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

Photo by House of Photography

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

Back Row (l-r): Skyler Chun, SA Recording Secretary; Ryan Fielding, Junior Class President; Kayla Gurtiza, SCC Representative 1; Vivian Hui, SA Historian; Jazzmin White, Sophomore Class President; Jasmine Chee, SA Vice President; and Suzanne Tran, SA Clerk.

Front Row (l-r): Luke Schwab, HSSC Representative; Seolbin Hong, Freshman Class President; Kristen Yamate, SCC Representative 2; Maya Balmilero, Senior Class President; Shareen Chee, SA President; Emily Quach, SA Corresponding Secretary; and Jack Schwab, SA Treasurer.

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.

Sunday

1/13: HAPPY OHANA NEW YEAR!

Our first community service project of the year was the annual Ohana Day located at and sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.  Ohana Day includes food, game and activity booths as well as cultural displays and performances.  In order for this to happen, an army of volunteers is needed, and somebody needs to check them in!  That's where we come in!  For the past few years, we have manned the volunteer booth which means that we need to be the FIRST to arrive.  Then once everyone is checked in, we cover other tasks such as delivering water to the volunteers and even clearing trash/recycle cans.  Still, it was a fun day, and we'll be back in 2020 to help usher in the new year once again!

Ready to go!

But first....

Instructions!

First group to check in....

Punahou!

Games!

Food!
Almost done!
(Photo courtesy of Kat Wade,
Honolulu Star Advertiser)