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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.”
The Academy Pacific Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) Club spent a day at the Aloha Tower Marketplace tackling a serious issue: homelessness.
PAAC prepares “the next generation of leaders for an increasingly interconnected world and promoting citizen diplomacy.”
PAAC hosts an annual Global Vision Summit to enrich and educate members of the high school programs about issues that plague both Hawaii and the globe.
Juniors Megan Backus, Faizah Shyanguya and Jennifer Ung and sophomore Taylor McKenzie participated in this year’s summit focused on homelessness, a growing problem in Hawaii, on Mar. 5.
The students were tasked with finding possible solutions for homelessness using the “Design Thinking Process,” which consists of five parts: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test.
Students listened to guest speakers directly involved with homelessness and brainstormed possible solutions. Participants constructed a physical prototype for their solution and showcased it to the summit attendees.
At the close of the summit, students analyzed global case studies about homelessness in Brazil, the Philippines and Sweden.
A first-year member of the PAAC club at the Academy, Ung thought the experience was eye-opening.
“Before the conference, I didn’t pay much attention to the homeless,” said Ung, “but now, my perspective on the problem has changed.”
Ung encourages other students to become involved and to attend PAAC’s Global Vision Summits.
“Even if you don’t enjoy conferences, try to go to summits,” Ung said. “You can learn more about state and global issues and propose ways to solve them!”
Sacred Hearts dancers in Micki Kolberg’s dance classes will perform excerpts of “Paquita” at Mamiya Theatre on Apr. 9, beginning at 7 p.m.
“Paquita” is the story of a young Spanish girl raised by gypsies who saved her from a pirate massacre. Through unexpected events, Paquita meets a high-ranked soldier, Lucien. Complications arise because Paquita believes she is not worthy of Lucien.
Dancer junior Adrianne Del Rosario said, “I look forward to the performance because we’ll finally be able to show off our hard work. We’ve been preparing during classes and sometimes after school.”
The spring ballet will be presented for one day only. While tickets are free, seats must be reserved.
Visit www.sacredhearts.org/tickets to reserve seats and for more information.
Sacred Hearts welcomed the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) for all-day personal finance workshops for students in grades nine to 12 for the second time.
Students sat in on three sessions, including the purposes and functions of the Federal Reserve Bank, useful tips for personal finance and how to finance college. Speakers from the Fed included Jody Hoff, the Senior District Manager of Economic Education in Community Engagement Group; Lorraine Thayer, the Education and Outreach Manager; Daniel Fukuyama, the Fed Ambassador Program Manager and Ellen Chan, the Senior Outreach Strategist in Economic Education.
Students found the workshops invaluable.
Sophomore Kanoe George said, “After the Fed’s visit, it just reiterated my thoughts of the importance of having a personal budget. I recently started working and I’ve been saving a portion of my income to go towards getting a new car. Throughout the sessions, the Fed gave me important tips and steps to do so.”
Senior Noelle Yamamoto also found the workshop tips practical.
“Since I will be graduating and heading off to college soon, I found the Fed’s visit to be extremely valuable for me. Their session on financing college and keeping a personal budget will definitely help me in the near future. I plan on setting a simple budget to save some money and hopefully stick with my plan.”
In the last session, Hoff facilitated an entrepreneurial leadership panel discussion with a question-answer segment. The panel featured young local entrepreneurs that focused on the aspects of business and industry. Local entrepreneurs included Emmanuel Bamfo, founding CEO of Recharge; Traven Watase, founder of Scholar’s App; Martina Welke, co-founder and CEO of Zealyst; Susan Yamasa, Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) and Evan Young, co-founder and Director of Business Development of VRCHIVE.
Sophomore Haley Peterson said, “I loved the panel discussion because the speakers shared their personal stories about their path to finding their businesses and taught us how we can all become entrepreneurs. Overall, I really enjoyed the visit from the Fed because it helps me to better understand the steps I need to take in my life to properly finance my future. ”
St. Patrick School is hosting its annual “Taste of St. Patrick,” a mini-carnival, to raise funds for scholarships.
The event will feature food booths and food trucks selling treats such as malasadas, shaved ice and pastries.
An open market with plants, jellies and jams, and homemade merchandise such as crocheted hats, bags and animals will also be available.
There will also be activity booths where customers can purchase tie-dye hats and socks, as well as a booth where one can get henna tattoos and enjoy Indian cuisine.
A country cafe will be selling authentic baked goods such as fresh breads, roasted corn on the cob and flavored drinks.
The fair will also feature a kid zone with games for children, such as multi-level basketball and bouncy houses.
A silent auction will be taking place on the walkway to the kid zone.
The event will take place on Saturday, Apr. 9.
Isabella Johnson, an Academy eighth grader, recently placed in the Honolulu District Spelling Bee.
“I came in second place and I was kind of anxious,” said Johnson, reflecting on her feelings during the Bee. “But, I was just trying to stay calm because I knew if you got first or second place, it means you get to go to the States. So, I was fine with getting second place.”
“It’s super exciting, and it’s a little bit scary because first she won the school competition and now this one. And the state one?” said English teacher Samantha Silverberg when asked about her student’s progress.
“The higher up that we go, the words get harder and harder and the other students are way more intense about it. They study way harder and if you look at the winning words for the spelling bees, I’ve absolutely never heard of them.”
Some spelling bees have been known to present words 27 letters long.
Johnson is the first Academy student to reach the state competition, the Hawaii State Spelling Bee.
“I didn’t know it. I found out today, which is really exciting. Maybe I should’ve made a bigger deal out of it, like screamed it the day after when I got to school. I had no idea–I don’t even know if she knows,” said Silverberg.
“I was surprised when I heard because I thought somebody would have won before me,” said Johnson.
In preparation for the next stage, which will take place on Apr. 1, Silverberg plans to go over the words with Johnson. The pair meets three times a week, if not more.
“I’m also studying with my mom,” said Johnson.
Having to juggle homework, projects and extracurricular activities makes studying for the bee a difficult task.
“I know she didn’t prepare until the last second last time and I want her not to be as stressed out about it,” said Silverberg, “but it’s hard because obviously she has homework that’s due every single day. It seems like it’s far off, so it’s easy to leave studying until the last minute. Hopefully I’ll be helping her prepare well.”
“I’m excited. I’m humble I guess, I’m just trying to stay calm and whatever happens happens. So, if I don’t make it, it wasn’t meant to be,” said Johnson.
In another English department contest , the Shakespeare competition also took place.
For the competition, students had to memorize a 20-line monologue and one of Shakespeare’s sonnets and then perform them before the judges.
This year’s school level winner was junior Frances Nicole Tabios. Tabios worked hard to prepare for the state competition on Feb. 20 at Punahou School with the help of AP teacher Margy O’Kelly.
While the state winner goes to the national competition in New York, the national winner wins a trip to England.
“It’s awesome,” said department chair Jill Sprott. “You actually get to go and walk the streets that Shakespeare walked and be in the theaters…it’s great.”
“I felt anxious to perform in front of other students but also excited to see their performances,” said Tabios. “I worked with Mrs. O’Kelly during recess and after school in preparation for the speech. In addition, I watched videos of different actors performing my monologue.”
Tabios performed the scene from ”Antony and Cleopatra” in which Antony dies.
“I observed how different actors perform so that I could learn from their interpretations of the scene and get inspiration for my own performance,” said Tabios. “I also researched the context of the scene to properly reenact Cleopatra’s emotions.”
“It was a fun experience participating in the Shakespeare competition,” said Tabios. “It was astonishing to see how passionate some of the performers were.”
You should be nervous, afraid even. You peek out from behind the curtain, taking in the audience who eagerly waits for your performance. Memorized lines, dance moves and practiced gestures flood your consciousness. What if you forget your part, you think. People will be watching; will they notice a mistake? The thoughts swirl in your mind but you try to remain calm.
You smile, swallowing the remnants of a Ricola cough drop and apply a fresh layer of lipstick for good measure. With a deep breath, you leap into your performance, welcoming the bright spotlight as you lose yourself in the excitement of the performance.
This is how Sacred Hearts Academy freshman Kira Stone feels before every performance.
A passionate actress since age 3, Stone participates in a myriad of performing arts.
“I have been taking voice lessons since I was about 10 years old and dancing ballet since age 3,” said Stone. “I also am an active member of Diamond Head Theatre’s ‘Shooting Stars’ which is a performing arts program that features different styles of dance and vocals.”
Stone has participated in many shows, including “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” at Diamond Head Theatre and “Hollywood Arms” with The Actors Group.
Recently, Stone starred as Alice in the Academy’s 2013 fall production of “Alice in Wonderland” and as both Hannah and the Scarecrow in the 2015 production of “Wizard of Oz.”
Aspiring stars need role models. For Stone, her inspiration comes from her mother who also performs and dances.
“She is the one who encouraged me to audition for the first time,” Stone said.
Along with entrancing audiences with her undeniable talent, Stone has captured the hearts of those around her.
Stone’s ballet teacher Micki Kolberg admires Stone.
“Kira is committed to her love of the arts, theater and dance,” Said Kolberg. “She’s also very sweet and sensitive.”
Students who have worked with Stone in plays not only admire her talent but her also her attitude.
St. Louis junior Angelo Oasay, who worked with Stone in “The Wizard of Oz,” was impressed by her.
“The level of maturity she possesses is what really sets her apart from others her age,” Oasay said. “Sometimes, you even forget that she’s a freshman.”
An acting career can run into many obstacles. While some face conflicts with directors or struggles with memorizing lines, Stone’s challenge is of an eccentric sort: her height.
“For a while Diamond Head Theatre would do kids’ shows and I would be just a little too tall,” said Stone. “I had an early growth spurt and that frustrated me for a bit.”
Her frequent disappointment was soon eased.
“I was put in more mature roles after a while, so it worked out!” said Stone.
Stone recognizes and acknowledges the support and guidance from her instructors, especially Kolberg.
“She is loving and kind and makes sure we are comfortable with what we are given,” Stone said. “She is also one of the reasons I kept doing ballet. She is an inspiration to me every day.”
Despite being only a freshman, Stone plans to continue performing through high school and college.
“I love performing and telling a story to an audience. Dancing and singing comes fairly naturally to me, so I hope to continue both of those things,” said Stone.
Stone also aspires to perform on Broadway one day. Though she believes it is just a dream, she has unshakable support.
“She’s got it on lockdown!” Oasay said. “You can just see the hard work she puts out every time when she is given a role. The performing arts field definitely suits her.”
Kolberg stands firmly behind Stone.
“I have no doubt that she’ll be successful in whatever she decides to pursue,” said Kolberg. “She’s a very caring person, and I think that people like her are much needed in the performing arts world.”
“Performing arts has changed my life. It has helped me grow in my attitude, as well as my character,” said Stone. “My theater friends are the best friends I could ask for. Each show is a unique experience. I hope to continue performing my whole life.”
The Academy and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) are hosting all-day workshops with featured speakers Jody Hoff, Lorraine Thayer, Daniel Fukuyama and Ellen Chan for students in grades nine to 12 on Mar.29.
Hoff is a Senior District Manager of Economic Education in the Community Engagement Group, Thayer the Education and Outreach Manager, Fukuyama the Fed Ambassador Program Manager and Chan the Senior Outreach Strategist in Economic Education. All work at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Students will attend three sessions, which are Purposes and Functions, Personal Finance and How to Finance College. At the end of the day, a discussion panel with all the speakers will be facilitated by Hoff.
This is the second time in three years that the FRBSF will be coming to the Academy to host a workshop.
In celebration of their fathers, the Class of 2018 enjoyed the annual Father-Daughter luncheon at the Pacific Beach Hotel.
“It was fun,” said sophomore Paige Mattos. “It would’ve been a lot better if there were more food options, though. I really wish there was more meat.”
The menu featured a variety of salads, chicken and fish, and a host of desserts.
The theme of this year’s luncheon was superheroes, or more accurately, “Super Dads.”
“The Sophomore Council decided the theme should be ‘Super Dads,’” said division adviser Elizabeth Gabriel. “So, we had a superhero theme. They celebrated what makes their dads super to them. We focused on what superhero qualities they had.”
There was a “Superhero and School” quiz in which fathers and daughters had to band together as a table to answer questions such as, “Which teacher shouts, ‘Back to homeroom!’ every flag?” or “What is Magneto’s superpower?”
Several speakers spoke about how their fathers are indeed “super.”
Professional photographers were on the scene to take photos of fathers and daughters for mementos. A photo booth put together by the council was also provided for more casual pictures.
“A joyous occasion shared with family and friends. The centerpieces that were placed at the center of the table were beautiful and everyone had a great time in general,” said sophomore Lexus Lyons.
The Class of 2020 celebrated time together at the annual banquet, themed “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
The guests were the girls themselves, their homeroom teachers and several administrators.
Entertainment was provided in the form of a few games but also by students.
A talent show featured five students in performances, ranging from singing to playing the guitar or the ukulele.
The delicious menu featured pesto pasta, red sauce pasta and salad. For dessert, everyone enjoyed ice cream.
The event was held in the Clarence T.C. Ching Center on Mar. 6 and lasted for three hours.
“The purpose of the eighth grade banquet is for the girls to get together one last time,” said division adviser Kaycie Baltunado. “They have a big fun party before they actually move into the ninth grade where they meet many new students and have a different setting. It’s just one last time where they can get together and be friends and have a good time.”