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False ballistic missile threat sends Hawaii into a state of fear

An emergency alert of an incoming ballistic missile woke Hawaii residents on Saturday, Jan. 13. About 30 minutes later, a second alert was issued notifying residents it was a false alarm. Photo by Rebecca Meyer.

By Shelby Mattos, News Editor

On Saturday, many Hawaii residents woke to a ballistic missile threat alert, which was sent to their mobile devices by Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency. About 30 minutes later, a second alert was issued, stating that the threat alert was an error and that there was no danger to the state. Gov. David Ige and the head of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency said the "threat button," as it was called during a press conference, was pressed accidentally. The mistake was blamed on human error.

"It was a terrifying way to wake up. My little sister and I were both asleep when the alarm first sounded, and at first we were both just confused," Sacred Hearts Academy senior Taylor McKenzie said. "My mom was going to drive (my family) to the military base ater receiving the message." Residents would have had 15 minutes to take shelter once the alert was issued, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

The first alert read, "Ballistic missile inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." The second alert said," There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm."

For many Academy students, the alarm was a frightening disruption to weekend activities. Junior Rebecca Meyer was at a canoe paddling race at Magic Island when the first alert was issued. "I was in the middle of going out to my race, and all of a sudden, the paddlers were getting out of the canoes and climbing out of the water. It was so surreal to see everyone running," Meyer said. "Some of my friends were being grabbed by their parents." Approximately 30 minutes ater the false alarm was sent to mobile devices, both local and national news outlets released more information on the false threat. Hawaii News Now was one of the first local news organizations to reveal that the alert was false. State officials such as, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard took to social media to inform the public that there was no missile threat to Hawaii.

News of the threat pervaded Twitter and many other social media services. Many Hawaii residents were trying to find shelter, believing that it was not a test. Many were upset with how long it took for the state to correct the error.


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New rules Sisters bond over Freshman secure campus Initiation Week By Taylor McKenzie, Webmaster Sacred Hearts Academy has been taking steps to becoming a more safe and secure campus. Starting this week, all gates and entryways will be locked at 4 p.m. Due to the Academy's location on Waialae Avenue, the campus is opened to roadways on all sides. Unlike other school campuses, there is no single entry with a guard nor are there secured fences or gates keeping out intruders. "In our world today, especially with what we see in the news and what we see in social media, it has created more of an awareness about why we need to make sure that we're safe," Academy Vice Principal Dr. Brandy Sato said. The gates leading to the gazebo and surrounding courtyard, auditorium and chapel will be locked. The main doors to classrooms on the first, second and third floors will be locked. This includes doors to the robotics and art classrooms on the Ewa end of campus. "We all need to be vigilant and observant of our surroundings," Dr. Sato said. "That is one of the first and easiest steps we can take." If students feel threatened at school or in the surrounding area, Dr. Sato advises students to alert a faculty member as soon as possible. Students should also tell a member of the Academy's faculty if they notice anything unusual or suspicious at school. Additionally, all faculty and staff must wear their school identification badges during school hours. Teachers are also required to lock their classroom doors during class time. Many students do not get picked up until ater 4 p.m. Because of this, school administrators have made exceptions to the closed entryway policy. Both the Business Office and the Student Center will remain opened to students until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Students may also stay in classrooms if a teacher is present.

Starting this week, entryways on campus will be locked by 4 p.m. to ensure the safety of faculty and staff on campus. Photo by Taylor McKenzie.

Each junior "big sister" had a freshman "little sister," as they're called, to cheer on during the Freshman Initiation assembly. Some big sisters matched outfits with their little sisters and made signs to support them. Photo by Noe Nekotani. By Grace Kim, Staff Writer Every year, Sacred Hearts Academy juniors welcome their freshmen little sisters into high school with a week dedicated to them. Different events occur each day of the week, concluding with the Freshmen Initiation performance in front of the entire school body. Starting the week off was "Mayjah Rayjah Monday." The juniors dressed up their little sisters in red, yellow and green beaded necklaces. At recess, there was a music and movie trivia game played by the big and little sisters. Prizes were given to the winning sister pair. The Academy's Founder's Day took place on Tuesday of this week. Students were allowed to dress in white, yellow or gold attire. Keeping with the party theme, juniors dressed up their little sisters in tiaras and glittery stickers for "Twinkle Tuesday." Wednesday was "We Promise Wednesday." On this day, the juniors promised to be guides to their little sisters throughout high school. Ring pops were distributed to freshmen and junior homerooms as a token of this promise to be there for each other.

On Thursday, freshmen and juniors became twins with matching accessories and hairstyles. Accessories, such as hats, necklaces, hair clips, tutus, sunglasses and matching socks, could be seen throughout campus. On Friday, the juniors and freshmen were able to show off their performances at the annual Freshmen Initiation assembly. During lunch, freshmen changed into their matching costumes and practiced their dance together for a final time. To show support for their little sisters, juniors were allowed to wear matching clothes with their little sisters. This year's Freshmen Initiation was a bit different from other years. Up until last year, there were specific themes that each group had to work around, such as Disney or the 90s. However, this year, everyone had the same party theme. Each group was required to incorporate a certain song into their remix and a few accessories into their performance. "I liked Twin Thursday because it was really interesting to see the different things that people had," freshman Melanie Oyama said

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Join Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis School as they present the musical, "Sister Act." The production debuts in November. Photo by Taylor McKenzie.

Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis present 'Sister Act' By Taylor McKenzie, Webmaster Are you ready for a night full of upbeat music and religious humor? Join the students from Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis in their latest musical production, "Sister Act." "'Sister Act' is an upbeat comedy," Academy senior Alana Glaser said. "It will be especially funny for Sacred Hearts Academy students because they will un-

derstand the jokes and plays on words relating to the Catholic faith. The musical numbers are catchy, too. 'Sister Act' is really a blast."

"I play the role of Sister Mary Robert, a shy postulant who is unsure of her vocation," Glaser said. "She learns from Deloris to be strong, brave and confident."

In this take of the 1992 movie of the same name, a glamorous bar singer, Deloris Van Cartier, played by senior Mahealani Sims-Tulba, stumbles upon a crime scene. Forced into witness protection for her own safety, she hides in a failing convent with a group of lively nuns.

Throughout the musical, Mary Robert grows as an individual and in her faith. This helps her grow closer to her fellow nuns and Deloris. Mary Robert is a symbol to members of the audience who may be questioning their own future plans.

The differences in the luxurious life that defines Deloris' character contrasts starkly with her new life with the nuns. Deloris' saving grace is her incredible talent for singing that helps her bond with the other nuns. She finds a surprising way to save the convent from being bought.

This show confronts stereotypes associated with the church and nuns in a hilarious way that inspires the audience to do the same. Instead of exasperating these differences, "Sister Act" creates a safe space for students and religious members to start a conversation about the truth behind the convent doors.

"I'm an ensemble nun," said senior Katherine Christian. "But sometimes I end up playing Sister Mary Martin of Tours because the girl playing her is sick."

"The song's message is powerful (because) truly living is embracing the hope that, although we may not experience everything the world has to offer, we still have the chance to do so if we stand tall and seize the day," Glaser said.

At the convent, Deloris breathes life into the out-oftune choir. While the Mother Superior does not approve of the new changes, the nuns bond over extravagant dances and songs. "There is a scene in 'Sister Act,' in which Sister Mary Robert realizes that she needs to take hold of her own future and stand for what she believes in," Glaser said. Along with Deloris, there are several other main characters in "Sister Act." These include Mother Superior, Sweaty Eddie, Curtis and Mary Robert, played by Glaser.


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Hard work beats talent for the Golden Girls By Rebecca Meyer, Features Editor With a team motto of "hard work beats talent," Sacred Hearts Academy's varsity cheer team was crowned state cheerleading champions in November for the Hawaii High School Athletics Association (HHSAA). The squad placed first in the medium division, with a score of 503.50 points-the highest score for both the medium and large divisions. The Lancer team outdid large division winner Mililani High School by 4.00 points and the medium division second place winner Kaiser High School by 16.25 points. The medium division consists of up to 11 participants, while the large is 12 and above. For the team, the recent victory was a dream they once thought out of reach. Ater years of consistently placing nearly last in competitions, the team took on a new mindset. "'Hard work beats talent' is our motto because unlike other schools, which established themselves at the top for many years, we (have been considered) the underdogs," said Head Coach Cadey Vakauta, an Academy alumna and former Saint Louis Cheer Club member. The varsity team, determined to dispel that reputation this year, earned a spot in the state competition ater an undefeated streak for all three Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) cheerleading competitions. "The girls had to train 10 times harder to be at the level of their competition," Vakauta said. "None of the members came to our program 'made' (but rather), they are all homegrown from the Academy." Junior Melina O'Reilly has been a Lancer cheerleader for four years and says it is a sport she has grown to love, despite the pressure of competing. "At competitions, I'm scared (but it's) not because I am not sure of my routine, but rather because I want to show the world...all the hard work we have put into the season," she said. Proud to be a Lancer, the team nicknamed themselves, "The Golden Girls" ater the school's colors, white and gold, as well as for their attitude of always "going for the gold." Their coach also credits the team's win to their hard work, dedication and passion for the sport. "When they performed, you could see their heart pouring out in everything they did," she said. "That's something a coach cannot teach or choreograph." The winning routine at the state competition consisted of a choreographed number to songs like, "Get Right" by Jennifer Lopez, "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, "Miracle" by Mariah Carey and "Yeah" by Usher.

Junior Melina O'Reilly, a three-year cheer member, was voted the 2017 ILH cheerleader of the year. She was a part of this year's varsity team, which won the state championships in November. Photo courtesy of 808 Hot Shots. "We practiced everyday, seven days a week for (about) three hours, but before was around five to six days a week," O'Reilly said. Practices included going through the routine multiple times, basic drills, crossfit workouts and extra stretching. This was in addition to learning the skills and choreography required for competition. A year prior of the momentous victory, the team, then at the junior varsity (JV) level, made Academy history

ater placing first in the ILH's annual cheer competition. This was the first time any cheer team from the Academy-on any level-earned this spot. Most of the JV team from last year has since advanced to the varsity level. Commitment and rigorous practices were not the only factors that played a role in the team's success. (continued on pg.6)

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The Academy's varsity cheer team, "The Golden Girls," won first place at the HHSAA Championships. Photos courtesy of 808 Hot Shots.



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(continued from pg.4) "Sisterhood was the most important," Vakauta said. "(The) team created the most special bond, and because of that, they never let each other fall. During practice and outside of practice, the girls were constantly rooting for each other. They all had the same goal, and they knew they couldn't do it unless every single teammate was on board." "My team has an extremely tight bond, and I can genuinely say that they are my family," O'Reilly said. "It is very important to have a good bond because in a stunt, it is not just one person (but rather), it's multiple people that have to be synchronized enough to hold (up) a person." The journey to the team's win was one filled with many emotions and was not as easy as some may think, according to parent Lisa Oka. She explains that there were some days when her daughter, sophomore Kayla Oka, would need extra support throughout practices. "There were times ater practices where Kayla would get in the car, and I could tell she was struggling," Oka said. "Ater one practice, (she) was literally sobbing. She was having a mental block on a tumbling skill, (and) she just couldn't throw it." During this situation, Oka explained how sisterhood also helped Kayla through these diicult moments. "All of a sudden, the tears dried up, and she looked at me, shocked, and said, 'Mom, my teammates are the ones that encourage me every day,'" Oka said. "At that time, I knew this group of young ladies was special." Through all of this, and with encouragement from their coach and parents, the Lancer team learned to be humble in their actions, whether they win or not. "We never expect to win, and we just try our best and make sure that we have won in our hearts," O'Reilly said.

Want to see more of the Golden Girls in action? Visit for pictures from the HHSAA Championship competition. Photos courtesy of 808 Hot Shots.

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What it means to be a modern feminist By Taylor McKenzie, Webmaster Feminism is a confusing topic that inspires, enrages or baffles people. The term is oten used as an attack against women who may be perceived as strong or stubborn. On the other end of the spectrum, "feminism" can be a term used as a rallying cry for the women who frequent protests and the political arena. But what does it mean for the average person, who might not want to choose between the two extremes? "At its core, feminism is about equality and dignity," said Sacred Hearts Academy teacher Jill Sprott, whose courses focus on gender and feminism. "Feminism questions what has, for too long, been assumed to be 'natural.' For instance, woman's inferiority to man, woman's imperative to behave 'like a lady' or woman's predisposition toward certain professions over others." A common misconception about feminism is that it only refers to women who hate men or believe that the world would be better without men. This overused complaint stems from the toxic portrayals of feminism that the current generation of "millennials" and voters grew up with. Movies like, "Mean Girls," portray petty heroines with simple interests. Despite the influx of positive female role models in movies, such as "Hidden Figures," a historical movie documenting the lives of three African American NASA scientists, many people are still skeptical about feminism. "I think a lot of people are afraid to be labeled 'feminist'," said Jenelle Ho, an Academy senior. Ho has experience defending gender equality through a photography project that featured different forms of feminism. Despite this, Ho feels uncomfortable defining herself as a feminist due to the many misconceptions surrounding the label. Instead of being associated with human rights, feminism is an unknown entity for many Americans. Some people, oten men, believe that women have little use for the word today due to the recent advancements in women's rights. Others ardently defend feminism or use it as a marketing strategy to target women. Ater the Women's March on Jan. 20, 2017, an influx of "feminist" products flooded the market. Calendars against the president, shirts proclaiming their support for equal rights and other objects that should inspire a sense of empowerment, instead reduced the sentiment to an empty promise. By using feminism to support consumerism, companies distort the true meaning behind the modern equal rights movement. "Historically, as feminists tried to raise awareness and create a sense of solidarity, the rhetoric of 'sisterhood' emerged," Sprott said. "However, though such a rhetoric was empowering, it was also limiting, in that it did not go far enough to foster a dialogue re-

Everybody deserves to have a voice, but oten, it is usually the loudest voices that are heard. In today’s society, insults like, “man hater” or “little lady,” have become the norm for women. Add to that the term “feminist,” and the insults are amplified and oten misconstrued in the media. Instead of standing for justice and equality, feminism has become a marketing strategy that does little to eradicate these misinterpretations. Illustration by Jalen Tam. garding diversity and multiplicity." Several historians believe that the founding principles behind modern feminism began in the 1960s, when it was used to fight for women's rights. This was known as "second wave feminism," a movement that became widely popular, despite its lack of support for queer women or women of color. Echoes of this past era can still be found in today's feminist movement, a fact that continues to divide people in the struggle for equal rights. Instead of being used to defend equality, feminism is oten used by white, middle class, heterosexual women to better their own circumstances at the cost of others. "Factors such as ethnicity and class converge with gender to create very different realities and experiences," Sprott said. "To focus on gender alone is to neglect the more complex dynamics behind oppression and liberation." The acknowledgment of these different factors is one of the founding principles behind the concept of "intersectionality." This word, coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor at the University of California at Los

Angeles in the 1990s, recognizes that people are composed of many different identities and deal with varying levels of oppression. Acknowledging this also means regarding discrimination as a multidimensional force. For feminism to have an impact on our society, we must target every form of oppression, whether that be sexisim, racism or homophobia. The knowledge of intersectionality has brought in a new period of "third wave feminism." The current feminist movement aims to respect the different backgrounds, ethnicities and personalities of all people in an effort to bring equality to all. How to be a feminist To be a feminist, you do not need to know how to define "intersectionality." You also do not need to be an intense freedom fighter. With all the different terms and definitions, it is easy to get confused about what feminism means. In many ways, these different labels are separating people instead of bringing them together. "It's also a misconception to believe that only women can be feminists," Sprott said. (continued on pg. 8)


(continued from pg. 7) "Feminism is not about putting down men or elevating only women. It is about believing that everyone deserves a voice and being committed to working toward equality and dignity for all humans." There is no way to spot a feminist; no obvious look or style. Anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality, can be a feminist. You merely need to support others' right to decide for themselves what is best for their lives and bodies.

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A women's gathering for equal rights

Feminism is the first step we must take to reaching equality on all levels of politics, careers and society. To bring about the social change that is at the heart of the women's marches, we need to do more than sell feminism. We need to start at the very basic level of accepting the people around us for who they are, without being influenced by negative preconceptions fueled by media sources. "Twilight" is an example of a movie that portrays the heroine, Bella Swan, as a mere love interest that possesses very little character development or personality traits. "Feminism has made it safer for people to be who they are," Academy senior Katherine Christian said. Christian has been a member of the Academy's Feminist Club for three years and the Speech and Debate captain for two years. Christian says she uses intersectional feminist beliefs to bring attention to the fight for equal rights for nonbinary, genderqueer and transgender people. Modern feminism calls people to bring an intersectional approach to their life and way of thinking. We are multifaceted creatures whose gender, ethnicity or intelligence cannot define who we are or how we interact with others. Acknowledging those facts about ourselves can also help us develop a mindset that encourages diversity and acceptance of others.

Sacred Hearts Academy teachers bring signs to support equality at the 2nd Annual Women’s March. Photo courtesy of Chloe Smith. By Jasmine Matsumoto, Sta Writer

"It is my hope that every student at the Academy knows her worth," said Sprott about the all-girls private school in Honolulu. "If she does, then she has the power to transform the world because she will not compromise when it comes to standing up for herself and for the voiceless."

On Jan. 21, crowds of people gathered from 10 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol to march for women's rights. The 2nd Annual Women's March began with speakers, which then later commenced to the actual march.

An all-girls school, like Sacred Hearts Academy, is perhaps the best place to learn about feminism. Students have the opportunity to put misconceptions to rest and instead learn to embrace their dierences.

From the State Capitol, the ambitious advocates marched along Richards Street, passing South Beretania Street and returning to the starting point.

"The Academy isn't a charm school; it is a place where the mascot carries a lance," Sprott said. "We are called to be warriors in pursuit of truth and goodness. How is that not feminist?"

The march was created on Facebook last year by Maui local Teresa Shook. This page, along with several other pages linked within it, gave marchers more information on the itinerary of both the Hawaii State

Capitol march and several other marches throughout the nation. Protesters followed Shook and marched to fight against President Donald Trump's inauguration. According to marchers, they are protesting against the President's action and words throughout social media, demean women and other minority groups. Women and men across America stood against the inequality of women who are still deprived of their rights today. Ater the #metoo movement, which demonstrated a widespread problem of sexual harassment and assault, countless more are speaking up to the power imbalance not only in Hollywood but also for the everyday American women who are not given equal rights and respect. "Don't be afraid to speak your truth and have your own opinions," Sacred Hearts Academy English teacher Chloe Smith said. "If you believe passionately about something, believe in that passion and speak that passion and find something that you value." Smith participated in the march with two other Academy teachers and a few students.

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