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In Brief | Schools | 4-23-14

April 23, 2014 - 12:05am

Waimea sixth-grade orientation is today

In just 16 weeks, current fifth-grade students will begin the 2014-15 school year as sixth-graders. This is a huge transition for 10- to 11-year-old students.

To ease this transition, Waimea Middle School annually hosts an Incoming 6th Grade Family Orientation, which this year will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the school cafeteria. It’s free and families are encouraged to bring their incoming sixth-grader.

There is no charge but a reservation is helpful and can be done by calling the school office at 887-6090, ext. 222. All families who make a reservation will receive two ready-to-bake pizzas to go.

The orientation will include an overview of why the school opted to become a public conversion charter school in 2003 and also the school’s commitment to become accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. These efforts are aligned with the school’s mission of “empowering all students with the skills, values and cultural understanding to successfully navigate high school and beyond.”

For information about registering for the school, call Betty Healy at 887-6090, ext. 228.

For information including scholarships for summer school, call the school office.

Schools invited to recycle phone books

The Berry Co., publisher of the Official Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages, is partnering with schools on the Big Island to launch Think Yellow, Go Green, the company’s telephone directory recycling program. The sixth annual program kicked off Tuesday and runs through the end of May.

Schools will compete to collect the most outdated telephone directories, and keep the directories out of landfills through recycling. The schools have the opportunity to win cash prizes for their students’ participation in the program, and award amounts vary based on the school’s location.

Berry is also partnering with The Food Basket to host a community food drive. By using the recyclable directory delivery bags, Berry encourages the community to fill the bags with nonperishable food items and donate to the local food banks.

After the close of the school contest, the recycled telephone directories will be shipped to Oahu for recycling. Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages are 100 percent recyclable. For more information about the recycling program, including drop-off locations and hours, as well as a list of the participating schools and food banks, visit think

Students perform ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Innovations Fine Arts Mentorship Experience program recently presented this year’s full-scale musical performance of “Peter Pan Jr.” at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Students in fifth through eighth grade, enrolled in the after-school performing arts program, worked under the guidance and instruction of community mentors in the field of performing arts to create the production from planning to presentation. Students selected from the many areas of theater including acting, singing, choreography, stage and set design, as well as costume design and stage management. With the guidance of mentors and directors Sarah Rouse and Nora Frank, Innovations’ performing arts teacher Andrea Lindborg and costume and stage design mentors Karen Aguilera and Kelly Sundberg, every aspect of the production was student created, designed and implemented.

HPA students performing on stage

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s performing arts students will present their spring production, “An Evening of Song, Dance, and Music About Beginnings, Rainbows, and Love” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center in Waimea. Tickets, which only are available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

About 30 students will present a collection of songs, dances and instrumental music. Highlights include a one-act musical, “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” starring Eliana Kaplan, Miller White and Calvin Chang; an excerpt from the upcoming Prince Dance Company performance choreographed by Elizabeth MacDonald; and an instrumental performance featuring the after-school ensemble directed by Phillip Cheng.

For more information, call 881-4002.

Kealakehe team competing in nation’s capital

A team from Kealakehe High School will compete in the 12th annual Academic WorldQuest National Competition on Saturday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Academic WorldQuest is a team competition testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs, current events and foreign policy topics. The four Kealakehe High School students competing in Washington are among 200 finalists from across the United States. Thenational competitionis hosted by the World Affairs Council of America.

The team will be represented by Dan Andrade, Sarah Pike, Hoyt Thomas and Aricia Argyris and is coached by Justin Brown. The team earned its spot to represent the state by competing against 76 teams from 28 public and private schools on challenging international categories such as cybersecurity, current events, global health and U.S. energy policy. This year is particularly special because a public high school has not won the competition since 2008 and a neighbor island school has not won since 2004. The state competition is hosted by the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council.

Makua Lani lower lists honor roll

Makua Lani Christian Academy lower campus has announced the names of students on its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Second grade: Sofia Clark, Kenison Morinaka, Bella Shurley, Emma Estrada, Kylie Pucong, Cody Smith, Alexis Leao, Patrick Riehle, Noah Smith, Micah Berney, Olivia Estioko, Kamaili Kalawe, Kamaku Duarte, Anuhea Harrison, Anna Payesko.

Third grade: Judah Grosch, Anja Henriques, Kaleb Sotelo, Karsten Wanke, Lynelle Yadao-Ellazar, Mika Casino, Noa Frechette, Triton Rivera, Jacob Charles, Kili Kanda, Lynea Rivera.

Fourth grade: Kaiulani Bento, Jordan Hanano, Kale Onaka, Noa Clark, Kalae Mills, Alex Payesko, Nuuhiwa Beatty, Isabella Malendres, Sol Pace, Josiaha Kaaua, Jaron Nichols.

Fifth grade: Maya Calilao, Leilani Kathe, Austin Pham, Riley Estrada, Malia Guilloz, Raychelle Lorenzo.

Sixth and seventh grades: Noa Baggs, Shanti Eskildsen, Paige Jo, Maia Mills, Kahoku Benson, Jenna Howery, Kamalu Kaupiko, Shayna Valencia, Mara Duarte, Enjolique Hughes, Tia Lurbiecki, Ilinahe Beatty, Meleana Duvauchelle, Witney O’Halloran, Blake Valencia, David Casino, Colby Hardie, Kulani Paikuli Campbell, Timmy Catanzaro, Cressy Kerr, Kaitlynn Sell, Tristan Charles, RJ Luea, Kali Sotelo.

Auxiliary offers nursing scholarship

The Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary will be interviewing nursing students for its scholarship program. The scholarship is $2,500 per year. The student must already be enrolled in an accredited school of nursing to qualify. Students who are already registered nurses are not eligible for this scholarship.

Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked by June 9. Interviews will be held June 16. Applications must be picked up at the Kona Community Hospital Nursing Administration Office or the Education Department.

For more information, call Robin Olson at 322-4560.

Seniors urged to sign up for Project Grad

Kealakehe High and West Hawaii Explorations Academy seniors are encouraged to register for Project Grad taking place immediately after the graduation ceremony May 24. A representative will be available at the scheduled graduation practices over the next few weeks to answer questions and collect registrations.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Registration forms are available with the school librarian or download it from