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Mock Trial team sweeps districts, states, advances to national competition

Mililani High School

Drafting class continues green trend, designs eco-friendly building By Kellie Kawamoto

Students of MHS have been known to take on projects that are eco-friendly and beneficial to the community. The design and distribution of the eco-totes was a great success, for example, and continuing with this trend, Industrial Arts Teacher Ryan Masaki’s Drafting II class is designing a “green” porta-

ble that has the potential to be built into an actual building. Originally, the culminating project for the school year was just to design a portable classroom for the Department of Education (DOE). The twist, however, was that the portable had to be environmentally-friendly. “Meaning materials that Continued on page 9

Mililani works to keep Asa’s dream of literacy alive

By Caitlin Kuroda

The senseless murder of Waianae High School English Teacher Asa Yamashita on Feb. 27 brought shock to everyone who heard the news. Her vigil and memorial service, held at Waianae High School’s cafeteria and Nu uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, respectively, brought thou-

Photo courtesy of Brennan Baysa

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Track and Field team enters OIAs with high spirits


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sands of people to honor her life and work. Her memory brought about action in many communities to keep her message – “Reading and writing are essential tools that you will need to survive” – alive, and Mililani is not left out. A driving force behind efforts to pass on Yamashita’s message is English Continued on page 3

Students have another successful year at annual CTSO convention

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Health Occupations Students of America members (Front row L-R) L. Mow, R. Wedge, S. Chung, J. Maligro, C. Fonacier A. Nakahara, J. Sandvig (Second row L-R) J. Sambrano, J. Lee, J. Simpliciano, B. Locquiao, F. Brown, D. Bongbonga, N. Yoshii, D. Mariano, B. Apo, K. Yoshimoto , B. Daranciang, B. Au-Stein, A. Matsumura By Faith Brown and Cyrus Takahashi

For the past five years a handful of nationally based competitive events clubs have participated in the annual Hawaii state competition under the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). This year was no different as the five clubs once again gathered together in the spirit of competition and a mutual friendship based on the motivation for gaining life skills.

SkillsUSA members (Front row L-R) M.Matsumoto, D. Daranciang, C. Sale, K. Kong (Second row L-R) C. Shigeta, J. Takayama, K. Zane, J. Takata, B. Dumond, K. Vanek, M. Hayase, K. Nyuha, C. Liu, B. Tottori (Third row L-R) C. McGrath, K. Murakami, B. Baysa, J. Perkins, D. Kubota, H. Saenz, K. Tamaye, G. Kim, C. Nakabayashi, C. Noveloso, K. Arizumi, L. Saiki (Fourth row L-R) J. Sallot, T. Oshiro, K. Kawamoto, J. Tansiongco, J. Semenko

Photo courtesy of HOSA Adviser Candance Chun

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) “It really gave me a really good experience to be one-on-one with the judges and to build up my strength because it is a lot of preparation.” -Marci Nakamura, 9 This year a variety of new competitive events opened up in response to the demands of those DECA members aspiring for a career in business rather than just marketing, including

accounting, public speaking and job interview. According to Senior Kyna Nakama, Mililani Chapter president, “… If you compete for DECA, people are going to see that you know what you’re saying and we know that you are going to have that initiative to go out and get a job for yourself.” For the 12 students who participated in the annual Hawaii State DECA Competition, tensions ran high through preparation and competition as students competed against up to fifty other contestants per event with added contenders from

another club called Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), which is an organization not offered at MHS. Despite these challenges, eight members placed in their competitive event. “It really gave me a really good experience to be one-on-one with the judges and to build up my strength because it is a lot of preparation,” stated Freshman Marci Nakamura. To represent MHS, Junior James Dejong-Baskin will travel to Anaheim, CA with the Hawaii Delegation Continued on page 2

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CTSO (continued from page 1) to the National DECA Competition from April 28 – May 2. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) “Leadership had to be demonstrated within your competition regardless of what event you were doing.” -Kenton Kong, 12 As an organization focused on Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) education, the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events tested members’ technical skills, though many also required participants to exhibit their knowledge and leadership abilities. The FCCLA mission statement was exemplified at the convention by all members. “Leadership had to be demonstrated within your competition regardless of what event you were doing,” said Senior Kenton Kong. “We can only learn and grow more from this experience so I would say that personal growth was definitely a factor.” Kong was a member of the Culinary Arts team and managed to earn a bronze medal. While this event along with others stressed practical skill application, other categories dealt with broader subjects. Interpersonal Communications, for one, required participants to use their knowledge of FACS to strengthen communication, further demonstrating FCCLA’s emphasis on leadership. The convention did much more than assess members’ abilities. According to Kong, the purpose was to “give students a chance to find out what they are interested in and to see what it would really be like, doing whatever it is (they) like.” Future Farmers of America (FFA) Despite being one of the smaller groups to compete, FFA members showed spirit and honest enthusiasm for

the various event topics the nine members competed in. FFA Adviser of eighteen years, Industrial Arts Teacher Jeffrey Yamaguchi, spoke of the challenges his students faced. “I would say about half the contests involve public speaking, in front of adults, which for teenagers, is a very daunting task and if they can overcome that and come through successfully they really ... benefit in terms of their self confidence and just being, I think, a little bit more developed.” “We learn a lot about agriculture and not a lot of people know how important agriculture is in everyday life or are interested in it … but it is very important to our lives. “ -Sean Iwamasa, 12 Senior Shawna Fujita, three-year member, agreed that the experience was beneficial. “I’m not a good public speaker so I wanted to gain more, like, experience and practice for the future,” she said. Also, students that competed were able to socialize with outer-island student representatives. The group was able to take away a greater knowledge and respect for the roles that agriculture plays as an industry on other islands. Because of the strong relations between competitors, Senior Sean Iwamasa stated that the environment of the competition “was just really relaxed. … It is more like just do our best. It’s like a family thing like a bond.” Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) With fewer competitors than last year, Mililani’s HOSA Chapter competed with a fierce determination to win. Preparation for the various events began in first semester, in order to compensate for the extensive amount of work. Despite this daunting task of preparation, members believe the work is worth it. Senior Chloe Fonacier, second-year


Job Interview Amber Yonamine, 9 - 1st place Public Speaking Marci Nakamura, 9 - 1st place Justin Bongco, 10 - 3rd place Accounting Applications James Dejong-Baskin, 11 - 3rd place, finalist, medallion Bryce Kaina, 12 - medallion Retail Merchanting William Weisskopf, 12 - finalist, medallion Marketing Management, written exam Casey McMahon, 12 - medallion Business Services Lauren Fukuyama, 12 - medallion


Culinary Team Tyler Rosa, 12 - Silver Kenton Kong, 12 - Bronze Tiffany Quarto, 12 - Bronze Knife Cutting Team 1 Amber Del Valle, 11 - Red Ribbon Eric Miyamoto, 12 - Red Ribbon Tyler Blackman, 12 - Red Ribbon Knife Cutting Team 2 Nina Hew Len, 12 - Red Ribbon Joseph Anthony Lizama, 11 - Red Ribbon Casey Walker, 12 - Red Ribbon Interpersonal Communications Robert Magata, 12 - Silver Illustrated Talk Team Jalene Carvalho, 12 - Gold Melissa Nakamura, 12 - Gold


Creed Recitation Bryson Calma, 10 - 1st place Karlen Oneha, 11 - 3rd place Agriculture Demonstration Taryn Chun, 11 - 2nd place Shawna Fujita, 12 - 2nd place

competitor, stated, “I think I can take away life skills from this and I can grow and benefit from it … I think I gained a lot more self confidence from it.” “I am very passionate about HOSA because it provides a lot of opportunities not only to guide you in the health care profession you might want to pursue, but it provides leadership opportunities.” -Jenna Maligro, 11 However, even with this added confidence and determination, the competitive environment among event contenders and judges was formidable. “You can feel the tension that like people want to win and that’s what gives you that drive feeling that makes you want to win. There was a lot of competitive air this year, more than last year, I think,” said Ju-

Bryson Calma, 10 - 3rd place Sean Iwamasa, 12 - 3rd place Ornamental Plant Identification Sean Iwamasa, 12 - 2nd place Lorelei Naholowa a, 12 - 2nd place Corsage Making Stephanie Iwasaki, 11 - 3rd place Karlen Oneha, 11 - 3rd place


Dental Terminology Brandy-Shaye Au-Stein, 11 - 1st place Clinical Specialty Lauryn Mow, 11 - 1st place Human Development and Growth Allison Nakahara, 12 - 1st place Concepts in Health Care John Sandvig, 10 - 1st place Pharmacology Rebecca Wedge, 12 - 1st place Researched Persuasive Speaking Faith Brown, 12 - 2nd place Career Health Display Chloe Fonacier, 12 - 3rd place Jenna Maligro, 11 - 3rd place National Recognition Program Award Shanyn Chung, 11 Chloe Fonacier, 12 Lauryn Mow, 11 Barbara James and Presidential Service National Recognition Award Jade Simpliciano, 11 Incoming HOSA State Officers Jenna Maligro, 11 - State President Lance Kishi, 11 - State Vice-President Shanyn Chung, 11 - State Secretary Lauryn Mow, 11 - State Treasurer Outstanding State Leader Jenna Maligro, 11 National Officer Candidate Jenna Maligro, 11


Internetworking Mallory Hayase, 10 - Gold Daniel Kubota, 12 - Silver Jonathon Sallot, 12 - Bronze Prepared Speech Keynon Kong, 12 - Gold Job Interview Carina Noveloso, 10 - Gold Promotional Bulletin Board Heather Saenz, 11 - Gold Cory Shigeta, 11 - Silver Krisha Zane, 10 - Bronze Video Production Joshua Semenko, 12 - Silver Triton Oshiro, 12 - Silver Related Technical Math Jordan Tansiongco, 11 - Bronze

Statesman Award Kristy Arizumi, 10 Ben Dumond, 12 Grace Kim, 10 Keynon Kong, 12 Daniel Kubota, 12 Casey Liu, 10 Micah Matsumoto, 12 Carina Noveloso, 10 Kara Nyuha, 10 Lauren Saiki, 10 Cristina Sale, 12 Jordan Takayama, 11 Jordan Tansiongco, 11 Kayumi Vanek, 12

CTE Showcase Winners

Magazine Layout Brittany Martin, 11 - Gold Seiko Anzai, 10 - Bronze CD/DVD Tranisha Carter, 12 - Gold Micah Yabes, 12 - Silver Danielle Daranciang, 12 - Bronze

Architectural Drafting Jordan Perkins, 12 - Gold Brennan Baysa, 12 - Silver

nior Jenna Maligro, HOSA state president and chapter vice president. Maligro further commented, “I am very passionate about HOSA because it provides a lot of opportunities not only to guide you in the health care profession you might want to pursue, but it provides leadership opportunities.” SkillsUSA Members felt that despite the high tension during the competition day, nobody lost sight that it was a great opportunity and experience. Many believed that the convention was an excellent way to meet people who had a common interest. “Entering a drafting competition, you have to love what you’re doing because you spend the entire day working on it,” said Senior Brennan Baysa, a firsttime participant who earned a silver medal in the Architectural Drafting category,

which involved generating floor plans and house designs. In addition to being one of the most intense categories, Baysa believes that the nine-hour competition was certainly one of the longest. “ ... It really allowed us to display our character as professionals with the way we were able to control ourselves and stay on task when we had to.” -Brennan Baysa, 12 Besides drafting, the SkillsUSA members were able to participate in a number of other categories centered around their motto of “preparing for leadership in the world of work.” According to Baysa, the convention “really allowed us to display our character as professionals with the way we were able to control ourselves and stay on task when we had to.”


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Middle school students get glimpse of MHS By Diana Thompson

Every year, eighth grade students from Mililani Middle School (MMS) shadow their high school mentors for an entire school day. CTE Coordinator Sheila-Ann Dagarag coordinated the middle school mentoring days to be “a good start for eighth graders to just basically know what the school is about.” The process begins at the start of the high school year, when students in CTE courses begin to prepare presentations to be held at MMS in November. MHS students who are participants of any of the six CTE

career pathways visit the middle school students on three separate days, one day per track, to present activities for the students and then invite them to also take part in a pathway when they arrive at MHS. The next step after the presentation is to have the middle school students shadow high school students who are in the requested pathway. There are always three shadowing days, like the presentation days, because of the middle school’s three track system. The first track, Kupono, had seven students visit on April 9. Laulima track will be on campus on April 30 and Malama track will be on

Asa Yamashita (Continued from page 1) Teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda. “What else could I do to remember my friend?” Tsuruda expressed. “I had to do something positive to keep her dream alive. ” Tsuruda made a flyer to spread information about Yamashita, her contributions to the Waianae High School Literacy Program and what others could do to help. She passed it around to the students in her classes. She also sent out the flyer to every single one of her e-mail contacts and even spread the word through Facebook. Eventually, her flyers even reached people who live on the mainland. “You know that the word is out when you get it back from someone else or other people call you to ask about it and you never sent it to them at all!” Tsuruda said. MHS also had a book drive that ran until March 14, where students could donate books for teenagers to read. Borders Express in Mililani Town Center has also run their own largescale book drive. They asked every customer if they would be willing to buy a new novel and have it donated in their name to Asa’s Literacy Library. Tsuruda exclaimed, “There are so many boxes of books which have been collected that they’re going to run out of space soon in their cashier area!” The drive ended on April 12.

campus on May 18. The students are paired up with mentors through requests and through CTE compatibility. For Aron Okamoto, who decided to request for his older brother, Junior Jason Okamoto, as a mentor, he was interested to, “meet his friends, first of all, and seeing that he comes home with plenty homework and stuff, I wanted to see why and see all the classes he has.” Even though the shadowing day gives a lot of information to the visiting protégés, the mentors also get a lot out of the experience. Junior Lexi Kaneshiro, who mentored Breanne Hew, was able to see that, “we

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On April 9, Kupono track enjoyed a day with their high school mentors. They lived as typical students for one whole school day, experiencing the different courses and even the food on campus. should be more considerate of them being new and stuff. So I think just hearing what she was worried about kind of made me more aware of that.”

The mentors and protégés alike gained not only unique experiences through the program, but also friends and familiar faces to have for the next school year.

Surreal Senior Prom to be held at the “Nile”

“I’m so happy that literacy is on the rise, but sad that it took her death to get the ball rolling. However, I know that (Yamashita is) smiling in heaven with all the positive things that have happened,” said Tsuruda, who added, “I know that she’s probably reading Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ in heaven right now!” To make a donation to the Yamashita family, write out a check to the Yamashita Family Fund and drop it off at any American Savings Bank. Donations to the Asa Yamashita Scholarship Fund can be sent to Waianae High School. The Asa Yamashita Scholarship Fund will finance a scholarship given to a graduating senior at Waianae High School who shows great growth in terms of literacy over the span of four years.

By Preston Miyashiro

Seniors will travel to Egypt to spend “A Night on the Nile” all while not leaving a ballroom at prom. Senior Prom will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 6-11 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, a first time venue for MHS proms. “(The theme) is unique and finding decorations that go along with it gives us a chance to be creative. It’s just something different to look forward to,” commented Senior Paige Yenke, chairperson on the prom committee. “We will be incorporating

the theme by adding decorations such as a pharaoh, pyramids and palm trees,” said Yenke. Pyramids will stand in as the centerpieces. The committee has plans to have a water fountain to throw pennies into and customized favors are planning to be ordered. “We’re gonna have white chocolate business cards with black writing ... ” said Yenke. “We could have picked an easier theme that would have been a little bit more colorful to do but we’re making it work and it’s going to be amazing,” said Senior Jeffery King, who is also a member of the committee. With elaborate lighting

schemes the place should “appear really surreal,” added King. The committee put a lot of thought into the entertainment with students who enjoy the dancing at prom. They plan to have Mystical Sounds Productions present, to whom students have already sent requests to for what songs they would like played. During dinner a band of MHS, the “Treetop Romantics” will provide the music. Senior Prom is still a work in process and is being put together with the thought of giving students a night that is different from others.

APRIL 23, 2009

NEWS New Social Studies class to be offered at MHS

Corrections Sincerest apologies to Hui Malama O Mililani for the inaccurate information reported in the March 19 issue of the Trojan Times concerning the Kaho olawe trip. Corrections will be made in an upcoming article. Sincerest apologies to Vice Principal Jim Petersen for the inaccurate information reported in the March 19 issue of the Trojan Times concerning the technological grant awarded to the school. Corrections will be made in the online edition of the Trojan Times.

To the Point

Summer School Reminder Many freshmen like to take World History during summer school to free up an extra class for their following year’s schedule. Social Studies Teacher Amy Boehning would like to remind all freshmen planning to take World History as their summer school class that the completion of a History Day project is required during that session. In the past, most students took the summer school class to avoid having to do the History Day project. A paper and presentation are required for each History



Student receives scholarship nomination By Elizabeth Spalla

Each year the Presidential Scholarship is presented to 100 students (50 boys and 50 girls) who scored the highest in the nation on their SATs. One student from MHS is in the running to receive this scholarship: Senior Lucia Mocz. From the selected

Day project and will be needed in order to pass the class. Bathroom Modifications In an effort to promote the student body’s health, bathroom facilities around campus have recently been supplied with new soap dispensers. Both boys and girls restrooms have been provided with this addition. Please refrain from vandalizing these new bathroom necessities. Compiled by Cameron Ogle

nominees, three boys and three girls from each state will move on to the semi finals. In the end, the winning students will go to Washington, D.C. with the teachers who wrote their letters of recommendation. In 1964 the Presidential Scholarship was created by the Executive Order of the President of the United States to recognize some of the nation’s outstanding graduating high school seniors. The program selects one male and one female from each state to be awarded with the Presidential Scholarship ...

By Elizabeth Spalla

A new history class will be added to the school’s 2009–2010 curriculum, which will allow students to expand their knowledge in more specific areas of history. Social Studies Teacher Cynthia Tong will teach Advanced Placement (AP) European History. The school wanted to expand senior electives for the upcoming school year. The idea of having an AP European History class came about from interest in the topic covered in the World History class that MHS provides. Students were interested in that particular subject and wanted to study it singularly. The class offers a

more detailed look into cultural art and the overall history of Europe. “Students have requested this course from me for four years in a row but I was too busy with accreditation and department chair work to teach the class,” stated Tong. Tong has taught the course previously at Waialua High and Intermediate School. A guest lecturer in the AP European History course will be Vice Principal Jim Petersen, who has also taught the course before at Aiea High School and Waialua High School. As another option, an Asian Studies course was also offered but will not be taught next year due to a lack of minimum student participation.

There is much confidence in the start of the new class. Students have shown much interest in the course and look forward to broadening their knowledge of specific details in European history. AP European History will count toward one credit. The course will be conducted before regular school hours. The first two weeks of classes will be on Thursday and Friday from 7:00 - 7:50 a.m. and Sunday from 1:00 - 2:40 p.m. The rest of the schedule is to be determined by student obligations.

All information reported in this article is accurate until April 17.



APRIL 23, 2009

HEA awards nine exceptional writers, mathematicians By Diana Thompson

Every year, the Hawaii Education Association (HEA) publishes “Write On, HEA!,” a book that contains awardwinning student works in the subjects of English and Mathematics. This year, nine students from MHS placed. The HEA Creative Writing Contest features four sections, each with its own grade level division from K-12. Juniors Lindsey Carvalho, Melissa Monette and Michelle Choe placed third, first honorable mention and third honorable mention, respectively, in the essay contest. Freshmen Christina Lee and Nicole Keller placed second and third honorable mention, respectively, while Senior Wendi Fujino received second honorable mention in the

“Yes, the survivors lived on But so many were lost Lost forever in the murky water Through those who were lost The survivors lost half of themselves” -Excerpt from Freshman Christina Lee’s poem, “Bloody Harbor”

“Understanding that even as the light dies away, And as darkness replaces the sun, Paradise will never fade.” -Excerpt from Senior Wendi Fujino’s poem, “Paradise Never Fades” poetry contest. In the problem-solving contest, Junior Kellie Kawamoto placed second and Seniors Mark Goya and Kyle Sawai received first place and second honorable mention, respectively.

Many of the entries were assignments for the students’ English and Mathematics courses. Because of this, they were never completed with the pure intention of garnering gold medals. “I didn’t

even really think about it much, so it was a nice surprise (to win),” said Choe. Fujino’s poem, on the other hand, was originally a form of stress relief. “My mom (was my inspiration) I guess, because she was always bugging me about going away for college, like on the mainland and we always got into big fights over it, so one of my friends said, ‘Oh, why don’t you write a poem about it?’” said Fujino. The authors of the English pieces felt that their submissions were of their best because they enjoyed writing them. “I hate when we have to do poetry that rhymes a lot,” shared Lee. Choe said, “I liked the fact that it was about something that I understood, but it wasn’t like analysis or anything. It was like based off of personal experience and I could write better

based off of that kind of stuff than I would if I was analyzing a book or something.” On the other side of the spectrum, the problem-solving division, the only math section for the HEA competition, involved students’ projects that required them to rotate shapes on an axis by “(taking) the shape and (translating) it into the different quadrants,” according to Goya. Although the project wasn’t exactly a passionate subject of his, Goya still “(felt) good to actually win first at something, because I’ve never won first in anything before.” As evidenced by the HEA Creative Writing Contest year after year, among other contests, MHS students continue to excel both at inschool assignments and at personal artistic endeavors.

Chess Club checkmates Punahou, takes Team Championships

State Science Fair displays unique ideas and experiments

By Kelli-Anne Ho

By Angelica Sewake

Several new clubs have formed this year, but one has recently taken first place in the Team High School State Championship. The newly established Chess Club defeated schools such as Punahou and Pearl City and took the championship title. “We won the Team State Championship by half a point last year, just beating out Punahou, and we didn’t even have an official school club,” said Senior Robert Lau, the club’s president. “This year we got a club running and I knew we had good chances of repeating (a win) so we trained hard …” To prepare, the club held daily practices. “We prepared by solving tactical puzzles and by visualizing pieces moving in combinations,” explained Lau. “I also instructed the team on opening, middle game and endgame strategies.” Junior Christopher Hakoda, vice president, added, “About a little over a month before the Championship, we extended our practice time and studied tactical positions …” All participating schools could enter as many players as desired but only the four

“This year we got a club running and I knew we had good chances of repeating (a win) so we trained hard …” -Robert Lau, 12 highest scores of each team were counted in the competition. From MHS, three of the club members placed in the top six: Senior Robert Lau, first place; Sophomore Ryan Palomares, second place; and Senior Daniel Macalino, sixth place. The team’s total score was 15.5 points, 1.5 points ahead of Punahou, who finished with 14 points. “It was a great feeling to win and have our hard work be rewarded,” commented Hakoda, whose score was the fourth to be totaled in the competition. Although the Chess Club is only in its first official year, it definitely won’t be underestimated as the underdog. With the state title in hand, the club is sure to have more success in its future.

This year’s State Science Fair held various projects with a diversity of topics. The competition was held at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from April 6-8, and several students from Science Teacher Sandra Webb’s Gifted and Talented (GT) Biology classes participated in the fair alongside Senior Lucia Mocz, who placed first in the senior division. According to Freshman Ryan Mayeda, first place winner of the school-level competition, “This competition takes place each year because there are lots of questions to be answered and investigated. Every year new information is found that hopefully can be applied in the real world.” The competition deals solely with a student’s experiment, which involves “... gathering information from an experiment based on a hypothesis, examining the results and then sharing it with your peers,” Mayeda said. The State Science Fair includes specific categories,

such as animal sciences, biochemistry, physics and astronomy and plant sciences. Students first became interested in participating in this competition because of their science teachers. Freshman Kellie Tomita, who received an honorable mention at the school level and chose not to progress further in the competition, explained, “... I think that (Webb) wants us to do the competition to get us thinking like real scientists so that we are able to continue helping out our community and other problems that take place after we leave this class.” In preparation for this event, students put a lot of time and effort into researching their topics and along the way faced diverse challenges and obstacles. “Testing my algorithm, it’s really a pain,” said Mocz. “After writing thousands of lines of code and noticing that the whole thing crashed because you forgot a semi-colon at the end of a line... And there is no way to check the correctness of an algorithm. There’s no ‘spell check,’ so I have to go through line by line to verify that everything is correct in terms of syntax and arithmetic ...”

Overall, many students have gained something from this experience and are satisfied with their project. “... I am satisfied because it was a difficult task to do and just being able to actually finish it, you feel accomplished since you challenge yourself to figure out things that are actually useful, like how to solve community problems,” expressed Tomita. Mocz commented, “... I am happy with what I have accomplished. It reflects my application and dedication to math and science and also my enthusiasm for the subjects. This is just a beginning to what I will be doing in college and the rest of my life, and it is really fun.” As for Mayeda, he hoped to “... gain experience because I may decide to do another project next year. If I gain experience it will help make my project better next year.” Regardless of the outcome of the competition, students remained positive and took this event as another learning experience that they can apply to their everyday lives.


APRIL 23, 2009

Love for music takes Kalani Koa far By Kelli-Anne Ho

With a strong passion and love for music, the boys of Kalani Koa have come far from where they first began two years ago as a bunch of friends writing and playing songs for fun. Now, after their success in this year’s Brown Bags to Stardom, the band has quickly gained fans and popularity throughout the state, and although they placed second overall in the more competitive contest, Band Champs, the boys have not wavered from their devotion to music. Despite their finish in Band Champs, Kalani Koa has continued to pull together and do what they love most: playing music. “It’s a learning experience for the whole band and losing Band Champs makes us want to practice and get better even more than before,” said Senior Hideki Aoki, back-up vocals and key-

board. Senior Aukai Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools, the band’s lead singer, commented that, “I feel pretty bummed, but it gives us a reason to better ourselves.” As a result of Brown Bags and Band Champs, Kalani Koa has been asked to perform at many social functions including baby birthdays and graduation parties. “(The competitions helped to) get our name out there in the state and also to play on the news. It also helped us get more gigs from other people,” commented Aoki. Senior Shonn Rallita, drummer, added that, “We’ve gotten a lot of attention from news stations to people asking us to play at parties to people just flat out coming up to us asking us how to get our songs.” But to excel in anything, practice definitely makes perfect. The band tries to meet together weekly to practice but managing the time has become a problem

that the band has faced. “… Being able to get together and practice (is a problem) since everyone has a different schedule most of the time,” said Aoki. Through everything, the boys have remained close, which is key to being able to perform as a team. “We learned to work with each other a whole lot better and our expectations of how we sound has improved as well,” commented Aoki. Kekoa added that, “I’m most proud of how far we’ve come.” This upcoming summer will be the peak of the band’s fame. Kalani Koa has received many requests to perform at a variety of occasions, but many of those requests have come from people asking for a copy of their songs. MySpace has been a helpful source of providing their fans with music; visit the band at www.myspace. com/kalanikoasofficial.

Talent searches aren’t just for singing and acting. Since 1942, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) has been offering students across the nation the opportunity to showcase their own original research to professionals in the science field and honoring the very best. Senior Lucia Mocz, who has already garnered a number of prestigious science awards, decided to enter the Intel STS with her research on computational cancer identification and was able to advance up to the semifinalist level. “I entered because it is another opportunity to showcase the research I have worked hard on for now across multiple years,” said Mocz. “It is also really fun to have the chance to meet students across the nation interested in math and science like I am and also

to receive feedback on my research from scientists. It is a precursor to what I will be doing the rest of my life: conducting research, publication, getting critical feedback from a scientific review committee and finally to share my findings in a symposium.” The entry process consisted of many steps. The first and biggest part was conducting an original research. Mocz’s project focused on computational identification of cancer. In addition to conducting research, Mocz was required to write a number of essays on topics such as her interest in science and the qualities of a good scientist. Finally, she needed to submit recommendations from her science teachers and mentor. According to a press release by the Intel STS, a total of 1,608 students from 36 states, the District of Columbia, India and South Korea

(Above) Left to right: Seniors Kupono Detwiler, Hideki Aoki, Aukai Kekoa, Shonn Rallita and Ka ohu Detwiler and Maui Namahoe. (Below) Kalani Koa performs their song “Somebody to Love,” the piece that they perfomred in Brown Bags, at the 2009 Band Champs competition. The band went on to place second overall.

Photo courtesy of Ka ohu Detwiler

Mocz’s research earns semifinalist rank in Intel Science Talent Search By Caitlin Kuroda

Photo courtesy of Ka ohu Detwiler

entered the contest. From those entrants, 300 were chosen as semifinalists, and from that group, 40 were chosen as finalists. The finalists traveled to Washington, D.C. during March to compete for scholarships totaling $530,000. The top winner from the final 40 received a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation. Mocz was one of the 300 semifinalists chosen in January. “I am glad I received this opportunity, to be a semifinalist in any of these specialized science fair competitions already is a great honor,” expressed Mocz. “I feel it reflects the application and care I took to complete my project. So ... I feel great.” Even as the school year winds down, Mocz’s drive and determination for her work in science is as strong as ever.

Young’s students enter annual French Language Competition

By Francis Empeno

On March 14, students from World Language Teacher Norma Young’s French classes entered a statewide competition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that tested their understanding and comprehension of the French language. This is a national exam and is given annually, sponsored by the AmericanAssociation of the Teachers of France (AATF). This year there were 17 students from Young’s class who competed at the high school level for the exam against students from all other public schools. The exam consisted of 40 minutes of written work followed by a 20 minute listening comprehension section. The questions are based on French literature and culture. “It’s like a proficiency exam,” said Young. “I’m just happy that they bothered to participate

because it’s on a Saturday at the University of Hawaii in the morning.” Several students placed high compared to those from other schools. Sophomore Kelly Stinefelt placed second in Level 1A; Sophomore Kaitlyn Kelley placed third in Level 2A; Junior Leelynn Harris placed second in Level 3; and Seniors Lia Nakao and Julia Cramer placed second and third, respectively, in Level 4. Nakao was surprised that she placed second in her level. “It was a little nerveracking,” stated Nakao. “I was surprised and I didn’t expect that.” Those who scored high will be given an award at a banquet at the Hale Koa Hotel on May 9, which is open to all participants of the exam. With the awards given from the banquet, those who even participated in the competition will be receiving a certificate of consolation from Young as a sign of appreciation.


APRIL 23, 2009

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

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

The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789 Letter to the editor To voice an opinion or any concerns, feel free to submit a letter to L205 or to 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.

Math, science overlooked by DOE graduation requirements By Noah Perales-Estoesta

Technological development occurs at exponential rates, as does human dependence upon these developments. As American society rushes to hone its higherlevel analytic skills so that it can better understand and utilize these advancements, the people of Hawaii cannot afford to be left behind. It is imperative, then, that the Department of Education’s (DOE) standards-based learning system facilitates an environment conducive to the mastery of these skills – an environment that requires four rather than three years of math and science to graduate. Today, more than ever, math and science courses are of colossal significance. As Science Teacher Vanessa Humphreys, who instructs the Advanced Placement (AP) Biology course at MHS, put it, “When I think about some of the jobs that the students want … a lot of them do require higher-level sciences and I think having that fourth year will give them that competitive edge or that extra practice to help them be successful in college.” This ideology may not appear to be applicable to every individual at first glance. For example, one who wishes to pursue a career in graphic design would need little extra preparation in the way of math or science for college or their careers. Furthermore, students might also find the higher-level math and science courses available at MHS daunting and, for that reason, may see more threat than benefit in enrolling for them in their senior year. Analytic Geometry and Physics would be two examples of higher-level math and science courses that are often perceived as difficult and as jeopardizing to grade point averages by students. But it must be remembered that the value of math and science in the worlds of today and tomorrow are not diminished by a student’s

preferences and are certainly not diminished by how difficult the classes themselves are. The DOE’s current list of graduation requirements, however, with its under-emphasis of these two critical subjects, does not reflect this significance and should be amended so that it does. A student currently needs six elective credits to graduate – the same collective number of math and science credits needed. Students also need four credits of English and four of social studies to graduate but the reasons for which math and science are just as advantageous as English and Social Studies bring up the question of why the credit requirements are unequal. Math and science are surely of no less importance than other required classes. What is especially odd is that a variety of higher-level math and science classes are available for students to register for once they complete the prerequisite classes. It’s just that the fact that four math and science credits are not required for graduation causes the subjects to be taken for granted by those who, understandably, would rather enroll in elective classes that tend to be easier and more fun. Consider a freshman who enters high school in Algebra I and Physical Science, successfully progresses up the math and science hierarchies to pass Geometry and Biology in sophomore year and, in his or her junior year, can essentially complete his or her math and science education at Algebra II and Chemistry. A single year more of study in both areas could do so much for this student. Taking Physics and Trigonometry in this person’s senior year would not only demonstrate to colleges a sense of motivation but would directly benefit the student in terms of knowledge that might be critical for their intended career. Similarly, registering in an AP math or an AP science class could provide them with a firmer background in higher-level concepts and in

the case of science, possibly expose them to similar-caliber technology, before they even enter college to begin learning about them. There are also a plethora of non-specific benefits this student could gain by continuing his or education in high school math and science beyond the mere three credits required. “… It’s not just learning facts. It’s the teamwork aspect, the effective communication, writing essays, that are also a major benefit to help them be successful later on in their college careers or just in their general careers,” Humphreys said. Now consider this same student forgoing all of these opportunities – giving up, essentially, all of these benefits – for a fourth or fifth elective course. Taking into account what can be gained, it’s an unfortunate consideration, isn’t it? But what is equally unfortunate is that the current list of graduation requirements does not obligate students to have the benefits these classes offer for a fourth year. For seniors, the current list of graduation requirements put math and science in the same light as elective classes which, because of their relative facility, are obviously more appealing to the typical student. It is for this reason that Junior Grace Lim, who is registered for AP Chemistry and Calculus in her senior year, believes, “If we were to take out (a year) of something, it shouldn’t be math and science ... Maybe it could be other courses like ... some elective classes ...” The importance of math and science – especially in today’s day and age – cannot be understated. Preparation for the future must begin now and cannot be let up until mastery and competency in the concepts necessary to understand how the world works and will work is achieved. The DOE’s current graduation requirements, though, seem to overlook this detail and, for that reason, require amendment.

ASMHS President

Leanne Sunahara

Finally the time has come … the last quarter of the year! First, I would like to introduce to you the new ASMHS council. The President for next year is Junior Matthew Lai and our Vice President is Freshman Marci Nakamura. The two secretaries are Junior Kayla Soga and Freshman Sharmaine Lee. Treasurer is Junior Vivien Lam. The Historians are Sophomores Taylor McKeague and Jesse Sakuragi. Homecoming Chair is Junior Eleanor Ko, Publicity Chair is Sophomore Christina Otte and Pep Rally Chair is Sophomore Arianna Denson. Mililani will also have one of the Hawaii State Student Council representatives from Central District, Junior Nicole Manzano. Congratulations to your 2009-2010 ASMHS officers! We participated in the Central District’s Preschool Play Day at Mililani District Park on April 17. This was a time for all the Central District high schools to come together and participate in a joint service project. Thank you to the volunteers who participated from our school. I am sure you all made a lot of new friends. This coming Saturday is the Class of 2010’s prom. This year, it will be held at Dole Cannery from 6-10 p.m. I am sure the girls all have their dresses ready and I hope the guys have their tuxes ordered. Juniors, I hope this night is spectacular for all of you. Have fun! Wrapping up the school year, I am sure seniors are having thoughts of transitioning from high school to college. I am sure they all know where they are going to school and are almost set to graduate. Underclassmen, enjoy the last few weeks of school and get ready for summer. Everyone, enjoy your fourth quarter!



APRIL 23, 2009

Senior Project showcase an “extravaganza” By Noah Perales-Estoesta

English Teacher LisaAnne Tsuruda described the first-ever MHS Senior Project showcase as an “extravaganza.” Held on the night of April 9 at the MHS cafeteria, the two-hour event was marked by magnificence. Attendees found themselves encircled by Senior Projects of the highest quality, an art show that doubled as a benefit for the Defend Oahu Coalition and Keep the North Shore Country and a bake and used book sale conducted by National Honor Society (NHS). As the 112 students of Tsuruda’s who completed a project can attest, the work leading up to the showcase was arduous. Ultimately, each student presented his or her work to a panel of

judges on March 14. Five of these projects were selected for presentation at the showcase: Speech Pathology by Senior Elizabeth Andres, All Natural Art by Senior Faith Brown, Hand Drawn Art by Senior Ben Dumond, Building Bridges by Senior Jordan Perkins and Natural Photography by Senior Diana Thompson. Brown, Dumond and Thompson’s art products were incorporated into an art show/sale coordinated by Senior Isabel Romero. Romero’s art show was just one element of her own Senior Project, which involved supporting the environmental activist groups Keep the North Shore Country and the Defend Oahu Coalition. Proceeds from the art show, as well as those from baked goods and those from the used book sale, were donat-

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On the night of the showcase, Senior Elizabeth Andres presents her Senior Project, displaying speech impediments. ed to the organizations. Several members of the Defend Oahu Coaltion were present at the event with a wide variety of merchandise. Former Coalition Chair Mark Cunningham said, “We are just incredibly honored that (Romero) … wanted us to

have this opportunity to showcase who we are. And there’s the possibility that some of the proceeds from the art sale or the bake sale … will be helping to support our organization.” Also in attendance were two members of the Board of

Education. Board Member Eileen Clarke said, “I’m kind of surprised to see so many people here and I think it’s great that the community and parents and families are supportive (of) the Senior Project.” Board Chair Garret Toguchi also commented, “I enjoyed it because we get to see how the policy that we adopted gets implemented and I’m impressed that they did their Senior Project in just five months and the quality of work that came out of it looks excellent.” The showcase also included a performance of “Glide and Be Free,” a song written by Senior Emily Cadiz and performed by the band Treetop Romantics, as well as an informational presentation about the project from Curriculum Coordinator Lisa Kaneko.

Mock Trial takes on homicide case at nationals

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By Kellie Kawamoto

(the students) use are environmentally-friendly or recyclable materials,” Masaki explained. The class was split into four groups and each had to draw and present an original design. The students were given certain requirements but for the majority of the project, they were entirely on their own. “… We just gave them specifications of what size the building needed to be and what height, and they came up with everything else.” Masaki said. Masaki’s class has a partnership with Honolulu Community College Instructor Norman Takeya. Once the project designs were ready to be judged, Takeya contacted three judges, one of which is the head of the DOE Facilities, Duane Kashiwai. Kashiwai and the other judges chose one design as the winner. The exciting part, though, was that Kashiwai proposed the idea of making the winning design a reality. “… He told us … if we wanted to move forward with the project, he’d be really happy to assist,” Masaki said. The entire class is now involved in drawing each part of the building with hopes that Kashiwai will approve the portable to be constructed. Senior Brennan Baysa was a part

Bringing honor to MHS, the Mock Trial team made it to the National Mock Trial Competition. The team beat out Hawaii Baptist Academy (HBA) in the Regional Competition and Kauai High School in the State Competition, which is a first in MHS history. The team is now undergoing much preparation to take on an entirely new case in court. The national competition will be held in Atlanta, GA from May 6 - 10. The case is centered on a homicide in New Echota, GA, an imaginary small town. A woman, Ashley Dougherty, is accused of killing a man named Philip Newton during an argument. Dougherty is being accused of murder and felony murder. “The felony murder charge is a little different, and that’s our team’s biggest hurdle right now,” said Junior Sarah Nishioka. To prepare for the case and its many challenges, the team had to start by cutting its members because the number of students that can go is limited. “We (held) tryouts to cut our twenty-member team down to nine people,” said Junior Jacob Garner.

Also, as a part of the tryout process, the students had to decide which witnesses and lawyers they wanted to be. “Basically they had to develop questions for these roles,” said Mock Trial Adviser Amy Perruso, “and (on Friday) we (had) to go back and develop a theory of the case, try to look at all of the evidence put together and figure out how we’re going to argue the other side.” The team is fortunate to have professional assistance. The help of Attorney Coaches Stephen Hioki and Monica Suematsu is a huge advantage because of their law school education. “... The team’s attorney coaches … provided invaluable guidance,” said Senior Amy Hunt. “We would have a lot of difficulty without them.” A lot of practice has to be dedicated if the team expects to do well in the competition. “The law is the most important part of Mock Trial, but only (Hioki) and (Suematsu) have been to law school, so we students have to try and put the law into terms we can understand,” Nishioka explained. “That means we have to talk about it a lot with each other, practicing objections and responding to objections. Occasionally

we’ll object when out of the courtroom!” The entire team is eager to compete in the national competition in the next month. “I think we’re all really excited and a little surprised ... because we were the underdogs all the way,” Perruso said. Nishioka added, “To be going to nationals is absurdly awesome and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Sharing the same enthusiasm as the others, Hunt said, “I feel like our team has worked hard so we deserve a chance to celebrate and have fun. But we do know making it to nationals is a great honor and because this is a national competition, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to do well.” The Mock Trial team can owe its achievements to all the time and hard work they’ve dedicated. “(Our team has) given up so much of their time and sanity to help us prepare an amazing case and present it at the competitions. They are the reason that we have done so well,” said Garner. The team can only continue with their efforts in hope of finding success in the national competition.

of the group who designed the winning portable building. “I think that it’s an amazing opportunity and honor,” Baysa said. “... As we found out that one of our designs, one of our dreams, could come true, it’s a feeling that can’t be grasped with words.” Senior Jordan Perkins is also hopeful that the building will become a reality. “With small modifications and additions of environmental friendly products this portable could possibly be in schools soon and set a movement for other schools to start creating these types of portables,” he said. While this project is rewarding for the community, it is also rewarding for the students themselves. “… The opportunity itself is a rewarding gift. Not many high school students can say they worked on a project that has the potential of being approved by the DOE for future construction,” said Perkins. All that’s left is finishing the drawings and submitting them to Kashiwai for approval. Getting the opportunity to be a part of a project that could potentially become a reality is highly notable and the students can only continue to work hard in hopes of making this dream come true.


APRIL 23, 2009

“Island” musical presents new aspect for Tri-School By Faith Brown

In a different twist to the semiannual play production, this quarter’s Tri-School is preparing the musical “Once on This Island.” “I wanted to do something different,” said TriSchool Director Jamie Rolfsmeyer. “This is a one-act piece and it is all probably 98 percent song. There is not a lot of speaking and it provided an opportunity for the kids to use a different technique of storytelling. So it is a different style. The kids kind of change into animals and trees and breezes and become the rain.” The script for the play is founded on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy and presents a parallel to the classic story “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen, only these characters are made up of Caribbean islanders. It is a story of love gained and lost, jealousy and grief. “It is basically just for all viewers, kind of like a Disney. It is a really good family, all-around play,” stated Senior Michelle Motoda, who plays Andrea Deveraux, the jealous fiancee, a main character.

Because the play is a musical, the cast and crew are faced with the daunting task of learning the dance choreography and all the songs while balancing regular school work and maintaining their acting skills. Despite these different tasks, the cast holds that it is actually beneficial. “All of the cast is more involved like ensemble and everybody. So you can’t tell who (the leads are) anymore,” said Motoda. Also, performing with a new approach are the dozen members of the MHS Orchestra, including Band Directors Bryan Hirata and Derek Ka apana, who will be performing with the band and Band Director Erik Kubota, who will be conducting. Rolfsmeyer commented on the presence of the instructors with the students in band. “Putting professionals, people who really know what they are doing, in that kind of situation is really helpul for the kids in music … It encourages them to play with more confidence thereby ... the whole sound is better.” The band will be featured in a more open way this year and will play in view of the audience as a part of the cast and will possibly be dressed

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Sophomore Francis Empeno and Freshman Niki Badua of Moanalua High School rehearse their interpretive dance for one of the numbers entitled “Part of the Human Heart.” Badua plays Ti Moune, a village peasant who falls in love with Daniel (Empeno), a wealthy grand homme. in costume attire with decorations also added to their various instruments. In previous productions the band was used as a hidden asset to the side or behind the scenes. In this production, actors are also dealing with the new challenge that comes with an unusual role. Sophomore Matthew Ambrosecchio commented, “Well my character (Armand, the father of the male lead) is kind of mean

Student creates contest, inspires writers

By Diana Thompson

Last school year, Senior Daniel Furumura was inspired to challenge students to create literary pieces that were nothing short of powerful through a writing contest he hosted and funded himself. In an effort to make the contest annual, he’s making improvements to what he calls MHS Wordplay. “I want you to find your reason to write. All of us have something we need to express. What better way than with words?” This was the last stanza of Furumura’s call to all of his peers over MySpace, and it was enough to garner roughly 20 entries to judge for his 2008 contest. Senior Jason Sikorsky wanted to answer Furumura’s call last year and support his friend’s contest. “I actually love writing, but I

only do it out of inspiration ...” he explained. Sikorsky wanted to put himself into his piece, particularly how he moved from Korea. Then he remembered the trench warfare of World War I, and constructed a poem. “Every aspect and detail in this poem speaks metaphorically from my experience ...” Sikorsky wrote as an introduction to his piece. His feelings, emotion and passion for the subject earned him $100 cash. Furumura began his contest humbly, judging every entry, funding the prize money and awarding the winner himself. Furumura plans to expand the contest by judging alongside a team of readers and seeking sponsorship in order to give away more prizes to the first, second and third place winners. “After submission, the

entire lot of entries will be judged by … Sikorsky, and myself. Five to ten … pieces will be selected to go on for a second round of judging. The second and final round of judging will be done by MHS English teachers who have generously volunteered to help me and perhaps by an English professor from the UH Schools System,” explained Furumura. Although Furumura hasn’t received word back from potential sponsors, his contest has gotten a lot of positive attention from students. The last day for submissions was on April 17. All entries are open to the public through the MHS Wordplay MySpace account, www. The pieces will be judged during the first week of May and winners will be announced shortly after.

and I am not very mean. I think I am a nice person, but since my character is more on the harsh side, it was a challenge to portray that.” To overcome this, he, like many performers, developed a method. “Sometimes what I do is close my eyes and try to think of what the character might be thinking of and try to step into their shoes and react the way that they would.” Many actors agreed that the

extensive musical numbers affected the time it took to fully embody their character. Junior Shelby Benson, who performs as a storyteller and also in the ensemble, stated of the musical, “One of the most interesting parts I would have to say is the ending but I can’t tell that to you guys. You’ll just have to come and see it.” The play runs on two consecutive weekends, May 1-2 and May 9-10.


11 APRIL 23, 2009

By Francis Empeno

With the turn of a new century, anime conventions have sprouted and grown in number across the country Kawaii Kon, Hawaii’s own anime convention, brings together all fans of Japanese animation, manga and video games alike. This year Kawaii Kon was held at the Hawaii Convention Center from April 10-12. There were many events and happenings that occured within the three days that made up this premier event. Cosplay Cosplay, the art of dressing up as a character, is the most common practice that takes place at Kawaii Kon. Fans dress up as their favorite anime characters and video game characters. Almost all of the people who attend Kawaii Kon arrive in cosplay, some for all three days. Seniors Kayumi Vanek and Jazmin Torres dressed as Dita from “Chobits” and Anna Kyoyama from “Shaman King,” respectively, while Junior Lauren Mottley cosplayed as Yoruichi Shihouin from “Bleach.” Senior Anthony Ragil visited the convention as Dante from

the popular video game series “Devil May Cry.” Ragil stated, “The way I look at it is that when you’re there, even though you’re there and cosplaying and all these things, nobody will judge you. No matter how bad it is.” Voice Actor Panels A handful of voice actors from various anime came and held a Q&A segment with fans. The Japanese guest for this year was Shinji Aramaki, the original creator and direc-

tor of “Appleseed” and part of the production design of “Fullmetal Alchemist.” American voice actors Laura Bailey, Caitlin Glass, Brina Pallencia, Illich Guardiola, Vic Mignongna and Travis Willingham also came and talked to fans about upcoming projects like the dubbed version of “Ouran High School Host Club.” Concert Traditionally, on the second evening of Kawaii Kon a band from either the US or Ja-

pan that performs. At Kawaii Kon 2009, the concert featured not one but two Japanese groups. Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re, a popular all girl rock band, played first. The Emeralds, a three-man rock band from Yokohama, Japan, followed, making this their second appearance in a row. Artist Alley, Dealers Room &Video Game Room The Artist Alley at Kawaii Kon is a place where people can sell their own original art

pieces and craftwork. The Dealer’s Room includes vendors both locally and internationally that specialize in anime goods. Ranging from plushies to apparel, the Dealer’s Room at Kawaii Kon has it all. This year there was a wide selection of vendors, ranging from local anime stores like Mecha Hawaii to shops like Yes Anime, located in the heart of San Fransisco, CA. The Video Game Room is always set up with almost ten plasma screen televisions and various video game consoles that differ in genre. This year the Circle, a local community of gamers sponsored the Video Game Room and allowed the Kawaii Kon visitors to play with their consoles. The Circle also hosted tournaments for “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” “Left 4 Dead” and “Street Fighter 4,” in which the winners received prize money and video game related prizes. The convention wrapped up with closing ceremonies Sunday evening. With Kawaii Kon 2009 successfully over, the event planners are looking ahead to next year’s.

Show sweet appreciation with personalized grad favors By Kellie Kawamoto

Planning a graduation party takes a lot of time and work – you have to decide on the location, food, entertainment, guest list and of course, party favors. Personalized gifts make the best favors. To ease the party planning a little, here are some favor ideas that your guests won’t forget. Fortune Cookies Probably the most creative way to tell your guests “thank you” is inside a fortune cookie. Oahu has its own shop that can make fortune cookies and personalize the message inside. Ishiharaya Plantation Tea Cookies in Waipahu specializes in making senbei, which is what fortune cookies are made of. You choose what you want the message inside the fortune cookies to say. Each cookie costs fifty cents if

you want them to wrap each cookie individually. But if you don’t mind packaging the cookies yourself, each one costs twenty-five cents. Call 671-3175 to place an order on these cookies. Cookie Lollipops Ordering food can be a hassle when you have to deal with shipping, handling and rush delivery fees. To avoid this, simply make your own treats. One fun idea is to turn your favorite cookie into a lollipop! Sugar cookies are probably the best option, but any recipe you desire is fine. All you do is roll the cookie dough into a ball and stick a tongue depressor (the wooden sticks with rounded ends) into the edge of the dough until the tip is in the center. Flatten the dough a little but keep the shape as round as possible. Keep in mind that the dough balls should be relatively large for a bigger cookie.

Bake the cookies for however long the recipe calls for. Let the cookie cool completely before decorating it with frosting and sprinkles and whatever you want. For distribution, wrap the cookie in a clear cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon. Rice Krispies Bouquet If cookies aren’t exactly your thing, another easy treat to make are your own Rice Krispies. One batch of Rice Krispies calls for three tablespoons of butter or margarine, a bag of regularsized marshmallows and six cups of Rice Krispies cereal. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat then add the cereal and stir until it is well-blended. Use a buttered spatula or wax paper to press the mixture into a 15” x 10” x 1” pan. Let it cool slightly then use cookie cutters coated

with cooking spray to cut out whatever shapes you want – stars, hearts, flowers, etc. You can even dip your shapes in chocolate. Stick half of a skewer (like a long toothpick) into each cut-out shape. You should come out with what looks like a Rice Krispies lollipop. You can arrange several of these lollipops in a large plastic cup. Just stuff the cup with Styrofoam or that green florists’ foam to keep the lollipops in place. Put a layer of shredded Easter grass or tissue paper to hide the foam block. Cover the entire bouquet with a clear cellophane bag and tie together with a nice, decorative ribbon. DIY Diplomas If you’re not into the whole food approach, a cute and versatile party favor is a little diploma made with paper and ribbon. Parchmentcolored paper probably looks the best, but you can

use whatever color or print you prefer. Cut the paper into 3” x 6” strips then roll them up and tie with a ribbon. If you write inside the diploma before you tie it up, you can it use it as a party game. For example, you can write a list of questions about yourself like, “What is my favorite color?” or “How old was I when I broke my ankle?” The guests have to guess the right answers and whoever gets the most correct, wins a prize (like a giant cookie lollipop or Rice Krispies bouquet, perhaps). Graduation party favors come in many different choices that are relatively easy to get. You can personalize the gifts you give by customizing your favorite treats or by making your own. Either way, your guests will definitely find your favors original and unforgettable.


APRIL 23, 2009 By Diana Thompson

Who knew that within two decades after the release of the Game Boy, the world would be presented with a slim and sleek folding device with two screens, two cameras, pristine speakers and endless possibilities? On April 5, the DSi was released in America, selling at a price of $169.99, packed with features that are sure to entertain. The Main Menu & Controls Turning on the DSi, there is an obvious difference compared to the former DS and DS Lite. The entire home screen has been changed, utilizing a side-scroll menu. The top screen features pictures taken with the cameras. The menu has 31 spaces for games and features that can be downloaded via wireless internet connection or Wi-Fi for free or purchased at the Nintendo DSi Shop. The controls still look similar to those of the DS Lite. The power button has been moved back to the front of the system, but instead of on the top left corner, it is now at the bottom, to the left of the touch screen. When held down, this button will cause the system to turn on and off. When pressed quickly in the middle of a game or app, the system returns to the main menu, an improvement from the older handhelds

brings endless entertainment, possibilities which would require the user to restart the system. Also, the volume controls have switched to two buttons (+ and -) on the side of the console. Basic Features The DSi may be slightly longer than the DS Lite, but it is also slimmer. The sound quality is slightly clearer and the screens are brighter and larger than those of the previous DS systems. The DSi comes with two styluses that are slightly longer than those for the DS Lite but keep the same style and shape. The DSi has an SD Card reader in order to transfer files such as pictures and music between itself and a computer or camera, similar to the Wii console. The SD Card can also relieve a stuffed DSi of its load, because the DSi comes with

an option that allows pictures and sound files stored in the system to be transferred onto the card, meaning that memory for the system can simply be purchased whenever needed. The one major drawback about the system is that, unlike its other DS counterparts, it lacks the ability to play Game Boy Advance (GBA) games, forcing anyone who wants to play GBA games to go back generations. Camera & Sound Features The DSi features two cameras: a camera facing the user and a camera facing what’s on the other side of the DS from the user. The exterior camera is a three megapixel camera, while the inner camera is only 0.3 megapixels, however, if used with proper lighting, the resulting pictures can come out

very clear. Pictures can be saved on both the system and on an SD card. The handheld itself can store around 400 images, and 1GB of SD memory holds about 750 pictures. What’s really being talked about isn’t just the cameras and their capabilities, but what you can do with the pictures while or after taking them. The DSi comes with many different editing tools to turn a plain and ordinary picture into so much more. Another nifty tool is the Nintendo DSi Sound application and with the clearer speakers, the sound comes out sharper than with previous models. There are several ways to play with this feature of the new handheld. First, the user can record up to 10 seconds of sound using the microphone. Sound

files can also be taken from SD cards if they’re in the correct format. This sound can then be altered by making it a lower or higher pitch and by making it faster or slower, which in itself can be fun. The user can also change the actual voice of the sound. DSi Shop The DSi Shop, like the Wii Shop Channel, connects to the Internet and allows you to download free or purchasable content to your DSi. The range of content includes new applications and new games. The DSi comes with 1000 points that can be used. Every 100 points is equivalent to around a dollar. Point cards and credit purchased by use of a credit card can be used to allow the user to do some online shopping, just like with the Wii console. A free internet browser, powered by Opera, is available for free download through this feature and it works a lot like internet browsing with cellular phones. Also, upgraded applications can be purchased at the time that they are available. So if you find yourself nodding your head in approval over the features of the DSi, then maybe the cost is worth it. Or maybe you’ll just want to wait and see what’s in store with the next generation handheld.

Senior bucket list: Things to do before graduation

By Angelica Sewake

Graduation is creeping upon nearly 600 seniors. In a month, high school will end and they will move forward onto new chapters. But before any of that happens, make a bucket list of what to do in order to have a complete high school experience. Make your own prom The anticipation of being asked to Winterball, Junior Prom or Senior Prom is often nerve-racking and sometimes disappointing if the one person you want to go with rejects you. But what happens now when the end of the year has come and you were too late in deciding whether or not you should attend those events and regret missing them?

Get a group of friends and create your own version of Winterball or prom. It may be toned down from the actual events, but at least you get the experience of dressing up, eating, dancing, taking pictures and most of all, spending a night with friends. If this fails, there is hope to go to a social function with someone else, so start making friends with those underclassmen before you graduate.

Confess your undying love As we all know, high school consists of on and off relationships. Although it may seem like it’s too late to begin anything at this moment, remember that it’s better late than never. You can tell that special someone through a letter or simply by approaching him or her in person. What’s the harm?

The worst he or she can do is say “no” and if that’s the case, you’ll only have to bear with the disappointment for a month or two and before you know it, you may never see that person again. Do your homework on time (without procrastinating, for once) The majority of us have spent high school careers complaining about the amount of work we have been given and waiting until the very last minute to turn that assignment in, maybe even asking for an extension. Although it may be difficult due to senioritis, think about how completing our homework on time without procrastinating will affect us 10 or 20 years down the line. Many of us by then may have children and at least we can honestly tell them

that we did our homework on time with no procrastination. It really wouldn’t hurt to do it once before graduation day.

Be the bigger person Life is too short to be holding grudges. Graduation is right around the corner and it’s the last day everyone will be together in one place. Be the bigger person; forgive and forget the conflicts and disagreements that may have happened and come to peace with yourself and that person who most likely used to be a good friend of yours, regardless of what the outcome may be. It’s better to try than to do nothing at all. Keep striving to move forward because after May 31, you may never0 get the chance to resolve these issues.

Create an online profile What’s great about our generation is that it offers a wide range of technological ways to communicate. Advancing from letters to telephones and from telephones to cell phones we can now even keep in touch through personal websites. As many of us know, the famous MySpace and Facebook profile sites are great ways to express yourself while keeping in touch with good friends you may not be able to see again after graduation. These are just a few ideas that you could consider to add to your own personal list of things to do before graduating, and who knows? Maybe you would actually enjoy completing these tasks while benefiting from that personal feeling of accomplishment.

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C&CC APRIL 23, 2009 Senior Announcements Graduation is right around the corner! Here are a few end-of-year reminders: • 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. • Turn in any scholarship letters that you have received to be recognized in the graduation program. • Turn in your final transcript request, if the college needs your final grades. If you are a scholarship athlete, you also 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. • 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. • Still undecided about what to do after graduation? See Mrs. Yamamoto ASAP! Other Announcements Running Start Good news for interested Running Start students. Lee-

ward Community College is offering a special summer session that will run from June 15 - July 24. The application deadline for this opportunity is May 18, so come to C&CC for an application, or visit for more information. Work Permit Students who need a work permit need to apply online at labor. They will need to provide an email address and the last four digits of their social security number. National College Fair – April 30 The National College Fair will be held on April 30 at the NBC Exhibition Hall. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with representatives from visiting schools. For more information, visit Juniors! 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 alpha 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. Get a head start for your senior year with useful information from The College Advisor, Inc. Jump Start the College Application Process Summer is a great time for rising seniors to get a head start on college applications. All high school students, however, can use the summer to begin preparing for the college admissions process. This might mean developing interests you don’t have time to explore during the school year. Sign up for a course at a community college in a subject that’s not offered at your high school. If you’re interested in history, volunteer at a museum. If you’re thinking about becoming a veterinarian, get a job (paid or volunteer) at an animal hospital or shelter. Keep a journal. Think about what’s important to you and how you see your future. This kind of self-assessment will help you identify colleges that will be a good match. You’ll also have material to use in your college application essays.

Prepare for the SAT or ACT. Reading newspapers, magazines and books will build your vocabulary and increase comprehension. Buy The Official SAT Study Guide or the ACT Guidebook and take a practice test each week. If your schedule is packed with AP classes, sports and extracurricular activities during the school year, summer might be the best time for a test prep course. You might also wish to review for any needed SAT Subject tests if these will be required by the colleges to which you’ll apply. Seniors who haven’t finalized their college list should research prospective schools. Most colleges have lots of information about programs and student life on their websites. Contact alumni from your high school who attend colleges you’re interested in and ask what they like and don’t like about their school. If possible, visit colleges that sound interesting. While you won’t see many college students, especially on smaller campuses that don’t have summer sessions, there will be other high school students visiting, and you can check out future classmates. A summer campus visit doesn’t

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truly convey what the school is like during the school year, but you can always return to the schools after you’re admitted, to sit in on classes, spend the night in a dorm, eat in the dining hall and get a real feel for college life. With research, comes information. Information needs to be organized. Summer is the perfect time to set up a filing system to keep track of college brochures and applications. This is also the time to complete one application that can serve as a prototype. Getting all your academic honors, extracurricular activities and community service on paper now will lower the stress level when you’re facing the UC application in November. Starting your application essays early means you’ll have time to rewrite them and make sure you’re submitting your best work. The Common Application (used at about 350 colleges) will be available at by the beginning of July. Start researching scholarship opportunities. Many websites, including www. and offer scholarship search engines. For information about financial aid, www. is a great resource. Every task that gets done now means one less thing to worry about later. But it’s also important to take time for fun. The college admission process can be stressful, and the best way to avoid burnout is to give yourself permission to spend some time doing whatever you enjoy. Compiled by College & Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto

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New doubleheader policy puts strain on players, coaches By Cyrus Takahashi

Starting this season, the Varsity Baseball and Softball teams have been facing the added challenge of playing doubleheaders. The doubleheader games follow either the twilightnight or “classic” rules. According to Junior Andrew Benitez, third baseman, this means that “Right after the first game is finished, the next one begins.” As such, spectators will not have to pay twice to gain admittance to both games as is the case in day-night doubleheaders. The decision to switch to doubleheaders was made by the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) as a way to reduce transportation costs. Though this would seemingly benefit the schools, sticking to the policy has been difficult. “Some games are split due to SAT or ACT testing dates or if individual schools have conflicts due to prom or other school functions,” said Head Coach

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Senior Shonn Rallita, pitcher, warms up his arm by throwing with his partner across the field. Mark Hirayama, who recalled having to split two doubleheader games each for such reasons. Though playing doubleheaders would appear to be more efficient, the policy has its drawbacks. “Fatigue is probably a main concern,” said Benitez, commenting on the strenuousness of playing

two games in rapid succession. However, he feels confident that their coach has gotten the team into good enough shape in preparation for the doubleheaders. Junior Jason Okamoto, second string for left and right field, also believed that the doubleheaders test “not only the players, but also the

have instructed us to do ... Meanwhile, other practices are being conducted by our jumping athletes, throwing individuals and pole vaulters ...” In preparation for the OIAs, the practices have begun to specialize and identify the strengths of the team that has qualified many students to advance into further competitions. “... To help us prepare, we go through running workouts Monday through Wednesday and concentrate solely on specialties — such as — other aspects of track such as starting blocks, jumps, hurdles and throwing on Thursdays ... We also have daily meetings to address notable events, grade checks and other things that should be brought to the team’s attention,” expressed Senior Aaron Ibrao, who participates in long jump events. Right now, the team is focusing on increasing their different strengths and overcoming obstacles that involve inexperienced participants. “I think one of the

biggest challenges we have is that we have such a young team ... ” mentioned Senior Lei Ann Chun, who participates in the hurdle events while also taking on the responsibility as the girls team captain. “Being the only girls sprinter captain, it’s hard to work on what I have to do and help everyone else at the same time. Another challenge we face is all the injuries we have,” she expressed. Chun also explained that although they often face challenges with injuries the coaches have stepped in and provided workouts and ways to rest their bodies. The team’s strength lies in their character and outlook on challenging their opponents, “Our strength is that we aren’t afraid to run against any team in the entire state of Hawaii. We are prepared and ready to face any challenges any team can give us,” stated Kong. On the other hand, Ibrao believes that it’s the size of team that gives them their edge. “Our strength is our depth. Be-

coaching staff, too” and that the doubleheaders do not offer much leeway for injuries. Senior Glenelle Nitta, right fielder for the Varsity Softball team commented, “… towards the middle of the second game, everyone begins to get tired and by the time the game is finished, everyone’s muscles are sore

and that can cause major injury.” However, like Benitez, they feel there has been an adequate amount of conditioning to prepare. While Nitta understands the reasons behind the policy, she feels that the people who created the policy were not taking the players into consideration. “They are so worried about saving money that they don’t think about the health of each athlete,” said Nitta. Hirayama understands the problems facing players and said, “Players at this level are not really used to playing two seven inning games, physically and mentally,” though he personally does not mind the policy. “It makes the game more of a chess match. You have to prepare more players to accommodate (for) the additional innings.” Despite the added stress this policy has created, it seems the Varsity Baseball and Softball teams have trained hard enough to meet this challenge head on.

Track and Field keeps positive in preparation for the OIAs By Angelica Sewake

The Track and Field team is progressing into the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIAs) with determination and perseverance as they begin to carry out intense practices with positive attitudes. They have recently completed a total of five meets. The girls team racked up 93 points, carrying them to first place, while the boys team earned 77.5 points, putting them in second place overall. Practices consist of weekly gatherings from Monday to Friday from 4–6 p.m. The track practices include, “... two warm up laps around the track, then we gather on the track and stretch out as a team with the captains up front ...” explained Senior Kenton Kong, who pole vaults for the team. He added, “Once we have stretched out we head to the eight lanes and warm up some more with several dynamic stretches our coaches

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In preparation for the OIAs, which will take place on May 2, Senior Lei Ann Chun practices going over hurdles for her events. cause our team is a moderate size, we have many people that could easily fill in for injured runners. For example, in the boys 4 x 100 meter relay, we had to make a change in the roster ..., ” explained Ibrao. Determined and working toward the OIAs, the track team remains positive

and continues to dedicate themselves to the many practices. “I’m not sure what the outcome of OIAs is going to be. But as long as everyone tries their best, that’s all that matters and all I can ask for,” Chun expressed. Staying hopeful and moving forward, the team will not disappoint, win or lose.

INTERACTIVE Unscramble the Text Mix Use the scrambled letters below to make as many words as possible that fit in the boxes.



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Aries (March 21 – April 19) The fourth quarter has begun and I bet you think it’s going to be easy. But beware because if you take it too lightly it may just turn into your worst nightmare. Even worse than the one about the toilet not being able to flush.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Your goal for this month is to get outdoors and spend some time in the sun and maybe play a little rugby on the side to toughen you up. Get away from your computer screen and rise from the dust of your basement.


Gemini (May 21 – June 21) Suddenly you will want to do a word puzzle. And look, two puzzles are conveniently there for you above. Become a pro at puzzles so eventually you can develop a sophisticted mind to control the universe.


Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Taking care of a pet tyrannosaurus rex has been troubling you lately. Or if you don’t own one, maybe you have a little brother or sister as a pet instead. Whatever the situation, just remember that when you do good deeds they will return to you. Go and take care of your pet, make sure they are well-groomed and fed.


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) If you were walking through Waikiki over spring break, you must have seen homeless people. You probably thought about doing something nice, like buying them a McMuffin sandwich from McDonalds or getting them a snazzy bow tie. You probably gave your entire wallet. And for that the gods up above are now pleased.


Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) For the rest of the school year you are only allowed to use one bathroom stall in

the entire school. You can’t use any other one, otherwise something will happen. Also, when crossing the street don’t walk ahead of any penguins. They might be offended that you walk faster and bite you. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) The next big purchase you need to make is a water slide. Even if you don’t own a pool, a water slide could be useful, especially if you have a bunk bed. Anyway, what you need to be careful of is not penguins crossing the street but making sure you only step on the white lines. Pretend the black is lava like you did when you were younger.



Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Since “Twilight” has come out on DVD you must have watched it at least ten times by now. Now your mission is to see how long you can go without even looking at the DVD cover. If you can go longer than two weeks you’ll

Because fate will always be inevitable be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And if you can’t last more than a day you have phengophobia – go look it up, then see a psychiatrist.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Do you realize that you have a problem? Ask your friends and they’ll know what I’m talking about. Avoid any falling objects from the sky. This means you’ll have to walk with your eyes looking up at all times, even when indoors. Promise me you absolutely won’t get hit by a cow.


Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Sorry, but the stars have told me that something unfortunate may happen to you within the next two months. You will either have a bad hair day, fall downstairs or wake up to find yourself lying on a humpback whale. But to counter your fate, staying away from apples and being a compassionate neighbor may help.


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) You need to embrace your “go green” personality. By the end of the year you will have to recycle at least $100 in cans and plastic bottles. Glass bottles don’t count. And don’t try to cheat because I’ll be watching to see if you make a trip to the Reynold’s Recycling truck at Town Center.


Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) I suggest that you invest in an iTouch because one day it may save your life. Like the day you didn’t have a lightsaber, there’s an app for that; or when you couldn’t find your way back home, there’s an app for that; and for that recent event where you needed to learn how to use chopsticks – guess what! There’s an app for that too. Compiled by Preston Miyashiro

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Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 7

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Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 7