LEADERSHIP: IT'S NOT ABOUT REWARDS; IT'S DOING WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN IF NO ONE ELSE ACKNOWLEDGES YOU!

Photo by S. Pang

MOANALUA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACTIVITIES: "PUT OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF!"

Back Row (l-r): Vivian Hui, SA Historian; Jack Schwab, SA Treasurer; Jazzmin White, Sophomore Class President; Kayla Gurtiza, SCC Representative 1; Ryan Fielding, Junior Class President; Suzanne Tran, SA Clerk; Kristen Yamate, SCC Representative 2; and Seolbin Hong, Freshman Class President.

Front Row - Seniors (l-r): Luke Schwab, HSSC Representative; Shareen Chee, SA President; Jasmine Chee, SA Vice President; Emily Quach, SA Corresponding Secretary; Maya Balmilero, Senior Class President; and Skyler Chun, SA Recording Secretary.

The Moanalua High School Executive Council is made up of fourteen volunteers. VOLUNTEERS! While officers are elected, they choose to run knowing that if they win, there is no physical reward, no letter grade, no incentive other than the pure satisfaction of doing a good job and representing the student body. At times, we achieve great success while at other times, we achieve somewhat less, but it is always a learning process. While we can take away much satisfaction from doing a good job, we can also learn from mistakes and try to better ourselves the next time. And so, at the end of our terms, while we do not earn a credit, a letter grade or even a certificate of achievement proving our accomplishments, we can take away the self-satisfaction in knowing that we did our best for the students, school and community, and that positive experience is something we can really use as contributing adult members of society.

Friday

8/10: WELCOME TO MENELAND!

"Alice in Meneland!"  Different approach, same message:  "Get Involved!"  We kick off each year with the Welcome Back Assembly to encourage students to get involved in co-curricular activities!  Thanks to all the student volunteers, cheerleaders, and wrestling team, the assembly went off smoothly and hopefully successfully as well.  Time will tell!  It was also the first whole school assembly on the newly installed bleachers!  While a bit more cramped, students made it work!  Looks like another great year ahead!

Cheerleaders already in mid-season form!

All the right moves!

Awesome banners!

Voice-overs practice their lines!

Actors take the floor!

Clubs "paint" the campus!

Join us, Alice!

Off with her head!

Officers have the moves!

Can you play a sport, Alice?

How about music?

FINALE!

8/1-9: REHEARSE, REHEARSE, AND REHEARSE!

What's better than shopping at the mall, watching a movie, or going to the beach?  Why, it's REHEARSING for the Welcome Back Assembly, of course!  Dozens of volunteers turned out before school started to work on scenery, props, dancing, and the skit itself.  This year's theme was "Alice in Meneland!"  Props and scenery were completed in a couple of days, and the rest of the time was devoted to learning the mass dance and the skit which includes voice-overs and actors.

My rabbit ears are perfect!

Let's get these banners painted!

Learning the dance in a real dance room!

Actors discuss their parts!
Voice-overs practice behind!



Tuesday

8/7: WELCOME BACK!

Freshman orientation, fee payment, picture-taking....it's that time of year again!  Didn't summer break only start yesterday?  Seems like it!  Nevertheless, it's time to put away the surfboard and get down to business!  Officers made sure that freshman orientation got off to a good start by providing guide service in the morning, then put on an assembly, and finally ended the day assisting with fee payment.  A busy day for sure!

Emily points out the way!

Ryan gives an explanation!

The new bleachers are awesome!

Under snd over dressed!

Is this the salad line?

Come in, come in, come in,
don't stop, don't stop, don''t stop!

We're gonna WASH those turkeys...

7/30: PLANNER PREDICAMENT, PART II!

So, today was supposed to be the planner split day along with the first Executive Council Meeting, but since that was done last week, the meeting was a lot shorter.  Besides the actual meeting itself, we only needed to collate the opening day teacher packet of forms and flyers, and we were able to distribute them by 10:30, so.....SHORT DAY!  In addition, due to construction on campus, there was no electricity to the Student Center, library, and a few buildings, so we managed to complete our task in H101.  Thank you for hosting, Mr. Ishikawa!  

Skyler and Kayla put the finishing
touches on the teacher packets.

Awesome assembly line!

Make sure EVERYONE gets one!

Don't forget the principal!

Thursday

7/25: PLANNER PREDICAMENT!

A surprise school project:  update all 2200 new student planners before issued!  Here's the story.  The deadline for sending "final" text to the planner company is in April for planners to arrive in mid to late July.  Over a month later, the DOE comes out with a new message that MUST be included in all school planners and other material given to students.  So, as the new planners arrived on campus, 2200 stickers with the new message had to be printed, cut, and placed over the old message.  One by one.  With the front office staff, library staff, and 26 student volunteers notified only the day before, the job was completed in about 2 1/2 hours, and we even managed to do the homeroom splits at the same time!

Peeling stickers is hard work!

Centering them juuust right is harder!

Did we mention the AC was down?

Planner split time!

Sunday

6/13-15: SLC 30TH ANNIVERSARY - "OUR WORLD, OUR STORIES!"

Last summer at SLC, we were treated to a fabulous dinner at Germaine's Luau.  How do you top that?  Well, this year, the entire Student Leadership Conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center with an equally outstanding dinner/dance in the main Kalakaua Ballroom!  The change in venue was unfortunately due to some concerns at UH-Manoa, but Ms. Frias and the HSSC and facilitators made it happen anyway!  For the lucky 11 officers who attended, it was well worth it!  Now, let's take what we learned and make it a great school year! 

Getting ready for....

Opening Day!

Energizers!

Puerto Rico!

Portugal!

Vietnam!

Korea!

Samoa!

Germany!

Hawaii!

China!

Japan!

Phillipines!


Meet the facilitators!

Group Dynamics!

Local Olympics Games....

games.....

and MORE games!


Ready for day 2!

Here we go!

Day 2 dinner/dance!

NatStuCo Gold Award!

OSCAR!


Final day!

Central District!

Central South!