Mwahahaha! Just when you thought that you had seen the last of your favorite columnist, it turns out that she’s still writing for Ka Leo O Nā Koa. I guess I just couldn’t get enough of you guys and simply had to come back.
Amanda Lee, Chapman University freshman, humorist, columnist, journalist, and specialist at making memories is back at it again for round three. Not being able to fully cut the cord from her beloved readers, she returns in the 2012-2013 school year to write to you sporadically about her college trials and tribulations, her somewhat crazy and dysfunctional life, and to be the guiding, all-knowing and powerful voice to to all you youngster students at KSM. As always, she’ll give you a fantastically fun look into just what goes into a day in the life of Amanda Lee.
Stay tuned, readers, to her column, she’s STILL working on it and things are about to get deep!
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Shayna is a part of Ka Leo o Nā Koa as a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui. This is her first year as a journalist, and she is very excited about what new aspects she will learn this year. She has never completely enjoyed writing but hopes that being a writer will change that. It is her goal this year to bring the latest and most intriguing news while improving her writing skills. She hopes that her articles do not bore her readers to death, but instead informs them of the scores and highlights of events. She is looking forward to all the surprises that being a journalist has to offer her. She hopes to see you there supporting the Warriors in the bleachers or the sidelines!
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As a member of the junior class of 2014, this is Jaylin Kekiwi’s first year as a Ka Leo O Nā Koa staffer. Though journalism is not particularly her forte, she is willing to try to do whatever she needs to in order to get the story to the Warriors. Those who know her are familiar with her tendency to be easily distracted, but her focus will purely be on helping the editors and other journalists to make this year’s newspaper edition a success until the very last issue is printed.
In addition to writing, Jaylin also enjoys hanging out with friends, going on Tumblr, and playing soccer.
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Senior Landon Ballesteros is a first-year Journalism student. He is a staff writer as well as the person in charge of Grades 9-10 polling. The success of Ka Leo O Nā Koa in the past two years definitely excited Landon to choose Journalism to take up his last open class. The pressure is definitely on to maintain the award-winning online Web site and print issues, but Landon is ready to take on the challenge.
Landon hopes to try a wide array of experiences with journalism; from news and features writing, to polling, and even sports photography and sports writing. He hopes that student readers will be excited for the print issues, and that they check out the online Web site more often.
Additionally, Landon likes to write and publish stories online, as well as watch a lot of comedic movies and TV shows. He hopes to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo after graduating from high school and to spend two semesters in the National Student Exchange program.
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Lexis Viena, junior optimist, is a Journalism I staff writer for Ka Leo O Nā Koa. It is her first year on staff, and she will to try her best to give you the 411 on what’s going on at KSM.
Since she is endorsed by the literary arts academy, she is constantly writing, which she very much enjoys. Among other things, she enjoys reading, singing and spending time with her friends and family, and when she isn’t at school, you may find her at the beach, or fishing in Hāna. Belonging to a family of eight, she is constantly on the move.
She also hopes to become a first grade teacher.
Living in distant Hāʻiku, she will try her best to be involved with most all school activities to keep the reader informed and interested. She will try her hardest to make this year’s paper the best one yet.
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With her honest, shy and bubbly personality Maya Nitta is ready to take on any obstacle that comes her way.
After taking a break for a year, she is ready to get back into the “game” (even though a lot has changed in that one year).
Luckily for her there is a lot to do, thanks to previous editors who have set the bar very high. Taking on the features section will be quite a challenge, but she is ready to embrace it fully.
Aside from journalism she is also is a part of the What’s Up Warriors Crew (who produces the What’s Up Warriors Broadcast). She also enjoys watching movies, swimming, photography and water polo.
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Senior Mehana Lee plans to bring a new persepective to Ka Leo o Nā Koa during her second year in journalism and as the news editor.
After experiencing what it’s like from reporting at big events to standing on the sidelines taking action pictures, she knows the dedication and work it takes to have a successful newspaper and Web site.
As always, the expectations are held high and the pressure is even more intense with the smaller staff this year. But that won’t stop the Ka Leo o Nā Koa team! We’re reaching for better and higher heights this year.
During her free time, she loves exploring the beauty of her island home, Maui, and meeting new people. Her future plans consist of becoming a magazine editor by day and a fashion/entertainment/art/food/travel blogger by night, traveling the world and growing sunflowers in her front yard.
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Hey everyone! I’m back for round II of journalism, but as a sports editor this year. Don’t fret, I’ll try to get to everyone’s sporting events the best I can. One person can only do so much. I am excited to take a more involved position in this year’s Ka Leo o Na Koa, instead of being a simple staff writer. It is my sworn goal this year to take back the best in state award, as well as becoming most valuable staffer. You may not know this, but I was nominated for this honor as a mere Journalism I staffer last year. I am looking forward to almost getting trampled by football players, getting hit in the face by a volleyball, and fitting a camera lens through a chain link fence to get that softball picture! Students of KS Maui, I will strive to bring you the best sports coverage during my final year here.