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Sacred Hearts Academy has been taking steps to becoming a more safe and secure campus. Starting this week, all gates and entryways will be locked at 4 p.m.
Due to the Academy’s location on Waialae Avenue, the campus is opened to roadways on all sides. Unlike other school campuses, there is no single entry with a guard nor are there secured fences or gates keeping out intruders.
“In our world today, especially with what we see in the news and what we see in social media, it has created more of an awareness about why we need to make sure that we’re safe,” Academy Vice Principal Brandy Sato said.
The gates leading to the gazebo and surrounding courtyard, auditorium and chapel will be locked. The main doors to classrooms on the first, second and third floors will be locked. This includes doors to the robotics and art classrooms.
“We all need to be vigilant and observant of our surroundings,” Sato said. “That is one of the first and easiest steps we can take.”
If students feel threatened at school or in the surrounding area, Sato advises students to alert a faculty member as soon as possible. Students should also tell a member of the Academy’s faculty if they notice anything unusual or suspicious at school.
Additionally, all faculty and staff must wear their school identification badges during school hours. Teachers are also required to lock their classroom doors during class time.
Many students do not get picked up until after 4 p.m. Because of this, school administrators have made exceptions to the closed entryway policy.
Both the Business Office and the Student Center will remain opened to students until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Students may also stay in classrooms if a teacher is present.
“I would like to be able to go to my locker upstairs and sit at the gazebo,” said senior Mahea Sims-Tulba. She said it is often too noisy to concentrate on homework at the areas that are opened, stating that cheerleaders practice in those areas.
“At this stage, it is bringing awareness to everyone who is a part of our school community,” Sato said.
Just when consumers think they have the latest and greatest smartphone, Apple announces the release of its iPhone X September 12–commemorating the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary.
The iPhone X is said to have a different outer appearance, as well as the new IOS 11 software–doing away with the numerical denomination previous iPhones have.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the iPhone X will feature a curved edge-to-edge screen display. The new phone will also replace the physical home button with a virtual one unlike its predecessors.
Facial recognition is being introduced as an alternative to touch ID in order to unlock the new phone. The processing speed of the facial recognition are leaving other companies in awe and impressing many more with its “in-the-dark” feature that allows the phone to recognize a person’s face in an atmosphere with little to no light, according to an article by USA Today.
Another new feature older iPhone models don’t have is the wireless charging option. The easily torn matte charging cords are a thing of the past with this new feature. For those who prefer the traditional charging cord, Apple will be making one with a faster charging pace.
Appealing to avid Instagrammers and photography hobbyists, the iPhone X is said to have rear 3D lasers that enhances the camera’s depth perception. A highly anticipated feature that’s apart of the camera is the augmented reality capabilities, which adds virtual images and graphics into an existing environment on screen rather than creating an entire artificial one.
Other improved features on the iPhone X includes: enhanced water resistance or waterproofing, upgraded memory and storage and a mirror-like body finish rather than matte.
Seven Sacred Hearts Academy juniors and sophomores in the current Spanish III Honors class were inducted into “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH),” or the National Spanish Honor Society, on May 8.
The Academy’s chapter of SHH, “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” inducts new members each year, traditionally Spanish III or Spanish III Honors students.
The induction was led by AP Spanish and Spanish V students, who presided over a candle-lighting ceremony to initiate the new members
The goal of the society is to promote the learning and development of the Spanish language in the Academy community, taking on tasks such as arranging cultural days and working as tutors for other Spanish students.
Junior Taylor Victoria Rayray, who was inducted on Monday, is excited and hopeful for her future with the language.
“I wanted to be in the Spanish Honor Society because my membership will help motivate me to involve myself more with the Spanish language, heritage and culture. In learning a new language, there are so many more opportunities, academically and socially, and I feel like being a member of the Spanish Honor Society will me to strive for those new learning opportunities,” Rayray said.
SHH challenges its members academically and socially to integrate the Spanish language and culture into daily school life.
“To me, being inducted into SHH meant that I had an academic responsibility to push myself to strive to learn more,” Rayray said. “Not only to go after what I know, but to learn the Spanish language, to integrate myself in their culture and heritage, then to share it with the world.”
Upon their initiation, the new inductees celebrated with returning SHH members with a potluck that brought smiles to all.
Decked out in elaborate costumes and cheerful dispositions, members of the Lancer community flocked the Hawaii Convention Center to attend the 13th Annual Kawaii Kon.
Kawaii Kon is a three-day event celebrating “Japanese anime (cartoons), manga (comics), and all facets of Japanese culture,” as detailed on its official website. It attracts many Japan enthusiasts from around the island, creating a “safe place for otaku,” or people with an affinity for popular culture, “to meet, socialize, and enjoy themselves.”
Sacred Hearts Academy senior and anime enthusiast Adriana Choi enjoyed this year’s Kon. She dressed up in cosplay, or “costume play,” with her friends.
“Kawaii Kon this year was really fun,” Choi said. “I cosplayed as Maki Nishikino from ‘Love Live!’ with my friends, who also cosplayed from the same series.”
Kawaii Kon attendees were able to purchase homemade and official anime merchandise and participate in a plethora of activities, including cosplay and video game competitions, panels and meet-and-greets with the convention’s special guests.
This year, the convention welcomed popular voice actors, such as Dante Basco, the voice behind Prince Zuko from “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” David Vincent, known for voicing Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez from the anime “Bleach,” and Zach Callison, the voice of “Steven Universe’s” titular character were also there.
Musicians, such as Hanafugetsu and Joe Inoue, were in attendance as well.
Choi said that Kawaii Kon is a great place for otakus to visit.
“It’s a great event to socialize with other people (who have) the same interest as you.”
Next year’s Kawaii Kon will be held from March 2 to 4, 2018 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Those interested in purchasing a three-day membership may do so online or at the door during the duration of the convention.
More than 98 high school students received scholarships at Sacred Hearts Academy’s annual Scholarship Award Ceremony last week.
Students are granted scholarships based on financial need, as well as meeting specific criteria determined by each scholarship. According to the school, donors are those who believe in the Academy’s mission to offer an outstanding education to the young women of the 21st century.
“Getting a scholarship was really a blessing, and knowing I have standards to uphold, motivates me to do my best in school,” said sophomore Xavier Downey-Silva, who received the PWH Foundation & Augustine Educational Foundation Scholarship.
The event served as an opportunity for scholarship recipients to thank their donors and respective organizations.
Commencing with a speech by Head of School Betty White and a performance by the school’s Glee Club, the event of about 300 attendees began on a spirited note. The scholarship awardees were then called to the stage to give a lei to a representative of their respective scholarship organizations.
Some of the organizations that donated included Arcadia Foundation, Bank of Hawaii and Bow Engineering. Scholarships were also made possible by the previous classes of 1946, 1952 and 2003.
The students receiving scholarships expressed their gratitude to their donors, as they gathered in the gazebo area for light refreshments after the program.
“We hope that the students realize that there are a lot of people who believe in the outstanding education and values that Sacred Hearts Academy instills in its students,” said Director of Almunae Affairs Tiffany Kiyabu Nishimura.
Kiyabu Nishimura, along with Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks, were the emcees of the event.