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The Voice of Sacred Hearts Academy
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Videography class launches new show, ‘Lancers Lately’

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:51pm

Videography students are reinventing the morning news program with new videography teacher, Alyssa Myers.

The 15 girls in the class have recreated the morning news broadcast, Lancers Lately,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 1.

In the  past, the morning news was shown every day during homeroom. “Lancers Lately” airs twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Students in the class learn videography skills, “from how to use a camera, microphone, wireless microphone and tripod, to editing with Final Cut Pro, the software that professionals use in the industry,” said Myers. Students also learn how to write and report.

The news shows also appear on the web instead of the closed circuit televisions as was done previously.

Myers’ goal for the show is to reach a broader audience.

“We’re hoping to make it more engaging for the school, students, teachers and even the office staff. We are also trying to make it more accessible to parents and people outside Sacred Hearts, which is why we chose to air it on the web. We also want to collaborate more with other classes such as Ka Leo and yearbook,” said Myers.

The most beneficial aspect for students is the actual production of the show.

“Everyone has a different role. We have a producer, two anchors, a technical director and camera people. That’s the most valuable part of filming ‘Lancers Lately’ because they all have their own responsibilities in order for the show to go up. It’s a big undertaking, but I think they’re learning a lot and we’re getting faster,” said Myers.

Freshmen anticipate exciting Initiation Week

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:47pm

The newest Freshman Class is being initiated into high school the week of Sept. 21-25, Initiation Week.

On each day of the week, juniors will dress up their little sisters, the freshmen, who will participate in various activities.

Freshman Jasmine Policarpio said, “I’m excited about getting to see all of my classmates dancing and showing their talent because this is one of those rare moments that everyone gets together and shows off their talent.”

The week will kick-off with “Movie Magic Monday.” At lunch, juniors and freshmen will get together in the conference room to watch short films.  Students can bring pillows, and snacks will be distributed.

Tuesday’s theme is “Twin Tuesday.” Big sisters will dress up the freshmen and themselves. There will be a prize for the freshmen who win the “Most Colorful” or “Most Sister Spirit” dress-up contest.   

“I’m most excited about dressing up because I’ll be wearing the same thing as my big sister. I think it’s a fun way to create memories and to develop a relationship that I will always cherish,” said freshman Mikaela Dolor.

For Wednesday, a theme of “Minute to Win It Wednesday” will be celebrated. During the lunch recess in front of the PAC building, juniors and freshmen will compete against other pairs in minute-long races. Ice cream bars will be distributed to all teams which participate.

On “Trivia Thursday,” little sister groups will compete against big sister groups in a Jeopardy-like competition during lunch.

On “Freshman Friday,” juniors will potluck with their little sisters.

The culmination of the week is the Friday afternoon assembly with freshmen showcasing the dances they have been practicing since late August choreographed by their big sisters.

Academy welcomes new students and families

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 3:32am

Sacred Hearts Academy will welcome new students and their families at the third annual Family Social on Sept. 20. in the Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center.

Director of Special Events, Rodney Chang, said, “We created this event to have the opportunity to welcome our new students and their parents so that they feel a lot more comfortable here at the Academy. It’s also a great way to meet other new students as well.”

Attendees will learn more about the school and its administration through fun activities.

Chang said, “This event is also like a bonding experience where families will enjoy a specially-prepared lunch and participate in games.”

Families are asked to RSVP by Sept. 15, by completing the online form at http:/

Academy teachers gain info from coding workshop

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 1:30pm

Three Academy teachers participated in an intensive eight-hour coding workshop to implement coding into classrooms.

Librarian Kellie Fase, sixth grade teacher Stephanie Brown and tech coordinator Alyssa Myers attended the workshop at Momilani Elementary School.

The workshop was facilitated by Shane Asselstine who is the Curriculum and Technology Coordinator at Momilani Elementary School. It was sponsored by which is a national coding initiative.

The workshop taught elementary and high school teachers from around the state about Code Studio, a coding curriculum made by

Fase said, “In the workshop, we participated in unplugged coding lessons which is coding without the use of computers. There were also simulated lessons using coding vocabulary. We shared how we would make the lessons better when we took them back to the classroom.”

Myers said, “The workshop taught us that there is something for everyone to learn.”

Science teacher Dawn Robertson and Fase attended a 20-hour accelerated course and are using the information in the Coding I class.

Brown said, “I will certainly highlight these unplugged activities to guide the students through the four different level courses that I am planning to teach to the first through sixth graders this year. We have already begun this year by doing three different unplugged activities before even getting onto the iPads.”

New AP class provides growth in STEM field

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 4:34am

“The foundation of all sciences is rooted in the principles of physics, the science of how nature and the world around us works,” said Physics teacher Joe Lyons.

This year Sacred Hearts Academy is offering AP Physics I, a new opportunity for students to go into greater depth than in the regular physics program. Twelve seniors are enrolled.

Senior Samantha Lee said, “There have been multiple labs involving motion sensors, a lab involving constant velocity and a lab where we are trying to calculate gravity. So far my favorite lab would have to be the free fall lab because we are calculating gravity, which is a basic concept of physics and a major concept in astronomy.”

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based class, covering topics that range from Newton’s laws to momentum to linear, projectile and rotational motion.

Lyons, the AP Physics and Physics (H) teacher, said “The school  and Science department have decided to offer this course to give students more options for academic pursuit.  Many students who go on to college are required to take an introductory Physics course.  This course will prepare them for that, and for those students who score well on the AP exam they can get college credit for completing the course.”

The Academy is renovating a physics lab. An exceptional experience will be provided to students with quality lab equipment, allowing them to have physical representations of the lessons learned in class.

Senior Liza Rodriguez said, “I took regular Physics last year and I really enjoyed it. I thought I might as well take it again but at a harder, faster pace.”

This college-level course will explore the main concepts of physics and the natural laws of the universe.

Lower school inducts new student council

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:14am

New lower school Student Council members were inducted on Aug. 28.

A ceremony in the auditorium welcomed 14 homeroom representatives and four officers for the 2015-16 school year.

Library assistant Heather Stenger is the council’s adviser.

“The Lower School theme for this school year is ‘Up, up and away…Learning is an Adventure!’ This year I have the privilege of working with several returning members to student council and some new students to the school. The four officers and 14 homeroom representatives have so much wonderful energy and excitement. I can tell they all will be good leaders and they are the types of students that others can and will look up to,” said Stenger.

The students are responsible for leading the lower school student body and planning various activities and events for the year.

Stenger said, “The school’s birthday celebration next week Friday is the first event of the school year. The Student Council created activities for all the Lower School to enjoy. Some of the other events that the Council will be in charge of are Coins for a Cause from Oct. 1-30, the Halloween costume parade, the Thanksgiving paraliturgy, Teacher Appreciation Day in January and creating activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in February.”
Council officers are sixth graders President Rylie Goto, vice-president Ella Blu Pakele, treasurer Kylee Kamauoha-Phillips and fifth grader secretary Ashley Tom.

College visitors provide useful information for upperclassmen

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:40pm

Sacred Hearts upperclassmen have the opportunity to hear more than 80 college representatives speak about entrance requirements, campus and student life annually.

College counselor Randall Fong emphasizes that presentations allow students to speak to representatives directly and help students to complete the college application and decision process.

Fong said, “Students can ask questions about any aspect of the college, whether it is about the ambiance of the school, including the environment, dormitory life or extracurricular activities. Students gain insight into the curriculum, majors and the process for applying for financial aid and scholarships. It is basically the whole gamut of everything a student needs to have to make a decision on whether or not it’s the right fit.”

Students can access the entire college presentation schedule and sign up for any school on the Academy Family Connections, previously called Naviance, web site.

Senior Wei Yi Huang said, “I recently attended Loyola Marymount University’s presentation because I’m interested in the business field, and I wanted to learn more about what they had to offer me. I was able to speak to the admissions officer and I now have a better understanding of their standards and what kind of students they are looking for.”

By the end of the school year, over 90 colleges and universities, including Pepperdine University, the University of San Francisco, the University of Hawaii, Boston University and Pacific University, will have visited the campus.

Fong said, “Not only mainland schools come here, but also local schools do as well. We even have representatives from foreign countries, such as Japan, who will visit us. We’re very fortunate that the Academy is on the radar with many mainland colleges and universities that they want to come and talk to our students because they like the quality of our applicants.”

Lower school inducts new student council

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 11:35pm

New lower school Student Council members were inducted on Aug. 28.

A ceremony in the auditorium welcomed 14 homeroom representatives and four officers for the 2015-16 school year.

Library assistant Heather Stenger is the council’s adviser.

“The Lower School theme for this school year is ‘Up, up and away…Learning is an Adventure!’ This year I have the privilege of working with several returning members to student council and some new students to the school. The four officers and 14 homeroom representatives have so much wonderful energy and excitement. I can tell they all will be good leaders and they are the types of students that others can and will look up to,” said Stenger.

The students are responsible for leading the lower school student body and planning various activities and events for the year.

Stenger said, “The school’s birthday celebration next week Friday is the first event of the school year. The Student Council created activities for all the Lower School to enjoy. Some of the other events that the Council will be in charge of are Coins for a Cause from Oct. 1-30, the Halloween costume parade, the Thanksgiving paraliturgy, Teacher Appreciation Day in January and creating activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in February.”
Council officers are sixth graders President Rylie Goto and vice-president Ella Blu Pakele, treasurer Kylee Kamauoha-Phillips and fifth grader secretary Ashley Tom.

Parents glimpse daughters’ daily school life

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:56am
Photo courtesy of Kinga Sanders

Pictured: Kinga Sanders

Back to School Nights on Aug. 26 – 27 allowed high school parents to meet their daughters’ teachers for the current school year.

Parents heard head of school Betty White introduce new Vice-principal Kinga Sanders and new Development Director Emily Torres. After a brief program, parents visited homerooms and their daughters’ classes to hear teachers speak about their classes and expectations.

Spanish teacher Sean Rist said, “I got to meet a lot of parents and that’s important because it gives them a better picture of who’s interacting with their daughter on a daily basis, instead of just knowing a name.”

Back-to-school-nights allow parents to get a brief view of class curriculum and experience a glimpse of students’ daily life as they follow their daughters’ schedule for the year.

Parents can ask brief questions or relate concerns so that teachers are able to clarify any confusion.

 Emily Torres

Pictured: Emily Torres

Biology teacher Erin Flynn said, “It’s really important to make strong connections [with teachers] so that parents can help students succeed. By putting a face to a name, it makes it less apprehensive for parents to contact teachers or vice-versa.”

One-on-one experiences between parents and teachers are beneficial for students because they allow parents to be active participants in their daughter’s education.  

LIFE team sponsors first Lancer Christian Community

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 8:47am

The Academy’s Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) team will hold the first monthly gathering of the Lancer Christian Community (LCC) to create fellowship and deepen students’ faith.

LCC is an opportunity for students to profess their faith publicly through activities, such as creation of a prayer wall, that encourage fellowship with others and for students to live following Jesus’ example.

Junior Shelly Aquino said, “I love that the activities are hands-on. The LCCs always incorporate real life into Jesus’ teachings and my faith has deepened because of it.

Two LIFE members coordinate each monthly meeting.

Senior Nicole Pagdilao, LIFE member, said, “I have participated at the LCCs in the past and now I get to lead them and share my experience with the students.”

The theme for the first LCC is “Start A Fire,” the theme for the summer LIFE retreat in California.

The school mass, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, will be in the morning and reflected in the LCC.

Sr. Katherine Francis Miller, campus minister, said, “‘Start a fire’ in your soul is a great way to gather as the Lancer Christian Community: starting a fire of learning, of kindness and of reaching out to others.”

All students are welcome at the LCC gatherings. The first will be held on Sept. 4 during lunch in Room A306.

Senior gains cultural awareness in People-to-People program

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:06pm

Senior Siobhan Neeson participated in the People-to-People program as a student ambassador from June 19 to July 7.

Neeson traveled to England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The program helps students gain awareness of the world, learn about different cultures, make friends from other countries and become more independent.

Neeson said, “Through this program I learned how to be independent because my parents were not on the trip so I had to set my own alarm and I had to make sure I followed curfew times. I also learned to share because I always had one or two roommates and had to learn to share the bathroom and the rest of the room.”

Neeson said, “I learned that I am up to taking on challenges because for one of the activities we had to propel down a 75 foot tower.”

During her trip Neeson went sightseeing, did cultural integration activities and participated in team-building activities.

Neeson said, “I enjoyed forming bonds with people I didn’t know before the trip and learning about my own culture. I also enjoyed learning about my heritage because my dad’s side of the family is from there.”

Tutoring center begins work helping struggling students

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:02pm

The tutoring center officially begins on Sept. 1 in the Conference Room  and is open to students during the lunch recess or after school.

Tutoring is normally held in the Collaboration Room of the library, but due to the flooding and major repairs being undertaken, the center will be in the Conference Room until the library is again usable.

Tutors are National Honor Society (NHS) students who offer one-on-one help on a variety of subjects. All students can attend sessions. Those students who are struggling are advised to seek help as soon as possible and on a regular basis.

Members look forward to the opening of the tutoring center and spending time with students who need help.

NHS adviser Angela Dolan said, “My goal for this year is to create a resource for students where students of all levels will be able to ask for help and cooperate with their peers.”

Club Fair opens eyes to extracurricular activities

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:01pm

Student Council hosts the annual school Club Fair on Sept. 18 where students have the opportunity to visit booths, speak to current members, acquire information and sign up.

Council Vice-president, Angelique Mara, said, “The purpose of the event is for students to get involved in school by becoming a member of any club or clubs of their choice. Students will receive the benefits of earning service hours, making new friends and finding themselves through the club.”

More than 20 clubs participate in the fair with club members and advisers hosting the booths and answering students’ questions.

Mara said, “We will also be adding a brand new club called Fem Squad along with the return of Anime Club after a year’s hiatus.”

Clubs include a wide variety, including service clubs such as Leo, Interact and Soroptimist; and clubs of special interest such as Liturgical Corps, Robotics, Library, OML Math and Speech.

Mara said, “I hope students will find themselves a ‘second home’ in whatever club they wish to join. I want them to enjoy their time here at the Academy and feel welcomed by being able to join a new family.”

Rain day at the Academy

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:55am

At 7:11 a.m. on Aug. 24, Sacred Hearts Academy sent out an email saying students did not have to come to school while those arriving were sent back home.

The Academy had suffered flooding and loss of power due to the heavy rains, making it impossible to hold school sessions.

Because of this, a four-day weekend turned into a five-day weekend.

What did students do with this long, unexpected five days?

“I played in the rain and drank hot cocoa,” said junior Alyssa Kaneshiro. “Hot cocoa is perfect for cold weather and the rainy day was a perfect opportunity.”

Other students chose to stay inside for the duration of the day.

“I played with my dog,” said junior Samantha Ishihara. “My family and I put a shirt on him and he didn’t seem to mind. I filmed a bunch of videos to look back on and even sent some of them to my friends.”

Some students spent their rain day in each other’s company.

“We took two people, Mindy and Kacey, over to my house and we basically played board games all day,” said sophomore Paige Mattos referring to friends Mindy Thai and Kacey Chong. “The main game we played was Monopoly. It’s a long game, but it’s fun especially when we really get into it and get competitive.”

As for the game, “I beat them at it,” added Thai. “They had no money compared to me. I beat them two rounds in a row.”

Even if one can’t hang out with others in person, technology has made it possible for friends to still talk and laugh face to face.

“I was Skyping my friends all day,” said sophomore Nancy Min. “I don’t remember exactly how many hours, but it was like we were still all together and we had a lot of fun.”

Seniors get valuable information for final year

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:26pm

As college applications are soon due, counselor Randall Fong will hold the annual Senior College Night on Sept. 15 at 6:00 p.m. for seniors and their parents to get ready for the onslaught of forms and procedures.

Seniors will learn about the common application, scholarships and most importantly, how to apply for financial aid.

Senior Jessica Hanashiro said, “Last year’s Junior College Night helped me to realize that college is drawing near. I now have a mindset on where I plan to apply and information on any scholarships that are available to me.”

Guest speakers will inform parents about important information for senior year, including the Jostens representative who will do a presentation about graduation announcements, materials, and the required cap and gown.

A parent representative will speak about Project Grad.

Fong said, “Students who come to these college nights are well prepared and ready to take on the responsibilities that come with their senior year.”

Convention inspires senior

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:18pm

Senior Sonja Barba was selected to be an Official Youth Presence (OYP) member for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, from June 25 – July 3.

Barba had the opportunity to discuss a variety of controversial topics, ranging from class differences and feminism to addiction and alcoholism and how the topics can affect the possibility of ordination.

The selective group, included 17 other high schools, which came to a total of 868 deputies.

Barba said, “I got to see how everything works and even have a voice in saying how it could change for the better. Being surrounded by people of faith and constantly speaking about it made me gain better appreciation for how open my church is and how accepting we are as a whole.”

The Convention was noteworthy because Bishop Michael Curry was elected as the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Barba had heard Bishop Curry speak at the Episcopal Youth Event last summer in Philadelphia but only met him through OYP.

Barba said, “My faith has been a priority of mine for most of my life and I’d have to say that this experience allowed me to get to know my church better.”

The experience allowed Barba to further increase her skills, whether it was speaking to a large crowd or to individuals one on one. With minimal sleep, Barba had countless activities and meetings from sunrise to sunset. As meetings lasted from two to seven hours, Barba learned to develop patience.

Barba said, “Convention week was the hardest week of my entire life, but it was one of the best experiences yet. I met new people, experienced new things, spoke about things I was passionate about and ultimately made a difference in the future of my church.”

Medical career beckons through real-life exposure

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:16pm

Senior Elizabeth Fischer participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) for Medicine, a summer program that gives high school students the opportunity to learn about various medical careers.

The program took place in 11 cities, but Fischer’s interest in East Coast possibilities led to her decision to go to College Park, Maryland, from July 17-26.

Fischer said,  “Overall, I learned that getting involved in medicine is something I really want to do. During this forum, many people questioned if practicing medicine is what they wanted to pursue as a career. However, my interest and passion for learning about medicine never wavered and grew stronger.”

At NYLF, Fischer had the chance to take blood pressure, learn how to suture and do CPR, and even watch an open-knee surgery take place.

Previously, Fischer was confident about pursuing a career in pediatrics, but her interest in becoming a surgeon grew as she watched the open-knee surgery.

Fischer said, “I’m still deciding what surgical specialty I would like to pursue. I’m thinking about being a pediatric surgeon, but plastic surgery also seems like an interesting field to work in.”

Hearing first-hand from medical residents, Fischer opened her eyes to diverse medical professions and practices. The program allowed her and other high school students to learn and grow outside the classroom by simulating real-world exercises.

Fischer said, “I would definitely recommend this to classmates at the Academy. I not only learned so much about medicine, but I made friends with amazing people and had the opportunity to travel and tour. Since I traveled by myself, I was able to have a great deal of independence, which was so rewarding.”

JROTC emphasizes values of citizenship, leadership and self-discipline

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:13pm

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps  (JROTC) emphasizes the values of citizenship, leadership, personal responsibility and genuine accomplishment while increasing self-esteem and self-discipline and creating a sense of teamwork.
The JROTC program teaches young men and women cadets life skills while preparing them for future success.

College counselor, Randall Fong, said, “Sacred Hearts Academy is fortunate to have our students in the JROTC program because they become leaders in and outside of class.”

During the month of July, St. Louis School’s ROTC program was discontinued for a short while but after student and parent protests, the program was reinstated.

Senior Janelle Inao, who has been in the program for four years, said, “I was sad when St. Louis School discontinued the program because it helped make me more confident about what I want to do with my life and how to go about it.”

Inao said, “I was relieved when St. Louis brought back the program because it meant the efforts of students and parent reps persuaded the St. Louis board to keep the program.”

St. Louis School’s program became available to Academy students girls about five years ago.

Punahou’s JROTC program is another option for Academy students. Punahou’s Battalion was the first magnet program for Sacred Hearts Academy begun more than 10 years ago. Punahou’s is the oldest JROTC program in Hawaii, dating back more than 50 years.

Punahou’s Battalion includes Damien Memorial, St. Francis and Maryknoll School as well as homeschooled students.

Two years ago Academy alumna Conner Chung was Punahou’s JROTC Battalion Commander. She is currently attending Seattle University but decided not to continue the ROTC program.

Band introduces dinner concert fundraiser

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:54pm

The band is introducing a dinner concert fundraiser to raise funds for larger instruments such as timpanis and sousaphones, and food for events such as Marching Band Camp and the Carb Dinner.

The Intermediate Band, Concert Band I-IV and Wind Ensemble will each put on a short program in the Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center while attendees enjoy dinner.

The program this year includes a collection of pieces from the “Wizard of Oz” and its various adaptations such as “The Muppets” and “Wicked.”

The final ticket price has not yet been decided but is projected to be about $15-$20 per ticket. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24. Walk-ins are welcome but limited.

Marching band changes requirements

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:50pm

Beginning this year, marching band is no longer a requirement for Academy band students.

Near the end of the last school year, a survey asked students if they would join the marching band if it was optional. It also asked if students were  interested in having a pep band instead of the marching band.

The idea of marching band being optional was made in hope that  it would increase enrollment in the band program. Many students drop the class after their first year because they do not want to participate in the marching band.

After marching band became optional, almost the entire Beginning Band rejoined the band program.

Since marching band is now optional and counts as an extracurricular credit, it will not count as a grade. Nevertheless, it will count as a quarter credit for Physical Education (P.E.) and community service. Students are expected to earn one credit in P.E. and 25 hours per year for community service to graduate.

For every rehearsal and parade attended, students receive community service hours and can amass a total of 62-64 hours, depending on the final rehearsal.

However, if students have an unexcused tardy or absent for either a rehearsal or parade, community service hours will be reduced.

Currently, if students miss one parade without a reasonable excuse, they do not receive P.E. credit.