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La Pietra Student Receives 2014 National Merit Scholarship

La Pietra Student Receives 2014 National Merit Scholarship

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners – including Angela Assante, a senior at La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the program.

 

The National Merit Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Assante earned a perfect composite score of 36 on her ACT test. Nationally, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT test earns the top score.

 

“We are extremely proud of Angela’s achievements,” said Mahina Hugo, Head of School for La Pietra. “She has blossomed into a confident and driven young woman. We look forward to her embracing challenges of college and pursuing her dreams on a global scale.”

La Pietra Students Express Support for Nigerian Students

La Pietra Students Express Support for Nigerian Students

As part of being an all-girls school and the importance of education, students and faculty at La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls expressed themselves by wearing red for free dress day to bring awareness of the nearly 300 girls abducted in Nigeria.

 

La Pietra is Hawaii’s only non-denominational, fully accredited college preparatory school for girls grades 6 through 12. La Pietra offers an academic and social environment where girls can take risks and develop positive self-confidence. Each year La Pietra graduates young women who know how to think critically, lead confidently, be creative, express curiosity, and competently navigate the rapidly changing world. For more information go to: www.lapietra.edu.

 

Ewa Makai Middle School Principal awarded $25,000 in School Leadership Award

Ewa Makai Middle School Principal awarded $25,000 in School Leadership Award

The Island Insurance Foundation presented its tenth annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award of $25,000 to Principal Edward Oshiro of Ewa Makai Middle School at the annual Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner held on May 1st at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.

The award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., is presented to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit – qualities of leadership that Tokioka exemplified in his own company and in the business community.

$7.3 million in college scholarships offered to La Pietra’s class of 2014

With less than a week to go before college enrollment choices are finalized, the 31 graduating seniors for the Class of 2014 at La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls have much to celebrate.  They have been accepted into over 90 colleges and universities with a total of $7.3 million in merit scholarships alone. Of the acceptances, twenty-six percent of the graduating class has been accepted into a top 50 nationally ranked college or university.

“We know the record high of $7.3 million in merit scholarships would not have been possible without the hard work from our teachers. Our teachers work relentlessly with the girls to ensure they are receiving the tools and education necessary to succeed,” said Mahina Hugo, Head of School for La Pietra.

McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls presents “Up The Down Staircase” written by Bel Kaufman on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Barbie Gymnasium on the La Pietra campus.

Set in an inner city high school, “Up The Down Staircase” is the story of a novice teacher who is faced with unruly students and an administration that dampens the teacher's spirits. The teacher slowly gains the students' respect as she attempts to make a difference in their lives. The production, directed by Annie Renick, consists of 22 La Pietra students’ grades 7 through 12.

Tickets are $5 for students with identification and $7 for general seating. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, call 808-922-2744.

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”