The championship will feature the best high school teams in the western region of the United States.
This year’s tournament will be hosted by the Kahuku Red Raiders at the Brigham Young University Rugby Facility in Laie, Hawaii, from April 27 to 29.
The team will be travelling to Hawaii; leaving Rarotonga on Monday April 24 and returning via Auckland on Wednesday May 3.
Tereora College Principal Tania Morgan has said this championship has been an opportunity for the school to build a strong foundation for their sporting achievements and aspirations.
“We have been looking at ways to lift the profile of sports within our school and we have identified rugby as being a sport that can do just that.”
Morgan highlighted that not only was it a traditional sport that holds a great deal of importance in the Cook Islands, but it is a predominantly male dominated sport.
With fundraising in progress, the school has united, all with the same end goal – get the boys to Hawaii.
However along with a fundraising target of $100,000 the college has strong hope this championship will increase male leadership roles.
“Along with sport, we have been looking at lifting the profile of males in the school, and bringing them into leadership roles.
“We know that if we could get some good, positive male role models out there we know it will give the rest of the students something to aspire to,” Morgan said.
Acknowledging their goal is a big target, Morgan said that whatever happens she knows they will get there - “We have to!”
“We will get there because that is the passion these boys, their families and their supporters have for this sport and their team,” she said.
Meanwhile Tereora student leaders have organised a quiz night fundraiser to support the First 15 travelling team at On The Rocks on March 14.
Contact Urirau George on 56820 to register.