April 2016 Inspire

15-Apr-2016

Stories that inspire from our students, educators and schools. In this edition: Leilehua High's triumph in the Scholastic Art Awards, plus a profile of art department head Larry Taguba, state science fair results, Molokai 6th grader makes a successful pitch to cool schools, Maunakea Scholars begin data gathering at world's leading telescope array, Kailua High opens state-of-the-art Natural Science Lab, more stories.

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Leilehua High art students make national mark
Nine HIDOE students who earned top recognition in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards have gone on to earn medals in the national competition—and they're all from Leilehua High School. The Scholastic Art Awards is the longest-running, largest and most prestigious student recognition program in the United States. Pictured: Gold-medal winning "Inang" (photography), by senior Willie Jay Nicolas. STORY  

PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TOP STATE SCIENCE FAIR
The 2016 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair featured the best research projects from the state's district fairs. Students from Roosevelt High (senior division) and Kailua Intermediate (junior division) placed first among all projects. STORY  

HAWAII SCHOOLS SCORE BIG IN NATIONAL TV COMPETITION
Close to 3,000 students competed at the annual Student Television Network competition in Atlanta in on-site, time-restricted contests in video journalism, production, filmmaking, music videos, commercials, and PSAs. STORY  

MOLOKAI STUDENT ATTRACTS SUPPORT TO COOL SCHOOLS
Thirty-three hybrid solar air conditioning units were installed in 18 classrooms at two elementary schools thanks to 6th grader and Kaunakakai student body president Leonahe Crivello, who pitched the idea to NextEra Energy. STORY  

STUDENTS USE WORLD'S LEADING TELESCOPES FOR RESEARCH
Maunakea Scholars from Kapolei and Waiakea high schools began collecting data from the most powerful collection of telescopes in the world, an exclusive opportunity that's the first of its kind internationally. STORY  

KAILUA HIGH OPENS DOORS TO NEW NATURAL SCIENCE LAB
Dedicated to the study of Microbiology and Life Sciences, the building boasts four classrooms, two computer labs and an aquaculture multiuse area, and included input from the John A. Burns School of Medicine and Hawaii Pacific University. STORY  

JEFFERSON EL KICKS OFF TSUNAMI AWARENESS MONTH
Students and teachers took part in a campus wide tsunami evacuation drill on April 1 to help the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) kick off Tsunami Awareness Month. STORY  

ACCOLADES PILING UP FOR PEARL CITY BAND DIRECTOR
After being awarded the Bandworld Legion of Honor earlier this year, Chad Kamei was named to the American Bandmasters Association. "Mr. Kamei's passion for music is making an impact," Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi said. STORY  

NURTURING A LIFELONG PASSION FOR ART
With 51 student works awarded at the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program, and nine medaling at nationals, all eyes are on Leilehua High's art department. Larry Taguba: "Winning is not the goal, but improvement is." STORY  

EWA MAKAI MIDDLE TEACHER WINS $2,500 GRANT
Student Activities Coordinator Vanessa Ching was selected as Hawaii's awardee in the Thank America's Teachers 2016 initiative for a holistic teaching proposal that combines both indoor and outdoor lessons on sustainability. STORY  

WORLD LANGUAGES TEACHERS EARN AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Junko Agena from Aina Haina Elementary School was awarded the Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award, and Jeenna Canche from Maui High School was given the inaugural Lynn Sandstedt Memorial Spanish Scholarship. STORY  

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