Snapshot of the Day: Fr. Ciancimino Returns to YCHS

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Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, former provincial of the New York Province (now part of the USA Northeast Province) recently visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia and led the annual faculty retreat. By leading the faculty through reflection and prayer, Fr. Ciancimino, helped faculty members to see God's presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning two Jesuits to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, YCHS opened for its first freshman and sophomore classes.

Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, former provincial of the New York Province (now part of the USA Northeast Province) recently visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia and led the annual faculty retreat. By leading the faculty through reflection and prayer, Fr. Ciancimino helped faculty members to see God’s presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning two Jesuits to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, YCHS opened for its first freshman and sophomore classes.

Yap Catholic High School: Sailing for Gold

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

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.

Jesuit School Receives National Award for Academic Excellence

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All students at YCHS take four years of math, science, and history. They also take two English classes and a daily silent reading period for all four years.

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!”

Snapshot of the Day: Carving Crosses at YCHS

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Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) recently finished their annual Summer Session. The Summer Session was a chance to provide 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’s and giving guidance to seniors who are studying for the SAT’s and working on their college essays. It was also a chance for students to participate in extracurricular activities such as carving. Students worked on a canoe and carved crosses made from wood found on the campus (pictured above). Click here to view more photos.

Two Jesuits Join YCHS Summer Staff

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From left to right: Mr. Anggun Sugiyono, SJ, Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, Fr. Mickey Corcoran, SJ, and Mr. Dennis Baker, SJ.

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.

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Yap Catholic High School Celebrates Class of 2014

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To celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and women, family members presented the graduates with flower leis; many wore dozens of leis before the day was through.

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: