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.

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: Visitors from Yap

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On Monday, May 12, the staff of the New York Province Office hosted guests from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. Juniors Jamie Mooteb (red shirt) and Saralynn Wuyoch (white shirt) along with their teacher Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, (black shirt) traveled to the United States to tour colleges. This was a chance for the girls to see what the culture is like and if they would be interested in continuing their education here. The Province staff welcomed the travelers with a lunch of New York City’s famous pizza.

On Monday, May 12, the staff of the New York Province Office hosted guests from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. Juniors Jamie Mooteb (red shirt) and Saralynn Wuyoch (white shirt) along with their teacher Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, (black shirt) traveled to the United States to tour colleges. This was a chance for the girls to see what the culture is like and if they would be interested in continuing their education here. The Province staff welcomed the travelers with a lunch of New York City’s famous pizza.

Yap Senior Wins Gates Scholarship

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From left to right: Jesuit scholastic Patrick Nolan, Fr. John Mulreany, SJ, Domclancy Tiliwebug and his Gates scholarship nominator Mr. Michael Wiencek.

Domclancy Tiliwebug, this year’s valedictorian of Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Out of the 52,000 applicants in the United States and Pacific Region, only 1,000 are chosen for this prestigious scholarship.

Domclancy has excelled academically during his time at YCHS. He has an unweighted average of 95% and has only missed one day of school during his years at YCHS. He has also received two academic scholarships while at YCHS, the Father John Hagileiram, S.J. Scholarship, a full scholarship that he received in junior year and the Father David Ciancimino, S.J. Scholarship (named after the New York Province Provincial) that he received in senior year.

Domclancy has chosen to attend the University of Portland in Oregon where he plans to study engineering.

Click here to read more.

Two Leaders Visit Yap Catholic High School

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Pictured above from left to right are: Don Evans, Governor Johnson Elimo, FSM President Manny Mori and Fr. Corcoran.

On Friday, April 25th, two distinguished guests visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia: Johnson Elimo, the governor of the island of Chuuk, and Manny Mori, the president of the Federated Sates of Micronesia. YCHS Principal Fr. Michael Corcoran, SJ, and YCHS campus architect Don Evans provided a tour of the new campus for the guests.

During the day the two politicians had a chance to meet with students and answer questions.

Click here to read more about the visit on YCHS’s website.

Volunteer Teachers Needed in the Pacific

Are you a graduating college senior with a passion for teaching and travel?

If so then you may be interested in teaching at Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia.

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A shot of the faculty during their February retreat in Maap located in the northern part of Yap.

Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) is currently accepting applications for volunteer teachers who are willing to spend one or two years in service to the Jesuit run school. Past volunteer teachers have enjoyed the opportunity to live on a fascinating island with a rich culture.

Alex, a first year volunteer and Fordham alumnus said, “Yap has been the adventure of a lifetime. Living and serving in this culture of tradition, community, and compassion has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life.”

YCHS opened its doors in September of 2011 with thirty-five students. School principal and co-founder, Fr. Michael Corcoran, SJ, said, “Yap Catholic High School attracts students from across the island – students who are hard-working, highly motivated, and easy to teach.” All of the current seniors (first graduating class) have been accepted into at least one four-year college in the US, many having received scholarships. Click here to read more about becoming a volunteer.

Interested applicants can email Fr. Corcoran, SJ, at mpcorcoransj@hotmail.com

Learn more about the school’s construction here.