iLearn art ornament

iLearn Academy focuses on STEM education for kindergarten through the 8th grade.

Along the Pathway of Peace in President’s Park near the White House, The lighting of America’s National Christmas Tree will celebrate its 100th year this December, and Guam will be celebrating right alongside them.

This year, children from all 50 states participated as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands participated in this hallmark occasion. Even kids in Native American schools in New Mexico and Oklahoma, and kids around the world. in Belgium and Japan whose family is in the military.

18 ornament designs from various grades were selected to represent the school and Guam. Each winning design represents the culture and the beauty of the island through the eyes of each student saiHelen Nishihara, Chief Operations Officer of iLearn Academy

A student, Atisa Aguon drew a boy lifting the hand of an “aunty,” or an older woman, to his forehead. Atisa also decorated her ornament with the words “Hafa Adai,” and “Biba”.

While another student, Leo Murer-Cruz made a collage of a hut and sailboat, a coconut tree, a turtle, and flower.

Moreover, The public is invited to iLearn Academy Charter School to see the ornaments on exhibit inside the school lobby until December 31, 2022. For more information, please contact (671) 989-3789.

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Althea Engman or as she is referred to as Thea joined the PNC team in August of 2021 as their youngest reporter and after a few months she was given the opportunity to be their weather girl. She currently attends the University of Guam while working at Sorenson. Her hobbies include dancing, creating content for social media, as well modeling on the side, she also is a big dog lover. Before working for PNC, she didn’t think about pursuing a career in journalism or a related field but it has helped her figure out a better career path. She covers a wide variety of news beats with a focus on legislation and lifestyle.