August 2015 Inspire

18-Aug-2015

Roundup of inspirational stories from across our schools. In this edition: Checking in with the principal of newly reopened Keonepoko Elementary, inside Waipahu High's summertime science research symposium, Waimanalo students build 'Car of the Future,' thriving community partnerships, award winning essay on Aloha Aina nets $2,500 scholarship, and more.

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AUGUST 2015


'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko Elementary
After closing due to the lava flow threat last year, and the relocation of students and staff to other schools, Keonepoko reopened for School Year 2015-16. New Principal Kasey Eisenhour reports that despite major work involved in reopening, everyone's happy to be back. "It's like being back at home." STORY  

CAREER OPTIONS SPARKED FOR WAIPAHU HIGH RESEARCHERS
Waipahu High students showcased their research at the school's Science Scholars Program Symposium after a summer collaborating with Rutgers University scientists online. "It truly engages the natural curiosity to solve the unknown." STORY  

WAIMANALO LAB STUDENTS BUILD 'CAR OF THE FUTURE'
Equipment loaned from the University of Hawaii's STEM Pre-Academy enabled his science class to build electric, solar, and hydrogen fuel cell cars, as well as measure the output and cost of electricity. STORY  

BRIGHT FUTURE IN SCIENCE FOR NINA BEAN
The first recipient of the Dorothy Ono Scholarship, named for a popular but tough math teacher at Kaimuki High, and funded by the Stephen Ching Family Foundation, will attend UH-Manoa in the fall to study marine biology. STORY  

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS THRIVING
“It takes a village.” That saying holds true in public education, where community partners support Hawaii’s commitment to developing young minds through grants and projects that enrich the learning environment. STORY  

1ST PLACE ESSAY ABOUT KALO EVOKES ALOHA AINA​
ʻAʻaliʻikumakani Dukelow, a 2015 graduate of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike on Maui, earns a $2,500 scholarship and summer learning and cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., with his winning essay about cultivating taro. STORY  

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