Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mahealani Sims-Tulba, '18, Receives Violet Richardson Award

Mahealani Sims-Tulba, '18
Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award
Mahealani Sims-Tulba, '18, was one of four Hawaii high school students to win the Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award. The award recognizes young women ages 14-17 who are actively engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The award particularly highlights young women whose volunteer work make the community and world a better place.

Mahea created her own foundation, B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii (Be Respectful and Value Everyone), in addition to authoring and illustrating "It's Okay to Be Different". 
B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii focuses on anti bullying teachings and practices through school visits across the state. Through her foundation, Mahea continues to strive to bring awareness to the topic of bullying and stresses the importance of being kind and respectful, goal setting, personal development and motivation.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

AFCEA Honors Academy Cyber Student

Ashley Zhang, '18
AFCEA Student of the Month April 2018
At the April meeting of the AFCEA Hawaii Chapter (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association), Ashley Zhang, '18, was recognized as Student of the Month April 2018. Ashley was recognized for her work in cyber security, computer science, and her enthusiasm and positive character; and was treated to a delicious luncheon where she was presented with a certificate, lei and $100 award.  

AFCEA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit international organization that is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues in information technology, communications, and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.  They are strong supporters of education in Hawaii and their Educational Foundation provides significant scholarships each year to military veterans, ROTC students, and STEM students and teachers.  

We add a special mahalo to Deborah KulaCyberLancers mentor and Sacred Hearts Academy mathematics teacher, for continuously working to provide these outstanding opportunities for students like Ashley to not only shine but further their interest and knowledge in cyber security and computer science. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Girls Go Draws Many Academy Cyber Security Enthusiasts

#SacredHeartsAcademy Cyber Lancers
When the command came to “go” at 4 a.m. on February 20, the Academy’s aspiring computer “techies” were “off and running” in the inaugural #GirlsGoCyberStart challenge!

The 15 teams of Lancers in grades nine to 12 joined over 5,700 other students from across the nation on this week-long cyber “quest.” Their goal was to tackle fun and interactive online challenges as “cyber protection agents” tasked with protecting an important operation base.

In the process, participants explored the exciting worlds of code-cracking, cyber security tools, security flaw detection, digital forensics and more. While all of the Academy’s cyber protection agents displayed superb security skills, two teams – the CyberBeans and Yikes the CyberGhosts – scored in the top 100 in the nation out of 2,355 teams and were sixth and seventh among Hawai’i competitors.

To assist the Lancer effort, Deborah Kula hosted a week-long “Cyberthon” in her classroom after school hours. She set a theme for each day and provided added motivation in keeping with this theme, including “cyber-ghetti sauce with password pasta” on “Exploits Wednesday” and “malware marshmallows” and “vanilla virus ice cream” on “Spyware Friday.”

#SacredHeartsAcademy Cyber Lancers
Kula remarked, “Many participants in this program came from the Cyberpatriot teams, but many had no prior experience. This is a testament to all of our students being encouraged to take risks!"

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Special Month Promotes Power of Women

From March 20 to 23, the High School Student Council and the “Fem” Club spearheaded the campus effort to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Organizers staged special activities each day to celebrate the power of women and created fliers detailing some of stellar female historical figures. Highlights of the activities included informative workshops by a curator from the Honolulu Museum of Art, a filmmaker and two agents serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (pictured right with Zandrina Cambra, Leah Farias-Ornellas and Clara Ontal) Logan Johnston and Cindy Maglasang.

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