Damien Memorial School Fall 2017
KAMIANO FALL 2017
President & CEO: Wes Reber Porter Principal: Br. Daniel Casey, CFC Vice Principal: Stephen Lewis ’75 Dean of Students: Daniela Checinski Dean of Students: Elle Zieser Athletic Director: Wallace Aina, Jr. ’70 Campus Minister: Jeremiah Carter Admissions Director: Brent Limos ’94 Chief Financial Officer: Tiffany Sawai ________________________
Table of contents President’s Message!
Report | Niche.Com | Advantages of a Catholic School!
Back to School | Aloha New Faculty and Staff!!
Profile | Steve Lewis ’75!
Report | Melissa Cortez, Pilgrimage to Peru!
Report | Student trip to Japan!
Board of Directors 2017-18
Report | Tia Patacsil ’18 Leaves Artistic Legacy !
Gregory Sitar ’78, Chairman & Treasurer Dr. Jeffrey Moniz ’87, Vice Chairman Bob Barrett, Secretary Edmund Aczon Br. Edward Brink, SM Paul J. Cunney Jonny Bevacqua Wendell Lum ’71 Michael Magaoay Joe Martinez Kattie A. Mettler Susie Chun Oakland Cleigh Pang ’67 Nadine Stollenmaier Jeannie Yukitomo ________________________
Mahalo | Campus Enhancement Day!
Mahalo | Class of 2017 Expresses Gratitude!
Report | Senator Schatz Visits Damien!
After School | Clubs and Activities!
Athletics | Fall Sports Wrap Up!
Fundraising | Damien Day Tailgate Party!
Alumni | Kealoha Pilares ’08!
Profile | Eddie Klaneski ’93!
Alumni | Kelly McKeague ’77 | Byron V. Acohido ’73 !
Alumni | Jacob Batalon ’14 | Daison Batangan ’11 | Sean Thomas ’08!
Fundraising | Events!
Alumni | Class of ’67 50th Reunion!
Kamiano Magazine Production Team Alan Eyerly Ayumi Johnson Eddie Klaneski ’93 Kate Landau Tony Pablo Wes Reber Porter Special thanks to Donna Marcello and Dayne Teves
____________________________ Cover Photo: Two sixth graders welcome alumnus and Board Director Cleigh Pang ’67 on campus by the Saint Damien statue. Photography by Tony Pablo
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Alumni Experience What’s New, What Never Changes I recently had the honor of welcoming the Class of 1967 back to Damien Memorial School for their 50th reunion. One of these loyal alums, Cleigh Pang from Damien’s Board of Directors, appears on the cover of Kamiano Magazine with two of our sixth graders. The Class of 1967 returned to a campus that underwent many changes over the past half-century. When Cleigh and his classmates graduated from Damien, there were far fewer buildings on this eight-acre campus, the middle school had yet to open, words like “Wi-Fi” and “MacBooks” didn’t exist, and female students wouldn’t join our `ohana for another 45 years. One of the most significant advancements involves our teaching methods, which are greatly influenced by stunning technological advances in the Information Age. Because students gather knowledge instantly via the Internet, Damien faculty focus less on content delivery. Instead, our teachers are more concerned with: what to do with knowledge, how to solve complex problems as a team, how to develop leadership skills, and how to communicate effectively when speaking and writing. Cultivation of these talents isn’t confined to classrooms. Students also learn valuable life skills through extracurricular activities such as drama productions, speech and debate, athletics and service clubs. This means our well-rounded Damien students possess what colleges and employers seek. These curious and dynamic Monarchs are team players who demonstrate interest and passion, take calculated risks, experience successes and failures and learn from both. You can read more about these topics in an article I wrote for the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. The blog is published in Honolulu Magazine: http://honolulufamily.com/blogs/education-cheat-sheet-preparing-forcollege-beyond-the-sats/. I also discussed forward-thinking teaching methods at the ninth annual Schools of the Future Conference. This gathering of teachers and administrators from public, private, charter and parochial schools has a goal of transforming existing schools and creating new learning environments for Hawaii students. Another way of bringing innovative ideas to Damien is through my participation in School Retool, a nationwide professional development fellowship. A program developed by Stanford University’s d.school – a hub for innovators – will introduce research-based practices that lead to “Deeper Learning.” Accordingly, our students will be even better prepared for 21st Century challenges and opportunities. There are some things that will never change at Damien, however. As an Edmund Rice Catholic school sponsored by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, we’ve always: ✴ ✴ ✴ ✴ ✴
Provided a high-quality education that prepares students for college and careers; Been blessed with dedicated faculty, counselors and staff; Taught children from all walks of life by keeping tuition low and offering financial aid and academic scholarships; Advocated for peace, justice, global awareness and care for the Earth; and Developed “the whole person” by fostering spiritual growth and a commitment to public service for both Catholic and non-Catholic students.
As you can see, much has changed at Damien over the last 50 years and much has remained the same. And through the support of alumni, parents, foundations and other friends of the school, Damien’s best days are surely yet to come. Mahalo and God bless! Wes Reber Porter President and CEO 3
DAMIEN REPORT Niche.com Ranks Damien Top Catholic School in Honolulu Niche.com – a company that rates K-12 schools, colleges and best places to live – has given a number-one ranking to Damien Memorial School on a list of “Best Catholic Schools in Honolulu.” “It’s a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff that most alumni, current students and parents ranked our school high on Niche.com surveys,” according to Damien President and CEO Wes Reber Porter. “Favorable rankings obviously support our admissions efforts,” Porter added, “by strengthening public perception of Damien as a solid choice for private, Catholic education in Hawaii.” Niche.com rankings are based on consumer surveys and data derived from numerous public sources. The Pittsburgh-based company employs advanced algorithms and statistical techniques to compare, normalize and connect millions of data points when analyzing U.S. schools and neighborhoods. Ratings for elementary through high schools can be submitted at: www.niche.com/k12/survey.
Research Shows Catholic School Students Outperform Their Peers - Here are Nine Reasons Why Do students – especially boys and girls from low-income families – perform better in Catholic schools than in other public and private institutions? According to research reported by the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), the answer is “yes.” ACE, a national program founded in 1993 to strengthen Catholic K-12 schools through innovative practices, points to the following findings: ✦ The achievement gap is smaller in faith-based schools. ✦ Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools. ✦ “Multiply disadvantaged” students benefit most from Catholic schools. ✦ Social class effects on educational achievement are significantly lessened in Catholic schools. ✦ The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools.
✦ Latino and African American students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers. ✦ Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote than public school graduates, thus reflecting a greater degree of community involvement. ✦ Graduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates. ✦ Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views and more committed to service as adults.
ACE sustains and strengthens under-resourced Catholic schools through leadership formation, research and professional service to ensure that all children, especially those from low-income families, have the opportunity to experience the gift of an excellent Catholic education. 4
DAMIEN BACK TO SCHOOL
Say ‘Aloha’ to New Faculty and Staff!
Our Middle School Electives teacher is from California’s Central Valley, and has a history of being a competitive swimmer. Ann Berg!
He loves everything about martial arts and bodysurfing. Our new Geometry Teacher, Brandon Kam!
She teaches 12th Grade Government, has a pug named after historians and is in her 40th year of teaching. Patricia McMaster!
Joining us as our new PreCalculus teacher, he was born and raised in Russia and worked as a nuclear physicist. He’s a lover of pancakes, dumplings and hockey. Dmitri Kotchetkov!
Teaching our Middle School Sciences, he’s a lover of both UH volleyball and the great outdoors. Ross Murakami!
As our new Espanol teacher, she enjoys going to Starbucks and the beach to spend some quality reading time. Zulma Ramos!
A Damien graduate of 1995, he enjoys music and sports. Our new Health Aide, James Baguio!
Our new Algebra 2 teacher used to be a triathlete. He’s able to fly twoseater airplanes. Vilmos Kirali!
Teaching Physics, he’s originally from Pennsylvania and served in the Army for 25 years. Dr R. Heath Todd!
As our new Computer Tech teacher and 7th Grade Counselor, he lived in Europe for six months but was born and raised in California. Alvin Stephenson!
She has broken almost every toe on each foot yet still climbed the Eiffel Tower at night. Amber Chun, our new PWH Counselor!
Teaching 11th Grade History, he comes all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he performed as a drummer in live shows. Anthony Vitali!
DAMIEN PROFILE Alumnus and Vice Principal Steve Lewis ’75 Reflects on Damien Memorial School’s Growth Over Four Decades First as a student, later as a teacher and now as an administrator, Vice Principal Steve Lewis ’75 witnessed remarkable changes over the past four decades at Damien Memorial School. Yet even as the campus expanded, enrollment fluctuated, girls joined the student body and technology transformed the classrooms, Lewis said Damien retained it’s intimate and welcoming `ohana spirit. “I’ve always considered Damien as a second home,” said Lewis, a Kaneohe native. “And a lot of that comes from my experience here as a student.” Fewer off-campus options were available to Monarchs back in the 1970s, Lewis said, meaning Damien was an exceptionally busy hub for athletics, clubs and numerous other pursuits. Lewis even competed with one of his classmates to see who could participate in the most extracurricular activities. His friend barely won the contest by a 23 to 22 tally. “You either played sports or you were involved in other activities on top of your classwork,” he said, “and you really developed a camaraderie.” Lewis noted that he’s still friends with many of his classmates. They might even get together this year for 60th birthday celebrations. “Today, there are a lot more activities for students off campus that have nothing to do with Damien,” Lewis said. “Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes that’s not.” In any event, Lewis would like to see more students involved in campus sports, liturgies, the arts and so on. “We have a tremendously talented student body,” Lewis said, “but they seem to be shy about sharing those talents. On a daily basis, you hear kids playing the piano in the cafeteria. You hear them playing ukulele or singing. “I’ve come to the realization that we need to try to push them out in front and say: ‘You’ve got a talent, you’ve got to share it with other people and not be so self-conscious about it.’ That change hasn’t come about yet. We’re still working on that.”
Lewis said his college-preparatory education at Damien made such an impression that he wanted to give back to the school. He began doing so shortly after graduating from Chaminade University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Becoming a Christian Brother During his senior year in college, Lewis joined the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The religious order asked him to remain in Hawaii and teach at Damien, which he did for four years. Lewis furthered his own education, meanwhile, by earning a master’s in business administration at Chaminade in 1983. Later, after a one-year teaching stint in Chicago, Lewis decided that “being a Brother was a great time in my life but it wasn’t my life’s calling.” Thus he left the religious order and taught at Damien High School in La Verne, California. “It was five of the best years of my life,” Lewis said of his service with the Christian Brothers. “It was five years of tremendous growth - growth as a person, growth as a teacher. “I learned so much from the men I lived and worked with, many of whom taught me when I was going to school here at Damien,” Lewis continued. “It was interesting to see them from a different perspective. It took a long time before I called them by their first names, even though that’s what they asked me to do.” Lewis returned to Damien in 1985 but was laid off three years later when enrollment declined. He went on to teach at Saint Louis School and Saint Francis School before rejoining Damien in 1993. His career as a “typical Catholic school teacher” included leading classes in history, religion, mathematics, accounting and business. New Buildings, New Uniforms, New Student Body As for changes Lewis witnessed at Damien over the past 40-plus years, one of the most significant was the addition of new buildings and other facilities. “I used to tell the kids, when I was going to school here, what is now our gym was our parking lot,” Lewis said. “And what was our parking lot was a grass field.” Another notable change involved the dress code. “The first students who came here wore white shirts, black ties and black pants,” Lewis said, as opposed to current uniforms that are colorful, comfortable and relatively casual. 6
There are also uniforms for both males and females, of course, ever since Damien admitted its first coeds in the summer of 2012 after existing for 50 years as a boys-only school.
One of his current initiatives would allow juniors and seniors to receive credit at Damien for courses they take at local community colleges and universities, thereby giving these students a head start on their higher education goals.
“I was teaching here for decades when it was all boys,” Lewis said. “And certainly, I had my trepidations when the girls came onboard. But from the very first moment they were on this campus, they fit that niche. They embraced what it meant to be part of the Damien family.
“That involves a lot of research and meeting with people,” Lewis said, “as we try to figure out if we can do this and how much it’s going to cost. We may have to change the high school schedule so the kids have time to go off campus and take these classes.”
“And if anything, they rekindled that bond we started to lose a little bit as the enrollment declined so dramatically,” Lewis said, pointing out that Damien’s student body once shrank below 400.
Lewis also carries out certain miscellaneous duties, such as operating the public address system.
“The girls came in, the enrollment stabilized and they just brought a renewed life to this place,” he said. “When we had our first pep rally with all the classes being integrated, the noise in that gym, hands down, was as good if not better than anything I ever heard in there. “The girls have embraced what it means to be a part of Damien and they’ve made it even better,” according to Lewis, who praised their school spirit and determination to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. “And what’s really cool is to have former students and classmates come back and say: ‘Now I can send my daughter to where I went to school,’ which is something we’ve never had before. In fact, we just had our first fatherdaughter team at graduation.” Another significant change Lewis witnessed was the advancement of technology on campus. “When I first started teaching here, we had four Radio Shack TRS-80s,” Lewis said, referring to desktop microcomputers introduced by the Tandy Corporation in 1977.
“I pride myself on my knowledge of the school,” he said. “A lot of it comes from being around as long as I’ve been around. But it’s also because of my passion for Damien.” Lewis sees this same passion throughout the faculty and staff. “Anybody who works at our school makes tremendous sacrifices,” he said, “because we can’t pay like other schools do. We don’t have the resources. “But that’s part of the mission we embrace when we work here. If you’re going to give students a high-quality, Edmund Rice education at a reasonable price, you’re going to make sacrifices.” Developing the moral character of students - including a commitment to serving their communities - is “the lifeblood of the school,” Lewis emphasized. “It doesn’t matter who the faculty member or staff member is, it’s the example we’re called to set that furthers the moral education of our students. Their education,” Lewis pointed out, “is much more than what they get taught in the classroom.”
“Now everybody’s got a MacBook Pro. I expected the students would be able to use these things without much difficulty. What’s neat is the teachers - who’ve never used these computers or not to the extent that they do now - are embracing the technology and experimenting with lots of programs.” Responsibilities as Vice Principal In his role as Vice Principal, Lewis collaborates with the Academic Council to determine what courses are taught at Damien. He also works with the Counseling Department to make sure students take all the classes they need to graduate. Steve Lewis pictured here in 1975 on the far right with fellow Publicity Committee members
DAMIEN REPORT Building Houses for the Poor in Peru was Life-Changing and Life-Affirming Experience for Instructor Melissa Cortez Devoting two weeks of her summer vacation to constructing houses for needy families in Lima, Peru, was “definitely hard work,” admits Melissa Cortez, a sixth grade science, mathematics and religion teacher at Damien Memorial School. But Cortez received so much more than she gave on her 12,000-mile roundtrip journey. She experienced the gratitude, generosity, sense of community and steadfast faith in God these impoverished South Americans possess in abundance. Cortez and a small group of fellow educators from Edmund Rice schools were selected for the home-building project by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. To pay for construction materials, Cortez and the other volunteers were each asked to raise at least $500. “A lot of people were very generous,” according to Cortez, who easily exceeded her fundraising goal and gave the extra money to families she met. “Some of my students from last year knew I was going on the trip, so they donated as well. They were very excited about what I was doing.” The mission’s primary focus was “standing in solidarity with those who are marginalized by poverty and injustice.” “It was good to experience what the poor experience,” according to Cortez. “We left our phones and laptops behind. We traded all we knew for a simple life.” Peru is so overpopulated, Cortez points out, that when people can’t afford to live on the flatlands, they move into the hills. But there’s no running water up there, electrical service is sparse and the small, flimsy houses are crammed together, “kind of like Legos.” “The Brothers dedicate their whole lives to helping these people,” Cortez explains. “Every day they’re going up into the hills, getting to know the families, seeing what hardships they’re going through. They’re building solid and positive relationships with the people, especially those who are suffering - those who truly need help.” The first family Cortez assisted was in dire straits because the father suffers from a lung disease, can no longer work and can’t afford proper medical care. Despite his infirmity, the man “wanted to do all he could” by toiling alongside the team of strangers who erected his house with plywood walls, dirt floors and a tin roof. The second family Cortez worked with also lives in extreme poverty. The father suffers from seizures - caused by worms in his brain - and thus can no longer support his wife and two young boys. The Brothers decided to assist this family because their dilapidated house had a leaky roof and walls made out of cardboard. 8
“When we were building the foundation for the family’s new home, neighbors and little children came out to help without being asked,” Cortez says. “They showed up because a member of their community was in need. Because that’s what they have - they have each other.” During the evenings, Cortez and the other school teachers journaled about the day’s events. “The Brothers asked us to reflect on what we did, the people we met,” Cortez says. “But the question wasn’t: What did we do for the poor today? The question was: What did the poor teach us today? The poor taught us to be grateful. They taught us to have faith.” By the time Cortez left Peru, she wasn’t the same person she was just a fortnight earlier. “I realized that a lot of the things I take for granted on a daily basis are luxuries to these people,” Cortez says. “But they have an unwavering faith in God and they have their families. That’s really all they need to survive.” When Cortez returned to Damien, she shared a slideshow of the trip with her students “so they’ll think of others.” “There’s so much more to the world,” Cortez told the sixth graders. “The little things you guys worry about - not getting the latest video game, not getting a computer - that’s nothing compared to what kids are going through in Peru. They have to worry about putting clothes on their back. They have to worry about getting enough to eat.” Cortez, who’s completing her master’s degree in teaching at Chaminade University, comes from a proud Damien family. Her father Melvin graduated in 1976 and returned to his alma mater as a teacher and basketball coach. And her Uncle Leo, now living on the Big Island, graduated from Damien in 1972. “I support the mission of our school,” Cortez says, “especially Damien’s emphasis on service and community.” Looking back at her trip to Peru, Cortez calls it “a life-changing experience” and wishes she could have stayed longer. She’ll always remember the people she met and the guidance she received from the Brothers. “The Brothers told us we can always donate money, donate clothes, donate food to the poor. But when you share a meal with them, when you stand in solidarity with them, that’s when you truly understand the hardships they’re going through. “So the next time you go to a place where they feed the poor, instead of serving them, take a bowl and eat with them,” Cortez suggests. “Get to know them. You’ll find a lot of similarities. “And that perspective of just seeing them as poor? It goes away. You’ll see that they’re just normal people.”
DAMIEN REPORT Seniors and Juniors Gain Appreciation for Japanese Culture and Lifestyles During Homestay Visits To experience the culture and day-to-day lifestyles of their Japanese counterparts, 19 Damien Memorial School students traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto and other Asian cities from June 15 to 29. Leading the biennial trip were World Language Department Chair Jean Ota and World Language instructor John Esdicul. “It was a wonderful trip and the students have been talking about going back soon,” according to Esdicul. Highlights for the ten students he chaperoned included participating in an infomercial and learning how to perform a unique Bon dance.
“We spent the afternoon helping to create an informational commercial for visitors to Tsuwano, traveling to the many temples, famous sites and attractions,” Esdicul said. “Then a community group taught the students the Tsuwano Bon Dance. We were even on TV.” Other highlights included homestays in Miyazaki Prefecture for Ota’s nine students, and in Shimane Prefecture for Esdicul's group. This enabled students to attend classes at local schools, cook, shop, sightsee and bond with their Japanese host families. Students also stayed at the National Youth Olympic Center in Yoyogi, and visited attractions such as Tokyo Disneyland, Ueno Zoo, the Ghibli Museum, Kiyomizu Temple, Todaiji Temple and Arashiyama Monkey Park. “The students were able to effectively improve their Japanese language ability,” Esdicul said. “They learned a great deal about Japanese culture and lifestyle. I think they also made long-lasting relationships with their families and new friends.” Traveling with Ota were seniors Marimar Jaralba-Domer, Carl Jornacion and Nikolaus Peterson, and juniors Dorien Penebacker, Kailee Padron, Joy Domingo, Nainoa Kimura, Janice Manzano and Kevin Edwards. Esdicul’s group included seniors Justice Cabantangan, Nicholas Kauffman, Nicolas Maurer, Nicolle Nitta, Kevin Pham, Kaitlin Quintal, Antony Raquedan, Amber Ruiz and Taz Tavares, and junior Nicole Hirao.
Tia Patacsil ’18 Leaving Artistic Legacy at Damien by Creating Two Murals and School’s New Logo By creating murals for the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Building and school cafeteria, Tia Patacsil ’18 is leaving an impressive mark at Damien Memorial School while furthering her higher education goals. Patacsil, who will attend an art academy in the San Francisco area next year, worked on her colorful art projects for about three weeks over the summer. “Now that I’m going to an art college, it’s going to be a good thing for my resume and transcript,” Patacsil said. “People will see that I left my legacy here. “I’m happy that I’m graduating from Damien,” she added, “because if I went to a public school, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make these murals.” Patacsil also established a legacy by submitting one of the winning entries in a design contest to create Damien’s new logo. Alumna Melany Batad ’16 was the other winner. The resulting mauve and gold logo, fine-tuned by a professional designer, features a large capital “D” and a lion’s head image.
DAMIEN MAHALO Volunteers Pitch In For Campus Enhancement
Mahalo to all who volunteered! Many tasks were accomplished: ➡ Clearing and cleaning the new Band Room ➡ Setting up shelves in the new Learning Commons ➡ Cleaning floors, windows and screens ➡ Clearing debris and removing old furniture from the Welcome Center ➡ Painting tables and benches ➡ Inventory taking
We could not have done it without your hard work. Thank you for making a difference!
MAHALOMAHALO DAMIEN Class of 2017 Expresses Gratitude for Time at Damien Graduating seniors who took part in the Days of Recollection off-campus retreat last May reflected on what they were thankful for during their time at Damien Memorial School. Below are some of their responses. We, the Class of 2017, would like to thank you for: Helping us find ourselves through programs and resources Countless efforts of people involved with school, including alumni, teachers and faculty
Giving us newfound passion for things we love Friendly smiles and unwavering dedication to the school Guiding us through all walks of life for a higher education
Programs like robotics, athletics, band and Monarch Media
All the sports to help us grow in character
Being able to participate in Pac 5 sports
Amazing hospitality of the faculty and staff
Encouraging liturgies at school
Tutorial periods, because faculty and staff take their time out of their own day
Supporting school functions (welcome back assembly, prom, etc.)
Improving the landscaping
T. C. Ching Athletic Building
Instilling Catholic values within every Damien student and faculty member
Allowing girls into Damien Such a quality education Clean bathrooms
Allowing the Encounter Retreat program to continue
Kalaupapa Immersion trip
Better water fountains
Small class sizes that help maintain closer and intimate relationships
Bringing back alumni as teachers
Campus beautification projects
Air conditioners in classrooms Staff members who genuinely care and show compassion to students Finding the right people to help us on our journey through high school
Teachers who work really hard to push students to the best of their abilities Allowing us to express our interests through clubs and extracurricular activities
Hosting pep rallies
Honors and AP programs that help students achieve greater heights
Providing more activities for the girls
Teaching us about our faith and growing from it
Being genuinely interested in the student’s wellbeing
Keeping the Damien legacy alive
Trying to make changes for the betterment of the school/students
More involvement of Campus Ministry
Being part of the Damien `Ohana Project
Listening to our suggestions
MacBook computers for making homework, tests, projects, etc., easier
Encounter retreats where we grew closer to God and our brothers and sisters in Christ
May Day Lu’au
Saint Damien mural
A safe Catholic environment for us to grow together in faith and academics
Football, basketball and cheer programs 13
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz Urges Civic Engagement in Wide-Ranging Q&A Session with Senior Class In a rare appearance for a sitting Congressman, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) visited Damien Memorial School Sept. 22 to offer advice for the senior class and answer questions on a wide range of topics.
“The way we settle our disputes, whether it’s country to country, or state to state or even Republican vs. Democrat, is through politics,” Schatz said. “And it’s ugly and it’s messy and it’s complicated and it’s frustrating.”
A former lieutenant governor, Schatz was appointed to Congress in 2012 by Gov. Neil Abercrombie following the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye. Now Hawaii’s senior U.S. senator, Schatz is recognized as a rising leader in Congress.
Despite these many shortcomings, a political system is the best form of government, he said, because it replaced the “very, very, very old-fashioned way” of resolving conflicts, which was “let’s see who’s got more firepower.”
His committee assignments include: Appropriations; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Indian Affairs; and Ethics.
Sen. Schatz also emphasized “how radical this American experiment was,” in that “totally flawed people” decided to govern themselves rather than submit to the will of King George III.
“I feel like I am literally the luckiest person in the world,” Schatz told the senior class. “I get to serve in the United States Senate representing the best place in the world.”
“To be governed by the people, to be governed by yourselves, is not a 10,000-year-old idea,” Sen. Schatz pointed out. “It’s a brand-new idea.”
Sen. Schatz urged students to look beyond the currently toxic political climate and keep in mind that “throughout history there have been Republicans, Democrats and independents who are deeply admirable people.”
During the question-and-answer session with students, Schatz discussed the following topics:
“We need good people to run for office,” he said. “It is still an incredibly rewarding way to make a difference in your community.” He also emphasized that America’s political system, even with all its problems, is “a substitute for violence.”
Renewable Energy Sources: “What we’ve got in great abundance are wind and solar,” Schatz told the students. “We’ve also got geothermal, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.” In a departure from many of his liberal colleagues in Congress, Schatz said he supports nuclear energy “because I think we have to do everything we can to save 14
the planet, even some things that may not be totally popular.” An intriguing new technology, he said, is high-altitude wind power. This involves placing electricity-generating turbines atop “absurd-looking poles” extending far into the atmosphere. “The place where they can find wind almost at all times is high in the sky,” Schatz said. And although this technology is still developing, “it shows great progress” for tapping powerful and persistent wind currents.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Regarding this Obama Administration policy, Schatz said the best solution “is to establish a law and settle once and for all what happens with these children” who were illegally brought to America “through no fault of their own.” Some Americans blame many of the nation’s problems on immigrants, Schatz added, which is “pure, unadulterated bigotry.” At the same time, he noted that certain legal scholars believe President Obama did not have the authority to establish DACA by executive order.
Affordable Care Act: Schatz noted that before Congress passed health insurance reform legislation in 2010, medical expenses were the number-one cause of personal bankruptcy. Today that is no longer the case, he said, because millions of Americans gained medical coverage through “Obamacare.” As for the Republican-backed Graham-Cassidy proposal aimed at repealing Obamacare, Schatz said the legislation would have produced sharp cuts in Medicaid subsidies for people who couldn’t afford health insurance. Three out of four nursing home patients receive Medicaid, Schatz said. And since nursing home costs average $9,000 per month, “if you don’t have Medicaid, you’re just going broke.” Moreover, about 80 percent of opioid addiction treatments are covered by Medicaid, he said, at a time when overdosing on these powerful drugs is a leading cause of death in America. Homelessness in Hawaii: The main reasons for homelessness are persistent mental illness, substance abuse and the high cost of housing, Schatz said, “and a lot of times those reasons overlap.” “Some people are not capable of living a life without a ton of assistance,” Schatz noted, “so they end up on the street.” And since many mentally ill people “can’t think beyond the next hour,” they often cash and spend their governmentassistance checks within 24 hours. As for substance abusers, some are untreated and undiagnosed mentally ill people who self-medicate, he said. Others have made “terrible decisions” that led to addiction. America needs to provide more treatment for drug addicts, he said, but the best approach is to “stop people from abusing substances in the first place.” Regarding the economics of homelessness, Schatz said “we just need to build more housing” so there’s a greater supply of affordable dwelling units.
Jones Act: Schatz said many Hawaii residents blame the high cost of consumer goods on the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. This federal statute, known as the Jones Act, mandates that goods transported between U.S. ports must be on U.S. ships with American crews. “The real thing that makes stuff cost more in Hawaii is that we are the most isolated populated place on the planet,” Schatz said, which results in higher shipping prices due to fuel usage. Schatz said he favors the Jones Act because ships must meet certain environmental standards and crews are paid a living wage. Climate Change: Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane primarily cause climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere,” Schatz said. There are also natural heating and cooling cycles based on “what’s happening with the sun itself,” he added, which creates uncertainty about the exact mix of manmade versus natural causes. “Given that climate change is real and caused by humans,” Schatz said, “is it 100 percent caused by humans or do these natural cycles have something to do with it?” 15
DAMIEN REPORT Whatever the mix, oceans are getting warmer and hurricanes are getting stronger, he said, as human activity overwhelms natural cycles and increases the risk to life and limb.
He also said the nation’s colleges and universities should control costs as much as possible, rather than raise tuition rates whenever Congress increases Pell Grant subsidies for students requiring financial aid.
“These hurricanes in the Atlantic are nuts,” he said. “We’re not supposed to have multiple Category 5 hurricanes making landfall or almost making landfall in a row.”
Civic Engagement: Students are able to make “an enormous difference” in local and even national politics, Schatz said, noting that as a teenager he lobbied the Hawaii State Legislature to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used for refrigeration, aerosol sprays and other purposes.
Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians: “Everybody’s got a different view” of what formal recognition would look like, according to Schatz. For instance, would Native Hawaiians have their own police force, system of laws and land base, similar to American Indian tribes and Native Alaskans? “Most people in Hawaii do not necessarily want to live separately from everyone else,” Schatz said. To move forward on this issue, he suggested that people must first achieve consensus. Public Education Reform: “Politicians should get mostly out of the way of educators,” Schatz said. Rather than micromanage Hawaii’s public education system, government officials should support teachers, invest in school facilities and “figure out what works and then try to do more of it.” Higher Education Affordability: “It’s a complete outrage,” Schatz said, for the U.S. Department of Education to subsidize online degree-granting institutions that receive billions of dollars in taxpayer funding yet have a graduation rate of just 3 percent. Students thus receive “a garbage education,” he said, “and most people aren’t finishing.”
“There was literally a hole in the ozone layer,” Schatz said. “We just made a nuisance of ourselves until the state legislature actually passed a law banning CFCs.” These dangerous chemicals were eventually banned by an international agreement, meaning the ozone layer problem was fixed through politics. “You hear correctly about how politics screws things up,” Schatz said. “But you don’t hear enough stories about how problems get solved. I just want you to remember that the ability to make an impact is within your grasp.” Underscoring the importance of voting, Schatz noted that George W. Bush won the 2000 presidential election by just “400 and something votes” in Florida. And there was a Kalihi state house race in the late 1980s that ended in a tie. “So, every person who said my vote doesn’t make a difference that day and decided not to vote was dead wrong,” Schatz said. “Democracy is not what we have, it’s what we do,” he added. “It’s not a spectator sport. And we’re going to need you to participate.”
DAMIEN AFTER SCHOOL Campus Clubs Cater to Wide Variety of Interests Current Clubs and Organizations App Development Club Campus Ministry Club Culture Club Dance Club Escape Club Glee HulaÂ JNHS JROTC Key Club League of Mary Leo Club Mock Trial Monarch eSports Monarch Media Music Ministry NHS Performing Arts Robotics Senior Committee Speech and Debate Student Government
DAMIEN ATHLETICS Damien Student-Athletes Turn in Strong Performances During Fall Sports Season By Donna Marcello Assistant Athletic Director Damien Memorial School student-athletes competing in fall sports turned in another season of impressive performances, with many programs qualifying for the playoffs. Football
With a big win against Saint Francis School on October 27, our varsity football team earned the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Division II championship for the third consecutive year and the lone Division I berth in the state tournament on Kauai. With a final score of 13-12, the game could have gone either way. An interception by J.T. White in the last minute sealed the win. Although Damien says “aloha” to 16 seniors, the team’s future looks bright with our Intermediate football players moving up next year. The Intermediate team competed in an integrated Division I/Division II schedule and ended the season at 3-2, thus earning the Division II Championship. With a roster of 60 athletes, we look forward to continued growth of our football program. Girls Volleyball It was another exciting season for the girls’ volleyball program. This year we had four teams – one varsity, two junior varsity and one intermediate – with a total of 45 student-athletes. Damien’s regular season record was 6-3, which put the varsity team in third place and clinched a berth in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) Girls Volleyball State Championships. Our Lady Monarchs had an amazing run in the Division II championships by dominating Pearl City High School and No. 2 Seabury Hall in the first round and quarterfinals. Damien met fellow ILH school Hawaii Baptist Academy in the semifinals, where the Lady Monarchs battled it out for five sets but fell short of the win, leaving them to play for third against Nanakuli High and Intermediate School for third place. Damien won in two sets, thus finishing the season in third place statewide. 18
Damien’s JV-P team had an undefeated regular season. The girls suffered their first loss during double-elimination tournament play but rallied during a rematch to win the ILH Division II Championship. The Intermediate team faced off against eight other teams and ended the season in fifth place. Our JV-G developmental team had a 1-7 season. While you can’t tell by the win/loss record, the girls played hard and greatly improved their skills. Bowling We ended our boys’ varsity bowling season as ILH DII champions! We also qualified three boys, Antony Raquedan, Justin Tran and Micah Ponce; and three girls, Joyce Caberto, Chloe Fernandez and Kaylin Cashman; for the HHSAA State Tournaments on Kauai. Three Monarchs medaled by finishing in the top 20 statewide. They were: Raquedan in ninth place, Fernandez in 12th place and Tran in 14th place. As for the junior varsity teams, the boys were in sixth place and the girls were in tenth. Looking ahead to next year, we expect to maintain a strong program, thanks to our returnees.
Cross Country Damien posted some great finish times throughout the season and qualified one runner – Bruce Gabriel Stephens – for the HHSAA State Championships on Kauai. Seventh grader Alex Gardner had an exceptional season by winning all his races and finishing as the ILH Intermediate XC Champion. Cheerleading Damien’s cheerleading program continues to grow with a new coaching staff this year and strong participation. The girls worked hard to prepare for their competitions while supporting the football program on the sidelines. This progress was evident with our Intermediate squad, which placed in the top three at ILH Cheer Comp No. 2. 19
DAMIEN DAY TAILGATE PARTY
Aloha Stadium Tailgate Party Raises Funds for Student Activities, Campus Improvements
More than 300 Damien Memorial School alumni, parents, faculty and staff turned out for a catered tailgate party at Aloha Stadium prior to the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Colorado State University football game. Director of Alumni Relations Eddie Klaneski ’93 coordinated the event with help from Mel Andres ’84. Proceeds supported student activities and campus improvements at Damien. “I would really like to spotlight Roger Reeves ’74,” Klaneski said. “He generously donated everything from the tent, tables and chairs, to the food and drinks and even all the chefs and other workers. He is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the entire fundraiser being a great success.” 21
DAMIEN ALUMNI Q&A with Former Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver and Damien Alumnus Kealoha Pilares ’06 Damien Memorial High School alumnus and former pro football wide receiver Kealoha Pilares ’06 returned to his alma mater this summer to conduct a six-week advanced performance training clinic for about 40 students. The Honolulu native was a four-year standout at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he studied kinesiology and rehabilitation sciences. Pilares was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft. What was it like working with the current generation of Monarchs? Returning to Damien with the opportunity to share what I have learned and experienced throughout my football career was fun and exciting. It allowed me to share a type of training I wish I knew about earlier in my career, plus the importance of movement in developing the dynamic athlete. What physical skills did you emphasize? The system that I teach is called the MORR, which is an acronym for Movement, Overspeed, Resistance and Reaction. My main goal is to create athletes who are more explosive, more athletic in the given set of movements found in their sports. Skills include: proper running mechanics, increased body awareness, change of direction, lateral acceleration, linear speed and on field/court movements. What mental and emotional qualities did you develop in the students? Being able to come back and show them my helmets and jerseys, I felt really motivated and showed them they are capable of accomplishing anything they put their minds to. Due to the intensity of the workouts, the athletes were physically and mentally challenged, proving to them that all good things originate in hard work. There are no shortcuts to a place worth going. What scientific principles are incorporated into your training regimen? How this training differs from anything I have experienced before lies in the specificity of it. Every drill serves a purpose, and that purpose is to make better athletes on the field/court. The MORR takes into account the neuromuscular system - the nerves and muscles. Simply put, coordination shows how well these systems communicate. Using resistance, overspeed (reversibility of effort) and reaction stimulus, we are able to increase force production of muscles in ways they are used in sport. As athletes, we must train how we play! Do you plan to conduct the camp again next summer? Yes. I hope I get the opportunity to continue sharing and working with the athletes of Hawaii. What's the latest on your career? I am currently working to finish my degree at UH Manoa in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, graduating in spring 2018. I recently started HI Movement Sports and train athletes during the week and on weekends. I also have a vision to one day become a holistic health practitioner, with a focus on getting people to eat, move and be healthy. 22
DAMIEN PROFILE Meet Eddie Klaneski, Head Football Coach and New Director of Alumni Relations Since Damien Memorial School’s winning gridiron team keeps many graduates connected with the campus, naming head football coach and alumnus Eddie Klaneski ’93 as Director of Alumni Relations was a logical and popular decision. “I’m happy to be giving back to my alma mater,” said Klaneski, Damien’s head football coach since 2011. “Damien helped me grow up to be a young man. Now I’m doing the same thing for our current students, while encouraging alumni to remain active with the school.” Klaneski’s new duties as alumni director include organizing reunions, fundraisers and other events involving graduates from the past halfcentury. Born in Japan to a U.S. Navy family, Klaneski has lived in Hawaii since age two and played football since age ten. Describing himself as “kind of a troubled kid” when he enrolled at Damien, Klaneski said he soon had to “change my act.” “As a student, I got straightened out by a few people here,” he recalled. “That helped me big time when it came to moving forward.” That forward motion led Klaneski to become a football standout at Damien, a slotback and later a cornerback and safety at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and an arena football professional player in Canada. When coaching Damien students, Klaneski emphasizes discipline as a means of building character. “Discipline is our big thing,” he said. “We’re disciplined in everything we do, both on and off the field. We’re teaching life skills through football. “We want our players to compete all the time,” he continued, “whether it’s trying to get the best grade in class or get the best reps in practice. When students work hard and understand what they’re doing, they get something out it at the end of the day.”
Alumnus Kelly McKeague ’77 New Director of POW/ MIA Accounting Agency Damien Memorial High School graduate Kelly McKeague ’77 is the new director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu.
Pulitzer-Winning Reporter, Cybersecurity Expert Returns to Damien with Advice for Students
He oversees all aspects of the agency’s mission to provide the fullest-possible accounting for missing service personnel from past conflicts. This worldwide enterprise involves research, investigation, recovery and identification operations, along with support functions. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2016 at the rank of major general, McKeague served as DPAA Deputy Director and Commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, one of the entities merged in 2015 to form a new Department of Defense agency. "I know the importance of the agency's mission and I look forward to working with DPAA's team of dedicated professionals,” McKeague said during his September 5 swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon. "I am humbled and blessed to serve on behalf of the families whose loved ones served our country. The fulfillment of this agency's solemn obligation is my honor to endeavor." Prior to this appointment, McKeague owned and operated a consulting business in Alexandria, Virginia, that helped small-capital corporations expand their business lines and services. McKeague, a Liliha native, began his military career as a civil engineering officer in 1981. Upon entering the Maryland Air National Guard in 1995, McKeague served at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, followed by legislative liaison tours at the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and the National Guard Bureau.
Byron V. Acohido ’73, a Pulitzer-winning journalist and cybersecurity expert, visited his Damien Memorial School alma mater this summer to inspire and offer career advice for Monarch students. Acohido, a Hawaii native, received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting and 11 other national awards while covering aerospace issues for the Seattle Times. His investigative stories linked a dangerous defect in rudder controls of Boeing 737 jetliners to crashes that killed hundreds of passengers. After graduating from Damien, Acohido earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. His academic training led to reporting and editing jobs with The Herald in Everett, Washington, and later the Dallas Times Herald and Seattle Times.
He also served as the Chief of Staff, National Guard Bureau and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters.
Today, Acohido serves as executive editor of Last Watchdog, a webzine that delivers news videos, analysis and guest essays for the global cybersecurity community. Acohido founded the webzine with the goal of improving Internet safety.
Following his graduation from Damien, McKeague earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Acohido began focusing on cybersecurity and privacy issues in 2004 when he chronicled the evolution of cybercrime for USA Today. 24
Looking back at his pre-acting days, Batalon told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that singing and playing the ukulele “really was my thing.” He credits these informal jams with Damien classmates and at family gatherings with helping him get over his fear of performing in public. Batalon returned to Damien in November 2016 to share his experiences as an actor and encourage students to pursue their career goals.
Acting Career of Alumnus Jacob Batalon ’14 Flying High After Success of ‘Spider-Man:Homecoming’ The film career of Damien Memorial School alumnus Jacob Batalon ’14 is taking off after his breakout appearance as high school sidekick Ned Leeds in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” a 2017 summer blockbuster based on the Marvel comic book. The Honolulu native will appear in three upcoming movies, landing featured roles as: Sancho Panza in “The True Don Quixote,” a modern comedy starring Tim Blake Nelson; James in “Every Day,” a romantic drama based on the David Levithan novel; and Krill in “Blood Fest,” a movie about fans attending a horror film festival who discover the showman has a diabolical agenda.
Alumni Batangan ’11, Thomas ’08 Graduate from Pilot Training in Oklahoma
After graduating from Damien and a brief stint at Kapiolani Community College, Batalon studied acting for two years at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. This led to his 2016 film debut in “North Woods,” an independent comedy-horror flick about students shooting a documentary on the Wendigo, a legendary cannibal monster.
Damian Memorial School alumni Sean Thomas ’08 and Daison Batangan ’11 realized their goal of attending U.S. Air Force pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. They graduated on September 29, 2017, and pinned on their wings. After leaving Damien, Batangan attended Kansas State University, graduating in 2015.
Batalon auditioned for “Spider-Man” without knowing anything about his best-friend role or even the film’s title. The movie began generating considerable buzz when Batalon, lead actor Tom Holland and other cast members made promotional appearances in 2016 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Thomas received a four-year ROTC scholarship and attended Brigham Young University. He also performed a two-year church mission before graduating in 2015. Thomas, who is married with two daughters, will fly KC-135 aircraft out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. 25
DAMIEN FUNDRAISERS Henry Kapono Concert, J.J. Dolan’s Party Among Events Supporting Campus Improvements A series of fundraisers over the next four months will support student activities and the “Our Campus 2020” redevelopment initiative at Damien Memorial School. These benefit events include:
J.J. Dolan’s Party:
Henry Kapono Concert Experience: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 1147 Bethel St., downtown Honolulu. Admission is $35, which includes a buffet, beverages and door prizes. Raffle tickets are available for purchase. Information: Eddie Klaneski at email@example.com or Melvin Andres at (808) 542-1664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Damien Malasada Day: Tuesday morning, February 13. In an annual tradition, Damien employees and volunteers will prepare malasadas for pickup in the campus parking lot. The Portuguese confections are available by preorder. Information: Ayumi Johnson at (808) 841-0195 or email@example.com.
Tuesday evening, November 28, Blue Note Hawaii, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu. This fourth annual event begins with preconcert dinners at top local restaurants, including Hy’s Steakhouse, Basalt, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Michel’s at Colony Surf, Chef Chai, MW Restaurant and 100 Sails Restaurant and Bar. Following dinner, Kapono and friends will perform a private concert. Kapono has received numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. The singer/ songwriter has released 17 solo albums to date. Dinner and concert packages for groups are priced at $10,000, $5,000 and $3,500. Information: Ayumi Johnson at (808) 841-0195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legacy Brick Program Honors Campus `Ohana To recognize members of the Damien Memorial School `ohana and help pay for enhancements to the athletic field and other facilities, the campus is conducting the Legacy Brick program for a limited time. These bricks, inscribed with names and personal messages, will line a wall on the field’s mauka side. “By purchasing a Legacy Brick, our Damien graduates over the past 55 years can reconnect with their alma mater while improving the campus for current and future students,” said Director of Alumni Relations Eddie Klaneski ’93. “The bricks are also a wonderful way to honor the memory of loved ones,” Klaneski said, “and for friends of Damien to demonstrate their support of our school.” Bricks can be purchased online at: damien.edu/legacy-brick. 26
DAMIEN ALUMNI Class of 1967 Reunion Highlighted by Golf Tourney, Banquet; Alumni Donate $22,000 to Alma Mater Alumni from Damien Memorial Schoolâ€™s Class of 1967 returned to their alma mater in September for a 50th reunion. And to help students currently attending Damien, the alums donated $22,000 to the school. Reunion activities included a golf outing at Mid Pacific Country Club in Lanikai, a campus tour led by President and CEO Wes Reber Porter, and lunch with Damien students in the school cafeteria. The reunion culminated with a 1960sthemed banquet at Oahu Country Club attended by 27 alumni and their spouses, five teachers and homecoming queen Valerie Lau (previously Silva). Serving on the reunion committee were classmates Cleigh Pang, Lans Lau, Mike Jones, Dennis DeMello, Larry Chun and Vernon Silva. Mahalo to the Class of â€™67 for their generous donation.
Upcoming Damien Events Date
November 8, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
November 12, 2017
Alumni & Friends Gathering
3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
November 28, 2017
Henry Kapono Fundraising Dinner and Concert
Blue Note Hawaii
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
December 15, 2017
Social Studies & Performing Arts Exhibition Night
Cafeteria / Room 314
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
January 17, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
February 13, 2018
Damien Malasada Day
6:30 - 11:00 a.m.
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