All posts by Kolbee Kealoha

A Bond Tighter Than The Seams Of A Softball

Not many sports teams have a bond that’s completely unbreakable. From crazy handshakes to silly nicknames, these are the things that help make a team’s bond unique. Here at Saint Francis we have sports teams that range from the fields, to the courts, to even the water; and each team has a bond that’s like no other. However, there may not be a bond as tight as the one our softball team seems to have.

The Lady Saints Softball team has always had a deep connection with one another, but last year their team bonding experience really amplified that bond. First baseman Skye Ah Yat says, “I’ve always felt close to the girls on our team, but after we spent the weekend at the beach house together just talking and getting closer really changed things.” Even people outside of the team have seen their bond and have commented on how close the bond is as well. Infield Coach Eddie Kealoha says, “After games coaches from the other teams have come up to us and have said that they can tell our girls have something special. Whether they win or lose the other teams can tell our girls stick together through it all, and that’s something that no team has ever told us.”

I’ve been a member of this varsity team for 3 years, and have been playing for Saint Francis for 7 years, but this year’s team is like no other. We’ve created a bond as thick as ice.  Catcher Kalyn Higa says, “Everyone on our team is unselfish, and we work hard not for ourselves, but for one another.” As an athlete you always hear the saying, “Play for the name on the front of your jersey, not the back,” and our team really does take this saying into consideration. Shortstop Hailey Matsumura says, “This is the first year that it really seems as though everyone is here to be apart of the team. There is no selfishness on the team, and everyone just cares about everyone.”

Seniors Welcome Freshman And Build Relationships

Being a freshman can be kind of scary, but here at Saint Francis School we have a way to make the transition from middle school to high school a little easier.

One of the many traditions we have is our Big Sibling/Little Sibling event. This event consists of a senior (big sibling) being paired up with either one or two freshmen (little sibling/s). Over the span of two cycles, big siblings and little siblings exchange letters and gifts, such as candy, gift cards, food, and stuffed animals.

The fun part of this tradition is that this gives freshmen a chance to try and guess who their older sibling is.  Freshman Isaiah San Diego says, “I look forward to meeting my big sibling.  I kind of have an idea of who they are, and I’m really excited to see if I’m right or not.”

Many teachers believe that this is a great way to get freshmen more comfortable with being high schoolers.  Senior Homeroom Teacher Señora Rivas Roblin says, “It is a tradition that is fun to watch as the seniors welcome the freshmen to high school.  It helps to bond the divisions that are three years apart.”

Freshmen see this event as something fun and exciting.  They can’t wait to meet their big sibling.  Seniors anxiously look forward to the event as well. Senior Class President Tiare Guerrero says, “I expect to take away a relationship between my little sibling and I, as well as the bond between the senior and freshmen class.”

On August 31, 2016, Freshmen will have a chance to meet their sibling.  It will also be the first and last time that they are permitted to step foot in the senior courtyard until they are seniors. This bond and relationship will be an unforgettable experiences for both classes.