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): Christopher May, SA Treasurer; Emily Quach, incoming SA Corresponding Secretary; Maya Balmilero, Junior Class President and incoming Senior Class President; Jack Schwab, incoming SA Treasurer; Vivian Hui, Freshman Class President and incoming SA Historian; Suzanne Tran, Sophomore Class President and incoming SA Clerk; Shareen Chee, SA Vice President and incoming SA President; Jazzmin White, incoming Sophomore Class President; Jasmine Chee, SA Recording Secretary and incoming SA Vice President; Kristen Yamate, incoming SCC Representative; Ryan Fielding, incoming Junior Class President; and Skyler Chun, incoming SA Recording Secretary.
Front Row (l-r): Seolbin Hong, incoming Freshman Class President; Kylah Hughley, Senior Class President; Luke Schwab, present and incoming HSSC Representative; Ashley Whang, SA President; Grace Jang, SA Clerk; Jennifer Park, SCC Representative; and Kayla Gurtiza, present and incoming SCC Representative.


The Moanalua High School Executive Council is made up of thirteen 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.

Tuesday

4/24: JUST PURPLE UP!

Our newest dress-up event is Purple Up, a day when we recognize the service of our military people and their dependents.  While today wasn't the "official" day, as it was moved to avoid walk-outs the previous week, we still managed to get into the spirit and somehow found purple wear!  As you can see from photos below, even administrators and cafeteria staff got involved!  Purple up!

Lavender is cool, too!

Suzanne covers the caf!
While Grace covers....
where is that?

The caf staff gets involved!

Isn't that Vivian's mom?
Officers are proud
to honor military families!

Even Ms. Shibaoka got
into the spirit!



Monday

4/14: A SOGGY DAY AT WCC!

Our final personal project of the school year proved to be a wet and soggy affair.  We volunteered to help eliminate invasive species at the Windward Community College Rain Garden fronting their Hale Imiloa Laboratory.  The garden was already soaked from previous rains, so it made stepping through it difficult.  A couple of hours into the project, rains poured down as if someone had turned on a faucet!  We waited for the rain to clear and worked sporadically, but in the final hour, we probably managed only 15 minutes of actual work.  In any case, we were able to remove most of the problem plants in the given work area in spite of the weather.  Some soaked clothing, shoes and hair but all in all, a pretty fun day!

The calm before the storm!

Getting instructions for the day!

Let's head out!

Pull those weeds!  (Note heavy clouds
in the background!)

We spent much of the
last hour under cover!

4/2: PEP RALLY HONORS!

The Spring Pep Rally was full of honors, in particular, recognizing the National Champion Cheerleading Team as well as the Symphony Orchestra who won the grand prize in a competition in Atlanta, Georgia, in early March.  Congratulations to both groups as well as all the Soring Sports teams!  Good luck in the play-offs!

Cheerleaders are honored by a representative
from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard...

...and Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga!

Symphony Orchestra is also recognized
by Councilwoman Fukunaga!

Saturday

3/29-30: RETREAT REVIEW!

Another officer planning retreat has come and gone and once again, very successful!  We even ended a little early which allowed us to have some extra discussion on other issues normally not done at this event.!  Everyone did a great job of discussing points, supporting ideas, and eventually compromising when needed to make sure it was a group decision.  Thanks to everyone, we have ideas for the major events such as Leadership Conference, Welcome Back Assembly, and Homecoming to kick off the school year!  In addition to the business end, we also made trips to Ala Moana Shopping Center, a side trip to Don Quijote, and some overnight bonding time at the Pagoda Hotel.  Special thanks to Ms. Travers for helping chaperone. We have an exciting year planned....more to come soon!

A major freeway accident caused our
bus to be late, so we started off on
campus with some introductory games!
Dinner at CPK!

Happy to be here next morning!

And so are the koi, waiting to be fed!

Kylah and Chris get us started!

Jen and Ashley pick up the discussion!
On a scavenger hunt during
lunch break!

Rookies Kristen and Ryan show what
they've learned at the end of the day!



Thursday

3/15-16: A NIGHT FOR THE OSCAR!

Not a night AT the OSCARS but a night FOR it!  Tonight is our annual OSCAR sleepover where we work on OSCAR scrapbook pages.  By Friday morning, more than 80% of the book will be done!  But is is more than just a work session.  It's a night to bond closer with one another and a chance to work with new officers, too!  Of course, besides working on pages, there is food, movies, and fun.  It's really too bad that this activity comes closer to the end of the year rather than the beginning, but any chance to work together as a group is always precious!





7:00 a.m.!!!

3/14: GREEN DAY WITH A "WALKOUT" TWIST!

This year's annual GREEN Day came with a little extra activity on campus:  a student "walkout" to honor victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting.  It was a bittersweet day.  The winning Period 5, Mr. Cambe's social studies class, managed to get 31 of 31 students to participate!  This was followed by a solemn tribute to the 17 victims of the shooting, but ended with a rousing speeches by two students, one speaking on the topic of gun control, and the other asking fellow students to look within themselves and stop bullying or saying negative things about each other either online or in person, and just be kind to one another.  It was an awesome way for students to get two viewpoints on the walkout and come away with a lot to think about in the next few days!

Period 5 100% Winner:
Mr. Cambe's Social Studies Class

Vivian offers a treat to a "greenie!"

Candle tribute to shooting victims!

Gabriel speaks out on gun control!

Sage gives a rousing speech on what
students can do to prevent future incidents!

Students filled the floor and lounge!

Friday

3/8: FOOD DONATIONS DECLINE AGAIN!

For the fourth straight time, food donations have declined from previous years.  This year's Spring Food Drive got off to a slow start and even with the drive being a week longer than usual, donations have not come in like in the past.  The economy is much better than it was a few years ago, yet the amount of food coming in has not reflected this.  Donations actually peaked during times when the economy was it its worst, back in 2008-2009.  Hopefully, they will pick up again this coming fall!

1st  SENIORS:  2414, 5.21/student

2nd  JUNIORS:  1873, 4.01/student

3rd  FRESHMEN:  689, 1.52/student

4th  SOPHOMORES:  606, 1.13/student

HR Winner:  Mr. Makekau's Junior HR

OVERALL COUNT (+18 misc.)
5600

LAST FALL'S COUNT
6515

Juniors start building rice mountain!

Almost ready to go!

Take it away, Foodbank!

Monday

2/20-23: MENES GOT GAME!

That's right, we got game!  This was the theme for this year's Spirit Week activities featuring popular culture and board games!  There were dress-up days and noon hour games almost daily!  Here are the results for the week's activities!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20:  MEME TUESDAY

MEME TRIVIA!
Winner:  Kane Ruiz (9)
DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE MEME!
S. Arakawa's Period 1

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21:  QUAD DAY

CONNECT FOUR!
Winner:  Keane Escaba (9)

QUADRUPLET DAY!
L/ Sablan's Period 4

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22:  CLASS T-SHIRT COLOR DAY

No Winner


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23:  BLACK & WHITE FRIDAY

SINK YOUR BATTLESHIP!
Winner:  Arielle Reeves (12)

BLACK & WHITE DAY!
L. Mizue's Period 4






Saturday

2/16: A PRESIDENTIAL PROJECT!

No, our service project for the evening had nothing to do with President Trump or even SA President Ashley Whang.  Rather, our task tonight was to work the Presidents' 100 booth at the annual Great Aloha Run Health and Fitness Expo.  Being the first day and a Friday evening, it was admittedly rather slow, but someone had to man the booth!






Wednesday

2/14: RED RULES THE DAY!

Okay, we know it's really Valentine's Day, but we call it Wear RED Day because the 14th doesn't always fall on a school day though it does this year!  A couple of SA sponsored events take place including a contest between the first class of the day, in today's case, Period 4.  This is followed by the passing out of treat to anyone wearing RED.  And finally, it's also the day where we send out Happy Hearts through the first period of the day!  Hope YOU received one!

HAPPY WEAR RED DAY!
Shareen passes out
Happy Hearts!

Jennifer makes sure all
staffers get a treat!
Period 4 Winner:
Ms. Sablan's Leadership Class


Officers prepare to pass out treats!