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VEX ROBOTICS VEX Robotics teams 1973A and 1973B traveled to Anaheim, Calif. for the world championship, successfully reaching the semifinals.



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Thursday, May 15, 2014

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL The world of Dr. Seuss comes alive in CTAA spring musical By Ireland Castillo

With the well-known Cat in the Hat, things are bound to go awry, but this year’s Central Theatre Arts Academy (CTAA) Seuss-themed musical played out just right. On April 24, MHS’ CTAA program premiered its spring play “Seussical” to parents and students on preview night with performances following on April 25 and 26 and May 9 and 10. “I think it went well. An audience really helps, the theatre is all about the relationship between the audience and the actors on stage and there’s an energy that’s given that you don’t just get when you’re just rehearsing and you’ll have that feedback,” said CTAA coordinator Jamie Stroud. “Seussical” is a musical based on the collection of various Dr. Seuss works, such as “Horton Hears a Who?,” “Horton Hatches The Egg” and “Cat in the Hat,” in addition to other less well-known works such as “The Butter Battle” and “If I Ran the Circus.” Originally written by Steven Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, “Seussical” was first adapted to Broadway in 2000 and co-conceived by Flaherty, Ahrens and Eric Idle. From the auditions in December to preview night, the hard work and time put into the show paid off. “We went from kind of nothing to amazing performance and show, it was well put together and the cast and the crew were just so nice, I would work with them again,” said Senior Isaiah Avilla, who portrayed Horton. By preview night, the CTAA program

students and colleagues long after she leaves for California at the end of the year. Central Theatre Arts “The program became Academy (CTAA) coordina- something the community tor and English teacher Jamie wants to come and support Stroud carries 10 years worth and the shows have become of memories, productions quality enough for the comand students with her. The munity and the students to driving force behind CTAA be proud of. She has given and director of countless this program a reason to be plays and musicals, Stroud proud,” said alumna Kristi has made a lasting impression Kashimoto-Rowbottom, who on MHS and Hawaii’s perhas served as the head choreforming arts community that ographer of CTAA’s producwill remain in the hearts of tions. By Risa Askerooth

NEWS Senior Isaiah Avilla played the character of Horton the Elephant. Throughout the play, Horton is ridiculed by the animals of the Jungle of Nool for protecting a speck of dust, home to the Whos of Whoville.


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JUDO CHAMPION This year’s 220 pound weight class judo champion was Senior Dayton Furuta.



CLOSING THE SHOW Stroud departs MHS for California

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Stroud became involved with the program after earning her undergraduate degree in theatre performance from the University of WisconsinStevens Point and moved to Hawaii, where she continued to act in local productions such as “Footloose,” “Chicago” and “Annie.” When she registered her daughter at MHS, she learned that there was a job opening with the existing theatre program and no one to fill it. “I said, ‘Hey, I have an undergraduate degree in theater, and I would love to teach,’” said Stroud, “That’s kind of how it started.” The theatre program at MHS was previously called

Tri-School because it was a collaboration between Leilehua High School, Waialua High School and MHS. However, as the program became increasingly oriented toward the wider public high school population, Stroud renamed it CTAA. In addition, Stroud hired Technical teacher and Lighting Designer Anna Foster and other teachers to help with the production process for shows. “It’s definitely grown,” said Junior Nicholas Howe, who has acted in five productions under Stroud’s direction, “(But) we’re losing a big



VALEDICTORIANS Before their high school stories reach “the end,” check out this year’s valedictorians.


NEVER FORGET As the end of the year approaches, students everywhere reflect on a single question: has everything been worth it?



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Climbing the ladder of education: Cordell to become VP By Kiana Caranto

bered. “I hit college and I knew I liked working with kids and it was just a passion, After five years of teachit’s a calling. Teachers don’t ing at MHS, Math teacher do it for the money,” said Christopher Cordell is Cordell. making a push to expand After working in the his knowledge of Hawaii’s same profession for six years, education system by becomCordell will take the skills ing a vice principal at one of he’s acquired here at MHS Central District’s elementary and apply them to his work schools, effective next year. as a vice principal. “He tries “I love working in schools to listen to different people’s but I’ve decided that I want perspectives before making to see the other side, I want decisions. He’s pretty opento see how school leadership minded. He wants what’s in works. I think for a successthe best interests of the kids ful school like (MHS), we and I think he’ll definitely use depend on its leaders for a those skills when he gets to lot of things and I want to be a VP,” said Math teacher be one of those people,” said and close friend Patrick Cordell. Riehle. Throughout intermedi Along with his knowlate and high school, Cordell edge about teaching and his was a struggling math student professional skills, Cordell inspired by his math teachers will also carry with him the who helped him understand memories he’s made during the concepts. He took this his time at MHS. “I couldn’t idea and carried it all the way be more satisfied with my exto college, aspiring to be like perience and the support I’ve the math teachers he remem- gotten from everyone, includ-

ing colleagues and the type of kids that we get,” he said. Cordell has largely impacted MHS’ math department during his time as a teacher and will be greatly missed among the students and staff he’s worked with throughout the years. “I mean it’s going to be weird having somebody else next door next year. I’ll miss him a lot,” said Riehle. His influence on students has been so apparent that he has been dubbed by many students one of the best teachers at MHS. “He’s a really good person. He never judges anyone, maybe he’ll crack a joke or two about someone, but not in the harsh way. You can say caring, he’s really caring towards everyone,” said Junior Cyrus Iwaki-Yokoyama, “He’s really chill and he’s probably one of the coolest teachers in this school. Because as I said before he’s super relatable.” Cordell will be placed in

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Throughout his time at MHS, Cordell has been willing to go above and beyond for students and put his full effort into teaching. an elementary school due to the Department of Education’s desire for teachers and faculty to be versatile at all levels, which will present many changes to his profession and lifestyle. “I’m going to miss the face-to-face interaction with the students. I’m going to miss the people that

work here,” said Cordell, “I feel anxious. I feel nervous. I feel excited all in three.” Cordell hopes to become an educational leader who has an impact on education in Hawaii and to apply the skills he’s gained during his time at MHS to his future endeavors.

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Trojan Times snags best in state at Journalism Awards By Risa Askerooth

After releasing six issues worth of countless hours spent writing and designing, MHS’ Trojan Times attended the Hawaii High School Journalism Awards on April 23 at the Pagoda Hotel. Along with 16 other awards, the newspaper took home first for best in state in the print division and second for best in state in the online division against 19 other Hawaii schools. “I didn’t really know how to expect for print so when they announced that we were Next year, the Trojan Times hopes to improve their publication with another year of hard work and communication from its staffers.

best in state newspaper, I was so excited. I could not even contain it,” said Editorin-Chief Senior April-Joy McCann. Managing Editor Reagan Paz added, “When they said that we were the best in the state, it was just kind of that feeling of accomplishment. You know that you did something right and you know that all the work you

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put into (the publication) finally paid off for that one moment.” The four that attended the event were McCann, Paz, Online Editor Junior Lauren Barbour and Journalism adviser Christopher Sato. The judging was broken down into two rounds: the first concerned awards in the public and private school divisions, while the second announced the awards for state winners. Even with seven private schools competing, Mililani held its own against publications from schools such as Kamehameha Schools Maui and Hawaii Baptist Academy. “It felt very good to have the knowledge that we are on the level of private schools and I definitely want to uphold that standard,” remarked Barbour,

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The memories made and friendships formed during the school year mattered more to staffers than the title they earned. who was also elected most valuable staff member. This year marked the second year that MHS won best in state for print division, the first being in 2010. Although the Hawaii High School Journalism Awards offered recognition, the real reward for the staff lies in the process of getting there, from training new staff members at the beginning of the year to finalizing the layout in the latter part of it. In order to create each issue, the staff has a layout week every month, in which they come in at 7:30 a.m. and do not leave until at least 4:30 p.m. “I think really in truth, if we won it or not, we knew we worked hard,” said Sato, “No one can take away all the hard work they’ve done. An award is just flourish.” This year’s staff had 19 members on it, made up of eight rookies and 11 editors, which made it slightly more

difficult to stay organized. “I think the biggest challenge (for) me as editor-in-chief was just managing a larger staff this year,” expressed McCann, “So with more people, you can have more means to do things but at the same time it was a little bit more difficult.” Even with a larger staff, everyone was able to grow closer together and depend on each other. “Because we are a team and we know that we’re a team, we put out better work than we would for like just regular class because we actually want people to be proud of it or we want other people to like it and we want to do it for us, not just for a grade,” said Paz. With this being the last issue of the Trojan Times for the year, the staff will continue to do their best even when things get difficult, knowing that dedication and passion are the best rewards.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

We the People puts best foot forward at national competition

Hey Trojans, it’s finally fourth quarter and we only have a couple of weeks left before summer. This year, we survived accreditation week and bell schedule changes. We placed in the top 11 percent of rigorous academic high schools in the nation (according to the Washington Post Jay Matthews Challenge Index) and donated $229 to the American Heart Association, along with over a thousand toys and books to Kapiolani and Shriners Hospitals. It has been a successful year and thank you so much for all of your contributions. For upcoming dates, Golden Scholars Awards night will take place on May 14, honoring students and seniors this year. Seniors, as your last days in high school come to an end, enjoy them. Valedictorian Luncheon for all Senior Project Valedictorians as well as non-completing Outstanding Valedictorians, is taking place May 16. Graduation will take place May 25 at 5 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. Finally, congratulations to next year’s incoming ASMHS President, Junior Austin Ajimura! This being my last column as president, I’d like to thank you for an amazing year and for being an incredible student body. You’ve made my senior year one to remember, and I’ll miss this high school and all the opportunities it has given me. These four years fly by so don’t put them to waste because what you do in high school can impact your future tremendously. Thank you for providing me with a wonderful senior year.

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Row 1: (L-R) Seniors Allysen Manding, Caitlyn Yoshioka and Kanoelani Ackerly, Adviser Dr. Amy Perruso, Seniors Stephanie Ann De Juan, Myla Pereira, Princess Lynne De Dios and Aina Krizelle Iglesias. Row 2: Seniors Miguel Menjivar, Gilbert Caraveo, Mart Joshua Lopez, Joby Celoza and Joseph Tagorda, Junior Marcus Dunn, Seniors Justin Hara, Daniel Smith and Isis Usborne. By Karen Neill

After winning the state competition in February, 16 students in We the People participated in the national competition from April 22 to 29. Despite the clear advantages of other schools and their inability to make it into the top ten, the MHS team is proud and satisfied with their performance. “We did really well. The kids did amazing. That’s the best team I’ve taken and I’ve taken some really strong teams,” said adviser Dr. Amy Perruso. Before nationals, We the People continuously practiced answering questions related to the U.S. Constitu-

tion. Throughout this time, the students were mentored by a variety of UH Manoa professors and law school students, in addition to former Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson. “I think that that was empowering for them. Not just at the state level, but also at the national level with the conversations they were engaged in their hearings,” said Perruso. For the competition, the students were divided into six teams consisting of two or three people. These units were judged by real policy and decision makers for America and were sometimes able to surprise the judges with their out-of-the-box way of thinking. Perruso explained, “Our students made

really strong, really interesting provocative arguments. I would say that at least once an hour a judge would be like, ‘Wow, I never thought about that before.’” Beside providing new ideas, some students believed their strength lay in being able to depend on each other, despite the large sizes of the other teams, and placing bait for judges, in order to better anticipate the questions they’d be asked. Senior Daniel Smith explained, “When the judges actually followed up on that bait we had prepared answers that we gave them that really, I think, killed the judges. An example of this was for unit one we made a really radical argument that pretty much

advocated for communism in the United States and when the judges followed up on that, because it was a very controversial and interesting topic, we killed it.” Senior Isis Usborne added, “In the end we all kind of came together and did our best, as cliche as that sounds. But I think it came out to something that we could definitely be proud of.” Unfortunately, faced with teams of five to seven students per unit, MHS and their three students per unit were unable to make it into the top 10. The next years’ students are currently being prepared by Perruso to take the place of the graduating team.



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An application of skill: MHS’ CTE students place in three categories at PBA By Vivian Fang

Putting their years’ worth of Career and Technical Education (CTE) training to the test, MHS students competed and placed in three categories at this year’s Performance Based Assessments (PBA), held from April 27 to 29 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. “(My favorite part of the competition was) the people we got to meet and the things we got to learn,” said Sophomore Reyn Aubrey, whose team placed first in the Marketing Program of Study, “There’s so much to be said for out of class learning and it was a great experience to learn from the mentors.” Although split into its respective individual CTE competitions, the PBA revolves around a central theme: being able to create a solution to a problem. “Since McDonald’s was our primary sponsor (this year), they asked us to create a mascot that would best promote the job opportunities offered at McDonald’s,” explained Sophomore Joseph Fujinami, whose group placed first in the Design Technology category. Fujinami’s partner,

Senior Clayton Dailey added, “We decided to design a mascot. This person wore mismatched clothes, so his whole body was mismatching (and) every part of our display was symbolic.” The Marketing Program of Study competition consisted of coming up with and implementing a business plan. “We found the target market that we wanted to advertise to, we made some proposals about how to advertise to them (and) we implemented for a three week period,” explained Aubrey, “PBA was a showcase of everything we did.” Students were also challenged to learn and establish a new program called Augmented Technology in their presentation. “We had to advertise McDonald’s in the light of them getting new employees. We were designing recruitment cards to be in the store and video to go with it,” said Junior Lydia Strickland, whose group placed third in Digital Media, “You can use an app on your iPhone or tablet and you can scan something in print and bring up overlay content. That overlay content was our video so we had to make an augmented reality

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Senior Clayton Dailey and Sophomore Joseph Fujinami placed first in Design Technology. They credit their skillset and knowledge to FIRST robotics, where CAD is used to design robots. marker, which is what you have to scan to get to the video and that went on the recruitment card.” Faced with the challenge of learning augmented technology under a firm deadline, PBA also served to be a learning experience. “I knew nothing about it, and it showed me how to put graphic design

Logistics and Creativity: Sakuma wins Hawaii State Science Fair art competition By Katherine Ozawa

On April 1, Sophomore Sharon Sakuma won first place in the mathematicsthemed Hawaii State Science Fair poster contest, sponsored by the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair. “I wanted to do something that didn’t have numbers in it. So that was my challenge, to not have any numerical symbols,” said Sakuma, “I drew a little girl looking at a shell from different perspectives and it would be a little geometrical. So, I made it really abstract with some triangles and lines in it.” The award-winning poster took Sakuma approximately two to three weeks to complete, but the time and effort put into finishing the piece had its benefits. Sakuma won $300 and the opportunity to have her poster serve as the cover of the Science and Engineering Fair’s program. “(Art takes) a lot of time and it is a time investment that you really have to manage,” said Sakuma.

Art has been a longtime hobby of Sakuma’s and she has won various school-wide and community-level art competitions. “(Sakuma) did some art pieces for extra credit in my class when she was a freshman. They do artwork that’s an interpretation of the literature we read in class,” said English teacher Steven Schick, “She’s a great student. She’s one of the brightest students I’ve taught.” Sophomore Sophia Rathyen added, “(Sakuma) is a phenomenal artist. It’s not just her art itself – it’s the ideas she puts behind each piece. She puts a lot of soul into her work and I know how passionate she is. She can work with all kinds of media from paint to pen on paper and I think that diversity in skillset makes her an even better artist.” As an artist, Sakuma draws inspiration from everyday things in order to capture specific emotions and feelings that she wants in her artwork. “I have a lot of eureka moments throughout the day, so really, anything kind of just comes and goes. It’s hard to explain,” said Sakuma.

However, the most difficult part is translating her ideas into pieces of artwork. “The most frustrating part for me is when I have an idea that is really great, but I can’t transform it into a physical thing, because I really think that skill should be learned first before you start blabbering out your creativity,” explained Sakuma, “If you had a sketch in your head and you wanted it to be a painting and if it came out to be a pretty successful painting, that’s the most rewarding part.” Sakuma attributes her accomplishments to the support she receives from others around her. “My mom, definitely, is one of my biggest supporters. She’s the one who signed me up for art classes at the Honolulu School of Art. And (Sophomore) Joy Sanchez, she’s one of my best friends. She’s an awesome artist herself, so she inspires me a lot,” added Sakuma. Sakuma plans to enter a few more non-school affiliated art competitions in the near future.

and digital media and reality together,” said Strickland. Operating under the time frame of one day, students were pushed to exercise their skills under pressure. “You only have a certain amount of time to do it and if you want to make it as good as you want to, it takes a lot of time, but you don’t have that


continued from page 1 part of what makes the program the program.” Along the way, Stroud has inspired many of her students with every show and every piece of advice. She has taught them about putting on a show and more importantly, how they affect the overall performance. “What you’re really trying to do is teach people what goes on and what’s important and let them see that their part is important to something that’s bigger than they are and so the discipline of theater is what I’m really trying to instill,” said Stroud. Howe added, “Looking back on high school, it would never have been the same and I would not be the person I am today if (Stroud) had not touched my life in the way that (she has).” Being in charge of such a big learning center did not come without challenges, as it took Stroud a few years to become comfortable with all its different elements. “There’s a lot involved with that learning center in terms

time,” said Dailey. Fujinami added, “I (had) never (Computer Aided Designed) that long before, from 6:30 (a.m.) to 10:30 (p.m.). It was a real thrill for me.” With another year of experience, contestants hope to compete again next year with a better plan to efficiently manage their limited time. of meetings that we need to attend and reports and data that has to be compiled and then administratively it was a lot,” expressed Stroud, “But once I had that scheme assembled and we had a lot of different teachers working together for that angle, it made it a lot easier.” Stroud is leaving MHS for the San Francisco Bay Area due to her husband’s new job, but her departure will not be an easy change for herself as well as many of her students and colleagues because of the memories made here. “I will miss her intensely. I will miss her laugh. I will miss her silliness and sarcasm. I will miss her conservativeness and her ‘Oh, gee!’ exclamations after all my crazy commentary,” said Kashimoto-Rowbottom, “We have been through a lot, and I will never forget the heart and passion she puts into every show she creates.” Stroud added, “Bittersweet, I guess. Sad and happy at the same time.” Seussical is the last production that Stroud will be directing in Hawaii. Next year, Aiea Intermediate Drama teacher Julia LoPresti will step in and hopefully continue Stroud’s legacy: never being afraid to change something for the better.


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VEX ROBOTICS TEAMS 1973A AND 1973B advance to semifinals at world competition By Harlan Rose

After spending nearly a whole school year planning, practicing and tweaking, two of MHS’ VEX Robotics teams competed in the world championship, held from April 23 to 26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Teams 1973A and 1973B competed in the arts and engineering divisions respectively and while neither team placed, both made it to the semifinals round. “This is our fourth year competing at the worlds,” said VEX Robotics adviser Timothy Pregana, “I was very confident in this year’s representation of our high school. Our robots were very robust, well designed, we could address a lot of things, concerns or tasks.” Qualifying for worlds requires time and effort, as only 430 teams out of 10,000 VEX teams worldwide made it to the championship. “To qualify (this year) you had to win a local tournament (that) qualified you for the state tournament and then the winners of the state tournament qualified for the world tournament,” said 1973A Captain Senior Clayton Dailey, “It’s a pretty good accomplishment just to make

it there.” Every year, the VEX tournaments are comprised of different games. This year, the game was called “Toss Up,” in which the teams must score points by using two differently sized balls: a large, plastic beach ball and a five-inch ball called a BuckyBall. “The objective of the game is to get (the balls) over and into a cylinder stash or get them into a goal zone and move them to the goal zone from the hanging zone,” explained Senior Sean Fitzgerald, of team 1973B. In order to create a robot that could complete all of these tasks, the team members needed to design a robot that was efficient and easy to maneuver. “This year’s robots (were) designed in a manner that can help you score and score game pieces as quickly as possible,” Pregana said. To achieve this goal for the world competition, the teams worked to perfect their robots from the district and state competitions. “We started off with (having the robot do) one task and as the tournaments (and) the qualification tournaments went on, we still built our way through, adding more tasks, (making it) able to do different things and by April we were able to get what we had wanted,” explained Fitzgerald.

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Teams had the opportunity to compete in five different divisions, including the science, technology, engineering, arts and math divisions, with 86 of the 430 total teams competing in each division. Team 1973A competed in the arts division while 1973B competed in engineering. Both 1973A and 1973B made it past the qualification rounds, joined an alliance with other teams from around the world and advanced to the semifinals round before being eliminated, after experiencing battery malfunctions in one of the robots. “Part of (the) robot wasn’t working because those robots take two batteries to work, so basically half the robot wasn’t working. So that’s why we lost our third match (in the semifinals),” said Dailey. Nonetheless, both

teams’ alliances ranked in the top 20 alliances in the world. In addition, Dailey ranked in the top 30 for “Robot Skills,” a side competition where individuals competed in an adapted version of the Toss Up game. “It’s basically where you have a minute to score the most points you can,” Dailey explained. After competing in the world tournament, members of the teams feel that many areas can be improved on. “We’ve already been talking about it. (We want to) start

early (and) build another spare robot,” Pregana said. Dailey added, “Once you stop improving, if you think your robot’s good, that’s when you start falling because nothing is ever perfect, there’s always something you can make better.” The game for the 20142015 VEX season, called “VEX Skyrise,” has been announced and MHS’ VEX Robotics teams are already in the early planning stages for next year’s competition.

Tried and true: Leoncio places second in NHD, advances to nationals By Lauren Barbour

After spending most of their school year working on their projects, students gathered for the National History Day (NHD) state competition on April 12 at Windward Community College. Of the 15 groups from MHS who competed, Junior Timothy Leoncio will be the only one advancing to the national competition after placing second in the documentary category, marking the furthest Leoncio has ever advanced in the NHD competition out of the three times he’s competed. “I’m really humbled at the fact that I received this opportunity to go and compete at the next level. But I also feel very proud of myself. I worked very hard on this, a

lot of sleepless nights working on this documentary through all the stages. It was rough at times, but it turned out to be worth it,” said Leoncio. Leoncio’s documentary, “Tried and True: The Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment,” centered around the Pentagon Papers, a series of documents detailing the U.S. government’s involvement in the Vietnam War, which were leaked to the public by Daniel Ellsberg. “I was flipping through books and I found this and I was like, ‘Wow, this matches everything perfectly.’ I mean, it has almost every aspect of a conspiracy theory. It was pretty awesome. It had investigative journalism, it had cover-ups, it had war secrets. I was like, ‘This is a pretty interesting topic and I want to do it,’” Leoncio recalled.

Leoncio attributes his success to his interest in the topic and his ability to communicate that feeling to the judges. “It was something that I think is really important in society in general and it’s just something that more and more people should focus on because we tend to miss out on these things when we’re too focused on things like social media. I mean, the more you know, the more power you have to affect the world you live in,” Leoncio said. A curiosity and the drive to fulfill it was a common theme in the students who competed at the state level. Sophomore Eileen Roco, who based her project on the Russian Revolution, focused specifically on the catalyst of Bloody Sunday, explained, “As soon as I heard the topic

for this year then I immediately looked to find something in Russian history and I found the topic and I was appalled that something happened like that and I wanted to learn more about it.” Leoncio and Roco both decided to compete in the documentary category because of their preference for video editing. “It’s something that I’m more familiar and comfortable doing, it’s something that I enjoy doing,” said Leoncio. Roco added, “A documentary is not only pictures and text, but it’s music, it’s a really deep pathos connection. It’s like immersing (the audience), it’s so cool and you don’t get to do that often so I took it upon myself to.” After three years competing, Leoncio’s dedication was rewarded. Social Stud-

ies teacher Dr. Amy Perruso commented, “You know, he’s been doing documentaries and that’s his chosen medium and I think that he has had projects in the past that I have thought deserved to go on that didn’t make it to the state level or to nationals so I think that for him this is a moment of redemption.” That sentiment was shared whether the students advanced or not. “I just took it wholly as a learning experience of video editing, history and all that good stuff,” said Roco. The national competition will be held from June 15 to 19 at the University of Maryland. In the time leading up to then, Leoncio will continue modifying and solidifying his work in order to represent MHS well.


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Annual preschool playday makes a ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ By Jacob Chang

On April 24, students from the Associated Students of Mililani High School (ASMHS) and the Early Childhood Development classes participated in an annual playday at Mililani District Park with public preschool students from around the island in an event coordinated by Special Olympics Hawaii. “It was really an honor to work with (the kids) and to see how much energy they did have and I really like working with kids just to see how happy they were that they were able to get out there and play games,” said Early Childhood Development student Senior Laura Ambrosecchio, “Because we were interested in teaching our own classes and some students want to go into early childhood education, it was good to get hands-on experience with preschool-aged children to kind of know what you need to do with

them.” The district playday was an event coordinated between Special Olympics Hawaii and the Department of Education in an attempt to bring students from around the island together to work with children and to get involved in the community. High school students from Radford, Aiea, Moanalua, Waialua, Leilehua and Mililani came to participate and interact with the kids. With the small amount of public preschools on Oahu only accepting disabled students, the students are offered many opportunities and care that they might not experience elsewhere. “A lot of times we don’t really pay attention to the people who have disabilities and we overlook them and the purpose of this was to stop the spreading of the word retarded because it’s usually seen as something to laugh about, but it’s not,” said ASMHS President Senior Kaycee Oyama. Student Activities Coordinator Janet Ward-Riehle added, “The big

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As one of the playday activities, Senior Laura Ambrosecchio (right) and Junior Austin Ajimura, led singing, dancing and games within a plastic bubble that students and preschoolers could stand inside. campaign message this year was ‘Spread the word to end the word,’ which (was that) they’re trying to get people to understand that the ‘r’ word (retarded), isn’t well taken and doesn’t sit well.” This year’s theme was ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and over 250 preschoolers and high school students alike got the chance to participate in ocean-themed ex-

ercises and games. “So all the games had to do with ocean creatures or shells or sand or fish and dolphins, so they all had some theme to it,” said Ward-Riehle. Student felt that the playday gave them the chance to work directly with members of the community and contribute to the improvement of conditions and treatment of disabled students.


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Various Dr. Seuss characters were referenced in addition to Horton’s story. Some of the characters included the Mayor of Whoville, the Grinch and the famous Cat in the Hat.

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“Seussical” follows the story of Horton, who throughout the musical is given the responsibility of not only saving the Whos of Whoville, but of taking care of an egg left behind by Mayzie the Bird.

“I think (we) got a lot out of it, spending time with the kids and they’re always really happy so it’s fun to see them having fun,” said Oyama. Although this year’s preschool playday is over, ASMHS and Early Childhood Development look towards teaming up for future projects as well as next year’s playday.

fell for Horton,” explained Stroud, “Even though everycontinued from page 1 one is laughing at him and making fun of him, when it’s showcased its five months of so easy to ignore (the Whos hard work and dedication asking him for help) he for the audience to enjoy. “I doesn’t. He makes a promise love it, I’m a huge fan of Dr. and sticks to it and always Seuss and a lot of my friends sticks to it when it’s hard. are in this so I’m happy for And when I was a little girl, them, especially (Junior Kalli and as an adult now, it was Hirasa). She’s perfect for this something that I really, really role, she’s fabulous,” said liked.” Junior Genevieve Castaneda. With such a success, parGail Sunada, parent of ents and MHS students alike Sophomore Rachel Sunada, recognized the achievements added, “Fantastic job. They of the CTAA program. “I did such a wonderful job, a like that it’s the kids, not lot of energy, the music was just the high school kids, but fantastic. It was just very well it brings in all the elemendone.” tary school kids and kids For some of the actors, from different schools and I the best part about acting think that’s really good that is realizing the relationship we can get them interested between the audience and in the theatre, you know? performers. “I like to give Get a start, a head start,” high energy off and I like the said Val Cambra, parent of feedback that I get back from Junior Lindsey Cambra who the audience, especially when played several roles in “SeI play like really fun, high ussical.” Castaneda added, energy, crazy characters,” said “What I think is great about Senior Sean Kaya, who por(CTAA) is it teaches us trayed one of the three Wick- more than just acting in the ersham brothers, “It’s really high school play, teaches us fun what kind of energy you professionalism and CTAA is get back from the audience great because they expect so when you put all the energy much more than what other in, into the show.” people expect from teenagAs the musical followed ers.” classic Dr. Seuss stories, it “Seussical” is the final was easy to get attached to play that will be directed the characters that were feaunder Stroud as she will be tured. “Horton, only because moving to San Franciso at you know Horton, when the end of this year. my dad read the story when I was a little girl, I totally


Trojan Times Thursday, May 15, 2014

Aubrey gets down to business, creates Pop-iT Hawaii tab bracelets By Jessica Fontenot

Not often does a student make a substantial profit from a project assigned by their teacher. This was the case for Sophomore Reyn Aubrey, who took an idea given to him by his fellow classmate, Sophomore Jay Pang, in an entrepreneur class project and turned it into a business. He now runs his business, Pop-iT Hawaii, by selling soda tab bracelets at public events and has his own website where consumers can buy a variety of different color bracelets such as foam white and firetruck red. “I guess I kind of knew (Aubrey) would be the type of person to start that kind of thing because he saw our profits and he’s a more outgoing type of person,” said Pang, “So he took that opportunity to get a proper idea that wasn’t invested in our school or Hawaii in general and made it more popular in our (age) section and exploit-

ed it so he would make more money and more business.” The idea of stringing together soda tabs into bracelets came from Pang’s middle school Market Fair, where the class was required to make a product out of everyday items. Parents were given first dibs on the students’ products and used fake money on the products they thought were best. “I had only a few left for the students. So I thought it was a good idea to use those because I made a lot of money that day,” said Pang. It was during this year’s homecoming game that the entrepreneurship class, taught by Janise Kim, held a fair to showcase their products. Pang’s idea of the soda tab bracelets was used again by his group and sold 42 bracelets, almost selling out. From there, Aubrey created a website to showcase the product even further and made his success. “A lot of people really, really like the idea of supporting a teen entrepre-

neur, of supporting recycling because it’s a product that combines recycling and planet sustainability with business and teen growth,” said Aubrey, “Mainly I just want to learn about running a business, about management, about growing (it into) something that can be profitable.” Even with the amount of success Aubrey has achieved with his product, he values what he has learned from this journey more than his profits. “He’s a very interested student,” said Kim, “I know he will be successful in the future. He just has that drive and desire to be successful and to learn. I think that’s the most important. He’s always willing to learn, he wants to experience, he wants

Photos courtesy of Sophomore Reyn Aubrey

Aubrey sells his products at craft fairs as well as on his website and now offers brown and gold-themed bracelets. to learn more so I have very high expectations of him.” Although learning about entrepreneurship is important to Aubrey, so is the practice of selling a product that will not have harmful longterm effects on the earth. “I like to think that, you know, when you create a product, it can be something that can benefit the earth and I like to think that in my own little

way, these recycled bracelets are helping to keep the planet sustainable,” said Aubrey. Although soda tab bracelets can be found anywhere, Aubrey is one of the first to officially sell the product. He now offers brown and gold bracelets which are not yet offered on his website, www.


Photo courtesy of Na Manao Poina Ole

One of the defining aspects of this yearbook was the cover, which was plain white and had a simple design. In addition, the yearbook did not have a theme, allowing staffers the opportunity to work without constraints and be creative with the design. By Reagan Paz

As the year comes to a close, the student body eagerly anticipates the release of the yearbook, as it commemorates all of the events of the school year. This year’s Na Manao Poina Ole staff along with Journalism adviser Christopher Sato put in months of hard work to

produce the finished product. “It’s definitely worth the work just to see it. Before, we saw it on computer screens, and on computer paper in black and white, but seeing it (in) actual print, it makes you kind of forget the stress and the hard work and it really pays off,” said Faculty Manager Junior Vanessa Panetta. This year, unlike past years, the yearbook didn’t

have a theme, which initially was difficult to work with. “We didn’t want to sum up the school year through a possible cliche, we wanted to keep it open and leave the constraints of a theme,” said Sato. Editor-in-Chief Senior Iris Corrales added, “We wanted the yearbook to look as cohesive as possible but we were so used to working with themes that this year we had

to (minimize) our design and find a way to make it work.” However, not having a theme allowed the staff more freedom with their creativity. “I thought working without a theme made it easier just because we could have more options for story ideas and designing,” said Panetta. This year’s staff was also significantly smaller than past years, having only five

new members for a total staff of 12 people. “It was hard working with small numbers because we had to teach them new things. One of the hardest things was that we were trying to teach (the new members) at the same pace the returnees were at, so it was really hard for them to follow a little bit,” said Corrales. Even with the smaller staff, they managed to step up to the plate and overcome challenges to produce the final product. “Over time they all showed improvement, they all were diligent and they worked really hard to meet our expectations,” said Corrales. Sato added, “Given the situation, they all grew, albeit stressful but nonetheless, each staffer shined.” The product was a culmination of the staff’s hard work throughout the year. “Seeing the final product for the first time, I was content with the outcome and confident to say that all our hard work paid off in the long run,” Corrales expressed. Sato and the staff hope that students enjoy and appreciate the final product and those returning look forward to creating the yearbook next year.


CHOSEN TROJANS Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mocz is best in country at Junior Science and Humanities Symposium By Russell Omo

From April 23 to 27, Senior Viola Mocz competed against other student scientists in the 52nd annual National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NJSHS) and won first in the physical science category for her research of the internal structure of elementary particles. This marks Mocz’s last high school science competition and thus ends the young scientist’s high school career on a bright note. “I did not expect winning first place. After they called third and second I was like, ‘Oh, it’s probably not going to happen. Goodbye.’ Because all the projects over there were such a high caliber and everyone was just so amazing,” expressed Mocz. Participants competed in one of seven categories including environmental science, life sciences, medicine and health, mathematics and computer science, chemistry, engineering and physical science. To compete in NJSHS, students must first compete and place in their respective regional symposium. For Mocz, placing first in the Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability earned her a spot to compete in NJSHS and present her paper amongst a myriad of projects. “One of the other projects was creating more efficient solar panels, there was one that dealt with dark matter. In computer science, there was one person who modeled the beat of a heart in a much more efficient way,” explained Mocz.

Competitors had to give a 12-minute speech on their projects followed by a sixminute questioning period. Students had to demonstrate an understanding of their project as well as exemplary presentation skills in order to succeed. “You are judged according to the originality of the project, the creativity, a good data analysis, recognizing limitations of your work,” said Mocz, “It’s just like telling a story.” Those 12 minutes on stage are much harder than one would expect. “In order to convey or present in 12 minutes is a big task to do. You need to provide enough details and not go beyond the time limit you are given,” added Science Fair Coordinator Nel Venzon. The inception of Mocz’s project can be traced back to her sophomore year, when she created a model to understand the physical properties of particles. Mocz’s presentation was based off of a continuation of that project. “I created a new particle model to theoretically calculate properties of particles,” said Mocz, “It works for all of the particle families, it helps unite the different families, it also has some predictive capabilities as well. I remember in my sophomore year I could predict the mass of an X boson before it was actually found and it was correct.” Winning first in her category was not only a demonstration of her scientific prowess but also her growth as a student and person throughout her high school career. “It’s a beautiful thing to see someone, over time, improve. Thinking about

Photo courtesy of Science Fair Coordinator Nel Venzon

First place winners of the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium won a $12,000 scholarship. Second and third place won $8,000 and $4,000 scholarships respectively.

Photo courtesy of Science Fair Coordinator Nel Venzon

Although Mocz found herself with a myriad of competitors, she also found herself in a familiar atmosphere, with colleagues she has known from previous competitions not limited to the symposium. her freshman year, (Mocz) was very shy (and ) timid, but when I saw her last week when she presented: amazing. It was a completely different person,” said Venzon. Mocz’s dedication to sci-

ence has left a mark on those she has worked with. “I wish her the best. You know, one day I think I’ll see her appear on (the) Discovery (Channel),” said Science Olympiad adviser Matthew Capps.

Mocz won a $12,000 scholarship from NJSHS and plans to study particle physics at Princeton University this coming fall.

Marchan wins fourth in the nation at Cisco Networking NetRiders competition networking, in addition to creating a virtual simulation in which competitors applied Some may think it’s networking concepts to solve impossible to outsmart over a problem. “It was a hundred 9,000 students, but for Ju(question) exam on networknior Mick Marchan, it was as ing protocol, port numbers, easy as taking a test, where he pretty much everything about placed fourth in the nation in networking then after that this year’s Cisco Networking there was pretty much a lab,” Academy NetRiders USA and said Marchan, “In that simuCanada competition. lation, you had to, we had to “(Marchan’s) accomfix the networking of a winplishment, in my personal ery and we had to check the opinion, is amazing,” said sensors like that and stuff.” Industrial Arts teacher Blaise This year, Marchan was Hanagami, “(Marchan) was the only qualified contestant going against a lot of college from Hawaii to compete in students and not only that, the final round of testing he also went up against high which was held on May 1. schools that were basically Compared to the first round trade schools.” of testing, by the final round The Cisco Networking Marchan was up against 111 Academy NetRiders competi- other competitors ranging tion challenges students with from college to high school a test on basic concepts of students. Overall, Marchan

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placed fourth in the 18 and under division and placed an overall 55 out of 102 college and high school students. “If you compared (Marchan) to everybody, like everyone under and over 18 he placed 55,” said Hanagami, “Which is actually pretty crazy because there (were) only 10 other high school members amongst the pack that he competed against, so that means that everybody else for him to place 55th, he basically beat all college students.” Compared to previous achievements, this was the first time in MHS history that NetRiders competed individually in the competition. “I think it’s very good,” said Tech Coordinator Kory Takemoto, “(Marchan) is carrying on tradition because we’ve been (doing) very well

for the past few years.” Hanagami added, “I think this is a huge accomplishment for Mick Marchan in particular, in that this was the first year that NetRiders went on an individual basis. Before, in the previous years to this one, you competed as a team.” Both Hanagami and Takemoto recognize Marchan’s success as one that was well deserved. “The only reason (Marchan’s) accomplishment was possible was because number one, (Marchan) is very self-driven,” said Hanagami, “He’s always very, in my opinion, humble, he doesn’t let it get to his head. When he accomplishes something, he doesn’t go bragging about it. You know he’s a very successful man, but he has the character to match it.” Takemoto

added, “(Marchan) is really good at solving problems, so taking the information that he knows, applying it to a problem and being able to figure it out, so I think that’s one of, that’s why he does well. ” In turn, Marchan credits his success to both of his networking teachers, in addition to others. “Pretty much Takemoto, Mr. Takemoto who’s our networking admin here and Mr. Hanagami (have) helped out a lot through all of this and actually everyone, everyone in the network,” said Marchan. After placing fourth in the competition, Marchan was awarded a $2,000 router that he is currently planning on donating to either Takemoto or Hanagami.

Valedictorians Class of 2014

Designed by April-Joy McCann, Reagan Paz, Jessica Fontenot

Once upon a time, there were 28 students with a 4.0+ GPA that completed Senior Project. Before they embark on a new quest to the world outside of high school, they left their legacy in this story book by commemorating their endeavors.





College attending: Pacific University Intended major: Speech-Language Pathology Something people don’t know about you: I’ve played the guitar for over five years Motto: “Just take a nap.”

Fairy tale character: Anastasia Alter ego: K-pop star Fantasy description: Having a party with Miyazaki movie characters

ean S Fitzgerald

College attending: University of Fairy tale character: Not Prince Nevada at Reno Charming! Intended major: Engineering Where you’d live: Somewhere with Fantasy description: Mountaintop four seasons Mansion, secluded Motto: “Why wait? Nah, I’ll Archenemy: Loki procrastinate!” Something people know you for: Being a geek


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College attending: University of Washington Intended major: Neuroscience Fairy tale character: Fairy, Tinkerbell Alter ego: Dora the Explorer


Fantasy description: To live with my besties Archenemy: Maleficent Biggest fear: Deep water Something people know you for: Being awkward Dreams/Goals: To be the best person I can be!

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College attending: University of San Francisco Intended major: Biology, Pre-Health Studies Motto: “It is what it is. Jah feel?” Something people don’t know about you: I’m actually really sarcastic

Keane Hamamura

College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended major: Mechanical Engineering Fairy tale character: Magical Rock Alter ego: Ke-a-ne

Where you’d live: Under the other Magical Rock Archenemy: The Unfriendly Boulder Favorite high school memory: When a giant panda visited my calculus class

Elizabeth Hamm Nickname: Lizzie College attending: University of Texas at Austin Intended Major: Double Major in Latin and Greek with a concentration or minor in English Literature Motto: “Bene legere saecla vincere,” To read well is to conquer the ages. Fairy tale character: Cinderella Alter ego: Mermaid from Peter Pan

Fantasy description: I want to get to Narnia somehow Biggest fear: Macroeconomics Favorite high school memory: The start of the state cross country race this year, my last cross country race ever! I realized how much I loved running with my team.

Jacob Arakawa

College Attending: University of Portland Intended major: Electrical Engineering Fairy tale character(s): Three Little Pigs Where you’d live: Japan Archenemy: Big Bad Wolf Fantasy description: Everyone wants to be me

Alissa Kelly

College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended major: Double major, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Fairy tale character: Tarzan’s ape mother, Kala Alter ego: Beyonce Archenemy: Flying Justin Bieber

Kiana Keller

College attending: Bates College Intended major: Neuroscience Fairy tale character: Chihiro Alter ego: A bookstore owner Where you’d live: Howl’s moving castle Archenemy: Witch of the Waste Something people don’t know about you: I used to live in Thailand Dreams/Goals: Become a doctor

Where you’d live: A giant tub of orange Jell-O Something people don’t know about you: @GMK29333 IS MY GRANDMA Hope to accomplish in college: Not cry on my first day??? Dreams/Goals: Adopt a mini pig




College attending: University of Miami Intended major: Neuroscience and Spanish Fairy tale character: Aurora Alter ego: Jennifer Lawrence Where you’d live: Germany or Spain Archenemy: Maleficent Something people know you for: Being sassy and making kissy faces

Something people don’t know about you: I’m a licensed Zumba instructor. I love to dance! Dreams/Goals: To live a life full of success, adventure, happiness and laughter Motto: “Perseverance. It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up.” Biggest fear: Spiders

V iola Mocz

College Attending: Princeton Intended Major: Particle Physics Fairy Tale Character: Dragon Where You’d Live: On my own planet with Pokemon Motto: “Don’t be afraid of failure.”

Alter Ego: Pokemon Master and Dragon Trainer Dreams/Goals: To be a professor at a university (genetically create a Pokemon!) Biggest Accomplishment: Predicting the mass of the Higgs Boson

orikawa M L isa

College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Fairy tale character: Mulan Alter ego: Michael Jackson Where you’d live: Iceland Archenemy: Captain Hook Motto: “Love, laugh and live my life to the fullest.”

Something everyone knows you for: I came here from Japan three years ago Something people don’t know about you: I’m super bad at math even though I’m Asian

yers M K S eely

College attending: University of Washington Intended major: Undecided Fairy tale character: Princess Jasmine Alter ego: K-Shizzle Where you’d live: Tuscany vineyard


Archenemy: Sleeping Beauty Biggest accomplishment: Watching all nine seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” in three weeks Something people know you for: Consuming large amounts of candy

Seniors who earned a 4.0 but did not complete Senior Project Taylor Bumgarner Alyssa Fukumae Sean Grant Matthew Heiner Zoe Leaman

Michael McGuire Andrea Thayne Kaycee Oyama Isis Usborne Ganesh Prasad Rapolu Nathan Raymundo Kacie Shintani

Gabriella Munoz

College attending: Georgetown University Intended major: Undecided Fairy tale character: Pokemon master Archenemy: Gary Oak Dreams/Goals: Being a writer ... Eventually. Something people know you for: Bad puns, singing all the time, shortness Something people don’t know about you: I used to do sports

Kyla Niino

Sharyse Nadamoto Nickname: Sharyse “Navidad” Nadamoto College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended major: Engineering Fairy tale character: Tinkerbell Alter ego: Awkward turtle Where you’d live: Japan Archenemy: Captain Hook Something people know you for: Always being up to something Dreams/Goals: Finish college and live happily ever after


College attending: University of Southern California Intended major: Mechanical engineering Fairy tale character: Mulan Alter ego: George Carlin Where you’d live: Spain Archenemy: Darth Vader Something people don’t know about you: I love nerdy jokes/pick-up lines Favorite high school memory: Successfully “shooting for my grade” in Mr. Kikugawa’s projectile motion lab Biggest accomplishment: Getting a 5 on an AP exam Biggest fear: Rejection

Myla Pereira College attending: Southern Utah University Intended major: Biology Fairy tale character: Glen Coco Alter ego: Dru Daley Where you’d live: Anywhere Channing Tatum is Archenemy: Regina George Biggest fear: Being a freshman again and becoming too white while in Utah Biggest accomplishment: Finally being able to touch my toes Dreams/Goals: Better handwriting, marry Channing Tatum, become a doctor, unlimited Starbucks Hope to accomplish: Pass the MCAT, graduate, get a tan

College attending: University of Nevada at Las Vegas Intended major: Undecided Fairy tale character: The Big Bad Wolf Alter ego: Severus Snape Where you’d live: London Archenemy: The three little pigs Biggest accomplishment: Finishing senior project in one day Biggest fear: Losing my eyebrows What you’ll miss about MHS: I’ll RIEHLE miss Patrick Hope to accomplish in college: Go to concerts and meet celebrities Motto: “Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you how to live your life.”

Reagan Paz

College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended Major: Civil Engineering Fairy tale Character: Maleficent Alter ego: Yeezus Where you’d live: In the fast lane Archenemy: T. Swift Motto: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney Something people know you for: My extremely long hair

Something people don’t know about you: If I was a boy my parents were going to name me Rogan Hope to accomplish in college: Sticking with my major Favorite high school memory: Senior prom Biggest fear: Getting stuck somewhere really high up

Joseph Tagorda

College attending: Santa Clara University Intended major: Bioengineering Fairy tale character: Peter Pan Alter ego: Joseph the carpenter Archenemy: Captain Hook Where you’d live: Dubai Biggest accomplishment: Making my parents proud Something people don’t know about you: I’m fluent in Korean

Leyna Tamaye

College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended major: Electrical engineering Skill/Power: Intimidate Weakness: My height Alter ego: Having a happy-looking default face Description: A superhero in disguise ... everything is done behind the scenes

Dreams/Goals: To be taller than everyone Motto: “Rule number one: Don’t mess up!”

Motto: “As a man thinketh, so shall he be.” - James Allen Dreams/Goals: Live a wonderful life with wonderful people Favorite high school memory: My long lasting friends that I will continue to talk to beyond high school Biggest fear: Being excluded


Alyssa Tobita

College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended major: Electrical Engineering Fairy tale character: Natsu Alter ego: An eggplant Archenemy: Orochimaru Where you’d live: Konoha

College attending: University of Oregon Intended major: Physics Fairy tale character: Elsa from Frozen Alter ego: Serena Williams Where you’d live: Australia Archenemy: Prince Hans Something people don’t know about you: If I was a boy, my parents were going to name me Tyson Something people know you for: Small eyes and thunder thighs Dreams/Goals: Start for the UO women’s tennis team Motto: “Wing it and you’ll fly.” Biggest accomplishment: Becoming valedictorian Biggest fear: Struggling to balance social, athletic and academic life in college What you’ll miss about MHS: Such supportive teachers

Something people know you for: My Bankai Biggest accomplishment: Passing the chunin exam Motto: “Believe it.” Dreams/Goals: Getting paid to watch anime


College attending: University of California at Berkeley Intended major: Political Science Fairy tale character: Sleeping Beauty Alter ego: Professor Chaos Where you’d live: A secret island with the weather of San Diego, the atmosphere of Hawaii and the

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College attending: University of Hawaii at Manoa Intended major: Electrical Engineering Fairy tale character: Avatar Yama Alter ego: The cabbage man Where you’d live: Japan Archenemy: Firelord Ozai Something people don’t know about you: My favorite temperature is 61 degrees Fahrenheit Dreams/Goals: Becoming a water bender

Biggest fear: Throwing a party and no one will come Hope to accomplish in college: I hope to pass all of my classes and defeat freshman 15... Who am I kidding, I love food too much Fantasy description: Walking through the rain without getting wet

Adriene Unpingco

College attending: University of Hawaii West Oahu Intended Major: Elementary Education or Nursing Fairy tale character: The Dark Lord Alter ego: The rainbow happy cat from the Lego Movie Archenemy: The Little Mermaid Where you’d live: Harry Styles’ house What you’ll miss about MHS: Reading the writing on the bathroom stalls Something people don’t know about you: Potatoes are my favorite vegetable Something people know you for: I own too many cat shirts


College attending: University of California at Irvine Intended major: Illustration or general fine arts Fairy tale character: Karl Marx Alter ego: Rabbit Archenemy: Capitalist society Where you’d live: In a box on a beach

cast of Saturday Night Live Archenemy: The Evil Queen from Snow White Something people don’t know about you: One of my favorite college application essays was about zombie apocalypses. I got in! Motto: “Some sit on the bench, some play the game, some change the way the game is played.”

Biggest accomplishment: Learning to tie my shoes Something people don’t know about you: I’m a girl Favorite high school memory: Travelling to DC with my fellow anti-government anarchists and communists

Rachel Yonamine

College attending: Oregon State University Intended major: Engineering Fairy tale character: Katara Alter Ego: A waterbender by day, bloodbender by night Archenemy: Azula Where You’d Live: Channing Tatum’s house Fantasy Description: Functioning without sleep and flying Motto: “Shoot for the moon because if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Something people don’t know about you: I have a fiance that lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida. No one knows yet... And neither does he...

YEAR IN REVIEW Designed by Vivian Fang |

Issue 2. On Sept. 13, Lady Trojans from all classes suited up to take part in MHS’ fourth annual Powderpuff tournament.

Issue 2. With a heated rivalry in nearly every sport, MHS and Leilehua High School faced off in an intense battle for redemption during MHS’ homecoming football game on Sept. 27. MHS won with a score of 44-14, avenging their previous losses.

Issue 3. Senior Rachel Yonamine portrayed the revival of Joan’s legacy in the third movement,“From Martyr to Saint.”

Issue 4. In 1976, MHS welcomed Social Studies teacher John Topolinski, an expert in Hawaiian history, to its faculty. After 45 years filled with students and history, Topolinski has retired.

Issue 4. For most students, the closest they come to learning about another culture is through a textbook. However, for 32 Kaiyo High School students, the process involves a two-month voyage on a fishing vessel and a bus ride to MHS to embrace the local lifestyle of a student in Hawaii. Issue 5. Senior Viola Mocz entered the Intel Science Talent Search (STS), a program dedicated to finding and recognizing America’s top high school scientists. After a threemonth screening period, Mocz was announced as one of only 40 finalists from around the country.

Issue 6. On March 1, the stage was set for this year’s Brown Bags to Stardom talent show. Senior Misha Rosario, the Kokoke Kaulana Band and the Academy of Bandits dance crew took this year’s Best in Vocals, Dance and Band, respectively.

Issue 6. In the annual Hawaii Career and Technical Student Organization Convention (HCTSO), MHS students brought home the gold in four vocational organizations, including SkillsUSA and Future Farmers of America.

Issue 7. While most students likely spent their spring break at home, with family or at the beach, 85 students enrolled in MHS’ music program visited Japan and Okinawa from March 14 to 21. During the trip, students toured the country and performed for Fuchu High School, a sister school to MHS. Those returning next school year are looking forward to the opportunity to go on another trip to spread their love for music across the world.


Trojan Times Thursday, May 15, 2014

Trojan track and field sprints to success at OIA championship By Harlan Rose

Underclassmen athletes on MHS’ boys and girls varsity track and field teams were required to bring the extra effort to the OIA championship, held on May 3 at the MHS stadium while the senior athletes were attending prom. Despite having a smaller team, they were able to secure several spots in the top six of their events with the boys’ team taking fifth place and the girls taking seventh place overall. “It feels really good because the top competitors, they were all seniors and they all get like 57 seconds or 60 seconds and to be a sophomore and place that high it was really good,” said Sophomore Leah Keller, who placed fifth in the 400-meter dash. In order to train for the OIAs, athletes had to participate in rigorous practices beginning in November. “Training consists of conditioning runs, speed work, speed endurance work, weight training, hill running and ab (and) core work,” said Head Coach Dane Matsunaga. Runners also performed additional exercises outside of their daily practices. “On my own time I would go swim and do a bunch of other exercises,” said Sophomore

Brandee Schiller, who ran in the 3000-meter race. The runners felt that their coaches had helped them reach the OIA championship by encouraging them during practice and during the races themselves. “They basically just told me what my race strategy should be and made workouts that would help us get to this point,” said Sophomore Vanessa Roybal, who placed third in the 3000-meter run. Runners also received support from their teammates at the meet as they created encouraging posters for the athletes and cheered for them from the sidelines. “There’s this special place before the 300 curve and that’s where you really need support and my teammates are always there, yelling at that exact spot and it pushes me,” expressed Keller. During the races, the runners had to work to keep themselves focused and in good form. “I was just trying to keep my pace and keep going a little faster and faster because in my head, you always want to give up but you know you can’t and you just got to push through the pain,” Schiller said. Matsunaga also offered support for the runners during the race. “The preparation has been done throughout the week.

It’s just about encouraging them and reminding them they are ready to compete and hope for the best,” Matsunaga expressed. Despite the seniors not being able to attend the championship meet, several underclassmen athletes secured a position in the top six of their events and the boys team placed fifth overall. “I just thought it was a really good feeling, like after all the training we made it this far and it was good,” said Keller. However, the runners felt that they could improve in many areas in order to achieve a higher ranking. “(We have to do) off training, that will always help you start the season a little stronger and then you just keep building off of that. Doing more than just the minimum, doing exercises swimming, anything else that will help running become a little bit easier,” said Schiller. Roybal added, “I think mentally I just have to believe in myself and just keep working on my speed and my strength and I’ll get there one day.” The varsity track and field teams competed in the state championship on May 10 at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and are currently looking forward to the next track season.

Harlan Rose | Trojan Times

With the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championships falling on the same day as senior prom, many underclassmen, such as Sophomore Vanessa Roybal (left), had to step it up in order to score more points in pursuit of the team title.

Making a splash: Water polo takes second in OIAs and fourth in states By Vivian Fang

Participating in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) tournament from April 24 to 26 and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state tournament the following week, MHS’ water polo team was able to pull off a second place finish at OIAs and fourth place at HHSAA. This is the farthest the team has come so far. “We had a lot of seniors this year and they were led by two of the most dedicated senior captains I have ever had. (Kaylie Anne) Miyashita and Shelby Parker. Their leadership and experience was a big part of our team’s success,” expressed Coach Gregg Wong. “(They) gave our team added depth, allowing our second string to play quality minutes during tournament play.” The team was able to trump Leleihua and Kapolei

before facing off against Kahuku during the finals. “We all had the same goal, which was to win OIAs and we wanted to make a statement out there to other schools to prove that we’re ready for the championship game,” said Miyashita. Wong added, “We were able to challenge perennial power Kahuku in the OIA finals. The girls played one of their best games but we ran out of gas and fell just short. It was a tough loss.” Although they lost the OIA title to Kahuku, the girls are still immensely proud of their accomplishment, and see this as a catalyst to future triumphs. “The last time we made it to the championship game was my freshman year,” said Miyashita. During the HHSAA state tournament, the team was able to beat out Leilehua during the quarterfinals and Kamehameha Schools Hawaii in the semifinals. “The energy of the home crowd was fantastic and I knew it would be

a great game because (Kamehameha has) a quality coach,” said Wong, “We were able to use our experience of scrimmaging quality teams like Punahou, Iolani and Kamehameha Kapalama to help pull away in the second (and) third quarter. And with three starters fouling out by the fourth quarter, we were able to hold on for the win, vaulting us into the semifinals.”

The team also attributes their success to the strong bond formed throughout the season. “We had better chemistry, especially within the school where we played, and it just kind of clicked more than last year did,” said Hole Set Senior Chanel Long, “We worked more as a team, so individually I was more aware of my team and I got used to them. As a team,

we grew a lot closer than we were last year. That helped a lot.” Miyashita added, “It was not only a team sport but a family. And we were like all sisters because we saw each other every day at practice.” The seniors hope that their legacy will carry on to the younger players so that the team will be able to win the OIA championship title in the near future.

French Exam French language students competed in the annual French exam, Le Grand Concours. There were a total of seven winners from MHS and two received the top scores in the public school category. Each category is based on the year of study the student took. In French 1, Freshman Kaycee Beardeaux took first and in French 4, Junior Nicole Antos took first. The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) organize a nationally circulated exam which test students skills in vocabulary, fluency and grammar. “I encourage my students to take it,” said French language teacher Norma Young, “I think the students have the self satisfaction (of doing the test) and knowing that (they) did this.” The students were acknowledged and awarded on May 10 at the AATF Awards Ceremony. Compiled by Makanalani Yamanoha



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Tennis boys, girls swing their way into second place at states By Jacob Chang

By Harlie Bates-Hudgin

Last year’s state champion in high jump, co-captain Senior Khalil Stevens has dedicated three years of high school to becoming the best high jumper in Hawaii track and field history, holding the overall state record at 6’10” in high jumping and last year tying for number six in the nation. “It was kind of surreal knowing that out of all the high jumpers in the nation, I was up there amongst the best of them,” said Stevens. Stevens strives to keep himself focused during practice and competitions. “I come to practice and work hard and it really shows in what I can do at our track meets. Sometimes our workouts can be really tough and exhausting but I always give 100 percent effort and try to push through them,” said Stevens. Stevens is also a friend and mentor to the rest of the team. “He is very supportive of others. When his teammates are having difficult times, he reminds them that some just have those days, but you shouldn’t give up,” said Senior Keaomelemele McClay. Senior Tyler Uratsuka added, “(Stevens’) positive attitude encourages his teammates to work hard and never give up.” Stevens’ dedication to his team has not gone unnoticed. “(Stevens) is a very good leader. He knows when it’s time to do work but he also knows that in order to be seen as a leader he must treat his teammates with the same respect he would like to be treated with,” said McClay. Stevens continues to dedicate himself to his sports and hopes to win the title of state champion at this year’s Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state championship.

After a season of success in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA), MHS’ tennis team traveled to the Wailea Tennis Club on Maui to participate in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) championships. MHS participated in various divisions, including girls singles, girls doubles, boys singles and boys doubles. “While I was playing, the constant cheering and encouragement from my team helped me so much to stay in the match and play hard till the end. When the match was over, my team surrounded me and I have never felt so much love and support. I am just so extremely grateful for them,” said Senior Alyssa Tobita, who placed second in girls singles. Coming from a successful season in the OIA, with Mililani sweeping all of the divisions at OIA champion-

ships, the MHS tennis team had high expectations for the state tournament. “I expected us to win OIAs and qualify as many singles and doubles teams to the state tournament to give them a chance to win the elusive state title. Although we fell short (second boys and girls), it sets our goals for next year,” said Head Coach Jason Agsalda. Tobita added, “It was very hard to keep my mind from wandering to the finals match because so many people had high expectations of me, but I tried to stay in the moment and take it one match at a time. The only expectations for myself were that I play my heart out and fight for every single point.” For some on the tennis team however, just getting to states had its challenges. “We had some setbacks prior to the tournament (such as injuries and grades). But despite that, players gave a valiant effort to try and win their match for the team,” said Agsalda. Tobita added,

Photo courtesy of Sophomore Davin Lee

The encouragement that the tennis players received from their teammates standing on the sidelines helped them perform their best. “It was a very good feeling to end high school by being runner-ups for the team title. Our goal has been to place since I started playing varsity, and I’m very proud to say that we finally did it.” Aside from all the work they put in, players attribute their success to their fellow teammates and coach. “My coaches and teammates have helped me both mentally and physically,” said Tobita,

“Mentally, everyone was so supportive and they had nothing but positivity to send my way. Every match I knew that my team and coaches were going to be there for me.” Though the season is now over, the MHS tennis team has high hopes for the future and plans to work hard in hopes of capturing the team titles next year.

Driving to OIA golf success Aiming for

give him a hug when he does it.” Teammate Senior Tristan Murayama added, “(Furuta’s) attitude at tournaments is different compared to the rest of the team. He’s always confident, never nervous and always smiling. Though he has the talent and skill, his attitude for the sport embodies the way he plays.” Furuta’s success this past season is recognized by his team, inspiring them to follow in his footsteps. “(Furuta) is a work horse and our top motivator on the team. He’s very vocal and keeps the intensity high. His interactions with his teammates are always positive,” said Aiu. Murayama added, “(Furuta) is an amazing player and keeps the team alive at practice. He works hard at practice and performs well at tournaments. To see him do well throughout the season makes me inspired to perform better.” Practice makes perfect and Furuta makes time in which he can better himself as an athlete, both in and out of school, although it is sometimes difficult to balance his athletic and academic schedules. “We practice Monday through Friday, and our tournaments are usually on Saturdays (and) my dad and I lift at home to get myself stronger overall,” explained Furuta. Furuta competed in the state championships this past weekend on May 10.

By Karen Neill

On April 22 and 23 the girls golf Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) championship tournament was held at Turtle Bay and North Shore. A four-girl team won, marking a first for the Mililani history books. “Winning OIAs was one of the greatest experiences for all of the girls. We had so much fun, plus this was the first OIA championship for girls golf, (so) we felt overjoyed and couldn’t believe what we’ve accomplished,” said Sophomore Kira Nakamoto. Sophomore Eden Sun added, “It felt awesome to win OIAs. As a team we worked very hard and all improved our golf games. I felt like we won what we earned because we did well throughout the season and pulled out strong during OIAs.” This being the first OIA win for the girls in Mililani history, the players feel that they could not have done it without the help of their coaches. “We are so fortunate to have coaches that push us and motivate us to do our best and we really did make history this year,” Sun explained. The small number of players in the championship team only strengthened an already solid bond. “We are all really close. Like, we knew

each other even before high school, there are no arguments or anything. We are like a family,” said Sophomore Mari Nishiura. Although the team was considered one of the larger groups in the competition, the four participants were serious about doing well individually in order to propel themselves forward together. Nakamoto explained, “Mostly the problems we had were individual. It was all based off of how we all played as individuals.” As a team comprised completely of sophomores who also played together in their freshman year, they feel they that they not only got closer, but were able to improve their performances. “Last year it was a lot different since it was my first time. I was unfamiliar with the people playing and was just uncomfortable because I never played an OIA tournament before,” said Sun, “This year, I was a lot more comfortable at the tournaments and practiced a lot more so my swing was more consistent (and) my high scores wouldn’t pop up.” On April 28 and 29 the same four girls participated in the state tournament, placing third overall among 10 teams, behind Punahou and Iolani.

the top, Furuta sets sights on judo states

By Jesika Henson

After placing first on April 26 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) judo 220 pound weight class, Senior Dayton Furuta shifted his focus to his next challenge: the state championship title. “(It) felt good (to win). Just wish more of my teammates could have won first as well,” said Furuta, “But this tournament doesn’t mean a whole bunch to me. My goal is to become the state champion.” Furuta’s drive to win state champion is an effort recognized by both coaches and teammates, who have supported him throughout his journey in judo. “I would love to see (Furuta) win the rest of his matches this season and win that state championship,” said coach Shiloh Aiu, “I definitely don’t want to jinx it, but I strongly believe he has everything that it takes to win and I will be standing there mat side ready to


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Never forget to remember Trojan Times The mission of the Trojan Times is to be the student voice and to publicize events, share in the successes of students, promote the hard work of the faculty and capture the dedication of organizations. Editor-in-Chief April-Joy McCann Managing Editor Reagan Paz Design Editor Jessica Fontenot Copy Editor Ireland Castillo Photography Editor Kiana Caranto Video Editor Timothy Leoncio Opinions Editor Russell Omo Online Editor Lauren Barbour News Editor Risa Askerooth

By Russell Omo

It’s the last issue of the year, the last editorial of the year and, above all things, the last meandering days for us students before we leave school for the summer. For me and for many others in my position, being a senior means the end of our high school career, an end to four long years of education, four long years of sleepless nights, four long years of unprecedented gray hairs and, how could I ever forget, the quintessential teenage angst that appears whenever we don’t want it. The day that the caps and gowns came in, I looked at my little tightly wrapped package and wondered, like all deep writers wonder, “Was it all worth it in the end?” For days I wondered and I could only remember and for some reason, of all times, I remembered so vividly. It’s the ability to remember that is simply so powerful, so profound, that I, in that minute passage of time,

was taken on a journey of my own past, a story where I witnessed my own coming of age. It was happy and joyful. I relived all those emotions that I had felt once before, even those feelings that I wish to forget and those moments that I wish never happened. I remembered when I realized who my true friends were and that bittersweet feeling of seeing someone you thought had forgotten you all this time. I remembered the splendor of excelling through school and then, realizing my limitations and learning what it means to be on the brink of failure. I remembered junior prom and then regretted that I did. I remembered every first day of the school year and each day before summer, how the loud screams would roar and how the cars would burn right out of the parking lot. I remember having dreams of making it big and enjoying life to the fullest and then, as time passed, found that not everything can be achievable. It was the inconvenient

truth that with any sort of happiness, there is always an equal amount of suffering. But the strange thing was, above all the negativity, beyond my most remarkable moments of splendor and serendipity, I felt euphoric. It was the myriad emotions of my high school days that culminated into this state of sentimentality and I was stuck in a stupor, where I could only breathe and stare into the immense unknown. I realized how far I came and how far I have to go. It is by remembering that I come to treasure the happenings in my life, regardless of how I feel. I am who I am because of them. Now, I have to admit that I lied in the beginning of this piece. It was not when I got my cap and gown that I chose to remember. But I have always been remembering my life, well, parts of it, for a while now. It has become a ritual that I cannot help but do. And this, the end of this year for the underclassmen, the end of

high school for me, the end. And now that it is indeed the finale of this saga, it is the prime time to remember because everything that has happened is coming together into one little nostalgic package. So the question still remains, “Was it all worth it in the end?” There is a part of me and a part of all other seniors, that is all too prepared to leave high school and just wants it to end. That isn’t to say that it shouldn’t, but it most definitely must not be forgotten. Four long years. That is something that would be hard to let go of. For me, I have had my fair share of remembering, and I believe that every senior, rather, everyone should do so every now and again. Because things are never truly appreciated until they are gone, and, in one’s old age, it would just be nice to remember what it was like to take that first step into four long years of high school and know that it was all worth it in the end.

Murrica! By Russell Omo and Timothy Leoncio

Features Editor Makanalani Yamanoha Business Manager Danielle Guevarra Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Mr. Fred Murphy Staff Jacob Balatico Harlie Bates-Hudgin Jacob Chang Vivian Fang Jesika Henson Janelle Lau Karen Neill Katherine Ozawa Harlan Rose

The Trojan Times is a monthly production of the Newswriting staff of Mililani High School 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy., Mililani, HI 96789 To voice an opinion or any concerns, feel free to submit a letter to L205 or to Please type your letter and clearly state your name, grade level and period one class. The Trojan Times reserves the right to edit letters as they see fit.


Letter from the editor By April-Joy McCann

The first day I walked onto campus was a day I will never forget. With my schedule in hand and an attitude of change, I was excited to have a fresh start. I planned on doing many new things, yet I became trapped in doing the things that were expected of me. I was expected to take rigorous courses, I was

expected to become heavily involved in extracurricular activities, I was expected to do it all. So I did. I took honors courses, I started to get involved in school, but at the end of the day I found myself exhausted. Time quickly passed and though it seemed like I had accomplished much on the outside, I felt like everything I did was meaningless on the inside. That’s when I realized: everything seemed meaning-


less because it was. I allowed others’ expectations to taint my high school experience. In that instant I decided that I would no longer enable someone else to write my story, but that I would write my own. When I began to craft my own sentences, I found much more joy in the things I did. From writing for the school newspaper, to building a magnetically-levitated car, I did what I truly enjoyed.

In the end, I have found that when you write your own story, you are in control of what gets published and what doesn’t. So if you don’t like the scenery, you always have the ability to change it. As we embark on a new adventure, whether it’s returning to high school or going to college, don’t settle for a boring life story that has been prewritten for you. Compose your own novel where anything is possible.

TROJAN EXCELLENCE Kaycee Oyama Troteia Award Recipient Throughout the year, numerous students have demonstrated that they posses exemplary traits by excelling in various academic and extracurricular areas. In recognition of these students, the annual Golden Scholars Awards Ceremony that was held in the Gymnasium on May 14. The most outstanding of these students received the\ exalted Troteia Award, the school’s highest honor.

Fine Arts Tiffany Wright Chorus Lauren Padilla Orchestra Taylor-Anne Kim Band Tyler Ono CTAA Nicholas Howe Photography Shailee Poe Ceremics Zel Norris Piano Kelsie Higuchi Guitar Braiden Rosario Drawing and Painting 1 Leah Keller Drawing and Painting 2 Tiffany Spray

Office Administration and Technology Karli Wanlass

Industrial Arts Andrea Miller Computer Networking Kainoa Kuloloia Agriculture Clarissa Jean Ponce Automotive Tyler Okinishi Michael Gelperin Dylan Kawada Building & Construction Corey Correa Andrea Miller Brandon Pereira VEX Robotics Glenn Galvizo Jr. Design Tech Clayton Dailey Digital Media Leyna Tamaye Rachel Reichard

World languages Spanish Taylar Sabin Tess Cramer Hawaiian Kaila Pakoauli Ariasa Japanese Callie Toyama Jonathan Teraoka French Jessica Montalbano

Social Studies Isis Usborne Senior Lene Manuma Junior Timothy Leoncio Sophomore Jared Au Freshman Russell Hamm


Business Education Mathematics

Viola Mocz

Kevin Frifeldt

Jonathan Teraoka

Accounting Jaymee Ohta

AP Calculus AB Jacob Arakawa

Physical Science Raena Anne Baetiong

Finance Kacee Ikeda

AP Calculus BC Kacie Shintani Alyssa Tobita

Marketing & Entreprenurship Reyn Aubrey

Statistics Viola Mocz

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Enviornmental Science Tess Cramer

Physical Education Keoni Borja Weight Training Student Lene Manuma Physical Education Gianna Ramiscal Andrew Olson Maya Yoshiura

Language Arts Elizabeth Hamm Isis Usborne Timothy Leoncio Lauren Barbour

JROTC Mililani Trojan Battalion Superior Cadet Award

Natasha Parowski

Citizenship & Service Award Class of 2014 Rachel Sakuma Rachel Yonamine Trojan of the Year Kaycee Oyama ASMHS Sharyse Nadamoto

Outstanding Scholar Taylor Bumgarner Alyssa Fukumae Sean Grant Matthew Heiner Zoe Leaman Michael McGuire Kaycee Oyama Ganesh Prasad Rapolu Nathan Raymundo Kacie Shintani Andrea Thayne Isis Usborne

Blood Bank Three Time Donors Shaina Bates-Hudgin Steffanie Dubuque Jordan Lee Minami Zacorene Taijeron Wesley Teranishi Madison Wallace Anthony McBride

AP Chemistry Andrea Thayne

2 Time Donors & Recurits Micah Fujita (Chairperson) Mason Matsuo Matthew Gregorio Derek Diaz Adrian James Gante Holly Tanaka (Recurit only)

Physics Mick Marchan

Recruited 9 first time donors Kevin Frifeldt (Chairperson)

AP Biology Kalli Marie Hirasa

Senior Project Best Overall Carson Turner Best Presentation Clayto Dailey Best Reflection Elizabeth Hamm Senior Project Completeors Kanoelani Ackerly Stacey Agena Jacob Arakawa Mathew Butler Gilbert Caraveo Lauren Carlos Iris Corrales Jerika Anne Dacuycuy Austin Dailey Princess Lynne De Dios Stephanie Ann De Juan Steffanie Dubuque Sean Fitzgerald Monica Gerber Tierra Gogue-Garcia Geovahn Goya Kassandra Green Danielle Guevarra Keane Hamamura Samantha Hossack Stephanie Huff Jessica Jicha Elizabeth Johnson Kellen Kawamura Kiana Keller Alissa Kelly Lauren Kim Alexis Kishimoto Corianne Komori Angela Lee Summer Lee Dine Leonillo Fejiereich Luz Lopez Mart Joshua Lopez Mazi Lucas Allysen Manding Mikayla Manzano April-Joy McCann Hayley Mclean Kara Meske Viola Mocz Lisa Morikawa Tanye Moriwaki Gabriella Munoz Keely Sue Myers Sharyse Nadamoto Kyla Niino Kylie Palmer Brysen Pasion Reagan Paz Myla Pereira Rachel Sakuma Eric Salazar Lance Jr. Saneishi Adrianna Saymo Mckensie Sims Jessica Stallworth Joseph Tagorda Leyna Tamaye Holly Tanaka Jonathan Teraoka Alyssa Tobita Megan Togami Adriene Unpingco Tyler Yamauchi Rachel Yonamine Caytlin Yoshioka

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Scholarship listing for the class of 2014 Disclaimer:This list is as of May 6, 2014. These scholarships do not include federal need programs and were subject to verification before publishing. List does not reflect acceptance of scholarships. Ader, Bronsen Southern Oregon University Agena, Stacy Pacific University Akeo, Braydon Northern Michigan University, Athletic Akeo, Kaylin Chaminade University Ako, Pualei University of Nevada, Las Vegas Ambrosecchio, Laura Marquette University Western Washington University Kamehameha Lions Club, Leo Anti-Bullying Scholarship Mililani Lion’s Club/Leo Club Scholarship Arakawa, Jacob George Fox University University of Portland Ancheta, Alexandria Northern Arizona University Lewis-Clark State College Buenaventura, Jaimelyn MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture Babbitt, Brooke Colorado Mesa University Chung, Dallas Mililani High School Alumni Association Scholarship Pacific University Carlos, Lauren Mililani High School PTSO Creighton University Pacific University Condlin, Calvin University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Corrales, Iris Hawaii Pacific University

California State University, San Marcos

Cox, Nicole Hawaii Pacific University

Hamamura, Keane University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar

Dailey, Clayton University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar Auburn University Clemson University Oregon State University West Virginia University Hickam Officers’ Spouses’ Club De Dios, Princess Lynne Grand Canyon University De Juan, Stephanie Ann University of Nevada, Las Vegas Dela Cuesta-Batara, Chasidee Mililani Lion’s Club/Leo Club Scholarship University of Portland Ebesu, Jocelyn Creighton University Washington State University Elflein, Kaeo Chaminade University Fitzgerald, Sean University of Nevada, Reno Filipino Chamber Foundation / Cecilia Cruz Villafuerte Foundation Scholar Frifeldt, Kevin Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Fukumae, Alyssa Pacific University Creighton University University of Portland University of Oregon Furuta, Dayton MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture Fukumae, Alyssa University of the Pacific Galang, Christopher Hawaii Pacific University Garcia, Cynthia Hawaii Pacific University Gogue-Garcia, Tierra Washington State University Grant, Sean University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar Sophia University Green, Kassandra University of Hawaii at West Oahu Guevarra, Danielle Hawaii Pacific University University of California, Riverside

Hamm, Elizabeth University of Cambridge Harling-Gray, Johnathan University of Miami Temple University Herold-Namu, Ian MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture Huff, Stephanie Lisa-Ann Tsuruda Scholarship for Future Educators Hugo, Joanna Creighton University Tony Group Foundation Seattle University Ilagan, Bailey Hawaii Pacific University Seattle University University of Portland Portland State University Ito, Matthew MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Western Oregon University Komori, Corianne University of the Pacific Kondo, Blake University of Puget Sound

McClay, Keaomelemele Chaminade University, Athletic

Lapitan, Brandon Chenevert Scholarship Mililani High School PTSO

McGuire, Michael Mililani High School PTSO University of Portland

Lee, Ian University of Hawaii at Manoa, Manoa Merit Scholarship

McLean, Hayley University of Miami Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

Lee, Kyli Hawaii Pacific University

Miyachi, Chase Pacific University

Lee, Shannon Loyola Marymount University University of the Pacific Univeristy of Portland California Polytechnic State University

Mock, Kristen George Fox University Pacific University University of La Verne California Lutheran University Linfield College

Leslie, Shane MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Mocz, Viola National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Intel Science Talent Search 2014 National Merit Scholarship Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Princeton University Stanford University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Columbia University Washington University Rice University University of Pennsylvania

Leoso, Leuapoutasalina Hawaii Pacific University Mililani High School PTSO

Jicha, Jessica Chaminade University

Lerma-Tehero, Shaniya University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Johnson, Elizabeth Truman State University

Limper, Mikaela University of Puget Sound Creighton University

Johnson, Toria Creighton University June, Geneva Chatham University Keamo, Jordyn Blinn College, Athletic Kelly, Alissa Longs Senior Scholarship Foodland Shop For Higher Education Mililani High School PTSO University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business University of Portland Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation University of San Francisco Kim, Jensen Pacific University California Lutheran University Kishimoto, Alexis Marist College Goucher College Syracuse University Willamette University Loyola University Maryland Drake University McDaniel College Pacific University Creighton University Koki, Dakota

Seattle Pacific University University of Puget Sound Northern Arizona University

Lopez, Fejiereich Luz Hawaii Pacific University Lopez, Mart Joshua Loyola University Chicago University of Portland Lucas, Mazi Seattle University Maeda, Kaena Mililani High School PTSO Manzano, Mikayla University of Hawaii at West Oahu Hawaii Pacific University Mabry, Mosher Chaminade University Marszalek, Christopher University of Portland Masaki, Travis Western Oregon University Matsuo, Mason University of Portland University of the Pacific Creighton University McCann, April-Joy Hawaii Pacific University University of Portland Rochester Institute of Technology Hawaii Pacific University

Morikawa, Lisa University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar Moromisato, Jasmine Creighton University Moriwaki, Tanye University of Hawaii at West Oahu Munoz, Gabriella Georgetown University The Catholic University of America Santa Clara University Chaminade University Chapman University Fairfield University Pepperdine University University of California, Davis University of Colorado, Denver Murakami, Kelci Pacific University Linfield College Myers, Keely Sue Seattle University Nadamoto, Sharyse Mililani High School PTSO Gromet Foundation University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar



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University of Portland Oregon State University University of the Pacific George Fox University Mamoru & Aiko Takitani Foundation Nakasone, Elsa Whitworth University University of Portland Menlo College Niino, Kyla University of Nevada, Las Vegas Loyola Marymount University Oregon State University Willamette University University of Portland Nishiki, Nicole Hawaii Pacific University Chaminade University

Palompo, Marjory Hawaii Pacific University

Manoa, Manoa Merit Scholarship

Partin, Megan Hawaii Pacific University

Saymo, Adrianna University of Hawaii at Manoa, Manoa Merit Scholarship

Pasion, Brysen Universtiy of Hawaii at Manoa, Regents Scholarship Paz, Reagan University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar University of Oregon Washington State University Oregon State University The King’s College Pereira, Myla Foodland Shop For Higher Education Southern Utah University Arizona State University

Seu, Shayann Oregon State University Pacific University University of the Pacific Shintani, Kacie University of Nevada, Las Vegas Arizona State University Oregon State University Shon, Jaron Northern Arizona University

Loyola University Chicago Tanaka, Holly Arizona State University Tauai, Adrianna Lumana’i Scholarship Chaminade University Teves, Kelsie California Baptist University Biola University Mililani Lion’s Club Scholarship Thayne, Andrea University of Arizona Colorado State University Ohio State University Tobita, Alyssa University of Oregon, Athletic

Powers, Shawnee Hawaii Pacific University

Sinn, Preston University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ota, Jourdyn Chaminade University

Ponce, Clarissa Jean MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Stallworth, Jessica Pepperdine University Drexel University

Otsu, Kellen University of Northern Colorado

Raymundo, Nathan University of the Pacific

Stech, Dakota Chaminade University

Reedy, Ryan University of the Pacific Pacific University University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Stetser, Cassandra Penninsula College, Athletic

Tokita, Dylan University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar

Takano, Taylor Hawaii Pacific University Mililani High School PTSO

Tom, Kylie University of Nevada, Reno University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Oshiro, Cole University of Nevada, Reno

Oyama, Kaycee Mililani High School PTSO HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union Creighton University University of Oregon Creighton University Mililani Lion’s Club Scholarship Padello, Kelii Southern Oregon University Palmer, Kylie New York Institute of Technology University of Portland Whittier College

Ryckman, Kent University of Nevada, Reno University of Oregon Sakuma, Rachel University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar Creighton University Sandvig, Rebecca University of San Francisco University of Portland University of Hawaii at

Takayama, Daniel Aurora University California Lutheran University University of La Verne George Fox University Hamline University Pacific University Texas Lutheran University Tanaka, Katie University of Portland

Togami, Megan Mililani High School Alumni Association Scholarship Pacific University University of Nevada, Las Vegas Hawaii Education Association

Toyama, Callie University of Portland Washington State University Turner, Carson Citizenship Award University of the Pacific Unpingco, Adriene University of Hawaii at West Oahu

Uratsuka, Tyler Chaminade University Urrutia, Marshall MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture Waing, Maryann Dixie State University Wallace, Madison University of Hawaii at West Oahu Visitacion, Derrick Jr. Pacific University Yadao-Valdez, Jadelyn Universtiy of Nevada, Las Vegas, Athletic Yamaguchi, Bryn Linfield College Pacific University Yamauchi, Tyler University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar University of Hawaii Band Program Oregon State University University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Yonamine, Rachel University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chancellor’s Scholar Mililani High School PTSO Soroptimist of Central Oahu Youth Community Action Scholarship Drexel University Oregon State University University of Portland Washington State University Chatham University Creighton University Young, Holden

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Book Club Book Club Review

Neil Gaiman is known for his fairy tales, but his new book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” has a surprisingly dark undertone. In Sussex, England, there is a lane at the end of which sits a forlorn farmhouse. A middle-aged man sits beside the small pond. He is remembering the suicide of

Teacher Book Club Review a man forty years earlier, a death that now seems to have been the cause of a string of dark events. An unnamed boy of seven meets a mysterious girl named Lettie Hempstock (who claimed that the small pond was an ocean) and her mother and grandmother after a supernatural being named Ursula, using the guise of a nanny to the protagonist, starts leaving money for the family in surprisingly unpleasant ways (the boy woke up with a coin lodged in his throat). Ursula continues to intervene in family affairs- seducing the father and winning over the sister- while alienating the boy. She seems to completely manipulate

the minds of everyone in the family, for instance, the father comes close to drowning his son after he disrespects Ursula. The boy escapes to the Hempstock farm when the house becomes too unbearable, where Lettie and the older Hempstock women vow to protect him. This book made me rethink all fairy tales told to me when I was younger because it offers a fresh perspective many authors don’t consider. It has been described as an adult story told through the eyes of a child, and the truth in Gaiman’s voice rings throughout all his books. Complied by Sophomore Winiferd Gallogly

“Blue Asylum” by Kathy Hepinstall

A compelling historical novel set in the Civil War era, Blue Asylum exposes the social injustices of the time. Iris Dunleavy, a slave owner’s wife, is declared

insane by a judge after she rebels against her husband’s cruelty. She is sent to the Sanibel Asylum where the doctor is convinced that he can change Iris back into being a proper, obedient wife. At the asylum, Iris is soon intrigued by another resident, Ambrose Weller, who suffers violent flashbacks from the time he spent on the battlefield. Through the memories of Iris and Ambrose, the inhumanity of slavery and cruel consequences of war are vividly relived and brings into question the fine line between sanity and insanity. Complied by Librarian Betty Arai


Trojan Times Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dude, Look!

It’s another crazy day in the NYC coffee mug factory. A showdown of Marvel-lous proportions is going on with Spiderman squaring off against the diabolical Electro. Spidey’s alter-ego Peter Parker needs to take photos to keep his job at the Daily Bugle, but his camera has gone missing! Find 17 coffee mugs and Parker’s camera in the chaos of the battle to save the day!

Look, Letters


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And How Was Your Day By Makanalani Yamanoha

SUDOKU 3 3 9 8 9

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6 4 1


7 9

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By Me For Me By Jesika Henson

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

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Issue 8 2013-2014