Volume 11 Issue 1

October 2013

Shaaroni Wong and other Punahou teachers sailing across M$mala Bay on May 24, 2013 on the H!k"le‘a.


H!k"le‘a embarks on a world wide voyage
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was created to study Hawaii’s old culture, past, and legacy. PVS built two voyaging canoes: the H!k"le‘a and the Hawai'iloa. The H!k"le‘a was built to bring back the culture of the ancient Hawaiian and Polynesians.
One of the H!k"le‘a's most well known voyages was in 1976, from Tahiti to Hawaii. The H!k"le‘a is sailed only by ancient Polynesian techniques for navigation. The H!k"le‘a has traveled to Tahiti, Micronesia, Polynesia, Japan, Canada, and the United States. The purpose of the H!k"le‘a was to bring back ancient culture and to discover how the Hawaiians lived then, how they navigated and how they traveled to many of the islands in the Pacific. One of the H!k"le‘a's journeys was to one of the most remote island in the world, Rapa Nui. Another purpose of the journey is to inspire people to achieve their hopes. The H!k"le‘a is headed for another journey, a grand one, a worldwide voyage. The idea started in 1992, when one of the crew members met some friends who were astronauts. One of the friends talked about when in space, Earth looks like an island, just like Hawai’i. Then, in 2007, during the voyage to Satawal, the worldwide voyage became a step closer to happening. On May 29th, 2013, the H!k"le‘a set sail on the journey, expecting to come back in 2017. On the worldwide voyage, the H!k"le‘a will travel to twenty-eight countries,

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and will stop at 85 international ports. The H!k"le‘a will sail for about four years at the cost of 30 million dollars. As Nainoa Thompson said: "During this voyage, H!k"le‘a is carrying the hopes, aspirations, and dreams of the many people who cared for her and touched her. We hope that this voyage inspires us and creates opportunities for us to be a community that's defined not by (continued on page 3)

In this issue:
Interview with Ms. Lyman-Mersereau# Style in school# How do erasers work?# Thoroughly Modern Millie#

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Hokulea’a with Ms.L-M.
by Colin Yeo Have you heard about a canoe named the H!k"le‘a? Well, it's more than just a canoe. It's a piece of evidence that proves that the Polynesians could sail from Hawaii to Tahiti without the aid of instruments such as charts, clocks, and compasses. %The Hokule'a was built in the spring of 1975, and sailed its first voyage in the year of 1976. After that first voyage, it made 7 other voyages. The H!k"le‘a was about 14 feet wide from one outer edge to the other, and about 62 feet long. I interviewed an eighth grade teacher, Mrs. LymanMersereau, to learn more information about the H!k"le‘a. But you might ask, why her? And that’s true. There are many people on the Punahou campus who have been on the H!k"le‘a. I chose Mrs. LM because she helped build the H!k"le‘a in 1974.

Marion Lyman-Mersereau in Tahiti on the Hokule’a before the 1980 voyage. This photograph inspired the painting “Haole Girl” by Anthony Gruerio.

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My interview with Mrs. LymanMersereau not only inspired me to take more risks, but it showed me how determination and hard work can take you a long way. In this case, Mrs. Lyman-Mersereau’s first journey failed, but she and the crew were determined to make the journey, and on their second attempt, they succeeded. By choosing to go on this journey Mrs. LymanMersereau showed great courage and a sense of adventure. She is a true inspiration to us all.

Why did you decide to embark on this journey on the H!k"le‘a? When I finished college in 1974 and heard about this event from my brother about sailing this double hulled canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti, I wanted a little adventure. I helped build H!k"le‘a because I wanted to be part of the first crew. Our first journey ended up with the H!k"le‘a face down and us in the water. After a couple hours, a rescue helicopter came and got us out of the water, and about a week or two later, we gave the journey another attempt. Did you encounter any challenges on the H!k"le‘a? I was seasick for the first four days, and ended up skipping all meals for the first four days and nights. I thought I was the only one who was seasick, but it turns out that everyone was a bit seasick. They just weren't as bad off as I was. %There was also a lot of rough water as we set out on our voyage, which was a partial cause of our seasickness. What was daily life on the H!k"le‘a' like? Once we set our course, the canoe pretty much sailed herself. We would just have to set the sail and steering blades to sail in the direction we were going. The crew was divided into watch times, and there were about seven people on a watch. I would usually help our cook get our food out from the storage. Our diet consisted of freeze dried Chicken Ala King and freeze dried Beef Stroganoff and fresh fish when we caught it. The head cook at Punahou at the time, Tita Lyons, prepared all the meals we took on the voyage. Crewmembers read or wrote in their journals. I brought my guitar and played a lot. Meal time was always the highlight of the day especially if we caught a fish.


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H!k"le‘a' World Wide Voyage
geographical or racial issues, but by the values which make it special." Hopefully, the H!k"le‘a's journeys have inspired or encouraged you to pursue your dreams and wishes, too.

Understanding Syria’s Problem

by Elizabeth Leyshon Middle schoolers throughout the United States have been wondering what is really happening in Syria, and what is the cause of this international outrage? %%% If we want to understand we must look to Syria's past to understand why this civil war is going on. You can't just ask yourself what is happening. Instead, you have to ask yourself what has happened. Over time Syrians have made many foes and allies, their allies including some neighboring Middle Eastern countries. Their foes include France, which in the early 1900's over took Syria and divided it unevenly, causing many people of different religions to be forced together. When France abandoned Syria in 1946, Syria was displaced and had no leader, so from 1958 till 1961 it was joined with Egypt and the UAR; (United Arab Republic). But Syria's growing dissatisfaction with the Egyptian domination made Syria leave their partnership with the UAR, causing another period in instability for Syria. In 1963, the Arab Social Resurrection (Baath) Party, along

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with Arab nationalists, took firm control of Syria. This time was known as the Baath Revolution, and then Hafez al Assad took the assumption of power. Assad was pronounced president 1971; his presidency lasted for thirty years, until he died in 2000. His son Bashar al Assad ran for president. He ran unopposed and was quickly elected as president. In the thirty years of Hafez' presidency, he had outlawed any opposing political party. The Syrian government also blocked and censored many global websites with local appeal, such as Facebook and Youtube. In 2011 peaceful protesters began to protest, inspired by recent

protests in Egypt and Tunisia. The government has been accused of opposing these protests and quietly killing activists and protesters. The protests then escalated to not only the activists, but their families, also. Eventually, civilians started to fire at the government in return, until it turned into a civil war. This civil war has been going on for two years and is still going on today. The reason why we are hearing about it in the news more than ever now is because the government has allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people. More recently Russia and the US have worked out their disputes. Russia has agreed to stop providing weapons for the Syrians, if the US doesn’t launch an attack on Syria. The US and Russia have also worked out a few steps to try to convince the Syrian government to hand over the chemical weapons they are accused of having. Some American people think that even if Syria does hand over the weapons, it will do no good in stopping the civil war. But, at least there will be easy sleeping knowing we don’t have the threat of chemical weapons.


Can I Still Have A Sense of Style in School?
by Kaya Lee Do you need some helpful advice for your new style for the new school year? You can be stylish and still be in dress code. In this article you can be informed on the latest fashions and style advice. This information can also save you a stressing morning trying to find something to wear. By the way you can also use this information to persuade your parents to go shopping. %

are, Brandy Melville shirts as well as Gilly Hicks shirts. The Brandy

According the Punahou Handbook: All Shorts, dresses or skirts must be at knee length. All tops must have a collar or a crew neckline. And they must be able to be tucked into shorts, pants or skirts. students will be asked to change is any clothing is over-revealing or tightfitting. At no time should a students midriff or underwear should be showing.

Now that you have regarded the dress code, let’s take a look at the latest fashions in school. First we will take a look at popular footwear, tops, jeans, and accessories (such as jewelry and watches). This will also show you how popular fashions can be worn in school. % %%% In school, many say that it is hard to dress within dress code. Well, to those who believe that, this will help you pick out your fashion for the new school year. Right now the shoes that are in style are Vans, Toms, and Converse. Tops, most of the tops that are in style right now

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Melville sleeves are cut at least 4 inches from the collar, which means

that you can wear them in school. Jeans, right now in style are skinny jeans that either have prints or colors on them, “jeans”meaning pants that go down to your ankle, but if you don’t want to wear long jeans you could wear long shorts that go just above your knees. For accessories, in school I have noticed that the types of jewelry that are popular are simple pieces like shell bangles. Bangles are wire bracelets usually complemented with a shell or maybe a sea glass piece. On the other hand we have watches. One of the most in style watches is, we all know, Nixon’s. Nixon watches come in all styles. Some are perfect for those of you that love the waves, or just love the fit of the watch. ### #This fashion advice has shown you that you can still rock your style and be in school dress code. Use this information to help you find your new style for the school year. Remember to always be confident in what you wear. People will notice and respect you as a classmate.

NFL Sued for $765 Million
by Baxter Bervar We all know that football is a very aggressive contact sport. But the NFL has decided where to draw the line. The NFL was recently sued for $765 million per year to compensate

lawsuit. However, there are other ways the NFL is trying to tone down the aggression and violence of the recent years. Players are no longer allowed to hit other player's heads, or hit with their head. Players also get fined for hitting other players too hard.

Sadly, Xbox One will be priced at a whopping $499 when released. % But like all new electronics, the price will eventually go down. % If anyone with Xbox 360 games is considering to get a One, sorry, but it only takes games specifically made for xbox One. Kinect is a camera that comes with the Xbox One. %You stand up and it “sees” you. %you can move through the menu, using your hand, but you can only play games made for Kinect % such as Just Dance 2014 and Zumba Fitness. %%%The Xbox 360 had a Kinect, but it was sometimes inaccurate at tracking body movements.

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former players who have received lasting effects of head trauma or brain damage from being in the NFL, and to fund medical and safety research into the matter as well. The fund will be in effect for up to 50 years. Anyone who has retired from the NFL is entitled to compensation if they have had brain damage or lasting effects of head trauma. If the total amount paid out to retirees during the season is less than $50 million, the NFL agrees to pay out additional money to each retired player. Additionally, to receive compensation, players do not need to prove that the head trauma or brain damage they suffered from was from playing in the NFL, which will make it easier for players to receive compensation. “This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football,” stated Judge Layn Phillips, the person who announced that the NFL would agree to the

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebackerJames Harrison was recently fined $75,000 for an intensely flagrant hit, and he was one of many. Football is becoming too dangerous, aggressive, and risky to play, and the NFL knows that they have to take steps to make the game less aggressive, or everything will go downhill, and the game will be much less played and a lot less popular.

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XBoxOne will be released in November for $499
by Dane Thompson This November, the third Xbox console, the Xbox One, will be released. %It’s the third Xbox, so why is it named Xbox One? %It is a single device that can replace all of those boxes under your TV. %It is a dvd player, a blu ray player, and it can play TV shows without switching inputs on the television. %It also comes with a voice command feature, so you can control your Xbox One by talking.

%%% On August 20, Microsoft announced 23 Xbox One games that will be in stores in November. %Some popular sequel games are Assassin’s Creed 4- Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Forza Motorsport 5, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K 14, and Need for Speed: Rivals. Some new games coming out are Killer Instinct, Ryse: Son of Rome, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and Watch Dogs. %%% This November, the Playstation 4 will be released in North America and Europe For $399. %The Xbox 1 has much better graphics, but PS4 wins in price. %Start saving your money, gamers.


The Hunger Games Catching Fire
By Jaime Tamashiro

really curious to see how they interpreted the arena!” Alyssa Leong ’19 says “I am excited for the movie because I love Hunger Games!” I love the series and I highly recommend it even if you haven’t read the series. Hunger Games Catching Fire Movie will be released in theaters on November 22, and the trailer is already out on YouTube. One song from the movie, “Atlas,” is out on iTunes. Catching

Suzanne Collins. Katniss Everdeen the heroine lives with her mother and sister Prim. They live in an area called Panem, built after North America was destroyed. Panem consists of 12 districts. Each year one girl and one boy ages 12-18 are drawn to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is where the 24 selected kids fight to the death. In the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Prim is drawn to compete.

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Cast: Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) Prim (Willow Shields) Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) Finnick (Sam Clafin) Gale (Liam Hemsworth) Effie (Elizabeth Banks) Johanna (Jena Malone) Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) Wiress (Amanda Plummer) % Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) Mrs. Everdeen (Paula Malcomson) Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund) The Hunger Games movie wasn’t as good as people had hoped. Catching Fire has a new director, Francis Lawrence, and is expected to be better than the first movie. Keila Wong ’19 says, “I am really looking forward to seeing how they made the arena look like a clock. In my mind I had such a vivid picture so i'm just

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Katniss is horrified and volunteers for Prim. The chosen boy is Peeta Mellark. Through many challenges, Peeta and Katniss come out as victors. In the movie Catching Fire, the 75th Hunger Games is held. But this hunger games is special because every 25 years, they have quarter quells, in which they do something different from the usual Hunger Games. The 75th Hunger Games participants are chosen from the victors of the prior Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta go into the games again. “I read all three books in the series. I love reading the books, Lenny Kravitz ( Cinna), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) then watching the movie. I can’t and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) wait to see this movie,” says Ms. Mazzullo.

Fire is the second book in the “Hunger Games" series, written by

Pete Best. Best was fired because the one recording company (the Abbey by Maya Vita Road Studios) that agreed to record them said they would take the band, but without Best. Best eventually started his own band but later settled down with his family. He currently has another band called the Pete Best Band and they are still going strong to this day. Ringo Starr, the drummer of another little-known Liverpool band called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, was hired to replace Best. In the same year, their first single Love Me Do came out and eventually made its way to number 17 in the UK. It eventually worked its way into the #1 spot in the US in 1964. Photos from Internet This was the first The Beatles. That’s a name British band to be so I'm sure nearly everyone has successful in the US heard in their lifetime. (starting what some Reaching their peak in the call “the British early-to-mid 1960’s, they are Invasion”). Their first considered one of the most #1 top song in the influential bands in the US, however, was history of music. This is the titled I Want to Hold story of how one band out Your Hand. of many from Liverpool, What is known as England, rose above the Beatlemania swept crowd. The Beatles' music, if the US shortly after you go from the year Starr I Want to Hold Your joined the group, 1962, has Hand got popular. Brian “Sid” Bernstein with Paul McCartney backstage been around for 51 years. Beatlemania had already at Carnegie Hall in 1991. They took on the name “infected” the UK. the Beatles and became the By April of 1964, five of their conditions in Germany were iconic quartet of John Lennon, Paul songs were the billboard top five inadequate. They were not very McCartney, George Harrison, and songs in America, and in Canada successful during this time. Their luck Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) nine of their songs made it into the turned around in late 1961 when because of a specific series of events top 10 of that year. The Beatles were they were discovered by furniture and a healthy amount of luck. very committed to writing their own and record store owner Brian These events go back to the material and wrote most of their own Epstein. early months of a band called The songs as well as encouraging other He officially became their Quarry Men (also spelled The artists to do the same. manager after seeing them live in Quarrymen), which was started by The rest, dear reader, is history. 1962 and thinking they had John Lennon. In these early months, We all know what happened something many other new bands in Lennon was introduced to Paul afterwards: they became famous Liverpool didn’t. %Epstein ended up McCartney through a mutual friend and known worldwide, thus being their manager until his death (Ivan Vaughan). McCartney ended becoming the influential band we all in 1967. up bringing George Harrison, who know them as today. By mid 1962, the members were was almost 15 at the time, into the Lennon, Harrison, McCartney and band in 1958. At this point in time

Story of The Beatles

Lennon’s friend Stu Sutcliffe was in the band as well. For the next two years they went through several members of the band and went through some name changes including the name Johnny and the Moondogs, The Beat Brothers, and several variations of the Silver Beetle. In 1960, they were playing in Hamburg, Germany in bars and pubs trying to make some money. However, they soon found the living


Dogs Around the World
by Sara Cerda %%% In the last issue, we talked about the Golden and the Labrador retriever, Shiba Inu, Toy Poodle, Corgi, Bulldog, Pug, and the Bernese mountain dog. Now we are going to talk about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the German shepherd, the Great Pyrenees, the Newfoundland dog, and last but not least,the Siberian Photos from Internet husky. %%%%%%Let’s start by going to Germany to say hi to the German shepherd. The German shepherd loves to have fun and it is very energetic and it also likes children. It's also loyal and makes a great guard dog. The German German Shepherd shepherd needs to be exercised every day and needs to be groomed too. German Shepherds are often used as police dogs because they are one of the smartest dogs, along with the Toy poodle, and have one of the best tracking nose along with bloodhound, so it makes a great dog to have on the police force. If you want a fun, energetic, smart, and loyal dog, the German shepherd is for you. The Great Pyrenees originated in France and was used to protect flocks on steep mountains so it needs a lot of muscles to do that. Its thick coat of fur helps it keep warm in the winter. They make a great family pet because they are very gentle to their family but is very wary with strangers and other animals they don't know. But they bark a lot. It's like a trade off a cute, warm, fuzzy, loyal, gentle friend in a trade for a whole lot of barking. If you want a loyal, protective, fuzzy friend, go to

the Great Pyrenees. Hey, you want some maple syrup to go with your pancakes? Let’s go to Canada to see what you can find. Here you can find the
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

deep snow. These dogs need to be exercised everyday. They are adventurous, loyal, and friendly. If you want a loyal, fun, adventurous dog, try the Siberian Husky. So now you know more about these dogs and if you want to buy/adopt a dog/puppy, you'll know what to get.

Fanart In Trouble
By Kelsey Ou Fanart, is an art made by artists based off a fandoms like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. Fanart isn’t exactly official or copyright items. Fanart is an artist’s own thing, except it is based off something real. But what if it was banned? What if it was banned along with other fanmade materials? The act to declare fanmade material illegal was called “SOPA” Fanart is usually made by online artists. Most artists draw them digitally yet some choose to make them hand drawn. As SOPA started to spread, artists of all ages protested against this act. “SOPA sucks.” states Maya Vita ’17, an artist. Although these words are ignored by SOPA, they still can’t stop the fact that they are being fought against almost everywhere. SOPA stands for “Stop Online Piracy Act.” Piracy means to “rip off” something, and that’s what they think fan artists are doing. SOPA is trying to ban writing stories about a fandom, making arts about a fandom, covering a song, or even having a song in the background. Justin Beiber, who got his fame from covering songs and posting them online said, “The person who started SOPA should be put away in cuffs.” If SOPA passed, the jail time you can do is 6 years. 6 years just because you posted a single fanmade item. There were not many opponents to fanart until SOPA came up. A petition was officially

Newfoundland dog. Newfound is a large Canadian island. The Newfoundland dog is a very strong dog, even strong enough to save a drowning man from the water! The Newfoundland dog is a very patient, easy, gentle, and friendly dog. But if someone it loves is in danger, the Newfoundland dog can be aggressive. So if you want a strong, protective, patient dog, try the Newfoundland dog. Now lets go to the host of the summer Olympics 2012, England. There we would find the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originates from England. They are a very good choice for a house pet. They are sweet, gentle, playful, energetic, and quiet. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves the outdoors. They love to explore, chase, and have fun. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has to be walked everyday and its fur groomed every other day. If you want a small, playful, curious, fun dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is your dog. Want to go sled racing? Let’s go to Russia where you would find the Siberian Husky. The Siberian Husky is known for sled racing. Its origin is Russia. Its thick layer of fur keeps them warm in the cold. They combine speed, strength, and stamina to be able to go in thick,

How Do Erasers Work?
by Megan Buras The school year has started up once again and it’s time to break out the writing tools and get back in business. Pencils, pens, erasers oh my! Though how exactly do erasers work? %%% Pencils are not actually made out of lead. They are made out of

Hetalia Greece fanart by Sara Cerda ’19

started as it needed 100,000 signatures to receive an official White House response. The biggest opponent to fanart is SOPA, making thousands of artists rage against it. “SOPA is just the record industries trying to make money. It’s not really about piracy, and it goes way too far. Even if there was a site with a major piracy infringement, a large or popular website might be shut down because of a single page or post,” Zoe Payne said as she was asked about her opinion on SOPA. As SOPA was bravely fought against, many fans recommend that, “Even if you aren’t a fan of these, you should still try to stop SOPA. Maybe you could do something that they are against by accident in the future if they do pass.” It’s not easy for a middle schooler to stop a government act, but even a little bit counts. But, last month, around the end of August, the petition reached a total of 100,000 signatures, earning an official response. The SOPA act was stopped as artists cheered. Many knew that SOPA would make a come back with tweaks and a different name. “We kicked SOPA’s butt,” and “We stopped SOPA!” was spread rapidly a few hours after it was announced, but it’s good to know that SOPA, for the time being, is gone.

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graphite. Erasers help erase pencil markings by lifting the graphite from the paper. As the pencil moves, the graphite from the pencil sticks onto the small particles of paper fiber. Erasers are made out of petroleum-based rubber compounds. This is because the polymer that the eraser is made up of is stickier than the paper. Furthermore, the graphite is then absorbed by the eraser, and POOF,say goodbye to those pencil marks! What kinds of erasers work best? It’s hard to name a branded eraser that works “the best” though, there are certain tricks you can use to figure out which ones won’t be

leaving you with pink traces all down your paper. Soft-textured rubber erasers require less force, meaning that most likely there won’t be too many holes. White vinyl erasers erase in a cleaner way than the standard-issue pink vinyl eraser. This is because they are made of a softer vinyl. Kneaded erasers are moldable and soften when you knead them. They are one of the softer types o f e ra s e r s , a s t h ey e a s i l y obliterate graphite, charcoal, and lead. This is because kneaded erasers are stic ky enough to remove the graphite with ease. Before t here were rubber erasers, people used pieces of bread to discard pencil markings. This is because rolled up pieces of white bread were able to erase portions of the graphite. What if rubber was never introduced and everyone just used pieces of bread to erase markings? It might seem a bit strange, but hey, it’s convenient: an eraser and a snack! Pencil erasers are not the only erasers now, and for certain not all of them are made of rubber. For example, in most digital art programs (such as Photoshop), it is most likely to find an “eraser tool” that removes markings from the

screen, like any other eraser! Knowing the small facts about erasers is just something to think about the next time you use one.


Thoroughly Modern Millie Comes to Middle School
By Jaime Tamashiro Thoroughly Modern Millie is about a woman named Millie Dillmount. She has moved to New York. She is a flapper. Soon after she arrives in New York, she gets mugged. In all the craziness that happens, she trips a man named Jimmy Smith. He tells her she shouldn’t be in the big city and they get into an argument. About a week later, she meets an ex-actress named Mrs. Meers, who threatens Millie because she cannot afford her rent for her hotel. But, another wealthy woman named Mrs. Dorothy pays the rent because she wants to learn about the poorer side of life. She meets two Chinese immigrants named Bun Foo and Ching Ho who are working for Mrs. Meers to get their mother back from China. A man named Trevor Graydon III is a rich bachelor, and Millie gets a job as a stenographer with him. Jimmy gets stuck in jail and as he is stuck in there, he realizes he is in love with Millie. Millie falls in love with Jimmy as well, and when she realizes that she has to choose between Jimmy and money, her plans fall apart. She has to find out what what she really wants in life. % This year, Punahou Middle School puts on the hit musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The play is directed by Tony Young and musical directed by Mrs. Scanlan. It features 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The play is going to open on November 21. There will be 4 performances: 2 assembly performances which grades 6,7, and 8 will attend on November 22 and 22. There are also two public evening performances on November 22, and 23.

Some cast members rom left to right: Nicki, Rinka, Kyra, Nicole, Christian, Rielle, Christina and Shyen Photo by Courier Staff Congratulations to the people who made it into the cast. Great job to everyone who tried out! Thoroughly Modern Millie cast is: Millie Lucy Murphy & Nicki Lee; Jimmy Smith Nicholas Amador; Mrs. Meers: Shanti Sliver; Dorothy Brown Riley Noland; Ching Ho Jaeyun Ham; %Bun Foo Luke Ellis, Miss Fannery Nicole Saito; Trevor Graydon III Harley Derrickson, Trevor Graydon Jr. %Nicholas La’a; Priscilla Girls %Lia Akina-Magnussen, Malia Kiang, Katarina Jenkins, Eliana Reeves, Malia Munley, Keila Wong, Ally Arnold, %Female Moderns Rielle Sanidad, Heather Hsia, Michelle Okamura, Miya Heulitt, Ayaka Kimura, Zoe Curtis, Rinka Shimizu, Shyen Hirabayashi, Christina Campbell, and Kyra Mulvey; Male Moderns Trevor Myers, Matthew Kam, Christian Kobayashi, Trevor Serna, Scott Lau, Cole Nakashima and Cody Mizuguchi. You may notice that there are two girls playing Millie. This is called double casting. The reason for this is because Millie is a hard musical. It would be demanding for one girl to sing everything for 4 performances according to Mr. Young. So, Nicki and Lucy will both do 2 shows each. We are all looking forward to this delightful show.

Fun Facts

Do you know how tall you will be? Predicting Growth
by Clarise Huang Have you ever wondered how tall you will be? For a lot of us, we hope that we keep growing until we reach our desired height. There are many components that might determine how tall a person may be: genes, malnutrition, and sleep. There are also many abnormalities or diseases which can affect or change a person's height. You may want to know how tall you'll be, and there are ways to guess, but you won’t know your final height until you reach it. Factors of Growth
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• You probably have been told that 8 hours of sleep is the proper amount of sleep you should get. That is true, but your posture while you sleep is also important. While you sleep, you should lie straight without curving your body. This helps your body grow properly.

•Taller people have a greater risk of getting cancer. Although, shorter people have more of a risk at getting a heart disease. •Abnormally tall people don't tend to live as long as most people. Robert Wadlow, tallest person in the world, 8 feet and 11 inches tall, died at age 22. Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman in the world, who was 8 feet and 1 & inches tall, died at age 17. •%The shortest man in the world was 1 foot and 9 & inches. •You may already know that you are tallest in the morning, but you may not have known that during the day gravity pulls the bones in your backbone closer together, and at night your bones separate slightly. Also, at the end of the day, you could be up to an inch shorter than you were in the morning. •Taller people tend to be more successful in many things, in most sports you have an advantage

• Injuries involving growth plates, depending on the severity, can stunt or alter growth. Common injuries that affect growth are around the wrist and ankle. Abnormalities More than 50 bone diseases can affect your height and growth. Achondroplasia is the most common one. Achondroplasia is a disease that makes the child's arms and length short compared to their proportions. There are some treatments for height gain, although, they are usually expensive and painful. They can also create some other health issues, like allergies, diabetes, cholesterol, liver disorder, or increased tissue stiffness.

• There are many factors that determine growth. You may not be aware of it, but You may ask: growth plays a part in your life. It Even in presidential "How tall am I may affect how elections in the US, going to be?" you carry during the 20th Well, a primary yourself, and century, 22 of 25 component to your maybe even times the taller growth is your what you think of candidate won. genes. There are yourself. Growth some formulas that But, there are also isn’t something Joseph Stalin, former leader will give you an some world leaders that can really of USSR was 5’5” estimate for your who are below be changed or Photos from Internet average in height, height, although it altered, although can be up to 4 inches off, high or such as: Napoleon, French you can do low. This is one popular formula: general and politician (5’ things that may add your parents’ height (inches or 2”), Dimitry Medvedev help. Your height Dimitry Medvedev the former centimeters) and divide it by two. former Russian president (5’ Russian President is 5’2” is what it is. %It is 2”), Ignatius Loyola, founder something that • Proper nutrition is a good way to of Jesuits (4’ 11”), Lenin, former makes you stand out, something that grow taller. A good diet with fresh, Russian president and Joseph Stalin, makes you different, and it also healthier foods help you grow. leader of USSR (5’ 5”). makes you unique.

10 Questions with Mr. Josh Jackson
1. #What made you want to become a teacher? I entered college at UCSB as a Physics major because I was always successful with math and science and I was amazed at the ways we can use math and science to describe and predict the things that happen in our everyday lives. Towards the end of my Sophomore year, however, I became very interested in abnormal psychology and cognition. I ended up switching my major and graduating with honors in the field of Psychology. During this time in my life I had started working with severely emotionally disturbed teenagers in both therapeutic and educational roles It was my time spent in special education classrooms that sparked my interest in teaching, so I went back to school and received my teaching credential and master's degree in education from UCLA. I haven't looked back since. 2. #Where were you born and raised? Did you enjoy life there? I was born in a small town in northern California called "Woodland," and raised in a small university town called Davis, CA. I loved my life growing up surrounded by agricultural land, competitive soccer, and plenty of places to skateboard. 3. #What are some things you like to do when you are not teaching? When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my wife, surfing at Kewalos, and bodysurfing at Sandy’s. 4. #What songs are in your playlist? "Reflections" -Mystik Journeymen "Everything in it's right place" -Radiohead "You wish" -Nightmares on Wax "Ritual Union" -Little Dragon "Feeling Good" -Nina Simone "New Beat" -Toro y Moi 5. #What is your favorite food? Butter rolls from Champion Bakery on King Street. 6. #What is your favorite animal? Reptiles, reptiles, reptiles. 7. #Do you have any pets? I had 9 pets in my classroom in Los Angeles, unfortunately every single one of them is illegal in Hawaii so I had to find them homes on the mainland. They included: A ball python, two bearded dragons, two leopard geckos, a Chilean rose haired tarantula, a Southwest painted frog, a savannah monitor, and an Argentine tegu.% 8. #Do you speak any other languages? Español. Usted necesita hablar en español si vives en California.% 9. #If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? My parent’s house. 10. #What was the last book you read? Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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