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.”
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Last week, two juniors from Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia – Jamilyn Mooteb and Saralyn Wuyoch – traveled to the United States as part of the government-sponsored Close Up Program, which strives to inform and inspire students in classrooms near and far.
Jamilyn and Mooteb, along with their teacher, Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, visited Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. They also toured the campuses Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. The trio also paid a visit to the New York Province office for some New York style pizza.
“Our students completely gave themselves to the experience,” said Pat Nolan, SJ, reflecting on the trip. “Participation in the Close Up program is a huge step toward preparing our students for the cultural transition they will face as they graduate Yap Catholic High School and attend top-notch colleges in the United States.”
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Photos give glimpses of the love, joy and the spiritual richness that seems to be visible around nearly every corner of Micronesia, the string of Pacific Ocean island nations visited recently by V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ.
But shared memories from the trip, unpacked over the last few weeks, say even more.
A room full of young people eager with questions about Jesuit vocations. A family who delivered a basket of local food and fruit that would last for days as their way of expressing deep gratitude for a Jesuit who celebrated a family funeral. High school students willing to pick up machetes and pickaxes to clear land for a new classroom. A local dignitary fighting back tears while speaking about the ways Jesuits and volunteers have impacted local lives by opening a Catholic high school that had been discussed and dreamed of for decades. Countless local leaders and two Micronesian presidents who are the products of Jesuit education on the islands. Continue reading