Connect with us

Basketball

OCEANVIEW GYM OPEN AGAIN

[sixcol_five_last]

By Patrick Lujan

Students from Oceanview Middle School take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the reopening of their gym after almost 12 years of it being deemed unsafe. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Students from Oceanview Middle School take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the reopening of their gym after almost 12 years of it being deemed unsafe. (photo by Jesse Castro)

After almost 12 years of being closed due to earthquake damage, the Oceanview Middle School gymnasium doors are finally open once again.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday morning at the southern school as Guam Department of Education officials, island dignitaries and the school children were on hand for the event.

“I want to thank all the students and their families of Oceanview Middle School for their patience through the years,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “What a wonderful moment to celebrate the return of this gym and to finally make Oceanview whole again. I’m looking forward to seeing our kids compete and hold home court advantage in the months and years ahead!”

The gym was deemed unsafe and was forced to close in 2001 due to damaged sustained by an earthquake. Estimated costs to repair that damages at that time was $50,000, according to school principal Lynda Hernandez-Avilla.

“It’s been a long struggle with first trying to find out whether FEMA was going to fund the renovations.  Then, later gotten word that we won’t be funded because the gym did not have typhoon insurance,” she said.

The total cost for repair almost 12 years later is between $850,000-$900,000.

The new version does come with two new classrooms, a new floor, brand new bleachers and scoreboard.
The student body were still utilizing the locker rooms up until 2009 when it was then deemed unsafe as well.  Since then, students used regular classrooms to change for PE classes and only wiped up with baby wipes or changed clothes with no showers or locker rooms. Students would use the field or hallways for PE classes depending on the weather.
“No more dividing the students for a presentation, ceremony, or assembly because there’s no place to have it because we have our gym back!,” exclaimed Hernandez-Avilla. “No more cancellations of any activity because it’s raining. We have our gym back!”

QUICK FACTS

1959: opened as Agat/Santa Rita Jr. High School

1982: became Agat/Santa Rita High School, later Oceanview High School

1997: became Oceanview Middle School

 

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

http://www.akguam.com/ou/tamuning-scion/

IMG_1883

OMS Principal Lynda Hernandez-Avilla greets everyone in attendance during the opening remarks for the school’s gym ribbon cutting ceremony. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1888

Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio addresses the students of Oceanview Middle School. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1892

Superintendent of Education Jon Fernandez is happy to see the enthusiasm coming from the students of OMS. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1900

Education dignitaries join together in officially cutting the ceremonial ribbon. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1917

IMG_1852

Southern High School Honor Guard presented the colors to the students of OMS. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1857

OMS student body lead their classmates in reciting the DOE Vision, OMS Vision, OMS Mission, ESLRs, and ESRBs. From left President Joni Tudela, Secretary Dasha Cruz, Treasurer Dan Geolingo, Public Relations Officer Isabel Herrera, and Vice President Karen Palomo. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1860

OMS Cultural Dancers led by Saina Lujan bless the newly renovated gym with a traditional Chamorro chant. (photo by Jesse Castro)

IMG_1877

GDOE Assistant Superintendent Rob Malay, Superintendent Jon Fernandez and Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio applaud during the ceremony. (photo by Jesse Castro)

[/sixcol_five_last]

[fbshare url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/?p=22710″ type=”button”]
[fblike url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/?p=22710″ style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

August

September 2019

October
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Events for September

1st

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

2nd

No Events
Events for September

3rd

Events for September

4th

Events for September

5th

Events for September

6th

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Submit VI

Dusit Thani Resorts
Events for September

7th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Events for September

8th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

9th

Events for September

10th

Events for September

11th

Events for September

12th

Events for September

13th

Events for September

14th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Events for September

15th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

16th

Events for September

17th

Events for September

18th

No Events
Events for September

19th

Events for September

20th

Events for September

21st

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

22
23
24
25
26
27
28
Events for September

22nd

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

23rd

Events for September

24th

Events for September

25th

Events for September

26th

Events for September

27th

Events for September

28th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

29
30
1
2
3
4
5
Events for September

29th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for September

30th

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

Sanchez QB Jayton Penaflor

Polls

Will the FD Football win streak end this season?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Kein Artero has a list of who’s who of Artero uncles who’ve starred in Guam’s gridiron: Andre Artero UOG Tritons & Hals Angels OL, Bubba Artero UOG Tritons & Hals Angels OL, Kenny Artero SSHS DB/Baseball Pitcher, Jesse Sablan FD & Hals Angels FB, Roland San Nicolas FD & Hals Angels OL, Chuck Ada SSHS & Hals Angels DB,  Ed “Rock” Artero SSHS & Hals Angels MLB, “Wild” Bill Ada FD & Hals Angels ML, Jared Ada FD & Hals Angels WR/Utility

 

COMING SOON …

– 24th Marianas Fishing Derby

– NFL Week 3: Steelers at 49ers

– Jon Tuck’s Bellator debut CANCELLED

QUICK HITS

Dana Holmes is the new UOG men’s head basketball coach. In the last two years, he was a coach at FBLG Middle School and most recently a PE teacher at GW.

—————————————————-

Pro triathlete Mieko Carey finished third in XTERRA Japan on Sunday in a time of 3:43:02. Her career was on hiatus for a couple of years raising her twin children. It’s safe to say the 40-year-old is back in top form. Congratulations Mieko san!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in Basketball