Page 1

MHS seniors recognized as valedictorians

The Board of Education recognizes students who have completed Senior Project while maintaining a 4.00 GPA or higher as valedictorians.

Trojan Times

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pages 10 - 13

Issue #8 Volume XXXVIII

A+ Grade for MHS: Honolulu Magazine Ranks School as Best in State By Matthew Ambrosecchio

Since the release of the ‘Grading Public Schools’ feature in the Honolulu Magazine, MHS has always ranked second in high schools alone, to Moanalua High School. However, this year, MHS has taken the number one rank for the 2010-2011 school year. The first ranked ‘Grading Public Schools’ feature was released in 2003. “(Honolulu Magazine reporter Kam Napier) did a really hard hitting article in 2001 called ‘Death of Public Schools’ (and) the response we got from that was really amazing,” said Michael Keany, lead writer for the ‘Grading Public Schools’ feature. “Every year since then, every May, we’ve done some feature on public education,” he continued. CONTINUED ON NEWS

“Helping Hands for Japan” fundraiser

Trojan Life


Final word from the editor


Third annual spring sports MVPs





Follow us on Tumblr.

Senior’s last thougths





MHS VEX Robotics places 7th amongst world

Photo courtesy of Sophomore Nalani Ogata

[L-R] Glenn Galvizo Jr. (9), Ryan Taketa (10), Randall Chan (10), Clayton Dailey (9), David Macato (10), Austin Shima (10), Curtis Frifeldt (10), Nalani Ogata (10), Richie Chio (10), Grace Yoo (9), and Tayler Fernandez-Dizon (9). By Reid Imamura Competing against 411 other teams at this year’s VEX Robotics World Championships was MHS’ own VEX Robotics team. 11 members brought 3 of their robots with them to compete in Orlando, Fla from April 11-17. At the competition, MHS was the only school from Hawaii to earn 3 slots. However they had to face mainland schools and schools from across the world; including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Spain, China, Columbia, Brazil and Singapore.

“There were a few Hawaii teams but since it was worldwide, people from China and Mexico were there,” said Sophomore Nalani Ogata. The robots that each team entered had to pick up a plastic tube and put it on top of goal posts; the winner is the robot that collected the most tubes after the 2 minutes. “(The competition) went really well, it was very intense,” said Ogata. At the end of the competition MHS took home 7th in the entire competition. Team 1973E comprised of SophomoresRyan Taketa Jr., Randall Chan, Curtis Frifeldt and Austin Shima, and Freshman Glenn Galvizo who came home with 7 wins and 2 losses.

Team 1973A comprised of Freshmen Taylor Fernandez-Dizon, Grace Yoo and and Sophomore Nalani Ogata who earned 5 wins and 4 losses. Team 1973C made of Freshman Clayton Dailey and Sophomore Richie Chio and David Macato earned 5 wins and 4 losses. “I am very pleased with my students’ performance both in the classroom and at events that represent our school,” said VEX Robotics Coach Timothy Pregana. Placing 7th, within the single digits at the 2011 VEX World Robotics Tournament, the MHS VEX team proved that Hawaii is a definite threat in the robotics world.

Teachers kiss a pig for junior fundraiser By Chanel Kawasaki

Chanel Kawasaki | Trojan Times

In order to raise money for their class, the juniors introduced their “Kiss a Pig” fundraiser, an event that gave each teacher a box that students could put money into if they wanted to see that teacher kiss

a pig. The event occured on April 20, where Counselor Kellie Young, Librarian Rieko Goo, English Teacher Darlene Fujimoto, and Ceramics Teacher Kathleen Kaya stood ready in anticipation for the pig to arrive. Go online for the full story

Thursday, May 5, 2011 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Rankings are compiled based off of parent, student and teacher satisfaction surveys. This data is taken directly from the Department of Education (DOE) Accountability Resource Center Hawaii (ARCH) website. “There’s basically five things we look at: the three satisfaction scores (teacher, parent and student), math and then reading,” said Keany. Percentiles are collected and averaged into a raw score to give a general outlook on the school’s performance. Although the feature usually covers all 257 of Hawaii public schools, only high schools were featured in this edition. Traditionally the feature was released coinciding with DOE data reports—compiled every other year—however reports have started being released yearly. “We felt it might fatigue people, they might get tired of having a full list; but at the same time we felt that we should do something,” said Keany. “We felt like isolating high schools would also be a good experiment,” he continued. “It’s great that our school’s getting recognition,” said Advanced Placement teacher Jeanne Nanbu.

“We have a lot of good teachers and good students, also, that help to make the school as it is.” Principal John Brummel took a similar tone. “I’m just proud of the parents and students and teachers because they’re the reason we’re ranked number one and I’m very proud of them for their accomplishments … We have excellent teachers, we have excellent students and (our ranking) just validates what we’re doing at school,” he said. But with this validation comes an expectation to remain committed, diligent and innovative. Fortunately, that’s nothing new to MHS. “Even if we were ranked fifth or first we would still continue to do the very best we can and try to make improvements every year,” said Brummel. “I don’t think anyone wants to stay stagnant, I think they want to continuously improve and I feel like that’s what we’ve done, and hopefully we’ll continue.” To read the 2010-2011 Grading Public Schools feature check out the May 2011 edition of Honolulu Magazine. To see how the schools were scored visit the ARCH website at http://arch.k12.

Satisfaction survey results for MHS: Teachers ............................. 81.80% Parents .............................. 77.50% Students ........................... 54.70% Math ................................. 54.62% Reading ............................ 83.28% Data is taken from the DOE Accountability Resource Center Hawaii (ARCH) website at index.html.

To the Point Graduation On May 15, 2011, the graduation ceremony for MHS seniors will take place in the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a performance of “My Wish” by Rascal

Flats, which was chosen by voting on Edline, by a group of selected seniors from the MHS Choir. The ceremony will consist of the traditional diploma presentation and speeches by valedictorians. Compiled by Matthew Raab

Thursday, May 5, 2011



MHS places second in state Science Olympiad

NMSI aids AP Math, Science and English programs with $450,000 grant

By Matthew Raab

Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, students will receive even more access to resources that are essential for passing scores on Advanced Placement (AP) Math, Science and English exams. This was made possible by a $450,000 grant MHS received from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to be used specifically for those AP courses. According to the NMSI website, “NMSI was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education and science to reverse the United States’ troubling decline in math and science education.” This organization implemented the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) in order to increase the number of schools with students who are able to master AP material. “The NMSI is a private organization primarily funded by private corporations such as Dell, Gates After advancing to the state level with a first place victory at the district level competition, MHS competed in the State Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 5 at Leeward Community College. The competition was organized into events, with students from teams around the islands participating in one or multiple numbers of these events. The events covered every subject of science, and consisted of tasks designed to challenge both a competitor’s knowledge and ability in the subject of the event. In biology, students had to identify certain types of organisms, and in physics competitors constructed vehicles and structures while restricted by various limitations. “We studied for about a month and a half, and we were pretty well prepared when we were doing the event,” stated Sophomore Evan Wilson. “The best part was that we had a lot of fun the entire time, and we could tell that the entire testing room had an atmosphere of competition.” Ultimately, the MHS team received a cumulative score sufficient to place them in second, with only Iolani finishing ahead of them. Iolani, considered a powerhouse in the competition, was defeated by Mililani at the district level but was able to advance past its challenger at the state level. Junior Tru Dang and Junior Chad Uyehara were key contributors to the success of the team, which is coached by Science Teacher Namthip Sittachitta.

By Caitlin Kelly

Foundation (and) Exxon Mobile, specifically to address math and science education in public schools. This is why the grant is limited to math and science AP courses,” said Accelerated Studies Coordinator Cynthia Tong. English is included in the grant because it is needed in math and science courses. MHS will receive $150,000 each school year for the next three school years. From that money, every student taking an AP Math, Science and English exam will have half of their exam fee paid for. Also, the students who pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or higher will receive $100. This grant will also provide free study and prep sessions for students and prizes and food will be provided on those days. Teachers of AP Math, Science and English classes will receive a $500 bonus for teaching the course and another $1000 if they can meet the specified threshold of students passing the AP exam. AP and Pre-AP

teachers will also receive extra training and laboratories will receive $10,000 in equipment money. Before MHS could receive the grant, statistics were provided to a visiting team from the NMSI. “I provided the data that the grant needed in order for them to be able to submit the grant. Data like on AP scores, how many students are taking certain courses, how many students scored a 3 or higher and that kind of information,” said College and Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto. “This is phenomenal. And I think the thing that’s so exciting about this is so many of our kids take AP as it is that if they feel if we really push it and really work hard, there is a type of payout that’s happening,” said AP English Literature Teacher Lisa-Anne Tsuruda. MHS, along with Campbell, Leilehua and Radford were the only schools in the state to receive this grant. For more information on the NMSI, visit

The program received much support from First Lady Michelle Obama. It has helped 32 different schools improve in AP scores by 97%. It was first started by Exxon Mobile Corp., The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in 2007.

There are 23 schools, 4 of which are in Hawaii, (including MHS) that are part of the NMSI. The APTIP was started in 10 states to help with military families.

It’s not too late to apply to Hawai‘i Pacific University HPU has a number of online services to make getting information and applying easier.

HPU is known for the personal attention students receive in class. We also offer admissions and advising services - in person and online - to make sure you get the attention you deserve right from the start.

Get the 411 on HPU at



Thursday, May 5, 2011

Senora Brown says “Adios” to students at MHS By Zora Ha and Jacquelyn Perreira From the first day she ever set foot in a French classroom, Word Languages Teacher Emma Brown knew that she wanted to teach foreign languages. Starting her teaching career in North Carolina, Brown first taught French and then Spanish, transforming her from Mrs. Brown to the Senora Brown she is known as. “The idea of being able to communicate in another language held great appeal for me,” said Brown. That appeal has remained in Brown for the 12 years that she has taught at MHS. Prior to teaching, Brown worked in a mental health center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and briefly worked in a surgical clinic, “But (only) because there were no teaching positions available,” she commented. Brown first decided to teach at MHS because she had wanted her son, who was in 7th grade at the time, to go to a good high school. “We found it in Mililani

High School. It is a wonderful school and the kids and faculty/admin are just the best,” she stated. Over the years, Brown developed various teaching methods as a way to benefit her students. “She’s always got lots of energy and enthusiasm and a great variety of activities and presentation(s) and really does a good job,” said World Languages Teacher Norma Young. Junior Beverly Alexander agreed, saying, “She is an innovative teacher that doesn’t just make you memorize the words. We play various games to work on our speaking skills and vocabulary and we also learned various songs to aid us in retaining the material.” Aside from interacting with her students, Brown has also gained respect from other faculty. “She’s really … professional. She’s a great colleague. She’s also a great friend and it’s funny because we’ve always hit it off and it’s just been really a nice experience knowing her,” stated Young. Even though she is fond

Zora Ha | Trojan Times

World Languages Teacher Emma Brown tutors students, including Senior Sandrine Arnold Ekoto, who need help on their Spanish work. She devotes much of her time to her students to help them. of MHS, Brown has decided that it is time for her to retire. “I still love it and I’m sure I will miss it, especially the kids and my colleagues … I have been so happy

here but all good things must come to an end,” Brown said. During her retirement, Brown plans to return to her love of travel, particularly

to North Carolina, where her daughter lives. She also plans and looks forward to substitute teaching at MHS when possible.

Liljenquist leaves a mark on history at MHS, retires By Zora Ha and Shan Yonamine After teaching various history courses over a span of twelve years, Social Studies Teacher Vern Liljenquist has decided to retire. Though he finished the final seven years of his career at MHS, Liljenquist has taught at four other schools including Kapolei, Nanakuli, Pearl City and Waianae High Schools. “I am retiring this year because for me, it’s the right time,” stated Liljenquist. Friend and Social Studies Teacher Leslie Lai agreed, saying, “Everyone moves on in life. It’s just another phase of his where it’s time to retire.” The thing Liljenquist loved most about teaching was being able to educate

students about the society they live in. “I loved … being a part of forming and shaping young minds as students learn about the world around them,” he stated. “(What) I’ve learned from him … is to never give up on dreams and to do your best,” Senior Taylor Reed said. “(He) is one of those teachers that makes you want to come to school because he’s nice and encouraging.” He hopes that students will make the most of their time in high school and be inquisitive even after he leaves. “I would like my students to remember that their high school years are a very special time in their lives and to make them good years, so they will be cherished,” stated Liljenquist. “I also try to teach my students, ‘With all thy get-

Zora Ha | Trojan Times

Social Studies Teacher Vern Liljenquist gives students an in class test after teaching them in his U.S. History class. Students say it’s helpful for rememembering information. ting, get understanding.’” Liljenquist wishes that everyone would appreciate MHS as a school. “My advice for everyone would be that Mililani High is a

great school, but it could be better, so contribute what you can to make it better,” he said. After his retirement, Liljenquist plans to move

to the mainland and spend time with family. Though he is passionate about teaching, he felt it was time to retire and pursue his longtime interest in traveling.

Trojan Life

Thursday, May 5, 2011

“A Hand for Japan” Benefit Concert raises over $4,000 By Chanel Kawasaki In order to prepare for their senior year, sophomores in Honors English classes are assigned mini senior projects to complete. But in light of the recent crisis in Japan, English Teacher Jeni Nishimura’s sixth period English 10 Honors class decided to combine their mini senior projects and come together to fundraise and support Japan in their time of need. The students created the “A Hand for Japan” Benefit Concert, which occurred on April 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the MHS Kauinana Stadium. “Honor students do a mini senior project and normally they work in small groups and choose amongst their own projects,” said Nishimura. “But we had special circumstances this year with the earthquake, they decided as a class to do a fundraiser for their projects. So instead of multiple mini projects, they’re doing one big project that has more meaning for them.

A lot of (the students) are interested in music and performance so they decided that they wanted to do like a student run concert,” she continued. Admission at the gate was $5 and concert t-shirts designed by the class were $15. This, along with donations and food sales brought the fundraiser much of its money. The food sold at the concert included both cultural desserts and snacks donated to the cause by Nishimura’s English 10 Honors class. “(The food we sold at the concert were) mostly the classes’ donations,” said Sophomore Casie Gaza. Performances were chosen for the event based on auditions. Entertainment for the night included the bands Mellow Mood, Audio Ignition, Pure Vibes, Colby Benson Band and Acoustic Sunrise, while dancers included Madison Richardson and Polynesian Cultural Center Fire Dancers. “I think it’s a good opportunity for our community to lend a hand in this

Brown Bags to Stardom Winner Charity Culp

Senior Charity Culp in Waikiki’s Lau Yee Chai Theatre Restaurant where she was awarded first place in the female vocals category for the Brown Bags to Stardom Competition. In this year’s Brown Bags to Stardom Competition, Senior Charity Culp won first place in the Female Vocals Category. She was later awarded a trophy in Waikiki’s Lau Yee Chai Theatre Restaurant on April 23. The competition is composed of three categories; Female Vocals, Male Vocals and Band and Dance Exhibition. Culp is the only MHS student who became a finalist in the Female Vocals category.

Compiled by Ella Macaraig

ASMHS President

Sharmaine Lee

Chanel Kawasaki | Trojan Times

“A Hand for Japan” volunteers walk through Kauinana Stadium with fishnets, collecting donations from the audience for Japanese Red Cross.

time of need, and because it’s run by our students, I think it’s a really special event. They’re the ones that decided we want to do something more relevant than their own projects,” said Nishimura. With the current tragedy still in mind, Gaza said in agreement, “It’s kind of the idea of the golden rule so you do unto others as you want unto you. So I think it’s good that we support Japan because it’s not only supporting Japan, it’s supporting people’s families there. I mean, there are

people’s families who are in crisis right now and they need help. They’re starving right now and if we can do anything to help them I think it’s really beneficial.” All the proceeds from food, t-shirt and ticket sales went to the Japanese Red Cross, along with any donations the students managed to collect for the cause. With the combined effort of Nishimura’s Honors English 10 class and MHS student volunteers, the Benefit Concert managed to raise more than $4,000 for the crisis in Japan.

To the point

Senior Mallory Hayase

Photo Courtesy of Charity Culp


Junior Anthony Kuloloia

Senior Mallory Hayase and Junior Anthony Kuloloia were one of the ten teams who became finalists in this year’s Cisco Netriders Competition. “It’s an online competition. Its competitors are all teams from high schools here and in Canada. Whoever is in the Cisco Networking Academy can join. For Hawaii we had twelve teams, all of them are from MHS. The first round was all the teams (within MHS) competing, and then the second round was the top ten teams from each state. Then (the) top ten teams from the state division moves on,” said Industrial Arts Teacher Kory Takemoto. The first part of the test is multiple choice and the second part is a simulation lab, where they have to use different devices for different networks. Hayase and Kuloloia will be competing against U.S. and Canadian teams on May 6. Compiled by Ella Macaraig

Fellow students, it is truly amazing how quickly time has passed. Our last quarter has finally come to a close. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the Central District’s Preschool Play Day on April 21. It was an exciting day spent with the children. There was junior prom on April 23 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The prom committee put in a lot of time for this event and it all turned out great. The Student Council Induction was held on April 27 in the Library. I truly thank the outgoing students for their hard work this school year, and good luck to incoming officers for the upcoming one. On April 28 we had the End of Year Assembly, good job to everyone who participated. There were a lot of important events in May. The first week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please thank your teachers for all their hard work. On May 4 we had the Golden Scholars Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all the award and scholarship winners. The National Student Recognition Luncheon will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on May 10. Graduation is on May 15, and the last day for underclassmen is May 26. In the next school year, when many old faces are gone and there are new ones, I wish you all the best of luck!


Trojan Life

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Na Mana o Poina Ole releases “Out of the Shadows” By Ella Macaraig

At the end of each school year, students look forward to seeing the MHS Na Mana o Poina ole Yearbook. However, not many people know the thought and efforts put into every page by its staff. This year, the staff made changes to the yearbook in hopes that the students of MHS will appreciate it. “Out of the Shadows” is this year’s theme, which is incorporated throughout the yearbook. “There are so many differences. But mainly we focused on shadows,” said Na Mana o Poina Ole’s Editor in Chief, Senior Kristen Sawada. “We picked (Out of the Shadows) as our theme because we have never done it before and thought it was unique, you could also see the beauty of the black and white,” said Senior Jong Hee Lee. Extra time was needed to make the yearbook. “In order to finish on time we had to be dedicated. We

gave up our time to finish the yearbook. We all had to work together and be on the same page. Without each member of the staff, the yearbook would not have been possible to publish,” explained Sawada. Every staff member had to face certain challenges such as name checks and photo editing. “The hardest part in making the yearbook was when we had to check the students’ name by looking at the name list to see whether if the name is spelt correctly,” said Lee. Photographers needed to be attentive on the job because they never knew when the right opportunity would come up. “When you fail to get a good (photo) shot you have to go back and do shots again and again until you perfect that shot. You also have to be present on games and events that you have to cover, be on time on whatever thing there is and you also have to make it to the due dates,” said Senior Juyoung Song. Despite the deadlines and events they had to at-

Bianca Sewake | Trojan Times

First Row: (L-R) D. Quevedo (11), A. Racca (12), J. Kitazaki (12), J. Takiguchi (11). Second Row: (L-R) S. Comtemplo (12), J. Antonio (11), K. Sawada (12), J. Antonio (11), S. Anzai (12). Missing: Z. Consillio (10), K. Gabay (11), A. Hazlett (12), J. Higa (10), J. Lee (12), C. Medrano (10), J. Song (12), K. Rose (10).

tend, they still found time to enjoy themselves and keep up with their studies. “The best part of working with our staff members is that we could have so much fun and have a conversation while working,” said Lee. For the team to be able to work together, staffers also had to be reliable, themselves. “You definitely need to be responsible. You need to learn flexibility and most

importantly you need to want to be in the staff and want to design a yearbook for your fellow classmates to enjoy,” said Sawada. Although they faced a few challenges this year, this did not stop the anticipation they had for the final result of the yearbook. “I hope to hear positive feedback. I hope that people will be saying good things about what’s different this

year. It may be reaching for the stars but we put a lot of work into it and I’m really proud of how it came out,” stated Sawada. The yearbook released on May 3 and distributions will continue until May 7. Students can get their yearbooks at L-205 afterschool. Those who did not buy the yearbook at the beginning of the year will be given a chance to purchase it there.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” debuts at MHS By Reid Imamura The play “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” is transporting audiences into the Industrialization period of America, which will be full of laughs, suspense and musical production made to appeal to any age group. The production is brought to MHS by the Central Theatre Arts Academy (CTAA) and MHS’ own CTAA Director Jamie Stroud; it premiered on April 29 and 30. However, there will also be upcoming shows on May 6 and May 7. The play focuses on young Millie Dillmount who travels to New York City in the booming 1920’s , conforming to the “modern” way of marrying a man just because he has money. While in the “Big Apple,” Millie comes across unusual characters and situations that are illustrated through the cast’s acting

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” First Showing : April 29 at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Reid Imamura | Trojan Times

Cast members performing a dance routine at their dress rehearsal, preparing themselves for the upcoming performances on May 6 and May 7. and on stage performances. “She ends up getting into a whirlwind of twists and turns with the creepy hotel manager,” said Freshman James Denzer, who will be featured in the ensemble of the play. The play is recommended for all ages, displaying character development and realistic issues that people still come across in today’s time. One of these is put-

ting feelings such as love and happiness over money and fame. “She faces issues about whether or not she wants to be with the man she loves or be with the man who has money,” said Stroud. See the finished product of the acting student’s work tomorrow, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. or on May 7 at 2p.m. If you were not able to buy tickets from Stroud then

tickets are available online at or call the toll free number: 1-866967-8167. $10 for adults and $5 for students and DOE staff. Whether in need a good laugh, history lesson or a display of student acting, the upcoming “Thoroughly Modernly Millie” will accommodate all expectations.

Second Showing : May 6 at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at 2:00 p.m. Cost : Students & DOE : $5 Adults : $10 Location : MHS Cafeteria If you did not purchase tickets, CTAA Director Jamie Stroud is still selling tickets online,

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Chosen Trojans

Takeuchi named MHS’ Outstanding Citizen

miller picture

MHS passes accreditation thanks to Miller

Photo courtesy of Senior Emi Takeuchi

(L-R) College and Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto, Senior Emi Takeuchi and Principal John Brummel at the Citizenship Award luncheon, where Takeuchi was honored as MHS’ recipient. By Bianca Sewake The 7th annual Citizenship Award luncheon, sponsored by the Honolulu Star Advertiser and Hawaii Hotel and Lodging, was held at the Pacific Beach Hotel to honor one graduating student from each high school across the state that exemplifies what it means to be a citizen. MHS’ Senior Emi Takeuchi was recognized along with 41 other individuals. “I think (this award) shows the character of each individual because they’re willing to give so much to their community and school, that I think it shows truly what kind of citizen they are,” said Principal John Brummel. MHS students needed to go through an application process. “They had to turn in an application and it went through our selection and scholarship committee, which is a blind review and they come up with a

recipient,” said College and Career Counselor Denise Yamamoto. Students had to answer questions about what it means to be a citizen and their greatest accomplishments as a citizen. Factors of their grades and extra curricular activities were also taken into account. Activities and service Takeuchi has done includes, Mu Alpha Theta, TRI-M, Interact Club, Graduation Co-Chair, Junior Prom CoChair, Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer, Lead Math Assistant at Mililani Uka Kumon Center and National Honor Society. The recipients lined up by an assigned number and when it was their turn, a short biography was read about them. “They have a picture and a synopsis about them and what school they’re going to be attending and what their major will be,” stated Yamamoto. “Honestly, I feel a little overwhelmed,” stated Takeuchi. “I never expected

this much attention for winning a scholarship just for being me. At the same time, I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have been recognized as an ‘outstanding senior’ since there are so many outstanding students in the senior class. Additionally, I feel that even more so, I have a responsibility to myself and my community to continue to contribute to the community in any way that I can.” “I thought that she was a great selection from (MHS). She has performed a lot of community service throughout her four years of high school,” stated Brummel. “She’s a good student, really nice, who has a lot of motivation and potential,” said Yamamoto. Each recipient received a $1000 scholarship from a sponsored hotel. Takeuchi was sponsored by Pacific Beach Hotel and was also featured with all the recipients in the April 15 edition of the Star Advertiser.

MHS delivers pristine performance at Parade of Orchestras

Check out the story at

Curriculum Coordinator Robin Miller By Aven Santiago The accreditation week is over and thanks to the work and effort put in by Curriculum Coordinator Robin Miller and other staff members, MHS has passed it with many good notes and recommendations. Miller was in charge of leading, organizing and planning the accreditation week. She had to work with all of MHS’ teachers, administration and other staff to make sure everything was the best it could be. “Accreditation couldn’t have gone any better,” said Miller. “The last time they came, they gave a whole bunch of reccommendations, and we showed that we met every one of those reccommendations. They were happy about that and to keep the momentum of this going.” “Miller worked very hard,” said Principal John Brummel. “She did a great job in preparing the teachers and also making sure that all the materials and resources were ready for the accreditation team. It takes a lot of communication and coordination to have that type of experience with the accreditation team. I feel like she was a great

communicator and a great coordinator.“ Miller did not only plan for that one week, but also went beyond it. “(Accreditation) were just coming to look at our school, it doesn’t work if you just put on a pretty show for them,” said Miller. “They are here to see the systems. For example, if a kid was not passing the HSA, we would want to show how we are helping them.” During the accreditation week, cooperation of the teachers and staff was needed “We have awesome teachers here,” said Miller. “The teachers here totally make it happen, and Dr. Brummel is a good leader.” “The accreditation went well, but there’s always room for improvement,“said Miller. “I feel that the more the staff, the teachers, even the parents and sudents, the more they can get involved and make decisions for the school, the better our school will be.“ Miller played a major role in MHS passing the accreditation. Her hard work to the school is greatly appreciated by everyone at Mililani because without her, MHS might not have been able to pass the accreditation.


Chosen Trojans

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Students place in 2011 CTE Performance Based Assessments By Aven Santiago

On Friday, April 17, 2011, students from MHS competed in the 2011 Career Technical Education (CTE) Performance Based Assessments competition. The categories that the students placed in included Retail and Advertising, 3D Design and Marketing Plans. The competition, held at the Sheraton Hotel in Waikiki, lasted until April 19 and was open to all schools involved in the CTE program. Senior Emily Makanani’s group took third place in the Retail and Advertising catgory. Her group included Seniors Justin Bongco, Carina Noveloso, Brandon Tacadena, and Juniors Lauren Martini and Jeff Sanchez. Additional winners in

the competition from MHS included Seniors Albert Chan and Lawrence Ruffin, who placed first in 3D Design. “It was a learning experience for all of us involved in the program,” said Tacadena. “It was a type of bittersweet feeling because we worked so hard, we thought we were going to win. It was a lesson for us and we will use it to better ourselves for the future.” Winners of the competition won monetary prizes. Tacadena and his group earned $300 for placing third while Chan and Ruffin won $400 for placing first. Tacadena’s group plans on splitting the money prizes amongst themselves within the group. “I am very proud of them,” said Broadcast Media Teacher Jason Tamura. “They worked

Aven Santiago|Trojan Times

Seniors Albert Chan and Lawrence Ruffin won a check for $400.00 after placing first place in 3D Design at the 2011 Career Techical Education (CTE) Performance Based Assessments. hard and handled themselves very professionally.” “For them to perform at that level, I am very proud of them,” said Industrial

Arts Teacher Timothy Pregana. “It reflects our CTE program and Mililani High School very well.” This was the year’s final CTE competition for those

students involved in the program. The video made by Tacadena’s group can be viewed at com under the title “Mililani High School CTE 2011.”

Grandinetti, Madeira, Mocz, Nonies and Yoshioka represent MHS at National History Day competition

Sophomore Lisa Grandinetti By Shan Yonamine

After working on their projects since August, five MHS students will be moving on to represent Hawaii at the National History Day (NHD). Freshmen Viola Mocz and Caitlin Yoshioka and Sophomores Lisa Grandinetti, Megan Madeira and Alohilani Nonies, will be representing the state of Hawaii at the NHD competition. It will be held at the University of Maryland in Washington D.C. from June 12 to 16. The theme of this year’s competition is “Debate and Diplomacy,

Sophomore Megan Madiera Successes, Failures and Consequences.” “Our students have always (performed) really well because they work really hard,” said Social Studies Teacher Cynthia Tong. In order to qualify for the national competition, participants had to place in their category in the school, district and state levels. Categories included Website, Display, Performance and Documentary. “We both felt a lot of pressure and were nervous because we had high expectations because we went to nationals last year and last year, we

Freshman Viola Mocz

Sophomore Alohilani Nonies

Freshman Caitlin Yoshioka

didn’t really know what we were doing, but this year we knew more of what to expect,” stated Madeira. Experience is what sets Nonies and Madeira apart, who are going to their second nationals with Tong as their teacher. Their project this year was a documentary entitled “French Resistance: Successes, Failures and Consequences in Debate and Diplomacy.” For other students, like Grandinetti, who completed a documentary entitled “Taking Down a Beast: Using Diplomatic Strategies to End Apartheid”, competing at the national level will be an entirely new

experience. “At first, the idea of moving on in the competition wasn’t even on my mind, but as I got further and further in the competition, I became determined to make it to nationals,” stated Grandinetti. “I feel unbelievably honored to be representing Hawaii in the National History Day competition, especially with something I’ve worked so long and hard on.” Though her social studies teacher this year is Tong, Grandinetti registered under former Social Studies Teacher Amy Perusso. “Perruso primarily helped me in revising

my documentary by showing me a wide array of primary sources which helped me earn a special award, editing my script, and organizing the documentary itself,” said Grandinetti who won the Outstanding Use of Primary Sources award at the state level. “Our students do a really high level of work and at the national level Hawaii is a state to watch. We have been for 20 years now,” stated Tong. The competitors are making improvements to their projects in preparation for the national competition and are expected to perform at high levels.


Thursday, May 5, 2011


Passion for a dream make sacrifices worth it 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 Bianca Sewake Assistant Editor Caitlin Kelly Design Editor Matthew Ambrosecchio Business Manager Jessica Antonio Adviser Mr. Christopher Sato Principal Dr. John Brummel

Staff Zora Ha Reid Imamura Chanel Kawasaki Ella Macaraig Judy Mossman Jacquelyn Perreira Matthew Raab Aven Santiago Shan Yonamine 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 b.sewake@ The Trojan Times reserves the right to edit letters as they see fit. Please type your letter and clearly state your name, grade level and period one class.

By Bianca Sewake

It’s hard to believe that the year has already come to an end. When I think back to freshman year, I would never have imagined that I would actually miss high school or that I would have the experiences I have had. But that changed after stepping foot into L-205, the journalism headquarters. To be honest, I wasn’t interested in becoming a journalist. But I was interested in writing and improving my skills, so I joined.


It was hard at first. Meeting deadlines and committing non-school hours was a change for me, since I never really was part of an extra-curricular activity or sports team or anything along the lines of a club or class that required me to devote more than just school time. Many hours have been devoted before school, during school and after school to the Trojan Times. People used to ask me why I did it and why I still do. I used to ask myself that once in a while, especially since pursuing journalism wasn’t even on my mind. But what I realized is that they just see it as hard work and that’s it. What they don’t see are the people I get to work and collaborate with everyday. They don’t see the bonds and friendships I’ve made through this program. They don’t see the hard work

everyone contributed to create a publication. And they don’t see what it’s like to have pride in seeing what we’ve done come together in a printed form. I later realized that I’m here because I want to be here. And though the people I am with everyday in this room have a part in why I want to be here, I also realized that this is what I love to do. This is what I have a passion for. Going to events, finding news and reporting is what I enjoy doing. I guess sometimes, it’s like that. People will always question what you do, especially when they don’t understand. But at least I can say that I was happy. There will always be stress and work but also there will be new experiences, fond memories and great people you meet along the way with anything that you do. Which

is why it makes it hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that I won’t be returning next year. For those seniors who are part of a sports team or student council or any other club or activity that became important to you, then you must know what it’s like to have to let go of it. But the experiences I’ve had will help me push on as I go off into college. My hope for you, whether you are a graduating senior or underclassmen, is that you explore to find out what you truly love to do, what you have a passion for. Regardless of what others think. And when you do, I hope that you will not be afraid to chase after that dream. There will be sacrifices and tough times along the way like anything else, but when you do what you love, it’ll make those struggles worth it.

Senior Reminders

ship recommendations and mid-year reports.

to register online.

. Do NOT forget to thank the teachers and

attending . If yousummer are not around . Senior year is right the corner! Are

Congratulations, counselors who helped you ready? Make an Class of 2011! Best you with your college/ of luck to all of you! scholarship recommenda- appointment with Mrs. It has been a busy year in C&CC, and I look forward to the great things the Class of 2011 will accomplish. Take that Trojan Pride with you wherever you go and always remember to dream BIG! “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

-Harriet Tubman

tions and mid-year reports.

copies . Continue to turn in of your award let-

Yamamoto if you have any questions.


Junior athletes who are interested in NCAA Division I or II athletic ters. It’s needed for our scholarships should pick state report. up the NCAA ClearingTurn in your final/8 house information BEsemester transcript reFORE summer vacation quest with your $1 fee begins. Free/reduced to C&CC or the regislunch students are elitrar’s office. Most 4-year gible for a clearinghouse schools request that you fee waiver. See Mrs. Yasend your final transcript. mamoto for more inforAthletes, a final transcript mation. must also be sent to the Other announcements NCAA Clearinghouse.


Junior Announcements


SAT Test-Prep Hawaii will be offering an SAT-Prep class at MHS. Do NOT forget to Dates are from June 13 thank the teachers and counselors who helped you to June 30. Cost is $240. with your college/scholar- Visit


school, I encourage you to read as much as you can.

unteer . Consider volservice if you

are ineligible for a summer work experience. Helping out with youth groups, church activities, summer fun, camps, etc. is a great way to give something back to the community and it is an invaluable learning experience.

dent. with If you are a stua disability

and plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October, please see Mrs. Cleaver or Mrs. Yamamoto. You must request a special format.

Page 10 Feature 5/5/11


Mililani 44


Mililani 44

Class of 2011

13 MHS seniors have completed a Senior Project while maitaining a 4.00 GPA or higher throughout high school. As a result, they have received the highest honor offered by the Board of Education: the title of valedictorian.

Class of 2011

Page 11 Feature 5/5/11

Michigan 44

Compiled by Caitlin Kelly and Bianca Sewake,

Hawaii 44

Haw aii 44

USA 44

Hawaii 44

Haw aii 44

Hawaii 44


Page 12 Feature 5/5/11

Mililani 44


Mililani 44

Class of 2011

Page 13 Feature 5/5/11

Class of 2011


Hawaii 44


Nebraska 44

Pittsburgh 44

Texas 44

Hawaii 44

Yoairki waw NeH 44 44

The Trojan Times would also like to recognize those seniors who did not complete Senior Project but maintained a GPA of 4.00 or higher throughout high school:

Brittney Acoba Theresa Adams Matthew Fall Randy Higuchi Kimberly Hiyoto Bethany Kanda Jireh Lin

Alyssa McCandless Erin Momono Taylor Oyama Kyle Peacott-Ricardos Courtland Pierce Kimberly Pugliese Kelliana Ward


14 most valuable players 2011 EDITION

By Jacquelyn Perreira and Shan Yonamine,

Over the course of the season, a certain player’s character and skill shines. These traits are recognized by their teammates, who vote for them to be the Most Valuable Player. Here are those players:

ROYCE yamane

JOSHUA lenchanko


Lenchanko has been a faithful four year player for the MHS Volleyball team and has played volleyball for six years total. He has competed in about fifteen volleyball competitions and has helped his team win six of them. However, he remains humble despite this recognition. “It’s an honor to be chosen as MVP on a team filled with so many talented players,” he said. His main priority in college will be his studies, but he will continue to play volleyball during his free time.

Throughout high school, Sawada has worked hard as a part of the MHS golf team. This year, her efforts earned her the MVP title. “I know how hard I have been working … so it feels good that my teammates recognize the effort I put in,” said Sawada. She has been golfing and competing in tournaments since the age of seven and has since competed in over ten tournaments. Sawada has a scholarship to play for the University of Hawaii, Hilo golf team and plans to play for four years.

ERIKA edwards

TAYLOR oyama

SPORT: Track,

SPORT: Track,

SPORT: Water Polo







After having run track since the age of nine, Yamane joined the MHS track team in his freshman year. “I can make junk practices seem not as bad, and I can help motivate other people,” stated Yamane, who contributes both personality and talent to the team. “I try to do my best at anything my coaches tell me to do ... (and) I contribute hard work, 100% effort and motivation.”

Pugliese has been a member of the MHS track team for three years. At the Western Association meet, she was able to place first in the 1500 and 3000 meter runs. Perseverance is an important aspect of her success. “I’m very determined and goal oriented so if I set my mind to something, I’ll try my best to achieve it,” explained Pugliese. “I like track because it’s challenging but still fun at the same time and it’s individual but still a team.”

As with any sport, being able to think quickly is an important skill and is what allows for Edwards’ success.“I am a good problem solver because you need to always be on your toes when you play water polo or any sport for that matter,” stated Edwards. She has been part of MHS Water Polo for a total of four years, “I think that I contribute leadership and growth to the team. I want to help my team to reach our goals and be the best that we all can be.”


LANCE loventhal


SPORT: Track,

SPORT: Track,

SPORT: Water Polo





Reed joined the team in her junior year and was able to secure two second place medals in relay events that took place at Punahou Schools in April. She also placed first in the 400 meter sprint in the Honolulu Marathon. “I work hard and I support my teammates and cheer them on,” stated Reed. “(Track) is fun, it’s like a family thing, everyone makes you want to come out and run fast.”


Hard work and dedication to the team is the distinguishing feature in Loventhal. Being only a sophomore on the varsity team, he must work hard to keep up with older team members. “I come to practices, and work out to make sure I’m at my top shape,” said Loventhal. “I want to continue track at least throughout the rest of high school and possibly through college.”

KRISTEN sawada

SPORT: Volleyball GRADE: 12

KIMBERLY pugliese


Daley has been playing water polo for five years, having joined the MHS water polo team as a freshman. Daley is known for her passing skills. “I’m a decent passer, I always seem to find an open man,” stated Daley. “(But) our whole team is hard working,” she continued. Daley is driven to perform due to passion and overall adoration of the sport.“It takes team work and it’s a lot of fun. Our team this year is special, we bonded,” stated Daley.

15 JONAH fonacier

GAVIN shigesato






For the third time in a row, Fonacier has been voted MHS golf team MVP. “I feel very honored, this award means a lot to me because I feel that I earned the respect of my teammates,” he said. He has been golfing for twelve years, three of which were spent on the MHS golf team. During that time he accumulated over fifty wins for other golf associations. Fonacier hopes to continue his success in golf during his senior year.

RAHNARD gaddis


Despite having only two years of MHS golf experience under his club, Shigesato was voted to be MVP. “I feel honored and surprised that they voted for me,” said Shigesato. He has competed in junior golf competitions across Hawaii both for MHS and outside organizations. He will continue to play golf with MHS for another two years.

TONI baysa

SPORT: Tennis GRADE: 12

SPORT: Tennis GRADE: 9

SPORT: Softball GRADE: 12

Oyama’s true enjoyment for tennis is part of why she was voted MVP. “My main reason for playing tennis ... is the awesome people I meet along the way,” she said. Oyama had been devoted to tennis since fifth grade. Now as a senior, she hopes to contribute a sense of maturity to her teammates. “I’m not quite sure why I was selected as MVP but I would like to thank my team for the honor and the amazing season that isn’t quite over.”

Even though Gaddis is a freshman with only a year of MHS tennis under his belt, his team voted him boys tennis MVP. Gaddis is known skill-wise for his back hand swing. However, he contributes much more than talent to the tennis team. “(I contribute) alot of cheering (and) plenty of jokes and fun,” stated Gaddis. “I don’t know why I was given the MVP title, but it feels good,” he stated.

Baysa’s contributions as a team captain is what won her teammate’s votes. The contributions include aiding the team in their success and getting to know them on a personal level. “I have tried to not only be a good leader on and off the field, but also a friend that my teammates know they can turn to with whatever problems they may have,” stated Baysa, who grew up around softball and has been playing from the age of five, making it a total of thirteen years that she has played.


JORDAN ogata

WADE taoka


Dias began competing in judo in elementary school and then took a break before joining MHS’ team as a freshman. “I love competition and being with the team,” stated Dias. Her perseverance lends to the team’s success. “(I am) able to push even when we’re all dying and we need help from each other,” she explained. Being an experienced competitor, she is also able to assist new team members, saying, ”I contribute a lot and teach the new player their techniques.”


Ogata has been practicing judo since he was four years old and has been a part of the MHS judo team for three years. Over that time, a bond was created between him and his teammates. “I wouldn’t want any other team besides them to share all the sweat and tears with,” he stated. His extensive training can be proven through his three western titles, OIA title, two runner-up awards and OIA runner-up award. This summer he plans on competing in the Junior Olympics, held in Texas.

SPORT: Baseball GRADE: 12 Taoka has been playing baseball for a total of eight years. Four of those years were spent on MHS’ Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. “It feels good (to have been voted MVP),” stated Taoka. His plans for the future are to continue playing baseball in his college years. “I want to play for the University (of Hawaii) Hilo,” he said.



Thursday, May 5, 2011


Trojan of the

By Chanel Kawasaki

Chanel Kawasaki | Trojan Times

Varsity Baseball Player, Senior Wade Taoka runs laps around the MHS baseball diamond alongside his team as they prepare for OIA and HHSAA Playoffs.

After seeing the sturdy look of the catcher’s baseball gear, with its bulky helmet, shin pads and chest protector, Senior Wade Taoka was inspired to play in the Central Oahu Youth Baseball League (COYBL). Eight years later, as a varsity player in the MHS baseball team, Taoka is recognized as the Trojan of the Month. “(Taoka)’s actually a quiet leader. He’s done a good job stepping in as our catcher this year in kind of taking control of the de-

Tennis wins OIA West Championship By Judy Mossman After a long season of practicing, the Varsity Tennis team competed for the OIA West Championships title. The team beat out all the other schools early on in the competition, which led the MHS teams to play against each other, securing their spots as champions. “The girls team were completely undefeated during the regular season which was a great accomplishment for all of us,” said Junior Kelsey Kennell. Kennell has been playing tennis for nine years, which is an average amount of time for a varsity player. As the team bonded it made it easier for them to gain success with their games. During preparation for the game, the team repeated drills which made it easier for them during the game. “Hitting all of our shots over and over again is what prepares us for the big game ahead. Also, practicing different strategies with each other help a

fense and I know he’s been a valuable player for us. He’s really tough shoes to fill,” said Baseball Coach Mark Hirayama. Knowing Taoka’s personality in the game, Hirayama continued, “(Taoka)’s a hard worker. He just goes about his business, and gets things done.” With four years of high school baseball to back him up, Taoka manages to balance his school and sports, keeping up with the demands of practices and homework.“(Taoka’s) very hard working on the field and in the classroom,” said Varsity Pitcher, Senior Michael Asamura. “He’s a

Trojans Baseball and Softball score big for Japan By Aven Santiago

Top (L-R): Senior Marquis Gaddis and Junior Kelsey Kennell. Bottom (LR): Senior Jireh Lin and Senior Taylor Oyama .

lot,” stated Kennell. Kennell and her partner Senior Taylor Oyama, played as a double team against Pearl City in the final round. In the final game Kennell and Oyama received a score of 6-3 and 6-1. As for the boys in the final rounds, Senior Jireh Lin also placed first in his group. This season has been the highlight of his senior year. Although Lin faced two losses throughout the season, which set him back a little, he continued to motivate himself to the finals. With enough practice

and firsthand experience on the courts, he was prepared. “One can only get better at playing matches through matches, he or she has to have firsthand experience,” stated Lin. Although he had a set back in the season, he pulled through and finished on top in the end, placing first in the final round with a score of 6-1 and 6-3. With the season being bumpy, the players came through and earned the title of OIA West champs.

good team player and he’s a leader on the field.” Motivated to keep playing baseball by his parents, Taoka plans to continue on with baseball throughout college as he asks and consults with his current coaches about his college options. The completion of the Boy’s Varsity OIA Playoffs in April and the Varsity Baseball HHSAA Playoffs in May will conclude Taoka’s run in high school baseball. But with college just around the corner, there’s sure to be much of Taoka in the near future.

On Friday March 11, 2011, disaster occurred in Japan as they were struck with earthquakes as well as a tsunami sweeping through their coast. The damages have been severe, with 13,858 reported deaths, 4,916 injured, 14,175 people missing as well as over 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. Many agencies have created fundraisers to help Japan during their time of need. “Score for Japan, a campaign of fellowship” is one of the fundraisers created. “Score for Japan” is a fundraiser that the MHS Baseball and Softball team will participate in order to help Japan after their disaster. “‘Score for Japan’ is a fundraiser put out by New City Nissan with the cooperation of Hawaii Softball Foundation. The companies will be donating $10 for every run scored during April 9-16,” said Ciera Senas, MHS Softball coach.

All of the runs scored during the regular season games played during that time, whether Division 1 or Division 2, will earn money to help the both amateur baseball and softball communities. All teams in both the OIA and ILH were a part of this fundraiser. “It feels good,” said Senior Troy Yoshizawa, baseball player of Mililani. “We just feel like we are doing our part, but now our runs are more than just points,000000000000000” said Yoshizawa. The Trojan baseball team, who have scored a total of 91 runs this season, are glad to help with the fundraiser. “Knowing that we are helping by just playing baseball, it’s good to know we are helping out Japan,” said Yoshizawa. All the money that has been raised in the “Score for Japan” fundraiser will be donated to Honshu, an amateur baseball and softball community that was struck hard by the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Thursday, May 5, 2011



Countdown to graduation:

Graduating seniors remember high school experiences By Bianca Sewake

Q: Who has been the most inspiring or helpful person throughout your years of high school or senior year?

As the year winds down, many underclassmen are already thinking about their plans for next school year. But for the class of 2011 seniors, high school comes to an end this month. And as graduation, a day they thought wouldn’t arrive so soon, is just around the corner, they reflect on their high school experiences.

“Probably my mom. She’s always been there to help me. And whenever I needed advice, I would go to her.”

Q: What are your thoughts on graduating high school?

“I’m excited. Although I know that my life as a kid is pretty much over, I’m stoked to start a new chapter in my life.”

-Cori Komiyama

Q: What was your most memorable moment?

“ Probably prom. I’ve dreamt of it since I was little girl and my boyfriend made it extra special. Everyone was so gorgeous and everyone was smiling at each other. It was a lovely evening.”

-Lyndi Wilmarth

Q: What will you miss from high school?

“One thing I know I’ll miss is the football games. One thing I will always remember is having those pre-game jitters as we walked down the field hand in hand, and as soon as you set foot on that field, all your worries disappear because you hear the roar of the crowd and know that they’re there to support you no matter the outcome. I’ll miss standing on the sidelines, facing the crowd and preforming the alma mater with that sense of pride.”

-Brandon Tacadena

Q: From your experiences in high school, what have you learned that you will carry with you after high school?

“ I learned to value every day that I have with the people I care most about. Everything ends, everything has its time. But, something new will take its place. From an Avenue Q song, “Everything in life is only for now.”

-Amber Davison

-Fagalima Paleafei

Q: What are your plans after high school?

“I plan on attending Seattle University to study Political Science. I’m satisfied that I will attend my number one college choice. I feel I can secure a good career if I fulfill my post-high school plans.”

-Shane Hosokawa

Q: How are you different from freshman year? “I’ve settled down, got my focus on school and my future, and I’m more involved with my school and community. I feel that I’ve really grown up.” -Jenna Timas

Q: What did you learn about yourself?

“I learned to accept myself for who I am, and I shouldn’t be someone I’m not.”

-Kai Kawamoto

Q: What advice would you give to the underclassmen?

“Strive for A’s. Don’t try to get the minimum because that’s what you’ll end up getting.”

-Eric Bru


Trojan Excellence Golden Scholars Awards

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Throughout the year, numerous students have demonstrated that they posess exem-

plary traits by excelling in various academic and extra curricular areas. In recognition of these students, the annual Golden Scholars Awards ceremony was held in the gym on May 4. The most outstanding of these students received the exalted Troteia Award, the school’s highest honor. This year, Junior Jessica Kawana is given the Troteia Award.

Troteia Award recipient

Outstanding Language Arts Student

Camille Marsden

2nd Place Nicole Umphress Trojan Times Bianca Sewake

3rd Place Mallory Hayase Na Mana o Poina Ole Kristen Sawada

Outstanding Mathematics Student

William Gaul

Trigonometry/Analytical Geometry Viola Mocz and Evan Wilson

Outstanding Science Student

Tru Dang

Physics Matthew Fall Biology Viola Mocz

Chemistry Chad Uyehara Physical Science Alexandra Pierce

Outstanding Social Studies Student

Megan Madeira

12th grade Camille Marsden 10th grade Alohilani Nonies

Jessica Kawana Outstanding Business Education Student

Shayna Sueda

Finance Kimberly Pugliese Accounting Alana Schumacher Entrepeneur Carina Noveloso

Travel Industry Management Taliya Hayes Marketing Lauren Saiki Office Admin. Technology Michelle Maranan

Outstanding World Languages Students

Hawaiian French Cindy (Iwalani) Among- Serrao Kelly Stinefelt Kaitlyn Kelley Spanish Japanese Charity Culp Brianne Tottori Cody Driver Bethany Kanda

Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Student Culinary Arts Erika Edwards

11th grade Morgan Yamaguchi 9th grade Sharyse Nadamoto

Outstanding Industrial Arts Student

Mallory Hayase

Agriculture Automotive Bryson Calma Lance Pe’a Building and Construction Shonn Bumanglag-Daite Design Tech Lawrence Ruffin Graphics Kara Nyuha

Computer Networking and Repair Mallory Hayase Electronics Jesse Butcher Video Production Brandon Tacadena

Outstanding Fine Arts Student

Ryan Tsujimoto

Orchestra Melissa Hamada Chorus Natalie Pierson Drawing and Painting I Tiffany Wright Drawing and Painting IV Aira Kariah Iglesias

Band Matthew Ebesu Ceramics Kaili Kosaka Drawing and Painting II Terianne Hamada Play Productions Emily Makanani


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Scholarship list for the class of 2011 Disclaimer: This list is as of April 20, 2011. These scholarships do not include federal need programs and were subject to verification before being listed. Multiple scholarships for schools were combined. List does not reflect acceptance of scholarships.

Adams, Theresa

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Akasaki, Chase

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Ambrosecchio, Matthew

Pacific Lutheran University

Ariola, Amelia

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Arizumi, Kristy

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Baker, Andrew

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Balasbas, Kayla

University of Hawaii, Manoa Chaminade University Hawaii Pacific University Oregon State University Concordia University, Oregon Western Oregon University

Barabin, Kawika

U.S. Naval Academy University of Oregon

Bongco, Justin

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Brailo, Stephen

Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Bumanglag, Melissa

Creighton University University of Oregon Hawaii Pacific University Best Buy @ 15

Cadiz, Jennifer

Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Calma, Bryson

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Choi, Justina

St. John’s University Hawaii Pacific University Boston University University of California, Irvine

Culp, Charity

Vanguard University Azusa Pacific University Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Daley, Alexzandrea

Hartwick College Marist College Iona College Promising Student Scholarship

Davison, Amber

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Domingo, Chad

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Kanda, Bethany

University of Hawaii, Manoa Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Kanei, Andrew

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Driver, Cody

Kawahara, Nicole

Fall, Matthew

Kawamoto, Dane

University of Hawaii, Manoa University of Hawaii, Manoa Colorado School of Mines Charleston Southern University University of South Carolina

Freitas, Landon

Valley City State University Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Fujimoto, Kelcee

University of Hawaii, Manoa Oregon State University University of Portland Washington State University

Fukunaga, Keola

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Garner, Courtney

Weber State University

Garner, Joel

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Gaul, William

University of Hawaii, Manoa Gromet Foundation Scholarship Hawaii Pacific University University of Hawaii Regents Scholarship California-Hawaii Elks Association University of Texas at Dallas National Merit Scholarship

Hamada, Melissa

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Hatakeyama, Kana

Hawaii Pacific Univeristy

Hayase, Mallory

University of Hawaii, Manoa Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Carnegie Mellon Illinois Institute of Technology

Hayes, Taliya

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Heu, Kaylee

Washington State University Whitworth University University of Portland University of Oregon

Higuchi, Randy

Oregon State University University of Hawaii, Manoa California Polytechnics State University

Hosokawa, Shane University of Hawaii, Manoa Iglesias, Aira Kariah

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Jacobs, Ryan


Concordia University, Irvine

Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Whittier College The College of Idaho Fresno Pacific University

Kaya, Alyssa

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Kaya, Ashley

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Khong, Simon

University of Hawaii, Manoa Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Kim, Grace

McKeague, Taylor

Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Momono, Erin

University of Hawaii, Manoa McDonalds of Hawaii

Muasau, Landen

Walla Walla University

Nakagawa, Kristen

Seattle Pacific University Seattle University

Noveloso, Carina

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Okazaki, Marissa

Pacific Island Affairs Council, Eddie Tangen Award University of Hawaii, Manoa Scripps College Willamette University

Osborn, Brittany

Chaminade University


Painter, Kelsey

Southern Oregon University Washington State University University of Oregon Creighton University University of Hawaii, Manoa Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrsie Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Pascua, Chyan Hawaii Pacific University Saint Louis University Wahiawa General Hospital Hawaii Emergency Physician’s Associated Scholarship Elks National Foundation

Komiyama, Cori

Peacott-Ricardos, Kyle

Chaminade University

Layco, Ashley

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Lee, Kristi-Ann

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Lee, Timothy

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Lenchanko, Joshua

Chaminade University

Lin, Jireh

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Liu, Casey

Pacific University

Lui, Kristen

University of Hawaii, Manoa Hawaii Pacific University

Madeira, Marissa

University of Hawaii, West Oahu

Makanani, Emily

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Matsuda, Candice

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Matsuo, Carianne

University of Hawaii, Manoa

McCandless, Alyssa

University of Hawaii, Manoa

McGuire, Erin

University of Hawaii, Manoa Menlo College Whitworth University

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Pierce, Courtland

Saint Louis University

Pierson, Natalie

Bethel College Indiana State University Hawaii Pacific University Chaminade University Hickam Officer’s Spouses Club Scholarships

Preston, Nicole

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Pugliese, Kimberly

University of Denver George Fox University University of Portland University of Hawaii, Manoa University of Oregon Seattle University Hawaii Pacific University Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrise Northwestern Nazarene University Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship University of Nevada, Las Vegas Longs Senior Scholarship

Raymundo, Kristoffer

Mililani High School PTSO Scholarship

Reed, Taylor

Southern Oregon University

Reyes, Renzee

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Richardson, La’Precious

Promising Student Schol-

Robertson, Cassandra

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Robles, Keenan

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Sandvig, John

University of Hawaii, Manoa Chaminade University

Sewake, Bianca

Chaminade University Whitworth University Seattle University

Sinn, Taylor

St. Catherine University University of Portland Hawaii Pacific University

Stinefelt, Kelly

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Takeuchi, Emi

University of Hawaii, Manoa Texas Christian University Washington State University University of Colorado Rotary Club of Mililani Sunrise Citizenship Award

Tatsuyama, Kimberly

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Tittle, Chastilynn

University of Northern Colorado

Tom, Landy

University of of Nevada, Reno University of Northern Colorado

Tsujimoto, Ryan

University of Hawaii, Manoa University of Oregon

Uyehara, Reid

Purdue University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Valiente, Eric

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Wailehua, Garee-Lynn

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Wallace, Hokunani

Heald College

Ward, Kellianna

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Watanabe, Reid

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Yagi, Amy

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Yamada, Chase

MHS Accelerating Quality Use of Agriculture

Yamamoto, Marissa

Hawaii Pacific University

Yasunaga, Taylor

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Yoshikawa, Marissa

University of Portland Pacific University University of San Francisco


Interactive d Libra



(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) If you don’t have a Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, make one. Be sure to follow the funniest people. You may be feeling a little bored this month and these social networks will cure the boredom.

(March 21 - April 19) You’ll be feeling the urge to do something bold. Go to Hot Topic and buy hair dye. Make sure it’s bright. While walking in large crowds, people will spot you.

People and Places

(April 20 - May 20) You may be feeling quite vicious and hard-headed this month. Go for long walks for time alone, and clear your mind. By June your vicious feeling will be forgotten.



(Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Catch yourself glued to the computer, television or DS? STOP. Go out with your friends. Catch up on the times lost, and become social again.

5 6

f Sagittarius

` Gemini

(Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Go out and buy a blank canvas and some paint. Find your creative side and paint as if you were Vincent Van Gogh or Picasso.

(May 21 - June 21) Plan a road trip with your friends and family. From the North Shore, to downtown Honolulu, expand your horizons and explore the island. Don’t forget to take pictures.

Capricorn g (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

a Cancer

Go around the island with your friends and find a new hangout spot. But shh, don’t tell everyone. Keep it a secret.

(June 22 - July 22) Try setting a goal this month. Make it brand new, something you have never done before. See where it takes you.

Aquarius h

(Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Need a tan? Why go to the tanning salon and look orange, when you can go to the beach. Start off the summer right with a nice glow.

b Leo

(July 23 - August 22) If you’re feeling a little crumby this month, listen to Keri Hilson. Remember to tell everyone, “Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful.”



e Scorpio

_ Taurus

Thursday, May 5, 2011

7 8 Across

2. The 2010-2011 yearbook theme is “Out of the _____” 3. MHS placed second in the State Science Olympiad behind _____ 6. NHD nationals will take place at the University of _____ 7. The Varsity Tennis team won the OIA _____ Championships 8. The name of the fundraiser put on by New City Nissan is “Score for _____”


1. The teacher whose sophomore class put on the “Hand for Japan” fundraiser 4. What subject does Senora Brown teach? 5. Where was the 2011 VEX Robotics Championship held? 6. The curriculum coordinator who played a large role in the school’s recent accreditation visit


By Jayna Kitazaki

Pisces i (Feb. 19 – March 20)

c Virgo

Show off your fashion sense and dress up everyday until the end of the year. Make sure you leave your mark before summer vacation.

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) It’s almost summer, so make sure your schedule is full. If not, you will find yourself moping around the house in boredom.

Compiled by Judy Mossman


By the bell

By Matthew Ambrosecchio Hey do you have the time? Umm yah, right now it’s 26:40 till

ever since 4th quarter started I’ve been counting down the hours of School we have left!

... umm, till what?

I’m not sure if I should be shocked or relieved

1 N I 2 S H A D OW S H 4 3 I O L A N I S M P 5 U F A 6 M A R Y L A N D A O I I L S R L H I 7 D J A P A N




Issue 8 2010-2011  

Mililani High School Trojan Times Issue 8

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you