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Updated: 2 hours 23 min ago

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.

Students gain college experience during summer

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:46pm

Six Academy students earned college credits for their participation in the Summer Scholar Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Students attended classes daily from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. during the six-week period.

Seniors Janette Bow-Keola, Mabel Cheng, Risa Hayashida and Malia Libby enrolled in Chemistry 161. In addition to the lecture class, labs were required  on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Libby said, “I had participated in the Summer Scholar program after my sophomore year, so I thought that it would be a good idea to give another class a try. My favorite memory from this experience was participating in the labs. It was difficult, but I had the best TA. The other students’ reactions to how young we are were so hilarious since most of them are in their early twenties.”

Junior Suzanne Tsukenjo took English 100, the introductory class to upper level English classes.

Tsukenjo said, “I decided to take an English class during the summer because when I’m off to college I want to focus on my major, which is medicine, instead of wasting my time with the prerequisites. During this program, I was able to earn a solid A and even build connections with many of the students.”

Junior Raelynn Chu enjoyed learning more about astronomy and science during her time in Astronomy 110.

Chu said, “In the middle of June, our class had a star party in Kapiolani Park. I was able to see Saturn, Venus and even a galaxy through a telescope. It was really cool because we were able to see a lot of stars despite the urban setting. During this experience I was able to apply what I learned in class and have discussions with other astronomers whom my teacher had invited.”

Through enrollment in a regular college course, students experienced the life of a college student.

Libby said, “College classes are so strange because no one is there to monitor your attendance. Students come to class late, leave early or don’t even show up. At one point attendance was only around 35 percent. It’s ultimately up to students to be responsible for how they learn. From my experience, I definitely have a clearer understanding of what a college course is like and what I should expect for future classes. I was able to gauge how prepared I am for when I go off to college next year.”

Chu said, “Although my classmates and teacher knew that I was a high school student, I was treated like a college student and got the chance to experience college life — using my student ID, purchasing food from Campus Center, taking tests and completing homework assignments. Since I really enjoyed my experience at UH, I’m definitely considering taking another class next summer!”

Physician symposium offered to Academy’s upperclassmen

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:56am

High school juniors and seniors have been invited to attend the 11th Annual Hawaii Future Physicians Symposium, sponsored by Dr. John Olkowski, owner of EyeSight Hawaii Vision Institute.

The workshop will feature several of Hawaii’s prominent physicians who will discuss their medical specialities. In addition, several University of Hawaii medical students will speak about medical school life and offer advice for getting into medical school.

The event is free and a scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one participant. The topic of the scholarship essay will be announced during the event.

The symposium will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 to 12:00 p.m. at EyeSight Hawaii.

Students interested in attending should contact College Counselor, Randall Fong, at rfong@sacredhearts.org for more information.

Science department chair earns presidential recognition

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:10pm

Science department chair Erin Flynn was honored as one of 108 recipients of the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Established in 1983, the PAEMST awards are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. Awardees are recognized as models for colleagues, an inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Originally a research technician working in cancer biology, Flynn has taught high school science, including Advanced Placement Biology and Biology, at the Academy for the past seven years and has been in education for a total of nine years.

“I wasn’t sure if teaching was the right path when I first started. Teaching is something that was very different for me, but I really like working with kids and I can have a lot more autonomy in that position without having to get a Ph.D. The award showed me that I made the right choice being a teacher,” said Flynn.

Flynn is a founding member of the Schools of the Future initiative at the Academy which supports modern education and technology integration in all grades. Over a five-year period, Schools of the Future awarded the Academy $75,000 for each of the five years, mostly for teacher inservice.

Head of school Betty White believes that Flynn greatly deserves the award.

“Ms. Flynn is an outstanding educator who is well trained by some of the best colleges in the nation.  She left the field of science research to become a science educator at great financial sacrifice to her family, but she has no regrets about her decision. She loves working with Sacred Hearts students.  However, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is not determined only by being a good teacher. Ms. Flynn  is a leader in the field of science education with her colleagues and the greater educational community in Hawaii,” said White.

President Obama said, “These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science. Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”

As part of the recognition, Flynn will receive a $10,000 award courtesy of the NSF.

Chemistry teacher James Bell said, “It’s great for her to be recognized. When [students] leave her class, it’s clear that they’ve learned a lot from her. She shares her enthusiasm for biology [with her students]. People leave her class really liking biology and wanting to learn more and more science.”

Sophomore Sara Cheng, a previous student, said, “Ms. Flynn is a great teacher because she’s passionate about what she teaches. She’s great at interacting with her students and constantly maintains a positive attitude towards the class.”

“I think teaching in general is very powerful because you can have effects on people that you don’t sometimes mean to have. You have to be appreciative of that and make sure that you’re helping kids find their passion even if they don’t know what it is. That’s why I like teaching ninth grade: they come in not knowing what they want, but when they leave, hopefully I’ve helped them decide and set them on their path.

“Earning the Presidential Award is an honor and a privilege. My success as an educator is a testimony to those who have supported me along my path towards science education — my family, my mentors, my colleagues and of course, my students. I will continue to improve my methods, inspire children to love science and bring honor to those who selected me for this award,” said Flynn.

College counselor plans annual fall college tour

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:05pm

Sacred Hearts Academy will host its annual fall college tour from Oct. 7-12, visiting northwest colleges that include the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, Linfield College, Pacific University, University of Portland, Portland State University, Concordia University, University of Washington and Seattle University.

Students will collect information about the colleges and college life to help them decide on possible future choices.

College counselor, Randy Fong, who will lead the college tour, has been doing it over 10 years.

“The students have the opportunity to tour college facilities, meet with admissions officers and current students, and get a chance to talk with graduates from the Academy. Many students enjoy it, find good information and have fun touring the surrounding areas of the city.”

Fong usually plans college tours for three different regions: the Northwest, Northern California and Southern California.

“I would love to go to the East Coast. That would be my dream college tour, but it is so expensive,” said Fong.

This upcoming college tour is open to all high school students. Registration forms and itinerary are available on Edline and also available through the counseling office. Cost is $1,695 including airfare, hotel, ground transportation, all meals except dinner and the college visits. Those interested can contact Fong at rfong@sacredhearts.org for more information.

College credits offered for first time on campus

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:03pm

Academy students will participate for the first time in a program which allows them to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.

Taught by Leeward Community College (LCC) instructors, the course will be offered on the Academy campus on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4:30. For the first class, History 151, the instructor is Naiad Wong, a graduate of the Academy.

College counselor, Randall Fong, said, “With the class, students will begin creating a college academic record which can transfer to other colleges.”

The course for the fall semester is an introductory class for many students in their freshman year of college. Students will be treated as college students with less monitoring than in high school.

Seventeen seniors enrolled. They are Sonja Barba, Shannon Domingsil, Nia Fernandez, Shajaira Fiesta, Kathryn Garcia, Danielle Garza, Risa Hayashida, Liberty Huff, Phoebe Kirk, Kali Lyons, Annie Oh, Nicole Pagdilao, Christine Quiaoit, Jaycie Tanaka, Shyla Trinidad, Summer Tsukenjo and Kelly Zhang.

Hayashida said, “I am taking this class because I would be able to kill two birds with one stone. Although it is a college level course, I thought I would be fine since I got through UH Manoa’s Chemistry class this summer. I was able to handle the rigorous class and labs, so world history seemed okay. Since I need another year of social studies for Sacred Hearts and I wanted to get rid of required classes for college, I chose to take early college courses.”

In the spring, sophomores through seniors will be able to take Speech 151, another introductory class. Students who are interested in this course should see counselors Randall Fong or Cleo Eubanks to sign up.

Women’s seminar inspires student leaders

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:44am

Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Inspiration (L.E.I.) were the topics at hand when 23 Academy students welcomed 15 mentors from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.

Mentors were participants from the East-West Center’s Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar. Academy students learned about businesses the women had created and heard valuable advice on how to start their own projects, take on leadership roles and make dreams a reality.

“Meeting my mentor, Anushani Alagarajah from Sri Lanka, really gave me insight about what the war-stricken women of Sri Lanka have been going through and how hard it was for them to start all over again,” said junior Marissa Okamoto.

The young women also joined their mentors and Academy administrators at the East-West Center’s #galswithLEI Forum. Participants attended workshops, including Reinventing the Office, Passion as Purpose, Building Your Brand and Your Community, and Fundable Startups and Raising Capital. Students had the opportunity to participate in a networking reception and an Open Space forum where they could choose from ideas they want to discuss with other women in the community.

“I learned key aspects of business and culture, but most importantly I learned the significance of women’s empowerment from my mentor, K.J. Lee from South Korea,“ said junior Angelina Caballero.

The Academy has been one of the sponsors of the program for the last two years. The students who attended were nominated by their teachers for the students’ interest in world affairs and their involvement in community service activities.

“I learned from Nishanthi Thangavel from Sri Lanka that leadership is not bossing people around and doing things your own way but taking initiative and facing the problem head on,” said sophomore Katherine Christian.

Juniors Megan Backus and Krista Thom also appreciated attending the seminar.

“Learning about how our mentor, Natasha Hall Lampard from New Zealand, took an idea and passion and turned it into such an influential event as Webstock was so inspiring to us. We were also inspired when she didn’t listen to those who told her how she was doing things was too unconventional. Now her event is known worldwide,” said juniors Megan Backus and Krista Thom.

Thanks to Elizabeth Dorn and Ann Hartmann, the coordinators of the event for the East-West Center, mentors and students were able to  meet and have valuable discussions.

“Once I got to see the women and meet the women…they were so kind to the students. The girls loved them,” said Director of Student Activities, Toni Normand. “They’ve done really interesting projects in their community and I think it’s good for our girls to see people who’ve had a passion and turned their passion into a business. The women kind of say, ‘I was like you once and here’s what I needed to do to get to be here,’ and I think girls really like to hear that from somebody who’s a little closer to their high school struggle.”

Council excited for new school year beginning

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:38am

Student Council has been busy preparing for the new school year with fun-filled events and assemblies. The new council members include student body president Wei Yi Chloe Huang; vice-president Angelique Mara; secretary Raelynn Chu; historian and social media chair Jewel Taitano; publicity chair Ellena Miyuu Igari; director of school and community service Ellie Ramirez; spirit chair Rache Sapla; Student-Faculty-Administration (SFA) chair Brook Silva; SFA secretary Frances Nicole Tabios; art director Dana Fuerte and treasurer Risa Hayashida.

This year’s theme is “Finding Your Inner Hero-Dream, Seek, Endure, Conquer.”

Mara said, “With this year’s theme, we really took the time to decide because we wanted it to be something different and unique.”

Student Council adviser Toni Normand said, “Each word in the theme serves a purpose.

Find your inner hero: encourage students to find their strengths and use them for the good of others. Dream: don‘t be afraid to go after big ideas or pursue your passion. Seek: find ways to get involved in helping the community. Endure: get through the year and take challenges in stride. Conquer: celebrate at the end of the year when you have gained that college admission, passed that AP test, done your personal best in a sport, etc…”

Hayashida said, “This year, the council hopes that students will continue to expect fun-filled events from us and in exchange, the council wants to receive more feedback from them!”

Council members are looking forward to planning exciting events for students.

Mara said, “There are so many events planned but I am looking forward to the school’s birthday assembly and the Halloween pep rally. These two events have always been my favorite since I transitioned into high school. These assemblies have the most spirited energy that we see in students all year long.”

Huang said, “Our plans for this school year are mainly focused on increasing school spirit and pride.  We will come up with fun-filled and meaningful activities for students to enjoy.”

 

Citizenship grade reflects new policy and attitude

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:36am

Beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 18, the citizenship grade is in place to help students become better citizens and remind them that actions have consequences.

As of August 2015, the Academy has adopted a citizenship grade for students to practice good behavior and learn to abide by school rules. Many public and private schools in Hawaii have already adopted such policies.

New Vice-principal Kinga Sanders believes this system will benefit the students.

“The citizenship grade gives students an opportunity to see their behavior reflected as a letter grade,” said Sanders.

At the beginning of each semester, every student starts with 100 percent, or an A. If a student fails to follow school rules, an infraction will be given. Infraction notations will be given by teachers or administrators and will be sent to the vice-principal. Offenses include improper or incomplete uniform, chewing gum and tardiness among others. The number of infractions depends on the severity of the offense. More serious offenses will earn more than a single infraction.

At the end of the semester a letter grade will be reported on Edline with semester grades. The percentage equivalent to the letter grade is the same as the school grade scale.

Citizenship grades will be included on regular progress reports on Edline and will be visible on report cards and transcripts.

Students will have an opportunity to eliminate 50 percent of the infractions once a semester by completing a 3-hour work period on a day designated by the vice-principal.

Sanders has high hopes for the new grade.

“My goal is to have all students end the semester with an A in citizenship,” she said. “I really hope this will create excitement in the students and have them strive to continue to be good citizens.”

New year brings new LIFE

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:32am

As the new school year kicks off, one group has already gathered its members as the new Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) team.

Seniors Nicole Pagdilao, Janelle Medrano, Shannon Domingsil, Sylvia Nguyen, Shayla Trinidad, Summer Tsukenjo, Katherine Garcia, Haley Bennett, Elizabeth Fischer, Nikaela Busekrus, Shajaira Fiesta and Kayla Galima hope to “Start a Fire,” the theme of LIFERs all over the country.

The theme links to a new social justice module that LIFERs will be focusing on to promote awareness about human trafficking.

As leaders of division retreats and school masses, the team is responsible for the organization of liturgical events throughout the school year.  

Campus Minister Sr. Katherine Francis Miller said that the first retreat will be the retreat for sixth graders.

“The goal for retreats is to build stronger communities among students,” said LIFE moderator Anna Miyashiro. “The LIFERs are encouraged to create activities that will foster closer relationships with each other and to bring others closer to Christ!”

Students earn college credits while in high school

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:18pm

Nineteen students have enrolled in History 151 World History for the upcoming fall semester, marking the beginning of a program offering courses for college credit on the Sacred Hearts campus. The course will be administered through Leeward Community College (LCC) and taught by LCC professors.

Junior counselor Annaliza Miyashiro said, “We’re actually the first private high school in Hawaii to have this college program. The counselors and I encouraged sophomores and juniors to take this course, but only juniors took advantage of this opportunity. Those who are enrolled will be receive dual credits for high school and college.”

Students will be better prepared for college, earn college credits at a fraction of the cost of college courses, enjoy additional curricular offerings and start accumulating college credits early, helping them to graduate from college on time and or even early.

Junior Shajaira Fiesta said, “When I first heard that college courses were coming to SHA, I immediately signed up. I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to receive college credits so that I don’t have to worry about it as much in college.”

Counselors are still considering other classes to offer for the spring semester, including Speech 151 and Psychology 100.

LIFE team readies new liturgical events

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:00am

Campus ministry has selected the Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) team for the next school year.

Juniors Kayla Galima, Shayla Trinidad, Nicole Pagdilao, Janelle Medrano, Nikaela Busekrus , Summer Tsukenjo, Elizabeth Fischer, Sylvia Nguyen, Kathryn Garcia, Shannon Domingsil, Shajaira Fiesta and Haylee Bennett will coordinate school and division retreats, Lancer Christian Communities (LCC) and support masses through the Liturgical Corps.

Campus minister, Sr. Katherine Francis Miller, said, “For 35 years, the LIFE team has been serving as the leaven of the Christian faith within the school community.”

The 12 students will travel to the summer Marianist LIFE Pacific summer program from Jun.18 to 26.  at the CYO Camp and Retreat Center in Occidental, Calif., with moderators Andrea Hamilton and Anna Miyashiro.

Busekrus said, “I am really excited to grow in friendship with the other girls on the LIFE team and to grow in friendship with God too. I am also excited to plan retreats and LCC events throughout the year. I know LIFE team will be challenging at times, but I also know that our team is wonderful and we have great advisers who will help us as well.”

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