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Carvers Create Canoe

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.


Pictured below are Mr. Lupo, Larry, Carlos, and the student members of the Carving Club. 

(Decyann not pictured.)




Mooteb Wins Scholarship

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!




"Guitar Showcase" Success

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.)


Mtag Wins Award

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!

Prose and Poetry Success

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.

Third Quarter Awards

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!


Freshmen Visit Weather Station

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.

Ciancimino Leads Faculty Retreat

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:25 PM

      While YCHS students enjoyed Monday, March 2nd as a day off from school, the faculty gathered on campus for their annual Faculty Retreat Day.  Father David Ciancimino, S.J., former Provincial of the New York Province, led the faculty through a morning of reflection and prayer.  The focus of the day was Ignatian discernement in the context of consolation and desolation.  "Fr. C." helped faculty members to see God's presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. 

     The Retreat ended with a celebration of the Eucharist followed by a luncheon provided by the YCHS Board of Directors.  At the luncheon, members of the Board thanked Fr. C. for his continued support of the school, thanked the faculty for their tireless dedication, and shared stories about the early days of the school and the new campus.

     Thanks to Fr. C. and the Board for a fruitful and enjoyable day.  Pictured below are Fr. C., Principal Fr. Corcoran, and the entire YCHS faculty.

Tareg Wins JSA Scholarship

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 1:45 PM

   Annalyn Tareg, a junior at YCHS who has been accepted into the Junior Statesmen Pre-College Summer Program at Stanford University, earned a full scholarship (tuition, room, board, and travel) from the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Only four scholarships were awarded to students from across the FSM.

   Annalyn will fly to Stanford this summer and enroll in a college-level government class as part of the program.  The JSA program integrates college-level academics with a variety of engaging enrichment activities designed to build skills in leadership, confidence, and preparedness to take on challenges -- no matter what college, career, or life path the student chooses.

   Annalyn is a lector at the Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary's.  She is a member of the Robotics Club, the Carving Club, and the Speech & Debate Team at YCHS.  Annalyn also volunteers as a translator for the Yap Gynecologic Cancer Program.  Congratulations Annalyn!


Pete Earns International Award

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 1:20 PM

   Decyann Pete, a junior at Yap Catholic High School, earned a third place finish in the 2014 Maryknoll International Essay Contest.  The theme of the contest related to a quote of Pope Francis.  Speaking to young people as "architects of the future,"  the Holy Father said, "Have courage.  Go forward.  Make Noise."  Students were asked to write a letter to Pope Francis adressing this topic.  Over 7,000 high school students from all across the world took up the challenge.

  In her letter, Decy wrote about her involvement with the Ocean One Choir, The First Friday Planning Team which helps plan First Friday youth events in churches islandwide, and the Flying Proas, the YCHS traditional sailing team which won its first race at this year's Canoe Festival.  Decy even invited Pope Francis to come and visit us here in Yap! 

  Decy's essay can be seen using the following link:   http://www.maryknollsociety.org/index.php/articles/2-articles/172-maryknoll-essay-contest-winners-announced. ;