All posts by Chelsey Ishikawa

A Positivity from a Passion


We are blessed to have so much resources in the world, down to the milk we drink and the food we eat. You could say it is a perfect world for us, but have you ever stopped to think how and what all those resources come from?

Each year, over 16 billion animals are killed for food, and their deaths aren’t really painless either. There’s a saying that goes, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”  It explains the inevitable truth: animals suffer everyday. They are grown abnormally large to provide more for us, uncomfortably stored in warehouses, and even are painfully killed. But many don’t really see their side because we are the ones who benefit from all this.

Believe it or not, animals suffering for our food is not the only way they are used for harm. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), “Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in archaic product tests for cosmetics, personal-care products, household cleaning products, and even fruit juices.”

My compassion for animals has pushed me to make a change. There are people like me with a similar interest, many of which are Vegan. However I believe that there is more than one way to help these poor animals out. I plan on carrying that out by switching to cruelty free makeup. You probably didn’t know that many makeup brands are harmful to animals. It is, the guinea pigs, bunnies, and mice that could just as easily be our pets.

“You wouldn’t allow it on your pets, but you allow it on other animals just like them.” says Noelle Barclay, a student here at Saint Francis who is striving to work for PETA one day.

Makeup is a big passion of mine, and has been for the past 5 years. I see it as taking something I love and turning it into something positive and helpful. What can I do? Well, there is a number of things–I can first vow to never buy makeup that is harmful to the animals. Here are some to name a few:

  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • Elf Cosmetics
  • NYX Cosmetics
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • NARS

Other ways include speaking up for what I believe in. I will use my voice to sign petitions about how I feel and support others who feel the same way. Supporting cruelty free charities who are fighting for the cause of ending the suffering of the animals is another way. If we all come together, we can make a difference in this world. Animals have feelings just like us. They are living creatures just like us. Just imagine how we would feel if we weren’t the top of the food chain.

Dear Boys,

Dear Boys,

This is how to make your girl feel like a princess.

Besides summer break, Prom is one of the most exciting events to come around in the school year. It only comes around once or twice in our whole high school careers and it is something I have been looking forward to my whole life. Wearing the right dress, having your hair and makeup perfect for the night; it just seems so special. What would make us girls feel even more special is the perfect prom date. Boys, if you’re reading this, this is how you make your girl feel like a princess for the whole night.

Pick her up before the night starts. Girls love some good old-fashioned chivalry. To tell you the truth, there are more guys that don’t have chivalry nowadays than guys who do. This is probably what is going to make you stand out the most during your date. Tell her she looks absolutely stunning and give her flowers. It’s a such a simple gesture. Pick her up and open the door for her, whether it be your car, your parents car or a limo. On the way there, break the ice. Don’t be scared to ask her about her day or anything about herself really. It’ll show her that you’re actually interested in her and that you care.

When you get to prom, try to make the night special for both of you. Be yourself around her and open up. She’ll have a great time with you that way. When you dance, sweep her off her feet. If she steps on your toes and gets embarrassed, tell her she’s doing great and encourage her to dance some more. Wait for the slow dance to come on and really win her over by looking into her eyes. Tell her you had a great time and how much the night meant to you. As one of my friends who wish to keep anonymous said, “Make me feel like I’m in a fairy tale.”


Pictured above: Princess Haley Yoshioka and Prince Jarred Yara at the 2016 Junior/Senior Prom.

A Good Rivalry

Rivalry is “the competition or superiority in the same field.”  Everywhere we go, for the rest of our lives we will be faced with competition. In the past if I had to say we had a rival playing volleyball, I’d say HBA. They are a skilled volleyball team and always a challenge. For the past two seasons that I’ve been playing JV, our games with them were always close. They’ve beat us in the past, but we’ve also comeback and beat them as well. This past game that we’ve had with them this season, it was especially close. They had just beat us in the first set and we took the second. So we were forced to play for the third to decide the winner of the game. I especially remember this game because we were up and up with them for literally the entire game–they would get a point and then we would get a point. It was the most stressful game of my life there was so much pressure. We ended up going to 26-24 and we took the game. I was so happy that it was all over and that we took the win. We play them again two weeks from now and I know they’ll be dying to beat us. It’s happened before. I remember freshman year that we had a super close game and beat them on their home court and then they ended up beating us the second time around on our home court. I think we’ll be okay though because we won that game with two of our setters sit out because they were injured and we had Shandy, who is a freshman, set for the entire game by herself. I’d say we won that game because we kept the energy up and set our mind to the goal that we really wanted to win. I believe that if you want something bad enough and you work for it how badly you want it, you can achieve it.