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The 2018 Hoss Elections

Thursday, March 1, 2018

PBA’s Hoss Election results were recently released and the school is still buzzing from them. Student photographers are busy taking pictures of those selected for this year’s categories such as Most Peaceful, Meme King and Queen, and Persistently Tragic that will be going in the yearbook.

Senior Dillon Tsubota, who was elected for Best Buds with Kurt Villa, was grateful to be chosen for that category since they’ve been friends for years.

“I’ll look back through the yearbook and back into my past to remember I got voted as Best Buds with my closest friend,” Tsubota said.

A student from the senior class who requested to be named anonymous thought that some of the categories such as Class Eeyore, Most Likely to Roast and Be Roasted weren’t as friendly as previous years’ categories.

Best buds: Kurt Villa (standing) and Dillon Tsubota (photo by: Ashley Galicinao-Ripley).

“Some of them were hard to place people to so it left you with only half honest opinions and other categories didn’t seem nice,” the student said.

Tsubota shares the same thoughts, but sees it as a part of growing up and the reason why Hoss Elections are enjoyable. 

“Being able to laugh at yourself and laugh at others and poke fun at others is an important part of growing up,” he said.

Tsubota not only enjoyed the categories but how this year’s photographers gave students the option to do a pose that best represented their category.

“I think the photographers did really good this year with the shooting,” he said. “They really showed off the essence of the categories.”

New Hoss Election categories are added each year and the 2018 incarnation debuted Class Eeyore, Most Likely to be Prom Royalty, and Most Sarcastic. Some categories, such as Best Buds, Most Peaceful, and Best Gamers, are repeats from last year.

Alan Kubota, who runs the yearbook and photography electives, believes that the relisted categories “expresses the positive sides of our students.”

Kubota explained that Hoss Elections date back to the early 1960s, when they were called “horse elections” because the honorees would receive either blue, red, or white ribbons, just like horses. As time went by and the culture of Hawaii changed, the elections became known by their current name.

“Hoss elections is unique to Hawaii,” Kubota said. “It used to be known as horse elections and the reason is to recognize those who were outstanding.”

With a fascinating history, Hoss Elections are enjoyed by many in the school. It allows students to have a printed copy of what they were like in high school to look back on.

“It allows me to leave this school on a good note,” Tsubota said. “I know I’m going to remember this as a fond memory.”

Kubota pointed out that the elections also lead to a greater understanding of each other.

“It allows each other to recognize each other,” he said. “It allows me to see someone through a different person’s eyes.”