In Brief | Schools 5-1-13


Montgomery returning to HPA

Cindy Montgomery, a veteran college counseling professional, is returning to Hawaii Preparatory Academy as assistant director of college counseling, a position she held prior to relocating to Oahu in 2009.

Montgomery, who begins her duties in August, comes to HPA from American Renaissance Academy, where she serves as director of college counseling and team leader of academics and school program. She recently completed a term as president of the Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling. As president, Montgomery ran the association’s college counseling initiatives for the state.

In addition to serving as HPA’s assistant director of college counseling from 2006 to 2009, Montgomery previously worked as a college admissions consultant assisting domestic and international clients with the college application process. She also was a teaching assistant at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Montgomery earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and holds two master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hualalai presents ‘Exhibition of Learning’

Hualalai Academy will present its “Exhibition of Learning” at 6 p.m. today. Students from grades six through 12 will host various activities and events. Highlights include robotics demonstrations, poetry readings, student videos and podcasts, singing and dancing. This free event is open to the public.

Waimea schools prepare May Day celebration

Waimea students will celebrate May Day at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 10 at the Thelma Parker Memorial Gymnasium.

Doors open to kupuna and families of the May Day Court, for the morning performance, at 8:15 a.m. Other members of the public may enter at 8:30. Hawane Rios, Kealii Bertelmann and Chadd Paishon will perform until the start of the performance at 9 a.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the evening performance.

There is no admission charged; attendees are asked to wear a lei.

Both presentations will begin with a protocol opening and formal introduction of the WMS May Day Court led by eighth-graders Maile Etherton, king, and Tania duPont, queen. They will be accompanied by pu blowers, kahili bearers and island princesses and their escorts.

Princesses and royal court representatives will include eighth-graders Terriann Aholelei, Janese Ambrosio, Quiana Anastacio, Faithlyn Bala Derla, Tyrah Fernandez, Keanianiokealaula Kaleleiki, Alaynia Preston-Kauhola, Kaylene Lincoln, Nicole Lorenzo, Destiny Lyman, Kamehanamauloa Tachera and Kiara Wilsey.

Escorts include eighth-graders Brian Abad, Elijah Anakalea-Buckley, Kahakea Callihan, Cody Cook, Joseph Hooper, Iokepa Keliiholokai-Agustin, Fernando Pancho, Kalena Roldan, Kainoa Salumbides, Jeremiah Sam, Ezra Wakinekona and Keighsen Walker.

The program will feature chants, dances and the royal coronation by family members. The morning presentation will also include songs and dances performed by Waimea Middle School students. Students from every school in Waimea have been invited to perform at the evening event.

Beef stew and sweet and sour pork dinners will be offered by eighth-graders, as a fundraiser for their East Coast travels, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Donations of decorative greenery are needed at gym. Drop them off between 3 and 6 p.m. May 8 or at 9 a.m. May 9. Decorating help is needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9. For information, call Pua Case at 938-5550.

Honaunau to celebrate May Day

The Honaunau Elementary School May Day celebration is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event features a country store, live and silent auction, rummage sale, food booths, performances by students and staff, games and mango pickles.

Proceeds from this free, public event assist with meeting the general needs of Honaunau School students.

Gregg, also a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist, is a member of Parker School’s debate team, student council and National Honors Society He helped evacuees take shelter at Parker School during the tsunami warning last fall and helped spearhead the student council’s effort to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. He has been involved in Parker’s after-school drama program for four years, currently serving as musical director. Gregg ran on the cross-country team and played soccer for Parker for four years.

Sims, who is also a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, is HPA’s student council president and track team captain. The daughter of Neil and Kathryn Sims of Kailua-Kona will attend Princeton University this fall, where she will also compete on the Tigers’ cross-country and track teams.