Three students from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia, along with their coach, claimed first-place in the canoe race at this year’s 6th Annual Yap Canoe Festival. The winning coach, Alex Lupo, is a science and literature teacher at the school and his crew consisted of Francis Yarofalyang, a sophomore, Decyann Pete, a junior, and Rheena Yirimyad, a junior. The team named themselves “The Flying Proas,” which is a term that was used by early European explorers for the outrigger canoes because they seemed to fly over the seas.
“We had a lead; with the wind at our back, we heard the crowd cheering,” recalled Mr. Lupo on YCHS’s website. “Seeing students and teachers from Yap Catholic High School, Yapese and Outer Islanders smiling gave us a sense of welcome and acceptance, which was great.”
Click here to read more about the race and the winning team.