten by koalas.

If you lost money betting on the Super Bowl, get the money back by recycling cans. That can add up pretty quick. Don’t bet on the NBA championships either. You will lose.

Thursday, February 3, 2011



3. Name of the current alumni coach. 4. Winner of the Hawaii Cherry Blossom Festival Essay Contest. 5. Award Olinger won in Scholastic Awards. 10. Took coaching position in girls varsity Soccer in 2003. 12. Alumni now coaching softball at MHS.


1. Winner of Young messengers of Hawaii. 2. Teacher in charge of building the lanai. 6. This month’s Trojan of the Month. 7. Organized College Awareness Week. 8. Won first plase in MHS’ Shakespeare Competition. 9. A fast and easy blogging site. 11. Teacher for AP Economics next school year.


By Jayna Kitazaki

This is not a good month to eat onions. Trust me, it’s not. Try eating more cucumbers and strawberries.

i Pisces

(Feb. 19 – March 20)

You’re a fish, so every time you eat fish from now on, think of yourself as a cannibal. Compiled by Aven Santiago

Answers to Crossword

By the bell

By Matthew Ambrosecchio

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

S E Hooray! A sick day.

Great, a sick day.








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