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Tigers fill time in lockdown

Tigers fill time in lockdown

Julia Linn, reporter

April 30, 2020

When the Department of Education canceled school for the rest of the school year and students couldn’t meet up with friends and go out, Tigers were, for the most part, home alone, wondering what to do with all this time on their hands. The Pinion surveyed students about how they were filling all this ...

Chun welcomes challenges

Haley Nicole Chun is McKinley High School’s 2019-2020 freshman class vice president.

Thai Bui, head reporter

April 27, 2020

Haley Nicole Chun, McKinley High School’s 2019-2020 freshman class vice president, said she wanted to push herself to be confident with others. “I want to gain as much experience as possible and see what might interest me,” she said. In her position, Chun had to always think about futur...

Tadena focuses on school and family

Tadena focuses on school and family

Cheng Hong He, reporter

April 24, 2020

Freshman Mariel Tadena struggled with shyness when she was little. She changed in middle school because some of her classes required presentations and talking in front of the class. “After going through things like national history day, science fair and additional things that required me to speak,” ...

Rodden misses school

Rodden misses school

Mark Ontolan, reporter

April 20, 2020

Freshman James Rodden said he missed school after it closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers began providing remote instructions, but Rodden said it wasn’t the same. “I’d rather do all the work in school than doing it in Google Classroom,” Rodden said. “And I ki...

Kondo likes to work with others

Senior Alyssa Kondo is a member of McKinley High School's band and is an ignition mentor who helps transition freshmen into high school.

An Vo, editor

April 17, 2020

School is not just a place to learn. It is also a place to work with others. Senior Alyssa Kondo has used her experience at McKinley High School to grow her personality. “I would not have replaced it with anything else because it taught me more about others and myself, and what I want to do for t...

Freeman escapes gun violence

Freeman escapes gun violence

Nickolas Castillo, reporter

April 16, 2020

Berri Freeman moved to Hawaii in August 2018 to avoid gun violence. She is from the West Side of Chicago, the most dangerous part of the city. Gangs are a problem. “Growing up in Chicago is hard, as far as violence. But I had both parents in my life so it wasn’t that hard for me. We didn’t struggle...

A student’s life in lockdown

A student's life in lockdown

Nickolas Castillo, reporter

April 15, 2020

Junior Lote Stark’s life changed since the coronavirus pandemic made its way to Hawaii. The Department of Education first announced that spring break would be extended, but as the number of COVID-19 cases rose in Hawaii, public schools closed for the rest of the year. “At first I was kind of glad, because at t...

Taketa-Kim rearranges wedding plans

Natasha Taketa got married after the school closure was announced in response to the coronavirus pandemic. She had to adjust her wedding and honeymoon plans. (Left to right) Ivan Mamoru Kim, Natasha Taketa-Kim

An Vo, editor

April 15, 2020

Chorus and piano teacher Natasha Taketa had been looking forward to March 2020 for a long time. She was getting married and planning to honeymoon in Japan. Then, the coronavirus pandemic interfered (Spoiler alert: the wedding took place and Taketa is now Taketa-Kim). Taketa-Kim’s wedding date was...

2010 – 2020: Decade in review

A new decade has began. People reflected upon their lives during 2010-2020.

Nickolas Castillo, reporter

March 30, 2020

The 2010s have ended and a new decade has started. Numerous things have changed, but people still remember how different it was back then. One memory was the way people dressed in the early 2010s. “I for one was guilty of some questionable fashion trends in the early 2010s, such as layering my clot...

Ratonel organizes voter registration drive

Junior Priscilla Ratonel recently held a voter registration drive at McKinley.

Thai Bui, head reporter

March 17, 2020

Junior Priscilla Perey Ratonel organized a voter registration drive.  Ratonel organized the drive because she wanted to give back to the community and help people create a society that they want to live in. The voter registration drive took place under T building in September at lunch time. Ratonel ...