In Brief | Schools 3-6-13


Students selling laulau as fundraiser

Steaming laulau, made with fresh beef and pork donated by Waimea ranchers, Hawaii Island grown luau leaves and Hawaiian salt, will be sold to raise funds for the Waimea Middle School Eighth-Grade East Coast Travelers’ educational trip to Washington, Philadelphia and New York this June. Tickets are $10 for three laulau and may be purchased from any of the students and their families, or from the school office by March 14.

Pickup of the laulau will be between 9 and 11 a.m. March 23 from Waimea Middle School classroom L-04.

This is the eighth year a group of the students will make an educational trip to the East Coast.

For more information about tickets, call the school office at 887-6090, ext. 222, or stop by the office to purchase tickets between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days.

State honors schools for academic progress

The state Department of Education honored 32 schools for extraordinary achievements at the inaugural Strive HI Awards ceremony. The awards recognize schools for significant academic progress for two consecutive years and represent a one-time grant to further improvement efforts.

The Strive HI Awards celebrate schools that ranked in the top 5 percent in the state for reading or math growth, providing grants of $12,500 for each subject area. Schools in West Hawaii receiving $12,500 each include: Kahakai Elementary, math; Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino, reading; Kealakehe High, math, and Kohala High, reading.

The award money must be used for upgrades at the schools, which could include the purchase of technology infrastructure, musical instruments, science lab and equipment, as well as other academic/financial plan-approved expenditures.

Award funds are part of the state’s Race to the Top federal grant received in 2010.

Parker takes second at debate tournament

The Parker School Debate Team came in second place overall at the Mid-Pacific Institute Qualifying Debate Tournament on Oahu Feb. 16. Fourteen schools participated in the six-round tournament, won by Iolani School.

Parker students took first place in four of the six debate categories: Paul Gregg in Championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Sivan Najita in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Elliott Jacobson and Maia Tarnas in Advanced Public Forum Debate; and Kyley Nishimura and Nya Phillips in Beginning Public Forum Debate.

Lysha Matsunobu qualified in Championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Keala Prietto and Nohili Thompson qualified in Advanced Public Forum Debate.

Fifteen Parker students have now qualified for the state tournament in April.

HPA students qualify for state science fair

Five Hawaii Preparatory Academy middle school students have qualified to participate in the 56th Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair slated April 7 to 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu. The students qualified during the 2013 East Hawaii District Science & Engineering Fair held at the Imiloa Astronomy Center Feb. 16.

The students and their projects are: George Donev, “Moisture Madness;” Chavis Arafiles, “Snails Don’t Like What;” Sidney Vermeulen, “Eye Infection Prevention;” Coco Shafer, “Got Bethic;” and Sarah Emmons, “Superior Sludge.”

Sims is Presidential Scholar candidate

Zoe Sims, a senior at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2013.

Sims is HPA’s second consecutive U.S. Presidential Scholars Program candidate; Kyle Matsuda, currently a student at Harvard University, was a 2012 Presidential Scholar.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities.

Sims, daughter of Neil and Kathryn Sims of Kailua-Kona, is an active member of the HPA community. She is student body president and served as class representative on the student council for two years. She also serves on the school’s Honor Council. In addition, Sims has written numerous articles for Ma Ke Kula, the school magazine, and North Hawaii News.

Kona AAUW offers scholarships

The American Association of University Women Kona Branch will award three $2,000 scholarships this spring to female high school seniors in West Hawaii who plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university.

The criteria for awarding scholarships are academic achievement; involvement in extracurricular high school activities, community organization or employment experience; educational and career goals; and financial need.

Application packets must be postmarked by April 17 and are available from high school counselors or online at kona-hi.aauw.net. Home-schooled young women are welcome to apply.

For more information, contact Toni Rimer at tonirimer@yahoo.com.

Kealakehe SCC seeks to fill two vacancies

Kealakehe High School’s Community Council is accepting nominations for two community component vacancies for 2013-15. Representatives serve one or two years; self-nominations are accepted. Those interested in serving are encouraged to attend the council meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

The council’s primary role is to review and evaluate the school’s academic and financial plan to ensure students’ needs are met, provide opportunities for discussions on school improvement, participate in evaluation of the principal, request waivers and develop and revise school policies. The council meets from 5:15 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the staff dining room.

To nominate, or for more information about the commitment, contact Linda Jeffrey at 327-4300, ext. 2432, or khparentcenter@yahoo.com. Deadline for nominations is April 8.