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July 2, 2014 - 12:05am

Kealakehe Intermediate releases instructions for next school year

The first day of school for sixth-graders at Kealakehe Intermediate School will be from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 4. This is a special orientation day for sixth-graders only.

The first regularly scheduled school day for all students is Aug. 5. The daily start time is 8:15 a.m. and the school day will end at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 2:03 p.m. on Fridays. Class schedules will be given to students on the first day of school in their advisory classes. The new bell schedule and advisory placements will be posted three days before the start of school on the wall outside of the band room and on the wall of the first floor of building F.

Student fees, lunch account deposits and new student enrollment may be taken care of now in the school office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The school’s phone number is 327-4314.

Bresciani makes dean’s high honors list

Kai Alita Bresciani, a member of the class of 2014 at Connecticut College and a resident of Captain Cook, has been named to the dean’s high honors list for the 2014 spring semester.

At Connecticut College, Dean’s Honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.65, and dean’s high honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.77.

Sabri, Sarr on Cornell dean’s list

Roya Sabri of Kailua-Kona and Keely Sarr of Volcano have been named to the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences’ dean’s list for the spring semester.

The school is located in Ithaca, N.Y.

Parker award winners announced

Parker School has announced the recipients of awards for excellence in academics, arts, electives and athletics for the 2013-2014 school year.

Senior Awards

Parker School Trustees’ Award, Darneé Brighter; Headmaster’s Award, Nohili Thompson; Richard Smart Award for Academic Excellence, Lysha Matsunobu; Personal Achievement Award, Keala Prietto; Culff Leadership Award, Grant Nair; Longevity Award, Christopher Joseph Brown, Marie Jobes, Grant Nair; Outstanding Career Achievement in Performing Arts Award, Maddison Nelson; Outstanding Career Achievement in the Visual Arts Award, Christopher Joseph Brown; Female Scholar Athlete Award, Keala Prietto; Male Scholar Athlete Award, Grant Nair; Female Career Athlete of the Year Award, Marie Jobes; Male Career Athlete of the Year Award, Christopher Joseph Brown; Female Athlete of the Year Award, Emily Whitfield; Male Athlete of the Year Award, Ryp Ring.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians

12th Grade Valedictorian, Lysha Matsunobu; 12th Grade Salutatorian, Grant Nair; Eighth Grade Valedictorian, Kirk Hubbard; Eighth Grade Valedictorian, Owen Matsuda

Book Awards

Brown University, Maia Tarnas; Wellesley College, Aolani Peiper; Mt. Holyoke College, Anna McFarland; Yale University, Kosuke Kume


Student Council, Grant Nair; Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, Nohili Thompson; Creative Writing, Maddison Nelson


Most Valuable Debater; Carrie Hiller; Coaches’ Award, Savannah Harriman-Pote; Senior Achievement in Debate, Lysha Matsunobu; Senior Achievement in Debate, Keala Prietto; Senior Achievement in Debate, Nohili Thompson


Earth Science, Jordan Vedelli; Physical Science, Kirk Hubbard; Anatomy and Physiology, Anna McFarland; Biology: Kelii Crawford; Honors Biology, Sarah Bellatti; Chemistry, Sivan Najita; Project Physics, Larissa Bolstad Urquhart; Honors Physics, Jaren Ashcraft


English 6, Malaya Hill; English 7, Macey Note; English 8, Lucy Callender; English 9, Athena Coley; English 9 Honors, Zoe Somerville; English 10, Matthew Bal; English 10 Honors, Sarah Bellatti; English 11, Christian Patton; English 12, Shanelle Bolner; AP Language and Composition, Maia Tarnas; AP Literature and Composition, Lysha Matsunobu; AP Literature and Composition, Maddison Nelson

Fine Arts

Visual Arts 1, Conner Brown; Visual Arts 1, Lucy Callender; Visual Arts 2, Halia Buchal; Visual Arts 2, Shanti Scarpetta-Lee; Photography and Mixed Media, Jadyn Ashcraft; Photography and Mixed Media, Sara Mundon; Pottery, Sivan Najita; 2-D Art, Julia Ebert; 3-D Art, Kyley Nishimura; Photography, Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart; AP 2-D Art, Tawny Bright; AP 3-D Art, Shanelle Bolner; AP Drawing, Marlo Mundon; Dance, Lysha Matsunobu; Performance and Choreography, Conner Brown; Technician, Trevor Bastien; Creativity and Academic Achievement, Zoe Somerville


History 6, Malaya Hill; History 7, Zoe Vann; History 8, Kirk Hubbard; AP European History, Lysha Matsunobu; AP European History, Maddison Nelson; U.S. History, Mia Scibelli; Philosophy, Sean Dunnington; Sociology, Julia Ebert; Western Civilizations, Carrie Hiller; World History, Eric Fetsch


Spanish A, Malaya Hill; Spanish B: Halia Buchal, Spanish 1, Coco Romano-Giordano; Spanish 2, Savannah Harriman-Pote; Spanish 2, Carrie Hiller; Spanish 2A, Macey Note; Spanish 2A, Zoe Vann; Spanish 2B, Kirk Hubbard; Spanish 3, Erika Kasberg; Spanish 4, Maia Tarnas; Spanish 5, Lysha Matsunobu


Math Skills, Noelani Murray; Math Foundations, Halia Buchal; Pre-Algebra, Shanti Scarpetta-Lee; Algebra 1, Alissa Mullin; Algebra 2, Simon Dunlap; Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Sarah Bellatti; Pre-Calculus, Jamie Burns; AP Calculus AB, Kosuke Kume, AP Calculus BC, Lysha Matsunobu; Geometry, Kirk Hubbard

Physical Education


PE Grade 6, Riley Higgins; PE Grade 7, Craig McFarland; PE Grade 8, Chris Whitfield; Conditioning, Ryp Ring.

Richard and Eleanor Imai Shin Buddhist Scholarship

The Richard and Eleanor Imai Shin Buddhist Scholarship recently announced the winners for the 2014 scholarship. Each year awards of at least $2,000 are made. This year three winners were named: Cathryn Cantyne, $2,167, Jennifer Taniguchi, $2,167, and Coran Yamamoto, $2,166. Awardees had to be a 2014 graduate of a high school on Hawaii Island. Evaluations were based on the candidates knowledge of Shin Buddhism, temple activities, scholastic record, school and community activities, and recognition of honors and awards.

Cathryn Cantyne is a graduate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy and is the daughter of Susan and James Cantyne of Waimea. The Cantyne family belongs to the Kamuela Hongwanji Mission. She has yet to finalize her future studies to become a nurse, but will study at either: Wagner College, Seattle University, or the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jennifer Taniguchi is the daughter of Arthur and Barbara Taniguchi of Hilo. The Taniguchi’s are members of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. She is a graduate of Waiakea High School and will attend Creighton University this fall to study accounting.

Coran Yamamoto is a graduate of Konawaena High School and will attend Pacific University this fall to study kinesiology. Yamamoto and his parents, Chad and Carol Yamamoto of Kealakekua, attend Kona Hongwanji Mission.

Davis awarded bachelor’s degree

Janalee Kaulana Salvador Davis has graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in small business management and entrepreneurship. She has begun the master’s program in human resources at the university.

Davis, a 2005 graduate of Kealakehe High School, is the daughter of Alfredo Salvador of Kohala and Suzette Neula, John Kaluna of Waikoloa. She is married to Kalena Davis and they have three children.

Wall selected for internship

Anuhea Wall of Kealakeku has been selected for an internship at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully.

Youth Villages provides a variety of programs to help children who may have suffered abuse or neglect, or who may have emotional and behavioral issues. Wall is interning at Youth Villages’ Dogwood Campus just outside of Memphis, Tenn., helping girls in residential treatment learn more positive behavior patterns and deal with past trauma.

Wall is a senior at Pacific University. She is majoring in psychology and plans to become a social worker. Wall is a graduate of Konawaena High School.

Aguirre awarded Fries scholarship

Western Washington University student Cody Allen Aguirre, son of Gary and Donna Aguirre of Waimea, received a $1,300 Emil B. and Wilda H. Fries Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Emil B. and Wilda H. Fries Scholarship is intended for students that are perceived to become effective classroom teachers and who exhibit a sense of service through active involvement as volunteers and contributors to the health of the communities in which they live.

Aguirre, a senior, majors in general science and elementary educationand is a 2010 graduate of Honokaa High School.

Strawn named to dean’s list

Sarah Strawn, daughter of Gary and Valerie Strawn of Holualoa, has been named to the dean’s list at Cottey College for her scholastic performance during the spring 2014 semester.

In order to be on the dean’s list, the student’s grade point average must be between 3.5 and 3.74 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs located in Nevada, Mo.

Sandulli named to Duke dean’s list

Justin M. Sandulli was named to the dean’s list with distinction at Duke University for the spring semester. He was among 709 students who achieved that honor. To make the Arts & Sciences dean’s list with distinction, students must rank in the top 10th of the college.

Sandulli, is a 2012 graduate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy.