The Pinion celebrates its 99th year

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The Pinion celebrates its 99th year

Pinion editor-in-chief Alexandria Buchanan and assistant editor Ryan Vanairsdale.
photo by Hannah Rouillard

Pinion editor-in-chief Alexandria Buchanan and assistant editor Ryan Vanairsdale. photo by Hannah Rouillard

Pinion editor-in-chief Alexandria Buchanan and assistant editor Ryan Vanairsdale. photo by Hannah Rouillard

Pinion editor-in-chief Alexandria Buchanan and assistant editor Ryan Vanairsdale. photo by Hannah Rouillard

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     The Pinion started its 99th year as a part of McKinley High School’s pride and tradition. The staff includes two returning students, who will serve as the editorial board, and fifteen new staffers.

Senior Alexandria Buchanan is editor-in-chief. This is her fourth year on The Pinion staff. She finds it fun to lay out the newspaper and likes seeing the finished paper. She joined Newswriting in middle school. 

“I like to see the final product… it’s a pride thing, I guess,” Buchanan said.

Another returning staff member is sophomore Ryan Vanairsdale, who will serve as assistant editor. This is his second year with The Pinion. He chose Newswriting as a sophomore because it was interesting. He thought that the most difficult part of Newswriting is getting interviews.

“Being able to write stuff and publish what you write about is why I chose it again,” Vanairsdale said.

Freshman Nickolas Castillo has joined the Pinion staff this year. Castillo said he chose Newswriting because it seemed interesting and he likes writing in general. He expressed concerns about people being uninterested in what he writes about.

 Freshman Julia Linn joined the staff. She likes Newswriting because she likes writing in general. Linn chose Newswriting because she likes to write about different things. She’s a freshman and this is her first time taking Newswriting. She hopes to expand her skills and learn more about our school.

 Another freshman is Joesph Brown. Brown has an interest in writing about sports. Part of this is because he played baseball and basketball when he was younger. He read the newspaper when he was young and always wondered what it would be like to be a reporter.

Freshman Thai Bui also joined the staff. Bui wants to know more people and learn more about Newswriting. He also has goals in this class. His Newswriting goals are to improve writing and get to know more about Newswriting and how we produce The Pinion. Bui says he enjoys putting his thoughts on paper.

Freshman Kelly Chang is adding her voice to The Pinion. She joined Newswriting to improve her journalism capabilities. Her main goal for this class is to do her best to write articles that will enhance her English skills. To do this, she needs to practice the core foundations while having fun in producing a quality product.

Another new staffer is freshman An Vo. Vo chose Newswriting because he wants to put his thoughts on paper. He worries that he will not be able to get enough information to write an article. Vo says he will try his best to write quality articles.

Junior Rodney Fano also joined The Pinion. He likes the creativity and learning involved in writing. He joined Newswriting because he wanted to pay more attention to what goes on in our school.

Freshman Wynn Dang is also on the staff. Dang said he enjoys writing because he likes to write about anything. He joined Newswriting to try to learn more about writing and to improve the way he writes.

Another new staffer is junior Sairin Skinny. She decided to join Newswriting because she wanted to learn how to write better. Skinny said that writing is interesting. She likes writing, so Skinny is not worried about anything in class.

Freshman Cheng Hong He also joined the staff. Her goals are getting good grades and being on time to all classes. She joined Newswriting because she wanted to improve her writing skills. She is worried about not getting her work in on time.

Freshman Cherisa Skinny is also joining The Pinion. She took Newswriting to become a better writer and because she enjoys writing. She was born in Chuuk and came to Hawaii with her aunty when she was three months old. 

Freshman Shileen Lafaele also joined The Pinion. She says that she’s nervous about getting interviews.

Freshman Mark Ontolan also decided to join The Pinion. He is worried about missing deadlines and not knowing what to do in the class. Ontolan came to Hawaii from the Philippines when he was in sixth grade.

Freshman Nyler Acasio is also on the staff. To him, writing isn’t that difficult. He wants to write sports articles because he plays sports and writing about them would help his interest in writing. Since Acasio plays basketball, he hopes to be able to write about it.

Freshman Christina Tago is another new staffer. She expressed concern over how her articles turn out to be.

That is what the editors are for, though, to help the reporters improve their work.

“From your first draft to your last, from your first article from your last article of the year, there are always improvements and I think that’s really cool to see,” Buchanan said.

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