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It has been three months since a fatal fire devastated the notable wave-shaped condominium, Marco Polo, located in Honolulu near the Ala Wai Canal. Residents are still trying to cope and rebuild their lives.
“We started to do abatement programs, which is a plan to remove all hazardous materials,” Marco Polo board member Keith Higaki said. He is also a band teacher at the Academy.
Many amenities at the condominium are still under renovation, including the swimming pool, which is blocked off and inaccessible to residents.
In addition, the gates to the 26th and 27th floors have been locked. This is where the fire is believed to have originated. Both floors are still considered unsafe. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Due to the floor closures, residents living on the 26th and 27th floor have been residing in nearby hotels or elsewhere with family and friends.
In the lobby, flyers have been offered to those in need of reconstruction. A party was held recently in order to raise the spirits of residents.
Sacred Hearts Academy celebrated the school’s 108th birthday in a new light this year. Instead of a birthday cake and party balloons, the Academy celebrated the nuns and sisters who established the school in 1909.
Now called Founder’s Day, the event began with a school cheer in the gym. The Lancer cheerleaders showed school pride, as they started off Founder’s Day with stunts and chants.
“It was really cool that the varsity…girls had the fliers and flips; they got everybody excited,” junior Hunter Quan said.
Sister Regina Mary, the head of the sisters, took a moment to thank them. She also thanked those who voyaged their way to create a binding establishment.
In 1909, 10 sisters and a priest founded the school. They started in the Downtown Honolulu area before moving into the Kaimuki area. Initially, the Kaimuki clearing was filled with trees and rocks. Once those were removed, a covenant and the school was built.
“If (the sisters) didn’t have vision, they wouldn’t be here,” Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks said. “We want (the) vision to continue for hundreds of years (for) young women of Hawaii.”
The sisters were given flowers from the student council, as a gift of appreciation and honor. Student council members, alongside Eubanks, coordinated this event.
The council also planned a few games. One included a gift wrapping game, in which students wrapped teachers with streamers. The teacher had to then race to and from the half court.
Two students from each grade participated in the game called Bus Stop. The activity was similar to musical chairs. One side of the imaginary bus could only be entered. Each student was given a designated seat. Bus stop gave the students an opportunity to show their listening and responding skills.
“(A highlight of the assembly was) giving flowers to the sisters (and) musical chairs because all the girls (are interacting),” junior Jasmine Policarpio said.
Hawaii bus commuters are jumping in on a one-day pass program.
With the one-day pass, riders can have an unlimited amount of rides throughout the day with a single purchase on their first trip. The program was effective Oct. 1.
Traditionally, riders would receive a transfer on their first trip. The transfer would be valid for another connection within two hours.
“I think it’s more convenient than keeping track of each transfer because I only have to pay once and not have to worry about getting my money ready for each ride,” Academy junior Tyra Tabayoyong said.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed this program into law.
Rather than checking for an expiration time, bus operators only have to check the date on the pass. This also eliminates the constant collection of expired transfers.
Abuse of using a transfer was a problem in the past, according to bus officials. Riders would use the expired transfers rather than discarding it.
The passes may be used for a 27-hour period, which starts from the first day at 12 a.m., until 2:59 a.m. the following day.
An adult pass costs $5, youth pass costs $2.50 and a senior or person of disability pass costs $1. Riders will still be able to pay for a one-trip fare.
Sacred Hearts Academy has been taking steps to becoming a more safe and secure campus. Starting this week, all gates and entryways will be locked at 4 p.m.
Due to the Academy’s location on Waialae Avenue, the campus is opened to roadways on all sides. Unlike other school campuses, there is no single entry with a guard nor are there secured fences or gates keeping out intruders.
“In our world today, especially with what we see in the news and what we see in social media, it has created more of an awareness about why we need to make sure that we’re safe,” Academy Vice Principal Brandy Sato said.
The gates leading to the gazebo and surrounding courtyard, auditorium and chapel will be locked. The main doors to classrooms on the first, second and third floors will be locked. This includes doors to the robotics and art classrooms.
“We all need to be vigilant and observant of our surroundings,” Sato said. “That is one of the first and easiest steps we can take.”
If students feel threatened at school or in the surrounding area, Sato advises students to alert a faculty member as soon as possible. Students should also tell a member of the Academy’s faculty if they notice anything unusual or suspicious at school.
Additionally, all faculty and staff must wear their school identification badges during school hours. Teachers are also required to lock their classroom doors during class time.
Many students do not get picked up until after 4 p.m. Because of this, school administrators have made exceptions to the closed entryway policy.
Both the Business Office and the Student Center will remain opened to students until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Students may also stay in classrooms if a teacher is present.
“I would like to be able to go to my locker upstairs and sit at the gazebo,” said senior Mahea Sims-Tulba. She said it is often too noisy to concentrate on homework at the areas that are opened, stating that cheerleaders practice in those areas.
“At this stage, it is bringing awareness to everyone who is a part of our school community,” Sato said.
Just when consumers think they have the latest and greatest smartphone, Apple announces the release of its iPhone X September 12–commemorating the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary.
The iPhone X is said to have a different outer appearance, as well as the new IOS 11 software–doing away with the numerical denomination previous iPhones have.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the iPhone X will feature a curved edge-to-edge screen display. The new phone will also replace the physical home button with a virtual one unlike its predecessors.
Facial recognition is being introduced as an alternative to touch ID in order to unlock the new phone. The processing speed of the facial recognition are leaving other companies in awe and impressing many more with its “in-the-dark” feature that allows the phone to recognize a person’s face in an atmosphere with little to no light, according to an article by USA Today.
Another new feature older iPhone models don’t have is the wireless charging option. The easily torn matte charging cords are a thing of the past with this new feature. For those who prefer the traditional charging cord, Apple will be making one with a faster charging pace.
Appealing to avid Instagrammers and photography hobbyists, the iPhone X is said to have rear 3D lasers that enhances the camera’s depth perception. A highly anticipated feature that’s apart of the camera is the augmented reality capabilities, which adds virtual images and graphics into an existing environment on screen rather than creating an entire artificial one.
Other improved features on the iPhone X includes: enhanced water resistance or waterproofing, upgraded memory and storage and a mirror-like body finish rather than matte.
Seven Sacred Hearts Academy juniors and sophomores in the current Spanish III Honors class were inducted into “La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH),” or the National Spanish Honor Society, on May 8.
The Academy’s chapter of SHH, “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” inducts new members each year, traditionally Spanish III or Spanish III Honors students.
The induction was led by AP Spanish and Spanish V students, who presided over a candle-lighting ceremony to initiate the new members
The goal of the society is to promote the learning and development of the Spanish language in the Academy community, taking on tasks such as arranging cultural days and working as tutors for other Spanish students.
Junior Taylor Victoria Rayray, who was inducted on Monday, is excited and hopeful for her future with the language.
“I wanted to be in the Spanish Honor Society because my membership will help motivate me to involve myself more with the Spanish language, heritage and culture. In learning a new language, there are so many more opportunities, academically and socially, and I feel like being a member of the Spanish Honor Society will me to strive for those new learning opportunities,” Rayray said.
SHH challenges its members academically and socially to integrate the Spanish language and culture into daily school life.
“To me, being inducted into SHH meant that I had an academic responsibility to push myself to strive to learn more,” Rayray said. “Not only to go after what I know, but to learn the Spanish language, to integrate myself in their culture and heritage, then to share it with the world.”
Upon their initiation, the new inductees celebrated with returning SHH members with a potluck that brought smiles to all.
Decked out in elaborate costumes and cheerful dispositions, members of the Lancer community flocked the Hawaii Convention Center to attend the 13th Annual Kawaii Kon.
Kawaii Kon is a three-day event celebrating “Japanese anime (cartoons), manga (comics), and all facets of Japanese culture,” as detailed on its official website. It attracts many Japan enthusiasts from around the island, creating a “safe place for otaku,” or people with an affinity for popular culture, “to meet, socialize, and enjoy themselves.”
Sacred Hearts Academy senior and anime enthusiast Adriana Choi enjoyed this year’s Kon. She dressed up in cosplay, or “costume play,” with her friends.
“Kawaii Kon this year was really fun,” Choi said. “I cosplayed as Maki Nishikino from ‘Love Live!’ with my friends, who also cosplayed from the same series.”
Kawaii Kon attendees were able to purchase homemade and official anime merchandise and participate in a plethora of activities, including cosplay and video game competitions, panels and meet-and-greets with the convention’s special guests.
This year, the convention welcomed popular voice actors, such as Dante Basco, the voice behind Prince Zuko from “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” David Vincent, known for voicing Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez from the anime “Bleach,” and Zach Callison, the voice of “Steven Universe’s” titular character were also there.
Musicians, such as Hanafugetsu and Joe Inoue, were in attendance as well.
Choi said that Kawaii Kon is a great place for otakus to visit.
“It’s a great event to socialize with other people (who have) the same interest as you.”
Next year’s Kawaii Kon will be held from March 2 to 4, 2018 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Those interested in purchasing a three-day membership may do so online or at the door during the duration of the convention.
More than 98 high school students received scholarships at Sacred Hearts Academy’s annual Scholarship Award Ceremony last week.
Students are granted scholarships based on financial need, as well as meeting specific criteria determined by each scholarship. According to the school, donors are those who believe in the Academy’s mission to offer an outstanding education to the young women of the 21st century.
“Getting a scholarship was really a blessing, and knowing I have standards to uphold, motivates me to do my best in school,” said sophomore Xavier Downey-Silva, who received the PWH Foundation & Augustine Educational Foundation Scholarship.
The event served as an opportunity for scholarship recipients to thank their donors and respective organizations.
Commencing with a speech by Head of School Betty White and a performance by the school’s Glee Club, the event of about 300 attendees began on a spirited note. The scholarship awardees were then called to the stage to give a lei to a representative of their respective scholarship organizations.
Some of the organizations that donated included Arcadia Foundation, Bank of Hawaii and Bow Engineering. Scholarships were also made possible by the previous classes of 1946, 1952 and 2003.
The students receiving scholarships expressed their gratitude to their donors, as they gathered in the gazebo area for light refreshments after the program.
“We hope that the students realize that there are a lot of people who believe in the outstanding education and values that Sacred Hearts Academy instills in its students,” said Director of Almunae Affairs Tiffany Kiyabu Nishimura.
Kiyabu Nishimura, along with Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks, were the emcees of the event.
Seven Sacred Hearts Academy students have been recognized by the National Center for Women and Informational Technology (NCWIT) Hawaii for the locally-affiliated Aspirations in Computing Award.
Sophomore Aiyana Arnobit and seniors Sydney Chock, Carlee Matsunaga, Shailyn Wilson, Taryn Wong, Christina Chen and Ashley Lardizabal have been selected by the local chapter in recognition of their contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
They were nominated by Academy math department chair Deborah Kula, who has played an active role in mentoring the girls in their STEM endeavors at school.
“I encouraged all of my students to apply, if they have significant experience with STEM, especially with computers and programming,” Kula said.
Although the youngest, Arnobit is a veteran member of all technology-based clubs at the Academy. She has participated in robotics since the fourth grade, Girls Who Code since seventh grade and CyberPatriots since she was a freshman.
“I like problem solving and troubleshooting, and thankfully, that’s what STEM is all about,” Arnobit said. “Being a part of all these extra-curriculars have benefitted me and helped me recognize what I want to do in the future.”
At such a young age, her many accomplishments and participation have merited her to not only receive the locally-affiliated Aspirations in Computing Award but also earn an Honorable Mention for the National Aspirations in Computing Award.
“It’s an honor to be acknowledged for my achievements in computing,” Arnobit said. “I think it’s monumental to even have an award that warrants recognition for aspiring women in technology.”
The seven award recipients attended a luncheon at the University of Hawaii on April 11.
“I am proud of the accomplishments of these seven students and feel great that NCWIT recognizes their work and their potential,” Kula said. “I am proud of their persistence with ‘tough stuff’ and see a very bright future for them.”
Sacred Hearts Academy’s Advanced Placement (AP) Physics students had the opportunity to learn about physics in an innovative, fast-paced manner, while also testing out their driving skills.
Earlier this week, the class of seniors visited K1 Speed, a go-kart racing establishment in Kapolei. The Physics students previously studied the concepts of velocity, acceleration, momentum, circuits, centripetal motion and friction. They applied these concepts to their races.
The students raced each other around the track, attaining speeds up to 23 miles per hour and completing 14 laps each.
In addition, they were treated to an exclusive tour and viewing of the different components of a go-kart. Students were able to see the inside electrical steering and braking systems of a go-kart, as well the go-kart track, which utilizes springs to absorb energy from vehicles that hit the walls.
“The speedster this year was (senior) Ji Won Ha, with a best lap time of 24.648 seconds,” Physics teacher Joseph Lyons said. “Not bad for someone who does not yet have her driver’s license.”
Senior Frances Nicole Tabios also considered the field trip to be an enjoyable learning experience.
“It was really fun,” Tabios said. “It was refreshing to take a break from the classroom and learn about physics concepts in a new, real-life environment.”
This is the second year the Academy has had an AP Physics option for seniors. It is an Algebra-based class in which students study the principles of the laws of nature, including gravity, projectile motion and Newton’s Laws.
This week, students and faculty at Sacred Hearts Academy helped save three lives by donating a pint of blood to the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
This was part of the school’s annual blood drive, which is coordinated by the science department. According to the Blood Bank, one pint of blood can save up to three people in need of blood transfusions.
This year, with parental or guardian consent, 16-year-old students were able to donate. In the past, only students as young as 17 years old were allowed to donate with their parents’ or guardians’ consent.
Due to the policy change, Academy junior Megan Mattison believes there were more donors than usual.
“I know a lot of my friends, who are 16 years old, (will be donating),” she said.
Prior to the drive, the Blood Bank presented to high school students on the process of giving blood and how to prepare. This included what donors should and should not eat on the morning of the drive. Donors must also weigh at least 110 lbs. and have a photo identification with a birth date.
Mattison had never donated blood before but looked forward to helping save lives.
“I’m excited because I know that my blood is going to help people in need,” Mattison said.
The actual donating time takes about 45 minutes to one hour. During this time, the donor receives a physical examination, to make sure he or she is in good health. The process of drawing blood takes about five to seven minutes.
For more information on the Blood Bank of Hawaii, visit bbh.org.
When applying to a college, the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and American College Tests (ACT) are huge factors in determining college acceptance.
Last month, a few juniors from Sacred Hearts Academy took the SAT, along with other juniors from around the country.
To prepare for the test, students may take SAT prep classes or hire a private one-on-one tutor.
“The SAT was one of the hardest tests that I took in my life,” junior Angelyne Loiselle said. “I suggest studying at least a month before your test date and taking a prep class.”
The Academy is offering SAT prep classes to its students. Solutions Test Prep & Tutoring provides an SAT class, which goes from Feb. 22 to March 10.
The tutoring service is also offering a combo class for both SAT and ACT preparation. The class starts on Feb. 22 and extends to April 5.
“Any opportunity for a student to get prepared for the SAT or ACT is good,” Academy College Counselor Randy Fong said. “Solutions Test Prep & Tutoring has a good track record in improving students’ scores. They help by providing textbooks and handouts that inform the students on the best ways to take the tests.”
Last week, Sacred Hearts Academy juniors officially became upperclassmen through the annual Junior Ring ceremony. The ceremony has been a school tradition for more than 70 years.
Junior Madeleine Sing, who has been a student at the Academy since grade school, said that being an upperclassman will take some getting used to.
“The fact that we’re almost seniors is pretty scary,” she said. “But I’m extremely excited to spend my last memories in high school with the class of 2018.”
Prior to the ceremony, which occurs in the school chapel, students chose to receive either the traditional ring or the class pin. In addition to parents presenting their daughter with the class memorabilia, students also receive a rose from their class.
While some students are still trying to process this transition of becoming upperclassmen, others, like junior Alana Glaser, say this moment is one she has looked forward to for years.
“It is very special to come from a long legacy of Sacred Hearts Academy graduates,” she said. “I take great pride in the legacy; in fact, this year I was wearing my mother’s class ring until I received my own last night at the ceremony.”
Now that juniors are officially upperclassmen, they can look forward to events closing out their junior year. Upcoming events include next week’s service day at Papahana Kuaola Loi and junior prom at the end of April.
“I look forward to the future, though, and I know I will always value the friends and experiences,” Glaser said.
Sacred Hearts Academy seniors will take part in one of the last major events of their high school careers in April, as they prepare to dance the night away at senior prom.
This year’s prom theme is “From this Moment,” inspired by the live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
Prom committee member and senior Carlee Matsunaga said that there is much more to this event than the makeup and gowns.
“Everyone should really come and enjoy themselves because it is one of the last large events we have together as a division,” Matsunaga said.
The event will be on April 1 at The Modern Honolulu from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Students in attendance are expected to don formal wear. Tickets are priced at $75 and sales will run until March 10.
Matsunaga hopes that more seniors will be encouraged to attend prom.
“We want this to be an exciting event and a bonding experience, so the more of the division that attends, the better it will be,” she said.
The welcoming wags of a few furry visitors signaled the start to this year’s Science Symposium at Sacred Hearts Academy. The dogs were part of a veterinary medicine workshop, which allowed attendees to get a hands-on look into the world of veterinarians.
More than 300 fifth through eighth graders from about 100 schools participated in the annual event. Participants learned about different topics, such as robotics, marine biology, aviation and geology.
This year, the program was slightly different from prior years. Instead of having only a single session to explore a topic, students had the chance to stay for two sessions.
Robotics Goes First was among several workshops that extended for two different sessions. The Academy’s robotics teacher, Peter Park, taught the class.
“I think (the Science Symposium) was a success because I could see the many young girls that were inspired,” Park said. “(The robotics team) may have inspired (the participants) to be interested in robotics.”
While students were exploring different fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), parents attended their own workshops. They enjoyed a presentation by a panel of STEM experts.
Students from Maili Elementary and St. Joseph School were both shuttled to the Academy’s campus in Honolulu. According to event coordinator Rodney Chang, this showed that the school administrators have a strong reliance on STEM education.
Seventeen-year-old J. Reyes knew she was flirting with danger when downloading a dating app to her mobile phone. She was under the 18-year-old age restriction but says curiosity fueled her decision to pursue companionship in the virtual world and lie about her age.
“I was just bored and wanted to try it out for fun,” said Reyes, who is a high school senior. She requested her full name remain anonymous and explains how she created an account for Tinder, a dating app that connects users by their interests and GPS locations.Swipe-right trend on the rise
Reyes joins a growing number of Hawaii’s youth who are delving into the tap-and-swipe culture that dominates today’s dating scene. And while it’s an attractive idea for them, Hawaii cybercrime investigator Chris Duque said it is also a risk.
He referenced recent accounts, on separate occasions, in which two Hawaii teenagers were sexually assaulted by someone they have been communicating with online.
Reyes said she was aware of such dangers and took precautions when setting up her account.
“I created a separate email and Facebook account (which is how Tinder authenticates users),” she said. “I didn’t want my personal account and information to be seen by people I barely knew.”
With Tinder, users swipe right for “like” and left for “pass” to find matches with nearby Tinder users. After using the app for about a day, Reyes had already received more than a dozen dating matches; one of which she pursued to meet in person after a week of video chatting and text messaging.
“I was comfortable when we first met because my friends knew the guy, so it wasn’t as awkward,” said Reyes, who met up with the 19-year-old “Tinderfella,” as they’re called, at a beach near Diamond Head earlier this school year.
Duque, a former Honolulu Police Department officer who now works as a cybercrime investigator for the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office, says Reyes was lucky her first meetup didn’t end up worse.
“When you do anything online, especially online dating, the devices and services you use serve as a mask,” he said. “You don’t know who you’re communicating (with) on the other side.”
A study by the Pew Research Center reports that 53 percent of teens have started friendships over the internet, while 8 percent have dated someone they first met online.
The pair had been on multiple dates since first meeting at the beach. Reyes said she did not encounter any uncomfortable or unsafe situations while in contact with this person.Dangers of online dating
Despite innocent intentions to meet new people, online dating platforms are notorious for perpetrators and predators because there is no way to verify a user’s age. There is also no way of preventing users from creating false profiles.
Of Tinder’s more than 50 million users, about 7 percent are between the ages of 13 and 17 years old.
“Dating apps draw a specific type of clientele,” Duque said. “There are people who are in an emotional state, looking for some kind of affection or interaction. Predators and criminals feed on those emotionally handicapped this way.”
According to Duque, sexual assault, rape, sodomy and extortion are commonly seen cases among Hawaii youth looking for love online.
Alleged perpetrators could face jail time for engaging in sexual acts with a minor, while the underaged user might have his or her dating account deleted for violating the terms of service.
In addition to Tinder, teens are dabbling in the dating world with apps like, Bumble, MeetMe and Pure Dating, according to mobile parental control service Netsanity.Playing it safe
For teens who want to pursue online friendships, Duque advises that they play it safe. They should not only verify with trustworthy sources before meeting the person but also stick to traditional social media apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In a sense, he said, traditional social media apps prove to be of safer use because they provide a more transparent profile for those seeking to meet new people.
After using Tinder for several months, Reyes recently decided to end her online relationship. She also deleted the Tinder app from her mobile phone for the same reason she downloaded it–she got bored.
“My experiences have taught me that online dating is unrealistic, and I no longer want to involve myself in those types of (relationships),” she said and has not since used any other dating platform.Prevention starts with parents
Not all teens are able to come to the same conclusion as Reyes, which is why Hawaii state lawmakers are taking action.
State Sen. Will Espero, who is the chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, aims to increase domestic violence safety with a proposed legislation. This legislation would direct more funding toward the Attorney General’s office and other law enforcement that could help prevent internet crimes.
Until the legislation is passed, Duque advises parents to take the lead. The first step would be to monitor their child’s mobile device use, ensuring their child is not using such devices in the bathroom or alone in a bedroom.
Parents should also be vigilant of unusual behavior and encourage an open discussion with their children about internet use.
The use of mobile devices is a privilege and not a right for youth, Duque said. He emphasizes that “technology is a tool that young people need in their lives, but they need to use it correctly and safely so they don’t get hurt.”
The sounds of joyful chorus filled Sacred Hearts Academy’s St. Mary Margaret’s Chapel early Friday evening, as the LIFE Team hosted the school’s first “Praise and Worship.”
Senior Shailyn Makana Wilson had an enjoyable experience while at the event.
“The experience I got at ‘Praise and Worship’ is really like no other feeling, and there is no real way to describe (it),” Wilson said. “It was really fun to be able to sing some of my favorite praise and worship songs with my friends.”
The “Praise and Worship” included many attendees, such as students from Kamehameha, Damien Memorial School and Waipahu High School, and their families. The teens spent the night dancing and singing along to the tunes of Refiner’s Worship, a New Christian band formed by parishioners from St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church.
With the support of those who attended, LIFE Team was able to donate $166 to Hoola Na Pua, a local organization with a mission to aid female victims of human trafficking.
Between songs, participants enjoyed brownies, cookies, hot dogs and juice, provided by the LIFE Team and fellowship.
Wilson believes that everyone should experience a “Praise and Worship.”
“I would definitely encourage people to go,” she said. “They should come because it really is an amazing experience. Once you start to sing the songs and see how everyone starts to interact with each other, you will not want to leave.”
For the first time in Lancer history, the Sacred Hearts Academy’s LIFE Team will be hosting a “Praise and Worship,” where community members come together to praise God in the form of music and fellowship.
The event, spearheaded by LIFE Team member and senior Adrianne Del Rosario, was inspired by this year’s Catholic Schools Week theme. “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
The “Praise and Worship” will be held on Feb. 10 in the Academy’s Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. and features music from Refiner’s Worship, a band from St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church in Mililani.
This year, the Marianist LIFE has been focusing on “Human Trafficking.” Donations will be accepted during the worship and given to Hoola Na Pua, a local organization that “is committed to the renewal of trafficked girls through health, education, advocacy, and reintegration.”
Del Rosario hopes that people who attend will better understand the concept of a “Praise and Worship” event.
“It shows the importance of faith,” Del Rosario said. “It’s community bonding, where we praise the Lord.”
Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available.
Connected in mind and nervous hearts, three Sacred Hearts Academy students went head-to-head with two high schools for an episode of “It’s Academic Hawaii.”
Hosted by Hawaii News Now’s Billy V, the game-show type program is meant to “be an academic showcase for our public and private high schools, in the hope of bringing the kind of acclaim generally reserved for football heroes to the arena of academic achievement,” according to the official website.
Seniors Janelle Lauronal, Kailanianna Ablog and junior Katherine Christian participated in the competition, testing out their wits alongside students from Kauai High School and Kalani High School.
Each episode features three teams from three different high schools. They answer trivia-type questions to earn points. The team that garners the most points by the end of the show advances to the next level, in the hopes of becoming the overall winner.
Lauronal remembers how her nervousness led her to an invaluable learning experience.
“In the beginning of filming, I was afraid of being judged for not answering correctly or for just being me,” Lauronal said. “As we filmed, though, I learned that we were all making mistakes, and in the end, no one cares that you answered something incorrectly.”
To prepare, the students practiced with flashcards, played the popular game “Jeopardy!” and watched previous episodes of the show.
Lauronal encourages fellow students to participate in the show.
“I think that the school should encourage more students to do this next year,” Lauronal said. “It’s a good experience that doesn’t take up a lot of time in your busy schedule.”
The Academy’s episode, along with other episodes filmed for season six, will air in May on KFVE.
Every year, Sacred Hearts Academy welcomes alumnae back to campus to share about their college experiences. This year, graduates from the class of 2013 to 2016 visited from universities from the east coast, west coast and Hawaii.
More than 40 graduates talked to the different high school divisions; 31 shared their experiences at mainland colleges, while 11 talked about what it is like to go to a college in Hawaii.
Students met with alumnae who graduated the year before them, allowing them to catch up with friends.
“I enjoyed seeing graduates of the Academy and (hearing about) their college journey,” junior Kacey Chong said. “It was nice to see my friends that have already graduated.”
Graduates were asked about the transition from an all-girls high school to a co-ed college. Academy students also asked about the types of struggles graduates have been through.
After the forum, participating alumnae were treated to a brunch in the conference room and given a chance to catch up with their former classmates.
Class of 2016 graduate Kelly Zhang said, “I liked the forum (when I was in high school) because it was helpful. It helped me prepare by having firsthand advice.”