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Cooper returns to McKinley

Cooper returns to McKinley

Nickolas Castillo, reporter

September 23, 2019

Damien Cooper is an English and special education teacher that left McKinley, but then came back. She started teaching because she has worked with kids before in the past and since teaching is a “family career.” This year she is looking forward to seeing her senior students graduate and go to ...

Carmichael ends first year teaching

Jordin Carmichael happily sitting at her desk  grading students' work

Ashanti Brown, reporter

May 31, 2019

Jordin Carmichael teaches ninth grade English. This is her first year teaching. She’s also the Key Club adviser and she did her student teaching at Kaiser High School. "I had a really great freshman English teacher and then I decided that's what I wanted to do because I like working with teen...

Astrology part of daily life for many

Many people rely on their horoscope to influence their mindset each day.

Amoreena Godoy, reporter

May 24, 2019

Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Some only view it as a pseudoscience, but for others it is an insight into one’s mood, emotions, character and tendencies. The first thing...

Learn American Sign Language

Learn American Sign Language

Mari Faufata-Pedrina, reporter

May 24, 2019

American Sign Language is an expressive language that uses hands, body emotions and facial expressions and is for the people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to communicate with other people. Dusty Santos is the adviser of the American Sign Language Club and has been teaching ASL for 10 years. He took ASL...

Bott felt earthquake

Bott felt earthquake

Kevin Lee, Reporter

May 22, 2019

Simran Bott teaches Physical Science in McKinley High School. She felt an earthquake before. She was not alone. “My mother, my sister and my pet dog were with me,“ she said. The earthquake occurred 20 years ago in New Delhi, India. “I panicked. My sister suggested that we go under the stair...

Jim Dunkle lived in Malaysia

Jim Dunkle traveled to Malaysia.

Kevin Lee, Reporter

May 17, 2019

Jim Dunkle works in McKinley High School. I met him when I was working on a project. I lived in Malaysia and so did Dunkle. "I lived in Malaysia because I had a working contract there to turn the Clark Hatch Sports and Fitness facility into a Malaysian franchise," he said. He lived on Jalan Sultra...

Blanchard likes sports

Dave Blanchard likes sports

Kevin Lee, Reporter

May 17, 2019

Dave Blanchard is a social studies teacher. He likes watching sports and events He said it is "enjoyable, relaxing and exciting." He watches in person and on TV. "I drive to games and watch TV at home," he said. He also likes his job. "I like to work with and help kids partly because I...

Higa hired as a new vice principal

Higa hired as a new vice principal

Mari Faufata-Pedrina, reporter

April 26, 2019

Kerry Higa is the new vice principal. He transferred to McKinley High School  in January following winter break. He has worked twenty-one years in education.  “I’ve been a teacher for seven years, vice principal for another seven years and a principal for another seven years” Higa said. H...

Taking a closer look at vaccination

The influenza vaccine helps to prevent people from contracting the flu.

Ryan Vanairsdale, editor

March 22, 2019

  Throughout history, vaccines have saved countless lives from dangerous illnesses. Smallpox, a disease with a 30% fatality rate, was declared eradicated in 1980 due to global vaccination efforts. Polio, a disease that can cause paralysis, is now unheard of in the United States. While vacci...

The bikini debate

Alexandria Buchanan, editor

March 17, 2019

As the holiday season approaches, many people expect the cold and cozy weather winter brings. However, the islands can expect perfect beach weather and social media photo ops Hawaii is known for. Social media has become a big part of our lives. In 2017, 81 percent of Americans owned a social media...