|Posted on July 30, 2015 at 5:45 AM|
YCHS recently announced the winners of its four full-tuition scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year. All four scholarships, funded by an anonymous donor, are named for Jesuits associated with the founding of YCHS. Freshman Johanne Arao is the new Father Michael Corcoran Scholar. Father Corcoran was the first Principal and Director of YCHS when it opened in 2011. Sophomore Hans Banua was named the Father John Mulreany Scholar. Father Mulreany was one of the original founders of YCHS and now serves as College Counselor, Assistant Director, and member of the teaching faculty. Natasha Loochaz is the new Father John Hagileiram Scholar. Father John H was the Jesuit Regional Superior of Micronesia when the original planning process for the school took place. Senior Kobe Sacres was named the Father David Ciancimino Scholar. Father Ciancimino was the Provincial of the New York Province who missioned the first Jesuits to YCHS and was the commencement speaker at its first graduation.
Four YCHS students have also earned Habele Scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year. Freshmen Glimmer Marpa and Jennaia Chonmon, junior Francis ('Cisco) Yarofalyango, and senior Decyann Pete were all chosen by the Habele Outer Island Educational Fund to receive 75% scholarships.
Pictured below are Fr. Mulreany with Hans, Natasha, and Kobe; Fr. Corcoran with Johanne and her parents; and the four Habele Scholars (Glimmer, Jennaia, 'Cisco, and Decyann). Congratulations!
|Posted on June 20, 2015 at 3:20 PM|
Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J., has finished a two-year regency as a teacher and college counselor at Yap Catholic High School. He was recently featured in the Jesuit Northeast Province website’s “Year of Consecrated Life” column. Each week, a different Jesuit shares his reflections on why he is happy to be a Jesuit. Mr. Nolan entered the Jesuits in 2008 and pronounced Vows in 2010. He has recently returned to the U.S. to begin theological studies in preparation for priestly ordination. Here is what Mr. Nolan wrote:
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"
Coconut palms and hibiscus flowers welcome students as they walk down our driveway to the administration building. Before reaching one of their classroom verandas, they pass by two offices: one for the principal and another with college pennants in the window. At a school with no PA system and no hall passes -- or halls -- I have to find creative ways to catch up with students as their college counselor. When the students walk by, I slide open my office window with a big hello, and ask if they could come inside to pick up an acceptance letter or check their email. Soon thereafter, the seniors would just hand in forms through the window -- a drive-thru college counseling practice!
What makes me happy as a regent at Yap Catholic High School are the variety of ways that I get to know and to serve our 65 students. At one point this year I was teaching every one of them in addition to coaching them in drama and basketball and helping them with the college process.
On Friday afternoons, I usually need to hand back essay edits, so I simply stick my head out the window and wait while every student passes on the way to the bus. They say, "Goodbye" or "Make good decisions this weekend, Mr. Nolan," with a laugh, since that is our hope for them. I'm reminded that because of my "good decision" to enter the Jesuits and the abundant grace I've received from the Lord since making it, I am able to teach these wonderful students on this beautiful Pacific island.
Earlier in the year, Father Mulreany, S.J., was also featured. To read his response, click on the following link:
Thank you Mr. Nolan and Fr. Mulreany for the many ways you have served the people of Yap!
|Posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:25 PM|
A resolution of the Ninth Legislature of the State of Yap, First Regular Session 2015 (Resolution no. 9-12), was recently adopted. Printed below is the entire resolution:
A resolution expressing the appreciation and congratulations of the people of the State of Yap to Fr. Michael Corcoran, S.J., Fr. John Mulreany, S.J., and Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J. for their efforts and assistance with Yap Catholic High School (YCHS).
WHEREAS, the Catholic community in the State of Yap has been working towards and envisioning a high school, based on Catholic faith, to provide our children with a well-rounded education, with emphasis on academics and this has been the hopes and goals of numerous people in our community over a period of years; and
WHEREAS, in 2011, Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) was finally established and open after years of efforts by many communities in the State of Yap, and most especially through the hard work of Fr. Michael Corcoran, S.J., Fr. John Mulreany, S.J., and Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J., who were kindly sent by their superiors to assist in the effort; and
WHEREAS, this new high school was opened to serve the students and people of Yap and create an opportunity for superior qualifications in secondary education and further as a college preparatory institution striving for excellence in academic standards; and
WHEREAS, in the recent 2014 evaluation by the FSM Accreditation Team, YCHS is the only school in the FSM to receive the highest rating of level 4, which means meeting and exceeding the standards of education put forth by the National Government, and Yap Catholic High School received a National Special Certificate of Achievement as a result; and
WHEREAS, the accomplishments and success of YCHS and its students are directly attributed to the hard work of the staff and faculty, under the leadership of Fr. Michael Corcoran, S.J., with the close assistance of Fr. John Mulreany, S.J., and Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J.; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J. joined the YCHS faculty in 2013 and will be leaving in 2015 to continue on his good works elsewhere; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Ninth Legislature of the State of Yap, First Regular Session, 2015, that the Legislature hereby expresses the appreciation and congratulations of the people of the State of Yap to Fr. John Mulreany, S.J., Fr. Michael Corcoran, S.J., and Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J. for their efforts and assistance with Yap Catholic High School (YCHS); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature, on behalf of the people of the State of Yap, specifically extends the best regards and farewell to Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J. and expresses that he is welcome to visit and come back in the future; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to Fr. John Mulreany, S.J., Fr. Michael Corcoran, S.J., Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J., the Governor of the State of Yap, the Chairman of the Council of Pilung, and the Chairman of the Council of Tamol.
Adopted : May 20, 2015
Many thanks to Senators Nicholas Figirlaarwon, John Mooteb, and Ted Rutun for proposing the resolution.
|Posted on May 22, 2015 at 3:25 PM|
This past May, the YCHS Carving Club completed the model canoe they’ve been working on since last November. The canoe is named “The Flying Proa,” a name inspired by the name of the school sailing team, “The Flying Proas.” The Carving Club was started last year by volunteer teacher Patrick Kelly, and was taken on this year by volunteer Alex Lupo. The student members of the club are Francis (‘Cisco) Yarofalyango, Rheena Yirimyad , Annalyn Tareg, Demetria Mtag, and Decyann Pete. The club met once a week as they worked hard to complete the canoe before the school year finished. Progress was slow but steady, and the students eventually reached their goal. (They even came to school on Saturdays to ensure that the canoe was finished in time.)
Direction for the canoe was provided by two local men (Larry Raigetal and Carlos Yarofaireg ) who are members of Waa’gey, a local NPO dedicated to emphasizing the importance of traditional Yapese arts and culture. The Flying Proa now proudly hangs in the school’s administration building as a testament to the students’ hard work and Yapese culture.
(Decyann not pictured.)
|Posted on May 17, 2015 at 2:15 PM|
Jamilyn Mooteb (YCHS class of 2015) was recently awarded the Bank of Guam Bankon Ifit Scholarship. Ms. Joan Pinerof, Bank of Guam Yap branch manager, visited the YCHS Morning Assembly on Friday to present the award in front of the entire YCHS student body. Jamie’s parents were also on hand to congratulate her.
The Bank of Guam Scholarship is extremely competitive, open to graduating seniors from Guam, FSM, CNMI, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, and San Francisco who will be attending an accredited four-year college. Five winners each receive $2,000 toward their college studies and a paid internship at the Bank of Guam. Jamie will be attending St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as part of their McNulty Scholars Program and will spend the summer as an intern at the Yap branch of the Bank of Guam.
To read more about all of this year’s winners, see the bank's official press release at: www.bankofguam.com/custom/fi/bankofguam/fb/disclosure/2015-IFIT-Scholarship-Awardees-Named.pdf
Pictured below with Jamie and her parents are Bank of Guam representatives as well as YCHS principal Father Corcoran. Congratulations Jamie, and thanks to the Bank of Guam for supporting high school scholars!
|Posted on May 10, 2015 at 6:35 PM|
On Friday evening, YCHS students and volunteer teachers treated hundreds of guests to a wonderful evening of entertainment on the Lamar campus. The first act, performed as the sun was setting, featured eleven different numbers, performed by students from all years. After a brief intermission, the second act continued with six more student performances, once again on the oudoor stage under the center-of-campus tree. The evening was brought to a close with an energetic rendition of "What's Up?" by the YCHS volunteer teachers.
Special thanks to all the performers, to Mr. Lupo and Mr. Sauvageau for their tireless guidance and coaching, and to Loyola University of Chicago and Fordham University for donating tee shirts. Pictured below is the entire cast of YCHS student performers. (For more photos, click on the "Photo Gallery" link above.)
|Posted on April 7, 2015 at 2:35 PM|
Demetria (Demi) Mtag of the YCHS class of 2016 recently earned thrid place honors in a state-wide essay contest as part of World Water Day. Demi's essay, "Water as a Friend," began with a reference to a famous saying: "Dog may be man's best friend, but water is everyone's friend." Her essay went on to talk about the centrality of water in our everyday lives and the importance of conserving water, especially during the traditional dry season here in Yap. Demi spelled out some specific strategies for conservation -- relying on well water, avoiding overuse of water when showering and cleaning dishes, and being careful to notice and fix water leaks.
Demi received her third place certificate and prize at the Colonia Community Center, in front of a large crowd of students from across the island. As a freshman, Demi won first place in the state-wide Marine Life Essay Contest. She is pictured below with her junior ELA teacher, Mr. Patrick Nolan, S.J. Congratulations Demi!
|Posted on March 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM|
On Friday evening, March 20th, laughter echoed across the YCHS campus as students, faculty, and visitors were delighted by outstanding performances in our Third Annual Evening of Prose and Poetry. Father Mulreany and Mr. Mailen helped the student speakers choose their pieces and then spent weeks coaching them on their delivery skills.
Jamie Mooteb and Miranda Pugurwag shared the “Best Speaker” award, while freshman Hans Banua was voted “Best Novice Speaker.” Congratulations to all the performers and their coaches (pictured below), and thanks to all our guests.
The twelve student performances were as follows:
1. Anthony Yinug, Carlson Villaruel, and Hans Banua reading “Click, Clack Moo, Cows that Talk,” by Doreen Cronin.
2. Decyann Pete reading “The Enchanted Toad,” by Judy Corvallis.
3. Selena Catherine Tafnag reading “The Driving Instructor,” by Bob Newhart.
4. Sarah Alcantara and Maia Lesarof reading “The Cat in the Hat” by Doctor Seuss.
5. Jamilyn Mooteb and Miranda Pugurwag reading “The Creation of the World and Other Business,” by Arthur Miller.
6. Jalani Gootinmutnguy and Alora Finey reading “Who’s on First?” by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
7. Samantha Gilinug and Mellennia Falabtir reading a selection from “Sideways Stories from the Wayside School” by Louis Sachar.
8. Hans Banua reading a selection from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl.
9. Jalani Gootinmutnguy and Blossom Moofal reading a selection from “The Drowned Man,” by Neil Simon.
10. Laura Layan, Jenal Ligow, Demi Mtag, Jersey Waayan, Decyann Pete, Kobe Sacres, Annalyn Tareg, and Miranda Pugurwag reading “Disney Moms’ Group Therapy,” by Mo Gaffney and Katy Najimy.
11. Annalyn Tareg and Kobe Sacres reading a selection from “The Marriage Counsellor” by Tyler Perry.
12. April Laabrug and Joslyn Tamanyon reading “The Funeral Parlor,” by Christopher Durang.
|Posted on March 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM|
YCHS recently celebrated its Third Quarter Awards Ceremony. During the ceremony, principal Father Corcoran spoke about the importance of attendance and developing God-given gifts for the service of others. Over 70% of the student body earned Perfect Attendance Awards for being at school and on-time every day during the quarter. Father Corcoran also congratulated the entire student body on their school-wide attendance rate of 99.5% for the academic year.
Thirty students earned certificates for Second Honors (average of 80% or higher in all academic classes). Another nineteen students earned First Honors (average of 90% or higher in all classes): Hans Banua, Rhonalynn Choorang, Giselle Giyetinag, Bryan Bomtam, Alora Finey, Jalani Gootinmutnguy, Natasha Loochaz, Griselda Muut, Rozeanne Ruema, Francis Yarofalyango, Marcy Kentun, Selena Tafnag, Armhel Pigao, Miranda Pugurwag, Kobe Sacres, Cielo Talaid, Abigail Lagan, Jamilyn Mooteb, and Kevin Sacres.
Decyann Pete of junior year received both her Official Notice and Award Certificate for finishing third place in this year’s Maryknoll World-Wide Essay Contest. Her notice pointed out that Decy’s letter to Pope Francis about breaking down barriers in Yapese culture was “not only well-written, but also very insightful and inspiring.”
Pictured below are (top) First Honors students with Fr. Corcoran, (bottom left) Second Honors students, and (bottom right) Decyann (along with family members and her two Jesuit teachers – Mr. Nolan and Father Mulreany). Congratulations to all award winners!
|Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:35 PM|
The YCHS freshman Earth Science class recently paid a visit to the NOAA Weather Service Office next to the airport. During their early-morning visit, Mr. Lupo and his students were able to see the morning weather balloon inflated with hydrogen gas, attached to a disposable data collection system, and then launched for its flight into the upper atmosphere. The balloons, launched every morning and every evening, collect data (atmospheric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity) and send it back to the weather station. A GPS sensor tracks the location of the balloon. Once a certain height is achieved (after approximately two hours of flight), the decrease in air pressure causes the balloon to burst and fall from the sky over the ocean.
Many thanks to the workers at the Weather Service Office for their hospitality. Pictured below are Mr. Lupo and his students.