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Poke bowls and loco mocos are new additions to Sacred Hearts Academy’s lunch menu.
“We began to make changes at last year’s second semester, (but) some changes could not be drastic due to set pricing,” Sodexo General Manager and Student Center Adviser Erin Awai said. “Over the summer, we put together a bunch of new menu options and incorporated them into this years selections.”
Awai and the Student Center staff sent out multiple surveys regarding the food served at the Student Center in order to better satisfy the students, faculty and staff.
Junior Noe Nekotani frequents the Student Center for lunch daily and says she’s pleased with the new changes.
“Since the start of (my) sophomore year, the lunch staff began to make interesting, new, healthy varieties, which was a pleasant surprise,” Nekotani said.
Nekotani isn’t alone when she says the school lunches have taken a turn for the better. In a survey conducted by Ka Leo, 43% of students from grades nine through 12 have said they are pleased with the changes in the lunch variety.
“Enrollment is a bit down, so the sales overall is down, but I know we end up selling out every day, so that is a positive sign students enjoy the added selections,” Awai said.
Popular shoe brand Nike is under fire for its latest advertisement debut featuring former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As a part of Nike’s 30th annual “Just Do It” campaign, the company choose Kaepernick based off of his participation with the 49er’s, as well as being the progenitor for the racial injustice protest of kneeling on one knee while the National Anthem was being played before National Football League (NFL) games.
Kaepernick, who has been working with Nike since 2011, first posted about his being a part of the campaign on Sept. 3 via Twitter, which featured his black and white headshot with the phrase, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” along with Nike’s “Just Do It” phrase and logo on it.
Social media users have expressed mixed emotions about Nike’s campaign.
Videos and pictures of users burning Nike products began circulating, along with smaller companies and schools replacing Nike products in light of the advertisement.
Since his initial kneel during the preseason games in Aug. 2016, Kaepernick and the NFL have had both positive and negative responses from the movement. They received comments ranging from him using his image for a good cause to him being unpatriotic.
Many fellow NFL players have joined Kaepernick in the movement by kneeling, sitting and staying in the locker rooms during the National Anthem.
In March 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49er’s and has since been a free agent.
Despite the backlash of Kaepernick helping to lead the campaign, NFL continues to work with Nike, saying, “We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social-justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”
On Aug. 16, while many students were spending their four-day weekend at the beach or at home with family, Sacred Hearts Academy’s Perseverance-Hope-Wisdom (PWH) Scholars headed out to the Saint Stephen Diocesan Center in Kaneohe for their annual retreat. The new scholarship recipients reported to the center on Aug. 15 following the school’s dismissal, whereas returning scholarship recipients were expected the following day.
The PWH Scholars Program along with the Augustine Educational Foundation work to provide scholarship opportunities to 70 students within four Catholic schools in Hawaii, 22 of which attend the Academy as of the 2018-2019 school year.
New scholars were expected earlier than returning scholars due to their unfamiliarity to the program, the extra day allowing them ample time to become accustomed with PWH traditions and program faculty.
“I really enjoyed the retreat. When I first arrived I was amazed by the scenery and the people I met were very helpful and generous,” freshman Dezaray Carter said. “I made friends with everyone on my floor and some (upper) classmen, too. I learned to be grateful for opportunities some kids could only dream of having.”
Carter along with her fellow new recipients played games, created lanterns, which were later used for night prayers, watched the movie “Spare Parts,” an annual tradition and discussed about growth mindset.
For returning scholars, in addition to meeting and mingling with the new scholars, they were have developmental discussions with each other.
“There were four domains we want to address every year at the retreat: spiritual development, academic development, personal, social, emotional (development) and college/career,” Sacred Hearts Academy’s PWH Scholarship Program Counselor and retreat director Cleo Eubanks said.
All scholars were provided the opportunity to listen to speakers on various careers, such as, farmers, chefs, social workers, veterinarians, therapists and lawyers.
“The theme for our retreat this year was ‘Do Something,’ and I was constantly asked, ‘what are you going to do?’; such a broad question evoked so many different answers from within me,” senior scholarship recipient Xavier Downey-Silva said. “I learned things about myself that I feel will aid me in my future endeavors.”
Downey-Silva along with fellow seniors, Dallas Martinez, Jasmine Matsumoto, Shaydee Afoa and Amelia Nofoagatoto’a, savored this retreat as it was their last one after four years of being with the program.
“Since this was my last retreat, I felt completely at home with my fellow scholars because I had the privilege of growing alongside them. The entire experience was uplifting, yet melancholy,” Downey-Silva said. “All of us scholars have received the amazing gift of education, which has greatly impacted our lives in such an unexplainable and astonishing way. Due to the support and loving family system that is PWH, we will mature to become successful and philanthropic members of the society. Overall, this program has taught me the value of education, the beauty of generosity, and the need for more compassion in our world.”
Sacred Hearts Academy will be closed tomorrow and Friday due to approaching category 4 Hurricane Lane, expected to hit the state tomorrow.
Head of School and Principal Betty White sent an email to parents, faculty and students with this announcement 20 minutes before school ended today.
Currently, the storm is on its way through the island chain at 150 mph, set to hit Maui and Hawaii Island later today.Academy cancels after-school activities
The Department of Education (DOE) canceled all after-school activities through the weekend until further notice. Activities like the SAT, internships, sports, college courses and band practice have been canceled for the rest of the week.
The Academy’s after-school care and Kamaaina Kids will resume as normal until 6 p.m. today.
College Board rescheduled this Saturday’s SAT for Sept. 15 and other activities are still being rescheduled.
The DOE sent out a statement for all public schools to close on Thursday and Friday. Public schools are set to be reopened on Monday.Students react to the situation
As the bell rang to indicate the end of school, students exited classrooms excitedly with the knowledge of two days off school.
Sophomore Amanda Matsukawa said that she’s ecstatic for the four-day weekend.
“I am excited for school to end because I have more time to do homework and play games,” Matsukawa said. “I’m not worried (about the hurricane) because being worried and freaking out won’t help us.”
Matsukawa is planning to watch a movie with friends tomorrow.
Her family is prepared for the hurricane with non-perishable items and bottles of water.Prepare by making an emergency preparedness kit
The American Red Cross recommends making an emergency preparedness kit that includes items like water, non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, extra cash and copies of important documents. For more information, and the full list of recommended items for the emergency kit, go to redcross.org.Stay out of flood zones and head toward a shelter
Shelters will open tomorrow at 10 a.m. but it is not mandatory to evacuate yet. Currently, 20 shelters will open for residents who live in flood zones. The shelters will not provide food and will be open to everyone including pets.