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Posted on: Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Hawai'i briefs

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Medical students offered internship

College students interested in a career in medicine may apply to the Straub Foundation 2001 Summer Student Research Program.

The eight-week program assigns students to foundation-sponsored projects and offers hands-on experience in clinical research and participation in a formal curriculum. Participants are selected on the basis of academic performance, interests and recommendations. Preference is given to Hawaii students.

The eight to 10 invited to participate will be able to take part in an incentive cash awards program.

Feb. 12 is the deadline for applications. For information or to apply, call the Straub Foundation at 524-6755.

Libraries to start issuing passports

Some public libraries will accept passport applications beginning Feb. 1.

The service will be similar to that provided at some U.S. post offices. A completed application form, appropriate U.S. citizenship documents, two passport photos and current identification may be brought to participating libraries.

Library staff will check the application and forward it to the U.S. Passport Agency. Only checks and money orders will be accepted as payment.

The participating branches are Aiea, Ewa Beach, Waialua and Waimanalo on Oahu, and Keaau, Kealakekua, Laupahoehoe and Naalehu on the Big Island.

For more information, call the libraries or visit travel.state.gov on the Web.

Isles’ child caucus launches bills

The Hawaii Keiki Caucus, made up of 23 Democrat and Republican state legislators, last week announced its package of bills dealing with youth and family issues.

They include measures that would get more 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in preschools and make the Healthy Start child abuse prevention program available statewide.

Joel Samuels and Aaron Kozuki of the Hawaii State Student Council said the caucus also would push measures to allow the student member of the Board of Education to vote on issues other than those those dealing with personnel. They also want more money to improve maintenance of school restrooms.

The caucus supports increasing the state minimum wage by $1 above the current federal minimum.

The caucus will focus on 15 bills in nine categories, rather than the 100 it would introduce in previous sessions.

Other bills on the agenda would:

Make kindergarten mandatory.

Pay for 12-month permanent full-time student activities coordinators in all public high schools.

Appropriate $400,000 to implement a youth gang rehabilitation program and money for respite care services to relieve family stress.

Teens encouraged to submit essays

The Hawaii and national societies of the Sons of the American Revolution are inviting high school students to enter their annual essay contest.

The Hawaii winner will receive $300 in U.S. savings bonds and have the winning essay submitted to the national contest. The national winner will receive $7,500, a trip to Louisville, Ky., to receive the award, and publication of the essay in the Sons of the American Revolution magazine.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. The essay must be in English and between 500 and 750 words. This year’s topic is "The Constitution: Does it Stand the Test of Time?" The deadline to enter is Feb. 14.

Entries should be submitted to Elbridge W. Smith, HISSAR Knight Essay Contest Chairman, 841 Bishop St., Suite 909, Honolulu, HI 96813. Copies of the rules and other information can be obtained by sending a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to the same address, or at www.sar.org/youth/knight.htm or the www.eboard.com/HISSAR.

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