Archives - January 2016

High School Solo & Ensemble Festival

January 29, 2016
By KCS Staff

Six high school students performed instrumental pieces at the annual Solo & Ensemble Festival on Sunday, January 24. Many had practiced individually or as a group since September. 

At the event, musicians were judged on tone, dynamics, articulation, and musicality. All of KCS’ participants received at least one medal, reflecting a high score for their individual or ensemble selections.  

The opportunity to perform at the Solo & Ensemble Festival gives students a chance to receive a critique of their music ability, as judges are either professional musicians or university professors. As well as building the students’ confidence and experience in performance, Music/Band teacher Mr. Kanakanui notes, “[Solo & Ensemble] encourages students to collaborate with their peers to accomplish a common goal.”

KCS fields Cross Country Team

January 22, 2016
By KCS Staff

If you’ve spotted a pack of KCS students running in the Kaimuki/Kahala neighborhood recently, you’ve seen members of KCS’s first cross country team! 

The Hawaii Sports Fellowship league, which currently sponsors volleyball, basketball, and soccer for six Christian schools, has added cross country this year.  Although KCS was not able to participate in the first meet held in December, the team has been training for the next meet on February 19.  

Coached by Mrs. Takahashi and Pastor Valente, the team practices four times a week.  Each practice begins with a warm-up run, stretches, and drills.  On Mondays and Fridays, the team focuses on running long distances (5-6 miles) to build cardio endurance.  Tuesdays consist of speedwork, hill intervals, and abdominal exercises to increase muscle power.  On Thursdays, the athletes practice pacing themselves during a timed 2-mile race.  

As well as having each athlete succeed and improve physically in his/her running, the team also has set goals of facing new challenges with a persevering attitude and cheering and supporting one another.

Meets will take place at Waiau District Park.  Athletes will complete a 2-mile course and the top 5 runners for each team will be scored.  Boys and girls will run in separate races.  KCS looks to make a good showing as a team in next month’s meet! 

2nd Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest

January 15, 2016
By KCS Staff

Four freshmen competed in this year’s school-level Poetry Out Loud contest.  The competition is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Contestants recited their selected poems in two rounds and were judged on performance criteria as well as accuracy.  Congratulations to school winner Emily Kuwaye!  She recited Shelley’s “England in 1819” and Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”  Emily advances to the state finals at Tenney Theatre on February 21. 

First Round of College Acceptances for Seniors

January 15, 2016
By KCS Staff

This past Fall marked an exciting time for KCS, as the school’s first class of seniors started the college application process.  

With the help of Naviance (a web-based tool to manage and track career and college planning), College Counselor Mrs. Watanabe, and Consultant Mr. Dan Feldhaus, students narrowed down their school choices and several submitted “early action” applications.  

After SAT/ACT scores, transcripts, and teacher statements were sent to schools, students began receiving acceptance letters last month.  KCS is pleased to announce its seniors have been accepted to a number of colleges (see list below) and received over $650,000 worth of 4-year merit scholarship offers!  

Class of 2016 College Acceptances*
(as of January 15)
Creighton University, NE
Fordham University, NY
Fort Lewis College, CO
Saint Martin’s University, WA
Santa Clara University, CA
Seattle Pacific University, WA
University of Hawaii - Manoa, HI
University of Portland, OR
Westmont College, CA
Wheaton College, IL
Whitworth University, WA

*List will be updated when regular acceptance offers are received in early April.  

Basketball Season Tips Off Tonight

January 08, 2016
By KCS Staff

This year’s Hawaii Sports Fellowship (HSF) boys and girls basketball teams look forward to their season opener against Trinity Christian School tonight.  Expectations are high, as the teams look to play more physically and competitively and develop different aspects of their game.

The teams have practiced since November, and coaches Mr. Miller and Mr. Kurian have observed more focus, drive, and improved teamwork this year.  In addition to strength and conditioning twice a week, the teams practice at several community parks to take advantage of the full court.  Coaches have noted this has given the players a “much better sense of the court” both on offense and defense.

Tryouts in November drew a number of interested middle and high school boys. This led the way to creating a “new” 6th and 7th grade team.  They practice separately and will play their own schedule of games.  Mr. Kurian and Mr. Miller enjoy the unity, camaraderie, positive attitudes, and “the right amount of spark” of this younger team.

Cheer on the HSF teams as they open up league play tonight on KCS’  “home court” at Ft. Ruger Gym.  Girls will tip off at 6 pm, while the boys will start at approximately at 7:15 pm.  The 6th/7th boys play their first game at Kalihi Union Church next Saturday afternoon.  Go, KCS!

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