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The latest news from Parker School SUMMER 2017

Our Mission


At Parker School, every student is known, valued and nurtured. Our small-school setting and dynamic program foster confident, compassionate individuals who are thoroughly prepared for college, who enthusiastically engage in life and who positively contribute to an ever-changing global community.





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Eve Linda Anderson Ke’alohilani Leticia Bannister Alexander Coley Simon Edward Dunlap Eric Jianzi Fetsch Salutatorian

Parker Shaw Hale Alana Nicole Halstead Emma Gloria Hardin

Darien Eileen Reina Jones Valedictorian

Susan Kathleen Krall Ivy Marie Krueger Layne Kawekiu Lincoln Jame Lozano Kyra Sylvia Noelani Matsuda ZoĂŤ Julianne Mercer Mackenzie Paige Nelson

Aila Nishida Cougar Earl Tsai Oakes Coco Wailele Romano Giordano Tristin Shimata Benjamin Robert Smith Bradley Robert Smith Hunter Frederick Weigle Micah Yamanaka

Senior ‘OHANA NIGHT SENIOR AWARDS Mackenzie Paige Nelson

Parker School Trustees’ Award

Headmaster’s Award

Richard Smart Award for Academic Excellence

Personal Achievement Award

Ke‘alohilani Leticia Bannister Alexander Coley

Culff Leadership Award

Eve Linda Anderson

Longevity Award

Bradley Robert Smith Darien Eileen Reina Jones

Parker Shaw Hale Kyra Sylvia Noelani Matsuda Zoë Julianne Mercer Mackenzie Paige Nelson

Outstanding Career Achievement Coco Wailele Romano Giordano in Performing Arts Award Outstanding Career Achievement in Visual Arts Award

Eric Jianzi Fetsch and Coco Wailele Romano Giordano


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Darien Eileen Reina Jones

Female Scholar Athlete Award

Male Scholar Athlete Award

Female Career Athlete

Mackenzie Paige Nelson

Male Career Athlete

Hunter Frederick Weigle

Female Athlete of the Year

Layne Kawekiu Lincoln

Male Athlete of the Year

Benjamin Robert Smith

Simon Edward Dunlap

Congratulations, Grade 8 | CLASS OF 2021!

Nalani Andrews Jenna Blevins Kate Boeger Jayden Bosque Emma Choi Aislyn Dela Rosa Alpiche Mateo DeWilde Kalysa Dombrigues Kayley Dombrigues

Adam Foster Joseph Gaglione Elia Groode Andrew Groves Christopher Hodges Hana-Lei Ji William Kim Rusty Leialoha-Cabral Anna Leonard

Owen Leonard Benjamin May Taiga Okada Julian Parks Rachel Pessah Nissi Ragland Logan Richards Aiden Richardson Mele Rickards

Eloise Robertson Salutatorian

Jamie Saito Valedictorian

Ethan Smith Emily Souza Zoe Spikerman Salutatorian

Noelani Rose Sulla Bennett Varney

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Congratulations, Grade 5 | CLASS OF 2024!

Kahlil Adams Kaden Aguilar Julius Bowers Ocean Casillas-Cerezo Sophie Christopher

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Aaron Dutra Noah Elliott Jaggar Kekai Haines

Tiana Johnson Duke Kauka Kapuniai Rose Kirk-Landry

Luke Hendricks

Maverik Leong



Keahilei Madison Nainoa Paio Skylar Pinkert Zane Sopher Logan Waiau

Athletic Field



n Tuesday, January 31 Parker School’s athletic field was officially named the "Goodfellow Bros. Inc. Athletic Field” in a school-wide dedication ceremony. This special ceremony honored the fourth generation, familyowned construction company Goodfellow Bros. Inc. for their continued commitment to Parker School and the Hawaii Island community. All 340 kindergarten through grade 12 Parker students, along with current and former board members, attended the dedication ceremony held next to the school’s athletic field. Originally constructed in 2011, Parker’s athletic field was named in honor of Goodfellow Bros. Inc. for its generous support of athletics at Parker School, including a newly resurfaced basketball court completed last year. “Parker School is grateful to Ed Brown, Steve and Chad Goodfellow and Goodfellow Bros. Inc. for its support of our athletic programs over the past several years. Goodfellow Bros. Inc. isn’t just a company that focuses on making money, but making a community. This athletic field is a testament to that generosity,” says Carl Sturges, Parker School headmaster.




en upper school students witnessed new cultures and participated in an unforgettable volunteer experience on an 11-day trip to India as part of Parker’s Travel Club.

Students, along with two teachers and a Parker parent, traveled to India in March where they visited the Gandhi Museum and a Sikh Temple in New Delhi, participated in the Holi Festival (color festival) in Jaipur, and volunteered to help rescued sloth bears and elephants at Wildlife SOS in Agra. “Along with this profound volunteer experience, our journey through several urban and rural parts of India allowed students to witness different walks of life in the developing world,” says Jessie Marshall, a Parker teacher and co-advisor of the Travel Club. “Experiencing Indian food, culture, and lifestyle gave us a valuable perspective about the things we take for granted.”

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ore than $200,000 was raised for student financial aid at Parker’s 12th annual Kahiau auction gala on March 4 at the Fairmont Orchid along the Kohala Coast. The evening event was attended by more than 250 guests. Nearly 50 percent of Parker's 340 K-12 students receive financial aid, which Kahiau benefits. The highlight of the evening was a speech given by Parker senior, Alex Coley, regarding his appreciation for the support and encouragement Parker School offered during his high school years.

Students Qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament F

ive students qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament during the three-day Hawai’i Speech and Debate State Tournament held at Kamehameha and Punahou Schools on O’ahu April 6-8, 2017. This sets a new school record for the number of students to qualify for nationals during a single season. Parker junior Kirk Hubbard IV and senior Susie Krall placed first in Varsity Policy Debate, followed by Parker sophomores Zoe Vann and Anna Gaglione earning second place. By placing first and second, both Parker debate teams thereby qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Alabama in June and are the only two teams to represent Hawai’i at the national level. Parker freshman Hunter Kalahiki-Arnbrister also qualified for the national tournament after placing second in Program Oral Interpretation. Other highlights include freshman Jordan Vedelli and junior Zach Mader taking first place in Junior Varsity Policy Debate, with freshmen Tyler Thomas and Hiroki Soler placing second. In addition, senior Alex Coley placed fourth in Championship Lincoln Douglas, sophomore Colin Klimt fourth in Student Congress, sophomore

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Malia Dills fourth in International Extemporaneous Speaking and junior Kirk Hubbard IV placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking. In the program’s eleventh year, the debate team sent 45 students to compete in the state tournament.



ower school held its 12th annual May Day on Friday, April 28 which honored Waimea’s rich heritage.

“This year’s May Day theme shared our appreciation of Waimea, including our town’s rich history of paniolo, their contributions to ranching and specifically of Parker Ranch,” says Heather Polhemus, Parker lower school head. All 106 students in kindergarten through grade 5 worked twice a week for four months under the direction of kumu hula (dance teacher) Liana Aveiro. Five faculty and staff also danced the hula to Irmgard Aluli’s “Ka Waimea Swing” in celebration of the school’s 40th anniversary. Following the morning program, Parker middle and upper school students held a ho‘olaule‘a (celebration) which offered numerous hands-on cultural stations and traditional Hawaiian food.

Academic Awards


arker School is proud to announce year-end academic awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Seven juniors were honored with Parker’s prestigious “Book Awards,” which are given by the respective universities highlighting rising seniors: • Brown University Award: Shione Mochizuki • Wellesley Award: Riley Herendeen • Mt. Holyoke Award: Alexandra Thomas • U Penn Award: Mathias Migliorini-Marchesi • Yale Award: Kirk Hubbard IV • Baush & Lomb Honorary Science Award: Shione Mochizuki • George Eastman Young Leaders Award: Riley Herendeen • The Rensselaer Medal Award: Owen Matsuda Additionally, numerous middle and upper school students were awarded in the areas of academics, debate, athletics and the arts.

See a complete list of all award recipients at:



arker School is pleased to announce the following scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 school year: Kahilu Scholarship ($3,000): Tiana Johnson (entering grade 6; returning Parker School student), Amanda Jordan (entering grade 6 from Waikoloa Elementary School), and Isabella Russo (entering grade 6 from Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School). The Richard Smart Merit Scholarship ($3,000): Jamie Saito (entering grade 9; returning Parker School student) and Margaret Sommerhoff (entering grade 9; from Waimea Middle School). The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Scholarship ($3,000): Darien Jones (graduating senior; to be used at a school of her choice). The Mana‘olana Debate Scholarship ($12,500): Spencer Corabi and Shione Mochizuki (both entering grade 12; returning Parker School students). The Mie Kim Najita Award ($2,500): Sophia Kaufmann (entering grade 12; returning Parker School student). The Irma Packard Norman Scholarship ($1,000): Conner Kimball (entering grade 12; returning Parker School student). The Ibby Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Award for the Visual Arts ($1,000): Riley Herendeen (entering grade 12; returning Parker School student). Summer 2017

PARKER SCHOOL Happenings Earth Day

Lower School Science Fair Grades 4 and 5

100th Day of School On February 3, students in K-2 celebrated their 100th day of school with creative counting activities. Students also wore 100 of something (polka dots, numbers, bracelets, etc.) which they showed off to their lower school classmates during a parade.

Jump Rope for Heart

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Speech and Debate Qualifying Neighbor Island Tournament

Kindergarten Wild Things Show

Kindergarten Graduation

Lower School Volleyball Fan Night

Spring Musical – Mary Poppins

Congratulations, Power Lifters! All eight upper school lifters placed first in their weight and age categories and took home the first place team trophy on February 18 at the Sonny’s III Hawai‘i Island World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters competition. GO BULLS!

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Athletics News from Athletic Director Nicole Vedelli

Parker School has had an incredible athletic year. The year started with cross country runners improving their personal best times. Our girls’ volleyball team doubled in size and is practicing for next year’s fall season. It was announced at the BIIF paddling championships that our paddlers will be the ones to watch next year as our JV mixed crew took first place with our other crews missing first place by milliseconds. We hosted our very own JV basketball tournament where our boys took first place after six hours competing against three schools. It’s been about 10 years since Parker has competed in swimming and this year two of our three swimmers went to states. We went from having one JV boys volleyball team last year to fielding a JV and varsity boys volleyball team this year. The tennis team played their hearts out with two athletes seeded in the top eight on the Big Island and competed in the state championships on Maui. We are all eager to see what our unstoppable athletes will bring next year. GO BULLS!

Upper School Sports BOYS VOLLEYBALL – Thank you to Coach Julia Simmons and Coach Greg Dunigan for another incredible season of volleyball. Your talents and ambition are invaluable and we thank you for an unbelievable year.

Middle School Sports PADDLING – Thank you again to coaches Tina Doherty, Emily Pagliaro, Kealoha Nearman and Coach Eric Mitchell for heading up our middle school paddling program. This program is such a great introduction for our young athletes to learn and experience. It provides them with the basic skills needed and gives them the opportunity for a sneak-peak into high school paddling. TENNIS – I can’t thank coach Buff Winderbaum enough for everything he has done for our tennis program. Coach Buff goes above and beyond the call of duty as a teacher and a coach. I have to commend him for all of his wonderful accomplishments. He has successfully grown our middle school tennis program over the last three years to three sessions this year.

2017 Summer Training Programs CROSS COUNTRY – If you’d like to start training before the fall season begins, I will train with you starting mid July. During the fall season, we will run once a week at the beach, please anticipate hill and speed drills, along with strength training drills. Questions please email me at Coach Buff and I look forward to running with you! VOLLEYBALL – Coach Steven Kalilikane is training all boys and girls entering grades 9 to 12 every Tuesday at the new gym in Waimea from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Come for an hour or stay all three if you can. Questions please contact Steven Kalilikane at r4sk@msn. com or Nicole Vedelli at BASKETBALL – For those interested in playing basketball next year and wanting to improve their basketball skills, coach Dunigan and coach Jay Leonard will meet at the outdoor courts on campus (weather permitting) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. June 1 through July 20. Questions please email coach Dunigan at

TENNIS – Thank you to coaches Rami and Randy Ring and Buff

Winderbaum for an exemplary tennis season. Your talents and time are priceless to our athletes and Parker School. Next year we will miss seniors – Cougar Oakes, Darien Jones, and Hunter Weigle!

Practices and schedules during the summer may change. Please contact coaches directly if you are entering the program midsummer. It is important for all athletes to train in the off-season, so when the season begins, they spend less time learning the fundamentals and more time on actual competition.



Athletic Award Recipients: GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Holomua Award: Meira Bonnici and Emily Smith GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Holomua: Alexandra Thomas Most Valuable Player: Kawe Lincoln Coach’s Award: MacKenzie Nelson


Holomua: Cooper Callender Coach’s Award: Simon Dunlap BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL Integrity, Excellence and Compassion Award: Conner Brown Holomua: Lee Weiser BOYS VOLLEYBALL Excellence, Compassion, and Integrity Award: Conner Brown Holomua: Riley Higgins Team Player: Jordan Vedelli

COED VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY Holomua: Emily Fetsch Most Valuable Runner: VARSITY TENNIS Jordan Vedelli Most Promising Freshman: Coach’s Award: Zoe Vann and Sean Frogley Macey Note Holomua: Conner Klimt GIRLS 2016-2017 Holomua: Michaela Fromme PADDLING Team Before Self: Holomua: Erica Yost Riley Herendeen Most Valuable Paddler: Team Before Self: Kawehi Bell Cougar Oakes Coach’s Award: Darien Jones Excellence, Compassion, Integrity Award: BOYS 2016-2017 Hunter Weigle PADDLING Excellence, Compassion, Most Valuable Paddler: Integrity Award: Pono Blaisdell Charleen Schaefer


On Saturday, May 13 fourth ranked PBSC 09 took on number one ranked Big Island Rush 09b in U8 Pool A play. It was an evenly matched game with Bulls and Rush giving it their all at a chance to make the finals on Sunday. Bulls scored first, but Rush answered. At half time it was tied, but Rush soon took the lead by two points. Determined, Bulls scored twice to tie it up . . . then scored again earning their spot in the finals. The next day, PBSC 09 played third seed Big Island Rush 09g who defeated second seed Big Island Rush 09 Nero in the semifinals. The game got off to a fast start with a couple of unanswered goals by the Bulls, then Rush put the ball in the back of the net and the game took off. As the final whistle blew, the Bulls celebrated with high fives and hugs as they earned the title “Champions.”

Congrats to PBSC 09 and Mahalo to their fantastic coach Jared Chapman on a great season!

2017-2018 Sports Requirements for Upper School Athletes The following required documents need to be updated each year and on file with the school prior to the start of the new school year or before your sport begins. You will NOT be allowed to participate until the forms are turned in. Documents can be found under “for current parents” on our website. 1. Physical Clearance Form updated and on file 2. Copy of Insurance Card on file with school registrar (required to attend school) 3. Sport Participation and Parent Consent Form signed and on file

4. Parker Athletic Contract and Code of Ethics on file 5. Also required: parents must attend Coaches meeting at the beginning of each sport season



ongratulations to Parker School athletes for winning this prestigious honor for the third year in a row. Since 2014, Parker School athletes have been recognized and celebrated for exceptional achievements in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship out of all the other small schools on the Big Island. Congratulations! Summer 2017

Ribbons Earned at State Science Fair F

ive middle school students qualified for the 60th annual Hawai‘i State Science and Engineering Fair on O‘ahu April 10-12. The following middle school students strongly represented Parker School and were among nearly 6,000 statewide participants:

• Anela Stewart (grade 6) – 1st place in Animal Science category • Ben Kubo (grade 7) – 3rd place in Material Science category • Ben May (grade 8) – received Dupont Pioneer Award, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Award and Hawai’i Botanical Award • Emma Choi (grade 8) – state qualifier and participant • Julia Padron (grade 7) – state qualifier (unable to participate due to illness) This is the tenth year middle school students have qualified for the Hawai‘i State Science and Engineering Fair thanks in part to the continued support and sponsorship of Dr. Marc Kassis of W. M. Keck Observatory.

Students Learn Outside the Classroom with INTERIM


iddle and upper school students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom with “Interim” held each spring. On March 30 and 31, students chose their favorite activity in which to participate over the course of two days, having selected from more than 20 options. Interim activities included: tennis workshops with a pro at Mauna Lani, henna art, biking on Anna Ranch, diving certification and snorkeling adventure, martial arts/kempo, horseback riding at Kahua Ranch, shibori and sushi making, community service and camping at Kiholo Bay, the cinematic adaptations of Jane Austen, game design in the Parker School Design Lab, National Geographic

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photography challenge, and an overnight encampment at Pearl Harbor. Zoey Quiocho, grade 6, shared the following highlights from her Interim experience: “We went to Kiholo camping where we learned to respect the land and were able to swim in the fresh water pond. In the evening we had s'mores and did a chant to finish off the day.”

Parent Teacher Student ‘Ohana


arker School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) wishes to thank you for your support over the 20162017 school year through your family’s contribution of membership fee and donation of your time and talents. PTSO continues to evolve with the creative and spirited energy of the parents of Parker School. This past year, PTSO was able to implement a long-term vision for the organization through a complete revision of thebylaws,incorporatestandingrules,develop and incorporate specific job descriptions and duties of board members and committee members. These organizational changes will allow for improved focus of goals and vision of PTSO. Thank you to Zaheva Knowles and JoAnn Patterson for your contributions to the Bylaw Revision committee. The PTSO board and standing committees (including fundraising, grants, and teacher appreciation committees) work in close collaboration with administration to bring together the collective talents and energy of parents to further enhance Parker School.

News from Student Council


tudentCouncilisproudtoannounceitsofficers for the 2017-2018 school year: rising junior Malia Dills will be Treasurer, rising senior Haley Spitz will be Secretary, rising senior Spencer Corabi will be Vice President, and rising senior Riley Herendeen will be Student Body President. The new officers have a lot of leadership experience, which includes being class president, being president of the Teen Tech Program, winning an Academic Award for serving on Student Council, and participating in the PAAC Global Leadership Program. They are eager to plan Parker events, such as New Students' Orientation, the ‘Ohana Day Canned Food Drive, Lovefest Charity Fundraiser, UpperSchool Dances, and Pep Rallies. They would like to ask you: Can I get a hoi-ya?!

News Throughout the year the fundraising committee works to raise monies to support fall and spring grants for faculty and students. This past spring the following grants were awarded: music class instruments, Go Animate one year subscription, a camera for Mrs. Richmond’s grade 2 math class, AP Spanish language and cultural teacher training, funding for overnight Speech/Debate tournament, 12 Lego base plates for junior techie program, and a film screening of “Most Likely to Succeed”. Other monies raised are used throughout the year to support teacher appreciation. Over the past two years as President of Parker’s PTSO, I have further grown to appreciate the dedication and committement of all volunteers who give of themselves to Parker School. Thank you to the following board and committee members for their service this year: Dawn Farrell, Molly Hardin, Wendy Weiser, Mia Wright, Maile Wong, Tina Carmona, Kendall DiDonato, Coralie Ohuchi, Heather Yost, Kelly Herendeen, Ululani Centeio, Mary Pueringer, Nicole Koranda, JoAnn Patterson and Zaheva Knowles.

by PTSO President Pamela Adams

Congratulations to the following parents nominated and elected to Parker School’s PTSO Board and Committee Chairs for the 2017-2018 school year: President – Dawn Farrell Vice President – Tim Christopher Secretary – Molly Hardin Treasurer – Wendy Weiser Communication Clerk – Brian Koranda Teacher Appreciation Chair – Tina Carmona Fundraising Chair – Tina Carmona Grant Committee Chair – Ululani Centeio Representative Committee – Zehava Knowles, LS; Marc Gordon, MS; Annette Hodges, US Have a wonderful summer break. A hui hou, Pam Adams

Fine Arts & Dramatiques Awards


n May 11, students in grades 6–12 were honored for their dedication and excellence in the school’s fine arts program for the 20162017 school year. Senior Jame Lozano received the night’s top honor, earning The Senior Rising Star Award. Awards were given for outstanding achievement in this year’s two Dramtiques productions, as well as visual arts and performing arts classes.

See a complete list of all award recipients at: Summer 2017

S Eric Fetsch Earns National Art Award

enior Eric Fetsch earned national recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards becoming one of just 2,740 students to be awarded at the national level. Fetsch received a Scholastic National Silver medal award for his art portfolio of 10 sculptures titled “Human Figures.” Nine additional upper school students earned regional recognition out of more than 1,500 submissions in the state, including: Hali’a Buchal (grade 9), Jadyn Ashcraft (grade 10), Maya Ellsworth (grade 10), Shea Ervin (grade 10), Jenna Harris (grade 10), Erica Yost (grade 10), Riley Herendeen (grade 11), Summer Strom (grade 11), and Coco Romano Giordano (grade 12).

Alumni Notes

Sandy Cameli ‘81 is an author/educator and was recently published in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers", 2017 edition. Additionally, she has been visiting elementary classrooms across the state of Hawai‘i sharing her children's book, "A Happy a Day Keeps the Grouchies Away" during "Read Across America" events.

Felicia (Friend) Linton ‘86 visited Parker School on March 23. Felicia lives in Waimea and is the Vice Principal at Waimea Elementary and Middle School. She has worked with Hawai‘i’s Department of Education since 1994. Felicia’s favorite Parker memories are campout and English with Mr. Radl. Her daughter Caroline will join Parker middle school in the fall.

Kamruz Mohager ‘01 stopped by Parker School on May 10 with this brother Kamyar who attended Parker from 1996-1998. Kamruz lives in Beverly Hills and is a CPA in the film industry. His favorite Parker memories are of cross country and family meetings. Kamyar lives in San Jose California and is an engineering manager at Lyft.

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Raini Castro ‘06

visited Parker on December 18 for her 10-year class reunion and time capsule opening. Raini lives in Waimea and is “working on living a life full of happiness.”

Maggi Shupe ‘06 visited Parker on December 18 for her 10-year class reunion and time capsule opening. Maggi lives in Salt Lake City and is running a fitness company and opening a nonprofit.

Michael Spies ‘06 visited Parker on December 18 for his 10-year class reunion and time capsule opening. Michael lives in Hilo with his wife and three kids. He is a logger and operator.

Leo Aiono ‘07 and his wife Jackie Aiono visited Parker School on February 28 while visiting Big Island to celebrate their one year anniversary. Leo is Vice President of Business Development at a credit card processing company and Jackie is a realtor for Keller Williams. The couple lives in Beaverton, OR.

Zen Kuriyama ‘11, following his master's degree in voice performance, will start a second master’s degree of sacred music in choral conducting at the University of Notre Dame this fall. Zen is incredibly grateful to be receiving fullfunding with an internship that provides a stipend and is excited for the next chapter in his life.

Carrington Manaola Yap ‘04 was recently featured in the April/May edition of Hana Hou,

the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, for his first solo show in Honolulu Fashion Week this past November. Manaola is ownerdesigner of Manaola Hawai‘i, an island brand of Hawaiian fashion and lifestyle products founded in 2014.

Aidan Wharton ‘13 visited Parker on January 3 while in town for the holidays. Aidan won our “Stray Bulls Roundup” Alumni contest last year which earned him a free trip home. Aidan has one semester of college left at Penn State and is earning a degree in musical theatre. After graduation, Aidan plans to move to New York.

Kelly Ladwig

April 18, 1943 – December 20, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we share that retired Parker faculty member Kelly Ladwig passed away December 20, 2016 after a battle with liver cancer. Mrs. Ladwig taught civics, Spanish and psychology at Parker School from 1982 to 2000 and will forever be part of our Parker ‘ohana.

Yearbook Earns State and National Recognition P arker’s 2016-2017 yearbook won two statewide awards and national recognition in the high school division of the Herff Jones Publishing Hawai’i yearbook contest. Out of more than 40 high schools across the state and the only Big Island school to be recognized, Parker’s yearbook earned first place for best layout and third place for best copy and captions. In addition, it will be featured in Herff Jones

“Ideas That Fly,” an annual nationwide publication showcasing outstanding yearbooks from across the US and Canada used to inspire high school yearbook staffs. This year’s yearbook featured a unique chronological timeline with a theme of “Our Journey: 40 Years in the Making and Still Growing,” which celebrates the school’s 40th anniversary.

s av e t h e d a t e Brieanah Gouveia ‘13 a recent graduate of Roanoke University has received a Fulbright Study Award to Scotland's University of Glasgow for an art history program titled "Collecting and Provenance in an International Context." The program is split between classroom and field work, dissertation research, as well as work placement where Gouveia hopes to get experience from a law firm on art-related alternative dispute resolution, or in a provenance section of an auction house or museum. Gouveia will obtain a masters degree as part of her Fulbright experience. She is an art history major with concentrations in legal studies and ancient Mediterranean world.

Rika Wills ‘14 visited Parker School on January 24. Rika is working full time and earning two majors in marketing and international business and audio engineering at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa and Hawai‘i Community College. Rika’s favorite Parker memory is how debate changed

her life. “It taught me vital public speaking skills and heightened my curiosity of the world through friendly fire.”

Tawny Bright ‘14 stopped by Parker School on May 11. She currently lives in Portland Oregon where she is attending Lewis and Clark University and is off to London for an internship this fall.

Mady Harper ‘15 visited Parker School on January 12 to speak with upper school students about life in college. Mady is attending Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and fondly remembers paddling all four years at Parker, dramatiques and building close relationships with teachers.

Jaren Ashcraft ‘15 visited Parker School on January 12 to speak with upper school students about life in college. Jaren is pursuing an optical engineering major at the University of Rochester and his favorite Parker memory is paddling races.

Maia Tarnas ‘15 visited Parker School on January 12 to speak with upper school students about life in college. Maia finished her

alumni reunion august 5, 2017 All alumni are invited Class of 2007 time capsule dig Reception to follow at The Fish and the Hog Watch for more details to come...

sophomore year at Tufts University, where she is studying Community Health and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic. This summer, she is interning at the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) DC Office, working with health care policy. Maia was award the BA Rudolph Foundation's Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship for this work. She is a variety rower, and was selected to join the National Invitational Rowing Championship All-Academic team this year.

Sydney Hiwa Thompson ‘16 visited Parker School on January 12 to speak with upper school students about life in college. Hiwa is attending Northern Arizona University and says “everything” is her favorite Parker memory.

Harmony Ring ‘16 visited Parker School on January 12 to speak with upper school students about life in college. Harmony is attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her favorite memory of Parker is “throwing water balloons at the lower classmen at campout.”

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DATES TO REMEMBER May 29-Jul 14 Jumanji Summer Camp Jun 3, 10, 17 Community Ceramics Courses & Jul 1, 8, 15 for ages 14+ Jun 5-9 Community "Throw It" Pottery Camp for ages 10-14 Jun 6-Jul 13

Free Basketball Camp

Jun 12-30 Community Performing Arts Camp for ages 10-15 Jun 12-16 Community "Sculpt It" Camp for ages 10-14 Jun 26-30 Community "Paint It" Murals camp for ages 10-14 Jul 3-14 Community Game Design and Fabrication for ages 10-17 Jul 10-14 Community "Design It" Fashion Design Camp for ages 10-14 Jul 24-28 & Community British Soccer Camp, Jul 31-Aug 4 Goodfellow Bros. Athletic Field, Parker School Aug 3

Lower School Parent Event

Aug 3 Middle and Upper School New Student Orientation and Social Aug 7

School Begins

Aug 16 & 17

Middle & Upper School Campout

Aug 18 Statehood Day - No School/Offices Closed Aug 30 Middle and Upper School Back to School Night Sep 1

Fall BBQ

Sep 4 Labor Day - No School/Offices Closed Sep 6

Lower School Back to School Night

Sep 16

Waimea Paniolo Parade

Sep 19

Lower School Picture Day

Sep 20

Middle School Picture Day

Sep 21

Upper School Picture Day



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