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COSPLAY QUEEN

In top gear, FIRST Robotics makes semifinals

Kalani awarded Best in Show

By Kiana Caranto k.caranto@trojantimes.org

After placing last in the previous year’s competition, MHS’ For InspiraInspiration and Recognition tion and Recognition of Science of and Technology Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Robotics (FIRST) Team 2853 Team made it all the 2853 made wayitto allthe thesemiway

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Photo courtesy of FIRST Robotics adviser Tyson Kikugawa

With the large amount of seniors that graduated and left the team last year, Team 2853 viewed this as a rebuilding season.

Senior Alina Kalani won Best in Show in the Kawaii Kon Cosplay Showcase at the Hawaii Convention Center. Her awardwinning cosplay was Princess Sakura from the anime “Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles.”

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Issue 7 Volume XLI

MUSIC AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE 85 music students travel to Japan and Okinawa

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STUDENTS SWEEP STATE SCIENCE FAIR

By Harlan Rose h.rose@trojantimes.org

Photo courtesy of Senior Rachel Yonamine

Eighty-five students across MHS’ concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, string ensemble, concert orchestra and chorus participated in the music trip to Japan and Okinawa over spring break.

While most students likely spent their spring break at home, with family or at the beach, 85 students enrolled in MHS’ music program visited Japan from March 14 to 21. On the trip, students not only toured the country but also performed for Fuchu High School, a sister school to MHS, in an effort to connect with other cultures internationally through music. “The goal of this trip was to spread music not only on a community level, but an international level,” said Sophomore Rachel Sunada, “In addition to an exchange at Fuchu High School, we learned more about Japanese culture.” In deciding where the music students would go this year, the music directors looked at where they

Photo courtesy of Nel Venzon

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MATHLETE AWARD After four years in Math Club, Senior Jonathan Teraoka was given the Senior Merit Award.

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PLAYERS SWING FOR WIN AT TENNIS OIAS

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Rally at City Hall, Aikea Club shows support for Bill 16 By Jesika Henson j.henson@trojantimes.org

Together with other ralliers and students, MHS’ Aikea Club gathered outside City Hall on March 13, in order to protest and call for the passing of Bill 16. “(Bill 16) will regulate hotels and its owners so the conversion of hotel rooms into condos are limited,” said Senior Aina Iglesias, “It will also protect the workers from getting kicked out of their jobs because of the continu-

ous conversion of hotels.” The Aikea Club at MHS, the first in the state, recently gathered at City Hall, to rally around the issue of condo conversion, the process of entitling an income property or other lands currently held under one title to convert from sole ownership of the entire property into individually sold units as condominiums. “There were, I would say, a thousand people there,” said Aikea Club adviser Amy Perruso, “And, at the corner of Punchbowl and Beretania,

(they were) holding signs and marching and, you know, doing this big event.” Iglesias added, “We brought everyone in a community and we were all powerful as a union, as a whole group and it also helped to have (influenced) the City Council member’s idea (that) there are a lot of people for this bill, so they’re like, ‘Oh my god, we need to do something about it.’” More than rallying and protesting, Aikea Club’s real

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The boys and girls tennis teams took their second and eighth consecutive OIA titles respectively.

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VIRTUAL REALITY Photo courtesy of Senior Aina Iglesias

Ralliers made their voices heard about condo conversion.

With Facebook’s recent purchase of the virtual reality technology Oculus Rift, are we coming closer to a fully virtual world?

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Engineering the future, students showcase their experiments at HSSEF ly-impaired and quadriplegic individuals,” said Junior Brandon Kinard, who placed fifth overall. “Essentially, I motorized a wheelchair and programmed it to go from point A to point B via turnby-turn instructions received by Google Maps (Application Programming Interface). Additionally, the system was designed to enter crosswalks safely, detect traffic signals and act accordingly so that (it will) cross on green and stop Photo courtesy of Central Oahu Science Fair Coordinator Nel Venzon on red, align itself with the sidewalk and detect objects (L-R): Freshman Christopher Kaneshiro, Sophomore Sharon Sakuma, Junior Brandon Kinard, Sophomore in front of the system and Eden Sun, Junior Mason Lautzenheiser, Junior Nathan Onaka, Senior Jessica Montalbano, Junior Rhys navigate around them.” Ragasa, Senior Tess Cramer and Freshman Nathan Kim at the Hawaii Convention Center. Every year, the projects are unique and the competiBy Jesika Henson become all successful during said Junior Mason Lautzention becomes stiff. “This year, the whole process, to me, heiser, who placed first in the I was very impressed by the j.henson@trojantimes.org was an affirmation of the Behavioral Sciences category, quality of the projects at a On April 1 and 2, stuteacher’s contribution, it was “It has the potential to help young age,” said Venzon, “A dents around the island an affirmation of their passtudents better prepare for lot of middle school projects competed at the 26th annual sion, their enthusiasm, their tests, which in the long run are actually doing projects Hawaii State Science and engagement in science, it’s could lead to better grades, that are high school level or Engineering Fair (HSSEF) just nice to see them succeed smarter people, better jobs maybe college level for some held at the Hawaii Convenin that aspect of education, in (and a) better community.” of them and a lot of the high tion Center. science fair.” This year’s fair showcased school student projects were “Every year is different, This year’s featured projmany complex projects from doing graduate school kind every year is a unique expeects were those that could a variety of students from of projects, advanced projects rience,” said Central Oahu be beneficial to the student’s different grade levels. “My and I think partly because District Science and Engicommunity as a whole. project this year was engithose students worked really neering Fair Coordinator “My project was the effect neering a novel autonomous hard, you can tell they’re very Nel Venzon, “To see them of color on memorization,” wheelchair system for visual- passionate.”

Receiving a prize is not the only thing that students come out of this experience with. “It’s very rewarding to be acknowledged for my work and I feel that my hard work, drive to succeed and prior experiences all helped me place where I did,” said Kinard, “Additionally, having a novel idea, being able to present very well and practice all aided me in effectively conveying the point of my project to the judges which made it stand out.” Lautzenheiser added, “It was a huge surprise (to have placed), but it made me feel great, because then I knew all my hard work paid off. I think (that) both my statistical analyses and my social skills when talking to the judges helped my project (to) stand out (and) even though it was my first time I wasn’t nervous at all, I just had fun.” Both Kinard and Lautzenheiser plan on competing in the Science Fair next school year, while Venzon will step down from his position as School Science Fair Coordinator and focus on his district position.

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continued from page 1 to the semifinals at this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Hawaii Regional held at the Stan Sheriff Center from March 27 to 29. The team attributes this year’s success to their approach to design and their commitment to the program. “I would say that last year was sort of a learning experience,” said FIRST Robotics adviser Tyson Kikugawa, “This year’s team was a little newer overall, so how we ended up doing was a very pleasant surprise.” The competition at this year’s FRC Hawaii Regional consisted of the best teams in the state as well as teams from outside of the United States, including Australia. Among these teams, MHS entered the competition seeded seventh and was named an alliance captain, allowing them to decide which teams they would work with throughout the competition. They worked with their allies in a game called Aerial Assist, where they had to score exercise balls into a goal using their robots. The amount of passes between robots along

Photo courtesy of FIRST Robotics adviser Tyson Kikugawa

Team 2853 attributes this year’s success to their commitment as a team and their approach to design. Because they were named an Alliance Captain, they also credit their accomplishments to the teams they chose to be allied with throughout the competition. with the number of total goals scored contributed to their overall ranking going into the semifinals. Although the first few qualification matches did not go as planned, they didn’t let that stop them from performing well in the latter parts of the competition. “Our first few matches were less than ideal. We had some mistakes that shouldn’t have happened, but luckily we had enough matches where we could redeem ourselves and push our way to the top,” said Kikugawa.

With the memories of last year in the back of their minds, the team took a simplistic approach to this year’s robot design. “Last year was a little different because we chose a concept that really wasn’t tested. We were trying to achieve the impossible,” said Systems Integration Lead Sophomore Joseph Fujinami. Kikugawa added, “This year we made a commitment to try something simpler and more effective.” The team’s work ethic and commitment also contributed to their success. “I think

this year’s team, we had a lot of newer students but at the same time we had a larger group of kids that would come more often,” said Kikugawa. Fujinami added, “I’d say that we were really on track. There’s some times that we fell behind because of conflicts and disagreements. We worked cohesively overall.” Despite the bumps in the road, the team made it to the semifinals and ended their season with a bang. “I had no idea we’d get even past qualifications because we didn’t

have a lot of time to practice and just because we were last place last year,” said Project Manager Senior Adrianna Saymo. Fujinami stated, “I just wanted to jump out of my seat at the Stan Sheriff Center.” Although they won’t be joining McKinley, Waialua and Kamehameha Schools at the world championships, Team 2853 will recoup and begin preparing for next season in hopes of eclipsing their performance this year.


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A HIKE FOR THE ELITE: MHS BOY SCOUTS TAKE ON 18-MILE CHALLENGE By Vivian Fang v.fang@trojantimes.org

While many bask in the relaxation that spring break brings, seven MHS boy scouts decided to test themselves with a long and challenging hike. On March 21 and 22, the scouts of Troop 179 went on an 18-mile hike, starting from Wahiawa and ending in Laie. “This (was) my first hike since I’ve moved here with these guys, but I’ve been on hikes before a lot,” said Sophomore Jacob Duncan, “From what (other scouts) said, this hike, compared to the 50-miler they did, was harder because of the terrain. The 50-miler was obviously a lot longer, but this one was harder.” Although the troop has members ranging from ages

Aikea continued from page 1 goal is to get involved in the community and become an agent for change. “It’s a really energized group of people, because they have a vision, or some coherent sense of what the future could be like, for ordinary people in Hawaii and I think they really want to bring people together to consider different alternatives,” said Perruso, “I mean, if they’re not knowledgeable, that’s the thing – then they’re not going to be motivated to be agents for change.” For the Aikea members, the rally was a success. “It was so successful, because Bill 16, the bill that we’re trying to pass in the City Council, it passed the first reading,” said Iglesias. Perruso added, “I felt like ordinary people were asserting themselves and claiming their voice and I think that too often, people disagree with policy and they know that policy hurts them and they are just so cynical and angry about it that they’re paralyzed and I see

11 to 17, this hike was geared toward the older scouts. “(It’s) challenging, we have easy hikes we go and what not, but some of the boys wanted something more challenging and I remember hiking this trail when I was young with my uncle,” said Scoutmaster Earl Miyamoto. The hike was a combination of three back-to-back trails and took a total of 22 hours to complete. “(First we went to) Poamoho Trail and we went up to the summit and then we hiked along the Koolau Summit Trail and then we got down to the Laie Summit Trail and we went to the Laie Falls Trail, down to the Kahuku football field,” explained Sophomore Hamo Wegesend. Due to low visibility at night, the hike was split between two days. “The first day we hiked 17 hours. that happen so often that can kind of produce you more cynicism, so it’s nice to see people saying, ‘Actually, we would like something different, thank you very much.’” Junior Nicole Antos added, “It was amazing to see how a group of people working together could have such power and impact.” In the coming year, after Iglesias graduates, Antos will take over as active president of the MHS Aikea Club. “My main goal for next year’s Aikea club is to get as many people as I can involved,” said Antos, “I want to motivate people to be politically active and stand up for what they believe in. I want students to be educated about all the issues in the community and know they have the power to make a change.” Even though Iglesias is graduating, she will continue to be involved in the Aikea movement. “Even though I will no longer be in MHS I’m still going to come and support (Antos) and shape the club a little bit, influence them, lead them to the right direction,” said Iglesias,

Photo courtesy of parent Alan Davis

The hike was geared towards the older Boy Scouts, as participants were faced with rough terrain and weather, consisting of deep mud, overgrowth, narrow ledges, rain and cold winds. Four of those hours (were) in the dark with our headlamps on. And then we woke up early the next day, started hiking around (9 a.m.) and then we hiked for five hours,” said Miyamoto. The environment consisted of mud and narrow ledges, which made the hike difficult to complete. “The hardest part had to be the terrain, because there was pretty much a cliff on our right side and left side. It switched off depending on which side (of the summit) we were on. But we had a good two (feet) wide part of it, maybe two feet wide of a trail,” said Duncan. Wegesend added, “It’s a good experience, but it’s long and can be irritating because it’s

always cold and muddy up there.” Though the terrain was difficult, scout safety was ensured by Miyamoto taking a pre-hike through the trails. “When I did it when I was in intermediate with my uncle, we actually spent two nights on the trail, on that path. But since we were older we tried to do it (in) one day. We knew we were (going to) finish at least in the evening, but when we took that trail earlier this year, once the sun went down it was (kind of ) hard to find which path (was right),” said Miyamoto, “We knew kind of where we were going, but we didn’t know which ridge dropped down, we didn’t know which

ridge was the Laie Summit ridge. So that’s how I knew to spend the night for the sun to come up so we knew how to get our bearings again.” Although the hike posed a challenge, the boy scouts still found the hike enjoyable and well worth it. “When we looked up in the sky (at night), we can see the stars. We could see Orion’s Belt and stuff. It was pretty cool,” said Wegesend. Duncan expressed, “(Miyamoto) said that it was a hike for the elite. During the hike we were like, ‘we got bragging rights,’ because not everybody in the troop went.” The scouts go on monthly hikes and they plan to hike these trails again next year.

Photo courtesy of Senior Aina Iglesias

(L-R): Seniors Elana Waite, Carson Turner, Princess Lynne De Dios, adviser Amy Perruso, Seniors Roanne Domingo, Aina Iglesias and Junior Nicole Antos wore their Aikea shirts proudly at the rally. “As for myself, I will still be involved in the Aikea movement. There is an Aikea Club at UH and I will be attending UH Manoa so it fits

perfectly, I’ll be in it anyway.” While still currently pushing City Council to pass Bill 16, the Aikea Club members hope to be involved in more

rallies, protests and board meetings in order to create a change in Hawaii.


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TROJAN LIFE Monday, April 28, 2014

MHS students participate in semiannual Fellowship Camp

Photo courtesy of Junior Lauren Padilla

Sixty students from MHS and several other schools camped out at this year’s semiannual Fellowship Camp over spring break.

Photo courtesy of Junior Lauren Padilla

At the camp, students participated in a variety of activities such as team bonding games, speaker sessions and worship. By Ireland Castillo i.castillo@trojantimes.org

While some students traveled abroad, others retreated

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continued from page 1 had gone in the past, such as Australia and Italy, and eventually picked Japan as the ultimate destination. “(Japan) was a different part of the world that we could explore and share the culture of Japan. Also, it has been 10 years since we’ve done an all-Japan tour so we thought it was about time,” said Fine Arts teacher Curtis Hiyane, who planned the trip. Upon arriving in Japan, the students first spent several days in Osaka. “I’d like to say Osaka (was my favorite place) because it was such a different atmosphere because it’s much colder. It was 30 degrees, so it was pretty cold,” said Sophomore Kiersten Reyes. Sunada added, “My favorite place was Osaka Castle because of the feeling of standing in such a historical building. You’re literally standing on a temple that had a major role in the unification of Japan.” During their stay in Osaka, the students traveled to Hiroshima and performed at Fuchu High School. At Fuchu, the music students

to the semiannual Fellowship Camp at Malaekahana Beach Park from March 15 to 17, spending three days together with 60 campers. performed several cultural Hawaiian pieces, such as the “Hilo March,” “Bellingrath Gardens,” the “Queen’s Prayer” and the “Ashokan Farewell.” “It was a joint concert so the whole school actually came out and listened to the concert,” Hiyane explained, “We got to share the culture of the Hawaiian hula and some choral selections, we actually sang the ‘Queen’s Prayer.’” In return, the Fuchu orchestra performed for MHS’ students. “Fuchu High School has an amazing music program. I was blown away at the quality of music they had with a relatively small group,” Sunada said. After the performance, Hiyane felt that the Japanese and American cultures had come closer together. “The sharing and the appreciation of the different cultures, the (Japanese) culture and the American and the Hawaiian culture and watching the students appreciate that, I guess, is the biggest appreciation,” Hiyane said, “I hope that it broadened their appreciation and realized that the world is not a very big (place) and is actually kind of a small place and that there’s a lot of things

“Fellowship Camp is just a place to, number one, have fun. It’s (also a) place to learn more about who Jesus Christ is (and to) learn more about the Christian faith. It’s basically an outreach program to help kids,” said Junior Chase Yamamoto. Fellowship Club hosts its semiannual camp as part of its goal to spread the message of Christianity, not only to club members, but to all students. At each camp, the students are divided into two groups, and from then on the groups compete against each other in several team bonding activities. “The games that we have are pretty interesting, kind of weird (because) its (kind of ) different games like for one of them you have to carry one of the team members and scream out a song like ‘A Whole New World’ or something like that as you’re running across the field to get them back and everybody in the team has to sing,” said President Senior Rachel Reichard. Junior Lauren Padilla added, “Usually it gets pretty dirty with a lot of food and, you know, running around covered in flour and ketchup and we’re racing on the beach.” With all activities aside, the camp featured both worship and speaker sessions that were hosted by local pastors

and youth leaders such as David Tamaoka and Ray Palompo from the Community Bible Church of Vallejo. “(We had) worship where we all (came) together and just sing, we all just sing about (Jesus Christ),” said Yamamoto, “We (also) have messages where pastors from around the island like to come down to give a speech, just talk to us about the Bible and just preach to us.” By the end of the camp, new memories and new friends were made. “I think my favorite part of camp is there’s just this sense of community and realism that everybody has, like everyone has to be real with each other and there’s just this great community that you can’t really find when you just walk around school with these people,” explained Reichard, “I just love the fact that everybody loves to get really close with each other and just to know each other on a different level than just ‘Hey, you’re my friend from school,’ kind of thing.” Though this marked the last camp of the year, Fellowship Club will continue to hold Bible services every Tuesday and Thursday and worship services every other week.

Photo courtesy of Senior Rachel Yonamine

With every trip, the music department tries to visit a different part of the world in order to give the students a global experience. They have toured Australia, China and Italy in the past. in common.” Afterwards, the students journeyed to Okinawa before returning home. There, they toured the city and ended their trip with a farewell dinner at a traditional Okinawan restaurant. At the dinner, the musicians reminisced on the memories they had on the trip. “I was able to experience Japanese culture firsthand and compare it to American culture. In mainland Japan, we saw shrines and temples and in Okinawa, we ate at a local restaurant and had a traditional dance performance,”

Sunada said. Reyes added, “(At the restaurant) all of the groups gave their chaperones a little gift and it was really nice because everyone (was) expressing their feelings about the trip and reminiscing because it was our last day and it was really nice.” The students of the music program enjoyed their time in Japan and those returning for the 2015-2016 school year are looking forward to the opportunity to go on another trip to spread their love for music across the world.

Aloha Trojans! Congratulations on a wonderful accreditation week and thank you for dressing up for spirit week! “Seussical the Musical” performances are April 25 and May 2 at 7:30 p.m., April 26, May 4 and May 10 at 4 p.m. and May 9 at 6:30 p.m. All performances are held at the MHS cafeteria and tickets can be purchased on showtix4u.com. It’s $5 for any student and $12 for adults. See Mrs. Stroud in L202 if you have any questions. As for important dates this quarter, the last blood drive will be held April 28. Don’t miss the chance to save three lives and donate blood to those who need it. Sign up in N102. On May 2, we will have our annual endof-the-year assembly and lipsync. The theme this year is Saved by the Bell – School’s Out for the Summer! We will also be presenting the overall Spirit Trophy to the most spirited class. Seniors, hang in there because Senior Prom is coming up on May 3 and soon after, senior exams start May 19. Graduation rehearsal will be held on May 22 and 23. Underclassmen, be on the lookout to volunteer with your class council on graduation day, on May 25. Your help is greatly appreciated for the seniors’ big day! Be sure to thank your teachers for all they do for you during Teacher Appreciation week, May 5 to 9. They have worked hard all year to support you and deserve some thanks. Have a great fourth quarter and I’ll be seeing you for the last time in the next issue.


BRINGING PRINCESS SAKURA TO LIFE KALANI WINS BEST IN SHOW AT KAWAII KON

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By Katherine Ozawa k.ozawa@trojantimes.org

Countless hours spent on cosplay paid off for Senior Alina Kalani when she won the Best in Show category at the 10th annual Kawaii Kon, which took place at the Hawaii Convention Center. Held from April 4 to 6, hundreds attended to enjoy the different panels and events planned for the weekend. “Cosplay is very important to me because it kind of gives me a sort of confidence, being able to go out with other people and friends who have the same interests as me and it really helped me be able to open up to more people,” said Kalani. For every day of the Japanese anime and mangathemed convention, Kalani had a different cosplay to wear, each taking months to complete. On the Friday of the convention, Kalani dressed as a modified black watch; on Saturday, she cosplayed as Princess Sakura from the “Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles” and on Sunday she dressed as Mikasa and Hanji from “Attack on Titan.” Kalani decided to enter her elaborate Princess Sakura

cosplay into the Cosplay Showcase, which was held on the second day of the convention. “I chose the last (dress), which was the bridal gown, which was very, very complicated. It was the most complicated out of all of (Princess Sakura’s) outfits. And I had actually asked around with my friends saying, ‘Okay, these are the top three that I want to do for her. I want you guys to pick either one of them. Which one do you guys want to see me as? And if you pick that last bridal one, then I promise that I’ll enter into the cosplay contest,’ and everybody decided to go for the bridal one,” said Kalani. Beginning during winter break, Kalani spent about three months working on her entry for her first ever cosplay contest. “It was tedious, but it was more time consuming because all of the gold pieces on the dress were hand-sewn onto the dress. A lot of the actual sewing of the pieces together weren’t as hard. It was just having to sit down and hand stitch all of that gold ribbon onto the dress. That was the part that took a lot of time,” explained Kalani. Presenting on stage

in front of people can be nerve-wracking and scary for anyone and the Cosplay Showcase was no exception. Although Kalani was nervous, she was able to overcome it and the performance paid off. “Before I went on, I remember being backstage and I really was nervous because all of the hard work being put into that costume, I didn’t know what the crowd would think or what the judges thought beforehand during pre-judging, so the only thing I knew what to do was just go up there, show everybody all the hard work that was put into that costume and just strut my stuff and hope to god that they like it,” said Kalani, “But afterwards, I felt so relieved because all of that hard work coming into that, and finally getting off like, ‘Oh my god, it’s done. Everything is done.’” Kalani also had to balance her hobby with school and extracurricular activities. “I kind of like it to have it in my life because it adds onto the time management, because I have school and I also have to work on the yearbook all the time. And then also, I have (Color Guard), which

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KALANI’S ANIMADE MAGAZINE

Aside from creating her own costumes to wear at Kawaii Kon and various other cosplay conventions, Kalani takes cosplay to another level. At the beginning of 2014, Kalani began running a biannual cosplay-themed magazine called “AniMADE,” which is filled with cosplays created by her and other cosplayers from around the island. “The mainland has other things,” said Kalani, “Bigger fabric stores, better craft places. But Hawaii’s very unique. We don’t have a lot of stuff, but we always find a way to make our cosplays.” Also included in her magazine are sections that explain how to photograph cosplay, how to pose in the costumes and other information on local conventions going on in Hawaii. Kalani hopes to continue working on her magazine while also creating her own costumes and outfits.

also takes up a lot of time and dedication to those two pieces. Even though I have to spend so much time on those too, it’s kind of nice that I have cosplay to look forward to as well. Even though I have such a busy schedule, I kind of like that business because it gets me to do things,” said Kalani. Although Kalani views her cosplaying as more of a hobby, it is also an outlet for her creative expression. “It’s just that I think everybody should do what they love. Because it’s something very important to have in your life. For me, cosplay is also a way of expressing myself, and expressing my love for something. I think everybody should have that because I don’t think it’s healthy to just go with something. It’s something unique, you know?” said Kalani. Kalani is considering competing at Kawaii Kon again in the future and is looking to expand in the field of anime and cosplay.

When it came time to decide on which cosplay Kalani would present at the showcase, the choice wasn’t easy to make. “When I was in the process of choosing Sakura, I picked up three different dresses,” said Kalani, “There was one where it was a little bit more simple, but it wasn’t her normal wear. There was another one where it was a cherry blossom dress. It was a little bit more intricate than the first one. I chose the last one, which was the bridal gown. It was the most complicated.” This decision paid off when Kalani was awarded Best in Show.


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‘13’ again, MHS students perform at Windward Community College get a lot of attention when people talk about them, and that’s how a few of the actors A group of MHS students in “13” heard about the play got to relive their middle and eventually got their roles. school experience from “It was really fun. I actually March 20 to 22 while perknew Nicholas Howe from forming in the pop-themed before because we did Cenmusical “13,” directed by tral Theater Arts Academy MHS alumna Kristi Kashi(CTAA) shows together and moto-Rowbottom and put I kind of brought him in and on by Diamond in the Rough I said that he should audiProductions (DITR) at the tion for the show. And also Paliku Theatre at Windward Allayna (Quiocho) and I’ve Community College. worked with them before. So, “It was really fun, because getting together and working it was an all-kids show this so close together was a lot of time. It was a lot more fun fun,” said Sophomore Alexmore than it was rules and andria Ireijo, who was a part everybody just kind of got of the play’s ensemble. close,” said Sophomore AlWhile performing the layna Quiocho, who played play, the actors got to learn the character Kendra. valuable lessons in their The play follows the character’s shoes. “I learned protagonist Evan Goldman to be a better performer and after he transitions from one to be confident in who I am, school in New York City to because the show was a lot another in Indiana, where he of you personally and there lives with his mother after wasn’t a lot of direction. It his parents have divorced. was more self-directed, so beEvan’s main goal is to be a ing confident in yourself was part of the “in-crowd” at his a big thing,” said Irejio. new school and get to know As everyone involved in his classmates as the story the play each learned someprogresses, including students thing from the musical and Brett Sampson and Kendra. the characters involved, Theater productions often they hope that the audi-

By Katherine Ozawa k.ozawa@trojantimes.org

Photo courtesy of alumna Kristi Kashimoto-Rowbottom

The cast members of the musical “13”, including MHS’ Sophomores Allayna Quiocho, Alexandria Ireijo and Junior Nicholas Howe, backstage after a performance at Windward Community College. ence watching the play did too. “I hope that, especially the adults in the audience, learned how much pressure middle school and high school really is and not to take it so lightly, thinking we don’t have as much stress as we really do,” said Ireijo. “The lesson that I hope the audience takes away from the play, going back to the moral, is that you don’t need to be popular to be happy,” added Junior Nicholas Howe,

A true mathlete,

Jonathan Teraoka wins Senior Merit Award By Harlie Bates-Hudgin h.bateshudgin@trojantimes.org

Nominated by Math Club adviser Carolyn Okunaga, Math Club President Senior Jonathan Teraoka, who has been in the program all four of his high school years, was awarded the Senior Merit Award after the last club competition on April 5, which recognized him as a committed member of the Math Club and earned him the title of Mathlete. “To be a Mathlete, I think, is all about having this passion for math,” said Teraoka, “People say that, ‘Oh, I’m good at math’ or ‘I like math,’ but I think what really makes that title of Mathlete would be the desire to want to learn more about it.” Preparation for the competitions takes place about one month prior to an event. “Every competition has six categories for math. For example, one could be Algebra 1: Linear Inequalities, so on and so on and it goes from Algebra 1 to (Trigonometry),” said Teraoka, “Once

(Okunaga) finds out what categories we have, she makes these study packets full of old problems and maybe two to three weeks prior, you come in on your own time and she helps you practice problems.” Depending on competitor attendance, members of the club don’t always compete in the same categories at every competition. “Since I’m a senior, I usually get the harder categories, so Trigonometry or Algebra 2,” said Teraoka, “Sometimes it just depends if we’re short on members or we need some spots to fill or whatever (Okunaga’s) judgement is, sometimes I get the Algebra 1.” The Oahu Mathematics League sponsors the events for the math club and offers seniors who show a lot of dedication to math and have been consistent participants in the competitions a merit award to recognize that drive. “Since I’ve been doing it since freshman year and I’ve been fairly dedicated to it all four years, Okunaga thought that I should go for it,” said Teraoka.

Competitions are challenging enough that they make some students question their capabilities. “It is difficult considering the problems that are presented are not similar to ones you see during class,” said Senior Sean Grant, “They require you to think differently and analyze and solve critically.” Senior Kyla Niino added, “It’s definitely challenging. You have a lot of pressure to showcase what Mililani has to offer in their mathematics program, it really does add to the already stiff competition.” Teraoka was excited and relieved when he heard that he had won the award. “(Winning) means that my dedication to math team has been recognized, which is very rewarding and satisfying to me,” said Teraoka. In addition to Teraoka’s win, MHS’ Math Club came in eighth place at the Hanalani competition. The members will continue to broaden their knowledge of math in hopes of taking first place next year.

who played Brett, “Your true friends are going to be there for you through thick and thin and if that’s what it is, then that’s what it is.” Rehearsing and performing the play was tough and demanding work for all involved, but the end product made the sweat and tears worth it. “The difficult part was that we only had two months,” said Howe, “Our tech rehearsal, which is the week before we open, where

everything kinda finally comes together, was excruciating because our lead was gone for a couple of weeks and we were at a loss without him and he finally came in on the very last day before we opened and everything came together.” CTAA has previously worked with DITR on play productions and plans to collaborate again.

TROJAN LIFE AT A GLANCE A word from 2014-2015 ASMHS officers President Austin Ajimura, 11 “We have a really great school and I’m proud to be able to serve the school in any capacity and just seeing how much spirit and how much pride we all have is something that I’m really looking forward to.”

Corresponding Secretary Dean Barlan, 11 “I hope to get more people to represent the Trojan Pride because we should be proud of where we go to school.”


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TAKING HOLD Lee siblings place at grappling tournament By Risa Askerooth r.askerooth@trojantimes.org

On March 29 and 30, Senior Angela Lee and Sophomore Christian Lee grappled their way to the top of the ranks at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) tournament held at Radford High School. Both competed in the expert division and Christian Lee came away with a third place medal and a first place belt, while Angela Lee won two gold medals and two first place belts. “It was good. As usual, we always tell them that hard work pays off so it’s nice when they can actually see it with results like winning a belt, a championship belt or gold medal,” said Ken Lee, Christian and Angela Lee’s father and coach, “I was very

proud of them.” The tournament offered divisions with and without a gi, a karate training uniform. Christian Lee competed in the expert men’s and teen’s no-gi divisions and Angela Lee competed in the expert women’s and teen’s gi and noPhoto courtesy of Senior Angela Lee gi divisions. They had both competed in the NAGA tour- (L-R): Sophomore Christian Lee took first and third place, Senior Angela Lee won four first place titles nament previously, in which and alumnus Bobby Kim, who also competed in the NAGA tournament, won two first place titles. Christian Lee won a first and third place title and AnAlthough they train towards grappling,” said gela Lee. The Lee family also gela Lee took two first place year-round, Christian and Christian Lee. Angela Lee owns a training facility, called and two second place titles. Angela Lee started focusing stated, “We’ve been paying United MMA. “It’s always “Usually how it was before, more heavily on grappling more attention to details of been a way of life,” said Ken when I competed, I would six weeks prior to the tourna- the techniques and just drill- Lee, “They really enjoy (it). I always not do so well in the ment, training four hours a ing over and over again.” don’t have to force them, they gi division but this year I’ve day, five days a week. “We Christian and Angela actually enjoy training.” been training pretty hard, have some specific classes Lee have been martial artists With the NAGA tournaworking on it so I felt good where we only do jujitsu but for years but they still enjoy ment returning in October, about it,” expressed Angela also we have MMA classes training and competing in Angela and Christian Lee Lee. Christian Lee added, “I where we do everything, but martial arts tournaments. “I will have the opportunity to wasn’t really nervous, (I’ve) in those classes, specifically still love it after all this time. further improve as martial kind of competed a lot so it’s training for the tournament, It’s always fun to go out there artists in the next grappling not really anything.” we kind of geared it more and compete,” said Antournament.

Varsity tennis serves up smashing success at OIA championship By Harlan Rose h.rose@trojantimes.org

On April 5, MHS’ boys and girls varsity tennis teams served up the Pearl City Chargers at the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championship at the Central Oahu Regional Park. Both teams took home the championship title, making this the girls’ eighth consecutive title and the boys’ second consecutive title. “I feel like all the hard work has paid off and that we have met one of the goals that we have set out at the beginning of the season,” said Head Coach Jason Agsalda, “I was just so proud to see all the hard work pay off.” However, securing the OIA championship required an entire season of dedication and practice. “We just practiced a lot and we really focused on teamwork. We really emphasized the team instead of individual preferences and that was one of our major motivators,” said First Singles competitor Senior Alyssa Tobita. Agsalda added, “The players got better as the season progressed. I always (stressed) that we should see

some improvement everyday.” The team members also received help and inspiration from their coaches, who strived to instill a feeling of teamwork amongst the athletes. “The coaches really helped a lot. They supported us with all their hearts, they dedicated a lot of time to us and we really appreciated it,” said First Doubles competitor Sophomore Davin Lee. Tobita added, “They really emphasized that we need to work together as a team and sometimes (it) is inevitable that there will be trouble or a little bit of drama between players but they really just try to focus on the team.” The players felt nervous initially, but did not let that stop them from capturing both the boys’ and girls’ titles. “Of course, there’s going to be individuals that are nervous, like the first year freshmen players,” Lee explained, “I could definitely see them being nervous but if you can get them pumped up and keep them out of their heads then they’ll play great.” After the matches were over and the championship title was secured, both teams

Photo courtesy of Senior Kaycee Oyama

At the semifinals match on April 2, both tennis teams swept McKinley and Roosevelt High Schools, moving them on to the championship match against the Pearl City Chargers. shared the happiness with each other’s victories, especially the boys’. “Although we were playing on separate teams for the girls and the guys, we were like one family, so I was really happy that (we) won,” Tobita said. Lee added, “It was a good win. We really wanted it and I know the girls have won, this is their eighth title in a row and for our boys this is only

our second title, so it means a lot to us.” However, the team members feel that there is still room for some improvement before the upcoming state championship tournament. “We could always get physically stronger, we could get mentally stronger. The amount of knowledge we know about the game and in-court situation could be

better,” Lee said. Agsalda also felt that he could better his coaching. “I could improve by going to coaching clinics and watching more outside junior matches to help me scout the players to game plan accordingly during the season,” Agsalda expressed. The teams are currently preparing for the state championship, which will be held on Maui from May 1 to 3.


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Sprinting to victory, girls varsity track takes first in OIA championship themselves a chance to set (personal records) and place for their team,” said Head Coach Dane Matsunaga. Although the competition excited many respectable competitors, MHS’ runners were confident in their abilities and gave their best efforts to overcome their nerves. “Before my competition I was nervous knowing how many talented athletes I was up against,” said McClay, “During the competition Photo courtesy of Sophomore Vanessa Roybal I had to use the fact that I had the chance to run with (L-R): Junior Alissa Jimenez, Senior Kassandra Green, Senior a group with such talent as Zyriana Davies, Senior Mazi Lucas, Sophomore Vanessa Roybal, a drive to better my time Senior Keaomelemele McClay, Sophomore Leah Keller, Junior and race. After my races I Gabrielle Fukumoto and Senior Elizabeth Hamm. felt so accomplished because not only did I enjoy myself, By Harlie Bates-Hudgin Lucas and Keaomelemele I made four new personal McClay and Sophomore records.” h.bateshudgin@trojantimes.org Leah Keller also competed The girls trained for The girls varsity track in the four-by-four hundred- months to ready themselves team competed in the Oahu meter relay and placed secfor competitions. “I prepare Interscholastic Association ond, breaking the MHS’ time for competition by training (OIA) Western Division record set in 2000. starting in November with championship at MHS on “I felt very satisfied after a lot of base building and April 5, taking first place. the meet because everyone conditioning,” said SophoSeniors Zyriana Davies, Mazi competed hard and gave more Vanessa Roybal, “Then

we start off training so I do some runs with the team and some on my own. I also do a lot of core work and stretching outside of practice as well as cross-training like swimming.” The coaches mentally and emotionally supported the girls as they competed. “During the competition we not only encouraged them, but also helped them to calm their nerves as some were nervous, only because they wanted to do well and didn’t want to let their teammates down,” said Matsunaga. The girls wanted to end the season with a statement. “It’s my senior year and I want to leave on a good note with no regrets,” said McClay, “My coaches get me through all the hard workouts and my fellow runners are always there supporting me.” The girls hope to carry this momentum to the OIA championship where they intend to capture the team title.

Bringing the ‘Aloha Spirit’ to California

MHS cheerleaders win division titles at national competition By Jacob Chang j.chang@trojantimes.org

On March 15, MHS’ varsity and JV cheer teams participated in the Aloha Spirit Championships held at the University of Southern California (USC). Both teams won their respective division titles. “I was so excited to go (to California) first of all, and to compete with my teammates because we were working so hard for this so it was super fun to be able to go there and be able to compete with everyone else and seeing that we got championship divisions,” said Freshman Jazmin Harada. Senior Rebecca Sandvig added, “It was great. You know we worked so hard just to get there and it’s a great feeling just to know that you were able to accomplish what you worked for.” Only a week before they were scheduled to leave, MHS cheerleaders found out that their competition had been cancelled due to the lack of participants, prompting them to find and register into the Aloha Spirit Championships. “It was pretty hard because you had all these high expectations for this one competition that you’re mentally preparing yourself to be in that competition and then it changes and you have to get used to what you’re about to get yourself into,”

said Sandvig. With teams competing from all over the United States from both the high school and all-star divisions, the Trojan cheerleaders were a little out of their comfort zone competing at such a high level. “The teams actually had some skill, they were up there and they were all on the same level. So basically, it’s all in the hands of the judges and what the judges Photo courtesy of assistant coach Allysen Kikumoto saw,” said Head Coach Renesha Kierstedt. The JV team was entered into the competition in the novice high At the competition, the school division, where they won the division title. Trojans put out their best effort and represented Hawaii well. “ I liked that it had the Aloha factor to it. It gave us the chance to show that we’re from Hawaii and wear our flowers in our ears throughout the competition to represent that we’re from Hawaii and it was just fun to have that Hawaiian theme, so it was a fun competition to be at,” said Assistant Coach Allysen Kikumoto, “And the fact that we were at USC, I Photo courtesy of assistant coach Allysen Kikumoto told the girls that this is the home of the Trojans right? For many of the varsity cheerleaders, winning the intermediate high And that this is our house.” school division marked the end of their high school cheer careers. With this competition marking the ending to their they were able to just totally ing experience and I can’t season, the team’s wins would beat their goals and hit their think of spending my high not have been possible withgoals that truthfully, not to school years (any) other way.” out the progress made over be mean, we didn’t think With this year’s cheer the course of the year. “They could happen and they put season now over, the MHS surpassed all their goals, their minds to it and they did cheer team is already prepartruthfully. And I believe that’s do it,” said Kierstedt. Sandvig ing for next year’s season by because of what they had as added, “Being a part of (this) holding tryouts and recruitan individuals and teamwork big family is such a welcoming new members.

By Karen Neill k.neill@trojantimes.org

Senior Alyssa Tobita has been playing tennis since she was two years old, and since then she has gone on to place in both regional and national tournaments, win the State Championship three times, and earn a full scholarship to the University of Oregon. “I had the privilege of coaching Alyssa when she was probably around nine (or) ten years old, and I already knew at that point that she had the capability of becoming a really good tennis player,” said Head Coach Jason Agsalda. Tobita’s father David Tobita added, “We took her to a private coach at age five because we felt she needed to learn fundamentally correct tennis strokes.” Being a three-time state champion in high school, Alyssa Tobita had to put in a lot of hours with her team and private coach. Agsalda explained, “(Alyssa Tobita also plays) in junior team tennis matches (along with team and private practices), so basically (during the season she is) playing tennis almost every day.” Alyssa Tobita credits her success to her parents support. “To know they believed in me all along and even though like as a child you never expect to grow up to be a college athlete, but it’s really thanks to them that I am able to (go to the University of Oregon to play tennis),” said Alyssa Tobita. After finishing her senior year at MHS, Alyssa Tobita will leave for Oregon to begin school in the fall. She hopes to represent Hawaii and Mililani well.


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

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sages. Social networks have revolutionized the world of virtual reality, as they allow Virtual reality is a wonloved ones all over the world derful invention. It allows to connect and share memous to simulate reality in ries over the internet. our experiences with social And now, we have the media, movies, video games Oculus Rift (also known and other entertainment as the Rift), an upcoming outlets. Virtual reality is, in headset video game console a sense, readily available to with the intention of simulateveryone, whether it be the ing virtual reality. The Rift hardcore video gamer or the intends to use 3D graphics avid smartphone user. Howthat simulate our normal huever, in lieu of the recent man vision almost perfectly. announcement that Facebook It intends to use incredibly is purchasing Oculus Rift life-like graphics to help us (a virtual reality video game become immersed in the machine), it raises one quesvideo game experience even tion: have we, as consumers, more. The Rift is currently in become too dependent on its beta development period virtual reality? and is rumored to be released The development of to the general public in late virtual reality has increased 2014 or early 2015. dramatically in recent years. However, things changed The video game industry has when the company behind forayed into virtual realthe Rift, Oculus VR, anity through many outlets, nounced on March 25 that whether it be Nintendo’s they would be joining with 3DS handheld console or Facebook to produce the Sony and Microsoft’s lifeperipheral. This marks the like graphics. Other subtle first time that a major social forms of virtual reality which network has partnered with a move us closer to completely video game company. Facedigitizing our lifestyle include book intends to bring the text messaging, personal asworld of Oculus Rift to the sistants such as Siri and social public through mass exposure networks. Text messaging has over the internet by allowing allowed friends and family to the two fanbases to mingle. communicate with each other Yet this is not all Facebook through short and sweet mes- intends to do with the new By Harlan Rose h.rose@trojantimes.org

technology. In his announcement about the acquisition of Oculus VR, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that while video games will be their first priority, they intend to expand on the Rift by essentially making it your digital life. “Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face − just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg said in his announcement. With Facebook intending to have the Rift become your virtual life, it brings back the original question: have we become too reliant on virtual reality to live our lives for us? Unfortunately, this is true, and the truthfulness of this statement will always manifest itself as technology continues to advance. With virtual reality being literally everywhere, with virtual reality able to do anything we desire, consumers have come to expect that the virtual world will do everything for them. Prior to the boom in technological advancement, we needed to find information through encyclopedias and other informational books. The invention of the internet and Google digitized

these outlets, allowing us to use technology to find the information we need. Texting and social networks have allowed us to communicate with other people without having to physically talk to them. With smartphones, we simply need to speak to Siri and she will carry out any task for us. Now, with the announcement of Facebook buying Oculus Rift, we won’t even have to leave the house to meet with our doctors or to go to school. This shows that we have become too dependent on virtual reality to do everything for us rather than making the effort to do a simple task ourselves. Virtual reality is an extraordinary concept that has revolutionized our way of life. It can be very helpful at times and it provides a new outlet of entertainment not previously available to us and has allowed us to communicate with other people in a manner never seen before. However, we have become so dependent on it to live our lives for us that it has ruined our interactions with the outside world. We must take measures to use virtual reality in moderation, rather than spend our entire lives stuck in that realm with no escape.


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C&CC Senior Announcements Seniors! Graduation is right around the corner! 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. Scholarship Letters Turn in any scholarship letters that you have received to be recognized in the graduation program. Deadline to C&CC is May 2. Transcript Requests Turn in your final, eight semester transcript request, if the college needs your final grades. Community colleges need your final transcript if you have applied for financial aid. If you are a scholarship athlete, you also need to send your final grades to the NCAA Clearinghouse or NAIA. You can do this now, the registrar’s office will hold your request until your final grades are posted in June.

Prep for Overseas College Going away for college? Then this is just a reminder to make travel arrangements for winter break. Check the college’s calendar online to determine their final exam schedule. Some dorms close on the last day of finals, so plan accordingly. Health Clearance Be sure to turn in your health clearance information (TB test and/or 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 Your Thank Yous! Don’t forget to thank the teachers and counselors who helped you with your college/ scholarship recommendations and mid-year reports. After Graduation Our local community colleges are still accepting applications. Go to apply.hawaii. edu to apply. Still undecided about what to do after gradu-

ation? See Mrs. Yamamoto ASAP! Selective Service According to the Selective Service System, almost all male U.S. citizens, and males living in the U.S. who are age 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. It’s important to know that even though you are registered, you will not automatically be inducted into the military. In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in sequence determined by a random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces. So, if you are a man age 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. Go to sss.gov for more information. ACT Test Results If you took the ACT with us

in March, you should have received your test results in the mail. If you did not, see your counselor for a copy of your scores. PLAN and EXPLORE test results will be disseminated through advisory at a later time. Juniors! Juniors should be getting ready for senior year. Reminders: distribute and 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 or if you have any questions. Work Permit Students who need a work permit need to apply online at www.hawaii.gov/labor. You will need to provide an email address and the last four digits of your social security number.

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. 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. Deadlines are approaching so come to C&CC for more information or visit www.hawaii.edu/runningstart Volunteer Opportunities This invaluable experience will give students insights to the world of work and will enhance their resume. Call companies or organizations and inquire about volunteer opportunities that they offer.

Book Club Book Club Review “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau Could you pass this test? If you are like most of us, we just love dystopian novels, whether they are the traditional types like “Brave New World” or “1984” to the slew of new ones like “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent.” Joelle Charbonneau has taken her love of dystopias and created her own story called “The Testing.” When asked to describe it in a nutshell, she said that it was, “The SAT from Hell, in which our heroine works to pass The Testing and become one of the next leaders in her country.” Cia’s own father was able to go to a university as one of only 20 chosen students. He can’t remember anything between beginning of The Testing and the beginning of his courses. He tries to warn Cia, but she is not sure what to believe. She is used to competing and wants one of those coveted spaces. Going through a battery of exams (traditional, application, group problem-solving)

Teacher Book Club Review where one wrong move can get you kicked out, not to mention killed, Cia only trusts Tomas, a mysterious candidate from her hometown. She has to call on all her skills, innate and learned, mechanical and theoretical, to survive this test. Look for her new books, “Independent Study” and “Graduation Day,” out June 2014. Complied by English teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda

“Wave”

by Sonali Deraniyagala

“If you love ‘Divergent’ and you’re looking for the next dystopian book to read, this is the series for you.” English teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda

“I actually didn’t really like it. But I did like the plot and I liked the characters and I didn’t so much like the writing but everything else was good.” Sophomore Winifred Gallogly

“Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala is a memoir about the author’s experience as the only survivor of a tsunami that killed her immediate family, including her parents, husband and two sons. The book begins with the author recounting the details of the horrific tsunami that killed thousands of people in Sri Lanka in 2004. Deraniyagala goes on to describe her progress through the various stages of grief—anger, denial, depression, etc. Immediately after the tragedy, she stays at her childhood home in Sri Lanka where family and friends keep watch over her to prevent her from hurting herself. A few years later, Deraniyagala is able to return to the home in London where she lived with her late husband and sons. Here, everyday objects such as her sons’ school uniforms and her husband’s “to do” list remind her of the simple joys of a life that she will never

have again. Eventually, Deraniyagala revisits the site of the tsunami to find that some of her family’s possessions had survived the disaster. This experience seems to remind her that she must go on with her life as well. Deraniyagala’s prose style is incredibly raw and honest. By having the courage to write this memoir, she helps readers to appreciate their own families and to realize that life is short and every day is precious. Compiled by English teacher Sheila Yuasa


INTERACTIVE

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YOUR LIBS BE MAD!

Continue the story from last issue and fill in the blanks with any word of your choice. Your diction will dictate how the story will go.

The boy continued to _______________ to the other side of the _______________, verb

hoping he would _______________ the pot of _______________. verb

noun

noun

However, he _______________ into something. It was the _______________! The creature

verb (past tense)

_______________ tried to give the boy a _______________, but the boy said, noun

creature

“______________________________!” The _______________ got negative statement

creature

_______________ and _______________ the boy. The boy _______________ the verb (past tense)

emotion

verb (past tense)

_______________’s _______________ and _______________ away, hoping he creature

facial feature

verb (past tense)

would never _______________ the _______________ again. verb

creature

To be continued, maybe... DOUBLETS

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.

OIL

WELL

_______ zero, nada

_______ computer brand

_______ cats love cat...

_______ stuffed with cotton

_______ to sleep

_______ pineapple company

_______ clothing store

GAS

DONE

SUDOKU

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

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

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