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Keeley Ohman’s Spanish III Honors classes are completing their final project of the year, a cumulative video on Spanish-speaking countries of their choice which focuses on ecological issues.
Students’ can make their videos in any format, from a newscast to an adventure show.
Videos incorporate the grammar and vocabulary learned throughout the year but focus on the most recent units of material covered in class. In addition to ecological problems, sample topics that students can present in their video include the indigenous peoples and animals, culture, local weather and famous politicians of their chosen country.
Spanish teacher Keeley Ohman said, “By exploring diverse ecological situations in the context of the Spanish-speaking world, students are able to become more aware of global issues and become conscientious of the effects of their daily decisions.”
The Freshman Class took a field trip to Ford Island on Apr. 13 to view exhibits and artifacts, exploring and learning about the USS Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
History teachers Alex Adkins and Mario Dilello organized the trip to give students a first-hand perspective on a war that greatly impacted Hawaii over six decades ago.
Students had guided tours and roamed the two iconic historic sites.
Freshman Ashley Manz said, “They gave us controls and we got to fly planes and watch each other crash and shoot at people. It was a fun time spending time with my friends and getting a hands-on experience to see how it feels to fly a plane in World War II.”
Highlights of the day included exploring the living and working areas of the battleship Missouri, operating the flight simulator, viewing the “Instrument of Surrender,” signed by the Japanese foreign minister and signifying the end of WWII, and many more.
The trip impacted students who realized that they were visiting areas that marked the beginning and end of World War II for America.
Freshman Rissalyn Lat said, “This trip has greatly impacted my knowledge about World War II and how Pearl Harbor was bombed. I am thankful for this experience and I hope that history will not repeat itself.”
Lancers sailed in the sun, rain and wind but never lost focus of their goal.
Seniors Malia Libby and Isabel Yeoh sailed to a Varsity II title in the last regatta of the 2016 Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) sailing season.
Libby said, “My last sailing race was incredibly bittersweet. I have been sailing on the team for the past four years, and knowing that my last race was this year made me think of every race that had ever led me to this moment. I have been sailing since before I could walk, and the water feels like a second home to me. Although I’ll miss sailing, I’m glad to be giving new students the opportunity to experience the joys of sailing like I have.”
Libby and Yeoh were awarded 3rd place in the Varsity II C division. This is the third year that the Academy has won a varsity title since the ILH sanctioned sailing in 2003.
Coach Libby said, “These are the most talented young women I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach. All of them did extremely well. I’m very proud of each and every one.”
Seniors were inducted into the Academy’s sisterhood at the Alumnae Investiture on Apr. 27.
The evening began with a processional of several alumnae and the seniors and concluded with the singing of the alma mater.
After the processional, each senior followed the tradition of lighting a candle from the Christ candle and was given a small token.
Many seniors’ mothers were part of the Alumnae Investiture since they too were graduates of Sacred Hearts.
Senior Shayla Trinidad said, “My mother was part of the alumnae who walked in and I think it was a special experience for her seeing me becoming an alumna and graduating soon.”
Alumna Sheryl Carvalho Chun said, “As an alumna, I was very pleased to be able to experience such a delightful event. It was amazing to see my daughter and her friends being welcomed as incoming alumnae. The girls looked lovely and it was a bittersweet experience to welcome my daughter into the sisterhood of the alumnae of Sacred Hearts Academy. The tradition still holds!”
As the year comes to a close, the performing arts classes are featuring students in dance, song and music in three showcases of student talent.
The dance classes, taught by Micki Kolberg, is the first to entertain audiences with their moves at the Choreographer’s Showcase on May 4. The dance students, who range from grades seven to 12, is performing dances choreographed by students themselves. The showcase is in the auditorium from 4 to 6 p.m.
Following the showcase is the band’s Aloha Concert. Students in grades seven to 12 are taught by Keith Higaki. They will be performing an array of compositions at Mamiya Theater from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 9.
Students from the choir classes taught by Alec Schumacker will be singing in the annual Spring Choir Concert on May 13. The concert will be held in the chapel from 6 to 8 p.m.
Yasmeen Hassan, executive director of Equality Now, visited the Academy on Apr. 29 to speak to students women’s rights.
Raised in Pakistan but educated in Catholic schools, Hassan learned lessons of solidarity, organization and law from an early age which spurred her motivation and dedication to become involved in law.
At the age of 10, Hassan experienced a military dictatorship in Pakistan which sparked the women’s rights activism movement in the country.
Hassan studied at Harvard Law School with hopes of becoming an advocate for women.
During her visit at the Academy, Hassan gave students startling statistics about the mistreatment and inequality of women in other countries, such as 38,000 child marriages a day, three million girls subjected to female genital mutilation every year and Hawaii as the first state to pass an anti-sex tourism law.
Hassan also spoke about the goals of Equality Now, a women’s rights activist organization that is working to create worldwide social change through legal means.
Founded in 1992, Equality Now’s goal is for better gender equality laws. According to Hassan, countries with greater gender equality, such as the Nordic states, also have increased peace and decreased conflict within the country. However, changing gender inequality laws in foreign countries is sometimes difficult due to cultural implications.
To support the women’s rights activist movement, students can join Equality Now and sign up to receive newsletters and petitions.
In addition, Hassan encouraged students to set an example when entering male-dominated fields.
“Do not change for a male-dominated field. The field needs to accommodate you. Be you. Be an example,” she said.
Although Hassan encounters a multitude of cases that are sometimes gruesome and seemingly hopeless, her motivation to keep working and fighting for gender equality is seeing some success which reminds her that hope is very much alive.
“I would call myself a humanist,” said Hassan. “I do believe, generally, humanity is good. My faith in people is strong and that’s what leads me on.”
Three Academy students won awards in this year’s Keiki Day Contest, with winners named in the special Keiki Day edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Eighth grader Lesna O’Donnell won for her grade level with a poem while sophomore Ivy Yeoh and senior Jessica Wehrman won for their essays. All entries wrote about the theme, “Diversity.”
For the past two decades, Keiki Day has been an annual fundraising event “that highlights the complicated issues facing families and youngsters in Hawaii,” according to the Star-Advertiser which benefits the Parents And Children Together (PACT) organization.
It is not easy to give of yourself, making sacrifices for the benefit of others and dedicating time to issues that one would rather leave on the back burner. However, for former U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, giving back to the community with the “Spirit of Aloha” is what he lives for.
On Apr. 27, Sen. Akaka read “I Love My New Toy” by Mo Willems and Bill Martin Jr.’s “Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?” to the Academy Junior Kindergarten class to honor his great-granddaughter, a member of the class.
During Sen. Akaka’s career, he was recognized with the “Human and Civil Rights Award” for his work with education, integrating Native Hawaiian language and culture into schools and creating programs for Head Start, a non-profit organization that delivers “need-based human services to the economically challenged.”
While serving in the Senate, Akaka vowed to become “an example of the ‘Spirit of Aloha.’”
After retiring from politics in 2012, Akaka continues to serve his community. He is currently working with the National Kidney Foundation to establish a program to educate the people about kidney disease and hopes to help establish a center dedicated to the cause in July.
An advocate of conservation, Akaka will bring the World Conference of Conservation of Nature, a convention on nature conservation and diversity, to the Hawaii Convention Center this year. The plan is for more than 8,000 attendees to join the discussion.
Even with an impressive list of achievements, nothing will stop Akaka from supporting his fellow Americans.
“As I look back, I think I’ve done well in using my life to make positive changes for people. But, there is so much more to do,” Akaka said. “Life is great when you help people.”
Students in the Japanese III Honors class spent a day learning about yukata, what the Japanese call a summer kimono.
Teacher Nami Grafia said, “We invited 10 Japanese students from Yasuda Women’s University to help us with our activities dealing with yukata. We had many yukata which were donated by senior Erica Nishi-Bantolina’s grandmother a few years ago. Mrs. Nishi also had the opportunity to visit and observe our class.”
Academy students collaborated with the college students who helped explain the clothing. Students learned how to put on the yukata and experimented with them, learning how they restrict movement in daily activities, such as walking, running, sitting on a chair, sitting on the floor or picking up things from the floor.
Senior Ashley Joy Sumibcay said, “Wearing the yukata was really weird. It was stiff. We wore wooden slippers called geta. Walking around in the get-up showed me how graceful women in Japan need to be. Overall, it was a nice experience.”
The class will use their findings and observations to discuss how clothing affects the culture and women’s roles in Japan.
The Academy Ka Leo staff garnered multiple awards at the 2016 Hawaii High School Journalism Awards on Apr. 20. The Ka Leo was named the 3rd Best in State among high school newspapers.
Staff members entered articles, photos and comics in 19 different categories, 15 of which placed first, second or third.
In the private schools competition, Ka Leo took 1st in photography, photo essay, action photo, video, multimedia, editorial, commentary and website. Second place winners were hand-drawn illustration, blog and infographic, and 3rd place sports, profile, editorial cartoon and comic strip.
In the state competition, the student newspaper placed 1st in multimedia, photography, photo essay, action photo, commentary and website and 2nd for video and editorial.
Reporter junior Kailanianna Ablog was shocked at the major wins.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I was really surprised because I feel like I did work hard, but again, compared to all the other articles that are also really good out there, I didn’t think I could do well enough to compare myself to them. It was definitely humbling because it was so unexpected. Being recognized on that scale is just amazing,” said Ablog.
The contest, sponsored by the Hawaii Publishers Association, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, MidWeek, Generations Magazine, Hagadone Printing Co., Honolulu Publishing Co., Journal Graphics, Morris Visitor Publications, PacificBasin Communications and This Week Publications, held the recognition luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel.
The Junior Class will dance alongside fairies and other magical creatures at its prom, “A Night in the Enchanted Forest.” The division had voted for the event’s theme earlier in the year.
Prom committee member Justine Sison says that the committee is working hard to make the event a memorable one.
“Every week, we have a meeting where we discuss updates,” said Sison. “We have a planned schedule that is set to make sure we are accomplishing our goals for prom.”
The Junior Prom will be held on Apr. 30 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel from 6 to 10 p.m. Juniors will be able to enjoy a variety of foods, entertainment, photo-taking and games, as well as an ice cream machine which will definitely be a hit.
Sison hopes that this year’s prom will strengthen the relationships within the junior division.
“I want everyone to be comfortable with each other and to enjoy themselves,” Sison said. “Prom is going to be fun!”
Second grader Nicole Barley was presented the Japanese Language Achievement Award on Apr. 16 by the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.
The award allows teachers to recognize students who have excelled in the Japanese language. Barley’s Japanese teacher, Dr. Sharon Fukayama, chose her for her dedication and hard work in the language.
Barley was the youngest awardee which included students from Punahou, Iolani, Maryknoll, St. Louis and other public schools.
The Sacred Hearts community donated needed pints of blood for the Academy’s annual blood drive on Apr. 15. This was the 21st drive coordinated by Science department members, Liz Sutter and Erin Flynn.
Faculty, staff, students and community walk-ins signed up at the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s bloodmobile throughout the day to donate a pint of blood.
Thirty-two of the 65 donors were first-time donors. Forty-three units of blood were collected through the blood drive. Some donors were turned down for various reasons, including a too low or high iron count.
Despite this year’s number being lower than in previous years, the blood drive proved successful.
Michelle Tandara, a representative from the Blood Bank said, “The efforts of Sacred Hearts Academy are greatly appreciated and your community support goes a long way toward replenishing blood supplies and saving lives. Since each unit of blood can be divided into three different components, your blood drive may have touched the lives of up to 129 patients!”
Academy high school robotics team 2437 finished its season at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), garnering two awards and ranking among the top half of teams in the state competition.
Lancer Robotics competed at two regional events this year first in Long Beach, Calif. where it participated in the Los Angeles FRC regionals from Mar. 9 to 12. Team 2437 finished 29 of 66 teams and brought home the Industrial Safety Award, sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. The award recognizes a team’s merit in maintaining safety in its labs and work environment at the competition as well as helping others stay out of harm’s way.
Two weeks after returning home, Lancer Robotics went on to compete in the Hawaii FRC regionals from Mar. 30 to Apr. 2. The team proved more successful after making modifications to its robot’s intake and outtake systems. Team 2437 ranked 12 of 38 teams, earning a place in the semifinals. In addition, the team won the Judges’ Award. The award is given to a team that excels in the FRC program but does not specifically fit into the other award categories.
Academy alumna and former robotics captain, Angela Wong, was the executive director of the event. Wong was recognized as the 2016 Hawaii Regional Volunteer of the Year.
The team’s season began on Jan. 9 with a kickoff event that members attended to view the year’s challenge, Stronghold. In this game, teams had the task of building a robot that could withstand going through multiple types of terrain and obstacle defenses, shooting high and low goals and scaling a tower at the end of a match. The allotted time for teams to build the robot was approximately six weeks. In addition to competing on the field, teams also vied for academic awards that reflect a team’s merit in a particular category such as safety, robot design and community outreach.
Eight Academy students from the Introduction to Computer Science class and the CyberPatriot teams participated in a Coding Marathon at the University of Hawaii on Apr. 1.
Adviser Deborah Kula said, “This was the first time the students at the UH Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) invited us to their event. Since the UH students ran the actual event, they made it possible for us to be taken in groups and teach us several new lessons. The overall experience was neat and the students seemed to enjoy it.”
The Coding Marathon is an outreach activity held at the UH Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) building hosted by students from the UH ACM. Academy participants logged hours of command line instruction, learned the basics of Git usage and Java programming and compiling on Cloud9.
Sophomore Ashley Acoba said, “This was my first time participating in the event and I enjoyed my experience. Although it was more than fours hours of coding, it was interesting to learn more about the different styles of coding outside the classroom.”
Four UH ACM members served as mentors for the students at the event. Academy participants were inspired by their passion for coding.
Sophomore Catlynn Nguyen said, “At first, it was intimidating with the college students at the event, but they were all helpful and friendly with the coding.”
This year’s May Day celebration is themed “Na ka Lani Alii” or “for the heavenly chief.” The program’s songs and chants will honor several of Hawaii’s alii or royalty.
Under the supervision and guidance of Kumu Queenie Loo and Carol Young, students in grades seven through 12 represent each of the Hawaiian Islands on the May Day court as princesses.
Hawaii island is represented by senior Shadee Edralin; Maui by senior Lindsey Ogata; Molokai by eighth grader Kaila Kawamura-Jeremiah; Lanai by seventh grader Victoria Zembik; Kahoolawe by seventh grader Alyse Glaser; Oahu by sophomore Alana Glaser; Kauai by eighth grader Kayla Oka; and Niihau by seventh grader Patience Friedman.
The 2016 May Day queen is senior Elizabeth Fischer.
CategoriesThis year each division will perform a “mele,” or song, in honor of a different monarch. Seniors will dance to “Waika” for King Kamehameha I; juniors to “Wahine Holo Lio” in honor of Queen Emma Naea Rooke; sophomores to “Alii Iolani” for King Kamehameha IV, also known as Alexander Liholiho; and junior high students to “He Inoa No Kaiulani” for Princess Kaiulani. The court princesses will perform “Ka Lehua i Milia.”
Classes of Kumu Jordan Asing, the Academy Hawaiian language, dance and chant teacher, will dance in honor of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani.
The lower school will have its May Day programs on the same day under the direction of Michelle Tuzon and Queenie Loo. Their programs are themed “Celebrate Life and Living in Hawaii.”
Each grade will dance to a different song, two of which are “Uwehe, Ami and Slide” by fifth graders and “Kuu Olakino Maikai” performed by the second grade.
The lower school May Day program will take place at 8:30 for junior kindergarten to second grade and at 10:30 for parents of students in grades three to six. The high school program begins at 1. All programs will take place in the gym on Apr. 28 and parking is available at St. Patrick School and via valet service on campus.
The Academy robotics teams gained more success with two other VEX IQ teams qualifying for the championships in Louisville, Ky.
The two teams placed in the top 30 in the world for the programming skills challenge. Team 2436B, the second qualifying Academy elementary school team, placed 19th overall while team 2437A, the Academy’s only qualifying middle school team, earned the 26th slot.
Teams 2436B and 2437A will be joining team 2436A, who had previously qualified for the championships by winning the Excellency Award at the Hawaii State VEX IQ Championship.
Team 2437A consists of eighth graders Lauren Matsukawa and Aulii Ludington. They are mentored by robotics teacher and VEX IQ adviser Peter Park. Team 2436B is made up of fifth grader Hyatt Yoshioka, fourth graders Madison Iwashita and Abegail Aguirre. They are mentored by Juliet Won, Aguirre’s mother.
Over 200 teams compete at the World championships and the Academy’s teams will be three out of 31 teams from Hawaii.
Park is excited to travel to Louisville and see the Academy teams compete in World championships for the first time.
“I am happy knowing that after putting in a lot of work throughout the year, the students were able to get this far,” said Park.
VEX IQ has only existed for three years. The Academy mentors include Robb Mehring, Won as well as Park.
Members of the Outreach, Unity and Renewal (OUR) club, Interact club and National Honor Society (NHS) hosted an Easter party at the Academy for the children of Loliana Hale, a transitional housing shelter for families.
More than 30 children participated in an Easter egg hunt and received bunny ears created by the students. The children were given carrots after visiting and took photos with the Easter bunny, a senior dressed in an Easter bunny costume.
Senior Nicole Pagdilao said, “I dressed up as Santa Claus during our Christmas party at Loliana Hale and enjoyed the event so much that I wanted to be the Easter bunny, too. I loved seeing all the kids walk up to me and talk about random things. They were always smiling and it made me so happy, which will definitely make it memorable. Although there were some kids who were scared of me, they seemed to have a great time playing the other games.”
The children also enjoyed a water balloon game, blowing bubbles and drawing on the ground with chalk. The afternoon ended with a special treat of brownies and ice cream.
The annual Easter party is designed to let the children of Loliana Hale know “Somebunny Loves You.”
The Senior Class visited with Bishop Larry Silva in his annual “Bagels with the Bishop” program on Apr. 8.
Bishop Silva visits Hawaii Catholic high schools to encourage seniors to maintain their faith after graduation.
Students took individual pictures with the bishop and enjoyed a light breakfast of bagels and fruits.
The bishop’s talk focused on scripture from the gospel of Luke about the resurrection of Christ. Bishop Silva emphasized the mission to spread the good news of Christ and said, “Be on fire with God’s love that you want nothing more than to go out and share that love with others.”
Before the bishop arrived, seniors were invited to write questions they have about the bishop or the church.
“Let the love of the Lord influence everything you do,”said Bishop Silva when asked what advice he would give to the seniors as they prepare for college.
Senior Shadee Edralin said, “I enjoyed the bishop’s talk to us about maintaining our faith journey and his advice on letting Christ influence our decisions. I will definitely continue my faith journey as I go on to college.”
Senior Annie Oh has qualified as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
This year 50,000 students with the highest Preliminary SAT (PSAT) selection index scores were eligible for the program. Students took the PSAT at the beginning of their junior year in high school. Those students are notified in September of senior year if they are commended students or semifinalists.
Approximately 16,000 students are finalists and will now compete for a National Merit Scholarship.
Senior Annie Oh said, “I was very happy and grateful to my parents because they helped motivate me to do my best and paid for all this to happen. I am really happy that I am receiving 2,000 dollars that will cover the cost of my books for college.”
In the last 10 years the Academy has had several seniors reach finalist or semifinalist status.
College Counselor, Randall Fong, said, “It is a great achievement and honor since only the top 1 percent of students are named semifinalist or finalist out of 1.5 million eligible students nationwide. Besides the National Merit scholarship consideration, a finalist or semifinalist may also receive a scholarship from colleges based on their scholarship recognition.”