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CTSO competitors battle their way to the top, bring home several gold medals









President Malina Reyes, 11

President Britney Ann Corrales, 12

President Lauren Dias, 12

President Brianna Daranciang, 12





By Jessica Fontenot Exceeding the number of high placing students from previous years, five students from MHS’ Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club brought home gold medals at the annual Hawaii State Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) convention.

By Ramil Lorenzo Gonzalez

By Reagan Paz

By Jenny Park

MHS students made an impression at the SkillsUSA State Conference held from Feb. 22 to 23 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Five teams won gold in their categories: Internetworking, Promotional Bulletin Board, Television and Video Production, Related Technical Math and Mobile Robotics.

MHS’ Future Farmers of America (FFA) let their green thumbs show by taking multiple top three spots in the 2012 FFA State Competition which was held from Feb. 21 to 23 at the Hawaii Convention Center. All of MHS’ FFA members that participated placed either first, second or third.

On Feb. 22 and 23, the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) represented MHS at the statewide HOSA competition at the Hawaii Convention Center. Forty-one MHS students participated in the competition and 25 students placed in the top three of their categories.

Wrestling OIA The Varsity boys wrestling team takes OIA championship title, first time in school history

ORDER IN THE COURT >>5 For the first time ever, the Hawaii Supreme Court convened at a high school



Soccer HHSAA

Scan to March Trojan of the Month view video is awarded to Sophomore coverage Dayton Furuta online

First HHSAA title for Varsity boys soccer since 2004

Photo courtesy of assistant coach Chad Diamond



Fourteen projects go to NHD state competition

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Trojan Life


Three students advance to International Science and Engineering Fair

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Blast from the Past: fashion reappearances




Several new coaches join MHS sports teams

Laws alone won’t stop cyberbullying

Coin of Fate: where will you land?




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HOSA Winners

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS CONCEPTS IN HEALTH CARE: First Place: Mason Matsuo PHARMACOLOGY: First Place: Kailee Yogi PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: Second Place: Tyler Wilson CLINICAL SPECIALTY: First Place: Teri Kawasaki GROUP EVENTS MEDICAL READING: First Place (tie):

Brianna Daranciang, Kerri Niino and Rachel Sakuma

First Place (tie):

Princess Lynne De Dios, Myla Pereira and Tricie Steen PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: First Place:

Amanda Bejerana, Fejieriech Luz Lopez, Mart Joshua Lopez and Alvin Norman Orense CAREER HEALTH DISPLAY:

Second Place:

Kari Ikeda and Alohilani Nonies

Fourth Place:

Melanie Pacpaco and Jacqueline Fry

FFA Winners AGRICULTURE DEMONSTRATION: First Place: Kira Hamamura and Harley Ramos Second Place: Samantha Larita and Jaimelyn Buenaventura CORSAGE MAKING: Third Place:Thomas Roach and Stephen Dewald CREED RECITATION: Third Place: Clarissa Jean Ponce EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY:

First Place: Alysia Maddison, Blayze Badiny and Dayton Furuta JOB INTERVIEW: First Place: Lauren Dias ORNAMENTAL PLANT IDENTIFICATION: First Place: Nolan Caballero and Courtney Wilson Third Place: Joshua Carter and Clarissa Jean Ponce PREPARED PUBLIC SPEAKING: Second Place: Nolan Caballero

HEALTH EDUCATION: First Place: Ashley Aczon, Jae Yun Lee and Lyanne Lu FORENSIC MEDICINE: Second Place: Kylee Ann Enoki and Toni Mitsumoto COMMUNITY AWARENESS: Third Place: Lehua I, Valerie Nguyen, Jessica Pontes and Alyssa Nicole Vallesteros RECOGNITION EVENTS BARBARA JAMES SERVICE/PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARD: 250+ Hours: Kylee Ann Enoki, Jacqueline Fry and Melanie Pacpaco 100+ Hours: Alohilani Nonies, Rachel Sakuma and Lauren Young 50+ Hours: Danica Quevedo and Tricie Steen NATIONAL RECOGNITION PROGRAM PORTFOLIO:


Layne Kishi OUTSTANDING STATE LEADER AWARD: Brianna Daranciang

FFA Continued from Page 1 “I’m super happy that all their hard work paid off, (it) gets them excited, and hopefully it carries on to the next year,” said FFA adviser Jeffrey Yamaguchi. “I’m super proud, we did amazing, we have like the biggest group, and everyone won something at least, so I was happy for all of them,” added Sophomore Jaimelyn Buenaventura, who placed second in Agriculture Demonstration. In addition to the Agriculture Demonstration, FFA also participated in Corsage Making, Creed Recitation, Educational Display, Job Interview, Ornamental Plant Identification and Prepared Public Speaking categories. Students were placed in a category based on their individual strengths. “Part of it is their choosing, but also part of it is me kind of telling them what they should enter, and what they would be good at,” said

HOSA Continued from Page 1 “They always amaze me (by) how much they can accomplish without me since I’m so busy helping run the overall conference program with the state officers,” said HOSA adviser Candace Chun. The competition which consisted of 24 different events, competitive and recognition, included the participation of hundreds of students from around the state as more schools are getting involved in the nationally recognized program. “It’s getting harder because everyone is working harder in all chapters and there are more people competing each year … it’s amazing that everyone always pulls it off,” said Chun. However, these results did not happen overnight. Each MHS HOSA member had been recruited at the beginning of the year. “Some students started studying from this summer after the national conference (and) I also started the school year recruiting and asking them what event they wanted to compete in,” said Chun. With time management and practice, members Yamaguchi. Since FFA is also a class, they use the class time to practice for their competitions. “We don’t have to come in after school, and weekends. So it makes it a lot easier for practicing,” explained Yamaguchi. However, members like Buenaventura felt that class time wasn’t enough. “I would stress out because I had to memorize this, remember the questions, and stuff like that. It was just a lot to think about,” she said. The members feel that there were several aspects to attribute their success to. “We have a lot of returning FFA members, and they’re more experienced in competition, but we’re (also) a really close club and we’re all like family,” said Junior Nolan Caballero, who placed first in the Ornamental Plant Identification category and second in Prepared Public Speaking. Members like Caballero feel that their personal enjoyment of agriculture also contributed to their

Photo courtesy of HOSA adviser Candace Chun

As the results were announced after a long wait, HOSA members cheered their fellow teammates on when relief replaced anxiety. prepared for their events throughout the school year, however, the most important practice was the night before their events when alumni were brought back to coach the present HOSA members. “This year, Brittney Acoba, Joleen-Taylor Baxa, Nikki Kawahara and Allen Orense called me to ask if they could come to help coach. Ruel Reyes used to come and help me critique their speeches and help polish them up before they face the judges. So, they are now giving back because they know it helped them win at nationals,” explained Chun. After a long night of critiquing one another, the HOSA members awaited the results and found that more than half of the team would move on to nationals. “I was

so nervous. As each event before mine was called, the tension built up. (But) after my event had been called and I had placed, I felt so much relief because I did not need to worry about how I performed. I felt a sense of happiness and joy because I realized I had been given the opportunity to compete at a national level,” expressed second year HOSA member Junior Teri Kawasaki. The students who placed in the top three of each category will go to Orlando, Fla. this summer to compete in the HOSA National Leadership Conference planned for June 20 to 23, only three months away. The members are preparing for a challenge as well as an opportunity to meet those with the same interests in medicine.

Photo courtesy of FFA adviser Jeffrey Yamaguchi

Junior Nolan Caballero (right) placed first along with Junior Courtney Wilson in the Ornamental Plant Identification category, where they had to identify 100 different plants. success. “(The Plant Identification) was something I really enjoyed studying ... I have a passion for agricultural things, especially, like, plants,” he said. Despite placing in all of their categories, only FFA President Senior Lauren Dias, who placed first in the Job Interview category, will compete at the National level. “Hawaii FFA was organized after the National

FFA, so we made our own contest. Only about three of our competitions line up with nationals. So, we only send (some of them),” explained Yamaguchi. The National FFA Convention will be held in Indianapolis, Ind. from Oct. 24 to 26. Members will continually strive to improve their skills while also looking for new members.

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SkillsUSA Winners

Continued from Page 1

“I can’t even explain it, but when they called my name, dear goodness, I was shocked,” expressed Promotional Bulletin Board winner and SkillsUSA President Senior Britney Ann Corrales, who won gold in her division, “I was so excited that I screamed just a tad bit. As I was walking to get my award, I was shaking a lot. I felt like crying,” she continued. SkillsUSA is an organization consisting of students involved in a career or technical education program, and annual conferences are held that test the students’ proficiency in their corresponding divisions. Out of the 29 students that competed in nine events this year, 16 placed in the top three in each category. “I am happy the students represented (MHS) in a positive way,” said SkillsUSA adviser Tom Falenofoa, “Everyone gained skills beyond their peers and I think they enjoyed themselves.” Corrales was tasked with designing a board that advertised SkillsUSA and presenting it to a panel of judges, this year’s theme being “Skilled and Motivated.” “I’ve done this

FCCLA Continued from Page 1

“That’s the highest that I’ve ever had … last year (there were) four students,” said MHS FCCLA adviser Karla Deguchi. On Feb. 23, the day of the event, every student that competed earned either a gold, silver, or bronze medal based on the score they received on their project. Those who got top scores went to nationals. Categories included Culinary, Focus on Children, Job Interview, Life Event Planning and Career Investigation. Each section is associated with a core class held at MHS, including Culinary I and II, Public and Human Services Career Pathway Core, Explorations in Education and Early Childhood Education. All categories required practice and preparation, which were essential for success. “(It’s) just being familiar with their whole

INTERNETWORKING First Place: James Lim Second Place: Anthony Kuloloia Third Place: Brayton Acoba JOB INTERVIEW Second Place: Gabrielle Reznik JOB SKILLS DEMO Second Place: Taryn Kimura Photo courtesy of Sophomore Kimi Knitter

Of the SkillsUSA members that competed in the state conference, 16 placed in the top three in their respective categories, with seven placing first and advancing to the national competition. competition before last year, and it was an amazing experience,” she said, “I got second place in the division, and I really didn’t expect much out of (it) honestly. Knowing that I’d enter the competition again this year … I was sort of confident in my competition.” In the Internetworking category, all of the top three spots were filled by MHS students, including first place winner Senior James Lim. “The instructor would give us a few problems and we had to troubleshoot it and make it work,” he explained, “(I felt) tranquil. I calmed myself down and projects, that way when they do get asked any questions they know exactly what to answer,” said MHS’ second adviser Jamie Ludwig. For students with presentation projects, the practice of speech and content was important, while those in the culinary category practiced skills they would need at the competition. Three menus were given to culinary students by the national FCCLA association in December for them to practice. At the competition, the team’s chef chose one menu for the students to cook, the tasks of which were split among them. “I didn’t know what to expect (this year) at all … I was very surprised and extremely ecstatic … because I won gold,” said gold winner and MHS FCCLA President Malina Reyes. All three of the menus consisted of three separate components that required skills that were taught in their culinary class. These menus included the main dish with its side dish and

the test was incredibly easy,” he added. A similar assuredness was exhibited by Related Technical Math first place winner Junior Stephen Mau, who commented, “the concepts aren’t too difficult. Once you find the concept you should be able to calculate it easily.” This quick thinking and preparedness paid off, with seven students advancing to the national competition in Kansas City, Miss., to be held from June 23 to 27. “(I’ll just) study a little bit and go into nationals with high hopes,” Mau said. “There’s a lot to do, but it won’t be as stressful

as before, hopefully,” Corrales added, “But overall, I enjoyed just being at competition with my friends and advisers, meeting new faces, seeing old friends and just experiencing being at the conference.” Falenofoa commented, “I hope we win at the nationals, of course, but the fact that our students are competing against the best in the country is enough for me.” Both the advisers and the students are looking forward to a successful performance at the national SkillsUSA conference this summer.

PROMOTIONAL BULLETIN BOARD First Place: Britney Ann Corrales RELATED TECHNICAL MATH First Place: Stephen Mau Second Place: Shawn Tanaka VIDEO PRODUCTION First Place: Elizabeth Gustafson Erin Hisamoto Third Place: Justin Calpito Jason Schaake MOBILE ROBOTICS First Place: Clayton Dailey Glenn Galvizo Jr. Second Place: Tayler Fernandez-Dizon Ryan Taketa

FCCLA Winners

CULINARY Gold: Malina Reyes

Photo courtesy of FCCLA adviser Karla Deguchi

Students with presentation projects had the option of using a PowerPoint, binder, or scrapbook to showcase their topics. the third part of the menu, which was either a salad or a dessert. Judging on the five categories differed depending on the projects that the students were presenting. Senior Rachael Ryan, who won a gold medal for her Job Interview project, was judged on a job application she had to complete in ten minutes, then on a mock interview she had to perform with her judges. “I was super excited that I won gold this year because I get another opportunity to go to

nationals,” said Ryan, who won a gold medal last year with her career investigation project. Unlike last year, instead of going with her team, Reyes will go to nationals with two other students, one from Lahainaluna, who she tied top scores with, and the other from Leilehua. This team, along with those who took gold with their individual projects, will be going to Orlando, Fla. in the summer to compete at nationals.

Silver: Alison Bowne Ikeda & Lindsey Hisamoto FOCUS ON CHILDREN Gold: Michelle Tsuda & Jaycie Ige JOB INTERVIEW Gold: Rachael Ryan LIFE EVENT PLANNING Gold: Shelby Nakamura CAREER INVESTIGATION

Silver: Alana Bonsilao

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MHS advances through history, sends 14 NHD projects to state level By Reagan Paz On Feb. 25, the Central District National History Day (NHD) Fair was held at MHS, and displayed projects from Aiea High School, MHS, Moanalua High School and Waialua High School. In the end, 15 projects were chosen to advance to the state level competition, 14 of which were from MHS. Along with the projects from MHS, 15 elementary school projects also advanced to the state level, from Mililani Ike and Mililani Waena. “I’m really proud of the students from (MHS) and I think that it’s wonderful because this year … a lot of the teachers have students moving on and in different categories, so I think that this will be an interesting state competition,” commented Social Studies teacher Amy Perruso. Judges from MHS’ school level NHD fair, held in December, chose the projects that were displayed at

the district competition. Ten projects were chosen from the research paper, documentary and performance categories while 20 projects were chosen from each of the website and exhibit categories. A total of 70 projects from MHS competed at the district level. Of those, only three projects in each category advanced to the state level. “I’m still a little shocked but I’m definitely happy about it,” said Sophomore Adriene Unpingco, whose website was chosen for the state competition. Students feel that this year’s theme, “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History,” helped them choose a wide variety of topics for their project. “I thought it was a good theme, because it was broad enough to allow a lot of different ideas from history,” explained Sophomore Myla Pereira, whose performance advanced to states. Unlike previous years, elementary school students participated in the event this year. In addition to the

Junior and Senior divisions, there was also a youth division. “It was really nice to see the kids up on the stage and so proud of their work and so excited about being recognized,” said Perruso, continuing, “I knew the hours that had gone into those projects, so it’s nice to see them feel like that.” The elementary school students that competed were associated with the History Heroes, who are MHS students that helped elementary school students work on their history projects. The children’s projects will move on to states with the Junior and Senior divisions. Students who advanced to states must make necessary changes to their projects. “I plan on spending a lot of my time doing more research, finding more primary sources and documentaries to put on my website,” explained Unpingco. Although NHD may seem like a school project, students feel it is much more. “(NHD) allows us to pick something that we feel

Caring about character:

Mililani Town Association hosts seventh annual Character Counts fair By Jessica Fontenot At Mililani’s annual Character Counts fair, administrators from the complex schools tried to expose students to the values of the Six Pillars of Character. The theme this year was Caring, so the schools tried to showcase what it means to be caring through booths, performances and poster contests. “It’s usually up to the vice principals who kind of coordinate and put everything together,” said MHS Vice Principal Robin Miller. The vice principals from the complex schools: Waena, Uka, Mauka, Ike, Kipapa, Mililani Middle and MHS, not only worked together to promote Character Counts values at the fair, but also individually at each of their respective schools. Characteristics from the pillars evaluate the idea that having trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship in a student’s personality helps further their education.

Out of all the vice principals from the seven Mililani schools, one is chosen every two to three years to be in charge of making arrangements for the event. Mililani Ike Vice Principal Chad Matsuda was chosen as coordinator for both this year and last year. “In collaboration with (Mililani Town Center) and their marketing company here, we’re able to set up services as to asking permission to using the gazebo … (and) asking permission to advertise to … put this event on,” explained Matsuda. Having contributed to the event for four years, Matsuda has seen the type of effect the fair has had on the community. To prepare students for the fair, a poster contest was held between each school and their principals announce the winners during the event. The winners from MHS’ poster contest for this year were Senior Tori Kaya, who took first place, Sophomore Tiffany Wright, who won second and Junior Chelsea Medrano, who took third place.

Senior Lauren Martini, who helped the MHS Leo Club booth, has been attending the fair since elementary school and knows that each school’s booth has a way of encouraging good character. “(It’s) not just only giving free stuff away,” said Martini, “It’s … like the fishing game that (MHS has), every time (someone) gets a fish, they have to answer a question about caring.” The Character Counts fair will be held again in February of next year, where families and schools will continue the tradition of participating in the celebration. It is these types of events that show students from elementary to high school just why character counts.

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Freshmen Lindsey Cambra (above), Cami Shiroma and Alex Noveloso did a performance on the Evolution of Hula. Their project was one of the 14 that advanced to the state competiton. is interesting from the past and focus on it ... also it allows us to learn other stuff by watching other people’s projects ... so it’s more of an interactive way to learn history,” said Pereira. The state competition will be held at Leeward Community College sometime in April.

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“I’m very much looking forward to assuming the position of ASMHS president next year. This is my opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the school, and I plan to take advantage of it.” President Evan Wilson

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Courts in the Community:

MHS and Farrington witness Supreme Court hearing

By Caitlin Kelly

Court was in session at Farrington High School on Feb. 16 as a part of the newly established Courts in the Community program. Students from Farrington as well as MHS were given the unique opportunity to listen to oral arguments as they watched the Hawaii Supreme Court convene for the first time at a high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think the future of our democracy depends on our citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; understanding of the constitution and the protection as it applies to how the court system works. So we wanted to get out in the community and in particular reach out to this generation of students,â&#x20AC;? said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. Farrington High School was chosen as the site of the event because of their experience hosting similar events and their informal relationship with the University of Hawaii William S.

Richardson School of Law. MHS was also invited to attend because of their interest in civic education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very happy about it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad the chief justice decided to have the event at Farrington. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good place to start and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing for people who have graduated from Farrington and became lawyers,â&#x20AC;? explained Associate Justice Simeon Acoba, a graduate of Farrington High School. In the hearing, students were given the opportunity to witness attorneys arguing a case regarding the reliability of eyewitness identification. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I know how court proceedings actually go on, especially in history we do mock trials all the time,â&#x20AC;? said MHS Sophomore Carson Turner. They have been preparing throughout the year by analyzing the case in class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went through and did a whole analysis of the case itself and the rationale for the public court ruling. And also, we went through and did a moot court procedure,â&#x20AC;?

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Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, along with four other justices, took part in a question and answer session exclusively for students after the hearing of oral arguments. said Social Studies teacher Jason Duncan. Members of the Hawaii Supreme Court hoped to teach the students about the role of the court in a democracy and help them realize that a career in law is attainable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that the students see that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just regular people who do these kinds of jobs and the

future is theirs,â&#x20AC;? said Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna. Since this is the first time that the public got the chance to watch the Hawaii Supreme Court convene at a high school, attendees felt that they had gained invaluable knowledge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool to see the actual Supreme Court be-

cause weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been learning so much about it in class so it makes it more relatable and more interesting,â&#x20AC;? said MHS Freshman Kalli Marie Hirasa. The justices hope to continue this event at least once each school year and plan on eventually expanding it to include the neighbor islands.

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Districts to Internationals:

Three students advance to International Science and Engineering Fair

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Thanks to funds secured 24 hours prior to the competition, three overall winners from MHS and one from Moanalua High School received an all-expense paid trip to compete in ISEF. By Shan Yonamine

For the first time at the 2012 Central Oahu District Science and Engineering Fair hosted at Leeward Community College (LCC) on Feb. 13, two MHS projects were selected to advance straight to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), while five others received category awards. “I was shocked and surprised. I would have never imagined that our project would have advanced all the way to ISEF, so I was in utter disbelief,” stated Junior Marc Siler, one of the students selected to advance to ISEF, and whose group placed second overall. In addition to Siler, his partner, Junior Danielle Terukina and Sophomore Viola Mocz were also chosen to advance to ISEF. Originally it had been decided that only the first place overall winner would advance to ISEF, however it was announced in the award ceremony that all three projects would move on thanks to funds secured that day. “This is actually our first year that our district fair will be sponsoring students to move on to ISEF directly and we are fortunate that we are sending three projects, (in all),” explained Science Fair coordinator Nel Venzon. Winners are already planning to improve their projects to meet international standards. “We’re definitely going to fix up our board and talk to our mentor about other things we could improve on,” explained Terukina.

Since this is the first instance where MHS students will be advancing to ISEF directly, students will be exposed to projects of an entirely different caliber. “I think that I’m most nervous about the competitiveness of ISEF. I know there will be numerous great projects, and it might be nerve-wracking to compete against such amazing projects while trying our best to compete at a high level and to represent Hawaii and (MHS),” expressed Siler. Contestants hope that ISEF will give them new opportunities to pursue their interest in science. “I hope to gain more knowledge and possibly new opportunities that can open up my future to the world of science,” stated Terukina. In addition to those going to ISEF, MHS was also able to secure five overall awards as well as numerous agency and category awards. “There were some amazing projects, most of them were from (MHS) and they did a great job,” stated LCC Chemistry professor and Head Judge Michael Reese. The state Science Fair will take place from April 2 to 4 at the Hawaii Convention Center, while ISEF will take place May 13 to 18 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Science Olympiad places third at regionals, nine students advance to state competition By Kimberly Yamaguchi

After months of preparation the MHS Science Club sent nine students to the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament at Leeward Community College on Feb. 4. The group dominated in the architecture and constructing areas of the competition, earning them third place and a spot in the state championships which were at Leeward Community College on March 3. “We work really hard ... and from what I notice we excel in the building events,” said Senior Chad Uyehara, a competitor in the bridge building category. Once a week the students met with their adviser Dr. Namthip Sitachitta to receive guidance on their area of the competition. The regional competition consisted of eight

events ranging from chemistry to bridge building. For each event a team of two students is chosen to represent MHS. “The students are assigned to their specialty, what they’re comfortable in. Some kids are really good in chemistry, so I have them work on the chemistry lab,” said Sitachitta, who tries to pair up students based on their interests, personality and study habits. “It’s such a team, all I do is organize them and assign the student according to interest ... I check up on them every now and then ... I just kind of help them prepare. Other than that it’s not micromanaged at all. The students are pretty independent and disciplined,” explained Sitachitta. For the building events the students may practice exactly what they will be building on the day of the competition, however for the other events only a “cheat sheet” can be made based on the topic and what the student can guess will be

asked. “The most challenging part is probably the study events because we dominate the building events. For the study events you don’t know what’s going to be (asked),” stated Science Club President Senior Tru Dang. Though MHS has narrowly missed first place, coming in just behind the two Iolani teams, they are confident in their abilities. “I guess for regional (third place is) fine, but for states we need to get to first place,” said Dang. Sitachitta has also noticed an improvement in their determination since the regional competition. “This time I have to be a little more micromanaging because I want to win at the state level. I really want to beat the other schools. Iolani said they’re the science powerhouse. I think we’re better,” added Sitachitta. The participants are now striving to place even higher at states and earn a spot at the national competition.

Random acts of kindness:

Seniors help community with new English project

By Kara Nitta

MHS seniors have been garnering attention with their new wristbands and good deeds following their study of the book “What I Wish I knew when I was 20” written by Stanford professor Tina Seelig. “What we really want to do, ultimately is make a habit for people … to think about others and how we can help others,” explained English Department Head Lisa-Anne Tsuruda. Seniors are sporting wristbands reading “MHS S.H.OUT” which stands for Mililani High School seniors helping out. In chapter 2 of the book Seelig talks about “can do” bands (simple rubber bands) that the students had worn and passed on as they performed good deeds. “It’s very difficult to track something like that,” said Tsuruda continuing, “So what my team decided to do is ‘let’s do something similar’ … so let’s take it to

the next level and so we have our wristbands.” Each senior has until March 8 to do their good deed for class, but this does not mark the end of the altruistic project. “We’ve already had some kids who have already done some random acts of kindness … but mostly the kids say they just want to keep (the wristbands), so they stay committed to doing good acts,” explained Tsuruda. The good deeds done by the seniors are being kept track of through the use of Facebook. Any student may “like” the Facebook page and as the seniors do an act of kindness they post it on the page with the color of their wristband, which is different for every teacher. “Yes I do have my plan … I don’t know for sure what I’m going to do but it’s going to be really random and

that’s when I’ll give (my wristband) out,” said Senior Daniel Reis. This activity, one of many from the book was coordinated by Tsuruda who was assigned chapter 2. Each of the other 12th grade English teachers were also assigned a chapter to create activities for. The book was originally written for Seelig’s son and addresses ideas like viewing problems as opportunities and other important life skills. “So far a lot of the students … enjoy (the book) one it’s easy to read and the second thing they like is it’s very relatable,” explained English teacher Stephanie Grande-Misaki. Though this project was considered a success, it will not be continued next year due to the senior English department’s choice to study another non-fiction book.


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ASMHS President John Delos Reyes

‘The Way You Look Tonight’

Class of 2012 prepares for Senior Prom

By Amanda Thomas

Hello Trojans! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. As the quarter winds down, let’s look back to all the events we had in February. On Feb. 4, we held a Campus Beautification at our school from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thank you to all who came out to help make our school look good. Your efforts are evident throughout the campus. Feb. 10 was the date of our annual Olaloa Valentine’s dance. Student council members of MHS, Mililani Middle School, and Mililani elementary schools spent the day with the retirees of Olaloa. Along with the entertainment provided by MHS’ jazz band, it was a fun experience for the students to be able to hang out with the elderly in our community. On Feb. 29, 40 exchange students from Kaiyo Miyazaki High School came to MHS for the day. It was a great opportunity for us to share our culture and have them share theirs. Thank you to the students who helped as campus tour guides as well as choir and hula performers. We also held our elections for the upcoming ASMHS council. Thank you to all who voted and supported our candidates. Your ASMHS student council will consist of: President Evan Wilson, Vice President Kaycee Oyama, Secretaries Ka ena Maeda and Cassandra Stetser, Treasurer Tyler Atiburcio, along with the rest of the board. They are all excited to serve their school next year.

After much planning and collaboration from the committee, Senior Prom will take place on March 17 at the JW Mariott Ihilani Resort and Spa. The initial planning of Senior Prom took place at the end of last school year and over the summer, when the committee decided on the theme, “The Way You Look Tonight.” “It started last school year ... we started thinking about things and trying to figure out what we wanted to do, and actually the theme was set at the ending of last school year. Then, during the summer we were trying to find the venues (and) find the companies we were going to coordinate with,” stated Senior Prom adviser Gerlynn-Lei Silva. This is the first MHS senior class to use the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa as their venue and also the first to coordinate with the Flipbooks Hawaii Company for a prom activity. “A flip book machine is where there are props and people can do any action for about seven seconds or so, the

photographers will record the actions and make it into a flip book that you can take home and enjoy,” explained Senior Prom Committee chairperson Kellie Tomita. To encourage the class of 2012 to get their bids completed on time, the committee emphasized the advertising of bid sales by using prizes as incentives. “Through flyers, our class assembly and Facebook, it really helped to draw a large crowd on only the first day of bid sales,” explained Senior Prom Committee Head Chairperson Marci Nakamura. On the first day of bid sales, 80 seniors successfully completed their bids, which was a much better outcome than the committee expected. The committee did face a few challenges with the planning of this event, however with help from several other advisers they managed to execute these complex tasks. “When it comes to planning prom, ‘a couple of challenges’ (is) an understatement. In the process, many things came up such as the cost of the hotel, the favors (and) communications with the organizations who we’re going with for favors; things

really get stressful because things literally come out of the blue,” explained Senior Prom Committee chairperson Shayna Hokama. “Working together and persevering to get through all adversities really kept us going,” she continued. With the Senior Prom not far off, the committee hopes that it will be a success. “I’m looking forward to seeing the final event come together. It took a lot of

planning and it will be nice to see that all of our hard effort has created a successful event,” said Tomita. Nakamura added, “I hope that we accomplish completing the centerpieces, running a smooth program and having an awesome court dance.” With a few minor details that still need to be planned, the committee is looking forward to the event coming together.

‘Inspired in Hawaii’ themed contest:

Clarence T.C. Ching brings change in Hawaii By Jenny Park

On Nov. 11, several hundreds of students entered creative pieces to the Clarence T.C. Ching Poster, Essay and Video contest pieces following this year’s theme, “Inspired in Hawaii.” Although this was the first year MHS participated in the contest, five MHS students placed in the poster category of the contest while two other MHS students placed in the video portion. “(T.C. Ching) did a lot of things for the community in Hawaii as far as giving back, and so he wanted students to learn about his life and also think about how they could give back to the community too,” explained Fine Arts teacher Ruth Ravina-Koethe. This contest was inspired by one man and his vision to “dream big

and make Hawaii a better place,” according to www. Clarence T.C. Ching was a businessman and philanthropist who founded a charitable, private organization in 1967 called The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation. Upon his passing, Ching donated all of his money to charity through the foundation, in hopes that they would educate students to help improve Hawaii’s communities. The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation required all entrants to connect their projects to Ching’s life and problems in Hawaii. Each student did research on Ching and the problems that he had helped with in order to come up with ideas for their works. “We came up for the idea in class after discussing an incident where our friend was wasting a bunch of water. We decided to make

a video, demonstrating all the ways people waste water in Hawaii, and how they can avoid doing so. We also chocked it up with statistics and a few creative angles and effects,” said Senior Jason Schaake, whose group placed fourth in the video category. In the grade 11 poster category, Ramil Lorenzo Gonzalez took first while also taking second for Judge’s Choice, while Jody Nakasone came in second and Joelle Takayama took third. In grade 12 poster contest, Rylee Gaspar placed second while Masey Jones placed third. In the video category, Schaake and Senior Justin Calpito took fourth. “I felt happy because this was the first poster contest that I placed in and I worked really hard on my project. It also was fun to take part in,” said Nakasone.

From paintings to public service announcements, each individual’s projects and art pieces were unique due to a variety of mediums. “We had colored pencils, colored markers and paint. They could mix mediums if they wanted to,” said Ravina-Koethe. The participants were also required to write statements about how their projects depicted a local issue. “One of the hardest things about the poster contest was that after you made your poster, you had to relate your poster to his life through a one-page essay,” commented Ravina-Koethe. The winners were presented with their awards on Jan. 18 at Ala Moana Mall Center Stage, while their posters were displayed at the Honolulu Museum of Art School until Feb. 19.




from the

PAST By April-Joy McCann and Jacquelyn Perreira, Similar to how history repeats itself, today’s fashion is a fusion of past eras with 21st century modern styles. By taking a look around campus, it’s easy to see how vintage fashions are making re-appearances.


These are her mom's old knee high stockings >

<polka dots like the ones on senior sierra Kee's top were popular in the '60s

I think a lot of people take old stuff (from) back in the day that our parents used to wear and make it relevant again. Like you see all the Cosby sweaters and the cardigans and stuff like that. And I think like past trends (are) influencing society and our younger generation a lot. Christian Pinera, 10


'70s Senior> Masey Jones scored this '90s top from savers

Junior Jaycob Agbayani's boombox chain is totally < '80s hip hop

'80s Senior Dylan Taira (above) and Freshman Jamie Yuki (below) are both sporting jean vests, which were essential to the ‘80s rocker look.

I think it’s really neat how (fashion) does that so it like never dies, in a sense.


Malia Moscatello, 10

Sophomore Kimi Knitter’s oval-shaped glasses, tribal print cardigan and bead bracelets are reminiscent of the ‘70s hippie look.

knee-high socks paired with converse shoes were a staple in the '80s hipster look>



'80s 80s

Tyler Scott,9 0

The ‘80s because it was really colorful and they had a lot of different styles and they broke the normal fashion styles and made their own. Melissa Suan, 10

'70s Jean jackets like the one Senior Allison Grubbs is wearing were everywhere in the ‘80s rock scene. Her floral printed top is straight from the ‘70s.


Girls are going rugged these days with everpopular combat boots. “I like wearing them because they’re really comfortable and stylish and they’re in style ... they pretty much go with anything,” said Freshman Dasia Sepulveda (above). This clunky footwear was a hot commodity for the ‘90s grunge look.

Smarts and crafts


By Caitlin Kelly One evening I stumbled across a surprisingly good Mexican restaurant by accident, and it was one of my better finds. It happened when my family and I were wandering around for a new place to eat. Our search led us to the fairly low-key Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in the Waipio Shopping Center. Acapulco is very easy to overlook, since it’s not as visible from the parking lot as its popular neighbor, Nancy’s Kitchen. When we walked up to the restaurant to check it out, I immediately noticed that there were awkwardly placed seats for customers to dine outdoors and a humblelooking building for those who wished to stay inside.

The interior struck me as simple but inviting with the authentic Mexican decor and wooden tables, so we decided to give it a try. The menu featured some foods that are standard at Mexican restaurants, like burritos, tacos, chimichangas, in addition to a few other things that I wasn’t so accustomed to, like oysters and shrimp. As we were looking at the menu, I was happy to see that they brought out a complimentary bowl of chips and salsa; the chips were crisp, the salsa was full of herbs and I was satisfied. I usually get the same thing every time I go to a Mexican restaurant, your classic cheese quesadilla with beans and rice, and that was no different this time. The tortilla and the cheese inside of it were cooked perfectly,

with a slight crisp creating a sharp contrast to the soft and melted cheese. Even though it was great, especially for only costing me $10.90, I still had a lot left over when I was finished and could have easily shared it with someone else. I didn’t get the chance to try a dessert this time around, but the restaurant does feature fried ice cream, fried banana split and flan, each one under the price of $5.00. I’m glad that things worked out the way they did because Acapulco Mexican Restaurant has some great food at a location close to home. I would enthusiastically recommend this place to anyone living in the Mililani area that is looking for a change in their normal routine.

Sense for your cents

By Jacquelyn Perreira Day after day of looking at the same closet with the same clothes can drive a lot of us to boredom. An easy solution can be found in three simple words: (no, not ‘buy new wardrobe’ but) mix and match. Instead of always wearing this skirt with that top, think outside of the drawer and try new pairings. Now that winter has come and gone, it’s time to spruce up those sweaters that you won’t be wearing for at least another eight months. Get into the doit-yourself spirit and take a pair of shears to them. There’s a plethora of patterns you can create: skulls, braids, triangles, etc. An easy tutorial for a skully tee can be found at http:// Simple Google searches of whatever design you have

in mind can bring up a ton of easy tutorials. Roll the sleeves up into neat cuffs to prevent your arms from baking in the sweater. The same thing goes for jeans. Take an old pair and cut them into shorts. If you want a clean-cut look, then cut the jeans so that they’re a little above your knees and roll them up into cuffs. If you prefer the shredded fabric look, then cut them to whatever length you’re comfortable with. The extra fabric can even be braided into a headband or tied into a bracelet. Frilly skirts have been everywhere lately. Instead of wearing them under a top, try wearing them over a long tunic for the effect of a layered dress. For a similar look, wear it in reverse with a patterned skirt under a plain frilly top. Both looks will help your body appear shapely. Don’t limit yourself to just these suggestions. If you think of another way to liven up your wardrobe then go for it! Feel free to make the most of what you already have.

wear a frilly skirt overa long tunic for the effect of a layered dress.



You will need:


-hot glue gun -plastic -fabric scissors headband -old piece of -ruler clothing

4 By Shan Yonamine

If you have a cute blouse that doesn’t quite fit anymore or a once-worn dress with a stain on it, don’t toss them in the trash just yet. These unwearable articles of clothing can be transformed into chic new headbands without even having to bust out a needle and thread. To get started, cut a strip of material from your ensemble; it should be at least 2 inches wide and 8 inches long. Then, on a solid, heatproof surface lay the fabric face down. Place a generous glob of hot glue in the center of the fabric. Use the glue to attach the strip of fabric to the inside of the headband; this is the part that would normally touch your head. Tie the loose ends of the fabric into a bow, around the headband in a similar way to tying a shoelace. Bows can vary in size and ribbon length depending on personal preference. At this point you should have a simple headband with a bow; you can choose to

stop here if you wish. To achieve the look in the photo above, take the loose ends of the bow and coil them around the headband, secure with glue. Then, simply glue the loops of the bow down over the coils of ribbon to hide them. The loops should then lay flat on the headband covering the coils. This will give it a cleaner and more sophisticated look. To add a personal flair, you can hot glue beads or buttons to the undecorated portions of the headband or attach additional fabric using the hot glue, as seen in the photo above. After doing this, you should let the glue dry for at least an hour before use to avoid loosening and misplacing decorations. This method can be used for various accessories. If headbands don’t suit you, make a bow hair clip or ring by simply adjusting the fabric size accordingly. Be innovative; use this idea to inspire other projects and craft on.

Every week the

Trojan Times

editorial staff posts a column piece on the staff Tumblr, Or, wear a patterned skirt under a frilly top for the same effect. Illustrations by Ramil Lorenzo Gonzalez

Editor-In-Chief Caitlin Kelly’s column,


focuses on good food at reasonable prices. Assistant Editor Shan Yonamine’s column,

Smarts and crafts,

focuses on do-ityourself projects. Design Editor Jacquelyn

Perreira’s column, Sense for your cents, focuses on fashion tips.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

MHS Varsity boys soccer takes down Falcons

First State Championship title since 2004

By Jessica Fontenot MHS’ Varsity boys soccer was at it again, after gaining the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Red Division Championship title against Kapolei High School, they also secured the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Championship title on Feb. 18. It was through a combination of the team’s support for their fellow players, controlled mindset and unrelenting determination to succeed that made the 3-0 win at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex against Kalani High School possible. “I can’t remember the last time we won so it felt like the first time,” said Head Coach Jeffery Yamamoto. In the semifinal game against Iolani High School, only one goal was made by MHS, and a block from defender Senior Andrew Momohara prevented Iolani from ending the game in a tie. This block allowed the team to continue on to the State Championship, their first chance to do so since the 2004 competition against Iolani. It was then on Feb. 11 that the Trojans triumphed

over the Hurricanes in the last game of OIAs with a final score of 2-1, which had earned them both the OIA Red Division title and their place in the State Championship. Yamamoto stressed the importance of defense by teaching players to support their teammates. This instruction proved vital when key players from Kalani put up a fight against MHS. “We were expecting them to come out hard,” said defender Senior Douglas Curren. “(We were) just trying to stay organized on defense and then control them,” he added. As the game started, Curren was able to make two goals for MHS, giving them the lead for that half of the game. This momentum continued into the second half of the game as Kalani struggled to close the gap from the first half. However, Kalani was unable to make a goal and the game ended with a score from MHS midfielder Senior Ryan Tokunaga. Since this was MHS’ first State Championship win in eight years, many players were elated with the outcome of the game. “(On) the bus ride home … a lot of people lost their voices (from screaming) by the time

Photo courtesy of Carly Cooper

In the OIA season, the MHS Varsity boys soccer team only had one tie, which was in their game against Kapolei High School on Jan. 3 at the Central Oahu Regional Park soccer field, score 1-1. we got back,” said midfielder Senior Ameen Mujitabaa, continuing, “I feel that the team got what they deserved.” To make sure that they were composed before a game, players took time to relax during the bus rides to each competition. “(It’s) just before the game, getting mentally prepared and taking warm-ups seriously,”

explained Curren. Mujitabaa agreed, saying, “When you’re worried about other things, you’re not going to get much done on the field.” The result of the game proved that in keeping their cool, players were able to concentrate on the game. Many students from the team have been playing soccer since elementary school, so each of those players

were passionate about the sport. “They all give their hundred percent. They give everything to the team if it’s required,” said Mujitabaa. The boys soccer team win this year marks MHS’ fifth State Championship title, which they hope to uphold as they did their four-peat back from 2000 to 2004.

Wrestling their way to victory:

Varsity boys team wins first ever OIA Championship title By Shan Yonamine

The Varsity boys wrestling team body slammed their competition, securing MHS’ first ever Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Championship title on Feb. 26 at Leilehua High School’s Paul T. Kobayashi Gymnasium. “It felt good. We all went crazy. We all held hands in a circle, then when they announced the score we cheered,” expressed Senior Chase Tantog, continuing, “It feels good to know that I helped make history for (MHS).” The achievement of earning an OIA title had been anticipated by the team throughout the entire season. “(We felt) of course elation

and jubilation; it’s been a long time coming,” stated Head Coach Sam Lee. The competition was broken up into individual matches in which players were placed based on their seed, or level of skill. “Depending on your season like you get higher seeded if you win more and if you’re undefeated, you have like top seed … If you’re lower seeded then you have more matches to get to the championship,” explained Junior Landon Nagatori. Based on whether the match was won or lost, points were added to the school’s overall score. MHS finished with the winning score of 192 points, qualifying them to compete in the state competition, while Campbell High School came in with a close second

of 189 points and Moanalua High School in third with a total of 170 points. What set this year’s team apart from others had much to do with bonds created amongst players throughout the season. “We believed in each other, in winning our matches. We pushed each other at practices and made each other better wrestlers,” stated Tantog. Lee agreed saying, “We had students that were athletes, who were committed to the training that they were going to need to do. They were committed to helping one another to do what had to be done so they’re very supportive of each other.” This history-making win was not only a testament to the team’s bond, but

also their skill and level of preparation. “(We had) a lot of mental preparation and we did a lot of running, a lot of drilling,” explained Nagatori. Sophomore Braydon Akeo added, “We’re in good condition and pretty good technically because we were able to beat the other teams.” Another factor that may have attributed to the team’s success was an increase in numbers from previous years. “We had a lot of the guys, we filled up more than half of the weight classes and everybody trained real hard and they wanted it this year,” stated Akeo. MHS was able to fill nine out of the 14 weight classes in the competition; however, they did not rely on this advantage

alone. “We didn’t have as (many) guys as … the bigger schools but we had a lot of good wrestlers this year and worked hard for it,” explained Akeo. Though nine is already a significant number, the team continually strives to fill out more weight classes to increase their point-earning potential. In addition to the goal of expanding the team, winning the OIA Championship title left future teams with big shoes to fill. “I think this will set the standard, set the bar for other athletes that come through our program,” stated Lee. Players hope that this first OIA title won’t be their last and that skills learned in this season translate into upcoming years.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reaching their goal: Fujinaga, Torquato, Uehara sign letters of intent to play college soccer By April-Joy McCann

Alissa Kelly | Na Mana o Poina Ole

By Amanda Thomas

Multiple sports have been a part of Sophomore Dayton Furuta’s life since age four. He strives to maintain his school work while balancing Varsity football, heading straight into JV basketball, then wrestling and judo soon after.​ “We finish school at 2 p.m., wrestling starts at 3:00 p.m. and ends around 5:30 p.m., then I do homework between (practices), basketball starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends around 8 p.m.,” stated Furuta. Although this is Furuta’s first year competing in wrestling, he has proven to be an instrumental tool to the team’s success. “He practices with intensity, which is a good example for others to follow, and sometimes he’s helping his teammates learn how to (correctly) execute a move,” explained wrestling Head Coach Sam Lee.   ​ Furuta picks up on tactics swiftly and implements them in competitions.   “He’s very coachable, he’s quick to learn so he has the ability to grasp the ideas (which) makes him very easy to work with,” said Lee.  “We expect the wrestlers to win and that’s what he does, he wins,” added wrestling teammate Senior Jeffrey Sanchez Jr. ​ Throughout his athletic career, Furuta has always had support from his family.  “My family is there to push me to my limits and to help me to put in the extra work,” said Furuta. With hard work, diligence and dedication, Furuta strives to perform his best in all his sports.

For Seniors Kristen Fujinaga, Lauren Uehara and Renato Torquato, soccer isn’t just a sport, it’s a passion that led them to sign letters of intent. A signing ceremony was held at the Sheraton Wakiki Hotel on Feb. 1. Fujinaga and Uehara will be attending California Baptist University, Torquato the University of California Irvine. “You have to not only want it, but you have to do what it takes to get there,” said Fujinaga’s 10year and Uehara’s sevenyear club soccer coach Eric Tamashiro, who has also coached Torquato in the past. Uehara was the only one to attend the ceremony; Fujinaga could not attend. Torquato was unable to go to this event as well and had a small private ceremony at MHS. Signing these letters of intent signified their commitment to the college. With each offer, the

Senior Kristen Fujinaga California Baptist University

Senior Renato Torquato University of California Irvine

Senior Lauren Uehara California Baptist University

students also received scholarship money. Fujinaga will be attending college with an academic scholarship due to the unavailability of sports scholarships, Uehara received a $10,000 scholarship along with the possibility of an academic one, while Torquato’s scholarship will pay 50 percent of his school’s cost. “I wanted to play college soccer to help my parents pay for my tuition and plus I know if I were to ever stop playing soccer I’d miss it,” Fujinaga expressed. Inspiration to play at the college level started early. All three players had

been playing soccer from a very young age. “(I’ve been playing) like on an actual team since I was five. But since I was one or two I’ve been kicking the ball,” Torquato shared. Since then, each player improved their skills to reach the point they’re at now. “It was my motivation and my persistence because I could’ve just gave up and just stayed (in Hawaii) but I always kept trying to (contact) a bunch of colleges and I always made sure I would get to my main goal and that I would never settle for less,” Torquato stated. “The competitiveness

and the understanding of what it takes to be successful is kind of what separates them,” Tamashiro added. Each of them had different goals. “If I can get drafted I would definitely take that ... I would still want to continue sports even if it’s broadcasting,” said Torquato. “I want to pursue being a veterinarian ... it’d be nice to play every once in a while but you have your career,” Fujinaga explained. Uehara is unsure of her career path. Fujinaga, Torquato and Uehara hope to enjoy their college experience both with and without soccer.

Trojans join forces with Marauders, create Central Oahu Rugby Team

Reagan Paz | Trojan Times

(L-R): Coach S. Strickland, R. Barsatan, C. Oneha, C. Rojas, T. Strickland, J. China, G. Cepeda, L. Bueno, R. A. Jugueta. By Reagan Paz

Rugby, as most people know, is a national sport in other countries like New Zealand and Fiji, but is not yet widely known to the youth here in Hawaii. However, it has recently been recognized as a local recreational sport. Senior Titus Strickland and his father Sean Strickland hope to help rugby gain local popularity by teaming up MHS with Waipahu High

School and creating the Central Oahu Rugby Team. “I originally came from New Zealand with my family, and rugby’s really big there ... and when I heard that rugby was building up in Hawaii ... of course I got really excited,” Titus Strickland expressed. With the introduction of any new high school sport, the first task was to gain participation. “We want to first get real big interest and get a lot of people committed and willing to

play, because the system’s all set up so all we need is the numbers,” explained Titus Strickland. Though MHS and Waipahu combined have enough players, they are not able to split off into individual teams because they only have a total of 12 players. “Eventually, we hope that (MHS) and Waipahu would be a strong rugby high school (team) by itself,” explained coach Sean Strickland. Despite having only recently started, the Central Oahu team plans on participating in the Adult Friends for Youth (AFY) International Aloha Youth Rugby 7-a-Side Tournament, which will be held on March 12 and 13. Marist Hawaii Rugby Club, an adult rugby team, has sponsored the Central Oahu team and paid the registration fees for three slots in the tournament, two spots for boys teams and one spot for a girls team. “(Marist) basically said, ‘Hey look, we’re going to sponsor

and pay for a couple of youth teams, we want to support them and we want girls and boys teams.’ ... We need to fill those three slots, so we need more ... players,” said Sean Strickland. Since the tournament is quickly approaching, the team must quickly gather a sufficient amount of people and begin their preparation. “We’re trying to practice three times a week to prepare for it. We really need more committed people to join in order to be better prepared,” said Senior Ryan Barsatan. With the buildup of rugby in Hawaii, Titus Strickland hopes to eventually establish a state rugby team. “Rugby is pretty much a national sport for all the Polynesian islands ... except Hawaii ... but what we’re doing is trying to get ... our own team,” he said. Having coached a rugby team of about 30 people last year, Sean Strickland hopes to attract similar numbers to the Central District team.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Serving up something new:

Agsalda becomes head tennis coach

Cyanne Ito | Trojan Times

Jason Agsalda has been coaching tennis for the duration of the JV season and will continue to coach the Varsity season. By Cyanne Ito

Though he may be the new head coach for the Varsity boys’ and girls’ tennis team, Jason Agsalda is not new to the job itself. After two years of instructing the girls’ golf team, Agsalda’s love for coaching has led him to his current position. “(I like) being able to pass on my experiences and knowledge of tennis to the players to help them improve their games, while teaching them the life lessons that go along with the sport,” said Agsalda. Agsalda has previously coached tennis at Leilehua High School, and was

approached by MHS Athletic Director Glenn Nitta to coach this year’s boys’ and girls’ tennis team. “I have a love and passion for both (golf and tennis), so when the opportunity came up to coach for tennis, I jumped on it,” said Agsalda, continuing, “The previous coach and staff did a good job in creating a winning program. I’m hoping to continue that tradition.” To help continue that legacy, Agsalda is implementing some changes during practices. “(I’m trying to) develop team chemistry (by) making sure everyone knows their role on the team and making everyone comfortable and feel

that they can contribute no matter where they are in the team rankings,” Agsalda explained. His experience in the field of tennis is evident in the way he coaches. “(Agsalda’s) structured, he’s organized. Every day has a purpose that he works on. He not only looks at the strengths and weaknesses, (but) the overall game,” said assistant coach Jason Tamura, who had worked with Agsalda for the duration of the JV season. “I actually really enjoy (Agsalda’s) coaching style ... The drills that he allows us to take part in are both beneficial and fun. I can see how we would apply the drills to an actual match,” said Senior Kelsey Kennell. The team has welcomed their new coach with open minds, and are looking forward to a successful season. “(Agsalda’s) very spirited and he’s very supportive of us. He seems like he’s really there for us, not just for the money or for the competition,” Kennell commented. In addition to a common goal of winning the Oahu Interscholastic Association Championship, Agsalda also has goals to improve each player’s individual skills as well as their ability to work together as a team.

Track team welcomes new assistant coaches Takeda and Classey By Nathan Park

The MHS track team has welcomed new assistant coaches Don Classey and Colby Takeda. Both have come with patience and enthusiasm. “I really like it so far. We are finding different ways to practice and it’s very motivating,” said Takeda. Prior to becoming a track coach, Takeda helped coach pole-vaulting at the Renegades Track Club, which is a statewide youth track team that participates in a variety of track and field activities. “I’ve been coaching these guys, theoretically, for the past three years. They really showed that they wanted me there and that they wanted to learn and I really enjoyed working with them,” explained Takeda. After seeing the motivation of the athletes, Takeda was inspired to start coaching at MHS. “It convinced me that this is where I want to work, these are the kids that are self motivated. They know their stuff and they got their fundamentals down but they are also willing to work hard,” he explained. “(Takeda) brings a lot

of knowledge because he coaches the pole vault, which is an event that not many people know how to teach, and that makes our coaching staff better,” said Head Coach Dan Natsunaga. Takeda also brings patience and compassion for the athletes. “He knows what we are going through and he’s very understanding,” commented track team member Cheyne Shiroma. Classey also came with track experience from sprinting and jumping on her high school track team. After moving to Hawaii from California, she sought to give back to the community. “(Classey) brings a lot of enthusiasm. She is somewhat new to coaching but she loves to be around kids and loves to help,” explained Natsunaga. Though Classey would like to continue to stay with the track team, she will be moving away from Hawaii in a few months. The two assistant coaches are given specific areas and events that they work with the athletes on. Since polevaulting is naturally dangerous, Takeda has focused on teaching the basics and safety precautions of the sport. Classey has helped with coaching the sprinting and jumping athletes. The two new coaches’ goals are to prepare for the season safely. They hope to help the newcomers learn the basics of track and give returnees a chance to be leaders of the team.

To the point

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New Golf Coach: With the beginning of a new season, the girls’ golf team is looking forward to not only new team members, but a new coach as well. Coach Abe Kealoha has 10 years of coaching experience and has taken the place of coach Jason Agsalda. As practices began in mid-February, the players are looking forward to a season filled with new experiences as well as a different coaching method that Kealoha is sure to bring.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

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

Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Kelly Assistant Editor Shan Yonamine Design Editor Jacquelyn Perreira Business Manager Jessica Antonio Copy Managers Ramil Lorenzo Gonzalez Cyanne Ito April-Joy McCann Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel Staff Jessica Fontenot Kara Nitta Jenny Park Nathan Park Reagan Paz Amanda Thomas Kimberly Yamaguchi The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789 To voice an opinion or any concerns, feel free to submit a letter to L205 or to c.kelly@ The Trojan Times reserves the right to edit letters as they see fit. Please type your letter and clearly state your name, grade level and period one class.

Maintaining good character in a wired world By Caitlin Kelly When one takes a look at the virtual world where nyan-cats demolish the Twin Towers and “memes,” parasitic manipulated photos, that constantly poke fun at unsuspecting people, it is no surprise that those from the technological generation don’t always take cyberbullying seriously. The problem does not lie entirely in the act of cyberbullying, but more so in the fact that many Internet users don’t even realize they’re doing it. Even if laws are made to combat this trend, popular culture among today’s younger people is not going to change; progress can only be made when we realize much of the behavior online that is supposedly in good fun is fueling the fire of cyberbullying. “Yes, (cyberbullying) is a problem. It’s something that I think with technology, our young people have the ability to go ahead, and instead of saying something face-to-face or behind someone’s back, personto-person. A lot of that can go viral very quickly,” said Branch Chief of the Community and Crime Prevention Branch at the Department of the Attorney General Valerie Mariano. Bullying over online communication is perhaps even more relentless than classic schoolyard bullying cases because it has the ability to reach so many people in so little time. Combine that with the fact that those words will remain on record forever and it’s a recipe for disaster. Senior Bradley Dell agreed, saying, “It is so easy to use the phone or computer anonymously. People also find it easier to be bold when using such mediums.” One of the tragic effects

of cyberbullying was thrust into the public eye when Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers University, committed suicide in 2010 after two classmates allegedly posted an unflattering video of him on the Internet. Several other cases similar to this one have attracted national attention, and the Keiki Caucus, a bipartisan group of House and Senate members addressing issues involving the youth, is making an effort to protect victims in Hawaii from a similar outcome by drafting several bills for acts regarding bullying. While taking action is a step in the right direction, it’s unrealistic to think that the creation of a bill will bring an end to it all. “I don’t think laws alone will help the problem. I think laws do help, but I think everyone needs to take that responsible action, be responsible, be accountable with any form of technology or even when you’re just acting as a person,” said Mariano. Even if jokes that circulate on the Internet are not meant to be seriously harmful, they are creating a culture where blatantly insulting others is considered good humor. “Take Rebecca Black, for example. Everyone is always talking about how she dropped out of her school because of bullying. We can’t pretend the Internet and the countless rude things said about her didn’t affect her situation,” said Dell. The same goes for innocent photos that are posted by normal, unsuspecting people that suddenly get turned into “memes.” A prime example is an image macro picturing a young boy with Down Syndrome, captioned, “I’m high off chromosomes.”

It’s disappointing that one would choose to create something so offensive and that nothing was done to stop it from being posted. Not too mention as the definition of memes suggests, these manipulated photos get passed on from person to person, whether reblogged or liked over and over again in social media sites such as Tumblr or Facebook. How can one say they are against cyberbullying, when they themselves don’t realize they are perpetuating a culture of teasing by reblogging or liking these “jokes?” Granted, posting a joke or adding commentary to a photo or onto a photo is a freedom of speech. But people, whether it be here or in other countries still fight, risking their lives, for it today, and it is therefore a freedom that should not be abused. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to post what we want on the Internet now, but if this trend continues, then there is no doubt that there will be a fight over whether or not it should be policed. Though it may sound ridiculous to be able to filter what goes up on the Internet, we would not have had to even consider it if we used our rights responsibly initially. Acting like our freedom is of no value by using it for an action as trivial and unproductive as bullying is selfish when there are so many other ways it can be utilized. “Our generation is very hurtful to others, while also being a bit more open about issues such as being gay or of a different race than previous generations. Hopefully that second part shines through more, and people realize cyberbullying is just as harmful as homophobia or racism,” said Dell.

Because our generation is already so far into this trend, cyberbullying is not going to be stopped by harsh punishments. Even if that was a possibility, cyberbullying should not be put to an end because of the fear instilled by implemented rules, it should stop because people realize that it happens even more than we know, and it has twisting peoples’ morals and values. It is not only the responsibility of those on the Internet, but also that of their parents and teachers to stay informed on how the culture is transforming. “Students and adults need to be accountable and I think that if we all take that accountability and act upon it, I think we would be fine with cyberbullying or any other problem behaviors that may arise,” said Mariano. We all have the ability to take action by utilizing the simple lesson that we’ve had drilled into our heads from the time we were in elementary school: treat others the way you want to be treated. Putting others down in person is already severe enough, and doing it over the Internet or through text messages does not make its magnitude any less. “It’s just knowing what can hurt others and how if you don’t want it said about you, don’t say it yourself,” said Mariano. Electronic devices are now considered a tool essential for communication to many, but we must be conscious of the way we utilize this power. Words are still words no matter how they are conveyed and it is the people’s responsibility alone to make sure that the effort put into ensuring we have the freedom to use them doesn’t go in vain.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

C&CC C&CC will be closed for Spring Break. If you need to drop off applications or scholarships, please plan accordingly. Have a fun, safe Spring Break and see you in fourth quarter! Senior Announcements: Seniors! Graduation is right around the corner! Here are a few end-of-year reminders. May 1 - Reply to Colleges: May 1 is the universal deadline to let schools know whether you are accepting their offer of admission or not. This is not a postmarked deadline. Submit Scholarship/Award Letters to C&CC: If you have received a scholarship or financial award from a school or organization, forward a copy of it to C&CC whether you are accepting it or not. We will add the information to our year end report, and you will be recognized in the graduation program.

ASACS Scholarship Athletes: If you are a scholarship athlete, you need to send your final grades to the NCAA Clearinghouse. You can do this now and the registrar’s office will hold your request until your final grades are posted. 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 www. for more information. Clearance Forms: Be sure to turn in your health clearance information (TB test and MMR shot record) to the school you will be attending. You will not be able to register for your classes until this is complete. Don’t Forget Thank Yous: Do not forget to thank the teachers and counselors who

BOOK CLUB What seemed to be an exciting field trip for the 1997 class of Shiroiwa Junior High School students quickly became a fight for their lives as they woke up in a classroom on a deserted island. Greeted only by violence and bloodshed, they were introduced to the game they had no option but to participate in, called Battle Royale. The simple rule to this game consisted only of this: kill or be killed. Shuya Nanahara (Male Student No. 15) and Noriko Nakagawa (Female Student No. 15), team up in an attempt to find a way to survive as their classmates turn against one another and commit murder out of fear, entertainment, or just plain insanity. Takami allows the reader to become close to each of these characters, only to slaughter their lives as soon as a connection with them is created. This may tug at the reader’s emotions, but it feeds on to the reader’s hope that some will survive. Similar to the idea of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Battle Royale consists of many tragic deaths of youthful characters but on a highly visual scale,

creating this image, not only of killing, but of every detail down to the last drop of blood. Teens and adults alike are able to put themselves into this survival situation causing them to think about what they would really do out of fear or just to live. This idea gives the reader an adrenaline rush as they start to feel what the characters feel and put themselves in the characters’ shoes. This novel will take its reader on a seemingly endless thrill ride starting from chapter one and continuously running through the end of the book, keeping the reader hungry for more. With every page being turned, another life is introduced and another death takes place, yet the reader longs for a sense of justice and hopes for a happy ending for the class of Shiroiwa Junior High School students. Koushun Takami plays with this idea of survival and hope, revealing what a human being is truly capable of and causes readers to wonder: “Who will survive?” Compiled by Senior Kelsey Kennell

helped you with your college and scholarship recommendations and mid-year reports. UH Manoa Acceptance: If you got accepted to UH Manoa, attend an informational session on Friday, March 23 during period two. Sign up outside of C&CC. Still undecided about what to do after graduation? See Mrs. Yamamoto ASAP! Junior Announcements: Juniors should be getting ready for senior year. Reminders: Distribute/collect student evaluation sheets, update your resume, take at least one SAT or ACT test, make an appointment with your counselor, request for letters of recommendation (if applicable) and research your schools. Make an appointment with Mrs. Yamamoto if you need help with your college search.

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. SAT Prep Class: Spring Break 2012 SAT Prep Classes will be held at MHS from March 12 to 16. Cost is $120. Applications have been mailed home, or are available at the attendance office or C&CC. Visit to register online. College Fair: The National College Fair will be held on Thursday, April 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with representatives from visiting schools. Free registration at Compiled by College and Career counselor Denise Yamamoto

The Company You Keep, Why Should You Care? Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights. “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate— for the good and the bad. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Consider this: Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeeded themselves are always the first to tell you how. Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Compiled by ASACS counselor Mary Schwing Adolescent Substance Abuse Conseling Service (ASACS) provides prevention education, identification and referral, and outpatient substance abuse treatment services. For more information contact ASACS counselor Mary Schwing at 375-6665.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

A CHANCE ADVENTURE Embark on a quest of fate and fortune

Instructions: 1) If you wish, build a border around the map with hands/books/planks/etc. 2) Starting off of the map, flip/spin/blindly-point/catapault a coin/finger/miniature-rabbit/etc. towards the map. 3) Wherever you land determines your monthly fortune. Try again if unsatisfied or if on an edge.

Dividing By Zero By Ramil Lorenzo Gonzalez

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

Life According to the Internet By Cyanne Ito

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