Sienkiewicz wins HPA’s geography bee
Eighth-grader Tristan Sienkiewicz won Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s geography bee Dec. 11 to qualify for further competition and possibly a $25,000 scholarship. Classmate Braden Kojima placed second at the school-level bee, where students answered oral questions on geography.
Thousands of schools nationwide and in five U.S. territories are participating in the 25th National Geographic Bee. School winners, including Sienkiewicz, must take a written test to qualify for competition at the state level. Hawaii’s statewide bee is scheduled for April 5.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the national championship rounds in May. The first-place winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
Elks names essay contest winners
The Elks Lodge 2616 has announced the winners of its annual Drug Awareness Essay contest.
The five seventh-graders, instructed by Kathie D’Amico, are Hope Kudo, first place, female; Alden Transfiguracian, first place, male; Keao Alford, second place, male; Kathleen Rose Mallen, second place, female; and Riley McGuire, third place. Each student was given a grant award; first-place winners may compete in district and national competitions.
Sponsored by the local, state and national Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the contest is open to students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Cadets hold formal ball
Kealakehe and Konawaena Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held their annual military ball Dec. 8 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Cadets were greeted by community leaders and school officials when passing through the receiving line upon entering the ballroom.
Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo, commanding office for Pohakuloa Army Training Area, was the guest speaker. Etiquette and good manners were stressed during the formal event.
The military ball is an Army tradition dating back to World War I. Soldiers would come together for unit camaraderie and esprit de corps the night before entering battle.
Parker School announces honor roll
Parker School has announced the names of students who earned standing on the Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll during the first trimester of the 2012-13 school year.
Upper school: Olivia Armandroff, Lorenzo Arnouts, Jaren Ashcraft, Matthew Bal, Keoni Beaton, Seraphim Benoist, Tawny Bright, Cody Brown, Jesse Burns, Bailey Calciolari, Carly Cappagli, Rachel Dunn, Kevin Grace, Paul Gregg, Savannah Harriman-Pote, Carolyn Hiller, Elliott Jacobson, Stephanie Janovsky, Marie Jobes, Erika Kasberg, Karl Kasberg, Kosuke Kume, Ginger Lee, Wyatt Mangel, Lysha Matsunobu, Tyler McCullough, Grant Nair, Sivan Najita, Maddison Nelson, Kyley Nishimura, Keala Prietto, Lauren Sweere, Maia Tarnas, Skye Waipa, Aidan Wharton, Sarah Willey, Megan Yost, Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart, Allen Bond, Kenneth Bond, Jamie Burns, Sean Dunnington, Brieanah Gouveia, Madyson Harper, Maksim Ionin, Tabea Linhardt, Marlo Mundon, Luke Potter, Harmony Ring, Mia Scibelli, Emilie Skladzien, Nohili Thompson, Thea Woodward, Joshua Yost, Nondi Lampkin, Mariko Langevin, Aolani Peiper.
Middle school: Shelby Alligood, Fanny Arnouts, Jadyn Ashcraft, Jaipal Brar, Dayton Brighter, Conner Brown, Hunter Bugado, Lucy Callender, Taylor Doherty, Maya Gee, Luke Harper, Kirk Hubbard IV, Colin Klimt, Kyra Matsuda, Owen Matsuda, Alissa Mullin, Sara Mundon, Mackenzie Nelson, Audrey Nixon, Masen Note, Zoe Vann, Kawena Ching, Kieran Wiese Gibson, Julia Lee, Majdi Mariano, Scout Paret.