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Students at Le Jardin Academy find a healthy balance between studies and after school activities

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It’s graduation season, and students at Le Jardin Academy will soon be facing new challenges in college. HI Now host Jobeth Devera visited the school to see how students keep a healthy balance between their studies and activities outside of school.

Gianna Sbarbaro is a senior at Le Jardin and has been attending since second grade. Since then, she’s been involved in many different sports like cross country, track, and soccer. Outside of school, horseback riding is her passion. She’s a member of the equestrian community and rides horses in Waimanalo.

When it comes to balancing school and sports, Sbarbaro says teachers are always understanding. “They’ve always been really supportive of athletics and academic pursuits and helping students find balance in their lives,” Sbarbaro explains. “Le Jardin has also been a really supportive community.”

She’s also part of the school’s Polynesian Club. “It’s been a fun outlet for me to pursue my passion for Hawaiian culture and learn about the art of lei making.”

Luke Faurot is also a senior and student athlete at Le Jardin Academy. Since the ninth grade, he’s been on the school swim team and competing with the waterpolo team. “It’s been easy for me to balance both sports and school because the majority of the learning here is project based,” Faurot said. “So we have a lot of time until final deadlines.”

Both Faurot and Sbarbaro will graduate in June 2019. Faurot will be attending the Air Force Academy where he hopes to become a pilot and serve his country. Sbarbaro, on the other hand, will be heading to the University of San Diego, continuing her love of athletics on the cross country and track team.

As they head to college, Faurot and Sbarbaro take all the skills they’ve learned at Le Jardin. “What I really love about Le Jardin is the classmate chemistry,” Faurot says, thinking back on his experience at the school. “There’s only 60 kids in a grade or so, so you know everyone’s name, and it’s really fun to be a part of.”

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