All posts by Trevor Funk

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.

Adventure Awaits In Journey To London, Paris, and Madrid

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Europe?  Now, is your chance to live your dream.  Saint Francis School is offering a trip to London, Paris, and Madrid in June of 2018.    The experiences you will gain are difficult to quantify and put a value on.  However,  you will return  a different person.  A trip, such as this, will change your life forever. (See “Travel Changes Lives” video below.)

High School English Teacher, Mr. Funk, will once again be leading the trip to Europe, which takes you through three different countries (England, France, and Spain) to add to your passport. The first group planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Mr. Funk’s room (321).

If you have any questions, e-mail Mr. Funk at [email protected]  All current students (8th grade-11th grade) are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more about the trip or begin planning for the adventure that awaits.

For details on the Saint Francis School trip to Europe in 2018, click on the ACIS group trip PDF below.

2018 Saint Francis School Europe Trip