The Collegian Student Voice of Kalaepōhaku Tue, 17 Dec 2019 06:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Featured Teacher: Mrs. Loraine Perez Tue, 17 Dec 2019 06:58:14 +0000 Mrs. Perez first came to Saint Louis School in 2017, and is now in her third year of teaching at the school. Originally born in Colorado, Mrs. Perez grew up in Texas and lived there for a majority of her life. There, Maestra attended the University of the Incarnate Word. She graduated college in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and is also currently a student at Chaminade University. Mrs. Perez has been an educator for 18 years, teaching mainly English and Spanish. She is married to her husband, Ricardo, with their two daughters Zenia and Jazmin, as well as her grandson Esau. Mrs. Perez loves to cook, and has a special place in her heart for Popeyes Chicken. 


Graduating from college was a big milestone for Mrs. Perez, as she was the first girl in her family to graduate from college. “I was a wife, a full time parent, student, and I was working at my first school while I was still in school.” said Mrs. Perez, college was definitely “a busy time.” Yet the experience was worth it, as she has inspired her other family members to go to college as well, specifically her cousin and her niece.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.””

— Mother Theresa


First moving to Hawaii in 2016, it was God’s calling for Mrs. Perez to become a teacher at Saint Louis. Mrs. Perez says that her experience at Saint Louis has been “like no other.” In just her third year at the school, Mrs. Perez has created many bonds with the faculty and students. “Everyone here truly is like family, I have been blessed to work with a supportive, amazing team. While the experience of working with all boys has truly been a unique one, it has been a blessing.” Mrs. Perez especially appreciates all of the students’ “big hearts,” and receptiveness to her teaching. 


In addition, Mrs. Perez’s impact goes beyond teaching in the classroom. She is the Spanish Club Adviser, as well as the L.I.F.E. Team adviser. Spanish Club is always exciting, as Mrs. Perez has a great connection with the culture, and shares everything from practices to cultural foods with the members. With everything in life, God always has a plan. In regards to L.I.F.E. Team, Mrs. Perez says, “I never expected to be chosen to be one of the leaders of the team, but I do believe God had his hand in the choosing of our team.” Mrs. Perez truly enjoys advising the L.I.F.E. team, as for her, it has been an experience like no other.  I am a member of both Spanish Club and L.I.F.E. team, and I can truly say that Mrs. Perez has a true passion for all that she does, and that she cares for all her students tremendously.


Mrs. Perez always loves to share quotes from Mother Theresa. One of her favorites is “Do extraordinary things with extraordinary love.”. As for the Class of 2020, Mrs. Perez gives her best wishes to all of us. She reminds us to “Do all things with love, good or bad, if you do it with a good heart, you can never go wrong.”. 

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Jordan Botelho Mon, 16 Dec 2019 23:28:44 +0000 The Saint Louis Crusader football team recently won their fourth consecutive state championship against the Kahuku Red Raiders on November 29th, 2019. There were many outstanding players that had a huge impact on the game but Jordan Botelho stood out with a sack and over four tackles. He is a superb player and a force to be reckoned with. Jordan’s numerous accolades and athletic awards helped him earn an invite to play the All-American Bowl game sponsored by Toyota. As the #1 recruited player in Hawaii, Jordan is well-deserving of this invitation and will play in the Alamodome on Saturday, January 4th. 380 NFL players, 144 Pro Bowl Selections, and 159 NCAA All-Americans have played in this bowl game before. The All-American Bowl has truly left its legacy as the nation’s premier bowl game. In advance, only one hundred of the nation’s top players participate in this bowl game and it is the most-watched bowl game in the nation as it is aired on ESPN.
On December 3rd, the All-American Bowl committee recognized Jordan as an official All-American Bowl player with the jersey ceremony held in Mamiya Theatre. At the event, he was presented with his jersey and gave a speech on his behalf. In his speech, Jordan acknowledged his family, teammates, teachers, and coaches with gratitude in helping him make his dreams a reality. The junior and senior grades attended the event as well as a few of the elementary school’s grades. The elementary students were in awe of Jordan’s accomplishments as he was recognized as a prime role model for younger generations of crusaders to follow. Furthermore, it was extremely heartwarming to see one of our very own Saint Louis brothers succeed in ambitions as an athlete. This All-American Bowl invite is a testament to Jordan’s continuous hard work in the classroom, field, and weight room. Tune in to NBC or ESPN at 9 am to support our crusader, Jordan Botelho!

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Senior Spotlight: Issiah Scarborough Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:13:47 +0000 There are many students at Saint Louis School. However, one of the top students here at Saint Louis is Issiah Scarborough. Issiah is a student-athlete while also participating in school plays. Not only that, but while doing all the aforementioned activities he still manages to remain in high academic standing in school. Issiah’s favorite subject in school is digital media. When asked, “Why is this your favorite subject?” Issiah responded, “I learn various skills such as presentations and public speaking. I like to learn about these types of things because they can be applied later on in life.” 

Issiah is also apart of the Saint Louis’ Center for the Arts. His first performance was in the Sacred Heart’s production of “Frozen Jr.” where he played the role of Sven. Issiah enjoys the community and bonding experience you get when joining theatre. He likes the fact that he also gets to meet new people. This was a new experience for him. He enjoyed going beyond the norm. When he is on stage, he doesn’t get distracted by the audience and is very focused on what he needs to do. To manage school and theatre, Issiah doesn’t procrastinate. He has a lot of late nights. He wants to get his work done with his little amount of free time. He says, “Grades and school are of great importance to me.” There are also times he finds hard to manage his work, depending on the workload he receives. However, he always finds a way to complete his work. 

Issiah is also an athlete. He partakes in the Saint Louis Lacrosse team. He joined this team when he was a sophomore and has continued working on his craft ever since. “I love the comradery and support of being on the field with my teammates, it’s still a new sport at Saint Louis and it’s a lot easier to understand with the support of his brothers.” Issiah is also apart of many clubs at Saint Louis. He is the Vice President of the N.H.S. or National Honor Society. Issiah states, “I make sure everyone does their job properly and on schedule so that we can have a successful club.” Issiah is also apart of the Saint Louis L.I.F.E. Team or otherwise known as the “Living In Faith Experience.” “I enjoy getting closer to God while at the same time getting closer to my brothers, I hope that our younger brothers also consider joining the L.I.F.E Team,” said Issiah. Issiah is also apart of the Spanish Club at Saint Louis. He enjoys learning about Spanish culture and heritage while also doing hands-on learning. Finally, Issiah is apart of the International Club. “I enjoy learning about all cultures and ethnicities of the world and how they go through their daily lives. 

However, it’s not all work with Issiah. Outside of school Issiah is a helpful worker. He helps his mom with their dog sitting business. At times he can have as much as 10 dogs he has to walk and take care of. However, Issiah even though busy, likes to relax. He finds relaxation in watching Netflix. Issiah’s favorite shows are The Office, BoJack Horseman, Daredevil. 

Finally, there is a quote Issiah lives by, “Do not pray for easy lives, my friends. Pray to be stronger men. I live by this quote because life isn’t gonna get easier, so toughen up.”

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The Upcoming Wrestling Season Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:11:25 +0000 As the winter season approaches, a new wave of sports comes along. Wrestling is a renowned sport here at Saint Louis, and reigning state champ, Ansen Ursua, is eager for the season to begin. When asked what he was most excited about in the upcoming season, Ursua responded, “I think I am most excited about it being my last season. It’s sad that it’s the last year of my highschool career, but I intend to make the most out of it, cherishing everyday knowing that the season will go by quickly.”

With the physical demands of wrestling come vigorous workout and diet routines. Every wrestler must “make weight” or they will have to wrestle in another weight class, or risk not wrestling at all. “I prepare by training constantly and eating healthy,” Ursua said. “This is how I maintain my weight.”

In addition to maintaining weight and strengthening physical fitness, many other challenges are faced throughout the season. “My biggest struggle would have to be staying disciplined. It will be hard to stick to my diet and workout routine with all the other things going on in my life,” states Ursua. When asked about the pressure of last year’s triumph as state champion, he responded, “I feel a little pressured, being that I hope to win again this upcoming season. There is a target on my back because I won last year, but I am confident in my skills.” 

Although Ursua is very focused on his wrestling career, he is also apart of Hui O Nā ʻOpio, a competitive hula halau for Saint Louis School. Ursua has danced at the Merrie Monarch festival, the highest form of hula competition, for three consecutive years with the halau. Although he is  a busy man, Ursua states, “I manage to fit hula on my days off of wrestling practice. I am always communicating with my kumu about days I will be able to attend practices and shows. I manage my academic work during the little free time I have. I also constantly ask for assignments on days I will miss school, and take advantage of any extra credit opportunities available. Don’t wait for opportunity, create it.”

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California Schools Push Back Start Times Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:03:23 +0000 Speaking from experience, it is every high schooler’s dream to have school start just a little bit later in the morning. Fortunately, governor of California Gavin Newsom signed a new law imposing later starting times for middle schools and schools in the state. This is said to have marked a big milestone in the public health movement that focused on adolescent sleep deprivation and its harsh effect on students.

What’s the reason for this new law? Experts say that school starts way too early and that it has significant negative effects on adolescent health. The solution proposed by this law has been shown to reduce rates of depression, suicide, obesity, and sleep deprivation because they better align with circadian rhythms and get a higher quality of sleep (Cano, 2019). Experts also say that the results that come from pushing back school start times are very positive and that students show increased performance and learning outcomes.

This new law will be in effect within the next three years. This gives schools in California a three year window to implement a new bell schedule or adapt their bell schedule around the new 8:30 AM minimum start time for high schools and 8 AM minimum start time for middle schools. This law does not even require schools to totally change their bell schedule. It also does not affect the time required for instruction in schools at all. Some high schools in the state had already began pushing back their start times before the law was even signed. According to Terra Ziporyn Snider, co-founder of the national Start School Later advocacy group, which pushed for the California legislation,the science has been crystal clear for decades, but it’s been politically difficult, if not impossible for most school districts to follow the science” (Cano, 2019).


Cano, Ricardo. “California Just Pushed Back School Start Times – You Weren’t Dreaming. Now What?” CalMatters, 28 Oct. 2019,

Nguyen, Alexander. “Here Are The Best Public Schools In California For 2017.” Beverly Hills, CA Patch, Patch, 21 Feb. 2017,

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“Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare” Review- Tyler Kekuaokalani Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:01:57 +0000 The Call of Duty franchise has been experiencing a struggle with identity as of late. Anywhere from their battles in space to the return of boots on the ground with World War 2, the series has strayed from the usual formula that made it an excellent shooter game in recent years. Although most of the titles put out by Activision and Infinity Ward still dominate the market, they wanted to return to the Modern Warfare glory days with a remake of the original Modern Warfare from 2007. The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has a campaign packed with action and adventure, in addition to hardcore multiplayer options that one would expect from the series. 

Modern Warfare is satisfactory and it delivers an experience that can be tailored to anyone’s taste, whether it be a newcomer or a veteran of the genre. The story mode delves into organizations such as the CIA, British SAS, and the freedom fighters united to fight Russian invaders of the fictitious country of Urzikstan. There are three playable characters throughout the campaign who are known as SAS Sergeant Kyle Garrick, CIA member Alex, and rebel leader Farah Karim. Although they may have the same goal in mind, they all provide their own viewpoint of the war. In doing this, the campaign does not get watered down or repetitive.

The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has a campaign packed with action and adventure, in addition to hardcore multiplayer options that one would expect from the series. ”

The campaign of Modern Warfare is one of the best in franchise history, but the multiplayer’s variety of modes force you to shoot the enemy before they shoot you. The variety in the multiplayer mode keeps you coming back for more. Modes such as Team Deathmatch, Headquarters, Free-for-All, Search and Destroy, and Domination are mostly untouched other than Search and Destroy now being regarded as “Cyber Attack”. If you’re a veteran of these games, these modes will give you a similar thrill as the older and more glorious titles. Modes like Gunfight are a new addition, which pits 2 teams of 2 against each other in 40-second rounds. This mode is more fast-paced. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a sweet change of pace that the series needed. Infinity Ward was smart to return back to a “boots on the ground” formula. This helps the game to stand out against titles like Fortnite. Although it is quite challenged to overcome its counterpart from 2007’s intriguing campaign and great multiplayer, it is equipped to survive in the new shooter genre. New or old, this game is sure to satisfy any player who decides to jump in and play. 

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“Frozen 2” Movie Review – Tyler Kekuaokalani Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:57:30 +0000 Frozen 2 is a sequel to 2013’s very popular hit known as Frozen, bringing with it some of the same magic that was present in the original.  Taking place after the events of Frozen, Elsa and Anna must go into the enchanted forest and fix the bad blood that still resonates from olden times. Throughout this journey, they discover unsettling revelations about the history of the land as they go through many twists and turns. 

This dazzling musical emphasizes the principles of sisterhood, love, empowerment, and acceptance. Frozen 2 introduces catchy songs that are sure to entertain all young Elsa and Anna fans. The storyline in Frozen 2 is less simple than the original from 2013. The story unfolds with multiple character arcs and the plot of Northuldra which is reminiscent of U.S. history and the fate of the Native Americans. This similarity to real-life history may not catch the eye of young viewers. There are a few musical interludes and maybe even more than the previous movie. There is also still enough humor to please the viewers.

Frozen 2 is a sequel to 2013’s very popular hit known as Frozen, bringing with it some of the same magic that was present in the original.”

Olaf not only matures in a very funny and philosophical way, but also worries about the universe and his place in it. He comes off as a clever and angsty teen throughout the movie. The music in the movie does not contain any successors to songs such as “Let It Go”, but “Into the Unknown” has the same emotional feeling behind it with Elsa’s (Idina Menzel) amazing voice. Some of the songs sound similar, but it’s expected to be that way with the extreme popularity of the songs from the previous movie. Kristoff finally got his solo that was missing from the first movie with the song “Lost in The Woods” which is styled after an 80s music video. Anna has her new song called “The Next Right Thing” which is quite a bittersweet song. Olaf’s usual comical approach to his songs gives him “When I’m Older” which is just like the Olaf that many fans know and love. 

Since the love aspect of the movie is already established, the subplot of this is Kristoff being unsure if Anna wants to marry him since she’s so worried about her sister’s well-being. Fans should not be expecting the same magic that the first delivered to viewers. However, this movie is a fitting example of Elsa and Anna’s promise to protect one another as well as their Kingdom. 


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Down Goes the Last of the Undefeated Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:55:17 +0000 Week 10 was a huge turning point for the league and especially for the San Francisco 49ers who shocked the world by winning their first eight games of the season against many people’s belief that they would not even be a contender this year. On November 11th, the 49ers hosted the Seahawks at Levi Stadium without their two main pass catchers in George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders, and their starting kicker Robbie Gould.

The game was tied with both teams scoring 24 points each at the end of regulation, thanks to a field goal by 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin. During the overtime period, the 49ers started with the ball, and managed to drive into field goal range to give an opportunity to McLaughlin for a go-ahead field goal. The center hiked it and the kick was not even close and drifted drastically to the left. The ball is turned over on downs and the Seahawks have an opportunity to win the game with any type of score.

49ers kicker Chase Mchlaughlin misses a key field goal against the Seahawks

The Seahawks Quarterback and early MVP candidate Russel Wilson led the offense down the field into field goal range where they eventually kicked the game-winning field goal and ended the hopes of the 49ers perfect season. And just like that the 49ers fall to 8-1 and there are no more undefeated teams in the NFL.


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Kairos 47 Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:53:57 +0000 On October 22-25, some of the gentlemen of the Saint Louis School class of 2020 went on the first Kairos retreat of the year and 47th retreat since its beginning in the early 2000’s. This is the last and arguably the most moving retreat of any throughout high school. The sophomore and junior retreats led to this big four day and three night retreat. Teachers and students both participated in the activities that were meant to bring us closer to each other and to God. There were two groups led by seniors Brennan Cabral and KJ Soong.

Retreatants were encouraged to share their thoughts throughout the retreat.

I had the privilege of attending this retreat as well. There were so many things that I learned about my brothers and teachers. It surely created a bond between us like no other. The one lesson that I learned from this retreat is to never judge someone until you hear their story and know where they’re coming from. This retreat stressed confidentiality which means that what’s said at that retreat stays within the group. This allowed many people to share things that they’ve never shared before in order to get the burden off their shoulders.

The retreat seemed serious and intense at times, but there were also times of looseness and calmness. The food at the retreat center was great, and everyone ate well. On top of that, in between meals, there were snacks that were brought by the retreatants for everyone to enjoy. To get rid of all our charged up energy, we had two hours of recreation time each day. This meant the boys got to go to the basketball court for two hours and show-off their competitiveness. Lastly, everyone was nervous, but humorous that paranormal activity lurked in the dorm rooms, so no one dared to sleep in their own rooms at night. Eventually everyone made it out alive safely.

The retreatants were assigned certain groups to discuss and share.

Kairos, for many, was a life-changing experience. Many things were said in a comfortable and confidential environment, and a bond like no other was made between the teachers and the retreatants. To any Saint Louis Student, this experience will change your life for the better, and give you friends for life.


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Freshman: C/o 2023 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:42:32 +0000 Freshman student Micah Soque lip synced to “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You,” a song made famous by our very own Saint Louis School President: Dr. Glenn Medeiros.

Nice choice!

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