Na Mea Hou The latest news from Parker School June - July 2013
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Encouraging the Search for Knowledge
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37th Graduating Class of Parker School
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Waimea Town Market at Parker School Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm Ahualoa Farm Alaska Wild Salmon* Baron von App Wood Art Beeing Aloha Honey Company Downes Grounds Coffee Farm El Dente Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Candyman Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Honomu Jams Island Herbal Island Thyme Gourmet** Javaloha Coffee
Jennifer Zingg Studio Kalakoa Kookies Kekela Farms Little Paradise Mai Bacon Manowaiopae Homestead Farm Ohana Pies Poppas Orchids Sandwich Isle Bread Si Nuan Thai Sunrise Farm Tammey’s Tamales Tea Hawai‘i
Therapeutic Massage Tropical Fruitsicles True Hawai‘i Blue Whole Better Woods Catering * fishing until September ** second and fourth weeks of month
12th Grade Graduation - Class of 2013
Olivia Catherine Armandroff Tyler Vaughn Blankenship Allen H. Bond Taylyn Boyette Cody Michael Brown Jesse Todd Burns Bailey Jane Calciolari
Katherine Carly Cappagli Charles William Charbonneau Briana Jacqualine Dodds Rachel Kahealani Dunn Brieannah Kaâ€˜ohinani Wylde Gouveia Paul Nakai Gregg Elliott A Jacobson
Stephanie D. K. Janovsky Karl Evan Kasberg Nondi Nichelle Lampkin Mariko Elizabeth Langevin Ginger Jeweles Lee Wyatt Raymond Mangel John Tyler Orion McCullough
Marisa Gabrielle Miyoko Saito Faith Kanoelani Schutte Emilie Paige Skladzien Lauren Ashley Sweere Sarah Lynn Willey Aidan Francis Wharton Megan Yost
Aidan Wharton, Student Body President
Olivia Armandroff, Valedictorian
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Paul Gregg, Valedictorian
Senior ‘Ohana Night
Senior Awards Parker School Trustees’ Award: Olivia Armandroff Headmaster’s Award: Tyler McCullough Richard Smart Award for Academic Excellence: Paul Gregg Personal Achievement Award: Jesse Burns Longevity Award: Cody Brown; Jesse Burns; Carly Cappagli; Mariko Langevin; Tyler McCullough Outstanding Career Achievement in Debate: Paul Gregg
Outstanding Career Achievement in Performing Arts: Aidan Wharton; Sarah Willey Outstanding Career Achievement in the Visual Arts: Ginger Lee Valedictorians: Olivia Armandroff; Paul Gregg Scholar Athlete Award: Paul Gregg; Lauren Sweere Career Athlete Award: Mariko Langevin; Tyler McCullough Athlete of the Year Award: Cody Brown; Mariko Langevin
8th Grade Graduation - Class of 2017 Julia Lee, Salutatorian
Kyra Matsuda, Salutatorian
Taylor Doherty, Valedictorian
Shelby J. Alligood Taylor M. Doherty Danielle M. Gersonde Isabella A. Gonzales Parker S. Hale Na Mea Hou
Sumika G. Helffrich Julia L. Lee Majdi M. Mariano Kyra S. N. Matsuda Zoe J. Mercer
Mackenzie P. Nelson Aila M. Nishida Neroli L. Robertson Hunter F. Weigle
5th Grade Graduation - Class of 2020
Lucas Biondi, My Parker School Experience
Lucas Biondi Meira Bonnici Haliâ€˜a Buchal Cooper Callender Jenny Coney Ryanne Doherty
Meira Bonnici, Parker Lower School Fun & Special Memories
Sean Frogley Riley Higgins Malaya Hill Gracelyn Jardine Noelani Murray Zane Robertson
Kellen Sakaitani Hiroki Soler Chloe Solidum Jordan Vedelli Lee Weiser Zane Willman
Book Awards Brown University: Maddison Nelson Wellesley: Kyley Nishimura Mt. Holyoke: Keala Prietto University of Pennsylvania: Grant Nair Yale: Lysha Matsunobu Special Awards Valedictorian-12th grade: Olivia Armandroff Valedictorian-12th grade: Paul Gregg Valedictorian-8th grade: Taylor Doherty Salutatorian-8th grade: Julia Lee Salutatorian-8th grade: Kyra Matsuda Mie Kim Najita Award: Jourdan Evangelista Irma Packard/Norman Scholarship: Shanelle Bolner Presidentâ€™s Volunteer Service Award: Maksim Ionin
English 10: Alisa Schill English 10: Jamie Burns English 10 Honors: Maia Tarnas English 11: Jourdan Evangelista English 11: Keoni Beaton English 12: Marisa Saito English 12: Lauren Sweere AP Language & Composition: Olivia Armandroff
Fine Arts Awards Visual Arts 6: Audrey Nixon Visual Arts 6: Justin Murray Visual Arts 7: Fanny Arnouts Visual Arts 7: Kawena Ching Visual Arts 8: Majdi Mariano Visual Arts 8: Julia Lee Pottery: Riley Decker Journalism/Podcast: Sarah Willey Journalism/Podcast: Evan Kasberg 2-Dimensional Art: Marlo Mundon 3-Dimensional Art: Kyley Nishimura Photography: Lauren Sweere Debate Awards AP 3-D Design: Ginger Lee Most Valuable Debater: Carrie Hiller AP 2-D Design: Emilie Skladzien Coachesâ€™ Award: Maksim Ionin AP Drawing: Stephanie Janovsky Career Achievement in DeSongwriting: Maddison Nelson bate: Paul Gregg African Caribbean Dance: Seraphim Benoist Elective Awards Performing Arts 6: Connor Brown Student Council: Olivia Armandroff Vocal Styles: Sean Dunnington Student Council: Aidan Wharton Vocal Ensemble: Nondi Lampkin Yearbook Editor-in-Chief: Megan Yost Performing Arts 7/8: Lucy Callender Creative Writing: Aidan Wharton Dance Technique: Lorenzo Arnouts Philosophy: Olivia Armandroff Dance Technique: Lysha Matsunobu Acting/Scene Study: Megan Yost English Awards Acting/Scene Study: Aidan Wharton English 6: Gavin Cairns English 6: Jadyn Ashcraft History Awards English 7: Ian Owens History 6: Marina Plock English 7: Kirk Hubbard History 6: Audrey Nixon English 8: Neroli Robertson History 7: Fanny Arnouts English 8: Shelby Alligood History 7: Kirk Hubbard English 9: Sivan Najita History 8: Mackenzie Nelson English 9 Honors: Carrie Hiller History 8: Shelby Alligood
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Hawaiian History: Jaren Ashcraft Hawaiian History: Maia Tarnas AP US History: Mariko Langevin AP US History: Olivia Armandroff US History: Shanelle Bolner US History: Kyley Nishimura Psychology: Megan Yost Psychology: Maddison Nelson Western Civilizations Honors: Maddison Nelson Western Civilizations Honors: Maia Tarnas World History: Kevin Grace Math Math Skills: Trevor Bastien Math Skills: Audrey Nixon Math Foundations: Lucy Callender Math Foundations: Jaipal Brar Pre-Algebra: Fanny Arnouts Pre-Algebra: Alissa Mullin Algebra 1: Owen Matsuda Algebra 1: Kirk Hubbard Algebra 2: Wyatt Mangel Algebra 2: Jourdan Evangelista Algebra 2 & Trigonometry: Jaren Ashcraft Algebra 2 & Trigonometry: Sivan Najita Pre-Calculus: Maddison Nelson Pre-Calculus: Maia Tarnas AP Calculus AB: Grant Nair AP Calculus AB: Lysha Matsunobu AP Calculus BC: Olivia Armandroff Geometry: Erika Kasberg Geometry: Lorenzo Arnouts Physical Education Awards P.E. Grade 6: Anna Gaglione P.E. Grade 6: Craig McFarland P.E. Grade 7: Kieran Wiese Gibson P.E. Grade 7: Jaipal Brar P.E. Grade 8: Mackenzie Nelson P.E. Grade 8: Hunter Weigle Conditioning: Carly Cappagli
Conditioning: Maksim Ionin Science Awards Life Science: Kirk Hubbard Life Science: Hunter Bugado Earth Science: Jaipal Brar Earth Science: Owen Matsuda Physical Science: Kyra Matsuda Physical Science: Taylor Doherty Biology: Matthew Bal Biology: Erika Kasberg Honors Biology: Skye Waipa Honors Biology: Savannah Harriman-Pote AP Biology: Lysha Matsunobu AP Biology: Paul Gregg Animal Sciences: Kosuke Kume Animal Sciences: Stephanie Janovsky Chemistry: Jaren Ashcraft Chemistry: Maia Tarnas Project Physics: Megan Yost Project Physics: Keoni Beaton Honors Physics: Grant Nair Honors Physics: Maia Tarnas Spanish Awards Spanish A: Jadyn Ashcraft Spanish A: Hunter Bugado Spanish B: Owen Matsuda Spanish B: Mackenzie Nelson Spanish 1: Ian Bond Spanish 1: Savannah Harriman-Pote Spanish 2: Aolani Peiper Spanish 2: Mia Scibelli Spanish 2A: Lucy Callender Spanish 2A: Kyra Matsuda Spanish 2B: Lorenzo Arnouts Spanish 2B: Erika Kasberg Spanish 2B Honors: Marlo Mundon Spanish 3: Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart Spanish 3: Maia Tarnas Spanish 4: Kyley Nishimura Spanish 4: Lysha Matsunobu Spanish 5: Tyler McCullough Spanish 5: Rachel Dunn
Arts Gala Night Awards
VISUAL ARTS Annie Leibowitz Award for Best Portrait Photography: Nohili Thompson Ansel Adams Award for Best in Nature Photography: Emilie Skladzien Creative Visionary Photography Award: Lauren Sweere Diego Rivera Mural Design: Devon Richmond Francis Bacon Existentialism Award: Ginger Lee Salvador Dalí Surrealism Award: Marie Jobes Maria Montoya Martinax Award for Best Clay Vessel: Kevin Grace Michelangelo Award for Best in Figurative Sculpture: Emily Whitfield David Hockney Award for Best in Drawing: Wyatt Madonna
OUR TOWN, Fall 2012 Best Actor: Sean Dunnington Best Actress: Megan Yost Best Supporting Actor: Paul Gregg Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Armandroff Best Technician: Jaren Ashcraft & Josh Yost MVP Middle School: Maya Gee MVP High School: Maia Tarnas Director’s Award-Middle School: Maya Gee Director’s Award-High School: Sean Dunnington Heart of the Show Award: Jackson Morris
Vincent Van Gogh Award for Best Use of Color to Express Emotion: Skye Waipa Frida Kahlo Award for Best Use of “Self-Story” in Art: Lila Alligood Andy Warhol Design Award: Tawny Bright
IN THE HEIGHTS, Spring 2013 Best Actor: Paul Gregg Best Actress: Savannah Harriman-Pote Best Supporting Actor: Majdi Mariano Best Supporting Actress: Megan Yost Best Ensemble Dancer: Taylyn Boyette Best Ensemble Dancer: Lorenzo Arnouts Best Ensemble Singer: Mady Harper Best Ensemble Singer: Sean Dunnington Best Technician: Rachel Dunn MVP Middle School: Majdi Mariano MVP High School: Paul Gregg Director’s Award-Middle School: Luke Harper Director’s Award-High School: Aidan Wharton Heart of Show Award: Aidan Wharton
Aurora Robson Environmentalist Art Award: Rachel Dunn Kandinsky Award for Best in Imaginative Work: Christina Sharpe Rising Star Award: Stephanie Janovsky Senior Career Achievement in the Arts Award: Ginger Lee Judy Chicago Award: Taylyn Boyette Magdalena Abakanowics Award for Award for Best Conceptual Installation: Bliss Loratta
Middle & Upper School Life Middle School Spring Formal
Yearbook Dedication to Señora Gonzalez
Serving Up During Teacher Appreciation Week
Helping at Lower School Field Day
Paul Gregg Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
Parker School is proud Gregg won several awards throughout his high school cato announce that gradu- reer: the Brown University Book Award, the Richard Smart ate Paul Gregg has been Junior Award for Excellence; Richard Smart Award for named a 2013 U.S. Presi- Academic Excellence; Outstanding Career Achievement dential Scholar. He is one in Debate; Degree of Special Distinction in Debate, the of two students in the state Male Scholar Athlete Award; and several academic awards. of Hawai‘i and one of 141 students in the nation selected In addition, he is an accomplished singer and musician who from the nearly three million who took the SAT (Scholas- primarily plays piano, but also guitar, ukulele, and violin. tic Aptitude Test) or the ACT (American College Testing) test this year. Selection is also made “on the basis of superi- Gregg will be attending Stanford University in the fall. He or achievements, leadership said, “I want to study so qualities, personal character, “No one can have such success and give credit only to many things—physics, asand involvement in com- themselves. My parents have encouraged and nur- trophysics, linguistics, neumunity and school activi- tured me every step of the way, and Parker School roscience, mathematics, ties,” according to the U.S. and more—and I have no has provided a welcoming, stimulating environment idea what I want to be! But Presidential Scholars Office. Zoe Sims of Hawaii Prepa- that is so rare and invaluable. I owe everything to I do know that I want to ratory Academy is the oth- the unconditional support of my family and friends, do something that makes er U.S. Presidential Scholar my extended ‘ohana.” -Paul Gregg a tangible, positive impact from Hawai‘i. on the world, and something that isn’t just repeatGregg, also a National Mering someone else’s work. it Scholarship Program Finalist and scholarship recipient, Something in the new frontiers of human knowledge.” was very active in his school community during his years at Parker. He was a member of the debate team for four years, Gregg will travel to Washington D.C. in June, where he and Student Council for three years (and was vice-president the other selected scholars will receive the U.S. Presidenthis year), and National Honors Society for two years (and tial Scholars medallion, hopefully meet President Obama, was vice-president this year). He has been very involved and be honored at various events. Presidential Scholars are in community service efforts (he was one of the students asked to name their most influential teacher and can invite who stayed up all night to help evacuees from the coast that teacher to the awards ceremony. Gregg chose English take shelter at Parker School during the tsunami warning teacher Kiyoshi Najita as his most influential teacher. last fall and he helped spearhead Student Council’s efforts to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief this spring). Parker School Headmaster Carl Sturges said, “It is a very He was a founding member and co-president of the In- rare, prestigious award and we are very proud of Paul to ternational Thespian Society and was actively involved in have achieved this level of success.” Dramatiques, Parker’s after-school drama program, for four years, recently serving as musical director. An accom- Gregg said, “No one can have such success and give credit plished athlete, Gregg ran on the cross country team (he only to themselves. My parents have encouraged and nurwas named Most Valuable Player twice and was one of the tured me every step of the way, and Parker School has protop Big Island runners) and played soccer for Parker for vided a welcoming, stimulating environment that is so rare four years. and invaluable. I owe everything to the unconditional support of my family and friends, my extended ‘ohana.” Na Mea Hou
Parker School Debate Team Wins State Championship
“Small schools can accomplish great things if they have students who support one another and believe that they are as good as anybody else. This team definitely showed that they are not only talented but have a great deal of heart. I enjoyed every minute of coaching them this year.” -Dr. Carl Sturges, Headmaster & Debate Coach The Parker School Debate Ionin, a one-year visiting Team took first place at Russian foreign student, the Hawai‘i State Forentook second; and Sivan Nasic Championship, which jita placed third. Paul Gregg was held at Kamehameha came in second in ChamSchools’ Kapalama Campionship Lincoln-Douglas pus and Punahou School on Debate and qualified for the O‘ahu on April 18-19. They Nationals, which will be held won by just one point, with in Montgomery, Alabama in 28 points to Iolani School’s June. 27 points and captured the Cades Schutte Debate Dr. Carl Sturges, Parker Sweepstakes Trophy. This is School headmaster and dethe first time in 30 years that the trophy has left Oahu bate coach, said of the team’s championship win, “Small to travel home with a neighbor island school. schools can accomplish great things if they have students who support one another and believe that they are as Of the 32 students on Parker’s debate team, 23 traveled good as anybody else. This team definitely showed that to the state tournament, and 12 of those qualified for they are not only talented but have a great deal of heart. the semifinals and finals. All 12 won individual trophies. I enjoyed every minute of coaching them this year.” In Beginning Public Forum Debate, Nya Phillips and Kyley Nishimura took second place; Luke Potter and Jaren Ashcraft placed third; and Michael Note and Kosuke Kume took fourth. In Advanced Public Forum Debate, Maia Tarnas and Elliott Jacobson placed third. In Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Carrie Hiller won first; Maksim
Annual May Day Celebration & Luâ€˜au - May 3, 2013
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Dramatiques’ In the Heights a Hit
Parker School’s theatre group Dramatiques proudly presented their production of In the Heights from April 26 through May 5 at the historic Parker School Theatre. The four-time Tony Award-winning play “tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.” The play was directed by Parker School drama and dance teacher Dr. Angela Alforque and presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals. Before the show’s premiere, Alforque said, “One of my favorite aspects about directing this production is having the opportunity to teach our students about the social and cultural aspects that inform the musical. African-Caribbean dance cultures, in particular, are close to my heart, as well as the history of immigrant families here in the U.S.; these are important inspirations for the show. With In the Heights, we’re bringing a New York City neighborhood to Parker School and featuring urban Latino-American culture through music, dance, storytelling, and various styles of street art. I wanted the students to feel the dance and music from the inside out and I think we’ve achieved that to a great ex-
tent. It’s been really special to me to see the students discover the connections between their own life stories and what is happening in the play.” There were several lead roles in the play. Usnavi De La Vega was played by Paul Gregg; Nina, Kevin and Camila Rosario were played by Maddy Nelson, Elliott Jacobson and Mariko Langevin respectively; Benny by Aidan Wharton; Vanessa by Nondi Lampkin; Sonny by Majdi Mariano; Abuela Claudia by Savannah Harriman-Pote; and Daniela by Megan Yost. “I am proud of and grateful for the student leadership in this production: our musical director, assistant director, four choreographers, costume designer, lighting and sound supervisors, and stage managers all are upper school students. They mentor their peers and our middle school students, so that as older students graduate, others are able to follow in their footsteps. My predecessor, Maren Oom, put this structure in place and these artist-leaders have gone above and beyond their duties, putting their time and energy and heart into everything they do. We could not have done a musical of this scale and difficulty if not for their extraordinary talent and willingness to step up to the challenge of such a difficult show,” said Alforque.
Lower School Happenings Field Day On Friday, May 17, Parker Lower School held its annual end-of-year Field Day. PE teacher Nicole Vedelli coordinated the event, and the freshman class plus many faculty and parent volunteers worked the various race and activity stations.
4th Gradeâ€™s Solar Grand Prix
On May 20, Tanya Evertsâ€™ fourth graders raced the solar vehicles they designed and constructed in science class.
Wishing you well...
On May 21, the day before the last day of school, Parker Lower School kids lined up in two lines and wished each other well for the summer.
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1st Annual Lower School
Parker Lower School held its 1st Annual Art Exhibit on April 2. Close to 300 pieces of student artwork were on display and the PTSO art activity was a big hit!
Maia Tarnas Wins NSLI for Youth Scholarship to Study Arabic Abroad Parker School rising junior Maia Tarnas has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships for 2013-2014. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y offers overseas study opportunities in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish.
a leader in the global community. “Maia will be a great ambassador for the country. I’m sure she will learn a lot. She’s got a lot of cultural sensitivity, and I’m sure she will do us proud, as always,” said Carl Sturges, Parker School headmaster. NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, Americans Promoting Study Abroad, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, Legacy International, and Russian American Foundation. Applications for 20142015 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at www. nsliforyouth.org in the early fall. For information about U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs visit www.exchanges.state.gov.
The NSLI-Y scholarship enables Tarnas to study Arabic in Jordan for the summer. The scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, usually with a host family. Tarnas and 19 other program participants will be studying at the “I’m very humbled and excited to have received this Qasid Institute in Amscholarship. It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be man, Jordan. For the able to live, learn, and be completely immersed in a first three weeks of the program, Tarnas will culture so interesting and different from our own.” live with a host family -Maia Tarnas and for the last four in an apartment with one or two other students. Launched as part of a U.S. government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans’ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment. Educational and cultural activities are designed to promote language learning and build mutual understanding and long-lasting relationships. The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a lifelong interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue in the private, academic or government sectors, and build upon the foundations developed through person-to-person relationships while abroad. Through her participation in the program, Tarnas will serve as a citizen diplomat while developing the skills necessary to be
Tarnas, whose mother grew up in Lebanon, is looking forward to expanding upon the Arab influence she has already had in her life. She said, “I’m very humbled and excited to have received this scholarship. It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to live, learn, and be completely immersed in a culture so interesting and different from our own.”
About learning Arabic, Tarnas said, “The Arabic language is gorgeous and this is the best way I could ever think of to learn it. Parker School deserves a huge thank you; my independence, world view, and love for exploration have come from my years there.” Tarnas’ parents, Carolyn Stewart and David Tarnas, said, “We’re both very happy Maia was selected for the NSLI-Y program. She will gain a greater understanding of Jordan and its people by living in their unique culture and learning the Arabic language. In her own way, Maia will share some aloha spirit with those she meets in Jordan. This program will give Maia a chance to practice cross-cultural communication skills to help her grow as a global citizen. That’s important because international understanding at a personal level is essential to world peace and prosperity. Good luck, Maia!” June-July 2013
Zero Waste Day
On April 16, Parker School held a successful “Zero Waste Day.” The middle and upper schools generated less than one half of a large trash can full of trash for the entire day. The rest was all recycled, put in the worm compost bin, or given to Uncle Eric’s pig. All year long, the lower school encourages families to pack zero waste lunches, keeps a slop bucket going for Uncle Eric’s pig, and utilizes worm bins and recycling containers.
Parker School Bulls’ STEMpede
On May 3, Parker School hosted STEMpede, an afternoon dedicated to exposing students to professional possibilities in the STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—fields.
Clockwise from left: 7th graders Owen Matsuda and Kieran Wiese Gibson show off their souvenirs from dismantling electronics in an electrical engineering workshop; Kyley Nishimura, Elliott Jacobson and Tyler McCullough launch a vehicle they built in civil engineer Drew Stout’s “Engineering Fun with Food” workshop; Keck Computer Systems Administrator Julia Simmons helps Tyler Blankenship and Skyler Pleuss understand the inner workings of computers.
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Approximately 20 presenters, most from Waimea, visited Parker to share about their particular professions and included: veterinarian Dr. Jim Gressard; orthopedic surgeons and Parker parents Doug Hiller and Diane Payne; optometrist Ken Fischer; astronomers Al Honey and Marc Kassis (also a Parker parent); sleep researcher Gail Nielsen; ocean engineer Eric Brager; civil engineer Drew Stout; physical therapists Kelly Hoyle (also a Parker parent) and Susan Nowell; electrical engineer Andrew Cooper; and flight nurse and Parker parent Kim Bastien. The guests presented individually and also took part in panels, which allowed more time to take student questions. In creating the STEMpede event, Parker School joins the nationwide effort to encourage US students to explore and pursue futures in STEM careers.
Middle & Upper School Students Experience
On April 4 and 5, Parker’s upper and middle school students took part in Interim, a two-day period of focused experiential learning activities. This year the students chose from several on and off-campus experiences: a teaching internship at Parker Lower School; two-day studio music recording session; working in the school garden; exploring Kealakekua and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau; scuba diving; hiking; exploring careers in medicine and forensics; writing on location (how setting impacts writing); martial arts and self defense; a marine biology experience on Oahu; photography and film; sewing; and theatre design and set construction.
The group that traveled and explored Kealakekua and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau with science teacher Mindy Higgins and English teacher Kiyoshi Najita returned to campus full of energy and excited about their off-campus adventure. They learned about Hawaiian history and culture at Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau and focused on fun team-building activities at Kealakekua. Higgins said, “We had a great time! Our group rocked….They learned really how to be together, work together, and enjoy each other’s company. We played group games [in which] everyone succeeded.” Another group took a martial arts and self-defense workshop with Parker School’s technology director Eric Dela Rosa, who holds a black belt in Chinese Kempo. Students learned everything from blocking attacks to defending themselves with Sharpie pens to break-
Parker School’s Interim happens every two years, alternating with Art Start, which allows students to focus completely on one form of art for a full day. Both programs give students the opportunity to take a break from the usual school schedule and immerse themselves in something about which they are already passionate or to stretch their comfort zones and explore something entirely new. Senior Lauren Sweere stretched her comfort zone and was one of the first to break a brick in the martial arts class. She said, “[I thought] there’s no way on earth “Sew Awesome” was the name of the I’m going to sewing class led by science department be able to chair Patricia Kassis and math depart- do it….and ment chair Amanda Dewey. Students I broke it on learned how to thread and use a sewing my first time machine and learned how to add “bling” which was exto garments by hand sewing. On the first hilarating and day, the students sewed baby blankets to also really surdonate to newborns in North Hawai‘i prising conCommunity Hospital’s (NHCH) Fam- sidering that ily Birthing Unit. Several of them em- it’s at least two broidered designs or messages such as inches thick “sleep well” or “sweet dreams” onto the and it’s stone, so it’s kind of scary. But it blankets. Sixth grader Sara Mundon was so much fun and it really shows how said, “This is a wonderful experience much strength your body can hold….it knowing that you were sewing a blanket was an amazing feeling!” that a child would grow up loving.” ing bricks with their hands and wooden boards with their heads. Several of the students completely surprised themselves when they were able to break a brick or board.
On the morning of the second day, the sewing teachers and students delivered all the blankets they made to NHCH, presenting them to Registered Nurse Diana Leaf and NHCH Communications Coordinator Krista Anderson. Anderson said, “The donation is very meaningful to our hospital and patients. It’s great to see kids in our community get so involved to support their local hospital and we appreciate all that Parker School does to support us!”
Parker Debaters Impress Rotarians with Mock Debate
Four of the top debaters from Parker School’s award-winning debate team and their coach, Headmaster Carl Sturges, were invited to Rotary Club of North Hawai‘i’s monthly luncheon meeting at Saffron Restaurant in Waimea in March. The debaters had the opportunity to showcase the skills for which they are becoming known throughout the islands. The team has consistently held strong as a frontrunner in island-wide debate tournaments over the last few years and placed first in the state championship this year. Parker senior Elliott Jacobson and sophomore Maia Tarnas squared off against sophomore Nya Phillips and junior Kyley Nishimura on the Public Forum Debate topic, “The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug pol-
icies in Latin America will do more harm than good.” John Roth, Secretary and Immediate Past President of Rotary Club of North Hawai‘i and Parker School board member, said, “It was an honor to have the Parker School debaters show us a glimpse into their world. As rotarians, we pride ourselves on serving our community and taking a stance to better the world. It was very exciting to watch the Parker School debaters go head to head before our very eyes. To know that these students, who have become the best debaters in the State, are coming out of our community is encouraging to say the least. They will make good future members of the Rotary Club of North Hawai‘i.”
2012-2013 Third Trimester Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll
Parker School congratulates the students who made the Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll during the third trimester of the 2012-2013 school year. Students on the Headmaster’s List earned GPAs of 3.75 or higher. Honor Roll students earned GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Headmaster’s List-Upper School Olivia Armandroff, Lorenzo Arnouts, Jaren Ashcraft, Seraphim Benoist, Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart, Tawny Bright, Cody Brown, Jesse Burns, Bailey Calciolari, Rachel Dunn, Brieanah Gouveia, Kevin Grace, Paul Gregg, Savannah Harriman-Pote, Carolyn Hiller, Stephanie Janovsky, Erika Kasberg, Kosuke Kume, Mariko Langevin, Lysha Matsunobu, Tyler McCullough, Anna McFarland, Marlo Mundon, Grant Nair, Sivan Najita, Maddison Nelson, Kyley Nishimura, Luke Potter, Harmony Ring, No’eau Simeona, Maia Tarnas, Skye Waipa, Aidan Wharton, Sarah Willey, Megan Yost Honor Roll-Upper School Kenneth Bond, Carly Cappagli, Dashiell Cotton, Sean Dunnington, Madyson Harper, Elliott Jacobson, Marie Jobes, Nondi Lampkin, Wyatt Mangel, Michael Note, Nya Phillips, Keala Prietto, Isabella Robertson, Mia Scibelli, Emilie Skladzien, Kathleen Smith, Lauren Sweere, Nohili Thompson, Ryan Touchet
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Headmaster’s List-Middle School Shelby Alligood, Fanny Arnouts, Jadyn Ashcraft, Jaipal Brar, Hunter Bugado, Lucy Callender, Taylor Doherty, Anna Gaglione, Maya Gee, Kirk Hubbard, Julia Lee, Shen MacKenzie, Kyra Matsuda, Owen Matsuda, Craig McFarland, Alissa Mullin, Sara Mundon, Audrey Nixon, Masen Note, Zoe Vann, Hunter Weigle Honor Roll-Middle School Conner Brown, Gavin Cairns, Kawena Ching, Danielle Gersonde, Kieran Wiese Gibson, Sophia Kaufmann, Majdi Mariano, Mackenzie Nelson
Athletics News by Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield Parker School Athletics has had an exceptional year with our Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) varsity teams. Paul Gregg, Tyler McCullough, Mariko Langevin, Maia Tarnas and Mady Harper all ran at States in cross country. 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, boys and mixed varsity paddling crews all made it to States. We won our first-ever BIIF title with our mixed varsity team: Cody Brown, Aidan Wharton, Charlie Charbonneau, Mariko Langevin, Sarah Willey and Emily Whitfield. C.J. Brown competed at States as the BIIF eighth seed singles tennis player. Boys volleyball had an amazing season and Evan Kasberg and Max Elster both traveled to States on Maui for golf. Well done, everyone! I am so very proud of you all for your hard work and dedication.
coaches Brodie Callender, Mark Willman, Billy Pleuss, Net Payne, Jared David-Chapman, John Polhemus and Jon Vedelli for all their support and dedication in coaching our young bulls.
Middle school sports was a huge success with cross country, coed volleyball, track and field and paddling. It is very 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 their 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 your future endeavors. We Parker Bulls soccer club had a suc- look forward to welcoming you cessful second year playing in the back on campus as alumni. HYSA league and the U10 team won the HYSA B Flight championships! Thank you to our volunteer
Max Elster & Evan Kasberg at golf States
U10 HYSA CHAMPS
CJ Brown & Coach Ted Herhold at tennis States
ATHLETIC AWARDS Congratulations to the following students for their athletic accomplishments in the winter season. They received their awards at a May 7 ceremony.
Coaches Award: Lauren Sweere Most Valuable Player: Emilie Skladzien Holomua Award: Maia Tarnas; Erika Kasberg Kuhia Award: Carly Cappagli
Coaches Award: Ryp Ring; Kosuke Kume Most Valuable Player: CJ Brown Holomua Award: Riley Decker
Coaches Award- Jesse Burns Most Valuable Player Award- Cody Brown Holomua Award- Maksim Ionin (not pictured)
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Advancement Update by Advancement Director Jennifer Richardson
I am very excited to announce that the Advancement team has successfully settled in from our recent staffing changes and proved to be a wonderful department. As we were able to demonstrate our efficiency as a team, we can officially announce that I will continue as the Advancement Director, Katie Callender as Communications and Marketing Specialist, and Renee Brighter as Advancement Associate. Please remember, we have an open door policy, so stop by anytime to say hello! Please let us know if you have any questions.
our goal. We are so grateful for the generosity of all our Parker School ‘ohana, faculty & staff, parents, alumni, and board members; we couldn’t have done it without you.
The success of the Kāko‘o Fund will help us realize the following improvements to our campus and programs: science lab renovation; new deck to connect the middle school buildings; technology enhancements; a new high-quality event tent; and the Annual Fund for Education. Construction has already begun on the deck and lab I am proud to say that Parker School’s Kāko‘o Fund was success- and we plan for them to be ready for the 2013-2014 school year. ful, and we reached our $200,000 goal! Since our February 2013 Please contact me at 885-8709 or firstname.lastname@example.org for announcement of the Parker School Trust Corporation match chal- further information. lenge we were able to secure the remaining funds needed to make
by 2013-2014 PTSO President Jude McAnesby
PTSO remained busy all through the last months of the school year. Following is a summary of some of the highlights of our activities. Please continue to support PTSO by paying your dues for next year. Mahalo!
authored by Becky Bailey and then ask questions of our own resident expert, Paige Brown. Handouts were distributed each week and additional resource materials, available for lending, were purchased by PTSO. This was an informative and popular PTSO started something new this spring program that we plan to offer again next year. by attending the Student Council meetings. Over the past few years, we have tried to On May 17, the following new Executive increase student involvement in PTSO but Committee members were elected: Jude with students being so busy, it has been dif- McAnesby, President; Ann DiLoreto, Vice ficult to find a workable time. So, we went to President; Mike Buchal, Treasurer; Cherthem! We were highly impressed by their ca- yl Kubo, Secretary; Kendall DiDonato and pabilities and how well they worked together Pam Adams, Lower School Reps; Saland we look forward to continuing our en- ly Kaufmann and Mary Stancill, Middle hanced working collaboration next year! School Reps; and Gena McFarland and Geoffrey Mundon, Upper School Reps. On April 13, PTSO sponsored a family We welcome our new members and look night out at Saffron restaurant. Thanks to all forward to working together to further our who came out to socialize and support the mission of “stimulating parent involvement, Mini Grant program. The next Parker night supporting the school in their mission, and out will be on October 19 at the Blue Drag- nurturing the Parker school “ohana.” on—dancing anyone? We also deeply appreciate the hard work and PTSO sponsored the annual Teacher and dedication of our members who have comStaff Appreciation luncheon on May 1. Un- pleted their terms: Robin Mullin, Marie der the direction of Luana Keakealani, the Fellenstein-Hale, Tony Prietto, Chrissie French-inspired “Café Parker Porche” was Tramontin, and Renee Brighter. Thank fashioned on the lanai with everyone treated you all for your unique contributions, with a to a delectable meal catered by Maria Peter- special mahalo to Robin for helping to fosson. It was a lovely time and Student Coun- ter a cohesive and capable team. And, a very cil members did an excellent job ensuring heart-felt thanks to those continuing on in the success of the event! their involvement. The Conscious Discipline training series hosted by Ann DiLoreto continued to be offered to parents throughout the spring, providing an opportunity to view videos
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As we plan our calendar for next year, it will be helpful to get feedback from you, our ‘ohana, regarding events/activities that you liked, would like us to get involved with,
and/or other suggestions. Please be sure and fill out the PTSO survey, available via a link on the last Webflash. Looking forward to next year, PTSO plans to bring back a Parker tradition of having upper and middle school families meet for grade level get-togethers around the beginning of the school year. This will provide an opportunity to re-connect in an informal setting while also welcoming new families. Stay tuned for more information. This has been a full year filled with many wonderful and memorable experiences. We wish all families a restful summer and look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
Faculty and staff enjoyed PTSO’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon catered by Chef Maria Peterson. Thank you, PTSO!
Alumni News Tisha Gomes Kaawa ’89 owns Waimea Hill Country & Tack, a western store in Waimea, just next to Waimea Feed Supply. Autumn Wharton ’98 just finished her master’s degree in psychology. Kalei Gregory ‘99 recently became a helicopter pilot here on the Big Island. Jessica Levitt ‘02 recently took a new position as a manager at Tommy Bahama.
Haley Williams ‘03 is on track to become a tenured high school English teacher with the O‘ahu DOE. Kate Kharitonova ‘05, exchange student from Azerbaijan, is working towards a PhD in computer science at University of Arizona. She is working on computer vision—teaching computers to recognize what is in visual images. Becki Jalernpan ‘07 married Brandon Santiago on June 7. Kimo Hon ‘11 is doing research on “gossiping algorithms” this summer at Yale.
Kai Inaba ‘12 and Kira Harada -Stone English teacher Kiyoshi Najita catches up with Mariah Wharton ‘08 with broth- Tyler Saito ‘12, home from Seattle University to attend sister Marisa’s ‘12 outside Kahilu Theatre after Parker’s Kimo Hon ‘11 after this year’s 12th grade grad- er Aidan at graduation. Parker graduation. 2013 commencement ceremony. Kai at- uation. Kimo attends Yale University. tends Skidmore University and Kira, New York University.
Alum Spotlight: Lauren Hickey ‘04 Lauren Hickey ‘04 was crowned Miss Hawai‘i United States on O‘ahu on February 23, 2013. The pageant “provides a life-changing experience for young, vibrant women across Hawai‘i” and a large part of its mission involves community service, providing young women with the opportunity “to give a voice to those needing to be heard, lend a hand to those less fortunate, and be a compass for those daring to dream,” according to the Miss Hawai‘i United States website.
ing your community in their absence.”
Lauren, who attended university of Colorado, Boulder, also enjoys being a role model for young girls, and helping them see that “we are capable of achievements beyond our wildest dreams....If I can inspire someone in some way to follow their dream, then I Lauren credits Parker School for much of her success. “I can say truly am living mine.” without hesitation that my time at Parker School played an integral role in where I am today,” she said. “I don’t know that I would have The next step for Lauren is the nahad the courage to follow this dream without my experience at Park- tional Miss United States Pageant in er. It was truly a blessing to attend a school where one’s individuality Washington D.C. July 2-7. She and her was celebrated, supported and encouraged.” mother are working to raise funds for the cost of the trip. People interested in “I am so thankful every day for this opportunity. People think pag- helping their efforts can make an oneants are all about girls prancing around in dresses for one night, line donation at http://www.gofundme. trying to be the prettiest. It’s not, but don’t ask a title holder what it com/2rhmcg or mail a check payable to means to be a Queen. Ask the cancer survivor I walked with at Relay Turner Trading Company to: 66-1678 For Life, or the competitor I gave a gold medal to at the Special Waiaka Street, Kamuela, HI 96473. Olympics. It’s about being there for your community and representJune-July 2013
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Dates to Remember July 4 & 5: Special Celebration - Offices Closed August 15: Lower School Social Event; Upper/Middle School New Student Orientation & Social August 16: Statehood Day - Offices Closed August 19: All School Begins For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at www.parkerschool.net
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.
Announcements Summer Camp 2013 at Parker School runs June 3-July 12 and is still enrolling. Ages 5-14. $200 per week. Multi-week and sibling discounts are available. Please visit www.parkerschool.net to download a registration form or contact the Parker School Business Office at 808-885-6803. Staffing News: Parker is pleased to announce that Emily Pagliaro will assume the role of Admissions Director as of July 1. Ms. Pagliaro holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Native American studies from the University of California, Davis. Having grown up on O‘ahu, she returned to Hawaii after college to work with various Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses. She relocated to the Big Island in 2001 and after a career in the Hawaiian music industry, joined Parker School in the fall of 2009 as the headmaster’s assistant and Hawaiian history teacher. In the Advancement Office, Jennifer Richardson is now officially Advancement Director; Katie Callender is Communications & Marketing Specialist; and Renee Brighter is Advancement Associate.
Happy Birthday Faculty & Staff! June: Kiyoshi Najita, Amanda Dewey, Emily Pagliaro, Josh Shepherd July: Carl Sturges