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MHS team sweeps state Science Olympiad By Ryan Rustyn r.rustyn@trojantimes.org On March 6, MHS competed in the sixth annual Science Olympiad at Leeward Community College. MHS won first overall in the competition and will be Hawaii’s

representative at nationals which will be held at the University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign. The Science Olympiad is a science competition dealing with a variety of topics and events. Some topics require SEE SCIENCE, PAGE 5

Hype 5-0 takes third place on “America’s Best Dance Crew”

By Bianca Sewake b.sewake@trojantimes.org

The increasingly popular show “America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC),” which airs on MTV, showcases the top dance talents from crews across the country. For the first time in the history of “ABDC” a Hawaii-based

dance crew was able to land a spot on the season five show to compete for the title as America’s best. The crew, Hype 5-0, is made up of seven members from all over Oahu and has two alumni of SEE HYPE 5-0, PAGE 7

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MHS organizations participates in sixth annual vocational-based competition In the annual Hawaii Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) convention, students in vocational organizations across the state competed against members of their respective clubs from other schools. This year, MHS was represented

by students of Future Farmers of America (FFA), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and SkillsUSA. Coverage of the four clubs continues on pages 2 and 3.

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1. FCCLA (L-R) Row 1: S. Titcomb, N. Sjoquist. Row 2: T. Dela Sierra, E. Edwards, L. Kaneshiro, H. Ryan, J. Lizama, J. Ozaki, A.Del Valle, A. Del Mar. 2. SkillsUSA (L-R) Row 1: G. Kim, M. Hayase, J. Takayama, K. Nyuha, H. Saenz. Row 2: B. Tacadena, D. Leong, C. Cabico, C. Chio, B. Yogi, C. McGrath. Row 3: K. Guinto, C. Shigeta, S. Iwasaki, J. Garo, T. Dang. 3. FFA (L-R) Row 1: K. Oneha, T. Chun, L. Tsukuhara, S. Iwasaki, C. Yamada, R. Watanabe. Row 2: J. Boteilho, G. Wailehua, T. Roach, B. Calma. 4. HOSA (L-R) Row 1: J. Baxa, B. Acoba, J. Lee, N. Collelo, S. DeLeon, L. Hisamoto, A. Orense, N. Kawahara, R. China, M. Visperas. Row 2: D. Hamamoto, B. Daranciang, J. Simpliciano, J. Lee, C. Matsuo, J. Sandvig, B. Au-Stein, B. Orta, D. Bongbonga, S. Chung, L. Kishi, J. Maligro, D. Mariano, A. Deguchi, E. Thomas, K. Hiyoto, N. Namoca, A. Aczon, A. Lacaran, J. Tamashiro, N. Carlos, J. Kim.


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Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

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Career Health Display (Team) Nicole Kawahara, 11 - 2nd Place Allen Dominick Orense, 12 2nd Place

By Caitlin Kelly

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Concepts of Health Care (Knowledge Test) John Sandvig, 11 - 1st place Rance China, 12 - 3rd Place

On March 22, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) participated in a conference at the Hawaii Convention Center. In this one-day conference, students engaged in a competition that tested their knowledge of health-related fields. Winners from this conference will go on to the national competition which takes place in Orlando, FL from June 23-26. Categories that the competition included were Health Education, Career Health Display, Medical Reading, Concepts of Health Care, Clinical Specialty and Medical Spelling. “The purpose of the competition is to see how well they match up with others across the state in various categories which test for knowledge or understanding of health careers, knowledge and skills,” explained HOSA Adviser Candace Chun. Sophomore Brianna Daranciang, a participant in the Medical Reading category, explained the process of the competition. “The category that my team and I competed in was Medical

Health Education (Team) Brittney Acoba, 11 - 1st Place Joleen-Taylor Baxa, 11 - 1st Place Shanyn Chung, 12 - 2nd Place Lance Kishi, 12 - 2nd Place Jenna Maligro, 12 - 2nd Place

Photo courtesy of HOSA Adviser Candace Chun Hawaii State HOSA Officers Shanyn Chung, Lauryn Mow, Lance Kishi and Jenna Maligro, seniors, are recognized for their accomplishments by Representative Marilyn Lee at the Hawaii Convention Center after the day-long conference they participated in. Reading, where we were required to read a set of books − this year, there were five books − and then participate in the HOSA competition to see how well we understood and interpreted them.” Preparation for the competition included extensive research and memorization. “(Chun) would ask us questions from the book and see how well and how long it took us to respond. She would give us feedback in some of our responses and told us how we could improve,” Daranciang explained. The students’ work paid off and MHS was honored

with several awards. Junior Brittney Acoba was awarded with the National Recognition Program Award, while MHS HOSA was awarded with the National Service Project Recognition. Senior Jenna Maligro, Hawaii HOSA State President, earned the title of Outstanding State Leader. The Barbara James Service/Presidential Volunteer Service Gold was awarded to Senior Jade Simpliciano for contributing 250 hours of community service. Participants felt that they gained skills from the experience which could be used later on. “The conference is

Future Farmers of America (FFA) By Kelli-Anne Ho k.ho@trojantimes.org

The students of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) traveled to Maui over the weekend of March 26 to March 28 to compete in the club’s annual state convention. Students placed in the top three for Agriculture Demonstration, Creed Recitation, Prepared Public Speaking, Corsage Making and Plant Identification. To be a member of FFA, one must be enrolled in an agriculture class at MHS and so over the course of this school year, students were able to utilize time in and out of class to prepare for competitions. FFA Adviser Jeffrey Yamaguchi was not surprised at how well his students performed in states

Photo courtesy of Senior Stephanie Iwasaki Juniors Bryson Calma and Chase Yamada, Seniors Taryn Chun, Karlen Oneha, Lauren Tsukuhara, Stephanie Iwasaki, Junior GareeLynn Wailehua, Senior Joey Boteilho, Sophomore Thomas Roach and Junior Reid Watanabe. because “they practiced a lot and they knew what they could do,” he said. “We did as good as we expected.” Although the qualifications for each event varied, the standards remained the same for both the district and state level competitions. “The state competition was a lot more formal and serious, but generally they were

the same. At the state competition, there were outer island chapters and a lot more people,” explained FFA President Taryn Chun, senior. Chun placed second in both Prepared Public Speaking and in Corsage Making with partner and FFA Treasurer Lauren Tsukahara, senior. “When I got second for public speaking I

designed to allow students to compete in college level tests and skills all related to the medical field which really pushes them to a higher level. Also, by going to this conference you get to network with other schools, which I feel is extremely beneficial,” said Maligro. The hard work of the HOSA members ended up paying off and many of them will move on to nationals. This gathering of students with a common passion for the healthcare field was a great opportunity for HOSA members to expand their range of knowledge.

was a little shocked. I had to improvise during my speech because I forgot a few lines and just laughed under my breath when I messed up,” commented Chun. “But ultimately I think Mililani did really well and I’m proud of everyone.” The overall experience was worthwhile for those in FFA; Senior Stephanie Iwasaki, who placed third in Corsage Making along with Senior Karlen Oneha, felt that she “gained experience and knowledge in the world of competition.” Nationals would be the next step for those successful at states, but the qualifying events from the state level to the national level are limited because the FFA organization was established in Hawaii before it came into existence nationally. Thus, many events of the state competition do not align with those of the national competition.

Medical Reading (Team) Nicole Colello, 12 - 1st Place Samantha DeLeon, 12 - 1st Place Liane Hisamoto, 12 - 1st Place Brianna Daranciang, 10 - 2nd Place Ashley Layco, 11 - 2nd Place Carianne Matsuo, 11 - 2nd Place Medical Spelling Jae Yun Lee, 10 - 1st Place Myrna Joy Visperas, 11 - 3rd Place Barbara James Service/Presidential Volunteer Service (250 hours) Jade Simpliciano, 12 - Gold National Recognition Program Award Brittney Acoba, 11 Outstanding State Leader Jenna Maligro, 12 (Hawaii HOSA State President) National Service Project Recognition MHS HOSA

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Agriculture Demonstration Bryson Calma, 11 - 2nd place Creed Recitation Reid Watanabe, 11 - 3rd place Corsage Making Taryn Chun, 12 - 2nd place Lauren Tsukahara, 12 - 2nd place Karlen Oneha, 12 - 3rd place Stephanie Iwasaki, 12 - 3rd place Plant ID Lauren Tsukahara, 12 - 1st place Reid Watanabe, 11 - 1st place Prepared Public Speaking Taryn Chun, 12 - 2nd place

Those who placed in the top three for Public Speaking, Job Interview or Creed Recitation will be able to move onto the national competition, though none from MHS will, due to financial issues.


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By Bianca Sewake

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Sixteen students of the graphics department, who belong to the SkillsUSA organization, have worked busily since last year for their annual competition. This year it was held at the Hawaii State Convention Center on Monday, March 22. They represented MHS in this state-wide competition and will be going to the national competition. “Students from across the state (fourteen schools) came to compete in a variety of co-curricular competitions for the organization SkillsUSA,” explained Industrial Arts Teacher Tom Falenofoa. “Our competition is part of the larger CTSO convention which also includes FCCLA, HOSA and DECA/FBLA,” he said. The students arrived the day before competition and started early the following morning. The day began with an opening ceremony and then, students went to their designated locations, depending on what category they were competing in. The different areas the students competed in in-

Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Photo courtesy of Junior Kara Nyuha After dedicating hours of work putting her promotional board together, Junior Kara Nyuha displays it at the state-wide CTSO competition. Nyuha took first place and will be going to nationals in June. cluded Architectural Drafting, Advertising Design, Automotive Service Technology, Cabinetry, Carpentry, Internetworking, Job Interview, Job Skills Demonstration, Prepared Speech, Promotional Bulletin Board, Related Technical Math, Television Production and Statesman Award. While most students have been working since third quarter, others, like SkillsUSA President Kara Nyuha, junior, have been preparing “for a very, very long time since last year.” Nyuha is among the students who will be going to

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“It’s not all about winning. Even though we went there to compete, you were also able to learn how to become a good leader and a better person.”

On March 22, the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) participated in the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) competitions at the Hawaii Convention Center and won a number of awards. Students won gold medals in Culinary Arts, silvers in Chapter Showcase Manual and Chapter Service Project Manual and blue ribbons in Knife Cutting. “The whole competition is usually about your leadership skills as a person because FCCLA members really strive to become better leaders,” said Sophomore Naomi Sjoquist. Sjoquist and partners Sophomore Heather Ryan and Junior Shannon Titcomb won silver in the Chapter Showcase Manual category of the competition.

Ryan said, “We had to make a scrapbook about what our club did throughout the year and put it together with pictures and quotes.” Ryan, Sjoquist and Titcomb were replacements for the original three girls who were going to make the scrapbook. Another category at the competition that MHS placed in was Culinary Arts. To participate in the competition, the students had to try out in a cook-off in class. After being picked for the competition team, they put in over one hundred hours of practice. “We all already knew each other from before so the chemistry of the team was instant and working together was a breeze,” said Junior Erika Edwards. Edwards and Seniors Jo-

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nationals after winning the gold medal for their promotional bulletin boards. With much time and effort put into preparing for the competition, eleven of the sixteen students placed in the competition or received the Statesman Award. The students were pleased with their final products. “I thought everyone did a pretty good job,” stated Senior Bryson Yogi, who won the gold medal in the Job Interview category. He continued, “I mean, if you look at everyone who did something that has a final product like the promo-

tional bulletin boards, you can tell that they definitely put a lot of time into it.” Their teachers were also satisfied with the results of the competition. “The teachers are all very proud of the students who participated in the competition and very happy for the winners,” said Falenofoa. “Our students represented (MHS) very well; they competed with the best technical students in the state.” After placing in the different categories, the students will get a chance to compete at the national level, where they will have to improve their projects. “I have to work on my board and basically just make it better, improve it,” stated Nyuha. “So, I have a lot to do before competition and then practice my speech,” she continued. Although going to nationals will have the students working harder to make their projects better, they are anticipating the competition. “I feel pretty excited going to nationals,” said Yogi. The teachers look forward to seeing their students compete. “We are obviously very happy that we have so many students representing

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both (MHS) and Hawaii at the SkillsUSA national convention; we are also very confident that they will perform at a level that both we and they can be proud of,” stated Falenofoa. With only two months left to prepare, the students will be diligently improving projects for the national competition that will be held in Kansas City, MO from June 19-25. SkillsUSA

Advertising Design Cory Shigeta, 12 - 2nd Place Internetworking Mallory Hayase, 11 - 1st Place Jordan Takayama, 12 - 2nd Place Duane Leong, 12 - 3rd Place Job Interview: Bryson Yogi, 12 - 1st Place Promotional Bulletin Board Kara Nyuha, 11 - 1st Place Heather Saenz, 12 - 2nd Place Related Technical Math: Tru Dang, 10 - 3rd Place Television (Video) Production: Grace Kim, 11 - 1st Place Brandon Tacadena, 11 - 1st Place Statesman Award: Tru Dang, 10 Cailin Cabico, 12

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Culinary Arts Tawni Dela Sierra,12 - Gold Medal Erika Edwards, 11 - Gold Medal JosephAnthonyLizama,12-GoldMedal Chapter Showcase Manual Heather Ryan, 10 - Silver Medal Naomi Sjoquist, 10 - Silver Medal Shannon Titcomb, 11 - Silver Medal

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Photo courtesy of Sophomore Heather Ryan Members of FCCLA gather together for a group picture after they completed their presentations for the Chapter Showcase Manual and Chapter Service Project Manual categorieds. (L-R) Senior Lexi Kaneshiro, Sophomore Heather Ryan, Junior Shannon Titcomb, Sophomore Naomi Sjoquist and Junior Jenna Ozaki. seph Anthony Lizama and Tawni Dela Sierra all won gold medals. Edwards will go on to nationals. “The reason that I am the only one going to nationals is because we weren’t judged as a team, but on an individual basis. I had a little bit of a higher score than them which caused me to place in the top three,” explained Edwards.

In the Chapter Service Project Manual category, Senior Lexi Kaneshiro and Junior Jenna Ozaki won silver medals. Seniors April Jean Del Mar, Amber Del Valle and Chelsey Silva received blue ribbons in the Knife Cutting category. Although it was a competition, FCCLA members gained more than just med-

Knife Cutting April Jean Del Mar, 12 - Blue Ribbon Amber Del Valle, 12 - Blue Ribbon Chelsey Silva, 11 - Blue Ribbon Chapter Service Project Manual Lexi Kaneshiro, 12 - Silver Medal Jenna Ozaki, 11 - Silver Medal

als; they gained knowledge and experience. “It’s not all about winning,” stated Sjoquist. “Even though we went there to compete, you were also able to learn how to become a good leader and a better person,” she added. Altogether, MHS managed to produce eleven FCCLA members that won medals or ribbons in the CTSO competition.


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Senior Prom to be a night of “Romance”

New in campus: Benny Agbayani

By Matthew Ambrosecchio and Jaclyn Knitter m.ambrosecchio@trojantimes.org j.knitter@trojantimes.org

The final year of high school is coming to a close for the MHS Class of 2010 and one of the last major events of the year will give seniors the opportunity to have one more unforgettable memory. This year’s Senior Prom, taking place on Saturday, April 17 will be celebrated at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. The theme, “Passport to Romance,” was chosen over the summer by the Senior Class Council and also coincides with this year’s senior theme, “Passport to the World.” The initiation of the concept “began at homecoming and it’s based on the idea that (seniors) will be heading out into the real world as young adults and you have the world at your fingertips,” explained Senior Class Adviser Sutton Tucker. “The theme for prom is Paris,” she added. The French theme extends into the more romantic side of the prom, in hopes of making the event very memorable. The festivity will include “a wonderful DJ and we will have some digital highlights on a screen, and there may be a performer or two; we

Mililani High’s Senior Class Presents:

“Passport to Romance” MHS Senior Prom April 17, 2010 Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballrooms 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

are still auditioning. But it’s at the Hilton, which has a nice ambiance and the food will be great,” Tucker explained. This month, the seniors will be attending their last high school prom with friends and peers. Seniors Sarah Andrade, Daniel Lyons and Rachel Gregory, who plan on attending the prom, are mostly looking forward to spending time with friends at the

event. “I expect to have fun, dance with my friends and have a good time ... It’s like the last prom and it only happens once in your life,” said Andrade. Lyons is also looking forward to prom because of “the rocking party, sweet tunes, (and) seeing all (his) friends dressed up.” Gregory plans on “going with a group of friends and we all agreed that we

would have to go stag ... (we’ll) probably just mingle and dance and eat.” There is also the issue of arranging transportation to the event. “I think we might just ride down in a limo together,” said Gregory, of her and her friends. April 17 promises to be a night of excitement; a muchanticipated milestone will be met in our seniors’ high school experience.

Former Kipapa students revisit the past at Kipapa dinner By Landen Muasau

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The Kipapa Elementary School Class of 2003 Reunion Dinner was held on Thursday, April 1 for the graduating seniors of 2010 that attended Kipapa Elementary School. It was a chance to spend a final moment with old teachers and friends. Besides having activities and food, the dinner was organized with the intent to “relive memories, to reconnect. It’s our last year of high school as seniors, who knows when we’ll see each other again?” said Senior Tatiana Yukawa. It was an “opportunity for the former Kipapa students to reconnect before they go their separate ways,” said former Kipapa

Principal and Kipapa Foundation President Elsie Tanaka. The seniors were greeted by former teachers and signed in while old May Day videos played. “(It’s funny to see) how nerdy we looked,” Senior Steven Ilac said. Yukawa said, “Our mindsets have changed; we’ve all grown up so much and we’re all getting into different things. It seems so far away from the fifth grade when we are all singing together,” Ilac added, “You’d never see us doing that at this age, I guess watching each other grow up is kind of cool.” As the seniors spent one last time together, the staff of Kipapa Elementary shared

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Students line up to sign in for the Kipapa Elementary School Class of 2003 Reunion Dinner to reconnect with old friends. their hopes that the students are successful in whatever they pursue in life, and continue the friendships made in Kipapa. “(I hope they realize) that their friendships that began at Kipapa School can continue and that they

feel a sense of community and support,” said Tanaka. The senior dinner was a great turnout to an unforgettable night. It was possible with the support of many people that helped planned the event.

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New amongst the hardworking staff at MHS is Educational Assistant (EA) Benny Agbayani who was previously a professional baseball player most recently for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. He started at MHS on Monday, Feb. 8 and helps out in Plants and Animals of Hawaii, Algebra I and Geometry classes. Agbayani has played baseball professionally for seventeen years. “Last year I played in Japan and came home to decide what would be next for me,” said Agbayani. He continued, “Talking to a lot of people, I decided to take a job at Mililani High School.” Agbayani said, “(I look forward to) having a(n) enjoyable experience, interacting with students and sharing my thought about what each student can accomplish.” Agbayani’s favorite part of his job is “getting to know the students and guiding them in the right direction.” Science Teacher Mary Miura-Aguinaldo thinks he’s off to a good start. She said, “The students are very comfortable with him − some started joking with him the first day!” Of his first day, she added, “I think it went very well.” Agbayani plans to return next year as an EA. His professional baseball career and travels should prove to be a valuable asset.


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Exemplary work showcased at Trojan Showcase By Camille Marsden

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In many schools, the exemplary work done by the students often goes unnoticed. At MHS, however, this is not the case. In an effort to recognize the hard work done by students, MHS hosted a Trojan Showcase on March 3, the first in several years. The event was held in the cafeteria and had contributions from each department including performances, display boards with examples of work and sculptures and paintings, portraying how well the students of MHS have done so far in the year. “Well, it is a lot of effort to pull all of the teachers together to do this, but I think it’s worthwhile,” said Principal John Brummel. He continued, “I think the teachers felt it was worthwhile, and I think they’re going to think of other creative ways to show what kids are doing in their classes, and just other things besides this, and I

think that’s neat, and I think that they should be proud of what they’re doing in school. I encourage this type of activity.” While a lot of effort went into making the Trojan Showcase possible, it was clearly a success based on the number of projects being shown and the parents and students who came to view these projects. To add variety to the evening, there were several performances throughout the night. The Spanish 3 class performed two salsas, the Polynesian club performed a hula and the Central Theatre Arts Academy performed a few scenes from “The Illiad, the Odyssey, and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less.” Another interesting display of the night was the Drawing and Painting Level 3 class, where students painted live and showed the techniques that they were taught in class while parents and students observed. Fine Arts Teacher Ruth Ravina-Koethe said, “It definitely was (a success). I was surprised by the number of people that came; I was actually afraid

that we were going to put this all together and there wasn’t going to be anybody here, but I was actually happy with the number of people who came.” Teachers weren’t the only ones presenting. Senior Samantha DeLeon came to the Trojan Showcase to present her Senior Project. She said, “I’m presenting my Senior Project, which I did during summer school, and it’s on Filipino food and its relation to heart disease, because a lot of Filipinos in Hawaii have cardiovascular problems. So I wanted to do an informative presentation, like for the community, so I went to the Filipino Club, and senior citizens in Waipahu, and I did a presentation for them.” The overall response to the Trojan Showcase was positive. Senior Kiara Thomas said, “I think it’s pretty cool; students who don’t really know what’s going on can see what’s going on and parents who don’t know what’s going on at school can find out, so it’s very informational.” English Teacher Jennifer Laxton said,

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Senior Shawntee Merrick displays skills learned in her Drawing and Painting 3 class, while painting live at the Trojan Showcase. “I’m really happy with (the Trojan Showcase). There’s a good number of people and lots of displays. It seems to be going really well.” Based on the good turnout, variety of presentations, overall

Chess Club captures top spot Science

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By Cyrus Takahashi

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On Saturday, March 13, the school’s Chess Club competed at the 2010 State Scholastic Chess Championships, earning the title of “State Scholastic Champs” with two members winning in their grade divisions and one earning an invitation to the national Denker Tournament to be held in Irvine, CA in late July. The competition was held at Washington Middle School and consisted of chess team members from about ten schools from across the state playing off against each other and scoring points for wins and ties. In the end, MHS was able to tie for first with Kamehameha. “The team got off to a shaky start but was able to pull it around with the aid of

(Freshman) Stephen Mau and (Junior) Ryan Jose Palomares,” said Chess Club President Christopher Hakoda, senior. Mau and Palomares were named the 9th Grade Champ and 11th Grade Co-champ respectively, and Mau has received an invitation to represent Hawaii at the 2010 Denker Tournament of High School Champions from July 31 to Aug. 3. Participants are eligible for a number of scholarships and bonus awards based on their performance. In addition to producing Hawaii’s representative to the Denker Tournament, the team as a whole was proud of their overall achievement and naming as the state champions. “It’s a fantastic honor for those that participated and knowing that we represented the school in such a way is

great,” said Hakoda. Mau said, “It feels great. We all realized that all our work paid off.” To prepare for the competition, members met every Tuesday for two-hour practice sessions against each other, occasionally with the help of a tutor. “Essentially, our team is self-taught; they work really well together to encourage and help each other’s game,” said Chess Club Adviser Vanessa Humphreys. For now, the chess season has ended in Hawaii and members are already preparing for the tournaments next school year. However, Mau now has just over three months to get ready for the Denker Tournament against the nation’s top high school chess players.

teams to build specific structures such as bridges, rockets and cars or build a structure of their choice to do tasks such as count time. Other events had students attempt to define diseases or participate in labs. In all events, students had a team to work with. Sophomore Chad Uyehara, who won gold in the Elevated Bridge event, credited his win to having the help of a teammate. “(Senior Christopher Hakoda) was experienced in the competition and helped me design and assemble the bridge,” said Uyehara. MHS has gone to the Hawaii Science Olympiad every year since its start. This familiarity helped the team focus on the task at hand. “We went in knowing that we had prepared and if we didn’t do well at least we tried our best,” said Senior Cyrus Takahashi.

satisfaction of the attendees and Brummel’s encouragement of such activities, MHS students and teachers can hope to have the Trojan Showcase become an annual event.

While the competition only lasted a day, the team had been prepared months in advance. Students stayed after school to study, practice and make trial runs. “We’ve built two bridges before today, we literally just do the same event seeing how much sand it could hold. For Picture This! (an event like Pictonary for scientific terms) they would come after school every day and practice, and Egg-o-naut (students launched a bottle rocket into the air with an egg on top and the egg had to land safely) they just launched the rocket until they got it right,” said Science Teacher Namthip Sitachitta, the team coach. Now that MHS has won, they will advance to nationals in Illinois. The team believes it would be a good experience and have planned with Principal John Brummel to minimize the cost per person. However, if they choose not to go, MHS can defer and let the second place team take their spot in representing Hawaii in nationals.


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April 15, 2010

“Aida” rehearsals rock the house By Matthew Ambrosecchio and Farah Schumacher

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The Central Theatre Arts Academy (CTAA) promises action and romance in its upcoming musical “Aida.” Written by rock legend Elton John, this musical satisfies a wide range of musical tastes, incorporating rock guitars, classical pianos and contemporary vocal arrangements. “Aida” has been adapted several times due to its popularity on Broadway and with students studying theater. “(‘Aida’ is) about an Egyptian captain fighting a war against neighboring Egypt’s country, Nubia,;and he captures a group of slaves,” said Junior Lucas Bender, who plays the villain Zoser. “He falls in love with one of the Nubian slaves he captures, and it turns out she is the Nubian princess,” he said. The cast began rehearsals by studying with Musical Director Kenji Higashihama, who also directed the Manoa Valley Theatre production “Hair.” Complete runthroughs for the play last “from 3 p.m. and end around 5:30 or 6 p.m. depending on

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Juniors Andrew Baker, Charity Culp and Francis Empeno, who play Radames, Aida and Mereb, respectively, portray the death of Mereb, Aida’s friend, in the upcoming musical “Aida.” how much improvement we need, (if) we have to figure anything out or if (CTAA Director Jamie Stroud) wanted to tell us how good we did,” said Junior Francis Empeno. “Aida,” unlike past musicals, poses several challenges to the student actors. Since the characters are not widely known and are from a different culture, it is hard to get a feel of the character. “I play the villain, so the most difficult part is

getting the level of malice right, because the character isn’t overly upfront and evil; he’s very conniving,” said Bender, continuing, “that’s the hardest part – to get that range of emotions. Not too much and not too little.” Since “Aida” was developed for Broadway, the musical demands of the cast are great. Bender added, “(‘Aida’ has) really hard music. We have a school version, so some of the songs are in a slightly

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lower key. For example, my song, I sing it in a lower key than in the original score, but some of the other people like Aida (played by Junior Charity Culp) – she is doing some crazy stuff.” Although the cast has faced several difficulties, there is a lot of promise in their show. “We haven’t done a rock musical before

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so it’s different than the other things we’ve done … (but) I think it’ll be excellent; we have some really good singers and great performers” said Stroud. “Aida” opens Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. and will also have shows on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

Springfest presents Winterline and Winterguard By Michelle Choe

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The MHS Winter Drum Line A, Winter Drum Line B and Winterguard have been working hard - a fact made clear from their performance at the Mililani Springfest 2010, held at the MHS Gym on March 28. Springfest was an opportunity for these groups to showcase what they’ve been working on for the past winter season and was the culmination of the hard work on the part of both the students and the teachers. The night began with Winter Drum Line B, which started off the show performing some of the exercises they learned over

the course of their practices in the winter season. They ended their show with a cadence piece, which was the main piece that the group worked on. This group featured students from grades as low as seventh, and was an opportunity for these students to familiarize themselves with a marching instrument. “It’s basically to get the feel of what drum line is all about,” explained Sophomore Cassie Kawamata. The next performance was from the Winter Drum Line A, who performed their show entitled “Equus,” based off the song by Eric Whitacre. “(It’s) a lot of repetition and a lot of different layers. A lot of

different parts,” Kawamata said. The Winter Drum Line had a fun experience during this season. “I like practices,” said Junior Kimberly Tatsuyama. “I like playing (vibraphone) for winter season … It’s enjoyable.” Afterwards, Leilehua’s Winterguard performed “Bali-1965 Liberation and Freedom.” The final performance of the night was that of the MHS Winterguard and it was their last performance before their trip to Winter Guard International (WGI) at Dayton, OH. They performed their show to the song “World” by Five for Fighting. “Throughout the show, while we’re performing, we’re kind of

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Junior Nicholas Tuvera and Senior Jordan Tansiongco, both members of Winter Drum Line A, focus on their show, “Equus.” showing the audience what kind of world that we want, you know, and at the end of the show, we all hold up these signs that have different words, like diversity, love, peace, representing, I guess, kind of what we want from

the world that we have,” said Senior Dharyl Bongbonga. All the groups put in a lot of time and effort into their shows. At Springfest, they showed the audience the fruits of their labor.


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April 15, 2010

Nationally-acclaimed septet jazzes up MHS music students

By Jayna Kitazaki

On Wednesday, March 24, music students were able to attend an assembly held by the National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Septet, nationally-acclaimed Vocalist Lisa Henry and Grammy-nominated Saxophonist Antonio Hart. During this presentation, they introduced students to jazz music and its history in America. Their trip here was made possible by the Thelonius Monk Institute that works to spread the history of jazz music everywhere, as well as exposing students to different kinds of genres. “The Monk Institute is currently housed in eleven different art schools around the country. (They) pick seven (students) from each school, they make a combo, from these combos they pick (one student) for this All-Star group,” said Stephen Gladney, a member of the All-Star Jazz Septet.

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“Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz National Performing Arts High School is a peerto-peer program, which is part of the national performing arts high school program, has been going since 2006,” said Sarah Andrew Wilson, National Director of Education Outreach of the Monk Institute. The All-Star Jazz Septets fly in from all across the country and visit high schools. Music Teacher Bryan Hirata stated, “It’s a good opportunity to watch students their own age perform and see the quality that’s possible from students and also it’s a good opportunity (to) learn from these professionals we have here.” Monday, March 22, was the All-Star Septet’s first time playing together. “They’re all such great musicians that they can come and play with anyone and put on a good show,” says Wilson. After school, the All-Star Jazz Septets and Hart went to the band rooms and sat

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Students learn better technique from Saxophonist Antonio Hart, whose experience earned him a Grammy nomination. down with the MHS Jazz Band for a workshop on how they can improve their skill when playing their instruments. At the same time, another workshop was being held just down the hall for vocalists. In the choral room, Henry and the chorus students were practicing songs and their singing voice. She helped the students with their confidence and their feel of the rhythm. Although Hart and Henry were in different rooms,

they both espoused the same rule. An artist can play an instrument or sing well, but it doesn’t matter if the audience does not feel the performance. Many of the students were able to build up their confidence and others found a lot of helpful tips. Having the septets, Hart and Henry come here to the school and working with them is something that students will not forget and maybe have something to look forward to in their future.

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MHS, Brittnie Aguilar and Joshua Ulep. They are joined by Casey Kalahiki of Kaimuki High School, Marc Duey of Kapolei High School, Allen Pascual of Campbell High School, Jon Ramones of Waipahu High School and Will Soares of Aiea High School. All of the members met at Hyper Squad Dance Company. “We actually do the elite class at the dance studio called The Hype,” said Aguilar. “And I guess we all became so close like a family. We started to treat it more as a crew. Rather than having like an hour class on Thursday, we decided to practice more often, hang out, be more of a crew,” she said. With thirty people in The Hype, these seven were chosen to make up a crew and were flown out to Los Angeles for the season five “ABDC” auditions in December 2009. Season five was not the only time Hype 5-0 auditioned for the show. “Well, Hype actually auditioned for season three, season

Arianne Cablay | Na Mana o Poina ole In the 2008-2009 school year, MHS Alumna Brittnie Aguilar danced with Hyper Squad. A year and a half later, her involvement with dancing took her to compete nationally on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”

four and season five,” stated Aguilar. After their third attempt for the show, they finally received a callback. “We were really excited. We all cried,” said Aguilar. Many sacrifices were made in order for Hype 5-0 to be on “ABDC.” “I actually was on the (University of Hawaii) Dance Team and I had a scholarship for that,” said Aguilar, continuing, “I quit that because like all the practices would interfere so I had to choose either UH

Dance Team or Hype and I chose Hype,” she said. Scholarships weren’t the only sacrifices. Ramones missed his own high school graduation when he auditioned for season four auditions. The crew competed against fifteen other crews throughout the season and ended up placing third. Aguilar said, “Right now, we’re practicing for the performance for the finale. All the crews came back and so

now we’re doing group performances,” she said. By becoming the first dance crew from Hawaii to make it this far, Hype 5-0 has a message to other dance crews on Oahu. “Follow your dreams no matter what it is,” said Aguilar. “It’s always possible.” After making it on “ABDC,” Hype 5-0 has become an inspiration and now Hawaii is known to have a growing hip-hop dance scene.

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Hey Trojans! The end of the year is approaching! Aren’t you excited? I know I am! I am excited for the prom, End of the Year Assembly, and graduation! This month we had an Easter Spirit Day. On March 30, ASMHS went around campus and hid over one hundred plastic eggs. In each egg there was a note telling the lucky person to report to B-105 for their prize. On March 31, we had our annual Foodbank collection. This year our goal was to collect over two thousand pounds worth of food. We also have the privilege to hold an End of The Year Assembly. The theme is the “Final Countdown” and during this week we will be having our End of the Year Sprit Week. Please stay tuned to your morning bulletin for the specifics. On April 22 some students from MHS will be able to participate in the annual Preschool Play Day held at the Mililani District Park. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and have fun! On April 27, we will be having our last Senate meeting of the year. The Senate meeting will be held in the cafeteria during period 1. The following day, we have our ASMHS Induction Ceremony. During this special time we will be honoring all outgoing and incoming officers as well as advisers. On April 29, we will have our End of the Year Assembly, the “Final Countdown.” at Kauinana Stadium. It is about time for me to wrap it up! I will talk to you soon. Be safe and study hard.


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April 15, 2010

Chosen Trojans

Takahashi to represent MHS in national level chemistry exam

By Camille Marsden

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For most students, spending several hours participating in a very competitive chemistry exam as part of the Chemistry Olympiad would be extremely hard. However, Senior Cyrus Takahashi and nine other high school chemistry students who achieved the top ten scores in the state on a local level exam, have the motivational drive, desire and talent to participate in such an exam. On April 23, the students will move on to the national competition of the Chemistry Olympiad. The Chemistry Olympiad is a taxing competition in which high school students are tested to find the most talented chemistry students in the country. When the top

To the Point On March 31, MHS held its annual canned food drive for the Hawaii Food Bank. A variety of canned soups, vegetables, meats and meals were collected through clubs and Advisory classes. The Interact Club donated the most out of all the classes and clubs with 175 cans. In total, the school raised $250 and collected about 1000 pounds of food. Compiled by Ryan Rustyn r.rustyn@trojantimes.org

students in the country are found, they then compete on an international level, competing against highperforming students from several other countries in the world in the International Chemistry Olympiad. In the Chemistry Olympiad, students all over the country take a local level exam. The scores from the exam are looked over, and the top two highest testers from each participating school are chosen. This group is narrowed down further and the top ten from each state are chosen. Science Teacher Namthip Sitachitta explained, “What happens is that these ten guys, they have to go to Honolulu Community College on April 23. They will have to take an exam, which consists of three parts. First, they will have multiple choice and then they will have labs (and then a problem solving portion). It will be a whole day of exams. And from there … they’ll pick the top twenty students to go to Colorado for two weeks to study. And from that twenty students they pick the top four that will represent the United States, and they will compete in Tokyo, Japan.” Takahashi first got involved with the Chemistry Olympiad because all Advanced Placement (AP)

Chemistry classes are required to participate, but preparation was hard. He said, “Sitachitta let us take the exams from previous years and we could’ve also gone onto the American Chemical Society website to get other years’ exams so I looked through those a little. There really wasn’t anything you could study, because it covered the entire year’s material, so you either read the whole book, or you take (the exam) hoping you remember what you learned.” Despite the grueling nature of the exam, Sitachitta is hopeful. “This year we have (Takahashi). He doesn’t talk much, but he’s good.” Based on previous success, Sitachitta has reason to expect great things. “Two years ago was (Alumnus) Phillip Mocz, and he made it all the way to nationals, so he went to Colorado. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the top four; he really wanted to though. Last year, we had two that made to the top ten in the state which were (Alumni) Lucia Mocz and Daniel Lee.” As long as Takahashi remains focused and does what he can to prepare, it is likely that MHS’ Chemistry Olympiad streak of success will continue on at the National level.

Bulacan places in Healthy Hawaii Teen Video Contest

By Jaclyn Knitter

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March’s 2010 Healthy Hawaii Teen Video Contest drew entries from schools all over Hawaii, with the main theme being health awareness. Of the entries submitted by MHS students, one received second place in the Teen Health category and an additional $400 prize. The winning video’s creator, Senior Nicole Bulacan, also attended the Student Television Network (STN) Convention held at Disneyland in California on March 2 to celebrate her passion for filmmaking, along with her videomaking team (Senior Edward Birtodaso, Juniors Colby Lum and Brandon Tacadena) and students from schools across the country. The Healthy Hawaii Teen Video Contest was open to students in video-making classes. “The contest was to promote healthy lifestyles for teens and to convey it in media form. Basically, you chose from a list of categories, such as social health, which was my category, along with others like street and Internet safety, drug or alcohol abuse, etc. The contest was schoolrelated; only high schools and middle schools could enter and it was meant to create awareness within teens,” said Bulacan. Bulacan first heard about the contest from Digital Media Teacher Shelly McCharen. “When you’re in electronic media,

all you ever do besides the morning bulletin is enter contests. McCharen gives us flyers showing what contest we can enter, what the requirements are and lets us do whatever we want with our videos,” shared Bulacan. The contest initially interested her because of the opportunity to be creative and have fun with the project. “I chose the category ‘social health,’ because I knew that I could make a cool video by just having fun with it and going with the flow … It was the (most fun) day I went filming and I think it really showed throughout the final piece,” she said. McCharen was just as excited when she was first informed of the contest results. “I was very happy for her. One of her goals this year was to win something for the class, so I knew she would be excited when she found out,” said McCharen. Over the past two years in which she mentored Bulacan, McCharen has seen that “(Bulacan) is a wonderful student and leader in class. She enjoys making videos for class and for the contests. She is a hard worker and a good example to her peers in class.” As for the prize money, all $400 were donated to the school, which helped pay for media department-related equipment and next year’s STN competition fees. The next big project Bulacan plans to work on is the STN Spring Nationals; her team will create a video with an emphasis on comedy and entertaining an audience. Video contests give many students like Bulacan the opportunity to showcase their creativity and win prizes for their schools. With dedication, imagination and spirit, Bulacan won second place in one of the state’s most prestigious filmmaking competitions and got a chance to participate in a national convention.


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Innovative use of art during teaching wins Gearen Tom Adams Award By Michelle Choe

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English Teacher Claire Gearen is to be one of the distinguished recipients of the Tom Adams Award, given by the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation for her outstanding submissions when applying for the Good Idea Grant. The Tom Adams award is given to the teacher whose applications for the Good Idea Grant display outstanding initiative and creativity. Gearen first wrote an essay when applying for a grant and wrote another reflection afterwards that detailed how the year went and what possibilities the grant had for carrying over to other schools and classrooms. Gearen was awarded this prize due to her submission for the grant, which she used to purchase art, or the rights to images. “The idea is to better teach a literary period through the use of art in conjunction with the literature,” Gearen explained. The plan is to fully implement this vision next year with her American Literature class, since most of the art selected was geared towards that group. “There’s just more American art avail-

able and (it’s) very closely connected to literary eras,” she said. Gearen had big ideas for incorporating art, both in her own teaching curriculum and for the American Literature curriculum. “I would like to work with other American Literature teachers and incorporate art into that curriculum,” she said, “I think it would really improve the American Literature curriculum.” Gearen heard about the opportunity through an email; she had used art to teach at her previous school and was eager for a chance to do the same at MHS. She wrote in for the grant, and was later able to select about 140 images for use. “It was actually really difficult to select the art because I knew this was the money that I was going to get; I don’t get money like that every day, and so I had to look through thousands of slides to find out which ones I wanted,” Gearen said. When selecting the images, Gearen said that she looked for images that could prompt discussion. While next year’s American Literature class will be receiving the bulk of her plans for the art, she has already

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English Teacher Claire Gearen teaches her students through the innovative use of art. It is thanks to this teaching vision that she was a recipient of the Tom Adams Award. She uses the images and technology that she received from the Good Idea Grant in her classroom to engage students. used the art this year with one of her classes. “We just looked at several paintings from the Romantic period and I think they understand a little more about the attitude towards nature ... when they look at the art from that period,” Gearen said. “ … There’s something about having a very tangible image that everybody is looking at the same time that prompts discussion, and most students feel that they have some knowledge to share, they have some authority to speak about the

painting, even though they feel they can’t talk about the ‘Canterbury Tales.” The use of art in the classroom is not limited to the images that Gearen received from the grant. “I’ve been able to incorporate art that isn’t even in that collection that I got from the award. I was able to bring in art from books, and I was able to show them since the grant gave me a document camera, so I wasn’t limited to only the art I selected with the grant money … There’s a lot of flexibility with the re-

sources that I received and I’m not limited to those original images that I selected,” Gearen said. Gearen hopes that the use of art will help students understand different concepts and ideas. Due to this vision and her plans to effectively use the resources she received from the grant, she was the recipient of the award. She will be attending an awards banquet on May 12 at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Lowe’s flyer displayed the qualities that UH West Oahu was looking for from the contest. “Well they had to have certain information about going to college, about our small class sizes, various attributes about our school on the flyer. A couple of key color components that they need to have, which is red and black, which virtually all of them did,” said Mielke. Besides having the basic requirements, contestants were given free range of what they could make. “Outside of that it was left up to their own creativity. And so the diversity and variety of flyers that we got were just tremendous,” commented Mielke. Upon receiving the award, Lowe also received an Amazon Kindle, courtesy

of UH West Oahu. Lowe’s flyer will be published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Midweek, as well as being posted on UH West Oahu’s website, uhwo.hawaii.edu/flyercontest. In addition, UH West Oahu will use it for other purposes as well. “We may use it for various purposes to recruit other students, but primarily it will be available for anybody to view throughout the next year on our website at that address,” stated Mielke. Lowe’s flyer will be used throughout the year, and UH West Oahu plans on later expanding the competition to include other media forms. By combining creative vision with advertising components, Lowe won a state honor.

Lowe comes out on top in UH West Oahu Flyer Contest By Leelynn Harris When Senior Sabrina Lowe went to school on April 5, she expected it to be a normal school day. Little did she know that when she went to her art class, she would be having a special visit from Ryan Mielke, Executive Director of Public Affairs at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu. Lowe received news that the flyer that she entered in the UH West Oahu Flyer Contest had been chosen as the State Winner. Lowe’s flyer was chosen out of all the flyers submitted from around the state. “Literally, hundreds of flyers were submitted this year so we’re really impressed with the participation …” commented Mielke. Not only was it chosen by five judges dur-

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Senior Sabrina Lowe wins the UH West Oahu State Flyer Contest and a visit from Ryan Mielke, Executive Director of Public Affairs at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu. ing the preliminary round, but it won the public’s vote during the finals. “… We had a group of judges who began the judging and they narrowed it down to the top

five … Then we opened it up to the general public. We had three weeks of voting and at the end of the voting period, (Lowe’s) came out on top,” explained Mielke.


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Editorial

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Enjoyment means indulgence at prom Same fads used to fit two months ago. foundation, eyeliner, blush, By Kelli-Anne Ho appeal to The thought is enough mascara, etc., as females do, Trojan Times to cause distress to disperse then no, they do not know a multiple Materialistic animosity through one’s complexion. thing about applying it. awakens in typically every Despite an almost religious The same mistrust cargenerations girl during prom season. It is use of oil blotters, blackhead ries over to hair stylists, with The mission of the Trojan k.ho@trojantimes.org

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 Kelli-Anne Ho Assistant Editor Cyrus Takahashi Sports Editor Kellie Kawamoto Copy Editor Noah Perales-Estoesta Business Manager Lexi Kaneshiro Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel Staff Matthew Ambrosecchio Caitlin Basilio Michelle Choe James George Leelynn Harris Caitlin Kelly Jayna Kitazaki Jaclyn Knitter Camille Marsden Landen Muasau Ryan Rustyn Farah Schumacher Bianca Sewake Jared Takiguchi Cheyenne Young The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789

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the desperate wish to enjoy prom that forces girls to immerse themselves in a very thorough preparation process because, if they do not look good, they will not feel good. Similar to those monstrous brides on TV, every other girl attending prom has declared herself to be on a diet, refusing to eat any food that could potentially make her “fat” and somehow blow her up to a size too big for her dress. But enticed by a burger, per se, the diet is promptly put on hold for the moment, to be continued tomorrow or at a more convenient time when it is easier to restrain from these guilty pleasures. I am criminal of being one of those girls except my diet has never lasted longer than a few days. But as humorous as these “diets” are, it really is quite a serious problem when one is unable to fully zip up the dress that

removers, acne soaps and whatever else skin concoctions are out there, they seem to have sprouted over night, these enemy zits, evading every kind of facial medication known to woman. On the day of prom, hope lies only in your make-up artist, whom you will quietly mumble threats to, to cover up every single scar on your face. Personally though, I am extra wary of this make-up artist because I am entrusting her (after a past experience, I no longer trust “hims”) with the two delicate lines of hair on my face, otherwise known as eyebrows. I cannot understand the “beauty” behind thick dark penciled-in lines and I have seen too many dangerously obvious fake eyebrows to want to seek professional make-up help. My lack of faith in males and make-up because unless they wear the same amount of

a prime example being my hair for prom last year. (In the least sexist way possible, I had to have a male stylist, of course, of the ten other female stylists primping hair around the salon.) Perhaps I was not specific, but I requested hair that looked almost messy; no tight curls, please. Maybe his ears were plugged with hairspray because at the end of an hour after being poked and prodded with bobby pins, my hair looked exactly how I did not want it. I was inwardly fuming and outwardly sprouting a new pimple, thank you. I do not remember how much I spent on prom that year, but do recall fond memories of a very fun night. The stress for a meager five hours is only worth the price if you remember to enjoy what you fretted about. You only look as good as you feel, right?

Beauty sacrifices go unnoticed, underappreciated By Kellie Kawamoto

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The one night most of us girls, especially those of the senior class, look forward to is our glamorous prom night. Prom night is the one night that we get to dress up in fancy gowns and dresses with sparkles and sequins, and put on makeup that is much more dramatic than everyday wear, and put our hair up in intricate curls and up-do’s and even stick a little tiara on the crown of our head if we wished. Senior prom is especially a big deal, I suppose because the chances of going to another prom are not entirely likely. So we like to end with a bang by “going all out” at our last prom. But unfortunately, that bang requires a lot of bucks because “going all out” means buying the dress, getting a manicure AND a pedicure and getting the hair and makeup done professionally. And that’s after paying for

prom bids. The dress alone usually costs over a hundred dollars, just because the formal dress code calls for long dresses. Then more often than not, alterations are required, which may be an extra thirty bucks. Hair and makeup may cost between fifty to a hundred dollars to be professionally done. And really, all of these factors add up to a few hundred dollars and all for one night! When are we ever going wear a pink princess poof dress or a black and backless slinky gown again? The dance floor gets pretty hot since everyone insists on being two inches apart from each other (it’s so uncool being on the outside where all the breathable and refreshing air is) so makeup will start to smear off or fade. Within a matter of hours, the glamour is pretty much gone after spending the entire day getting ready. Comparably, the cost of prom for girls far exceeds

the price for guys. Guys usually rent their tuxedos, which comes complete with vests and shoes and everything, and that’s virtually the only investment that they have to make for that one night. Besides the flowers. Or possibly bids, depending on how gentlemanly they are feeling. But this is usually the case for girls in the fashion world anyways. The cost of looking good for girls is pretty pricy when compared to that of the guys. Girls always spend more money and time on clothes and shoes and makeup and lotions and perfumes and other “necessities” to maintain decency. So it’s nice when guys take the time to appreciate the girl’s efforts rather than complaining about how long it took to get the end result. For prom especially, girls literally spend the whole day (I would know) getting ready for one special night and a little appreciation wouldn’t hurt, guys.

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First it was wizards, then it was vampires and now, it appears to be Greek gods. To no one’s surprise, “Clash of the Titans,” opened two weekends ago to an impressive $60 million in tickets sales. But for all the Harry Potter films, or the millions made by the “Twilight” franchise, or even the hype surrounding “Clash of the Titans,” these fads are grounded by the fact that they are, basically, remakes. Before Harry Potter, there was Merlin; before Edward Cullen, there was Dracula; and before “Clash of the Titans,” there was … well, “Clash of the Titans” (the 1981 version). But regardless of what the fad is, it is interesting to consider that ideas so firmly embedded in the classical imagination can be revived and recycled for commercial purposes, as is the case with the aforementioned examples. And despite the implications this recycling has for the works themselves, the people producing these movies and television shows are simply doing their job of satisfying the masses’ craving for entertainment. So if one considers that all of these recurrent ideas can be constantly revitalized, one is also considering the possibility that the need for entertainment – it’s appeal – comes from the same source, generation after generation. One is considering the possibility that what made the X-Men so relevant back in the ‘60s is what makes them relevant today. One is not, however, considering the possibility that the reappearance of old ideas in the present is indicative of a lack of originality. Instead, one is considering that the appeals of these ideas remain constant.


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Sports

April 15, 2010

Cheerleaders bring Trojan spirit to Florida By Ryan Rustyn

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Over spring break, the MHS cheerleading team left for Orlando, FL to compete in the American Open tournament and finished second in the nation. Along with winning as a team, six Trojans also placed individually. While MHS has gone to the tournament before, this has been their best showing. “This was the first time we had a lot of them go. And the only reason I pushed them to go is because a lot of them want to do this in college and this is the only way to be seen, especially in Hawaii,” said Head Coach Renesha Kierstedt. All teams that participated had two and a half minutes for their performances, being separated into a minute of cheering and one and a half minutes of choreography to music. According to Kierstedt MHS’ performance earned a standing ovation for the team.

By Caitlin Basilio

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The six Trojans who earned individual awards were: Seniors Andrew Longboy and La Precious Richardson, Junior Kelsey Koyanagi, Sophomores Sarah Almeida and Kiersten Havelock and Freshman Kylee Ann Enoki. The individual competitions were separate from the team competition, with competitors being judged on their personal skills. “I was very nervous and scared because I wasn’t only competing against my friends but also myself to see if I can accomplish what I came for,” said Enoki, who earned third in the nation in her division.

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The cheerleaders performing in individuals also choreographed their performances. “They were able to make their own routine, so each performance was a part of them,” said Kierstedt. Richardson, who won second in her division, agreed, “I just put my flavor in it, because you can only be yourself so I just put myself in there.” After the stresses of the competition the cheerleading team was able to spend time relaxing on a short cruise around the Bahamas.

In every sport there are, if not one, a few outstanding players. This year, Senior Reginald “RJ” Griffin of the Varsity Boys Basketball team was awarded with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) tournament team award for averaging twenty points a game over a four game span. Senior Nicholas Kunz, Griffin’s teammate, feels that Griffin “has a great passion for the game and he passes it on to all of his teammates.” Griffin showed his leadership through action. “I tried to make plays that would get our momentum going and I was always positive on and off the court,” said Griffin. Griffin’s teammates also felt that he had leadership skills. “He is one of the most experienced players on the team, he’s not a selfish play-

which she devoted much effort, free time and school time. Shigesato has become the accomplished recipient of a scholarship from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but it required much dedication and sacrifice to get to where she is today. Getting started in the sport proved to be a slight challenge for Shigesato because she actually only started playing golf competitively after playing Varsity Volleyball during her freshman year. “In golf, I was at a disadvantage because I was playing with girls who had a lot more experience than I did and they were playing competitively for many more years than me,” Shigesato said. But Shigesato wasn’t daunted by her inexperience and spent many hours practicing. “When I’m not doing my homework or other school-related activities, I’m normally practicing at the golf course. On average, I practice about three hours on weekdays and I practice or play on the weekend,” she shared.

However, time was a challenge for Shigesato because she was involved in other school-related activities that often conflicted with scheduled golf tournaments. But as a student-athlete, Shigesato always made school her priority first. “Balancing school and golf is a challenge during the high school golf season because I miss a lot of days of school for tournaments, so I don’t play in all the tournaments and I can attend class instead,” said Shigesato. Her hard work to maintain a balance between her schoolwork and golf performance did not go unnoticed by either of her coaches or teammates. Head Coach Jason Agsalda said, “She definitely has leadership qualities as evident by being a team player. She tries to balance her busy school schedule to fit in private golf as well as team practices.” Senior Konni Wilson, Shigesato’s teammate, also commented, “(Shigesato) always seems to stay on top of her work and is a model student. She is well-rounded; she bal-

Photo courtesy of Coach Renesha Kierstedt

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By Kellie Kawamoto

Griffin scores HHSAA tournament award

Shigesato has had her time in many sports including volleyball, soccer and track. But the one sport that has kept her interest is golf, to

er and he pushes us to play at our best,” said Kunz. MHS Varsity Boy’s Basketball had an excellent regular season record of 102. They also participated in the OIA tournament and placed fifth in the state tournament. The team worked hard throughout endless practices to get that far. It was during the state tournament that Griffin was honored with the award. Throughout this season, Griffin was an asset to the team. “(Griffin) lead us in scoring this year, and put constant pressure on opposing teams,” said Head Coach Ed Gonzales. Gonzales also thinks highly of Griffin, stating, “(Griffin) does very well in his school work, and has set high goals for himself.” Along with this all-tournament award, Griffin is also a student-athlete with a bright future ahead of him with plans to continue playing basketball in college. ances her homework time, extra-curricular time and fun time pretty well.” Shigesato’s ability to be a team player was also a stand-out quality. “She praises team members on good shots and suggests ways of improvement when needed. She is a good teammate and friend to have around,” said Wilson. Agsalda also noted that Shigesato is “very humble and always tries to help out others on the team.” As a dedicated and well-rounded studentathlete, Shigesato has prepared herself to be triumphant after high school and in college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Agsalda attested to that, saying, “I have no doubt that she will be successful in college and possibly at the next level.” She can owe her successes to her ability to keep a balance between all the priorities – school, golf and social time – in her life.


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Akiu, Miyashiro named OIA Red West Soccer Players of the Year

By Caitlin Kelly

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Senior Ryan Akiu has been named one of two OIA Red West Boys Division Soccer Players of the Year. Akiu’s skill on the field distinguishes him from the rest, and has earned him other honors as well. This year Akiu shares the Player of the Year award with Senior Gavin Dela Cruz of Pearl City High School. Being Player of the Year simply serves as recognition for a stellar athlete on the Red West team; members don’t actually play in additional games together. “I can

just use it on my resumé. It helped me make the senior all-star team though,” said Akiu. Becoming a Player of the Year is a significant accomplishment; only two players were selected out of the entire Red West Boys Division. “I was pretty excited to make it,” said Akiu. On top of being Player of the Year, he was named a member of the Hawaii High School Athletics Association (HHSAA) All-Tournament team and the Senior All-Star Team. The All-Tournament Team serves as recognition for outstanding players during the state tournament while the Senior All-Star team is a match up of exceptional players from the east and west divisions. His physical abilities have definitely been an asset to the Varsity Boys Soccer

Team. “As a player, (Akiu) is definitely very skilled. He has good footwork; he just has a really good touch that not a lot of players have. He has like a knack for goals,” said Goalkeeper Preston Miyashiro, senior. But his physical ability isn’t Akiu’s only strong point. “He understands the game so well; he provides great direction on the field. He has good leadership on the field; he’s like a coach on the field,” said Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Jeff Yamamoto. The skills that Akiu has gained over the years through his dedication to the sport have taken him far. Being selected as an OIA Red West Division Player of the Year is just confirmation of a bright future.

By Matthew Ambrosecchio m.ambrosecchio@trojantimes.org

It takes an outstanding player to become the OIA Red West Girls Soccer Player of the Year, but if that player is also the Honolulu Advertiser’s Statewide Player of the Year, one could consider that individual a star athlete. Senior Mari Miyashiro is such an athlete. As one may expect, Miyashiro was enthusiastic when she heard the news. “I was actually really shocked (when I found out I got the award). I didn’t think I would be Player of the Year of OIA West and state because that

was big time, so I was really excited when I heard about it,” she said. Miyashiro has been with the Varsity Girls Soccer Team since her sophomore year and has trained hard and long for the love of the sport. Head Coach Ray Akiona has observed her growth and determination ever since. “She was already a very good player (when she moved up to Varsity) and she has refined her skills to become an excellent player,” he said. “She’s always committed at practice season, she gives one-hundred percent,” he continued. According to her coach Miyashiro is speedy and technically sound on the field. Fellow athlete, Defender Ashley Deguchi, senior said, “I feel like (Miyashiro) is the play maker on the team. She’s always distribut-

ing the balls and making everyone else feel good while making herself feel good and she never gives up.” But what really makes Miyashiro an outstanding player is her ability to involve her teammates and be part of the big picture of the play. “She’s always concerned about her other teammates and that’s the thing that makes her an outstanding individual,” Akiona said. The compassion Miyashiro has for her team is evident, even now with her prestigious accomplishment. “Although I got the Player of the Year award it wasn’t just me who got it. My teammates really helped me get this award,” she said. With so many hours invested in her team, Miyashiro displays the qualities of a star athlete.

Akiona, Yamamoto honored as OIA Red West Soccer Coaches of the Year

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By Caitlin Basilio

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This year, the Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Ray Akiona was named Varsity Coach of the Year for the Red West Division. Akiona has coached seven years at the Varsity level. This past season, he led the team to an outstanding regular season record of 12-0, winning the OIA Red West and OIA Championship and becoming a runner up in the HHSAA Tournament. For his players, “this season was very memorable and it was definitely a great expe-

rience. We did the best we ever have since I’ve been on the team and it was an amazing feeling to have gotten so far,” said Senior Sasha Moscatello. Akiona’s practices consisted of endless exercise. “Our basic practices always include a warm up routine, conditioning, basic skill work and we finish with tactical drills,” explained Akiona. In preparation for games, Akiona would have his players run drills. “(Akiona) thought of some fun ways to help us to enjoy our short sprints,” shared Moscatello. Like any coach, Akiona has his own coaching philosophy: “Be open-minded to suggestions, treat players and other coaches fairly and win or lose with respectable sportsmanship. We have a team

philosophy called the TRAIN: ‘Train’ hard with each other, ‘Respect’ each other, ‘Acknowledge’ each other, ‘Inspire’ each other and ‘Never’ give up on each other.” Akiona also has the mentality that his team needs to be having fun while out on the field.“He figures that if we are having a good time and that we like being there that we will work hard for him in return and we did, and that’s what made us such a great team,” commented Moscatello. Akiona has confidence in his girls that the same special chemistry that his team had this year will remain for years to come.

Na Mano o Poina ole By Matthew Ambrosecchio m.ambrosecchio@trojantimes.org

MHS Boys Varsity Soccer coach Jeff Yamamoto, has been recognized as Coach of the Year for the OIA Red West Division 2010. Coaches from each division nominate, then vote for the coach whom they believe is worthy of this esteemed title. Yamamoto was “very honored to be selected” out of the many other coaches in the division. He continued, “I’m really lucky to be coaching at MHS. I think it’s really a reflection of the school’s program and

the coaching staff.” Throughout the sixteen years he has been coaching at MHS, Yamamoto aided and guided his players to grow and improve. “He’s just dedicated to the game and he knows a lot about it,” said Midfielder Ryan Yoneda, senior. “(Yamamoto) helps us improve our skill and knowledge of the game,” he added. According to Yoneda, Yamamoto’s coaching specialties are defense and exploiting weak points in their game. “He improves our strengths but focuses on our weakness and helps us improve in that area,” Yoneda said. And this has been his coaching tactics these past years. “There’s no trick; you just need to make sure that you prep them during practice and

make sure they understand how to play for the next game,” Yamamoto said. Yamamoto also mentioned that the team was very self motivated. “This team has a lot of school pride. That’s one of the really great things about our team – they push themselves and on the coaching side we really didn’t need to push them as much. They have a really great reputation and the boys really live up to the reputation and that’s the motivation factor for our team,” he said. With such a reputable mentor as a coach, the Boys Varisty Soccer team was very fortunate to be trained by Yamamoto and there is no doubt that his future teams will feel the same.


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April 15, 2010

Ten ideas for easy graduation leis By Jaclyn Knitter and Farah Schumacher

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Traditionally used as signs of welcoming and goodbyes, leis have been

used since the early 1900s and were originally brought to Hawaii by Polynesian travelers. Nowadays, leis are the most convenient and popular thing to give to new graduates. Leimaking usually involves

flowers, but has expanded to include candy, money and ribbons. With graduation only a month away, we compiled some ideas for unique leis to give to your special graduate.

Features Senior bucket list:

Graduate with completion

By Kelli-Anne Ho k.ho@trojantimes.org The next thirty days will see the anticipated end of high school for us graduating in the class of 2010, concluding our time at MHS. Four years have

passed, quickly for some, and slowly for others, but before jumping the gun and preparing to graduate, cherish the last days of being a high school student; chances are we will miss it when we’re old and gray.

1. Reconnect with old friends

Throughout the past four years, bonds you once had with people may have been relinquished due to different classes, new friends or changed interests. If there are fond memories to look back on, why not create new ones while the time is still here? Restore these past friendships; during our fast-approaching summer is the perfect time.

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2. Mend broken friendships

Trivial high school drama may have ruined your friendship with someone. Before it’s too late, though, attempt to fix what has been damaged. While some relationships are not meant to work, the effort in trying to salvage it is worth the maturity you gain from being the bigger person.

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3. Participate in school activities

Senioritis has probably infected most, if not all, of the class of 2010, leaving us with the desire for high school to pass and graduation to come. But with one month away from graduation, utilize your last time as a high school student by participating in whatever school-related activities are still left (lip sync, Project Grad, senior trip).

4. Visit former teachers

Over your thirteen years of required education, there is hopefully a teacher who has influenced and impacted you like no other. It could be a teacher from elementary days or adolescent years of intermediate school. Regardless, dropping in for a chat to show how much you have changed will surely be appreciated by whomever your role model was.

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5. Indulge in school meals

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Though the price has grown over the years, school breakfast and lunch are still considerably cheaper than meals at typical restaurants. In the final days of fourth quarter, buy a school meal for it will most likely be the last time you’ll eat off a five-section plate in a school cafeteria, and the last time you’ll use your school ID.

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1. Candy lei Treat your graduate to something sweet with candy such as bubblegum, Jolly Ranchers, chocolates, toffee or Twix in a cellophane lei. 2. Fun noodle lei Purchase the fun noodles and some string, slice the noodles vertically into flower, circle or star shapes and string the pieces together. 3. Flower lei The old fashioned flower leis are probably easiest to get. Just be sure to keep them refrigerated prior to giving it away. 4. Braided lei Buy at least two different types of ribbon colors and braid them together. Show Trojan spirit with brown, yellow and white colors. 5. Eyelash lei These will take more time to make, but the end result is worth the effort. You will need at least two colors of eyelash yarn and a more delicate material than regular yarn. 6. Origami lei Although it will take time to make and risks getting crushed under the other leis a graduate will receive, the finished product is beautiful. A popular origami choice is the crane or puffed up stars. 7. Potpourri lei Wrap sweet-smelling potpourri in cellophane and tie the bags together with ribbon. 8. Tinsel lei Purchase tinsel and weave string through the material, scrunching along the tinsel as you go. 9. Money lei Money leis can vary in design, depending on how generous you’re feeling and how much money is used to make the lei. They are typically folded into accordion folds or different shapes. 10. Inner tube lei A unique alternative, the inner tube lei is easy to get and is available in many variations. The only drawback is the amount you can carry at a time; have your friends help you carry these around.

6. Pull the plug on senioritis

With a little over a month of high school left, put that case of senioritis to a halt and simply finish your final quarter strong. In a little less than thirty days, you’ll be on your way to the thousands of days of the rest of your life.

7. Go Trojans!

Spring season is not yet over; cheer on your fellow Trojans and support the school by wearing brown and gold. Attend sports events you have not had the chance to go to. Embrace your final days as a Trojan.

8. Take pictures

Although it may not seem like it now, your years in high school are a milestone in the journey of life. Snapshot photos of you and your friends at a common hangout place around school to commemorate your time here at MHS.


April 15, 2010

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Modern technology evolves entertainment experience, revives old memories

By Noah Perales-Estoesta “Pokémon HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” incorporate a number of gameplay and technical features from previous games. (Left) Any Pokémon from the player’s party can follow the main character throughout the overworld – a feature adapted from “Pokémon Yellow.” (Right) The battle screen also features the more elaborate environment designs that first appeared in “Pokémon Ruby” and “Sapphire.”

“Pokémon HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” both come with an additional piece of hardware called the Pokéwalker, in which a Pokémon from the player’s game can be stored and trained. The Pokéwalker functions like a pedometer, with stored Pokémon gaining experience and happiness according to the amount of movement the device experiences.

The Pokéathlon’s ten events Hurdle Dash: Twelve Pokémon race down a track, jumping over hurdles.

Ring Drop: Four Pokémon brawl like sumo wrestlers.

Snow Throw: Pokémon go toe-to-toe in a four-team snowball fight.

Lamp Jump: Pokémon are launched and attempt to hit lamps for points.

Relay Run: Pokémon race for 90 seconds around a circular track.

Block Smash: Four teams of Pokémon break as many blocks as possible.

Circle Push: Pokémon fight to stay within circles projected onto the field.

Disc Catch: Twelve Pokémon must jump and catch flying discs.

Pennant Capture: Pokémon hunt for flags as a team in a sandbox-like field.

Goal Roll: Four three-Pokémon teams compete in a soccer-like match.

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On Oct. 14, 2000, Nintendo released “Pokémon Gold” and “Pokémon Silver” for the GameBoy Color in North America. “Gold” and “Silver” followed in the footsteps of their predecessors, “Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow” as video game blockbusters, selling several million copies worldwide and firmly establishing the Pokémon franchise as a highly lucrative entertainment and cultural phenomenon. Ten years later, Nintendo is well on its way to recapturing the Pokémon magic on the Nintendo DS with “Pokémon HeartGold” and “Pokémon SoulSilver” – remakes of the now classic “Gold” and “Silver” versions that not only update the game-playing experience with the technological evolutions (pun intended) of the past ten years, but, for many, bridge these updates with fond memories of the past. “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” were released in North America on March 14, 2010 and utilize the same basic gameplay mechanics of their predecessors; players still roam the Johto and

Kanto regions, catching and training Pocket Monsters for battle. And like the remakes of “Red” and “Blue” versions (“Pokémon FireRed” and “Pokémon LeafGreen”), “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” incorporate a multitude of gameplay and technical features both new and old. “It’s just amazing how the Pokémon DS team could bring back all the nostalgia from the first two games in a new DS game. And what’s cool is they not only brought back the old game, but they also incorporated all of the latest technologies in the Pokémon world that came out in (the originals and the games in between),” shared Junior Francis Empeno. Features that reappear in “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” include the time and calendar systems that debuted in the original “Gold” and “Silver” versions, and also the battle animations and running shoes that first appeared in “Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire.” Furthermore, “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” feature their own original gameplay elements like the Pokéwalker. The Pokéwalker is a physical device that comes packaged with the games and that enables one of the player’s Pokémon to be transferred into it. “I’m sure you can see people around school with the little, tiny Pokéball thing around their waist,” said

Empeno. “Once (a Pokémon) is inside … it works like a pedometer” with Pokémon developing experience points and other traits according to the amount of movement the Pokéwalker experiences. Another notable addition to the gameplay is the Pokéathlon – a more interactive update of the Pokémon contests introduced in “Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire.” Players can choose from some ten mini-games to control their Pokémon through and compete with others in. The technical merit of such additions are, doubtlessly, contributing factors to “Pokémon HeartGold” and “SoulSilver’s” commercial success – the games have thus far sold several million copies. But their success is also grounded in their revival of the fun times that so many associate with the originals. Sophomore Ty Furuta stated, “I could not stop playing them and it made me feel like a child again. It brought back a lot of happy memories of playing the original Pokémon when I was six or five years old.” “Pokémon HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” reflect, for many, a reemergence of the high-quality entertainment and guilt-free fun that characterized the originals, but do so with the additions afforded by today’s technology. And even after over ten years, the Pokémon franchise continues to see substantial success as a result.

Pokémon drawings and illustrations by Jared Takiguchi and Michelle Choe


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Gemini (May 21 - June 21) An apple will fall on your head while you doze under a tree. Hopefully, like Newton, you will get an idea that will change the world of science forever. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) This month, flower petals will sprout from your shoulder blades. Don’t worry, it’s a seasonal thing; it’ll only happen once a year. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) It may seem like bad luck when you fall into a vat of toxic acid, but don’t be discouraged; your new mutation will have others clamoring to have you on their team.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) On the third night of the third week of the third month in three years, you will be visited by three Disney characters. Each of them will want you to come with them. Choose the second one. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) You’ll become the ruler of everything. Sadly, you will be overthrown for wearing too much pink and dancing a jig in geometry. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Go home today, make yourself a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich, sing a Miley Cyrus song and knock on your bedroom door 1,028 times. Something full of awesomeness will happen. Aquarius (Jan. 19 - Feb. 18) When you meet Iron Man, tell him to make you a new tiara resembling Thor’s helmet. Use it when the flying blue monkeys come to class.

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DOWN 1. Girls’ soccer player of the year 3. Where Senior Prom will be held 4. “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” come with a __________ 5. New Educational Assistant 7. FCCLA member going to nationals 8. Tom Adams Award recipient

School Daze By Matthew Ambrosecchio Argh, I can never seem to get an A on our essays! What does our teacher want from us ?!? If it makes you feel any better, I definitely didn’t get an A.

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Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) You will be given the opportunity to train as a knight at a royal palace. Take the opportunity as it will help save the world from an evil sorcerer.

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Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) You’ve been thinking too much lately. Go for a ten mile run in the mountains until you come across a chocolate tree by a river that leads to a magical pond.

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20) You will win one million dollars, and people you have never met will be asking you for money. If you don’t want to share, tell them a joke about pink fur and eventually, they’ll leave you alone.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Go buy fifty Marvel comic books. Read all of them by the end of this week and you should have the answer to your question.

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Aries (March 21 - April 19) In two months, you will discover a family secret that will send you out on a treasure hunt. Make sure you purchase your plane ticket to the Kalahari Desert today.

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