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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 9, 2003

Scholarships and awards

McDonald's honors 10

McDonald's Restaurants of Hawai'i has announced the following recipients of $1,000 scholarships for their outstanding academic achievement, community involvement and on-the-job performance: Robyn Aiello (Sacred Hearts Academy); Carly Arakawa (Kaimuki); Kristi Lynn DeMello (King Kekaulike); Constance Dewberry (Campbell); Norberth Garma (Baldwin); Matthew Gawlik (Mililani); Edward Johns (Waiakea); Adrianne Ola Olione (Waipahu); Letisha Pancho (Waimea); and Faith Yoshimoto (Christian Academy).

Since 1995, the scholarship program has awarded more than $95,000 to Hawai'i high-school students.

Youth exchange students picked

The following students have been chosen to participate in a three- to four-week youth exchange program this summer sponsored in part by the Lions Club of Honolulu: Rocky Juan, Farrington High, to Bangkok, Thailand; Howard Li, Kaiser High, Alabama; Jennifer Li, Mililani High, Hong Kong; Rhemei Mentac, Farrington High, Tokyo; Linda Siu, Wai'anae High, Italy; Nick Smith, Wai'anae High, Bangkok, Thailand; Kristen Suwa, Waiakea High, Tokyo; Chelsia Toyama, Mililani HIgh, Osaka, Japan; and Ryan Lau, Mililani, Shizuoka, Japan.

Depending on the SARS situation, alternative sites may be decided upon at a later date.

The following students have been awarded $500 scholarships: Brent Iha, Kalani High; and Tanya Lee and Jodi Uchida, both of Castle High.

For information, call Tatsuya Taga, chairman of the Hawai'i Lions Youth Exchange Committee at 531-2588.

Artist wins $500 award

Madeline Soder, fiber artist and graduate student in the University of Hawai'i's Fiber Art program, has been named the recipient of the 2003 Elsa Takesue Memorial Scholarship of $500 by the Fibers Hui of Hawai'i.

The Elsa Takesue Memorial Scholarship aims to assist students to pursue further education in the field of fiber arts.

Heald students get scholarships

Heald College, Honolulu Campus, has earmarked more than $100,000 in scholarships for the Class of 2003, including:

Merit Scholarship winners (one-year, full-tuition scholarship worth $12,400) Darcie Lee Yamauchi, 'Aiea High; Kai'ulani McKeague, McKinley High; Maryellen Navalta, Campbell High; Jodi Uchida, Castle High; Douglas Hoomanawanui, Pahoa High; Jay Parinas, Waimea High; and Angela Bolo, Lana'i High.

Quarterly Scholarship winners ($3,200 each) Joy Kathleen Gascon, 'Aiea High; Edison Munoz, Moanalua High; Crystal Cabico, Farrington High; Caroline Laulusa, Farrington High; Jason Ramos, Pearl City High; Justin Una, Pearl City High; Ali Goodin, Castle High; Bradon Tabios, Castle High; Jacilyn Basque, Hilo High; Promise DePeralta, Hilo High; Stacy Battulayan, Waimea High; and Hiapo De Jesus, Kaua'i High.

For details on Heald College call 955-1500 or (800) 940-0530 or visit www.heald.edu.

Shopping event raises $50,000

"Community Shopping Day," a fund-raising campaign sponsored by Macy's Ala Moana and 14 local nonprofit organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Hawai'i Foodbank, The Hawai'i Nature Center and PBS Hawai'i, raised $50,000 during the event April 16 at Ala Moana Center.

The money raised was split among each of the participating groups.

57 scholarships given to youths

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation awarded 57 scholarships totaling $102,000 to outstanding seniors at every qualifying Hawai'i high school at an awards banquet Saturday at the Waialae Country Club. The top 10 students received an additional $2,000. Two $10,000 scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship were also awarded.

In the past 10 years, the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships to Hawai'i's youth.

Correction: Edward Johns of Waiakea High School received a McDonald's Restaurants of Hawai'i scholarship. His name was misspelled in a previous version of this story.