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Comedian Kevin Wanzer (left) communicated many messages to the students, such as finding the funny in life, accepting one another’s differences and taking control of one’s own destiny.


With all the hustle and bustle of the school year on a student’s mind, it can be difficult to just enjoy life and laugh a little. On Jan. 29, the students had the opportunity to see life in a whole new light when comedian Kevin Wanzer came to MHS with inspiration and laughter in tow. “What I try to do is use comedy to, not attack, but to gain their attention in the beginning and enroll them in the message of how we treat each other,” explained Wanzer. “I love watching all these reactions, I love knowing what’s gonna be coming up, because a lot of people haven’t experienced comedy live, you know, they’ve seen it on TV and stuff, but they’ve never been an audience member to stand-up.” After having the chance to hear Wanzer speak at the summer Student Leadership Conference, Student Activities Coordinator Janet WardRiehle was eager to have him speak here at MHS. “It really came from the students, because they, from that conference, got excited and wished that, ‘I wish my friends could see this, I wish my classmates could see this,’” said Ward-

Riehle. “You know, someone comes to mind like, ‘They really need to hear that message.’” ASMHS President Senior Austin Ajimura added, “We were so inspired and realizing that he could come over, we jumped right on the opportunity and thought that what we were able to experience we gained so much and we wanted all the students at Mililani to be able to experience that.” Since administrators’ priority has always been to cater to student interests, when the ASMHS council requested that Wanzer come speak, they listened. “It’s something that’s always student-driven, if the kids, the officers, the feedback from senate or advisory, if we don’t hear things or if they’re not passionate about it, then it doesn’t happen,” explained Ward-Riehle. Wanzer was brought in with the goal of inspiring students in mind. “I think sometimes we either are taking life too seriously, we get wrapped up

After earning the title of state champion at the VEX Robotics competition held at Kamehameha Maui High School on Jan. 10, Team 1973A has gained a spot in the world championships. Joining them will be Team 1973B, who were state finalists. The other two teams that competed, although they entered the elimination round of the competition, did not advance further. “The work you put in is worth it, because you get to have fun while you’re there. It’s hard work but you can also have fun while you’re at it,” said Senior Gene Navarro III. The creative design

STUDENT BANDS ROCK FOR FEMINISM AT NHS CONCERT On Jan. 23, the MHS National Honor Society (NHS) hosted a Rock for Feminism concert to bring awareness to an important issue while also supporting student bands. Student and guest speakers alike came together to educate and inspire the audience in support of feminism. “We wanted to do something that we could talk about with the





process was very rigorous, as they scouted out different ideas until they found what they wanted. “We brainstorm what design we want, it’s basically the whole engineering process,” said 1973A captain Senior Alex Noveloso. “So we brainstorm what we want, then narrow it down to what we exactly want to build, then we (start) prototyping, then from there we just make changes until we get what we want.” Many students are involved in the program which helped balance a competitive and friendly atmosphere to push each other forward. “We have a slight advantage because we’re kind of large in a sense compared to the other schools and, you know, we compete with each other nu-


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merous times and competing in friendly competition helps us grow,” said VEX Robotics adviser Timothy Pregana. As Noveloso took charge to be the captain of 1973A, he experienced personal growth and leadership. “You get to step up and be a leader. It’s been a good experience because I got to learn how to lead a team, to really take charge of my responsibility of the things that need to be done,” said Noveloso. After being encouraged by Pregana to work at outdoing themselves, the teams stepped into the state competition confident and determined to do their best. “You gotta be doing it better than everyone else. More efficiently, more programming, better strategy, better


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State Showcase bridges classroom and real world for We the People

Photo courtesy of Rena Roybal

We the People consists of six units that investigate the historical foundations of the US government. The students had to present a four-minute response to their unit question, followed by six minutes of questioning.

By Harlan Rose

On Jan. 31, 15 AP US History students participated in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state showcase at the Honolulu Federal Courthouse. After spending three weeks researching and analyzing the Constitution, the students presented their findings to a panel of judges and attained a unique experience that can be applied to real-life situations. “I think it was a really good experience,” said Junior Lindsey-Reece Gano. “Being in a courtroom and a real for-


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in the stress and pressures, we don’t always stop to appreciate others or sometimes we get very narrow-minded and forget that kindness is not that hard to do,” explained Ward-Riehle. Ajimura added, “I took away that although sometimes in life, you know, things come and go and it’s good or bad, there’s always something to be happy about and there’s always something positive, there’s always something to find the funny in.” Students weren’t the only ones who were affected by Wanzer’s inspirational speech. He, himself, managed to get something out of it as well. “(Speaking at schools) gives me tremendous hope, because every

mal setting with real adults with top occupations, it kind of puts you in the real world, like seeing what they expect and then trying to meet those expectations.” We the People is a national competition and curriculum that requires students to study and analyze the philosophical foundations and importance of the United States government and Constitution. “(The curriculum is) designed to help students think about civics and government from a political and historical perspective,” said Social Studies teacher Dr. Amy Perruso. “The students have an oppor-

tunity for about 10 minutes to engage with people who are very involved in political life and civic life in the United States.” Normally, Perruso has students enrolled in the AP Government and Politics course complete the We the People curriculum; however, since AP US History students were not required to complete National History Day this year, she had them participate in the showcase instead. “I felt like this might be the only chance that these students would have that opportunity, because most are not taking AP (Government) next year,” explained Per-

ruso. “So it is an interesting situation where I don’t feel confident that they’ll have that kind of experience that I think is so important for civic literacy, and I wanted them to have that.” To prepare for the showcase, the students were broken up into six units and were assigned a certain topic to research and create a presentation for. “(It) pretty much (involved) just working with our group, researching, finding information to answer our questions thoroughly,” said Junior Eden Sun. Gano added, “Just doing a lot of research, because a lot of the questions we might not have covered in our classes, and making sure that we’re answering the questions and that we’ll be prepared for the actual event.” At the showcase, the students presented their responses to a panel of judges and were then required to answer a series of follow-up questions. “At first I was (nervous), but after seeing the other groups go and actually sitting up there, it wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be,” said Sun. “Watching the other groups go and kind of like making eye contact with the judges, you kind of see that they just wanted to talk and it’s not really bad.” After the presentation and questioning period was over, the students received insightful feedback from the judges. “The advice that they gave us had to do a lot (with) our speaking, and that

will help me a lot when I do public speaking,” explained Gano. Sun added, “I think that their advice was really good. I feel like we do need to expand on what we have seen and what we’ve done because we could go more in depth about our understanding.” Additionally, Perruso felt that the presentations went well and she was pleased with the turnout. “I think that given the level of attention that we paid to it, the team definitely did well,” said Perruso. “The judges afterwards had really positive things to say about the students of MHS and had some great feedback.” The students also felt that this was a unique learning experience that many don’t normally get a chance to take part of. “(We the People is) normally for the AP (Government) class and we’re just the AP US (History) class, but it offered us another opportunity to actually do something,” said Gano. Sun added, “I think that understanding of how different hearings go and that experience of having a judge and asking questions (and) kind of understanding how to be prepared for those types of situations.” Next year, Perruso hopes to have students enrolled in the Pre-AP Modern Hawaiian History and Participation in Democracy course compete in the We the People showcase, while those taking AP Government will compete in the competition.

single school is exactly the same. There are schools on this island that are so different (from) each other, the audience reaction’s identical. We really truly are connected as one,” said Wanzer. “I love that. I love the fact that it doesn’t matter (what your) socioeconomic (status is) or where you live, we all relate to the same stuff and there is no difference.” Ward hopes to have Wanzer speak again in coming years, as well as seek out other guest speakers to inspire the MHS student body.

“I love watching all these reactions, I love knowing what’s gonna be coming up.” –Kevin Wanzer

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Using the acronym “A.L.O.H.A.,” as his motto, Kevin Wanzer was able to inspire the MHS student body using his quirky personality and engaging speaking ability.



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Face-to-face learning, AP Psychology explores psyche of elementary students By Risa Askerooth

On Jan. 23, preschool, kindergarten and first grade students from Mililani Waena, Kipapa and Rainbow Schools delved into the high school learning environment through their annual visit to the AP Psychology classroom. Psychology students were able to interact with their younger peers and ask them a variety of questions in order to better understand human development at the preoperational stage, which lasts from two to seven years of age. “It never crossed my mind how kids understood things until you actually observe it yourself. And it’s really cute to see how their imagination goes,” said AP Psychology student Junior Jaelyn Tanga. The activities students participated in were centered around the concepts of cognitive development as presented by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. Some of the topics covered were egocentrism, animism and conservation; they involved activities such as pouring an equal amount of water into

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two cups of the same size and asking the elementary school student if they were equal and then redistributing the same amounts of water into two different-sized cups and asking again if they were still equal. “These kids in the preoperational stage, according to Piaget, would not know this and not understand this,” said AP Psychology teacher Judy Taparra. “Some of them will get it or others won’t or they’ll get some of the questions but not the others.” After looking at the notes taken during the visit, psychology students made a mock report card for the student, issuing one of three grades: an A for above the level Piaget expected, a C for at the expected level or an N for below the expected level. “At the end, what happens after the visitation and then what happens is they take down all their notes and they have to write a report card. They’re going to be like a teacher. And then they have to give evidence,” said Taparra. Some MHS teachers, such as Social Studies teacher Caroline Lee, Science teacher Michelle Herklotz-Dela Rosa

and Spanish Language teacher Yeritza Padin had children that were part of the current or past visits and were able to visit them. “I felt like it was a privilege and honor that I had the opportunity. I know more parents, they have to work a nine to five job to pay the mortgage, to put food on the table,” said Lee. “I was just very fortunate that this was at my workplace during my prep period where I had the opportunity to come see my own child experience (Taparra’s) lesson.” 2000 was the year that Taparra launched the elementary school visits and over the course of its duration, its scope has expanded considerably. “It started off with my friend, she taught this preschool on campus and I just had like one or two classes and so they came to visit,” said Taparra. “(It) so happened that first year, on the AP exam, they asked a question on Piaget and all of them got it all right. It was just flying colors.” The real-life applicability of lessons such as this is what makes the AP Psychology course interesting and engaging for students. “Just the fact that we get to do (it)

hands-on, it’s helpful because I can see things other than words on the book and see how they actually apply to real life, because when you read the book it doesn’t make sense until you actually see it

yourself,” said Tanga. These lessons, which will continue into the foreseeable future, will no doubt be found valuable by students as they study for the AP Psychology exam in May.

Senior Tyler Oshiro. “A lot of people have the misconception that this was an issue of the past, but actually people don’t realize that just because we had these reforms where there are more equal rights, it’s still surprising how unequal things are.” One of the primary goals

of the night was to make students and anyone else attending more mindful of modern day sexism. Tricia Nakamatsu, a guest speaker at the event and president of Hawaii Women Lawyers, explained, “(What I want people to take away from this) is just to realize that

discrimination still does exist. It’s a lot more subtle than it used to be and takes different forms than it used to during our parents’ and grandparents’ time, but it still does exist and there are still reasons to be aware of it and learn more about it and just to persevere.”

Along with guest speeches, student speeches and slam poetry, student bands “2K Away” and “Strangers with Kandy” played throughout the night. “I think it’s a really good way to bring awareness to the subject because everyone wants to go to concerts right, who doesn’t love concerts? So I think putting bands out there is a good way to bring people in,” said attendee Senior Genevieve Castaneda. Overall, the event went even better than initially expected. Oshiro explained, “I was worried people wouldn’t enjoy the event, but actually it seemed like they enjoyed the speakers just as much as the music. We’re talking about high school kids (who wouldn’t) really consider listening to speakers interesting, but surprisingly they (did).” Castaneda added, “(Our generation is) just trying to change the world and I think that’s a great thing. Because if we had this in the 1950s, (the thing is) we wouldn’t. This is so cool.” After seeing everything that was planned and having it come together so well, the students of NHS felt that they got the message across and found the night to be inspirational.

Photo courtesy of AP Psychology teacher Judy Taparra

Social Studies teacher Caroline Lee was able to visit her son during his visit, as it occurred during her preparation period.

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Student band 2K Away performs renditions of popular songs for the audience between speeches as the speakers used the time to prepare.



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Jeopardy for science, students unite at State Science Bowl By Natalie Koch

Members of the MHS Science Club geared up for the annual State Science Bowl competition held at Honolulu Community College on Jan. 31. Mililani students placed seventh against 20 schools across the state to test their knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. “Mililani typically always has a good team and people know it, and they don’t want to go against us because we’re kind of the wild card,” stated Science Club adviser, Matthew Capps. “They expect Iolani to do well, they expect Punahou to do well,

they’re spending 20 grand a year to go to school and they’ve been recruited from all over the place, so for a public school to come in and do as well as we do, I think it’s a pretty cool testament, first of how awesome our students are, and how awesome our teachers are.” The Science Bowl competition closely resembles a game of Jeopardy and consists of two teams from each school, moderators, a point system and buzzers. “It’s pretty hard to prepare for it, just because of how random the questions are. So it’s not like something you would see on an AP test,” explained second year competitor Senior Vivian Fang.

Due to the difficulty and arbitrarity of the questions, the competitors put in months of practice in preparation. “We have this binder of old Science Bowl questions, and what we do is basically every Tuesday and Thursday for the past month and a half we’ve been coming in to just practice with the buzzer and having these random questions read out to us,” explained Fang. “One of the biggest things that you have to prepare for for the Science Bowl is how to press the buzzer, as silly as it sounds, because it can be very nerve-wracking when you’re up against another team.” Despite their thorough

preparation, the students entered the competition aware that it held a certain level of unpredictably. “I think overall I would rank us as one of the top three or four every year, it just depends on you know, if the momentum shifts at all. You could lose a match even against an opponent that’s not as good as you, or if the momentum shifts you could easily beat an opponent that’s better than you,” Capps explained. The students are assigned to specialize in certain categories among the topics presented to them. “That’s kind of what we like to have our team composition to be so that you can answer the questions faster, because it’s

Photo courtesy of Betty Arai

Mick Marchan (12), Zachary Higa (10), Shawn Kim (12), Science club adviser Matthew Capps, Vivian Fang (12) and John Carson (11) prepare for competition in their bracket against Iolani School and Farrington High School at the Honolulu Community College.


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build robot,” said Pregana. “We definitely go in there prepared, and we do our best at each one so it usually turns out well,” said Noveloso. Their confidence earned them the top spot. “I think it all came down to how well your robot (was) programmed and how you built it,” said Noveloso. “The reason why my robot stood out was because everything basically worked at the tournament. We didn’t really have many problems with things falling apart or not working.” When the results were announced, Team 1973A was shocked. “It was a surprise, because you can’t always ex-

pect to win all the games but like we worked hard and we expected to win, not expected to lose. It was expected, but not guaranteed,” said Navarro. Pregana couldn’t be more proud of his students for winning states. “You want to push your kids to excellence, but you don’t want to be a nag. Be positive, (encouraging) and just say that, you know, I tell my kids, ‘if you don’t do it right the first time, when are you (going to) have the time to do it? The second time,’” said Pregana. Other 1973 VEX teams are supportive of their two brethren teams advancing into the world championships. The upcoming tournament is to be held in late April.

harder to know everything than it is to have everyone divided into certain specialties,” said Fang. As with any competition, there is always more to be gained than just the victory. “We just like to go to the competitions because it kind of gives the students recognition,” Capps said. “You can always put that on a resume, it teaches them a little bit about competition, especially if they’re not sports kids. If you’ve never played sports then you’ve never faced competition and it’s kind of a neat way to go through it.” The competitors didn’t place as well as they hoped this year, but didn’t let that tarnish their experience. “I think it’s a good opportunity for STEM. Like, it’s a lot of physics and a lot of math and stuff as well as the science,” said second year Science Club member Junior John Carson. “There’s a lot of professors too like even if it’s just from (Honolulu Community College) so you can familiarize yourself with the campus and then like familiarize yourself with the professors.” Likewise, the Science Bowl has given its competitors a bit of useful day to day knowledge. “I want to be an engineer so if anything this helps you learn how to study and how to get put on the spot, just because for some people it is very hard to, I guess speak loudly,” said Fang. With another year of competitions behind the Science Club, its members are grateful for the opportunity to once again showcase their love for science.

Photo courtesy of Alex Noveloso (12)

Teamwork and support led Teams 1973A and 1973B to the finals, with 1973A coming out in first place. With their robot, they competed against a number of other schools in order to advance to the world championships.


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From the 3-year-old boy who sang “Memory” from “Cats” on his back patio, to that same boy who was a part of the Interlochen Academy for the Art’s production of “Les Miserables,” Peter Pan in Diamond in the Rough’s theatre production of the Disney classic, the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” and possibly the face of Prince Charming, Senior Nicholas Howe has set his sights for the stars. “(The reason) I’ve come so far in my high school career is because this was the first thing I found myself and that I wanted,” explained Howe. “I was always put in sports, soccer, swimming, ice skating, my parents wanted me to (be) athletic. I was put into martial arts, (yet) this is the first thing in my life I walked into and said, ‘I wanted to do this, not because anyone’s telling me to do it, but because I wanna do it.’” Howe plans on enrolling in either New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Program, Central Washington University or Cap 21 in pursuit of his dream to make a mark on the world of musical theatre. “(In) pursuing any type of dream, it takes a hell of a lot of heart, passion and determination because you cannot try and fulfill a dream that someone else wants you to do. It has to be something that you genuinely want in your heart and if you don’t want it then you’re not going to put a 110 percent,” expressed Howe. As a talented student actor, Howe had the honor of winning the second place $500 Thespian Scholarship on Jan. 17, at the second annual Thespian Festival hosted at UH Kennedy Theatre. “When you are in a competition and you audition and you perform and you’re waiting for the results you’re sitting in your chair and your blood is rushing, it’s like, ‘(Okay, okay,) Nicholas Howe, Nicholas Howe, Nicholas Howe, please call Nicholas Howe,’ and when they call ‘Nicholas Howe,’ you’re just like, ‘Oh my god!,’” expressed Howe, “I got up there and when they were talking to me, I was talking back and I was funny, I was cute, I

was great.” Fine Arts teacher Julia LoPresti added, “His career at Central Theatre Arts Academy has helped him to get to this point in his career. So I’m proud of him and I’m sure his other theatre teachers and music teachers, dance teachers would be just as proud.” Howe’s interest in being a part of theatre was something he pursued from his freshman year, but it was a seven-week summer program in Traverse City, Mich. that truly sparked Howe’s passion for the arts. “At the beginning of my high school career I thought I was going to be a makeup artist. I definitely love doing makeup and I have for a long, long amount of time, but I eventually got accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy and I went up there and they gave me a lot of career advice and they said, ‘You know that you belong in musical theatre when you can imagine yourself doing this and only this,’” said Howe. After seven weeks in Michigan, Howe’s career goals had shifted and like any parent, Howe’s mother and father were more than supportive of his decision. “(Howe) has a unique quality that once he has made a commitment, he will follow through no matter what. His word and credibility are important to him. This applies to his commitment to his craft as well. He has faced rejection in many forms, including being told, ‘You are a character actor, you are not a singer.’ When told those things, rather than stop him or hold him back, he uses it to channel his energy to move forward,” said his mother, Theresia Howe. With the days dwindling until graduation, the hardest thing for Nicholas Howe’s parents will be to let go. “As a parent, we want to protect and hold on to our children, yet we know it is inevitable he move on. He is our eldest and we like having him around. It will be tough for his father and me to see him leave the house, however, we won’t hold him back. He needs to give it his best shot so there are no regrets,” said Theresia Howe. Nicholas Howe also won the annual Shakespeare competition with a Midsummer Night’s Dream monologue.


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“CURIOUS SAVAGE” “I think pursuing any type of dream, it takes a hell of a lot of heart, passion and determination because you cannot try and fulfill a dream that someone else wants you to do. It has to be something that you genuinely want.”






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“PETER PAN” “A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM” “The only way you’re going to succeed is if you go out, and look for opportunities (and) you take every single opportunity thrown at you.”


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Students take fourth in Science Olympiad By Danielle Smith

Members of the Science Club competed in the Hawaii State Science Olympiad (HSSO) on Jan. 31, where they placed fourth. In the days leading up to the competition, many of the students spent hours practicing and developed stronger friendships with their teammates “Ultimately, I hope they just (gained) a greater passion for science and engineering. Just being able to see the things in the classroom and the different settings, and in some ways you’re able to apply what you’re learning. I’m just hoping they get more out of it than they would learn-

ing in a normal classroom,” said club adviser Tyson Kikugawa. In the competition, students are given events that they must study and prepare for, which they take a test on or build a machine for at the competition. “They (competed) in events that revolved around certain areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The way it works is kind of like a track meet, where people compete based on their overall team ranking,” said Kikugawa. For some, this is not the first time they are competing in this competition and they’ve noticed a few changes from the previous year. “This year we have a lot of new people and we lost a lot of

our really good seniors. They had a lot of experience but with a new team, everyone seems like they work really hard and they study,” Junior Jacob Chang said. “There is also a couple new events going on,” added Sophomore Jessica Jones. With so many hours spent together, members of the team have grown closer as they studied together for their given events. “When it comes to the ones who are coming in and studying and working together, they definitely do get closer,” said Kikugawa. Chang added, “In the club, a lot of us are pretty close and we’ve known each other for a while. We usually grow closer between regionals and states and then

at the competition, it’s always fun to be around the whole team.” While students continued to help each other to prepare for the competition, advisers Kikugawa and Science teacher Matt Capps played their own roles in helping the students ready themselves. “They are both always available and when we want to study, (Kikugawa) always builds everything for us and takes time out of his very busy schedule to help us with it,” said Jones. Together with their advisers, the members of the team have already begun to prepare for the state competition, which will be held at Leeward Community College in March.

Year of the Ram: Yasunaga, Hanna, Senaha place in nengajo contest By Jesika Henson

For many, a class is simply a class. However, for the Japanese students, the annual creation of nengajo, or Japanese New Year’s cards, was their ticket into a way of life for the Japanese people. “For one, it’s bringing awareness to Japanese culture and traditions, which the nengajo actually are,” said Japanese teacher Corey Zukeran. “The Japanese send millions upon millions of nengajo every year and so, kind of that awareness of things culturally that are done.” Through this contest, the students were not only able to create their own nengajo, but also learned of their significance. Junior Rachel Yasunaga, who placed first in the comedy category, said, “It is a connection to my Japanese (heritage) in doing something that my family currently living in Japan does.” Sophomore Michelle Hanna, who placed first in the artistic category, added, “I feel like the nengajo is kinda like Christmas cards, where it’s about spreading joy or such to your friends.” This new year marks the beginning of the Year of the Ram, an entirely new period for the Japanese culture and also the subject for the most recent nengajo contest. “The sheep or ram is a yin energy and a symbol of peace, harmonious coexistence and tranquility,” explained Zukeran. “It says, ‘Though there are cries for war and a countdown is soon to begin, war

Photo courtesy of Japanese teacher Corey Zukeran

After two years of drawing nengajo, this is Rachel Yasunaga’s (11) first time winning in the comedy category.

Photo courtesy of Japanese teacher Corey Zukeran

Michelle Hanna (10) placed first in the artistic category with her card. “The part I like the most is when we have time in class to work on it and I get to discuss with my classmates about ideas and such,” she commented.

will be averted and a period of mending and compromise will be undertaken to assure that peace is maintained,’ and it also says the sheep is a symbol of the arts.” Despite this being a requirement, the students enjoyed themselves. “The nengajo tradition is just kinda

a thing that makes me ‘in the mood’ for New Year’s, the same way (that) decorating a Christmas tree makes people excited for Christmas,” Hanna explained. “Every year, my sisters and I used to spend days making nengajos to send and being able to continue a little bit of that

even in Hawaii makes me a bit happy.” Yasunaga added, “I like seeing all the different nengajos and everyone’s creativity. It’s a fun project.” Both incoming and returning Japanese students now look forward to next year’s nengajo contest for the Year of the Monkey.


Austin Ajimura

Hey Trojans! I hope you’re all having a great second semester. As we move into the spring season, I encourage you to always be on the lookout for the brightness in everything. When we get busy as we get back into the groove of things, we may feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, it can start to feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. However, we should remember what Mr. Kevin Wanzer shared with us: Find the funny in everything and keep a positive perspective on life! As we transition into the spring season, I am looking forward to you, the radiant flowers of our school, continuing to bloom, just as the real ones do during this season. Whether it be academics, clubs, athletics or co-curricular activities, I am always seeing the Trojans of Mililani engaged in the many different avenues that this school has to offer. It is truly incredible to know that you’re making the most of your high school years and being a part of something bigger. As we move on in the semester, I encourage you to keep that engagement flowing. In the words of Hans Christian Anderson, “Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Thank you for being my flowers throughout this season. I look forward to all that will bloom and blossom within our school. P.S. Seniors, you have reached the 100day mark until graduation. Let the countdown begin!



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Leo Club helps ring in the new year at Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii By Misha Lawrence

On Jan. 11, the members of the Leo Club helped kick off the New Year’s festivities with some volunteer work, working tirelessly at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and Moiliili Field. “(The) students (were) able to practice interacting with other members of their community and build stronger personal networks while reinforcing the intrinsic motivation for helping others,” said Leo Club adviser Curtis Ogi. The Leos had a chance to help alongside the many other vendors that the festival offered the public. Leo Club President Senior Anthony Menor said, “Overall, we were lucky enough to serve while viewing many Japanese performances. This included a Japanese lion dance, drumming performances, as well

as mochi pounding demonstrations. The event’s festivities were very insightful and entertaining.” The members offered their services and helped the festival run smoothly. “First we played a couple of games with some other Leos in the family room of the shelter as a type of bonding experience. Later, we all found our places, ready to serve veterans with their food and give them their leis,” said Junior Lesha Panoncillo. Besides enjoying the festivities, members were also able to bond and spend time together. “Being a Leo officer, we try to get close to the members in the club,” said Panoncillo. “There’s something about service work that brings a team closer together.” Menor added, “It was a great experience, learning about the Japanese customs from them and enjoying the overall spirit of the new year.”

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(L-R): Selena Neilko (11), Lesha Panoncillo (11), Leo Club adviser Curtis Ogi and Christian Madayag (11).

Despite there being less volunteers than past years, the Leos managed with the people they had and Ogi was satisfied with their work. “As far as the community turnout, it was really nice to see everyone come out and see so many families together.

As for our volunteers, it was hard to get volunteers to come out to this event, so considering the smaller group of volunteers they did well and the work was good,” said Ogi. “Fortunately, the tasks at the event weren’t very difficult, but I’m always proud to

see the kids helping out and seeing them take initiative when they had free time.” The festival successfully rang in the new year with the help of the Leos. The Leo Club will continue to offer their services during the upcoming Mililani Carnival.

Howe as Bottom comes out on top in Shakespeare competition

Danielle Smith | Trojan Times

Participants, including Nicholas Howe (12), spent weeks practicing their monologue with friends and Performing Arts teacher Julia LoPresti in hopes of perfecting it before the competition.

believe that seizing all opportunities given to you is one of the biggest steps in bettering The annual English Speak- yourself at whatever you do,” ing Union of the United said Sophomore Anna EggStates (ESUUS) Shakespeare leton. “So when (Performing competition took place on Arts teacher Julia LoPresti) Jan. 23 at the MHS library. asked me if I wanted to be Several students performed a part of the competition, I their choice of a Shakespearautomatically said yes.” ean monologue, with Senior Many of the competitors Nicholas Howe taking first entered the competition for place performing as Bottom the sake of the experience, from “A Midsummer Night’s over a particular desire to Dream,”Act IV, Scene 1. win. “I hope that they will “I get a rush from pergain experience in a more forming in front of people. competitive atmosphere,” Being able to step into said LoPresti. “They’ll learn another character for a few skills that will apply to really hours is the most beautiful anything in the real world. and therapeutic thing, to be Maybe not specifically able to escape your world for Shakespeare and acting, but just an hour and be someit also applies to interviewing body else, in their world,” for college or jobs.” Part of said Howe. the experience the students Many of the students’ gained was constructive decisions to perform in the criticism on their perforcompetition were influenced mances. “If I could redo my by their teachers. “I firmly monologue I’d try to fidget By Danielle Smith

less probably,” Eggleton said, “But you learn from everything you do and I know I have more skills and more

guts from this competition.” LoPresti added, “They will gain feedback from their judges’ evaluations so that they can kind of gauge their overall performance.” For Howe, this competition has brought him a step higher from when he competed in his sophomore year. “Getting first place just means to myself that I’ve had growth and I am just a step better than I was when I was a sophomore,” Howe said. He also had a great deal of support from other competitors. Eggleton said, “(Howe) is practically a big brother to me, so of course I’m ecstatic that he won. After seeing firsthand how much work and dedication he has put into theatre, it’s so great to

see him get recognition.” In the days that led up to the competition, the students worked hard at perfecting their performances. “You have to prepare for it and you have to take it seriously. And with anything, if you’re auditioning for something or competing in a competition somewhere, you need to get all your ducks in a row and make sure you’re ready to perform,” LoPresti said. Howe added, “I was going in for help with (LoPresti). It’s always nice whether you have a speech, or a monologue or scene or whatever you have to be prepared to get someone else’s opinion.” Howe will move on to represent MHS in the regional competition on Feb. 26.


Flower Meanings


Illustrations by T. Leoncio

“Your friendship means so much to me.”

Everyone knows flowers are a staple gift on Valentine’s, but have you ever wondered what some of those beautiful blossoms really mean? We’ve decoded some of the meanings for you. Use this list to send some secret messages.

White Camellia:

o e l p Cou ry

r o e t s h c e v a o e l T e r t s a h e

“You’re adorable!”

Cut umuras S s t a M Other Flowers: Yellow Carnation: “You have disappointed me.” Daffodil: “The sun is always shining when I’m with you.” Primrose: “I can’t live without you!” White Violet: “Let’s take a chance on happiness.” Gardenia: “You’re lovely.” Viscaria: “Will you dance with me?”

Make a Bear Card! Want to show your significant other that you care for them “beary” much? Of course you do! Cut this template out as a design for a Valentine’s Day card, and be sure to write something meaningful.


One-Liners for you, by you! Because one-ish is all you will need.

“What’s that sweater made of? Because it looks like boyfriend material.” Elizabeth Baker, 11

“Do you have a map? Because I’m lost in your eyes. ” Reyn Aubrey, 11

Top Movies We asked nearly forty of you star-crossed lovers what movies you would want to watch on the special day and here is what you gave us:

1. 50 First Dates 2. Valentine’s Day 3. The Vow 4. The Fault in Our Stars 5. The Princess Bride 6. A Walk to Remember 7. The Wedding Planner

“I lost my teddy bear, do you want to cuddle?”

Rhys Ragasa, 12

“Are you today’s date? Because you’re 10/10.”

Caroline Kelley, 11

“I don’t need pickup lines.”

Trevor Yasunaga, 12

Story by L. Barbour, Design by T. Leoncio

Genevieve and Keith Matsumura (right) first bonded over movies and continue to enjoy watching Netflix and going to the theaters together.


Photo courtesy Genevieve Matsumura

cience teacher and birthdays spent apart, through the crowd, but at Keith Matsumura they did find ways to spend one point we kind of just Jr. and Social Stud- the time together. Genevieve looked down and we realized ies teacher GenMatsumura said, “Actually, we were holding hands,” she evieve Matsumura our first Valentine’s Day was said. “And that was the first first encountered each other through Skype. So he took time we ever held hands so it at a church function in 2006, his computer to a coffee shop was kind of an exciting, big a meeting that would spark and we turned on Skype deal and there were fireworks a successful three-year, long and we both had hot cocoas, going off and we were in our distance relationship that because that’s kind of like favorite place on earth, so would eventually bud into our favorite drink, and we it was really touching. And an engagement in 2010 and both had a dinner that we that’s kind of when we first marriage a year later. After had bought and we just ate felt, ‘Yeah, we’re going to four years, the two are still and drank together over the continue this relationship, very much in love. internet.” we’re going to try our best to “I feel like every day is Since then, the couple work through it.’” my favorite memory with has enjoyed many more From there, their relaher. I feel like every morning memorable holidays. “There tionship continued all the I get to wake up and see her was a couple Valentine’s Days way up to their engagement and at the end of the day I ago, I knew that her favorite on the beach. “Basically, get to come home and just meal is chicken parmesan he’s a surfer and he told me be able to spend time with so one Valentine’s Day, I that he wanted me to take her, I think every day is like surprised her and I actually pictures of him and I was my best memory,” said Keith cooked her a surprise chicken actually kind of frustrated Matsumura. parmesan and wrapped it up at this point because I had Getting to this point in a picnic thing and took been home a year and we had wasn’t necessarily easy. The her to the beach and we ate discussed getting married first three years of their rela- the parmesan at the beach and he had not asked me, we tionship were spent weren’t talking with 2,467 miles about it so I was between them. “I “Overall, that he knows how to bring joy to not really kind of didn’t think it was bummed,” rejust my life but to other people’s lives. To his fam- called Genevieve going to last because I was going ily, to his friends, to people that he meets, he’s just Matsumura. “So to California (for we finally get to a really fun guy.” college) in a few the spot, we’re months because I taking off all our -Genevieve Matsumura was just home for gear and I turn winter break and around and he’s he was so great because he and watched the sunset and down on one knee and I’m wanted to try and continue yeah, just kind of relaxed,” just so surprised.” the relationship even though Keith Matsumura said. The two got married in it was far away,” said GenWithout the distance 2011 and, while their relaevieve Matsumura. between them, the two enjoy tionship hasn’t always been In a time where most so- spending as much time as smooth sailing, they have cial media had yet to become they can together. Keith Mat- grown from the conflicts. widely used, the two kept sumura said, “We’ll go to the “We haven’t had the perin contact through phone mall and just hang out or just fect relationship in that we calls, texts and email. “For go for drives and stuff. We fight and we disagree, but the first year, that was actu- really enjoy those things.” ultimately we do our best to ally all we did, was email. I Keith and Genevieve work it out and I think that think she was really trying Matsumura also enjoy travel- our relationship is benefitting to focus on school and I was ing together and have vabecause of that. It’s not pertrying to focus on my school- cationed in places like New fect, but because we’re able ing as well, so oftentimes we York City, Japan and Calito get through those different kind of just looked forward fornia. Disneyland is actually disagreements, we’re able to to computer emails back and the site of one of Genevieve strengthen our relationship forth,” recalled Keith Matsu- Matsumura’s favorite memo- every single time,” explained mura. “It was pretty tough, ries of their courtship. “It was Genevieve Matsumura. but I think we’re one of the at the end of the night and Amidst reminiscing few people in the world who Disneyland does this huge about their past, the two look actually it worked out for so I fireworks show and we didn’t forward to a happy future was pretty blessed for that.” realize it at the time because and many more memorable And despite the holidays we were weaving ourselves moments to come.


Mixtape Madness!

Whether you’re listening alone or with someone special, our staffers have put together the perfect playlist to get you into the Valentine’s mood. From the initial “got a crush” stage to that nerve-wracking first date to “the one,” this mix will take you through it all.

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What Are you DOing

It’s that time of year, all you Casanovas. Bust out your best oneliners and boxes of chocolate because love is about to get real.

For Valentine's?o

Kaleb Lokits (12)

“32 Ways to Make You Smile” Backseat Goodbye “You told me 32 ways to make you smile. I did 31 within the first hour.” Something about those first lines will get to you. For those of you out to impress your crush, this song can relate.

“Simple Enough”

Never Shout Never

This song is a catchy short tune about love at first sight. Lead vocalist Christopher Drew’s indie rock style will surely get you tapping your toes. You don’t have to be in love for the first time to fall in love with this song.


“Underneath It All”


“First Date”

No Doubt

Ms. Melissa Paulsen, English

Gabrielle Raymond (10)

“I would love to go to the swap meet, thrift shopping, with breakfast at Koa Pancake House, lunch at the New Eagle Cafe (double crust coconut pie) and dinner at Acapulco with my family.”

“I’d spend it with my family and give random compliments to people who don’t have valentines.”

Lena Galicha (10)

Ms. Norma Young, French/Spanish

“I want to have a picnic dinner at the beach.”

“The ideal way to spend Valentine’s Day for me is by making sure the people around me know that I care about and love them.”

This song is a popular throwback that encompasses the idea of being in a love that’s just meant to be. A catchy alternative reggae song that’s good for listening to in the car.

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“When It’s Time”






“You and I”

Micah Talamoa (12) “Observing people, (and trying to) understand the strategy.”

Nathan Vandertuin (10)

Blink-182 Mr. Robin Gomes, Industrial Arts

“I would actually make it a threeday event from Friday to Sunday. It’s normally always about the lady, so whatever she wants to do we will do. Whatever makes her happy.”

The Moldy Peaches

If you’re a fan of Juno or just enjoy cute, acoustic love songs you’ll like this one. It’s a duet about love unlike any other with some funny lyrics to make you smile.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

For those with a more folk taste I would recommend this song. It has more of an “I love you, best friend” kind of feel, but is still very appropriate for a romantic relationship as well.

Green Day

Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this song for his then-girlfriend/current wife when he was only 19 years old and as far as love songs go, it’s one of my favorites.

Mary Kate Wiles and Joey Richter

Super cute! And appealing to the nerd in all of us. If you’re in a really sweet kind of mood, this is the the song to keep it going.


If you like listening to more R&B or Beyonce, this heartfelt ballad will probably get you singing along. Maybe you’ll even find your other “1.”

Want to know what this honeyloving quadreped is doing here? Yes? If you can’t “bear” to wait, then flip to the next page to find out!

Ingrid Michaelson

Here’s another really sweet song. The thing about this one is that for the most part, it totally sounds like best friends. And the best relationships are based on friendship.

Compiled by L. Barbour, K. Neill, M. Lawrence

“Bring her flowers and a teddy bear at 5 a.m. and leave her a note inviting her to the movies. Having intimate time getting to know each other.”

“I’m going camping with my girlfriend and her family for the weekend.”

The angst in this song is so real and relatable. Blink-182 definitely doesn’t try to hide the mix of nervousness and excitement that comes with your first date with a new person.

“Anyone Else But You”


Models: K. Fujimoto, M. Feria, Photos by J. Balatico, Design by T. Leoncio


Trojan Times Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015




After another year of hard work and dedication, the MHS Trojans have won yet another Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championship title. Proving their skill in rain or shine, the JV girls soccer team won their 15th consecutive OIA Division I championship since 2000. “Winning 15 consecutive OIA titles is a huge accomplishment. It is kind of crazy to think that since they started the Junior Varsity back in 2000-2001, that Mililani has won all of it. Every year, the Mililani JV soccer team has a target on their backs because everyone wants to take down the reigning champions,” said Coach Shea Nakasone. The OIA championship game was hosted at Kaiser High School on Jan. 24, where MHS’ Lady Trojans went up against the Pearl City Chargers. Both teams holding a record of 8-0-1, the game was a close match between the two. Eventually, the game ended with a score of 2-1, in favor of Mililani. Previously, Mililani had defeated Kahuku with a score of 3-0, as the Pearl City Chargers faced off against the Kaiser Cougars. During the first half of the game, it was a game of sheer luck as both teams were locked in an offensive battle for the ball. As Kaiser inched it’s way down

the field towards the goals, through a series of throw-ins and passes, Mililani was able to hold its defense against the onslaught of attempted goals. The score was finally broken by Number 9, Freshman Tehani Furuta, who headed the ball into the goal after a corner kick by Number 11, Freshman Tayzna Furuta. Even against the most unlikelist of weather conditions against them, Mililani had kept Pearl City’s defense at bay As the game proceeded, Kaiser attempted several goals each saved by the goalie, Sophomore Tiare Kahalewai. With a good defense, Mililani’s offense was able to score one more goal during the first half of the game with an own goal shot by Pearl City’s own after a corner kick by Tayzna Furuta. As the time on the clock for the first half dwindled, Pearl City pulled off a long shot kicked by number four, Pipper Collado that tied the score of 1-1. “When (Pearl City) scored their goal right before the half, that was when we were both tied. We were getting nervous because they were coming back,” said Kahalewai. The second half of the game was Mililani’s time to run the clock, as Mililani led the game 2-1 by the end of the first half. “(It was in) the last ten minutes of the game we were like (we’re) gonna, we were gonna get through this. So we knew we had to stall time so that they’ll have




Balancing academics and leading a team is no easy task, but with a passion for basketball since her childhood days, co-captain of the basketball team Senior Summer Bolibol has come a long way due to her dedication and the support of friends and family. “I think her sportsmanship is fabulous, she’s been able to make a lot of friends, her grades are fantastic. As person, I don’t have to tell

her to do anything. She knows what she has to get done and she does it. She just has so much self motivation and I’m very proud of her,” said Sandy Bolibol, mother of Summer Bolibol. Summer Bolibol’s devotion to basketball has stayed with her since she began playing in elementary school. “She’s played it since she was about in her third grade,” said Sandy Bolibol. “She loved the strength and the CONTINUED ON 14

little time to try and score,” said Forward Sophomore Breanna-Leigh Bactista. The game was a success, as the clock timed out Miliani had once again won against the Pearl City Chargers, keeping their streak of 15 consecutive championship titles. Yet, the success of this year’s team and all the other past successes of the JV Girls Soccer team could not have been a reality without the support and dedication imposed by Coaches Trina Sanders and Nakasone and Head Coach Dennis Sanders. “(The coaches) try their best to make every practice count for us and they encourage us to give (it) our most effort,” said Bactista. More importantly, it is to the support of families and fans that encouraged this year’s team to win once again. “The bleachers were like almost full when we came to Kaiser and a lot of players’ families came, my whole family from Pearl City, they’re from Pearl City they came and watched me play,” said Bactisa. Kahalewai added, “Since you know that you (have) support, it pushes you to like try your best becasue they’re cheering on for you, so you don’t want to let them down.” With an undeniable bond between coaches and teammates and all the other people that have made this year another success story, Mililani hopes to keeps its streak as OIA JV girls champions.

Jake Serrano | Na Mano Poina Ole

As with every sport, the support that the team receives plays a key role in the success of the season. For the JV girls soccer team, family, friends and coaches are the reason the team has seen such success for the past 15 years. “Family support is definitely key. Without the family’s support, the girls may not be able to get to practice, team bondings and other activities, which can definitely affect the team,” said Coach Shea Nakasone. “(Also) I definitely will credit the success to the girls. Without the talent and effort made from every single girl on the team, this type of success will not be possible.”


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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015


Photo courtesy of Summer Bolibol (12)

While Summer Bolibol (12) spends most of her time on the court, she continues to work hard maintaining a high grade point average in her academics in pursuit of attending a college in the near future.


to fit the thing that I want to accomplish or I find ways continued from page 13 around it to get what I want done.” challenge of it.” Summer BoSummer Bolibol has libol added, “It’s always been improved not only in basmy fallback thing, like when ketball, but also as a person I need a stress reliever or since she began playing for something to do or ease the the team. “Freshman year I mind. It’s something (that’s) was really quiet on the court,” always been there when I said Summer Bolibol. “Now needed it.” though, being a leader and As one who has been captain on the team and even looking out for her team amongst my peers, I feel that since freshman year, Summer I really broke through that Bolibol makes it a point to al- shell of just keeping to myself ways encourage and lead the and looking out only for players of the team. “I like to myself. Now, I’m always conlead by example,” Summer cerned about others and makBolibol said, “I want to show ing sure that everyone else’s them what they’re expected need comes before mine.” to do. So when we’re play While Summer Bolibol ing out there, I always give supports those on her team, my hundred percent and I’m there are others who extend always out there encouraging the same support to her as people.” Head Coach Patrick well, in more than just her Basilio added, “She continues basketball career. “Her coachto be a positive influence for es and her teammates and the team with her belief and the people she came across conviction in all that she sets through the years have really out to do.” been helpful to mentor her Summer Bolibol’s leaderand be there for her,” Sandy ship and determination is not Bolibol said. Basilio added, “I only found on the court, but would like to think that I was also in her everyday activities. able to provide a means that “She is very determined off aided Summer to not only acand on the court. When she complish every goal that she puts her head in something, had set for herself throughout she goes all the way for it,” her high school career, but said Sandy Bolibol. Summer (to) exceed them.” Bolibol added, “In any While Summer Bolibol thing that I do, if something intends to focus on her acadoesn’t go my way, I’ll keep demics, she hopes to be able working until it either molds to play basketball in college.

Timothy Leoncio | Trojan Times

With six years of running and over 20 recreational races under her belt, Freshman Katie Hashimoto has legs that have logged more miles than the average person. Since discovering the sport in the fourth grade, Hashimoto’s passion has flowered into a love that keeps her dedicated to track and field, cross country and the athletes on each of the respective teams that support her dreams for the future. “I am so excited for Katie. She has four years ahead of her and I know she is going to so many great

JV BOYS SWIMMING Aiming to win, MHS’ JV boys and girls swimming team dove into the JV championships on Jan. 17 at Kalani High School. After dedicating hours to practicing and improving their technique, the boys team successfully secured first place overall, while the girls team took home third. “Fantastic, (the championships) went really well, it was a good experience for all of us,” said Freshman Nicholas Shaw. Freshman Emily Travis added, “The team prepared us well and we got to cheer on our whole team. We were all into it and it went pretty good, better than I expected.” In order to prepare for the championships, the team practiced for two hours every day after school, working to fine-tune their technique under the direction of their coaches. “We did do a lot

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ing but also I just felt really humble to be there with all of them.” The team also felt like they had the opportunity to grow closer and form bonds with one another. “The team, the of preseason and the coaches high school team, they’re like talked to us about it and in family, I feel really welcome,” practice we would practice the expressed Travis. “I was kind race and everything and relays of intimidated because they together. (They) really went were all older kids, but they down and critiqued us and we were really welcoming. On the were ready for it,” said Travis. bus ride back from every meet, Freshman Artur Astakhov we sang the Alma Mater, like added, “(The coach) gave us we’ll shout it on the bus, I some encouraging words and loved that.” he just made us train and beNow that the championfore the swim, he told us what ships have passed, the JV team we should work on during the is looking for ways they can swim.” improve their technique for In addition to physical next season. “I’ll probably training, the swimmers had to improve small things, like work towards putting themsmall little improvements to selves in the right mindset to my technique and endurance, do well. “(I had to be) mental- just little stuff,” explained ly prepared for it, because it’s Shaw. Travis added, “Instead a lot of mental (strain) when of the goal (being) overall to you’re looking at the people just get better, just (work on) you’re up against,” said Shaw. the little details to get there, Their training and comlike working on little steps at a mitment paid off, as the boys time to get there. The endurteam placed first overall at the ance, the technique, all of that championships. “It felt really to get there, instead of just the good inside to know that evbig picture.” erything we had been working Alongside the JV team’s for paid off and that we made win, the varsity team gave it it,” said Astakhov, who also their all at the Oauhu Interplaced first in the 100-meter scholastic Association champibutterfly relay. Shaw added, onships, which took place on “It was just a really good feel- Feb. 6 and 7.


By Harlan Rose

things,” track and field co-captain Junior Vanessa Roybal said. “She is more of a speed runner so I am so stoked to see what she does in track this season and the rest of her high school career.” Hashimoto added, “I definitely plan on running in college and someday maybe the Olympics.” Her introduction to running early in life did not exempt her from the practice of putting in effort to reap results. “It was kind of the only sport in elementary school, so everyone kind of wanted to do it and I wanted to do it too. So the first year I didn’t make it though. But it kind of motivated me so then I started liking it more,” recalled Hashimoto. “She made leaps and bounds her sixth grade year. And I can see it this year that she’s definitely improved,” stated Eric Hashimoto, Katie Hashimoto’s father. In middle school, Katie Hashimoto won

15 things to look forward to

in 2015 Events


1. Prom Season

With Junior Prom fast approaching in April and Senior Prom in May, be sure to make the most of your high school experience and dance your heart away at these events.

2. Kings of Leon and Bleachers in Concert

Kings of Leon and Bleachers will be rocking the Blaisdell and Republik in February and early March, so make sure you get your tickets soon!

3. MHS Carnival

The MHS Carnival, from Feb. 20 to 22, will feature multiple MHS and outside vendors for a weekend of pure fun.



4. The new IPHONE

10. Another day


11. The Buried GIANT

Wait in line for eight hours to be the first person to hold the new iPhone.

Google will be launching this wearable head technology in 2015.


They attach to the bottom of shoes and can increase your average walking rate by seven miles per hour.

David Leviathan’s sequel to his cult novel “One Day” debuts in August.

Kazuo Ishiguro succeeds “Never Let Me Go” with this novel about a pair on a journey.

12. Go set a watchman

Harper Lee uses old faces from “To Kill a Mockingbird” in this story.



7. Paper towns

13. Adele

8. Mockingjay - Part 2

14. One direction

9. Star wars: Ep. VII

15. Madonna

Watch Cara Delevigne and Natt Wolff as the stars of John Green’s hit novel.

Take down the Capitol with Katniss Everdeen on the big screen. Lucasfilms unveils “The Force Awakens,” in theaters on Dec. 15.

Adele’s new album, titled “25,” is rumored to be followed by a tour.

Super-fans can rejoice that 1D’s “Four” was not their last album. “Rebel Heart” will be the 13th album Madonna has released.

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Trojan Times Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015


To say or not to say: Where is line between free and too far? Trojan Times

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 Lauren Barbour Managing Editor Ireland Castillo Design Editor Timothy Leoncio Copy Editor Jesika Henson Video & Photography Editor Jacob Balatico

Assistant Video & Photography Matthew Kawamoto Opinions Editor Karen Neill Online Editor Harlan Rose Business Manager Risa Askerooth Community Editor Makanalani Yamanoha Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Mr. Fred Murphy Steven Chapman Jacelyn Hamamoto Natalie Koch Misha Lawrence Caitlyn Resurreccion Danielle Smith

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n Jan. 7, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo suffered a terroristic attack that resulted in the deaths of 12 people, including several prominent cartoonists and two police officers. The magazine, known for its iconoclastic style, had been attacked in the past by those feeling it had crossed the line of satirizing religion, such as publishing caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, although Muslims weren’t the only ones for which commentary was published. In the wake of the killings, many cartoonists around the world responded by producing a multitude of illustrations demonstrating their solidarity for the magazine and its freedom of expression. Global dialogue was only to be expected and after comments from several world leaders, the question became clear: Where do we draw the line between being respectful and being free to speak? While he condemned the violent retaliation, Pope Francis stated, “You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” British Prime Minister David Cameron disagreed. “I think in a free

society, there is a right to cause offence about someone’s religion,” he said. “We have to accept that newspapers, magazines, can publish things that are offensive to some, as long as it’s within the law.” Cameron makes an interesting point; as opposed to the Pope’s belief that no one should discuss religion negatively, Cameron says the press has the right to publish potentially offensive material. When taking into consideration the press’s ability to provide vital information, despite the volatility of a topic, this should be upheld. However, because of the credibility it’s entrusted with, the press is also placed under more scrutiny. And on the individual level, the scope of what can and can’t be said is even more limited because a person’s words are more likely to be perceived as wholly opinionated. The line between offensive, albeit free, speech and actual dangerous language is a thin one. For example, while threatening a person definitely falls under the category of going too far, what if those threats aren’t made verbally? Take Anthony Elonis, who posted a series of graphic threats on Facebook about things such as killing

his wife and attacking an FBI agent. While Elonis was convicted of making threats of violence and sentenced to four years in prison, he insisted that his posts were merely rap lyrics. The case of Osiris Aristy takes things a step further. He was arrested on Jan. 18 for Facebook posts in which he made terroristic threats against police officers. However, the only direct references to law enforcement in the posts were a series of emojis. While he most likely won’t be convicted, Aristy’s case has joined Elonis’s and many others in the legal system that pose the same question – do a speaker’s intentions determine the interpretation of their words or is meaning dependent on the audience? In our society, it seems like it is the audience that serves as the arbiters. This is actually beneficial, in a way, because when it comes to those who have been accused of expressing excessively rude views, citing “free speech” doesn’t have to stop the audience from pointing out that just because they’re allowed to say something doesn’t mean they should have. And that’s what it all comes down to, really. Just because we have the ability to say things doesn’t mean we should. And

using freedom of speech in an attempt to dodge condemnation is just an excuse to avoid taking responsibility for our words, which is so trivializing for one of our most valuable rights as a people. Instead, we might as well just revert to the default solution of our childhood: If we don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Just to be sure. That’s what we’ve always been taught. Be respectful, be polite. However, that doesn’t mean the right to speak out should be taken from us nor should we neglect to practice it. It’s just that we need to find the right things to talk about. We must speak when it’s important, when it’s necessary, when it’s going to change the world for the better. What those topics are and when those times come are subjective. Charlie Hebdo published what they did because they felt it was important. All newspapers and magazines operate on the belief that it is important they do so. We should all put careful thought into what we believe to be of importance because those are the issues we should save truly unrestrained speech for.

Better role models for a brighter future By Karen Neill

With the duty to prepare us for our futures, the older generations have always made their expectations clear: “make the future better.” They might have tried to lead by example, but because their stage in life is nowhere near ours (the frustrating and confusing transition of high school teenagers to real world adults), it becomes lost on us. The movie and television industry is a perfect outlet for providing positive role models from our generation, but too often that outlet is used to portray characters in that age group as irresponsible “partyers” absorbed in trivial problems. Perhaps they don’t believe that we would actually follow the leads we see in movies, but whether or not we’re meant to, they still affect us and how we see the world. The best way to guide and help us become successful members of society is to give us better examples,

even if they aren’t real life, to counteract the effects stereotypes can impose on us. As of now, movies and T.V. shows are in the habit of perpetuating stereotypes because it has always sold. Movies like “Mean Girls” are prime examples of this. Although stereotypes can be entertaining, they aren’t usually what we aspire to be like. A lot of movies aimed at younger children tell us we can be whatever we want, but as we grow older and watch things like “Mean Girls” and see those stereotypes, those ideas are shot down. Enough with the smart, responsible person who becomes cool and all of a sudden starts going to parties and ignoring classes. We need role models who show us that we can be who we want to be socially and yet, still achieve the goals we want. It could save us years of figuring that out ourselves. Take “High School Musical” for example. In the movie, Troy (Zac Efron)

is dealing with a conflict manifesting from the judgement of others. There is even an entire song about never deviating from what you know. Although in the end everyone comes together and realizes that differences and diversity is cool, throughout the majority of the movie people are judged for doing anything not relating to who they are perceived to be by their peers. With a plethora of movies sporting this theme, it’s likely that by the time we get into high school we have internalized so much of what is “lame” and fear that we will be judged (worst of all by our friends) that we don’t dare step out of our comfort zone. Trying to change our entire school and every mind in it is, at best, doubtful. Trying to change ourselves would just seem easier. Fortunately, the very same movies that make us afraid of breaking the status quo have proven that entertainment can change our perspectives

along with our expectations. Since the pilot episode of “Glee,” the fear of joining/ starting a glee club or another performing art has diminished significantly. If we were to consistently create movies and TV shows using themes similar to this, and create characters who willingly try new things with no fear of judgment of who they are, then maybe people’s default mindset would finally be the truth: Almost no one cares what you do in high school. Every so often we will get a jewel or two, where the lead character doesn’t need to change who they are to show a different side of themselves and the plot shows us that we are more than a stereotype. One day we will be the ones who create the expectations of a new generation and telling them to make it better, but for now the current media industry is left with the responsibility to create better examples for us to emulate.



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soundtracks that are filled with instrumental recordings (nothing wrong with that), it doesn’t hurt to listen to a real good movie soundtrack that can’t help but be so old school that it feels new. Personal favorite: “Come and Get Your Love.” 2. Maroon 5, “Songs about Jane”: Don’t get me wrong, Maroon 5 has some good songs coming out these a set of headphones to give days but for me, nothing off the illusion that you’re gets back to the classics. Perlistening to something, when sonal favorite: “This Love.” in reality your headphones 3. “The Number One are merely an excuse for Hits: Elvis Presley”: C’mon? other people not to approach Must I really say why? If you. you’re real old-school, I Back to the point! If you recommend you take a look find yourself bored to death at one of the King’s albums. listening to the overplayed Nothing hits the spot like playlist of 2014 or the now Elvis Presley and his “Can’t approaching 2015 here are a help falling in love.” Personal few album suggestions: favorite: “Jailhouse Rock.” 1. “Guardians of the Gal4. NSYNC, “No Strings axy Vol. 1”: If you loved the Attached”: Not the movie. movie, you should love this. Guilty as charged, I loved Unlike a majority of movie NSYNC when I was young-

bored. By Ireland Castillo

I can assume that if you’re reading this, it is because you are guilty of boredom or your curiosity is getting the best of you (especially if you are choosing to read this during class). Assuming that you are all good students who read the newspaper at the appropriate time, let us continue. Ever bored with nothing to do? I have a million and one ways for you to do things with

your time whenever and with whoever. Today’s topic: music. I think all of us, you, me, the person next to you and your classmate all the way across the room, can agree that music is life (bit dramatic, but just roll with it). I mean, when we’re bored, which is like 35 percent of the time, (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt) we tend to put on a set of headphones to listen to whatever song we last left off at. I mean, you could also put on

All Things Gaming

By Jacob Balatico

A classic can be defined as something noteworthy of its kind and worth remembering. Video games have been around for decades and have become an art form rather than just a consumer product and many games, old and new, are considered classics. One of these classic games is Fallout 3, a game that was widely celebrated in 2008 and is one of my personal favorites. Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277 in a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C. The world was devastated by a war between the United States and China over petroleum reserves which fueled the countries’ economies. You are the Lone Wanderer, an inhabitant of Vault 101, living with your father in safety, shielded from the nuclear fallout. However, one day your father leaves and chaos ensues. You must escape Vault 101 and find where your father went – or don’t. Fallout 3 was the first title in the series to be in the third and first person view as opposed to the pseudo isometric view fans were familiar with. For me, I welcomed the change in viewpoints as I felt more immersed in gameplay

er. It would be very likely for you to catch me dancing to their number one song, but not anymore (referring to the dancing). So if you’re craving some early Justin Timberlake action, don’t hold back. Personal favorite: “Bye Bye Bye.” 5. Olly Murs, “Right Place Right Time”: I don’t think Murs music ranks anything close to major artists like Beyonce, Sam Smith or even Ed Sheeran, but that doesn’t erase the fact that his music can sometimes put a smile on your face. When you’re looking for something to smile about listen to Olly. Personal favorite: “Dance with me Tonight.” Mind you, this is only a fraction of other fractions of other genres and types of music you can explore (plus my taste in music is very subjective), so take a chance and listen.

Issue One than if I was looking at my character. The game features a beautiful open-world based on 1940s and 1950s aesthetics with advancements in technology being made with solutions of that time, such as the use of nuclear power and vacuum tubes. The resulting universe feels retro and looks amazing. The sound design is great. You can hear the wind blowing and dust sifting, once again reminding you that you are really in a wasteland. The only problem I ever had with the game is that there were many bugs and physics errors, some of which broke the game and I had no choice but to start over. However, this only happened once; generally it was just a minor thing like some character model glitches. Other cool features include the role-playing aspect, which means you can choose your own path. You could play the game 20 times and still find new things to do. It’s a long game; I’ve played for well over 100 hours and still haven’t done everything there is to do. Fallout 3 reminds us that war never changes. Overall, if you have a PC, PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360 and you haven’t played Fallout 3, I encourage you to try it.

Barbara as Oracle is understandably disappointing, the New 52 reboot definitely As anyone who’s gives us a change in perspecspoken to me for more tive, especially from Issue than five minutes lately 35 and on. If you’re looking can attest, I have most for a lighter, more colorful, definitely got a bad case more adventurous, less tragic of superheroes on the Batgirl, that’s where I recombrain. I can’t help it. At mend starting. The previthis point, I’m not even ous issues are just as good, going to try to fight it. they’re just considerably Instead, I’m going to share darker in content. a bit of advice: if you have 2. Ms. Marvel – I could ever wanted to get into not in good conscience ever comics, my suggestion is pass up talking up the new to just jump right in. If Ms. Marvel, especially with you have a series in mind, Issue 12 set to release on you should easily be able Feb. 18. Kamala Khan is to find a diving-in point probably one of the most that doesn’t require going relatable characters I’ve ever all the way back to the come across, with the cutbeginning. Instead, for est celebrity crush on Carol example, you can just start Danvers, currently Captain with a recent relaunch. Marvel, formerly Ms. MarAnd this isn’t even takvel. The series is excellent in ing into consideration all dealing with all the identity the awesome, totally new issues a teenager can find series that are around. themselves facing, with or On that note, I’d be ly- without superpowers, and is ing if I said I didn’t have a really just the type of thing few recommendations so, I’d love to see more of in the to take my own advice, I’ll world. get straight to them. 3. The Wicked and the 1. Batgirl – Barbara Divine – For those not Gordon. How do I explain interested in either DC or the awesomeness of Barba- Marvel, or superheroes in ra Gordon? The answer is general, I sincerely hope I can’t, at least not as well this series from Image will as just reading the series be the thing. The premise is would. While the loss of this: every 90 years, 12 gods By Lauren Barbour

incarnate as humans and become the ultimate celebrities, with all the adoration and resentment that come with it. Within two years, they’re dead. The first arc starts off with Lucifer accused of murder and relying on superfan Laura to prove her innocence. If you’re looking for a good fantasy/ mystery, you’ll find it here. 4. Lumberjanes – From BOOM! Studios, Lumberjanes is all about friendship, with a healthy dose of lighthearted mystery. For a cuter kind of read, I’d suggest checking this out. The first arc just ended, so this is the perfect time to jump in. As far as comics go, while there are places you can pick up physical copies of both single issues and volumes of collected issues, I’d like to point out the digital option. Personally, I use, which has regular sales and a lot of other great series I’d recommend browsing through, even if only for ideas of what to look for when you make it to an actual comic store. There are so many series out there, I would hope everyone could find something that appeals to them. Anyway, happy reading.


Trojan Times Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015


Student Movie Review “Lincoln” Directed by Steven Spielberg Hollywood’s “Lincoln” tells the story of the passing of the 13th Amendment in the midst of the tail end of the Civil War. Though historical films are often criticized for sugarcoating and creating tall-tales, the movie is exemplar in capturing the true essence of this landmark event in America’s history. While the elaborate missions that Lincoln’s allies took up to win Democratic votes for the amendment add drama and controversy to the movie, it is important to note that they were also historically accurate. Lincoln extensively used the practice of patronage to win support of his policies and most notably the passage of the 13th Amendment. This critical plot line adds to the authenticity of the film by showing that Lincoln’s success can not only be attributed to his eloquent rhetoric and

support of the people, but also more controversial means of gaining support. In politics, this is often the case. Adding the many layers of conflict over the amendment are the battles that Lincoln must fight with his own party and cabinet. The movie includes scenes depicting Lincoln and Seward’s disagreement on the issue, his cabinet’s initial opposition to his plan and Lincoln’s failure to consult with the cabinet before making his controversial negotiation deal with the Blair family. While Hollywood could have chosen to oversimplify the story into a strictly “Republican versus Democrat” face-off, they deliberately included these events, adding great depth to a viewer’s understanding of the story. The inclusion of events in Lincoln’s personal life have the same effect and give this portrait of Lincoln a very intimate facet. The death of Lincoln’s son Willie and his opposition

to Robert’s decision to enter the military are both historically accurate. By including this personal conflict, the movie portrays the realities of being a president and gives a voice to the Civil War-era fathers who experienced the heartbreak of sending their children to war. Although some events in the movie, such as Mrs. Lincoln’s attendance at the Congressional vote, most likely did not occur, ultimately Hollywood has accurately portrayed the story of Lincoln in its film. The movie is dramatic, controversial and displays chaotic events leading to the passing of the amendment; but for once this madness is not a product of Hollywood, but of history. The passing of the amendment was a pivotal turning point in American legislation, and deserves such a dramatic representation as “Lincoln.”

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 a final transcript as well, so don’t forget to submit your transcript request.

lies complete their FAFSA. Register on the C&CC page on Edline to attend one of these evening events. Thursday, Feb. 12 – 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 – 6 p.m. 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.

Compiled by Junior Vanessa Roybal

Book Club “A Sudden Light” by Garth Stein Having read and enjoyed “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by the same author, I was looking forward to this read. The books are nothing alike except for a supernatural bent. The last time we were in the head of a beloved dog, this time it’s a haunted estate in the Pacific Northwest. Thirteenyear old Trevor is with his father on a mission to get his grandfather to sign over rights to the estate so that it may be broken down into lots for a development. The funds will (hopefully) repair his broken family. But the North Estate, with its trees for walls and the secrets they hold are very alluring for this precocious boy. Told as a frame story, we hear the voice of both Trevor then and now and like Trevor, we are caught up in the world of Riddell

House and the natural world. Beautiful language abounds: “. . . Of all the glorious universes we could possibly have, this is the universe we’re stuck with.” And we see what these unforgettable characters do with what they are stuck with. Get this mesmerizing read. Compiled by English teacher Lisa Anne Tsuruda

C&CC Senior Announcements: Applications! If you have not submitted any applications yet, please see Mrs. Yamamoto, Mrs. Toyota or Ms. Kato as soon as possible. There are still opportunities available to you. Procrastination will narrow your options. Submit Scholarship/Award Letters to C&CC If you have received a scholarship or financial award from a school or organization, please 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. Selective Service: All males 18 years of age must register In order to qualify for federal student loans and grants, job training and employment, males 18 years of age must register with Selective Service. Go to for more information.

FAFSA – Financial Aid The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides the foundation for the college financial aid process. Colleges, including community colleges and many scholarship foundations, use the report generated by the FAFSA to evaluate an applicant’s financial need. You must file the FAFSA even if you seek only grants or subsidized loans. Request forms or complete the form online at Filing your FAFSA online results in quicker evaluations. Each college has a deadline and most aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so file your FAFSA today!

Scholarships Posted on Edline Check Edline or our bulletin board for the latest scholarship listing. Follow the instructions

Upcoming FAFSA Help Nights at MHS H-Bldg Computer Lab – 6 p.m. We have partnered with UH West Oahu to help our fami-

Other Announcements: Junior Parent Night at MHS Cafeteria – Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. We will be having a Junior Parent Informational Night on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Information on upcoming events, senior project, ACT testing, college planning and more will be shared. March 3 – ACT/PLAN/EXPLORE Test Day We will be administering these various tests to ALL students in grades nine to 11 on March 3. More information will be forthcoming via advisory. Junior English Class Visits Mrs. Yamamoto is done visiting junior English classes.

College planning, course planning, college entrance tests, resume/essay writing, NCAA, etc. was covered. If you were absent that day, please see Mrs. Yamamoto to get the information. Students and/or their parents are encouraged to make an appointment if they have any questions. SAT/ACT College Entrance Exams Underclassmen, especially juniors, should sign up now for the SAT or ACT. Sites and dates fill up very quickly. Go to or to sign up for the appropriate test. Our school’s CEEB code is 120-197. ASVAB Testing – Grades 10 to 12 Only – April 9 We will be offering the ASVAB on April 9 at 2 p.m. This is an excellent assessment tool, even if you don’t plan to join the military. Sign up in C&CC. Running Start The Running Start program is a unique partnership between the DOE and the UH system. It allows public high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes while earning both high school and college credits. Students should have

a 3.0 minimum GPA to apply. Come to C&CC for more information, or visit www. College Planning Appointments Be proactive and make an appointment to discuss post-high school plans. Appointments can be scheduled during the school day, before school or after school. Contact Mrs. Yamamoto to schedule a student and/or parent appointment. Fee Waivers Available Students on free or reduced lunch are available for SAT, ACT and NCAA Clearinghouse fee waivers. See Mrs. Yamamoto and pick up your fee waiver today. College Fair The National College Fair will be held on April 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet representatives from visiting schools. For more information, visit Compiled by College and Career Center Counselor Denise Yamamoto


Trojan Times Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015


Spot the Difference The Trojan Warrior has been transformed with the power of Valentine’s Day love. He must get back to his original self by the time March rolls around. Help the Trojan Warrior return to his old body by finding the nine changes made in the second picture. Visit for solutions.

Word Search

Finish the Picture Fill in the picture to create a smiling sun!

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

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




_______ Church gathering

_______ Color of love

_______ Inspiration

_______ Form of potatoes

_______ Used when fishing

_______ Have to

_______ A beating

_______ Decompose

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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Cheese & Quackers By Megan Ridings

My Wandering Mind By Jacob Balatico

Awkward By Misha Lawrence

By Me For Me By Jesika Henson

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