Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tour/Thanksgiving from Sacred Hearts Academy on Vimeo.

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for your continuous support of Sacred Hearts Academy! 
Happy Thanksgiving Video

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Sharing Our Blessings Sends Hundreds of Canned Goods to Families in Need

Sacred Hearts Academy students prepare the truck that will take canned goods to St. George Parish Outreach pantry in Waimanalo.  Students from JrK to 12 held special Sharing Our Blessings prayer services where hundreds of canned goods were collected.  The boxes of food went to needy families on the Windward coast, as well as, to families in Honolulu through the Loliana Hale outreach.  

Sacred Hearts Academy students, faculty and even grandparents who were part of the high school prayer services were happy to lend a helping hand to others.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Digital Media Club Meets Professionals

The grades 4-6 Digital Media Club was excited to meet some professional videographers from Isle Media Hawaii, LLC. They learned how to work the video camera, the different types of equipment, and what it takes to become a professional videographer. The best advice that they were given was to get their Bachelor’s Degree and to not be afraid to take risks to pursue what they love to do. By the end of the workshop, almost all of the students
raised their hands that they wanted to pursue a career in videography.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fourteen Delegates from Sacred Hearts Academy attended the Third Annual Pacific Model United Nations Conference

The Third Annual Pacific Model United Nations Conference took place on November 14 – 15, 2014 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott.  Fourteen delegates from Sacred Hearts Academy attended representing the countries of Libya, Qatar and Indonesian.  Each country had delegates or ambassadors representation on the General Assembly, Disarmament and International Security Committee, and the International Law Commission.  For a period of two days, students saw the world, its people, and its problems from a global perspective.  Topics for committee discussion included: Water Scarcity, Overpopulation, Weaponization of Seabed and the Ocean Floor, Overpopulation of Antarctica, International Law of the Sea, and Embassy Safety and Security.  Preparation was limited to research of their respective countries and writing a position paper on the topics selected for their assigned committees.   The real learning took place at the Conference by watching the experts and slowly moving into sub-committees.   Academy delegates quickly found their voice and discovered that their vote was needed by others to get things done – they were soon trading and discussing possible solutions with other delegates.  They learned a major lesson – there is power in numbers.    

Ambassadors became experts and activists for “pet” topics; debating rigorously with other delegates to push their views and formulate a resolution to be voted on by the body of delegates.  Working the room, building allies and compromise were the order of the day.  Some yelling and strong voices were heard; especially when issue came forward for a vote.  Clever delegates worked on their colleagues during lunch; moving from table to table gathering votes and convincing the undecided to lend their support.  In a few cases trade was taking place - not unlike the real world.   As an outsider looking in it was hard to envision the 13 – 18 years old delegates making sense of difficult problems.  Perhaps, it was their suits and ties – for they certainly looked the part – No, it was their confidence and conviction that set them apart.  

Thirteen schools across our island chain and over 150 participants participated in this year’s Pacific Model United Nations Conference sponsored by Stephen E. & Isabella H. Stevens World Peace Foundation.  Academy delegates included: Delegation from Qatar - Raelynn Chu, Alana Stroede, Shelly Aquino, Megan Backus, Kaycee Selga, and Joanne Villanueva; Delegation from Indonesia -  Ellie Ramirez, Ji-Won Ha, Taryn Wong, and Faizah Shyanguya; and the Delegation from Libya - Hudson Jones, Justine Sison, Janelle Lauronal, and Suzanne Tsukenjo.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Sugar Plums and Mice!

The Nutcracker has been a ballet holiday treat for about 120 years. The first performance of The Nutcracker was held in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre. Two of ballet’s most revered classical choreographers, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, are credited for the original ballet choreography set to the music of famed ballet composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The original story of The Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffman, centers around the journey of a young girl named Marie. The magic begins when Marie is presented with a nutcracker by her favorite Godfather Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight, the nutcracker comes to life to battle a giant horde of evil mice. When the battle has been won, the nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, and in gratitude to Marie for helping win the battle, he escorts her to his enchanted Kingdom of Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and all of the prince’s loyal subjects.

Six years ago, The Nutcracker premiered as a 20-minute lunchtime performance in the gymnasium of Sacred Hearts Academy. It has blossomed into a two-evening, full-length ballet Christmas affair onstage at Mamiya Theatre complete with snow, fog, and a holiday-themed craft and bake sale! This year’s cast includes 53 dancers from grades 7-12 featuring senior Academy dancers Megan Garcia as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Angelique Racpan as the Snow Queen, and Jillian Anderson as the Dewdrop Fairy. Sophomores Sydney Chock and Ellena Igari will dance the roles of Clara and Marie, the two sisters who experience a magical Christmas night battling evil mice, saving Sugar Plum fairies, and dancing with delicious sweets. Performances will be held on Friday Dec. 5th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 6th at 6:00 p.m. at Mamiya Theatre. Tickets are $10 plus processing fees at beginning on November 19. 

*Update* Reserved seating available now!

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Sacred Hearts Academy’s Real World Design Challenge Team Competes in Washington, D.C.!

After winning the State Championship in the spring, the Academy’s Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) team is competing in the national competition from November 13 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

The original team of seven has condensed to three, with the graduation of five seniors, and  junior Aimee Pak, a returning veteran, is joined by Elle Bower and rookie Theresa Ginter.

The trio took on the phenomenal task of continuing onto the national challenge with less than a full team crew. And, their tedious preparation included preparing and submitting their Engineering Design Notebook, approximately 80 pages detailing the team’s research and design of an unmanned aerial system to be used for precision agriculture – specifically, pinpointing damage caused in an Iowa cornfield by the European Corn Borer insect.

At the National Challenge event, the trio will present their project to a judging panel of engineers, administrators from the Federal Aviation Administration and government transportation officials.

Team Advisor Deborah Kula remarked, “The team is determined not only to represent the Academy well, but the State of Hawai’i in the National Challenge.”
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Monday, November 17, 2014

West Oahu VEX competition was held at UH West Oahu on Saturday

The Academy was well represented in VEX competition on November 15 with four Lancer teams participating at various meets around the Island.

Two VEX IQ teams comprised of sixth graders participated in the aio Waialua-Windward Community College VEX IQ competition, and the team of Shari Ho, Fiona Sun and Emma Kauhane won the Sportsmanship Award.

Also, two teams of High School students from the “Introduction to Engineering” and Robotics classes attended the West Oahu VEX Competition at the University of Hawai’i–West Oahu. This meet was the first competition experience for these participants, who used the opportunity to test the robots which were built in class.

The Academy’s Robotics Team attend the first four VEX competitions of the school year, and the Introduction to Engineering and Robotics class students will have another opportunity to compete in the next VEX robotics competition.

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Athletics Contest 11.17-11.22 Schedule

Monday 11.17
CSAL Volleyball @ Mid-Pacific 3:45pm
Varsity Soccer @ Kailua High 6pm

Tuesday 11.18
CSAL Volleyball vs Iolani at SHA 4:15pm
Int Basketball vs Maryknoll at SHA 6pm
JV Basketball @ Maryknoll 6:30pm

Thursday 11.20
CSAL  Gold Vball @ La Pietra 3:30pm
CSAL White vs MPI @ SHA 4:15pm
Varsity Soccer VS Kahuku 4:15pm at Waipio 6
Varsity Basketball vs Kaiser at McKinley 6:30pm

Friday 11.21
Varsity Soccer MHS Tourney 4:15pm at Waipio 6
Int Soccer vs MPI 4:20pm at Kapiolani Park
Varsity Basketball vs Kalani at McKinley HS 5pm

Saturday 11.22
Varsity Soccer MHS Tourney 9am at Waipio
Int Basketball at Iolani 1pm
Varsity Basketball at McKinley 2:30pm

Ryan L. Hogue, M. Ed.
Athletic Director
Sacred Hearts Academy

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Band Fundraiser with Papa John's Pizza Today!

Today, Thursday, November 13, Papa John's Hawaii is helping to raise funds for the Sacred Hearts Academy Band.

If you happen to be ordering Papa John's Pizza today, please submit your receipt and price label to a Sacred Hearts Academy band student and she can submit it to Papa John's Hawaii with the linked form. Sacred Hearts Academy will receive a donation of 25% of the sales submitted with the form by Friday, November 14.

The Sacred Hearts Academy Marching Band will be marching in the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade. The Kaimuki Christmas Parade is on December 4, 2014 and will be along Waialae Avenue, from Saint Louis School to Koko Head Avenue. 

Thank you for supporting the Sacred Hearts Academy Band!

Papa John's Hawaii Fundraiser Info: Download and Print

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Safety Seminar to Prepare Students for College Life

In just a few short months, our seniors will be heading off to colleges in Hawaii, on the mainland and in foreign countries.  On Monday, November 10, Rebecca Debo (2006) spoke to the seniors about ways they can keep themselves safe while being away from home.  In her job as a security officer at Marquette University in MilwaukeeWisconsin, she has seen first hand the ways that students’ behaviors and actions may leave them more vulnerable to experiencing difficult and dangerous situations.

In the excitement of being away from home and on their own, Debo’s advice was to 1) walk with a purpose in well lit and busy areas instead of taking shortcuts that may be safe during daylight areas, 2) removing headphones and 3) not to walk when texting or using a cell phone.  She also encouraged them to always pay attention to their surroundings and to assess situations so that they have time to react instead of being caught off guard.  This also involves paying attention to as many details as possible as witness accounts of the events around unfortunate situations for other people may be helpful in apprehending perpetrators.

Debo’s final recommendations were that all students attend and participate in their college or university safety meetings and orientations before school begins.  If students are prepared for unsafe situations, they are less likely to become involved in them.  She stressed that these skills can be used in all situations, not just those at colleges or universities.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sacred Hearts Academy Cross Country Runners at Hawai’i High School Athletic Association State Championships

The Academy’s cross country runners faced some hills and valleys along their course this season, which culminated at the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association State Championships at Central Oahu Regional Park on November 1.

Phoebe Kirk
Participating in her second cross country championships, junior Phoebe Kirk attacked the three-mile course, finishing in 19:46.34 and placing 15th out of 199 runners.

Joining Kirk in the race were sophomores Monica Kirk and Michelle He, who both qualified for their first championship experience after strong finishes during the season.

With this trio returning next year and a number of runners moving up to the Junior Varsity and Varsity level, the future looks promising for the Academy’s cross country runners, who participate as part of Pac-Five.

Also competing this season, under the guidance of Pac-Five Head Coach Alton Motobu, were freshmen Kodeelyn Himuro and Megan Mattison on the JV level and eighth graders Amber Abara, Jessica Jorgenson, Arianna Radona and Ashley Ung and seventh graders Elizabeth Vinci and Jennalyn Wong on the Intermediate level.

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HIKI NŌ Episode 604 Hosted by Sacred Hearts Academy

A number of students worked both on and off camera to complete this HIKI NŌ project. This was a 2 month project for the Video Journalism, Videography and Journalism class. Congratulations to the students for a job well done.

The Sacred Hearts Academy HIKI NŌ crew: Mariko Galton, Kailanianna Ablog, Frances Nicole Tabios, Megan Balinowski, Theressa Ellorin, Danielle Garza, Chelsi Sordillia, Alexandra Seto, Sky Yim, Jewel Taitano, Lindsey Ogata, Danielle Garza, Maya Mathur, Rache Sapla, Debi Sordillia, Tristin Martin, Chiann Nobrega, Celina Ma and Advisor Randall Pong. 

For more information about our Videography and Journalism courses, please register for our November 23rd Fall Open House.
Fall Open House - November 23rd at 2:30 PM

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