Big Sibling Little Sibling Day: An Event I’ll Never Forget

Big Sibling Little Sibling Day is that time that freshmen and seniors are paired with a big sibling or a little sibling. Some freshmen may have two older siblings, or just one. Seniors are the only ones who know who their little siblings are. Freshmen are not allowed to find out until “the big reveal.”

I was so excited to get a big sibling! The day that big sibling little sibling day started I was looking forward to making notes because I love making cards. I loved communicating with a senior because they gave me advice and pointers how to get through high school. We made funny jokes with one another. It felt like we knew one another for a long time. We had things in common, and things we both disliked.

I loved buying things for my sibling! I thought it was really fun. I bought her things like Arizona ice tea, chocolate, and Mamba. My “big” would also buy me things, too, such as shakes, donuts, and chocolate!!

My favorite part was by far the notes because my sibling loved Disney characters like me. She loves Ariel and Minnie Mouse. I was happy that she liked those characters because I never drew them before, and I finally got to draw them.  I found out that my sibling actually played varsity volleyball and that she knows me. It helped me out a little, but I still knew a lot of seniors on varsity. She couldn’t tell me too much about herself, because she said I would know who she was. I tried tricking her a couple times into telling me more about her, but she wouldn’t budge. I was dying to meet her!!

The day finally came for the “big reveal.” It’s the day that we finally got to meet our siblings. I was so happy that the big day came so fast! I bought my sibling a bucket of different candies and a jar with makeup, an eyelash curler, and more girl stuff. I also got her a very nice hat that said “Aloha” on it, along with a picture of a wedding dress that she asked me to draw for her.

When it was time to go downstairs, I was scared and excited. We all went into the senior courtyard and we had to look for the senior with the poster with our name on it. The person that was holding my sign was Ciara Ratum. I was happy that she was my sibling because she is super nice! But, that wasn’t the end. When we all got settled, the seniors all traded and gave their posters to our real siblings. We were tricked!!

My real sibling was Misiona Ribiero. I couldn’t believe that they just tricked us. But I was even happier that Misiona was my sibling because she’s my cousin! Big sibling day was a memorable day that I will always remember.

 This drawing was about my perspective of the “Big Sibling, Little Sibling” event. 

The Queen of the Court

Saint Francis School has the annual tradition of bringing together students to dance, from each division, to great Hawaiian music. Working hard to get the dances down, each grade started practicing on the first day of school until the day came, on September 15th. Many students are dancing in more than one dance for the show, so remembering them all could be stressful, especially for senior and AlohaShow Queen, Serena Lum. Juggling school work, volleyball, and having to remember 3 dances for Aloha Show can be a lot to take on but, she made it work.

The process in Serena trying to remember her dances while dealing with everything else had been very tough and difficult. Explaining how this process has been for her Serena says, “It has been very, very stressful and i’ve had breakdowns a lot. Being the queen is not as simple as it looks, other people watching you dance, the planning behind it, especially when you have to take care of the rest of the court, it’s very time consuming.” As you can see, being under the amount of pressure she has, is majorly overwhelming, but still she does everything she can to make sure her dances are perfect.

Even though dancing hula isn’t the most important part of Serena’s life, it’s still something she enjoys. Serena has been dancing hula since her first Aloha Show dance, when she was a freshman. Also, outside of school she danced for about four months and then gave it a rest. One of Serena’s top priorities is volleyball, so that’s where most of her time, dedication, and hard work gets put into, aside from school of course. Volleyball season starts from the first week of August and ends in the the middle of October, and then club volleyball starts right after. So, she very much focuses on that.

Throughout all of her years at Saint Francis, Serena has taken part in Aloha Show. She said, “I’ve always participated in Aloha Show because it’s definitely fun.” Of course, taking part in something like this is a big commitment, but to Serena, it’s worth it. She will forever have all of these great memories, doing something that made her feel amazing, that she loved, which brought joy not just to her but also to many other people.

Loud and Proud: A Cheerleader’s Point of View

Watching the football game in the stands or stadium has its differences compared to watching it from a cheerleader’s perspective. The cheerleading team at Saint Francis practices twice a week for about two hours and attends games usually on a Friday or Saturday. During our practices were do several different things to get us prepared for the football games and we work hard.

Every practice we warm up with three laps around the parking lot, stretches, kicks, and jumps. We stretch our legs and arms and work on our jumps. There are about five to six different jumps we do. After warming up, we work on our cheers for defense, offense, and spirit. After about a month of practicing, we were able to get most of our cheers down with the motions and slowly started to clean them up and make them tight. Uniforms came in which meant the time was coming up to cheer at the on season football games. We got our pom poms and began to work on our cheers even more. If we did not do our cheers right, our punishment was to run.

When we arrive at the games, varsity or intermediate, we stretch, kick, and jump before the game starts. Our job is to support the team and school in a positive way and be loud and proud with our different cheers. Being a cheerleader, we have to pay attention to the game and focus on whether our side is on defense or offense and call a cheer for the certain play. There are multiple cheers therefore, we are not repeating ourselves too much. It is very hot and sunny during some of the games, but we try our best to push through the sweat and heat.  However, after the game, and Saint Francis takes the win, all our cheerleading and supporting feels worth it.


Starting Off Fresh

Freshman year can be hard. Freshman seminar is a required class incoming Freshman must take in summer school. The seminar is meant to help new Freshmen adjust and bond over the summer. Freshman learn skills that are important for life. They are challenged, mentally and physically, with different types of challenges.

One of the biggest challenges the Freshman are given is the “Zombie Apocalypse.” The event took place from June 22 to June 26.  It is designed to help Freshman use all of the skills they are taught throughout the month of June.  Freshman Seminar Teacher Mrs. Cameron says, “This exercise requires them to work effectively as a team, communicate well, strategize, and stay organized.”

The “Zombie Apocalypse” is fun, but it isn’t easy to do. Everyone else on campus is a zombie. If they are caught or seen by anyone, they are “killed” and have to return  to home base. Freshman have to retrieve items and still keep in touch with home base through walkie talkies.  This activity  is full of obstacles. Mrs. Cameron says, “In life we  have all kinds of obstacles.”

During the last hour everyday, Freshman have a team building and bonding activity. These activities are not mentally challenging activities, but physical challenges. For example, they can be  given “burpees” or the chicken dance to do.

On some days, the morning and afternoon sessions challenge each other. During some of these exercises, they rushed and got stuck, but learned from their mistakes. Freshman Jayden Simpliciano says, “I learned that you need to have a plan on things and can’t just wing things.

by Kristine Punzal, class of 2022


Saints Striving To Be Crowned State Champs

What do our boys volleyball team, The Lady Saints softball team, and Taylor Lau have in common?  They are all currently competing for a state title.

Taylor Lau  nearly aced her first two opponents, dropping only one game,  in her first two matches of the girls state tennis tournament.  The boys volleyball team spiked OIA-D2 Champion Farrington in straight sets last night.   The Lady Saints softball team has run-ruled their first two opponents in states, including an 11-1 win over #4 seed Molokai last night at McKinley.

The road gets more tough starting today as our Lady Saints softball team take on #1 seed Kamehameha Hawaii in the semifinals at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium at 2:15 p.m.

The Saints boys volleyball team holds serve next against Kapaa in the state semifinals today at 5 p.m. at Hawaii Baptist.  The victor gets a chance to dethrone undefeated Hawaii Baptist Academy, which our Saints took to five sets a couple weeks ago.

On Maui, Saint Francis Senior Taylor Lau won her first match today against  #7 seed Kaitlyn Ralar from Kamehameha Schools Maui 6-2, 6-2.

In the semifinals, taking place now, Taylor next faces # 4 seed Tayvia Yamagata  of Konawaena.  The winner advances to the state championship tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.  If Taylor can advance to the final, she will have the opportunity to finish her career with three state titles and one runner-up finish.

It is a big day, and hopefully, big weekend for our Saints in States.  Get out and support our Saints.  Show your Saint pride.  Go Saints!

Senior Taylor Lau prepares for a volley at Central Oahu Regional Park.
The varsity softball team huddles before their semi-final game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The lady Saints celebrate a home run hit by Kolbee Kealoha.

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