Young leader selected
John Newman II of Mid-Pacific Institute has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington this month, a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Participants will attend skill-building workshops, briefings and a role-playing event entitled "If I Were President."
Student traffic essay takes third
Aaron Madriaga, a senior at Kealekehe High School in Kailua, Kona, earned a third-place award in AAA Hawaii's Senior High Communications Contest for his essay on the traffic-safety theme "Better Safe Than Sorry." He won a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
"Aaron's chilling first-person essay on a crash in which he narrowly escaped serious injury or death is a lesson to all of us on the dangers we face daily on our roadways," said Richard Velazquez, group manager of AAA Hawaii.
HPU recognizes stellar alumni
Hawai'i Pacific University has presented three outstanding alumni with the Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards. Jill Castilla, who won the Young Alumni Award, works with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at its Oklahoma City branch. Garrett Grace, who received the Alumni Service Award, is assistant vice president and business relationship for Central Pacific Bank. Wade Nakashima, recipient of the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award, is manager of terminals and logistic support for Tesoro Hawaii.
Leeward pupils named top keiki
Leeward Coast Outstanding Keiki of the Year Awards were presented to West O'ahu elementary school students by Grace Pacific Corp. A total of $8,000 in scholarships was donated so the fifth-graders can attend an educational retreat recently at Camp Timberline. The recipients were:
Kapolei Elementary School: Kirsten Adams, Shantelle Aglanao, Heidi Back, Marissa Chau, Avery-John Domingo, Dane Eguchi, Joslyn Eugenio, Alexandra Jamora, Taryn Lee, Nhorma-Lynne Lorenzo, Stephen Lucini, John Pacheco, Matthew Perez, Jodi Santiago, Lynell Shove, Chisu Suh, Rachel Takasaki, Hana-Marie Thompson, Micah Uehara and Jonoa Yoro.
Makakilo Elementary School: Jason Abrahamson, Jonathan Allen, Elyse Aoki, Jason Ariola, Sharla Batocal, Debra-Lee Bivit, Adam Cabral, Amber Canoy, Craig Cayetano, Cameron Cole, Taryn Frias-Smith, Blossom Jolonino, Nicole Odviar, Lauren Pakele, Ruth Pane'e, Britney Quisano, Robin Rodrigues, Regino Shove-Wray, Kainoa Stevens and Melvin Tomas.
Mauka Lani Elementary School: Kashia Akau, Angelo Ashmore, Alyssa Bali, Nancy Bertulfo, Armand Catacutan, Jamie Coelho, Monique Cortez, Keith Davis, Jaqueline Dyer, Caton Gabrick, Jessica Guthmiller, Erica Hammer, Cody Helgeson, Chelsea Kewley, Catherine Leskovec, Kylee Manega, Hannash Pearce, Lindsey Waiamau and Wielfried "Ryan" Weinmann.
Barbers Point Elementary School: Dacia Boyce, Kevin Chafe, Rachelle Cross, Erica Edrada, Ashlee Harrison, Makana Kuahiwinui, Robert Kuakini, Callie Lamont, April Liwanag, Jasmine Manabat, Amber Perorits and Nina Reyes.
Violinist at top music festival
Honolulu resident Stephanie Yoshida is studying violin and taking part in the summer music festival at the Brevard Music Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. She won one of 370 places available in competition with more than 1,000 music students from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. Stephanie will perform and receive instruction from guest artists and professionals on the faculty from the nation's top symphonies, opera companies and music schools.