June 27, 2017

Top 10 Cures to Senioritis

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter Fourth quarter has just begun. Seniors are now feeling the closeness of graduation. Everyone has the number of hours, minutes, and seconds left until graduation memorized. Who cares about homework? What are finals? We have a library? It is getting harder and harder to push through school work everyday. This illness they call senioritis is grabbing hold of the Class of 2013, and it is not letting go. Seniors, just wait, we still have this last quarter to survive. Top Ten Cures to Senioritis 10. Stop counting down the days. You are driving yourself crazy…

Freshman Eagle Scout reaches out to community

Plans missionary trip to Romania while gaining world perspective by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor While many may travel during summer vacations, spend time with friends, or sleep more, Charles Guest, freshman, will travel to Romania in order to provide families in need with medical and school supplies. Assisting Romanian families C. Guest, along with other religious missionaries, helps plan trips to Romania that will provide disadvantaged families with supplies, food and anything they need. “The plan is to help kids, so they go to the school for free and they get  two meals a day there, they get good teachers,…

Final weeks in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web and News Editor July 22 Teaching has officially ended, and the tour around Taiwan has begun.  I am currently at the Sun Moon Lake Youth Hostel Activity Centre.  But before I arrived here, we had to say our goodbyes, and a lot of crazy things have happened. On the last day of teaching, Friday, we had our closing ceremony.  Our class sang its songs, the levels 3 and 4 classes did RT (readers’ theater) and the level 2 class ended up demonstrating the fly swatter game because RT was too hard for them.  We got so…

Taiwan – June 27

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor I’m currently in Taiwan, and it’s very different from the Philippines.  For one thing, everything’s in Chinese.  For another, it’s less humid, although it is still hot.  It’s hard to believe that yesterday morning I was in the Philippines.  I had breakfast, and afterwards, I did last-minute packing and said good-bye to my aunts, uncles and grandma.  My uncle dropped me off at the airport.  Checking in and going through immigration actually took a very short time because my uncle checked me in online, so until boarding the plane at 12:45 p.m., everything…

The Philippines – June 25

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor It’s been a very busy week, mostly consisting of going out with my aunt and also seeing other family members.  On Tuesday, Auntie Myra and I went to Makati, a newer and more modern city near Manila.  She showed me around Ayala Avenue and a park called Ayala Triangle, and then had breakfast at Jollibee’s, a major fast food chain in the Philippines.  After that, we visited a new children’s museum called the Mind Museum, and many schoolchildren were there on a field trip.  In the Philippines, students begin school in June and…

The Philippines – June 18

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor I feel so tired, though I’m not sure whether it’s jet lag or the fact that the past few days have been packed with activities with the family.  But it’s been fun.  Last Saturday, I went with some of my relatives to the “Masters of Illusion Live” show, which featured many magicians doing different types of tricks, such as disappearing acts and tricks with fire.  It was highly entertaining, and I enjoyed the show.  Later that night, my dad’s entire side of the family went out to eat at a fancy restaurant called…

Willingness to volunteer produces overseas teaching opportunity in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor Last summer, one of my friends, Caroline Kao, ‘12 graduate of St. Francis High School, volunteered for the Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages (AID) Summer Volunteer Program in Taiwan.  The program sends the volunteers, between the ages of 17 and 27,  to various schools throughout Taiwan to teach children English. Kao came back with tons of stories, photos and great memories, so after hearing so much from her, I decided to apply for this program as well. During February, I applied and had to fill out forms, get a transcript and write an application…

Picks of the Month: June

Movie: Prometheus The highly anticipated science thriller will be released on June 8.  The film will revolve around an unknown alien attack among civilians who travel to another world.   Album: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats The sixth album, “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats,” from the classically trained pianist, Regina Spektor, was released on May 29. Below is a link to one of the songs on the album, “How.”   App: Draw Something One of the highest selling apps on the iTunes store has gone viral.  “Draw Something” allows friends to compete against one another in a…