Archives - March 2019

Gabby Holm competes in regional swim meet

March 29, 2019
By KCS Staff

From March 21-24, swimmer Gabby Holm (Gr. 8) competed in the South West Age Group Regionals held in Roseville, California, helping the girls on her team secure a 13th place rank out of the 51 teams that competed at the meet. Gabby qualified to swim in four events: 200 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley, and 100 freestyle. She medaled in the 200 breaststroke, as her time earned her a spot in the finals for that event.

Gabby started swimming from the age of seven and began competing at eight-years-old. She credits KCS alum and Pac-Five swim coach Chris Ma ('07, 8th grade) as her mentor. He has encouraged and inspired her throughout her journey as a swimmer.

The competitive level of swimming and the different environment of the Roseville meet provided Gabby with a valuable learning experience from which to build upon. She looks forward to competing in the State Championships this summer on Maui. Way to go, Gabby!

Archer Caitlin Wong on target at Indoor Nationals

March 22, 2019
By KCS Staff

With a mentality of having fun and just doing her best, senior Caitlin Wong has found increasing success in the sport of archery. In February, she competed in two events held in Sacramento, finishing 1st in the 2019 Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Indoor Championships (Recurve Junior Women's division) and placing 2nd in the 50th U.S. National Indoor Championships. When combined with the other Indoor Nationals held across the country, her impressive results land her in 11th place for JOAD and 28th for Indoor Nationals in her division.

Caitlin started learning archery in 8th grade and eventually moved toward training for competitions in the latter half of her freshman year. Throughout her high school career, she has been able to transfer skills honed in her archery training to her academic studies. Learning to remain calm and controlling the stress and anxiety that comes with competing are perhaps the most notable skills that have also translated into the classroom environment.

"Shock" was the word Caitlin used to describe her reaction to her results from the Sacramento competitions. She will compete in two more events this summer.  As she thinks about her future in archery, she maintains the same mindset as when she first started, looking to follow "wherever God leads."

Artist Yurina Kim receives Scholastic Art Award

March 22, 2019
By KCS Staff

Inspired by a visit to Tiananmen Square during the 11th/12th grade China Trip, senior Yurina Kim's painting, Rainy Tiananmen Square, recently garnered attention at the 2019 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. During the March 16 awards ceremony, Yurina was honored as a Silver Key recipient. Out of the 2000 art works and portfolios submitted, Yurina was one of 332 students recognized by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

While the events that occurred at Tiananmen Square in 1989 represent a dark time in China's history, Yurina wanted to communicate a message of hope and a brighter future for China. She conveyed this in her piece using vibrant, colorful umbrellas and capturing light in the reflections. Receiving the Silver Key award has given Yurina confidence, as well as the motivation and determination to continue to express her worldview through her art. She looks forward to continuing to develop her art career in college.

Yurina also received a $50 cash prize and a one-year membership to the Windward Artists Guild. Her painting will be on exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum until April 19. Congratulations, Yurina!

KCS says aloha to a special volunteer

March 01, 2019
By KCS Staff

After bundling together dollar bills and sorting coins, volunteer Cynthia Hennessey wrapped up counting her final chapel offering. KCC/KCS staff bid Aunty Cynthia a fond aloha today as she retires after fifteen years of serving the KCS 'ohana.

Since 2004, she has faithfully committed several hours each week to help out in the KCS office. Aunty Cynthia has served in various ways, from delivering lunches to counting the chapel offering and organizing used uniforms and first aid kits. She initially connected to KCS as a KCC church member and continues to have strong ties to the school. One of her granddaughters attended KCS, and her son, Randy, serves as the KCC/KCS IT Manager.

Aunty Cynthia says she will miss working with the children and staff. As she reflects on her time spent at KCS, she says that coming to campus and getting to know everyone "gave [her] something to look forward to every week." Her upcoming plans include continuing her needlework, spending more time with family, and travelling.

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