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

Photo by S. Pang
Theme for 2019-2020: "STAND UP, STAND OUT!

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

(L-R): Kristen Yamate, SCC Representative 1; Brandon Mendoza, SA Treasurer; Vivian Hui, SA Corresponding Secretary; Suzanne Tran, SA President; Arista Arii, Sophomore Class President; Miah Emerson, Junior Class President; Chris Pham, SA Clerk; Dwight Joo, SA Vice President; Jack Schwab, HSSC Representative; Kane Ruiz, SCC Representative 2; Nathan Smith, Freshman Class President; Kayla Gurtiza, SA Recording and Ryan Fielding, Senior Class President.

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.

Wednesday

3/25: RETREAT?


The sign of the times!  The coronavirus or COVID-19 has affected all of our lives, literally shutting down society and bringing the economy to its feet.  For us, it meant cancelling or postponing many activities including assemblies, meetings, and yes, our annual planning retreat at the Pagoda Hotel which was supposed to happen tonight and tomorrow.  Tonight is fun night where we head to Ala Moana for dinner and shopping, and making a pit stop at Don Quijote for snacks on the way back to the hotel.  Tomorrow is all work except for the breakfast buffet, lunch and a scavenger hunt! 

Well, the retreat is only POSTPONED, as this is an event we must do.  Hopefully, it can be rescheduled before the end of the school year!  For now, everyone is being asked to remain at home, going out only for essential activities like grocery shopping and exercising.  Hopefully, the virus will pass soon, and we can all get back to school again!  Once we know exactly when we can return, a list of changes will be posted here.  For now, everything already listed is on hold, at least until April 30.

Please take care of yourselves!

Friday

3/12-13: OSCAR SLEEPOVER, MINUS SLEEP!

Sure, there were a couple who nodded off but for the most part, everyone concentrated on making their OSCAR pages the best they can be!  The pages look really good!  Only a few pages remain for events that have obviously not yet happened.  Thank you to all the dedicated officers who made sure to complete their share!  Oh and by the way, there was some food, too!

Let's get it started!

Vivian works feverishly!

Pillows for the night!

Let's take a break!

Back to work!

Wednesday

3/11: GREEN DAY GIVE-AWAYS!

Like all dress-up days, Green Day was all about awarding the top dressed-out Period 5 as well as anyone wearing green at recess.  Since St. Patrick's Day usually falls during Spring Break, we take this early opportunity to do the "Wearin' O' the Green!"  Thank you to all who participated and Happy Early St. Patrick's Day!

Heading out to give treats!

Is that all you want?

Let me find one you'd like!

We are running out of treats!

Fruit-by-the-Foot, please!

I prefer a fruit snack!

Either our guys are short....

or Miah's really tall!

Period 5 Winner:  Mr/ Cambe' science class!

Saturday

2/28: FAMILY ASSESSMENT A GOOD PLACE!

Yes, at first it seemed a bit sketchy, going to a homeless camp in the evening, in Kaka'ako, high school students, mostly girls....a recipe for something bad to happen!!  And then IT HAPPENED!  Something wonderfully GOOD!  This "camp" was actually a transition center for homeless families looking to transition into permanent housing.  The "residents" were friendly (Sorry, can't show any), we got a cooking lesson in using a Dutch oven, learned to make popcorn in a theater popcorn maker and yes, watch Frozen II.  But the best part was actually being able to interact with the residents!

Getting started!

Is this where we lift?

How many public school students
does it take to set-up a screen?

Same number to set-up a projector....


Yayyy, finally!

What's next?

How many does it take
to make popcorn?

Nothing beats fresh popped!

Dinner was Dutch oven magic!

Three pointer on the way!

THIS one is more your size!

Frozen II sing-a-long!

We don't hear any singing!

Friday

2/27: FOOD DRIVE FINALE!

This year's Spring Food Drive ended on, well, a whimper as we did "OK," but fell far short of last year's total.  Collectively, we received 6206 items compared to 7540 in Spring 2019.  We are sure, however, that the Hawaii Foodbank will be happy with whatever we donated!  As for the class competition, congratulations to the Sophomores, Class of 2022, for winning the overall class competition, and Mr. Ishida's Sophomores homeroom for winning the individual competition.  Results are below:

1st:  SOPHOMORES     2672     5.11/student

2nd:  SENIORS     2551     4.96/student

3rd:  JUNIORS     551     1.27/student

4th:  FRESHMEN     431     .87/student

HR Winner:  Ishida (10)     2138     85.5/student

GRAND TOTAL:
6202 items

it begins....

We have more!

Rice Mountain grows!


2/21: NHS BLOOD DRIVE

It's blood drive day!  The annual project sponsored and run by the National Honor Society collects over 100 pints of blood every year!  This year, we totaled 136 pints!  Thank you to advisors Lisa Oka and Eric Bentkowski as well as all NHS members for organizing this huge event!  Thanks also to all of the food donors!

The donations begin!

Waiting in line to check in!

Every table is taken!

Lots of food for donors!



2/14: WEAR RED DAY!

Yes, it is Valentine's Day!  We call it Wear Red Day because, well, V-Day doesn't always fall on a school day.  But this year it does!  Leading up to today was Happy Hearts where messages were written to others, significant or not, then passed out during Homeroom!  We also had a Period 4 competition to see which class had the most students dressed in red.  And finally, officers went out at recess to hand out treats to anyone dressed in red.  Hope you have an awesome Valentine's Day!



ABOVE:  Chris, Vivian and
Jack deliver Happy Hearts!

Cafeteria Staff gets into the spirit!

Period 4 Winners:  Ms. Deliz










HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Tuesday

2/11: IT'S ELECTION TIME!

Election time!  That means it's also time for a campaign rally!  Each candidate gave his or her best campaign speech in hopes that they will receive the most votes on election day, February 18!  Good luck to all of the candidates!

Remove ballot from the envelope....

and mark it with an "X" next to
the candidate of your choice!

Arista Arii - SCC Representative

Tammy Guo - Clerk

Christopher Pham - Clerk

Miah Emerson - Treasurer

Nicole Quimoyog - Corresponding Secretary

Parisa Oliai - Recording Secretary

Seolbin Hong - Vice President

Baby Shark!  Doo doo da doo...errr,
Vivian Hui - President

Jack Schwab - President