May 2017 Inspire

16-May-2017

Inspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: Radford High students find pathways to success, new educational partnership with Tahiti announced to perpetuate Malama Honua, three Hawaii public school students named US Presidential Scholar semifinalists, more stories.

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MAY 2017

Radford High counselors
Radford High students find paths to success
Radford's students take and pass Advanced Placement (AP) exams, graduate high school and enroll in college at higher rates than the state. Principal James Sunday credits the school's counselors (pictured) with providing the right mix of academic and social/emotional support for students and strong family outreach. Changes to the bell schedule also freed up students to pursue more opportunities to enhance their diplomas and AP coursework. STORY  

NEW EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP WITH TAHITI ANNOUNCED
The Hawaii DOE brought together education leaders, teachers and students to celebrate the homecoming of Hokule'a, announce an agreement with Tahiti's Ministry of Education to carry forward the mission of Malama Honua. STORY  

3 SENIORS NAMED US PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS SEMIFINALISTS
Three Hawaii public school students have been selected out of 5,100 candidates as semifinalists for the prestigious program. They are from Mililani High, Waipahu High and Kalani High. STORY  

SHIGETA NAMED HAWAII'S NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL
Veteran educator and school leader from Makaha Elementary Nelson Shigeta will join the awardees from the states in Washington D.C. in October. Congratulations as well to the Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Greg Nakasone. STORY  

BIG ISLE PRINCIPAL WINS $25,000 TOKIOKA AWARD
Darlene Javar of Na'alehu Elementary won the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership award with a $10,000 cash award and $15,000 to use toward the school project of her choice. She plans to expand the school's garden project. STORY  

ARMSTRONG EARNS OUTSTANDING LIBRARY SERVICE AWARD
The Hawaii Association of School Librarians honored Heidi Armstrong, Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area Superintendent, for her role in developing successful school library programs in the state. STORY  

STUDENT STORYTELLERS CELEBRATED AT VIDEO COMPETITION
Olelo Community Media hosted the 14th annual Youth XChange student video competition celebrating the digital storytelling of Hawaii's children in elementary, middle and high schools. STORY  

MAUI WAENA, KAMAKAHELEI DOMINATE AT STN CONVENTION
Hawaii's public middle and high schools took home 30 awards at the Student Television Network's 2017 Convention in Anaheim, Calif. Hawaii's public schools won four 1st place prizes in the national competition. STORY  

WAIANAE HIGH SENIOR WINS BILITERACY SEAL DESIGN CONTEST
Javen Towne was named the winner of the HIDOE Seal of Biliteracy logo design contest in front of his fellow graphic design students. He was awarded an honorary Seal of Biliteracy medallion of his own design and a monetary prize. STORY  

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