Monthly Newsletter = May/June 2011 =

Dear All,

By the Grace of God, we have successfully completed our third year on an awesome and incredible artistic note and another rewarding academic performance.

Monthly Recap

Music from the Heart II took us beyond expectations with the visit from the Yale Alley Cats. A combined performance with STA’s Concentus provided our Island with refined music. Two concerts were performed at the Marriott Resort and SPA in front of a diverse audience. The Honorable Tina Muna Barnes lead the Guam legislature in a Resolution presented to the Yale Alley Cats and STA for an outstanding performance. We thank all students, Mr. Norman Babia, Ms. Tali Ariav and the STA Parent Performing Arts Committee for a job well done.

STA Global Issues Conference was held on May 19, 2011. The theme of this year was: Water: A Vital Global Resource. Two keynote speakers, Mr. John Jocson (Guam Community College) and Mr. Paul Packbier (PCR-Environmental, Inc.) addressed STA school community on Guam Hydrogeology and Water Pollution, respectively. A poster session presented by STA students concluded the conference.

The last part of the quarter was devoted to celebration of achievements and testing in several areas, including the National Latin exam, AP exams, SAT-10 and final exams.

Sports and Clubs’ Awards Ceremony took place on May 19, 2011 in the Prayer Garden. All student athletes, club officers, coaches and advisors were presented with either STA “Certificate of Participation” or “Certificate of Appreciation.”

STA Baccalaureate Mass was gracefully presided by the Vicar General, Msgr. David C. Quitugua on May 27, 2011 at the Cathedral-Basilica. STA Commencement Exercises were held the next day at the Top O’ the Mar. We are grateful to Msgr. James L.G. Benavente, The Honorable Jesse Gogue, Mayor of OCP, and STA Advisory Board members for attending the ceremony.  We also acknowledge Ms. Pilar P. Williams for delivering a profound and meaningful message to the graduates, and Mr. John Rivera, our lifetime Master of Ceremony. What made this festivity unique and sweet were the “four drops of honey on the cake,” coming from the presence, for the first time, of four alumni from the class of 2010.  We congratulate the Class of 2011 and their parents, and wish the graduates a successful college or religious life.

The end of the school year was celebrated with a bowling expedition at Leo Palace on May 7, 2011 and a rich potluck lunch on May 8, 2011 reflecting our school cultural diversity.

STA is saying farewell to two of our founding faculty members, Mrs. Corrine Yahn (Sciences) and Mr. Andrew Mojkowski (English/Social Studies), after three years of faithful service and achievements at STA. As we will miss them, we wish them well in their future endeavors.

STA is welcoming two new faculty members, Ms. Tina Lizama (Math/Sciences) and Dr. Timothy Guile (English/Philosophy), who will bring many years of experience and talents to STA.

Student Life

STA Mock Trial team represented Guam at the National Competition, where the team ranked 27 out of 48 states and territories. Whitney Quinley was awarded Most Outstanding Attorney, a distinction given to nine of the very best attorneys in the national competition. We are grateful to the Office of Civille and Tang, and especially Atty Leslie Travis and the Guam Bar Association for their advisement and continued support.

STA ACB Team under the guidance of Ms. Paulette Marta and Mr. Tim Smit, ranked number four in the Guam High School Competitions. The team was awarded a trophy by the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) of Guam Department of Education.

Freshman Janhvi Bhojwani won the first place in the 10th Grade Category of the American Mathematical Competition, Guam Chapter.

Sohomore Peter Leng won the first place in the Island-Wide Science Fair competition for High School Division and will earn a trip to NASA in summer 2011 or to the International Science Fair Competition in Pittsburgh in March 2012.

Other student achievements during the fourth quarter of 2011 include:

-       First place in Island-Wide Science Fair, Physical science Category (Janhvi Bhojwani)

-       Second place in Island-Wide Science Fair, Human and Medical Category (Katarina Delos Santos)

-       Second Place in UOG Mathematical Competition (Peter Leng)

-       Magna Cum Laude in 20011 National Latin Exam (Gia Righetti)

-       Cum Laude in 2011 National Latin Exam (Scott Han)

-       Candidate for AP Scholar (Yuhao Guo)

In the sports arena, three of our students, Alex Ornbo, Jillianne Tapel and Emmanuelle Haurillon have been selected to represent Guam at an international tennis tournament during the summer of 2011.

Congratulations to all awardees and coaches!


Summary of Upcoming Events

June 13- July 1, 2011: Summer School Session A

July 5- July 22, 2011: Summer School Session B

August 5, 2011: New faculty orientation

August 8, 2011: Faculty Professional Development

August 9, 2011: Parent Orientation

August 10, 2011: Freshmen Orientation

August 11-12, 2011: All Student Orientation

August 12-13, 2011: Faculty/Staff Retreat

August 15, 2011: New Academic Year Eucharistic Celebration

August 26, 2011: Open House

September 2, 2011: First Parent-Teacher Conference

We take this opportunity to thank all our students, faculty and staff, board members, parents, friends and benefactors of STA for a wonderful year.

Thank you, and God bless us all. Go Lions!


Hauhouot Diambra-Odi, Ph.D.


Note: STA Class of 2011 were accepted to the following universities: Boston University, Indiana University of Business, Northeastern University, Portland University, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Mary’s College, University of Guam, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University.

Religious Community: Capuchin Franciscan Aspirant

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