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Na Mea Hou The latest news from Parker School Excellence - Integrity - Compassion Our Mission Parker School provides a college-preparatory experience in a smallschool setting where students develop academically while exploring their individual talents.

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June-July 2014

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

12th Grade Graduation - Class of 2014

Keoni Douglas Beaton Breanna Marie Bellatti Savannah Blankenship Shanelle Elizabeth Bolner Larissa Leigh Bolstad-Urquhart Tawny Anuhea Bright Darneé Kawaianiani Brighter Christopher Joseph Brown

Lysha Matsunobu, Valedictorian & U.S. Presidential Scholar

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Gabriel Napua‘ali‘i Crawford Malia Rose Davis Julia Camilla Ebert Jourdan Kaneku O Ke‘Kai Malie Hawanawana Evangelista Marie Margaret Hokulele Jobes Lysha Mari Matsunobu Grant Wood Nair Maddison Shaye Nelson

Kyley Kanani Nishimura Keala Noel Prietto Ryp Renson Ring Isabella Mazowe Robertson Nohili Brooke Mahealani Thompson Brian Jeremy Toubman Emily Sarah Whitfield Rika Olivia Wills

Grant Nair, Salutatorian & Student Body President

Senior ‘Ohana Night

Senior Awards

Parker School Trustees’ Award: Darneé Brighter Headmaster’s Award: Nohili Thompson Richard Smart Award for Academic Excellence: Lysha Matsunobu Personal Achievement Award: Keala Prietto Culff Leadership Award: Grant Nair Longevity Award: Christopher Joseph Brown; Marie Jobes; Grant Nair Senior Achievement in Debate Award: Lysha Matsunobu; Keala Prietto; Nohili Thompson Outstanding Career Achievement in Performing Arts Award: Maddison Nelson Outstanding Career Achievement in the Visual Arts Award: Christopher Joseph Brown Valedictorian: Lysha Matsunobu Salutatorian: Grant Nair Female Scholar Athlete Award: Keala Prietto Male Scholar Athlete Award: Grant Nair Female Career Athlete of the Year Award: Marie Jobes Male Career Athlete of the Year Award: Christopher Joseph Brown Female Athlete of the Year Award: Emily Whitfield Male Athlete of the Year Award: Ryp Ring

June-July 2014

8th Grade Graduation - Class of 2018

Kirk Hubbard, Valedictorian

Jaipal Brar Lucy Callender Kawena Ching Kieran Wiese Gibson Kirk Hubbard Braedon Ingalls Sophia Kaufmann

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Owen Matsuda, Valedictorian

Zachariah Kaufmann Conner Kimball Eitan Machala Shen MacKenzie Owen Matsuda Alissa Mullin Ian Owens

Finn Richmond Shanti Scarpetta-Lee Finn Simmersbach Rachel Thompson Caitlyn White Chris Whitfield Severin Wold

5th Grade Graduation - Class of 2021

Jenna Blevins, My Lower School Memories

Jenna Blevins Jayden Bosque Malia Brost Emma Choi Aislyn Dela Rosa-Alpiche Nakai Gaglione

Nissi Ragland, My Parker School Experience

Andrew Groves Chikana Helffrich Anna Leonard Owen Leonard Dominic Pagano Rachel Pessah

Nissi Ragland Logan Richards Aiden Richardson Mele Rickards Eloise Robertson Bennett Varney

June-July 2014

Lysha Matsunobu Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on May 5 announced the selection of Parker School senior Lysha Matsunobu as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Matsunobu is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 22-25.

has honored more than 6,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Since 1983, each Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. Matsunobu chose Parker English and history teacher Ruth Sturges for recognition. Sturges will accompany Matsunobu and be recognized at the Washington

“The extraordinary young men and women being honored for the 50th anniversary of the Lysha Matsunobu speaking to the crowd at Parker’s Presidential Scholars have excelled March Kahiau fundraising gala for financial aid. in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits,” Duncan said. “They show all of us that when ceremony in June. students challenge themselves and commit themselves to excellence, the results can be astounding. These scholars Matsunobu, the daughter of Miriam and Neal Matsunobu will help move our country forward and will have a lasting of Kona, has also recently advanced as a National Merit impact on their families, communities, and on our society. Finalist. As a student at Parker, she was a Richard Smart They represent the potential of all young citizens to lift up Scholar, earned the Yale Book Award, was an AP Scholar America.” with Distinction, and earned the National Forensics League Degree of Distinction for her accomplishments on the debate The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, team. She was a member of the Parker School Investment appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars Club, National Honor Society President, Lincoln-Douglas annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, Debate Captain, and class of 2014 valedictorian. Matsunobu essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence has also recently appeared in the news for her science of community service, leadership, and demonstrated accomplishments—she attended the Summer Science commitment to high ideals. Of the three million students Program (SSP) in Santa Barbara last summer. SSP is “one of expected to graduate from high school this year, more than the oldest and most successful summer enrichment programs 3,900 candidates qualified for the 2014 awards determined for academically gifted high school students” and Matsunobu by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and was one of only 72 out of 742 national and international ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State applicants accepted to attend. She was also a presenter at the School Officers or the National YoungArts Foundation’s Galaxy Forum in Waimea in November. At the end of this nationwide YoungArts™ competition. school year, she won the Richard Smart Award for Excellence, the Senior Achievement in Debate Award, and awards for The 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one excellence in AP Eropean History, AP Calculus BC, Spanish young man and one young woman from each state, the District 5, and Dance. of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 U.S. Presidential In 2011, Parker student Mary Kamitaki was selected as a Scholars in the Arts. U.S Presidential Scholar Program semifinalist and last year, Parker student Paul Gregg was named one of the two 2013 Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program U.S. Presidential Scholars from Hawai‘i. Na Mea Hou

Annual May Day Celebration & Lu‘au - May 2, 2014

June-July 2014

Middle &Upper School Life

Watermelon Games

Student Council Update by Student Body President Grant Nair Before the end of this school year, Student Council continued some traditions and had the opportunity to create a few new ones as well. In April, we had the pleasure of recognizing the wonderful individuals that make up our faculty and staff. This tradition, many years in the making, has always been a fun, weeklong event that requires much planning and coordinating. Throughout the week, StuCo members distributed daily gifts following the theme of a tropical stay-cation. In the middle of the week, StuCo assisted in PTSO’s luncheon for the faculty and staff by setting up, serving the meal, and cleaning up. At the end of the week, we prepared our annual breakfast by cooking fresh waffles, bacon, sausage, fruit, and of course providing fresh hot coffee to ensure our teachers would be fueled to teach us. I had no doubts that through all of the hard work of our students, we would hold a successful Teacher Appreciation week. As we tend to have some extra time around the end of April we were interested in attempting a new event simply to bring the students together. During the last week of April, we held our new Game Week, a week-long event that consisted of group games during the week’s lunch periods and a Game Night at the end of the week to cap it all off. StuCo members hosted games such as dodge ball and water-balloon volleyball during lunch for the middle and upper schools. On Thursday, the last school day of the week due to May Day on Friday, Student Council held Game Night, a two-hour event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. after school, with the intent of bringing students together to play board games, card games, and even dancing games on the Wii. Considering it was our first time hosting this event, we had a great turnout, and students had a blast, whether they were dancing in the middle of the floor to

pop music, conquering the landscape in Settlers of Catan, or screaming in victory or defeat at the end of a round of Kemps. I hope this event becomes a tradition students will return to for years to come. For the first time, we held a Course Electives Showcase, a family meeting presentation in which incoming high school students were informed about the elective classes available next year. With the aid of a Keynote presentation, students and teachers promoted various classes such as debate, chorus, marine science, personal finance, and even powerlifting. It was a very informative session that better prepared the students in creating their schedules for the following year. Despite my uneasy feeling in giving up the “throne” of president, the time came to elect new Student Council officers for the 2014-2015 school year. After three weeks of campaigning, including posters, Q&A sessions, promotions, and confidently delivered speeches, students voted in the four officers that comprise the Student Council: President Luke Potter, Vice-President Kosuke Kume, Secretary Sarah Bellatti, and Treasurer Shen MacKenzie. I have absolute faith that these four students will lead the school with excellence, integrity, and compassion. The last four years in Student Council have been an exhilarating experience that has helped to prepare me for the life ahead. Although I may be far away in Ohio, I will always remember Parker School for the wonderful people who have helped me become who I am today, the one-ofa-kind experiences I have been a part of, and the encouraging atmosphere that will support students for years to come.

Calculus Students Create Their Own Calculator Programs Congratulations to the following calculus students who have designed their own calculus problem-solving programs on their calculators: Grant Nair and Lysha Matsunobu in AP Calculus BC; and Jaren Ashcraft in Pre-Calculus! Math Department Chair and calculus teacher Amanda Dewey said that on their own, these students came up with three different programs to help them solve advanced calculus problems, and these programs could possibly be published. Way to go, calc students, for showing such smarts and initiative! Na Mea Hou

Middle School Dance

State Science Fair

Middle School Unity Day Focus: health & wellness

Lower School Happenings Scholastic Book Fair

Parent Se単ora Griley Shares about Bolivia with Spanish Classes

Field Day

Learning about la ropa (clothing) in 2nd grade Spanish

3rd Graders learning about healthy cooking and eating from Chef Tapu & Denise Kanda

K-5 Art Show & Chorus Concert

3rd Grade Rainforest Play

Kindergarten Graduation & Performance

June-July 2014

Valedictorians and Salutatorians 12th Grade Valedictorian: Lysha Matsunobu 12th Grade Salutatorian: Grant Nair 8th Grade Valedictorian: Kirk Hubbard 8th Grade Valedictorian: Owen Matsuda

2013-2014 AWARDS

Western Civilizations: Carrie Hiller World History: Eric Fetsch Spanish Spanish A: Malaya Hill Spanish B: Hali‘a Buchal Spanish 1: Coco Romano-Giordano Spanish 2: Savannah Harriman-Pote Spanish 2: Carrie Hiller Spanish 2A: Macey Note Spanish 2A: Zoe Vann Spanish 2B: Kirk Hubbard Spanish 3: Erika Kasberg Spanish 4: Maia Tarnas Spanish 5: Lysha Matsunobu

Book Awards Brown University: Maia Tarnas Wellesley College: Aolani Peiper Mt. Holyoke College: Anna McFarland Yale University: Kosuke Kume English English 6: Malaya Hill English 7: Macey Note English 8: Lucy Callender English 9: Athena Coley English 9 Honors: Zoe Somerville Debate English 10: Matthew Bal Most Valuable Debater: Carrie Hiller English 10 Honors: Sarah Bellatti Coaches’ Award: Savannah Harriman-Pote SeniorAchievement in Debate: Lysha Matsunobu English 11: Christian Patton English 12: Shanelle Bolner SeniorAchievement in Debate: Keala Prietto SeniorAchievement in Debate: Nohili Thompson AP Language and Composition: Maia Tarnas AP Literature & Composition: Lysha Matsunobu AP Literature & Composition: Maddison Nelson Science Electives Student Council: Grant Nair Yearbook Editor-in-Chief: Nohili Thompson Creative Writing: Maddison Nelson

Earth Science: Jordan Vedelli Physical Science: Kirk Hubbard Anatomy & Physiology: Anna McFarland Biology: Keli‘i Crawford Honors Biology: Sarah Bellatti Chemistry: Sivan Najita Project Physics: Larissa Bolstad Urquhart Honors Physics: Jaren Ashcraft

Fine Arts Visual Arts 1: Conner Brown Visual Arts 1: Lucy Callender Visual Arts 2: Hali‘a Buchal Visual Arts 2: Shanti Scarpetta-Lee Photography & Mixed Media: Jadyn Ashcraft Photography & Mixed Media: Sara Mundon

Pottery: Sivan Najita 2-D Art: Julia Ebert 3-D Art: Kyley Nishimura Photography: Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart AP 2-D Art: Tawny Bright AP 3-D Art: Shanelle Bolner AP Drawing: Marlo Mundon Dance: Lysha Matsunobu Performance & Choreography: Conner Brown Technician: Trevor Bastien Creativity & Academic Achievement: Zoe Somerville History History 6: Malaya Hill History 7: Zoe Vann History 8: Kirk Hubbard AP European History: Lysha Matsunobu AP European History: Maddison Nelson US History: Mia Scibelli Philosophy: Sean Dunnington Sociology: Julia Ebert

Math Math Skills: Noelani Murray Math Foundations: Hali‘a Buchal Pre-Algebra: Shanti Scarpetta-Lee Algebra 1: Alissa Mullin Algebra 2: Simon Dunlap Algebra 2 & Trigonometry: Sarah Bellatti Pre-Calculus: Jamie Burns AP Calculus AB: Kosuke Kume AP Calculus BC: Lysha Matsunobu Geometry: Kirk Hubbard Physical Education Awards: PE Grade 6: Riley Higgins PE Grade 7: Craig McFarland PE Grade 8: Chris Whitfield Conditioning: Ryp Ring

Arts Gala Night Awards



Annie Leibowitz Award for Best Portrait Photography: Marie Jobes


CINDERELLA, Spring 2014

Creative Visionary Photography Award: Skye Waipa

Best Actress: Sarah Bellatti

Best Actress: Anna McFarland

Ansel Adams Award for Best in Nature Photography: Jennifer Bruks Diego Rivera for Best in Painting: Marlo Mundon

Best Actor: Sean Dunnington

Best Supporting Actor: Ryan Touchet

Best Supporting Actor: Shen MacKenzie

Best Ensemble: Megan Hill

Best Ensemble: Maddy Nelson

Francis Bacon Existentialism Award: Grant Nair

Best Supporting Actress: Savannah Harriman-Pote

Maria Montoya Martinez Award for Best Ceramic Vessel: Sivan Najita

Best Production Supervisor: Erika Kasberg

David Hockney Award for Best in Drawing: Avery Williams

MVP Middle School: Lucy Callender

Salvador Dalí Surrealism Award: Hunter Weigle

Michelangelo Award for Best in Figurative Sculpture: Keanu Mead

Vincent Van Gogh Award for Best Use of Color to Express Emotion: Maria Navarro Frida Kahlo Award for Best Use of “Self-Story” in Art: Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart Andy Warhol for Best Graphic Design Award: Tawny Bright

Aurora Robson Environmentalist Art Award: Isabella Robertson Kandinsky Award for Best in Imaginative Work: Eric Fetsch Senior Rising Star Award: Shanelle Bolner

Senior Career Achievement in the Visual Arts Award: Judy Chicago Award: Zoe Somerville

Magdalena Abakanowics Award for Award for Best Conceptual Art: Kyley Nishimura Best Film: Coco Romano-Giordano

8th Grade Rising Star Award: Lucy Callender 7th Grade Rising Star Award: Sara Mundon

6th Grade Rising Star Award: Hali‘a Buchal

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Best Actor: Sean Dunnington

Best Supporting Actress: Sarah Bellatti Best Technician: Jamie Burns

Best Technician: Carrie Hiller

MVP Middle School: Malaya Hill

MVP High School: Jaren Ashcraft

Director’s Award: Garrison Davis

Director’s Award: Isabella Robertson

Heart of the Show Award: Rika Wills

MVP High School: Mady Harper

Heart of Show Award: Kosuke Kume

Parker’s 2014 Yearbook Wins Three Awards

The yearbook team’s Herff Jones award winners with yearbook adviser Gillian Culff.

Parker’s 2014 yearbook, Ho‘oikaika Vol. 38 “Cutting Edge,” is the winner of three awards in this year’s Herff Jones Hawai‘i yearbook contest. The book’s theme is in large part a reference to the school’s one-to-one iPad launch this year, making Parker a cutting edge school.

Dramatiques Presents


Parker School’s Dramatiques presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Parker School Theatre April 25-May 4. Directed by Dr. Angela Alforque, the production featured Mady Harper as Cinderella, Sean Dunnington as Prince Christopher, Maia Tarnas as the Fairy Godmother, Carrie Hiller as the Stepmother, Breanna Bellatti as stepsister Grace and Anna McFarland as stepsister Joy.

The book was dedicated to Assistant Head Shellie Note-Gressard, the implementer of the iPad initiative. The awards were presented at a luncheon on Friday, May 9 at Dave & Buster’s on O‘ahu; the Parker yearbook adviser, Gillian Culff, and much of the staff attended the luncheon virtually via video conference. Parker was awarded Best Copy & Captions, for captions in the academics section spread “Gaining Knowledge,” by sophomores Hiwa Thompson and Erika Kasberg; second place for Adobe Photoshop Illustration, a collaboration between senior photographer Nohili Thompson and Photoshop artist and senior Grant Nair; and second place for Overall Book, which evaluates the successful verbal and visual extension of theme from cover through end sheets, theme pages and section dividers. Senior Nohili Thompson was the editor-in-chief and chief designer of the book. The book was Ms. Culff ’s ninth as yearbook adviser for Parker School.

The yearbook team after winning three Herff Jones awards and dedicating the 2014 yearbook to Assistant Head Shellie Note-Gressard.

June-July 2014

Parker Debaters Wrap Successful Season At the State Forensic Championship at ‘Iolani School April 10-12, three Parker School debate team members qualified for the National Forensic League National Tournament. Jaren Ashcraft, Carrie Hiller and Luke Potter will travel to Overland Park, Kansas for the national tournament June 15-20. Dr. Carl Sturges, Parker debate coach and headmaster, said that although the team placed third at States (Punahou placed first and ‘Iolani second) and had to hand over the state championship trophy they won last year, three is the largest number of students the school has ever qualified at one time for the national tournament. All three came in second place, losing by only one ballot (3-2). He is especially pleased that, as Hiller is a sophomore and Ashcraft and Potter are juniors, they will be back to compete again next year. He also stated that Parker had 26 students at the state tournament, the highest number of any school. This year, Parker will say good-bye to nine senior debaters and two foreign student debaters. Sturges said he is

looking forward to a “crop of new recruits next year” and that he is “excited because a number of new applicants to the school expressed interest in debate and will be participating.” The team’s success in recent years has even led one anonymous donor to fund two $12,500 scholarships for the senior year of Parker students who have been successful debate team members for several years. Seniors Luke Potter and Maia Tarnas are the recipients for this award for the 2014-2015 school year.

Dr. Sturges talks to his team during the State Forensic Championship at ‘Iolani School.

Carrie Hiller receives her second place trophy at States.

Jaren Ashcraft and Luke Potter with their second place trophies at States.

From Advancement Director Jennifer Richardson I find myself surprised that another school org or contact me at 808-885-8709 or year is coming to a close, yet excited to welcome the 2014 graduating class to our group of amazing Parker alumni. On behalf of all of us at Parker, we appreciate your partnership and look As part of the school’s ‘ohana, you play forward to another terrific year supporting an especially important role in advancing the people and programs that help make Parker School. Thanks to your continued Parker School truly wonderful. Thank you support, we are very close to making our for your continued support! 2013-2014 Annual Fund goal! Through the Annual Fund, Parker School is able Some exciting things to watch for in Fall to continue offering excellent academics 2014: Parker School will unveil our new and extracurricular programs, recruit and brand, which will include a revised mission retain exceptional educators, and maintain and value statements, logo and website. our beautiful campus. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider making your Summer alumni reunion date is set for donation today. The campaign closes August 2, 2014. Stay tuned for details! June 30, 2014, so there is still time to help us reach our goal. To donate, simply visit Happy summer! our website at www.parkerschoolhawaii.

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A special thank you to all who donated to the Annual Fund and to all of our Advancement Team volunteers this year. We do appreciate you!

P TSO News

by PTSO President Jude McAnesby

PTSO remained actively engaged throughout the remainder of the school year with some traditional, as well as new, activities. We continued to support the arts by providing a taco bar luncheon to our visiting Art Start artists and staff at the middle and upper schools. Robin Mullin offered a family art project of decoupage flower vases at the lower school and had over 40 beautiful creations made! PTSO again coordinated with Student Council to provide the teacher and staff appreciation luncheon on April 23. This year’s theme was Mediterranean with delectable Italian cuisine which was heartily enjoyed by all. The students did a superb job serving their kumu and kupuna. Thanks to Chrissie Tramontin and Luana Keakealani for another fine offering! Some new events this year included a Volunteer Appreciation luncheon that PTSO co-hosted with the Advancement Office to thank all our volunteers. The event was held on the lovely front lanai where a delicious lunch was served and an opportunity was had to get to know each other a little bit more. PTSO also put together a parent consortium that will work with middle and upper school students to provide some afterschool activities, volunteer/internship opportunities, and assistance with the science fair. Surveys went out to parents

and students about these offerings and we are coordinating with staff as well. Let us know if you are interested in being a part of this initiative. Our fundraiser “Cans for Cones” was held at the lower school where 2nd graders won the ice-cream cone party prize by bringing in the most recycling donations. This fun event raised over $300! Thanks to Maile Wong, Cheryl Kubo, and Kendall DiDonato for their help with coordinating this. Remember that you can continue to bring your recyclables to Atlas and request that proceeds go to Parker PTSO. Finally, PTSO is working more closely with admissions this year to further support our new families as they transition to the school. Let us know if you’d like to help welcome a new family! On April 8, the following Executive Committee members were elected for the 2014-2015 school year: Jude McAnesby, President; Gena McFarland, Vice President; Mike Buchal, Treasurer; Pam Adams, Secretary; Kendall DiDonato and Tiffany Freitas, Lower School Reps; Mary Stancill and Dore Centeio, Middle School Reps; and Geoffrey Mundon, Upper School Rep. We look forward to working together and serving our revised mission “to nurture our ‘ohana, foster

PTSO’s Jude McAnesby & Robin Volunteers were honored at PTSO & Parker’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Mullin at the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

communication that strengthens the parent-school partnership, and support the mission of the school.” We give a very big mahalo to those completing their terms with us: Cheryl Kubo, Luana Keakealani, Chrissie Tramontin, Sally Kauffman, and Robin Mullin. The dedication and unique contributions of these individuals to our organization has been greatly appreciated. We thank them for their valuable time and talents. PTSO wishes everyone a fun and rejuvenating summer. We also look forward to the fall where we will once again coordinate grade level gettogethers, offering an opportunity to reconnect with each other as well as welcome new families into our community. If you are interested in helping to coordinate your grade, please contact me at or 510-220-4737 where I also welcome any questions or comments that you may have. We hope that you will continue to support PTSO and the programs that we offer through subscribing to our membership. Mahalo!

PTSO’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

June-July 2014

Athletics News by Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield

Parker School Athletics has had an exciting year with our Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) varsity teams. Girls volleyball had a great season with so many competitive games. Our coed soccer team played hard on the field and made us all very proud. The girls and mixed varsity paddling crews made it to States. C.J. Brown and Ryp Ring competed at States as the BIIF eighth seed doubles tennis team. Well done, everyone! I am so very proud of you all for your hard work and dedication.

satisfying to see all our junior bulls coming out to compete in our sports. A huge thank you to our wonderfully dedicated coaches who tirelessly coach and guide our athletes. Thank you to parents for supporting your children in competing in junior and varsity sports and encouraging them to stay fit and healthy.

And finally, a bittersweet farewell to the senior athletes who have by far made Parker School a proud member of the BIIF. Thank you and good luck with Middle school sports were a huge success your future endeavors. We look forward with cross country, coed volleyball, to welcoming you back on campus as track and field and paddling. It is very alumni.

Ryp Ring & CJ Brown at tennis States on Maui.

Spring Season Athletic Awards Girls High School Tennis

Coach’s Award: Lysha Matsunobu, Keala Prietto MVP: Kyley Nishimura Holomua: Salina Adreas Kuhia: Harmony Ring, Julie Gregg

Boys High School Tennis

Coach’s Award: Brian Toubman MVP: Ryp Ring, CJ Brown Holomua: Pono Christianson Kuhia: Garrett Davis

Parker Bulls Soccer Club Report by John Polhemus

Parker Bulls Soccer Club wrapped up the 2014 Spring HYSA season in May. We’ve been at this for about three years now, but in many ways this season felt like the first for PBSC. The huge influx of players, parents and coaches into our club went as smoothly as could be hoped for, and gives us a foundation on which to build. Thanks are in order to everyone involved: to the players for their hard work and enthusiasm; to the parents for a season of positive support (and lots of driving); and to the coaches for the dedication they show to the sport, our players and the club. I am excited to see how we progress over the coming seasons in what has become a very competitive league. Looking forward, I can announce that we will be accepting registration for the fall 2014 season beginning June 15. We expect to field teams in the U8, U10, U12 and U14 age groups this season, and we hope to see as many of you back from last season as possible. Information is available on our web page, which can be found in the Athletics section Na Mea Hou

at, and registration packets can be turned in to the Parker School business office or at the lower school front desk. If you’re around this summer, we welcome current and prospective players (and parents) to come and join us on the Parker School soccer field every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. (starting June 12) for an informal, all-ages session of small-sided games and scrimmages. Practices for the fall season should be underway sometime in August (date TBD) and we’re working on a couple of events to kick things off, so stay tuned. As always, feel free to email me at PBSC@, and have a safe and fun summer.

Go Bulls!

Photo by Mike Varney


Parker students participated in Art Start, a day dedicated to the arts, on April 11. Several artists visited the school and worked with K-12 students in various visual art media as well as in performing arts and martial arts. K-5 students spent time learning the art of poi pounding. Middle and upper schoolers got to choose from workshops in everything from jewelry making to henna tattoo design to hula to gourd carving to painting to Chinese Kempo. One group visited a local glass studio to learn about glass blowing.

Alumni News: Marena Dunnington ‘11, a student at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, spent the last semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Wynton Wizinowich ‘10 has been traveling the world apprenticing in permaculture and sustainable farming methods, soon to venture to India and Indonesia. Juliana Bennington ’08 recently visited the Big Island from New York City where she is currently living. She stopped by Parker School in April.

Elliott Jacobson ‘13 visits with Mia Davis ‘14 at Parker in May.

Juliana Bennington ‘08 with English teacher Gillian Culff on campus in April.

Mariah Wharton ‘08 just graduated from UH Hilo with a degree in nursing. Emiscah Barker ’07, recently stopped by Parker for a visit. She has been living in Australia, where she has been working as a nanny and is applying to art schools. Zach Nealy ‘07 is living in New York working as a freelance TV producer for ESPN, Comedy Central and other networks. Delcie Barr ‘05 is living in Queens, New York and teaching English in the public schools there.

Kai Inaba ‘12 with art teacher Heidi Buscher at the class of 2014 graduation in May.

Jay Williams-Stephens ‘09, Wyatt Mangel ‘13 with English and history teacher Ruth Sturges at the school lu‘au in May.

L to R: Tyler McCullough ‘13, Mariko Langevin ‘13, Cody Brown ‘13, English teacher Kiyoshi Najita, Bailey Calciolari ‘13, Jesse Burns ‘13, Wyatt Mangel ‘13, Gian DeAntonio ‘12, and Hayden Cross ‘12 at the class of 2014 graduation in May.

June-July 2014

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Dates to Remember June 11 King Kamehameha Day - OFFICES CLOSED July 3 & 4 Special Celebration - Offices Closed August 14 Lower School Social Event; Upper/Middle School New Student Orientation & Social August 15 Statehood Day - OFFICES CLOSED August 18 All School Begins For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at Note: In preparing this publication we diligently try to avoid errors and omissions. Please accept our apologies and notify the Advancement Office if any are discovered.


Happy Birthday Faculty & Staff!

June: Kiyoshi Najita, Amanda Dewey, Emily Pagliaro July: Carl Sturges

Photo by Maggie Woods

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Fun at Parker!

Waimea Town Market at Parker School Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This summer, Parker is hosting three incredible summer opportunities for kids: Summer Camp (for ages 5-12), Summer Extension Program (for ages 11-18), and Parker Bulls Soccer Club’s British Soccer Camp (in partnership with Challenger Sports, for ages 3-14). To register and learn more about these programs please visit the Parker School website at:

Ahualoa Farm Alaska Wild Salmon* Baron von App Wood Art Beeing Aloha Honey Company Downes Grounds Coffee Farm El Dente Fantasy Foods Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Candyman Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Honomu Jams Ian Lindsey Photography

Island Herbal Island Thyme Gourmet Javaloha Coffee Kekela Farms Little Paradise Mai Bacon Manowaiopae Homestead Farm Ohana Pies Parker School Garden* Poppas Orchids Sandwich Isle Bread Si Nuan Thai

Star of Heart Massage Sunrise Farm Sweet & Savory Treats Tammey’s Tamales Tea Hawai‘i Tropical Fruitsicles Tropical Mixes* True Hawai‘i Blue Whole Better Woods Catering * Absent for summer

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