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McKinley Tiger becomes semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship

McKinley Tiger becomes semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship

Thompson Wong, Assistant Editor

September 23, 2018


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Every year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects students with high PSAT scores as semifinalists for its nationwide academic competition. This year, one of McKinley High School’s very own has been named as a semifinalist in recognition of his achievements. The results were publicly announced on Septe...

McKinley Drivers Ed Program Prepares Students For Future

Marietta Teramoto, reporter

May 18, 2018


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McKinley High School offers a drivers education program. Those in the program said getting your driver’s license during high school is important. Senior Vanessa Khamkhay said she thinks having a driver’s license is a sign of independence. “You don’t have to walk as much. You don’t have to...

Loomis teaches students to love history

Kelvin Ku, reporter

May 18, 2018


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Jonathan Loomis is a Spanish and history teacher at McKinley High School. He is well liked among students for having fun lessons and an amiable personality. “Mr. Loomis is very interactive with the class and makes class fun enough where you can learn,” senior You Jin Kim said. “He actually ch...

MHS welcomes back Waterman

Anelalani Chavez, editor-in-chief

April 27, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

English teacher Jude Waterman recently returned to McKinley High School after a semester. He returned to his hometown in California because his mother is battling cancer and he felt it was important for him to be there for her. He said he loves her very much, and she made him the person he is today. Since his...

Santos lends helping hand

Tue Le and Egan Medeiros

April 27, 2018


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Dusty Santos is a teacher at McKinley High School that helps special education students and students that have a hard time hearing. “The best part of my job is teaching students,” Santos said. “I like to see that I change lives but it doesn’t happen right away. It’s a long process but...

Cyber Patriots teach students to be tech savvy

Kelvin Ku, reporter

April 27, 2018


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Cyber Patriots is a global group that work on programming. McKinley offers it as an after school program for students. There are seven members in Cyber Patriots and they are divided into two teams. One with all of the members who are also in JROTC and members who aren’t. “In Cyber Patriots we...

McKinley wins medals at the OBDA Solo & Ensemble

Thompson Wong, reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

All McKinley High School band participants in the Oahu Band Directors Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival were awarded medals for their outstanding performance on Jan. 21. The islandwide festival is held annually for all high school students to perform a selected solo or group piece in front...

How to spend time wisely and effectively

Kelvin Ku, reporter

December 14, 2017


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Managing time may be difficult for some, but students at McKinley High School have come up with strategies to stay productive. “It is hard to manage my time as a student when I have school work and other responsibilities like JROTC,” sophomore Christian Truong said. Managing time may be hard...

Japanese-American veterans’ story told through new film

Thompson Wong, reporter

December 8, 2017


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Sixteen years of hard work from a local writer led to the birth of the “Go For Broke: An Origin Story” film, telling the story of the valiant Japanese-American veterans from World War II. The film explores the origins of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Infantry Battalion, and how...

Breaking down the walls

Breaking down the walls

Anela Chavez, editor-in-chief

October 15, 2017


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Humans of McKinley is a new organization that completely consists of juniors. Joan Martinez serves as the president of the group, Jessica Uyesaka as vice-president, Thompson Wong and Scott Nguyen as publicists, Eva Chen as treasurer, Nicole Goya as secretary and Rendall Choy as the adviser. Martinez formed the ...

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