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In Brief | Schools 4-17-13

Lifeplan graduation slated April 25

A celebration is planned to recognize the Kealakehe freshman class, teachers, mentors and youth leaders, upon their completion of the Lifeplan Youth Mentoring Program, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. April 25 in the school cafeteria.

The Lifeplan Program is a youth mentoring curriculum that helps teens make informed choices.

The Hualalai Ohana Foundation “adopted” 16 ninth-grade classrooms to provide mentoring for 320 freshmen.

Community volunteer mentors — employees from various sectors, including Four Seasons Hualalai and Hualalai Resort — are committed to stay with the classrooms through graduation.

The initial program encourages self-awareness; subsequent years will focus on learning skills such as financial literacy, career development, college goals, health and nutrition and character development.

The goal is to create an effective collaboration of community partnerships to create well-rounded and engaging education for youth that promotes readiness, reduces drop-out rates, and increases financial independence and college admission.

To become a trained mentor or community partner, call 325-4701 or email

Students awarded Dorrance Scholarships

The second cohort of Dorrance Scholarships has been awarded to Hawaii Island high school students who will begin their studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo this fall.

The Dorrance Scholarship is a four-year award designed to benefit students who are the first in their family to attend college. The $8,000 per year need-based scholarships are renewable for a total of eight semesters.

West Hawaii recipients include:

c John Alokoa, Kealakehe High School, Waikoloa

c Tawanaka Kaupu, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, Ocean View

c Cheyenne Losalio, Konawaena High School, Captain Cook

c Stareynelle Mitchell, Ke Kulao Ehunuikaimalino, Holualoa

c Luana Zablan, Kanu o ka Aina, Waimea

Prior to their freshman year, Dorrance Scholars participate in a summer bridge program to help them transition from high school to college. In subsequent summers, scholars take part in international travel and employment preparation, bringing the estimated value of each award to more than $60,000 for the four-year period.

NHCH scholarship deadline is April 30

The deadline to apply for the following North Hawaii Community Hospital Scholarships is April 30. Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of each sponsoring organization based on criteria outlined in the scholarship applications, available at

The Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship is a $2,000 award offered to a Hawaii County resident enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program.

Two $1,000 NHCH Medical Staff scholarships are available for individuals enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program.

Two $1,000 Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated Inc. scholarships are offered to graduating North Hawaii high school students.

Mail completed applications to NHCH, Attention: Human Resources, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743. Call 881-4410 for more information.

Waimea Country School plant sale set Saturday

Waimea Country School is hosting its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its St. James’ Circle campus. Items for sale will include vegetable starts, flowers, landscaping plants and garden crafts. All proceeds support the school’s garden program, Na Keiki Aloha Aina. Baked goods and fresh produce will also be sold as a Parent Association fundraiser for the new junior kindergarten playground.

Call 885-0067 for more information or visit or

Elementary summer program registration starts Saturday

The Kealakehe Elementary 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer School Program is set from May 30 to June 28. The program, offered to current kindergarten through fifth-grade students, is slated from 8 a.m. to noon every weekday, except June 11, Kamehameha Day.

Daily classes for all grade levels include reading, math, art, Hawaiian studies and gardening.

The program cost is $159. Registration for non-Kealakehe Elementary School students begins Saturday and continues through May 17. Applications are available in the Kealakehe Elementary School Office; call 895-9971 for more information.

Design workshop planned at Kealakehe

An Extreme Force Design Workshop is slated from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria.

Third- through seventh-grade students will be assigned to teams and build shelters — for a set of miniature crash test dummies — that will have to resist both a shake table and wind tunnel. Through the workshop, students and their parents will learn about natural forces and the design process.

Advance registration is required; participation is limited to 40 students. Each participant will need a parent, guardian or coach with them during this event. Adults may be responsible for more than one student.

This event is organized by AIA Honolulu-Hawaii Island Section, Kealakehe High School Tiki Techs and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory. Materials support comes from University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program.

For more information, email Shaun Roth, To register, visit and find “Extreme Force Design Workshop” after clicking on “Events.”

HPA students attend conference in Colorado

Hawaii Preparatory Academy students Scott Fetz, Noor Sarwar and Eliana Kaplan attended “Without Limits,” the 24th annual National Service Learning Conference March 13 to 16 in Denver.

Featured speakers included Naomi Tutu, daughter of Desmond Tutu; Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; and R. Dwayne Betts and Marc Kielburger of Free the Children Foundation.

The students gave presentations about HPA programs Back to Tap and the OXFAM Hunger Picnic. They also visited the University of Denver and the University of Colorado-Boulder campuses.