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.
Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia recently earned the highest score (4) and a National Special Certificate of Achievement for academic excellence. YCHS was the only school to receive this distinction after an accreditation report published by the National Department of Education in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Grounded in the Catholic faith, Yap Catholic High School strives to educate students to achieve academic excellence, appreciate their culture, be good stewards of the environment, and live their faith in the service of God and others.
Fr. Mickey Corcoran, SJ, the principal/director at Yap Catholic High School said of this achievement, “There is a great need for quality education here in Micronesia, and YCHS is responding to that need!”
Two Jesuits in formation, Mr. Dennis Baker, SJ, and Mr. Anggun Sugiyono, SJ, have joined the summer staff at Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. The summer staff will be responsible for providing for the different needs of each class of students, helping freshmen acclimate to their new environment, tutoring sophomores with their English and math skills, assisting juniors as they prepare for the SAT and giving guidance to seniors who are studying for the SAT and working on their college essays.
On May 31, 2014, Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia graduated its first class of six seniors.
In addition to the teachers, students, friends and family that were present at the graduation, V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ, New York Province provincial flew to Micronesia to take part in the celebration. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning Frs. Michael Corcoran, SJ, and John Mulreany, SJ, to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, the two Jesuits, along with two volunteer teachers, welcomed 35 students into the first freshman and sophomore classes.
Earlier this year, Fr. Corcoran announced that all members of the YCHS Class of 2014 were accepted into 4-year colleges in the U.S., with many receiving generous scholarship support.
View a gallery from the day below: