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Six members of the Academy Leo club, with La Pietra Leos, worked at the Sony Open golf tournament as official PGA marshals at the Waialae Country Club on Jan. 16-17.
The Leos were responsible for crowd control to help golfers concentrate on their game as well as keep the crowds away from balls before the players got to them.
Senior Alexandria Montiel said, “It was a unique experience to see the professional golfers. Holding up the signs for crowd control was very tiring because we did that for most of the day.”
Leo club adviser, Whitney Miyahira, said, “The girls were lucky to be able to volunteer for this event. Normally the volunteers should be 18 years or older, but they gave us an exception!
Photo credit: Whitney Miyahira
Why are students wearing a dark, navy blue uniform? Did the school change its uniform? No, these students are not from Sacred Hearts. They’re students from Duk Sung Middle School in Korea.
Duk Sung Middle School has visited the Academy for three years, establishing a sisterhood with Sacred Hearts Academy in 2015. Each January students visit Hawaii, including the Academy.
Members of the Korean Club, or K Club, had the opportunity to have pen pals among the visiting students. They emailed these pen pals before the visit, beginning relationships prior to their arrival.
This year, 15 students and four teachers arrived on Jan. 14 and took a tour of the school led by K Club President Kailanianna Ablog and club officer Tiani Quon.
The pen pals met at snack time when they exchanged gifts. During third period, Duk Sung students had class in robotics adviser Peter Park’s classroom.
Students also saw the Concert Choir and dance classes.
The pen pals gathered in the Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center for lunch where Korean food was served. When lunch came to a close, it was time for goodbyes.
The pen pals will continue their correspondance even after the Duk Sung students return to Korea.
“The Duk Sung visit is the highlight of the club’s year,” said Ablog. “Every member who has participated in it will always look back with a smile.”
World Religions classes had first-hand views through presentations by representatives in the fall semester.
Teacher Lynn Fonseca said, “Although it would have been awesome if we had visited each guest speaker’s place of worship, the guest speakers were gracious to share their faiths with the class. The ultimate purpose of inviting them to speak was to have students see and hear people who worship differently rather than just read a book. ”
Guest speakers included representatives from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Hawaii, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii.
Senior Kayla Galima said, “It was a special experience to hear background information and stories about the religions practiced by the guests who visited. I loved seeing the excited and proud faces of the guests when they spoke about their beliefs. Our class not only got to learn about other religions from our textbook but also from active practitioners, which made the experience better.”
Students enjoyed the visits and gained insight into the different religions.
Senior Ruoyi Wang said, “This was my first time learning about the Hare Krishnas. I had no idea who they were or what they believed in. It was very interesting to hear stories about their beliefs and how they have a special loving relationship with their Lord Krishna. The speaker also brought musical instruments and taught us how to chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.”
Guest speakers told about the origins of their religion and shared personal stories, including the reason they chose to practice the specific religion.
Fonseca said, “Religion has a commonality in some of their beliefs but also big differences. Sometimes the unknown brings on fear and as one learns about the different religions, a person doesn’t have to believe in that particular religion but it should make for understanding and respect for one another. They don’t expect any converts but just the willingness of listeners to open their minds to all who want to learn.”
Ten Japanese language students, accompanied by teachers Masa Yamaguchi and Nami Shibuya Grafia, welcomed the new year at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s New Year’s Ohana Festival.
The fun-filled event featured dozens of food and craft booths available for visitors to browse while children enjoyed rides and games. Visitors were also treated to entertainment and cultural demonstrations at the 23rd annual festival celebrating the new year, an important event in the Japanese calendar.
Grafia said, “Our students handed out information flyers and helped to guide visitors to the right place. They did an excellent job talking to visitors and answering their questions about the Japanese culture, places to visit and fun things to do during the event. The Ohana festival enabled our students to experience some of the authentic Japanese new year traditions, such as mochi pounding and martial arts demonstrations. Even though the volunteer hours were long, the students kept their beautiful smiles to greet the visitors.”
The festival is a way for the community to celebrate Hawaii’s cultural diversity.
Freshman Aiyana Arnobit said, “It was fun to volunteer because there were a lot of people who attended the event and it gave me a chance to use my Japanese skills. They also had a variety of food, such as fresh mochi, and activities and performances that taught people about Japanese culture.”
The Academy recently completed “Change For Chandler,” a fundraiser for sixth grader Chandler Boyd, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Junior kindergartners through sixth grade and the Junior Class were asked to donate $3 for the fundraiser. For their donations, students were allowed to wear jeans and a school shirt to school on Dec. 3. Juniors also participated in the fundraiser because Chandler’s older sister Makenzie is a junior.
Lower school teachers showed their support by wearing white tee-shirts with ‘Team Chandler’ in red letters.
Malia Urie, the lower school art teacher, designed a Team Chandler button for the lower school to wear all year, suggested by the students and teachers.
Parents contributed for a Christmas gift and high school students could also donate.
The week-long fundraiser collected $3,547.25 for Chandler. The school hopes to present this donation, books and a snack basket to Chandler’s mother, Crista Aguano, and her sister.
On the site YouCaring, a fund for Chandler has been established with a goal of $25,000. As of Dec. 9, $10,293 has been raised.
“I thought it was very supportive and kind of the school to do this for my sister,” said Makenzie. “My family is very grateful.”
The Academy’s two CyberLancers teams recently completed the second round of the CyberPatriot competition in which students demonstrate what they learned about cybersecurity. Two rounds of competition tested students’ knowledge about preventing cyber attacks.
According to adviser Deborah Kula, students were asked to “tighten security and remove malware, viruses and opportunities for hackers on three different computer systems: A Windows Vista workstation, an Ubuntu 14 workstation and a Windows 2008 server” as well as “complete a Cisco networking challenge quiz.” The difficult tasks were expected to be completed in six hours.
The first team of CyberLancers were juniors Christina Chen, Leeona Domingo and Shailyn Wilson, and seniors Chloe Huang and Janelle Inao.
Students on the CyberLancersTWO team were freshmen Aiyana Arnobit and Stella Supall, junior Kaitlyn Pang and senior Asenita Tuiafitu.
Results of the competition will be available no later than Dec. 15.
The outreach team for Academy robotics recently attended a Technet Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Juniors Elane Namoca, Ashley Lardizabal, Tiani Quon and Mariko Galton and freshman Jenna Tanna make up the outreach team, advised by Peter Park.
The team presented their Dot, Dash and Vex robots before the Armed Forces. Other schools, including Maryknoll, presented to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC).
Dash is a small robot that can be programmed to perform certain tasks, such as building paths. They are especially useful for children as young as four years old as the robots are designed for wear and tear.
Dot is the typical head of Dash. It is also used as a control for another Dash robot.
Vex is the robot that was designed by the Academy team to compete in this year’s game.
“The number of companies that support the armed forces in defensive gear was impressive,” said junior Ashley Lardizabal.
The purpose of attending the convention was to raise money to support the robotics team.
The Dying and Rising class of seniors served the community by cleaning the King Street Catholic Cemetery for its fall service project.
Religious fathers, brothers and sisters who died in the islands from 1850-1928 are buried in the cemetery, including Bishop Libert Boeynaems and Mother Judith Brassier who founded the Academy.
“It feels good to give back to the community and honor our founders who have established my education and my faith,” said senior Kahea Ah Sam.
St. Louis JROTC cadets put their leadership skills to the test in the annual JROTC Academic and Leadership Bowls (JLAB).
The competition is sponsored by the College Options Foundation, whose mission is to enrich “the academic development of high school students.”
In teams of four primary and two alternate members, cadets went head-to-head in the competition’s three levels,“The Challenge,” “Zero Hour Threat” and “The Championship.”
On Nov. 13, cadets at St. Louis submitted their results for The Challenge. Cadets were split into two teams to complete the academic and leadership tests.
Supported by other cadets, sophomore Maybelle Lee and junior Kailanianna Ablog tackled the academic test while junior Mariko Galton took the lead in the leadership exam.
St. Louis junior Cadet First Lieutenant Eddie Adachi recalled his experience on the leadership team.
“Although my team could not answer all the questions correctly, we did our best and pulled our knowledge together. Being on the same page and coming to a decision made everyone more confident in each answer,” said Adachi.
The first two levels of JLAB are completed online. Teams with the highest test scores at the end of the second level will fly to Washington, D.C. to compete in the championships.
Adachi recognized the benefits of participating in JLAB.
“I benefitted not only from the questions presented in the test but also from the teamwork experience,” Adachi said. “In order to accomplish any mission, you need to utilize all of your resources. In the case of JLAB, cadets from different Leadership, Education and Training (LET) levels must communicate with each other to solve problems.”
Results from the testing will be received at a later date and determine if the St. Louis teams will continue onto the next level.
Sacred Hearts Academy supported the Friends of Windward Wounded Warrior Foundation, a program of the Honolulu Council of the Navy League through drinks sold by Taste Tea.
The fundraiser on Nov. 19 and 23 featured drinks from Taste Tea after school from 1 to 5 p.m. with 20 percent of sales going to the foundation. The donated funds will be used to benefit service members in Hawaii.
Director of Student Activities Toni Normand said, “We partnered with Taste Tea because we noticed students frequently coming to school with Taste Tea beverages. We hope that this fundraiser will be popular and students will be encouraged to buy.”
Friends of Windward Wounded Warrior Foundation aims to improve the lives of recovering service members and their families by supporting military families through physical, mental and spiritual transitions.
The money will benefit the foundation through sales to the Academy community. The high school raised $1,127 dollars from Taste Tea sales and donations.
The lower school raised $1,198 from Dress Down Day and Coins for a Cause.
With the arrival of the winter season, the Academy Performing Arts Department is putting on its annual holiday performances.
The Academy choirs begin the season with their fall concert on Nov. 24 with performances by the beginning, intermediate, concert and select choirs. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the Academy Chapel. Admission to the event is free.
The Dance Department performs “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Louis School’s Mamiya Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online for $10.
The Academy bands hold their winter concert on Dec. 7 with the beginning, intermediate and concert bands and the Wind Ensemble. The program begins at 6 p.m. at Mamiya Theatre. Admission to the event is free.
The Academy hula is having their performance on Dec. 12. Admission to the event is free. The program begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
Sixteen students from the Academy have been chosen to appear in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2016.
Representing Hawaii, students from schools throughout the Hawaiian Islands form the band.
The committee for the All-State Band asked band director Keith Higaki to nominate a number of students, most of whom will be sophomores, juniors or seniors next year. After a survey to show student interest, 16 students, including one current freshman, were nominated.
Those students attended a meeting at the UH Manoa Band Room to learn more about the opportunity. Those selected will be a part of the band performing on Thanksgiving day for the nationwide audience.
For the trip to New York, students will go a week before Thanksgiving to allow time to visit numerous landmarks, including the Air and Space Museum, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty.
Since students live on different islands and cannot meet to practice prior to the trip, the band will practice together for the first time the week before the parade.
The Academy’s lower school robotics team competed in the Hawaii FIRST Lego League (FLL) Kalani District tournament against 21 other teams on Nov. 11.
Members of the team include sixth graders Chloe Kwok, Kylee Kamauoha-Phillips, Prudence Eddy and Nanami Mehring, fifth grader Hyatt Yoshioka, fourth graders Addison Mattox, Malaika Ssebayiteko, Abegail Aguirre and Reese Machida. Team coaches were sixth grade teacher Jennifer Arthur and fourth grade teacher Lacey Teshima.
The challenge for this year’s FLL was “Trash Trek.” Teams had to choose a piece of trash and find a way to recycle it.
In addition to the project, Academy team members had to create a presentation for the judges at the tournament. Students created a presentation on how to recycle styrofoam trays, using the trays to create a bean bag chair, which they presented to judges.
The Academy team was successful in the competition and will be one of seven chosen to advance to the state tournament on Dec. 5 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
Lower School students eagerly shopped for new books during the Scholastic Book Fair this past week.
The fair, themed “Reading is So Fun It’ll Give You Goosebumps,” aimed at promoting enthusiasm and enjoyment of reading. It took place in the lower school library over several days with all divisions visiting the fair.
A surprise visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog highlighted the fair. Students also participated in a cookie guessing game, the winners of which were fifth graders Jolie Heresa and Jolie Taurua, fourth graders Jondrina Cambra and Nevaeh Coffin and first grader Chayla Kihano.
Fifty percent of all purchases went to buying books for the lower school library. Over $3,000 was raised for the new reading materials.
The library also raised $125 to buy new books for the Palolo Elementary School Library, 100 of which was a gift to the library for participating in the book fair and the remaining 25 raised by families of students.
Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) is the only statewide orchestra program for youth. Each year HYS serves students ages 7-18 from nearly 100 schools on the different islands at all skill levels.
During the academic year, HYS operates three full symphonic orchestras and four string orchestras, instructing students who are beginners to the most accomplished young musicians. The HYS orchestras present free Listen & Learn educational concerts for elementary school children.
This season the Academy has outstanding musicians selected to participate in the orchestra. Seniors Kelly Chong and Mizuki Hamaguchi, junior Marissa Okamoto and sophomores Daryl Bolosan and Yiming (Sage) Guo participate in Youth Symphony I, Youth Symphony II or Concert Orchestra.
Chong plays the oboe, Hamaguchi percussion, Okamoto bassoon, Guo bass and Bolosan horn.
Students will perform at the Blaisdell Concert Hall during Dec. 7-9.
Soroptimist Club members volunteered at the annual Color Run, also known as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet,” a 5-kilometer race focusing less on speed and more on fun with family and friends.
Thousands of participants were doused in different colors of corn starch at each kilometer.
S club members helped pass out water and cheered on participants as they crossed the finish line.
Junior Neicy-Mae Fujiwara said, “Although we weren’t assigned at a color station, the water station was still fun. It was a great place to help because we were able to see many creative outfits and all of the colorful participants right after they had finished the race. It was great seeing everyone smiling and having a good time with their friends and family.”
After finishing the race, runners took part in the color festival near the main stage area where there was music and more dye packets were passed out, preparing participants for massive color throws. The event saw everyone sprayed with color dye, including volunteers.
Club adviser Randall Fong said, “This was our third year where we have volunteered at the Color Run. This service event is one of our most popular events and students really have fun while earning community service hours.”
Sacred Hearts Academy will be hosting a Taste Tea Fundraiser to support the Friends of Windward Wounded Warrior Foundation.
The fundraiser will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Monday, Nov. 23 after school from 1pm to 5pm.
Friends of Windward Wounded Warrior Foundation aims to improve the lives of recovering servicemembers and their families. While providing assistance and resources, the foundation perpetuates the support of servicemembers and their families by helping them through physical, mental and spiritual transitions.
The truck that will be coming to the Academy will have flavors that Taste Tea regularly has on the menu.
Administration Director Toni Normand said, “We partnered with Taste Tea because we noticed students frequently coming to school with Taste Tea beverages. We hope that this fundraiser will be popular and students will be encouraged to buy.”
The sales collected will benefit the foundation and 20 percent will come toward the Academy.
Soroptimist Club members took a field trip to the Hawaii News Now television station in Honolulu where they learned about television programming and the three sister networks, KGMB, KHNL and KFVE. Students had an inside look at an actual newscast watching the 5 p.m. news with anchors Chris Tanaka and Stephanie Lum.
Club adviser Randall Fong said, “Since the Soroptimist Club visited the tv station two years ago and students enjoyed it, we again had the chance to learn more about the broadcast industry and meet with those who work in that particular field. We met the lead anchorwoman and saw the different roles that women play, such as the engineers and those in the control room who keep the news running. It gave us a great opportunity to see women who are doing what used to be men’s jobs.”
Students found the visit entertaining and informative.
Freshman Jessica Medrano said, “It was a really great experience to see the anchors do the news live and what actually happens behind the scenes and seeing what doesn’t air on screen. It gave me a new perspective while I was watching the newscast in person compared to watching the news on the television screen.”
Senior Shannon Domingsil said, “I’m considering studying broadcast journalism in college, so this visit to the tv station was an amazing experience to really see what it’s like behind the scenes. It gave me more insight into what I should expect if I enter into this field.”
Sacred Hearts Academy’s band will perform in the Veterans Day parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Wahiawa.
The Aloha Week parade organization now requires bands to pay for a ribbon for each participant, including parents marching with the band.
Academy band director Keith Higaki believes the payment was not justified. “They were treating us kind of rudely and the other band directors pretty rudely, said Higaki. “I decided to pull out and have the band march in a more worthy parade, such as the Veterans Day parade in Wahiawa.
“The Aloha Week parade has, over the last decade, degraded into one of the most disorganized, poorly-planned parades. There’s low participation and low advertisement, and the crowds we’ve been seeing over the years have been dwindling. It really makes it, one, the most difficult parade and longest parade, and for little return. I didn’t feel that it was worth it any more.”
The Outreach, Unity and Renewal Club (OUR club) has hosted holiday parties for Loliana Hale, a transitional housing shelter for families, for more than 30 years.
On Oct. 29 club members threw the annual Halloween party for the children living at Loliana Hale.
The nine students did face painting, applied temporary tattoos and played games with the children.
Senior Nicole Pagdilao said, “I was in charge of a game called ‘pin the wart on the witch’ where we blindfolded the kids and spun them around multiple times. All of the children were very friendly and talkative. They also showed great sportsmanship and those waiting in line were constantly laughing and smiling at their friends while they were trying to pin the wart on the witch.”
OUR club centers its activities on community outreach to give students an opportunity to help others. The activities provide practical experiences for students while meeting a need for less fortunate residents in the community.
Senior Kayla Galima said, “I wanted to make sure that these families had a sweet, fun-filled Halloween that they deserved. Even though the activities were simple, the children were excited and showed their appreciation. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to help these families celebrate the holiday.”