This page shows the records of us being on the news, school bulletin or any other forms of the media. records show only from 2010 December and on. A copy of the article is on the website encase it gets removed from the official site. URL to the official article are listed at the end of each article in yellow.
Us On The News
Max Higa, guest writer
September 17, 2015
On Thursday August 24th the Assistant Secretary of the Army, The Honorable Ms. Debra Wada, came to visit McKinley High School and our “Tiger” Battalion. Her job description reads like an encyclopedia so we asked her to tell us in simple terms what her job is.
She said “I am responsible for all of the soldiers in the Army,” This includes active duty, national guard, and the reserve, as well as Army civilians. We currently have about 300,000 Army civilians that work for the Army.”
Wada was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and went to Kapalama Elementary in her early life. Afterwards, she moved on to St. Andrew’s Priory, which was an all-girls school at the time. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University in Iowa after that. She arrived at Capitol Hill in 1987, and was a member of the Senate, House of Representatives, and the National Park Service, for a short time. Wada previously served as Deputy Staff Director before attaining her current position.
Wada wanted to see the Tiger JROTC program because the Army may be looking at closing some JROTC programs but she believes JROTC helps to give students the tools and skills they need to survive.
“We need to make investments for our young men and women so that they have the skills necessary for them to succeed in life,” Wada said. “You guys got great teamwork here, great leadership, and you’re doing a lot of good things. So I was glad that I came to visit.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Army JROTC drill team from McKinley High School, Honolulu, competes in the armed exhibition division at the 2013 Army National JROTC Drill Championships, April 6, here. The annual event pits teams from U.S. Army Cadet Command’s seven JROTC brigades against each other and is designed to find the best armed and unarmed Army JROTC drill unit in the nation. The Army Nationals remain the largest Army-only competition held anywhere. (Photo by Vickey Mouzé, U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs)
Steve Arel and Vickey Mouze
FORT KNOX, Ky. — The Army JROTC armed exhibition drill team from McKinley High School in Honolulu traveled about 5,100 miles to Louisville, Ky., to compete in its first Armywide drill competition, April 6.
The cadets traveled the farthest of any other team.
U.S. Army Cadet Command’s (USACC) annual JROTC Drill Championships, also known as “the Army Nationals,” pits teams from USACC’s seven JROTC brigades against each other.
At exactly 9:48 a.m., McKinley’s drill team lined up and marched out onto one of the four drill pads and went through their commands.
After the performance, JROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Wong said the team had been practicing about eight hours a week for a year. The cadets agreed that they felt good about their performance. However, they would later find out that they were 12 seconds short of the required time.
Marmion (Ill.) Academy and North Miami Beach (Fla.) Senior High School won the overall titles in the armed and unarmed divisions, respectively. Competitions, such as this one, help teach JROTC cadets teamwork, discipline, to be a leader or follower, and to work together to accomplish a common goal.
More than 2,200 cadets and instructors representing 72 schools from across the country were involved in the competition at the Louisville International Convention Center, making it the largest single service meet of its kind ever held, said Justin Gates, competition director for Sports Network International, which conducts meets for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The organization also operates the all-services National High School Drill Team Championships.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith, commander, USACC, served as guest speaker for the awards ceremony. He applauded the students’ accomplishment of qualifying to compete nationally, being a collective small percentage of the more than 300,000 cadets who make up the total Army JROTC.
“You all represent the best our country has to offer,” he said. “This is a national championship, and you made it here. Not many people can ever say that. That you made it here speaks to who you are and what you are doing.”
During the fall break our McKinley "Tiger Battalion" Ranger Team
competed in the Roosevelt Rough Rider Ranger Challenge. It was their first competition of the
year and the team decided that only first year cadets would compete in the competition in order
to let them get a feel for how tough the season will be. All other schools were impressed as all
three of our teams placed in the competition. The boys placed second overall, the girls third
overall, and the co-ed team place second overall. View their winning trophies in the Main
Office. We already look to be the team to beat for the championships in May 2012.
This year marked the 13th Annual Roll Call of Honor in Remembrance Ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
The commemoration is dedicated to honoring our Pacific American veterans. But in addition to recognizing our veterans, the Pacific American Foundation also paid tribute to Hawaii’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at both the high school and university levels, with an emphasis on honoring their instructors.
During my remarks at the morning ceremony, I commended JROTC instructors SGM John Ah Chick, who taught at both Radford H.S. and Castle H.S., Chief Gary Lairsey of Campbell H.S., LTC Vince Morikawa of Nanakuli H.S., SSG Charlie Pittman of McKinley H.S., and last, but not least, Maj. Douglas Thomas of my alma mater, Kaimuki H.S.
I applaud their work in preparing our leaders of tomorrow.
Front Row McKinley JROTC Drill Team 2010-2011.
From November 1st until December 3rdMcKinley High School’s JROTC “Tiger Battalion” and the McKinley High School’s Student Services Department sponsored a Holiday Food Drive.
The McKinley JROTC used the food drive as a service learning opportunity to help teach better citizenship skills. The Planning, meaningful service, and structured reflection helped them understand the importance of community service as well as some of the hard work it takes to plan and execute community (school-wide) events.
The Student Services Department also used the food drive as a way to promote a spirit of community service but also focused on class pride. Student services collected all the food from the drop off points and tallied the final donations. Certain drop off points were designated for each class level so the freshman through senior class could compete as to whom is more giving. Although the senior class is smaller than any other grade level they displayed senior pride and a giving spirit by donating 255 cans and boxes to the Hawaii Food Bank. The juniors will have to step it up next year as they mustered 69 cans while the sophomores rivaled the seniors with 241 cans and the new kids on the block donated 154 cans for the freshman class.
JROTC : “Tiger Battalion” Cadet Staff Sergeant Gloria Miah and McKinley High School Student Body President, Stacie Tamaru worked in concert to ensure that the food drive was planned, advertised, and executed to a high standard. The food drive was a success for everyone and the less fortunate in our community will now have an avenue to get food for the holidays. The McKinley High school Senior Army Instructor for JROTC, Major Cory Marlowe, stated “I am really proud of all the hard work our cadets and students put into this project, they not only learned some valuable lessons but were able to give back to the community during the holidays while so many are struggling financially….these students are turning into fine adults who will be vital to the future of our local community.”
On Saturday, January 29th, our JROTC "Tiger Battalion" competed in the
West Point Drill Meet, held at Kaimuki High School. The "Tiger Battalion" performed
well and earned the "West Point Cup," over 10 other schools from Oahu and
neighbor islands, for being the best overall unit. The West Point Cup lists all winners
since 1956, and McKinley leads all other schools by winning the cup 24 times over
the past five decades. The West Point Cup may be viewed in the Main Office this week.
The Armed Exhibition Team earned a first place trophy and so did our Armed Regulation Marching
Team. Individual Awards for leadership were presented to Cadet Major Daniel Pajardo
and Cadet Sergeant First Class Richard Tran for their outstanding leadership during the
Following the West Point Drill Meet, the "Tiger Battalion" then took their marching skills to the
streets of China Town to participate in the China Town Parade. McKinley's "Tiger
Battalion" was selected to lead the parade as the oldest and most prestigious public school
JROTC Program in the state. The JROTC "Tiger Battalion" Armed and Unarmed
Exhibition Teams then impressed the audience at the Vietnamese Festival on Sunday,
January 30th, at Kapiolani Park, rounding out a successful weekend of proudly
representing McKinley High School. (C/CPL Liang)
School morning bulletin.