In Brief | Schools 7-10-13


Traxler memorial scholarship awarded to Hilo student

Norm Stahl, representing the Big Island Retired Military Association, presented the 2013 BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial scholarship certificate and a $1,000 check to Orion Schlegelmilch at an award ceremony May 17 at St Joseph’s High School in Hilo.

The award is in memory of Mark Traxler, son of James and Carol Traxler of Kailua-Kona.

Schlegelmilch participated in the Waiakea NJROTC program while at St. Joseph’s. He will attend Seattle University this fall where he intends to major in psychology. His father, Capt. Charles Schlegelmilch and mother, Lt. Cmdr. Annette Schlegelmilch, are both retired from the Navy.

Big Island Federal Credit Union awards scholarships

Big Island Federal Credit Union has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to seven students to continue their education.

The $2,500 scholarship recipients are Sisay Girmay, for study at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Keagan Sakai-Kawada, who attended Waiakea High School. The $1,000 scholarship recipients are Kirsten Nakamura,Waiakea High School; Anela Nishimoto, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Jesica Lynne Pacheco, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Keani Shirai, Waiakea High School; and Luke van der Spoel, Kealakehe High School.

The credit union’s scholarship committee reviewed and scored all applicants based on academic excellence, personal achievements, community involvement, academic and career goals, as well as letters of recommendation.

In 1936, a group of teachers formed the Big Island Teacher’s Federal Credit Union. It was the first chartered credit union in the Territory of Hawaii. Many years later, as a community credit union with an islandwide charter, Big Island Federal Credit Union remains committed to supporting the students and teachers of the Big Island. For 25 years the credit union has been recognizing students for their achievements and dedication by offering scholarships.

Konawaena Middle School student schedules ready

Students attending Konawaena Middle School may pick up their schedules on the following dates in the high school cafeteria: seventh grade, July 18; eighth grade and families with two or more children, July 19; and sixth grade, July 22. Times are as follows: July 18 and 19 from 8 to 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., and July 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A parent or guardian must accompany children to complete school forms including an emergency card, bus application, lunch application, agriculture survey and more.

Due at registration are school fees of $10, an optional yearbook fee of $25, and lunch deposits. School uniform T-shirts will be available for purchase.

ID photos will be taken. The dress code applies; students are asked to dress appropriately. Any student who will be using a school locker should bring a combination lock. No key or laser locks are permitted.

New students should call the school at 323-4566 for registration dates and times.

School begins Aug. 5 for sixth graders; other grades report Aug. 6.

Waimea youth receives national scholarship

The Pantry, a collaborative nonprofit group, recently announced that Matt Horne, a student at Kanu O Ka Aina New Century Public Charter School has been awarded a scholarship from Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America to attend its midyear training program July 21 to 25 in Austin, Texas.

A member of The Pantry’s youth group, the Friday Night Crew, Horne, 14, participated in the Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) forum in March. He introduced Project SAM co-chairs, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy and former White House drug policy adviser Kevin Sabet, to community leaders at the event.

At the encouragement of Project SAM organizers, Horne will help with their presentation about Hawaii’s Project SAM to the coalition’s assembly during the training program.

Horne will receive a full scholarship to the training programs in Austin, although travel expenses are not included. Fundraising work is under way to assist Horne, and to support additional youth participants and chaperones.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which comprises The Friday Night Crew youth group and community coalition, Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store. The Friday Night Crew coalition is a collaboration of youth and adult organizations for the purpose of prevention, mentoring, recovery, community awareness and creative activism.