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Seniors had a blast from the past for their senior week. Each day of the week had a different theme but the same purpose, which was to reward students for their hard work and express division spirit.
This year, the theme of the week was a throwback to the 2000s. The senior division council worked hard to express the theme that relates their childhood into every activity.
“Our activities involved accessorizing with our little sisters and dressing up as ABC Store tourists, wearing our old class shirts, playing childhood games in the gym and composing an outdated outfit that we would’ve loved as kids,” division president Lauren Chung said.
The division enjoyed many dress-down days in celebration of their week. Seniors wore business casual clothing for Touring the Capitol Tuesday, tourist themed clothing on Waikiki Wednesday, past and current division shirts on Throwback Thursday and non-fashionable or outdated clothing during Fashion Don’t Friday.
“(Seniors) got to dress up four out of the five week days, which was highly requested by the majority of the class,” Chung said.
Seniors were also treated to food throughout the week, such as, poi donuts and shave ice, which were popular snacks from when they were elementary students.
“It was great seeing everyone participate and enjoy everything the Council planned,” Chung said. “Although Senior Week has a long history in SHA, this year’s senior week was definitely one successful and amazing week.”
On Feb. 14, students in Parkland spent their Valentine’s Day hiding under their desks in fear. It only took six minutes until the gunman started shooting students and staff with his AR-15 rifle. A total of 14 students and three staff members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed.
People all over the nation, including survivors of gun violence, students and parents, all across the nation prepared to make their voice heard in the nationwide rally to protest gun violence on Mar. 24, a week after the Parkland shooting.
The movement kicked off after students shared their experiences and decided that no one else should die due to gun violence. Led by students, hashtags like Enough is Enough and Never Again, resemble the students need for a change.
The mission statement for the March for Our Lives states, “Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.”
Many marches took place in different states around the nation, and several countries around the world. Each march took place on Mar. 24 in their respective time zones.
The main march took place in Washington D.C., a few blocks away from the Capital.
The main march on Oahu took place at the state capitol, but there were also two other marches in Kailua and Ala Moana Park. The Kailua march was designed for those who cannot attend the Honolulu March but support student action for gun regulation reform.
Sacred Hearts Academy senior, Taylor McKenzie, helped plan the march that took place at the Hawaii State Capitol.
“I was motivated to organize the March For Our Lives event because it’s about time that we have gun control,” Mckenzie said. “There was a lot of people, which shows that there’s a lot of interest in this and that the country should be listening.”
March for Our Lives has already received an abundance of support from countless amounts of people, including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Justin Bieber.
Businesses have also been offering their support. Ride-sharing app, Lyft, offered Stoneman students free rides to the march, and Bumble, a dating app, banned images of guns on its platform and donated $100,000 to the cause.
On Feb. 22, Sacred Hearts Academy held the annual Engineering Day where the school invited workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries. The different individuals created activities about engineering to help students understand different aspects of their careers.
One of the activities was an interactive demonstration about architecture. Students used marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti to build the tallest sustainable building.
Since the marshmallow and spaghetti are both unusual materials for building, it is especially hard for using it to build a tall building. With their intellect, students successfully built tall buildings that withstand an unstable base.
For those who attended they were able to walk to different tables and learn about different engineering careers. Engineering Day is created to help students become more knowledgeable about job careers they can enter.
This year was special because engineering was a day before Science Symposium, another event created to introduce students to STEM.
“Last year, our top 10 seniors all choose majors in STEM,” College counselor Randall Fong said. “This definitely proves that girls have a great understanding of engineering.”
Students from Sacred Hearts Academy gathered in the school’s chapel to celebrate the annual Junior Ring Ceremony on Feb. 22. Alongside their parents, juniors took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this initiating event. Packed with speeches and prayers from the junior division council, the annual event was truly memorable.
The purpose of the Junior Ring Ceremony is to commemorate the importance of their junior year in high school and to initiate them as upper school students. It has been a tradition for Sacred Hearts Academy students for many years.
“I like this ceremony because my family is here with me, my grandmother graduated from this school,” Junior Eliza Otenbriet said. “(Junior Ring Ceremony) is special for her to watch me participate in this ceremony as well.”
Juniors had a choice between buying a ring or a pin and during the ceremony, they receive their pin or ring. Before students started to receive pins, all guests were asked to raise their right hands and bless the pins and rings.
During the ceremony, juniors walked to the altar with their family or friends and the students’ accompanying guest put the ring or pin on the junior.
Along with their purchased ring or pins, juniors also received a yellow rose. The Junior Ring Ceremony has been held every year for juniors but it has a unique meaning to every junior that participates in it.
On the morning of Feb. 19, crowds of people gathered at Aloha Tower to participate in the 34th annual Great Aloha Run.
The run officially kicked off at 7 a.m., but many people arrived at an earlier time.
Unlike other years, in which the run was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, this year’s run was sponsored by Hawaii Pacific Health.
Despite the threat of stormy weather, the approximately 24,000 people showed up to participate in the 8.15-mile course from Downtown Honolulu to Aloha Stadium.
The weather cleared up just in time for the race.
Andy Wacker of Boulder, CO. came in first place, at 39 minutes and 35 seconds. The first person from Hawaii to cross the finish line was Pierce Murphy of Hanalei, Maui. He came in about 10 seconds after Wacker.
Over 100 people represented Sacred Hearts Academy including, students, parents, teachers and staff completed the race.
“Student volunteers helped during the (Great Aloha Run) Expo, preparing and giving out race packets the three days before the race, gave out water along the course, folded finisher t-shirts and gave out t-shirts,” Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks said.
The Academy’s Leo Club and National Honor Society were a part of the many who volunteered at the race.
It was reported that this year’s race raised about $350,000 for local charities and the military.