Please help the High School of the Pacific!
My name is Jameson Yalap from Palau, last year in June a small private school called the High School of the Pacific (HSP) located in Kona, Hawaii was closed down due to the worldwide recession. The High School of the Pacific comprised of 38 students from different island nations of the Pacific region such as RMI, FSM. Palau, Tonga, Solomon Islands, PNG, Samoa and Hawaii. The school was founded in 2004 by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, whom is also the founder of the Unification Movement. The school is in no way a mission school. It is strictly non-sectarian and does not discriminate people of other faiths. Anyway, every year since 2004 they would go to the islands to recruit some of the brightest kids to attend HSP granted a full scholarship, and I was one of them. Actually I didn't pass the tests they always give out, but I was fortunate enough that the school Administrator Anne-Marie Mylar read my e-mail explaining how badly I wanted to go to HSP. I thank God she read my e-mail because I really wanted to go so badly and I did. Okay moving on, so I went to Hawaii in 2008 and I began my freshman year there. HSP was a very diverse and gifted school. I got the chance to learn so many things and broaden my vision from the people that I met in HSP. I learned how to speak a few Micronesian, Melanesian and Polynesian dialect and we had so much fun but of course school work was challenging but our teachers were very supportive and caring. My freshman class was so small, I had 8 classmates including myself inside it and I loved it. HSP was the greatest thing that ever happened to me and I'm sure all of the students. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't believe was given to me and I thank God for it. Unfortunately in April of 2009 the school board announced the school will no longer proceed after the school year is finished. HSP recieved 2 million annually from Unification Church organizations in Japan and Korea and because of the economic crisis they could no longer support the school so it had to close down. When we heard the news our school was closing down, my whole world came tumbling down. All that I had hoped for and worked hard for felt like it didn't matter anymore. It was really hard for me because I tried so hard to get in and I didn't pass the tests but I was able to get in because of my e-mail, and because I was so attached to everybody and the fact that I was going to graduate from this prestigious school and be all geared up and ready to go to a top university. To this day I never stop thinking about the school and my friends. I'm still in a state of denial and depression. I tried contacting organizations and notable wealthy people to help but no success. Please anybody there who can help my school! Please!!! Anybody who knows someone who can help!!
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