Students

Hawaii's public school students rack up the awards and accolades as they meet and exceed the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan. Here are just a few of Hawaii's student stars.

 

 

Leeward high schoolers use the summer to earn college creditshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Early-College-Summer-Scholars.aspxLeeward high schoolers use the summer to earn college creditsA group of 62 rising 11th graders from Wai'anae High and Nānākuli High & Intermediate took classes at the University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu as part of a new, intensive six-week program — the Early College Summer Scholars Program — earning college and high school credits along the way. string;#27-Jul-2017
Congratulations, Class of 2017!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2017-graduation-ceremonies.aspxCongratulations, Class of 2017!Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated from our schools this year. Across the Islands, graduates were showered with love and suffocated with lei from friends and family. Enjoy this roundup of posts to social media and stories of the successes of the Class of 2017, plus a video we put together of the celebrations. string;#31-May-2017
Collaboration with computation: Hawai‘i's Hour of Code 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/hour-of-code-2016.aspxCollaboration with computation: Hawai‘i's Hour of Code 2016A roundup from our schools participating in Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which kicked off on Dec. 5. The event challenges students and schools to teach one hour of computer coding during the week, using various open-source platforms or via unplugged sequencing exercises. Computer Science is a high-demand, high-pay field for which American schools aren't producing enough graduates.string;#09-Dec-2016
Determination leads Pauoa Elementary all-girl robotics team to advance in competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PauoaRoboticsGirls.aspxDetermination leads Pauoa Elementary all-girl robotics team to advance in competitionA team of five girls from Pauoa Elementary show their dedication to learning through robotics.string;#18-Nov-2016
More isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/More-isle-students-meeting-benchmarks.aspxMore isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi shares with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the importance of celebrating the success of public school students and what sets them apart from their peers locally and nationally when it comes to college and career opportunities. string;#02-Oct-2016
Energy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Energy-efficiency-project-.aspxEnergy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityAiea High School Class of 2016 graduate Perry Arrasmith focused on the photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of Aiea High for his senior capstone project. His project has inspired change at his school that HIDOE's Office of School Facilities and Support Services helped to make a reality. string;#19-Jul-2016
Students take passion for percussion to a national levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/HYPE.aspxStudents take passion for percussion to a national levelAn ensemble of dedicated percussionists and their director share a passion for music in a unique opportunity for Hawaii students.string;#13-Jun-2016
A heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea Scholarshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/CFHT-mahalo.aspxA heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea ScholarsStudents in the first cohort of Maunakea Scholars offer thanks to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope staff and University of Hawaii mentors for assisting with their research of the stars. The program, the first of its kind in the world, grants telescope time to public high school students for independent research.string;#01-Jun-2016
Aloha, Class of 2016!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.string;#31-May-2016
Making history at Hauula Elementary: The journey of a new teacherhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Making-History-at-Hauula-Elementary.aspxMaking history at Hauula Elementary: The journey of a new teacher“Ordinary people doing extraordinary things” — that’s how Principal Uilani Kaitoku describes Hauula Elementary School. When Jonna Lewis, a new teacher came on board, Principal Kaitoku said she took this philosophy to heart and worked with others to push her fifth grade class forward. string;#21-Apr-2016
Cultivating the next generation of astronomershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Next-generation-astronomers.aspxCultivating the next generation of astronomersStudents from Kapolei High School were selected to receive observation time at one of the world's most powerful telescopes for their scientific research, thanks to the new Maunakea Scholars program. The program grew from a discussion about leveraging educational and community partnerships to infuse schools with opportunity.string;#04-Mar-2016
'Have a Say in Your Future'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/'Have-a-Say-in-Your-Future'.aspx'Have a Say in Your Future'For Kahuku High junior Kuyo Uli‘i, voting and education go hand in hand, as depicted in her original artwork chosen for the month of April on the Department's 2014 Calendar, “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters."string;#10-Feb-2014
Using math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/3D-modeling.aspxUsing math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkMath teacher Minna Chanhboury at Kalakaua Middle is using the STEM Pre-Academy’s 3D modeling resources to create an engaging performance task for her 6th grade math students — understanding the net of common household boxes. string;#02-Oct-2015
Waimanalo students build 'Car of the Future' in Alternative Energy Labhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Waimanalo-Science-Lab.aspxWaimanalo students build 'Car of the Future' in Alternative Energy LabBlade Shepherd-Jones, a middle school science teacher at Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate, shares the project-based learning from his Alternative Energy lesson. 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.string;#04-Aug-2015
A bright future in science for first recipient of Dorothy Ono Scholarshiphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Nina-Bean.aspxA bright future in science for first recipient of Dorothy Ono ScholarshipNamed for a popular but tough math teacher at Kaimuki High, the Stephen Ching Family Foundation bestows the inaugural scholarship on Nina Bean, who is attending UH-Manoa in the fall to study marine biology.string;#14-Jul-2015
Juanito Moises proves hard work pays offhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Juanito-Moises.aspxJuanito Moises proves hard work pays offOver the summer, Waipahu High senior Juanito Moises became the first student from Hawaii to be named GEAR UP National Youth of the Year by the National Council of Community and Education Partnerships. string;#30-Aug-2013
Imua Class of 2015!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/imua-class-of-2015.aspxImua Class of 2015!With more than 10,000 seniors graduating, it's been a crazy, emotional, and exciting couple of weeks across the Islands. Congratulations and good luck graduates! Enjoy this roundup of photos, videos and quotes from friends, family, schools, news outlets and more.string;#05-Jun-2015
Land of the Free, Home of the Bravehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Land-of-the-Free,-Home-of-the-Brave.aspxLand of the Free, Home of the BraveFirst of three profiles of winning artwork selected for the DOE's “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” 2014 calendar, which is distributed to schools. string;#07-Feb-2014
Kahuku High student's photo selected for national displayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Makoa-Ho.aspxKahuku High student's photo selected for national displayA spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building on Sept. 19.string;#04-Sep-2014
'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/mckinley-senior-luau.aspx'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendsStudent leaders in the Ambassadors program, who have been volunteering at nearby senior housing, find a new way to battle loneliness and depression among our kupuna.string;#22-May-2015
Molokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Molokai-High's-Kilo-Gonzales.aspxMolokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailsMolokai High Senior Kiloaulani Kaawa-Gonzales is one in 7 billion. The only person on this planet with such first and last name combination, Kilo, as he’s called, is used to being a trailblazer. string;#03-Jan-2014
Passion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Passion-to-help-people-fuels-Kauai-graduate's-success.aspxPassion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successKapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, “Don’t just let opportunities come to you – you should go to them or you’ll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person.”string;#07-Apr-2015
MoonRIDERS kick off field tests for lunar experimenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/moon-ride-test.aspxMoonRIDERS kick off field tests for lunar experimentIolani and Kealakehe High students in the MoonRIDERS project (a partnership with NASA and PISCES) are spending their Spring Break readying dust shields to see if they can withstand conditions of a lunar landing. They'll be testing on the slopes of Mauna Kea at the PISCES Planetary Analogue Test Site.string;#17-Mar-2015
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet. string;#16-Dec-2014
Navy commander extends duty so daughter can graduate in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Navy-graduates.aspxNavy commander extends duty so daughter can graduate in HawaiiThanks to his children's exceptional achievements at Kalaheo High, U.S. Navy Commander Brian Grimm extended his Hawaii duty for three more years so his younger daughter could graduate from Kalaheo High last school year.string;#12-Jun-2015
Hawaii State Board of Education welcomes new student memberhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Danson-Honda.aspxHawaii State Board of Education welcomes new student memberThe Board welcomes Danson Honda, incoming senior at Pearl City High School, as its student representative for the 2014-15 school year.string;#03-Jul-2014
Mililani High senior takes 1st in national science symposiumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Viola-Mocz.aspxMililani High senior takes 1st in national science symposiumViola Mocz of Mililani High won first place in the physical science category in the 52nd National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NJSHS) for her research on the internal structure of elementary particles. For her winning entry, Viola formulated a semi-classical wave-particle model to describe the fundamental properties of leptons, quarks, and hadrons within the framework of mathematical knots.string;#30-Apr-2014
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PBS-SRL-cohort.aspx3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer. string;#21-Apr-2015
Radford High welcomes military family, sets students up for successhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Sisters-thrive-at-Radford-High.aspxRadford High welcomes military family, sets students up for successFor military students, changing schools is a part of life. For the Skrocki family, Radford High marked the last school in the transitioning K-12 journey of their two daughters -- both valedictorian graduates with a promising future ahead. string;#26-May-2015
Student wins national award for 'Curiously Conforming'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Skyler-wins-national-award-for-'Curiously-Conforming'.aspxStudent wins national award for 'Curiously Conforming'Moanalua High School’s Skyler Lawendowski earned a huge honor in the 2012-13 school year, becoming the only Hawaii public school student to be recognized nationally in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2013. More than 230,000 works of art and writing from young artists across the country were submitted; only one percent was recognized with national awards. string;#05-Apr-2013
How did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Uradomo.aspxHow did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.The Kula violinist who just graduated from King Kekaulike High is the only student from Hawaii selected to join the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The prestigious musical program embarks on a nine-city tour in July with several stops in China.string;#03-Jun-2015
Molokai student is Hawaii state merit winner in Young Scientist Challengehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Molokai-student-Young-Scientist-Challenge.aspxMolokai student is Hawaii state merit winner in Young Scientist ChallengeNamed the Hawaii state merit winner in the Discovery/3M Young Scientist Challenge, Erik Svetin invented a baseball with an additional stitch. string;#28-Jun-2013
Kaiser High student's creation flying highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Aaron's-plane.aspxKaiser High student's creation flying highThe sky’s the limit for Kaiser High’s Aaron Nee, who saw his design revealed on an Alaska Airlines jet. In partnership with the Department, Alaska Airlines held the “Paint the Plane” contest to encourage students to create a design for the carrier’s “Spirit of the Islands” jet. Aaron’s design was voted the top the design among more than 2,700 entries statewide. string;#03-Jun-2013
Chiefess Kamakahelei student wins 2013 state spelling beehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Akira-Takabayashi-spelling-bee.aspxChiefess Kamakahelei student wins 2013 state spelling beeAkira Takabayashi, 14, won the Hawaii State Spelling Bee on March 24 and represented Hawaii in admirably at the 2013 Scipps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May, placing 43rd out of 281 contestants. string;#31-May-2013
Kailua Intermediate student one of America’s top youth volunteershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Kailua-Intermediate-student-one-of-America’s-top-youth-volunteers-.aspxKailua Intermediate student one of America’s top youth volunteersMichael-Logan Jordan has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington, D.C.string;#13-May-2013
Mililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/MililaniSTEMCamp.aspxMililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakMililani High School students become teachers during Fall Break to instruct elementary school students on robotics and STEM.string;#13-Oct-2015
Hundreds of public school students earn AP Scholar Awardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Hundreds-of-public-school-students-earn-AP-Scholar-Awards.aspxHundreds of public school students earn AP Scholar AwardsA total of 385 students at 28 Department high schools have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.string;#21-Nov-2012
Molokai High student first to attend Harvardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Molokai-High-student-first-to-attend-Harvard.aspxMolokai High student first to attend HarvardOn August 26, Michael Kikukawa becomes the first Molokai High School alumnus to step foot on the hallowed campus of Harvard University.string;#30-Dec-1899

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