By Kayla Miguel
Waialua High and Intermediate School sophomore Wyatt McHale is a Vans sponsored surfer who maintains a 4.0 GPA. No matter how many surf contests he participates in all around the world while missing weeks of school at a time, his straight A’s still remain. But how?
“Staying focused,” Wyatt says. “I have to make sure I get all of my school work done before anything, especially while traveling, I
work with my teachers to make sure I can keep my grades up when I’m gone.” His core teachers are those he communicates with most since those classes are honors courses. But despite the challenging classes, the only one he seems to struggle with is an elective – Building and Construction. He says that the only reason why it’s hard for him to make up work with the limited supplies he has available while traveling.
Although he takes his regular courses at Waialua, the extra classes he takes online is like a walk in the park for Wyatt. “I’ve already completed some Spanish, Health, Psychology and Economics courses online and I’m on track to take English IV during the spring. Some of those courses I took during my freshman year when I decided I wanted to graduate early.” Wyatt says. “Graduating early was an opportunity I decided to take. This way I can surf more instead of worrying about keeping up with the school work during my senior year. It just made more sense since I’ll be doing a lot of surfing then too.”
Despite all this, surfing still takes up a lot of his time since his schedule is an endless cycle of wake up, go to school, eat, and surf until the sun goes down. It’s pretty rare for Wyatt to go a day without surfing since he feels like surfing is a part of him. It’s something that influences things like his speech, appearance, and his lifestyle. Wyatt McHale’s journey is spent surfing, learning, and being the siiickest guy on the North Shore.
How do you balance straight A’s and surfing? ✔
Making sure I get all my homework done and working with my teachers to make sure when I’m gone or traveling I have all my assignments so I don’t fall behind. By doing this, I’ve been able to keep my grades up.”
What classes do you take? What classes do you struggle in?✔
“All honors core classes (Alg. II, English, Chemistry, US History) Ceramics, PE, and Building and Construction. I struggle in Building and Construction because it’s hard for me to make up work when I’m not there and the supplies are limited.”
Are you planning on graduating early? How and Why? ✔
“Yes. I’m on track to graduate with the Class of 2018. I’m doing this by taking online classes which I’ve been taking since ninth grade to gain extra credits that will eventually take out all the credits I’m supposed to earn my senior year. I want to graduate early so I can surf more and since I was given the option to it just made sense since I’m planning on surfing a lot during what could have been my senior year.”
What extra online classes do you have to take? ✔
“Spanish, Health, Psychology, Economics and I’m taking English 4 online in the spring.”
How much time does surfing take up?✔
“All of my afternoons on weekdays and all day on weekends. It’s pretty rare to go a day without surfing.”
What is your Monday through Friday schedule?✔
“Wake up, go to school, eat, surf until the sun sets.”
How does your surf culture influence you?✔
“It changes the way I speak. I’ll use words people don’t understand like some surf jargon. It influences the way I dress, and my all-around lifestyle.”
by Jericho Posadas
On October 18, the band geeks of Waialua High and Intermediate School transformed their tranquil band room into a house of horrors. During the first quarter, Band Director Mr. Ian Cablay and his seniors discussed the creation of a haunted house with the band room as the building at their disposal. The haunted house layout is a maze, going in through the L1 classrooms and utilizing every square inch possible of the building – including the mango grove. After a month of planning the students and supporters of the Waialua Band were able to turn those plans into a reality.
Cablay calls the band boosters the “backbone of the program”. Gloria Razon, one of the members of the booster club says, “The money from all our fundraisers go to things the school or the DOE cannot pay for such as instrument parts, music, food for practices, and the biggest event: the town tour.” All the funds raised are necessary for the program to continue and improve the quality of experience for the students.
Construction started quite awkwardly, with only a few band members showing up early and no one knowing where to start. Mr. Cablay arrived shortly after the band room was opened, where only a few fake bodies were created using one sided scissors. However, once he arrived, things started to run like chainsaws in a horror movie. The first day was mostly just planning, seeing where things would fit. Some students (mostly juniors and seniors), provided the supplies to the creation of the haunted house. And on the second day of construction, the haunted house was near to the end of finishing. The haunted house has many of its own highlights, each one contributing to the whole experience.
The first part of the haunted house will have its own highlights, along with the creepy noises that may instill the fear in you. The walls of the maze have carved in windows, and when you look inside you will not see a thing. But if you’re brave enough, you’ll skip the exit door and keep moving forward.
Noah Hull, a clarinet and piano player in the band, will be one of the highlights of the haunted house as people go midway through the maze. He will be dressed up as a Phantom, and will be playing music like “Phantom of The Opera” or the “X-Files” theme. Once you hear it, lets just say it’ll be an interesting experience.
You’re finally out and relieved to be finished with the scariest maze you’ll ever encounter. But you’re not done yet, as you choose two ways to go and finally reach the end. No spoilers here, but be certain to go through again to see the other option – if you dare…