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Na Mea Hou The latest news from Parker School October-November 2012

Excellence - Integrity - Compassion Our Mission Parker School provides a college-preparatory experience in a small-school setting where students develop academically while exploring their individual talents.

Annual Fall BBQ & Potluck

Encouraging the Search for Knowledge

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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 Big Island Fruitsicles Downes Grounds Coffee Farm Elemental Plants Hawaii White Mountain Farm Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Candyman Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Healing Touch Massage

Honomu Jams Island Herbal Island Thyme* Islandwide Solar Kalakoa Kookies Kekela Farms Little Paradise Mai Bacon Manowaiopae Homestead Farm Ohana Pies Poppas’ Orchids Sandwich Isle Bread

Si Nuan Thai Sunrise Farm Sweet Nuts Tammey’s Tamales Tea Hawaii True Hawaiian Blue Whole Better Health Drinks Woods Catering *second and fourth weeks of month

Seniors Paul Gregg & Aidan Wharton National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Parker School is pleased to announce that seniors Paul Gregg and Aidan Wharton have been selected as semi-finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Gregg and Wharton, from a senior class of just 28 students, are two of the three semi-finalists selected this year from the Big Island, and two of the 16,000 national semi-finalists out of the 50,000 highest scorers of the approximately 1.5 million high school students who take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) each year.

If they advance to finalist standing, they will find out in March if they are in the group of approximately 8,300 winners of a National Merit Scholarship Award. The awards range from a $2500 lump sum scholarship, to corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored scholarships. In the last three years, Parker School has boasted six National Merit Scholarship

Paul Gregg

Aidan Wharton

semi-finalists. Last year, Parker’s Kieran Najita was selected and advanced to win a Merit Scholarship Award, and the previous year, three out of the five from the Big Island were Parker students. Those three all advanced to the finals and two of the three were selected as Merit Scholarship Award winners. Along with their academic successes, both Gregg and Wharton are very active in Park-

er School and the community. This year Wharton is student council president, and Gregg vice-president. Both are accomplished singers and Gregg a musician, and have held starring singing roles in Parker’s after-school drama program, Dramatiques’ productions of Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls, among other productions. Both have been members of Parker’s award-winning debate team, (they were debate partners as freshmen and won second place in the State Championships in junior varsity policy debate), and are also accomplished athletes at the school. About Gregg, Wharton and their accomplishments, Parker School headmaster Dr. Carl Sturges said, “I’m particularly pleased with their selection by the National Merit organization, as both young men are very active in school events and are born leaders to boot. All of us at Parker School are immensely proud of them!”

Seniors Armandroff, Jacobson & Lampkin Earn National Academic Recognition

Congratulations to Olivia Armandroff and Elliot Jacobson, who have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are two of about 34,000 Commended Students being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholar awards, they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who

Run for Hope

For five years now, Parker’s cross country team has participated in Run for Hope, an event hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and put on by the American Cancer Society, the Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i, The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hualalai Resort, and countless volunteers, to raise funds for cancer research.

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took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT) last October. Congratulations also to Senior Nondi Lampkin, who has been selected as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. She scored in the top three percent and is one of 3,100 of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Program

when they took the PSAT/NMSQT. The National Achievement Program began in 1964 to “honor academically promising Black American high school students” and the competition is, along with the National Merit Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

On Sunday, September 9, in the wee hours of the morning, the team headed down to the race, and here’s what proud Parker School Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield said about the event: “I first insisted they run it because of the cause, hoping to ground them, and encourage them to think of others, and now they insist on keeping it a tradition. The seniors make the underclassmen promise to continue it every year....Parker School gets a lot of attention when we go, not

only because they wear their running jerseys with pride, but because they are all such wonderful kids. They get so many kudos for going as it takes from their busy schedules to do something for the community of Hawai‘i. That’s dedication…” The Parker runners did extremely well in the race: Paul Gregg took 1st place in the 10K, Luke Potter 5th, and Tyler McCullough 7th. In the 5K, Evan Kasberg came in 3rd, Chris Whitfield 6th, and Jesse Burns 7th.

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Parker Hosts International Students Parker School is hosting four international highschool students for the 2012-2013 school year. The students—three of whom are visiting from Germany, and one from Russia—have come to Parker through two different organizations, the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) and the International Hospitality Center (IHC). Maksim Ionin, a 10th grader from Russia, came through CCI, a non-profit international educational exchange organization based in Chicago which, according to its website, is “dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace.” German students Max Elster (10th grade), Alisa Schill (10th grade), and Marlon Lumper (11th grade), are at Parker School via IHC, a Hawaii-based organization that provides, according to its website, “cross-cultural learning and international exchange opportunities” to students from 48 countries around the world. Parker School Assistant Head Shellie Gressard said, “Our foreign students, who are carefully selected by their governments and exchange programs, lend an international perspective to our own already rich multi-cultural environment here at Parker and on the Big Island.”

Dramatiques Presents

Our Town

Parker School Dramatiques’ production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder, opened on Saturday, October 13 and played through October 21. The play was directed by the school’s new drama and dance teacher, Dr. Angela Alforque. Dramatiques, Parker’s after-school drama troupe, was founded in 2004 and has brought to the stage such productions as Snow White and Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest, Les Miserables, The Odyssey and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Our Town, described by playwright Edward Albee as “...the greatest American play ever written,” follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die. First produced and published in 1938, this Pulitzer-prize winning drama is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play. The production featured seniors Aidan Wharton and Megan Yost as Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs; sophomore Sean Dunnington as George Gibbs; freshman Lorenzo Arnouts and senior Lauren Sweere as Mr. and Mrs. Webb; and sophomore Maia Tarnas as Emily Webb. Show-goers received $2 off the ticket price with their donations of canned food itemstions of canned food items for the Parker School Food Drive.

Above photos courtesy of Faith Gallegos

October-November, 2012

Lower School Happenings Back to School

3rd Grade Earth Projects

Paniolo Visit & Saddle-making

Parker School kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed special visitors on Wednesday, September 19. Parker Ranch’s Livestock Operations Manager Keoki Wood, Livestock Operations Assistant Dee Dee Bertelmann, and Wood’s 14-year-old horse, Chicken, stopped by Parker Lower School to give students a glimpse into ranching life. Wood impressed upon the children the importance of a cowboy and a horse being a team and working together. He also taught them about the parts of the saddle, how beef comes from cows, and that Parker Ranch currently has over 10,000 head of cattle. Each child was thrilled to receive a workbook, sticker, pencil and balloon. Parker School thanks Wood & Chicken, Bertelmann, and Parker Ranch for their time and generosity.

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Kumu Jackie’s kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to the Pukalani Stables where the Paniolo Preservation Society put on a free event. The kids got to see different handmade crafts and really liked learning about saddle-making from saddle-maker Alvin Kawamoto from Kohala. He showed them the wooden frames of saddles and a bull whip that he made. The students learned about Parker Ranch, cowboys and farm animals in September so this field trip was a great way to wrap up the unit and have an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

Middle & Upper School Life Back to School

Kicking Off the Year with Campouts

Parker School students in grades six through twelve enjoyed a beginning of the year campout August 23-24. The middle schoolers spent the night on the Parker campus in Waimea, and the upper schoolers ventured to Starseed Ranch in North Kohala. Before setting up camp at these locations, middle schoolers enjoyed a field trip to the beach and both groups enjoyed games and barbecues at their campsites.

October-November, 2012

Wa‘a Teacher Training

Three Parker School teachers participated in the Wa‘a Training for Teachers August 30 to September 2. Susan Rickards (upper school marine science, Hawaiian history), Jared David-Chapman (garden coordinator and Hawaiian studies), and Kristi Weiser (5th grade, 4th and 5th grade social studies) joined several other educators from Waimea schools at this event put on by Waimea Education Hui and Nā Kālai Wa‘a.

The workshop provided sessions on mele (songs and chants that aid in learning and voyaging); the legacy of voyaging; chart plotting, navigation and provisioning; knots, lines and the star compass; canoe parts and mechanics; and using canoe lessons in the classroom. “This training was motivated by Hōkūle‘a’s (the voyaging canoe) upcoming World Wide Voyage, promoting the vision that our earth is an island in an ocean of space,” said Rickards. “It is our combined kuleana to cooperate and mālama our planet if it is to remain a life-giving home for humanity.”

islands, the wa‘a remains a living symbol of what a healthy sustainable community consists of. In the light of spiritual knowledge and limited natural resources, the wa‘a, Makali‘i and Hōkūle‘a, continue to traverse ancient ocean routes to find unity on distant shores.” “I am very excited to be a part of this hui of Waimea educators,” said Rickards. “The wa‘a training was invaluable as a resource and just one step toward engaging students in virtually joining the Makali‘i and Hōkūle‘a crews on their worldwide voyage across cultural boundaries. To me, as a Science and Hawaiian Studies teacher at Parker School, the educational applications are countless….This involvement is relevant to so many disciplines across grade levels through countless hands-on applications including navigational techniques, environmental investigations, cultural studies and so forth. We will continue to work together as teachers and students, gaining knowledge and inspiration, while navigating toward a peaceful and sustainable future.”

After the training, the teachers took with them David-Chapman said, “As an educator and the Makali‘i’s vision which includes, “He wa‘a he resident of this island community, we can moku, he moku he wa‘a,” meaning, “Our canoe is honor Hawaiian ancestral knowledge by per- our island, our island is our canoe.” petuating wa‘a (canoe) traditions. As the wa‘a united all of the pacific by creating direct connections between people of distant polynesian

P TSO Ne ws

PTSO has gotten off to a fast and exciting start this school year. We sold Parker logo wear and provided coffee and snacks at the lower, middle and upper school orientations; sponsored the Bounce House at the Fall Barbeque; hosted a Parent Welcome Coffee on the front porch of the Upper School, organized and hosted a fund and friend-raising event at Napua at the Mauna Lani Beach Club, and that’s just the beginning of what we have planned for this year. On Saturday, October 27 the PTSO will debut the first annual “Family Fright Night.” This event will feature “spooktacular” activities for ages 4-12, including creating a custom trick-or-treat bag, glazing ceramic gifts, making slime, face painting and a fun fall photo stuNa Mea Hou

by PTSO President Robin Mullin

dio. Highlights will include yummy food and ghost stories told in our historic theater that are sure to thrill the young and young at heart. This event will showcase the talent of some of our middle and upper school students, allowing them to demonstrate their writing and story-telling skills. So join us from 3 – 6 p.m. for a “frightfully” good time. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Event Chair, Chrissie Tramontin at 345-7410. Our next “Friend-Raising” activity will be a Parent Mixer Luncheon (date to be announced soon) at Saffron Restaurant in Waimea. Please join us to build new relationships and enjoy some good food. The fun will begin at noon. The $20 price for lunch includes salad, entrée, side dish, dessert and beverage. If you can, stay for a presentation and discussion on Developmental Assets for Youth from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Please call Jude McAnesby at 8870923 for further information. Our mini-grant program will be accepting applications until 5:00 p.m. on Monday,

October 22. This year the PTSO will award up to $4500 in grant money to fund projects and initiatives that bring innovation, new technology and/or teaching methods to our classrooms. The maximum amount awarded for each “mini” grant is $500. Parker faculty, staff and student organizations are all eligible to apply. Awards will be announced November 5. The application and instruction sheet are available in the PTSO section of the Parker School Website. Please direct questions to We hope that you join us at one of our upcoming events or at our monthly business meetings, the next two of which will be held on Friday, October 26 and Friday, November 30 at 8:15 a.m. in the upper school library. If you have any questions or would like to learn how you can get involved, please call Robin Mullin at 936-7070 or Jude McAnesby at 887-0923. You can also check us out on Facebook at

Please join us for this special event!

Cut out this registration form, be sure fill out the front and back and we’ll see you there. Mahalo!

Fairways & Friends



Parker School’s 10th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Beautiful Hualalai Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:30 p.m. shotgun start


Registration is limited to 72 players.

Mahalo to Hualalai, MacArthur & Company Sotheby’s International Realty, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for generously sponsoring this event and helping us raise funds for financial aid at Parker School

MacArthur & Company


Note: This event includes golf, prizes, and a post-tournament reception with drinks and heavy pupus sponsored by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.




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Other sponsorship levels available: Platinum - $2500 - Includes tee sign and 6 entries (3 teams) Gold $1750 - Includes tee sign and 4 entries (2 teams) Silver $1200 - Includes tee sign and 2 entries (1 team) Bronze $500 - Includes tee sign Copper $200 - Shared tee sign (maximum three per hole) Designate a hole preference: 1st choice:

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Please call Jennifer Schack, Parker School Advancement Office, at (808) 885-8309 if you have questions about donating or being a sponsor for the tournament.

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Thank you for supporting Parker School’s Fairways & Friends All proceeds from this event will be used to assist students with tuition (tuition awards are based on financial need)

Athletics News by Athletic Director Ceri Whitfield Parker School’s athletic teams are off to another great start! Thank you to all our returning coaches who are committed to hard work and consistency with our teams’ continued conditioning and training.

ing a high level of commitment to the health and fitness of our students. The middle school cross country teams first meet was at Waimea Middle School on Sept. 29th, and the lower school cross country team will compete at Parker School on October 25th at 3:30 pm. Come cheer on our litThe girls volleyball team played an awesome tle bulls! game. Thanks to head coach Ehitu Keeling and assistant coach Tessa Ady, the girls trained hard Boys head soccer coach Billy Pleuss has invited all and came together as a team, winning one of their the high school boys soccer players to come out first games of the season against Christian Lib- to the new Parker School soccer field on Wedneserty. Seniors Kanoe Schutte and Carly Cappagli days from now on from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to will truly be missed after this year. They have both practice and get in shape in preparation for a succommitted four great years to the volleyball team. cessful season. Below is a sneak preview of both the upcoming high school soccer and paddling The cross country teams are training diligently schedules. and hope to continue on to the state championships again this year. Senior Paul Gregg is finish- For our younger students, Parker Bulls Soccer ing his races in second place with a three-mile Club is now into its second season with BI-HYtime of just over 17 minutes! Sophomore Luke SA. We have U10, U12 and U14 teams currently Potter and seniors Tyler McCullough and Evan playing this fall, and we will also be fielding teams Kasberg are right on his heels. We are very ex- in the spring season. If your child would like to cited to have a girls cross country team this year, participate, please stop by the business office to the first time in my five years of coaching Parker fill out a form. Cross Country. They are Mariko Langevin, Taylyn Boyette, Marie Jobes, Maia Tarnas and Mady The Heneghan 5k/1k Fun Run will be held on Harper. Sunday, November 11. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., the 1k keiki race begins at 7:30 a.m., For the last five years the cross country teams have and the 5k race begins at 8 a.m. Join us for this participated in The Run for Hope at Hualalai. morning of fun and fitness for the whole family! Each year they have walked away with almost all Childcare will be provided for keiki 1k runners of the awards, a very proud moment for Parker while parents and older kids run the 5k race. Food School. Please come out to H.P.A. to support our and refreshments will be provided after the race runners at the BIIF Championships and States. for all participants. Advance entry fee is $30 for See the schedule below for date and times. adults, $20 for students, and $15 for keiki, and includes t-shirt, food, refreshments and an opporThe middle and lower school cross country tunity to support our athletics program. Sign up training is going very well. Thanks to coaches your family of 4 or more for the $75 family fee. All Buff Winderbaum and Nicole Vedelli for show- proceeds go to Parker School Athletics. Registration


Friday, October 26 – HHSAA CHAMPS - HPA - 9:00 a.m.


Saturday, December 8 – Kailua/Kona - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15 – Kailua/Kona - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 5 – Hilo Bay - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12 – Kailua/Kona - 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19 – Hilo Bay – BIIF CHAMPIONSHIPS - 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 1 – Keehi Lagoon OIA – STATES

forms will be available soon at www.parkerschool. net. Join the Athletics Booster Club and support our athletes. Membership forms can be found at the Parker School front desk and at all home games.

Go Bulls!


Thursday, November 29 – Parker @ H.P.A.(girls only)- 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1 – Parker @ Chr. Liberty -1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 – Honokaa @ Parker – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8 – Hilo @ Parker – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11 – Parker @ Kohala - 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13 – Parker @ St Joes – 3:00 p.m. (girls only) Saturday, December 15 – Kea’au @ Parker - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 – Parker @ Kealakehe - 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20 – Makua Lani @ Parker – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22 – Parker @ HAAS (boys only) - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5 - Ka’u @ Parker – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10 - Parker @ Kamehameha – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12 – Waiakea @ Parker – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 – Konawaena @ Parker – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23 – Parker @ H.P.A.(boys only) – 3:00 p.m.

October-November, 2012

From Advancement Director Jennifer Schack: Aloha from the Advancement Office!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Kāko‘o Fund, this year’s fundraising initiative. The comprehensive campaign includes the 2012-2013 Fund for Education and the following: a high-quality tent for ‘ohana events, technology resources for the Castle Center, a deck to connect the middle school buildings, and a science lab renovation.

Rendering of the proposed deck between the middle school buildings.

In order to ensure the success of the campaign, we need the support of all ‘ohana members. On Thursday, November 8 from 5:00-7:00 p. m. board members will be calling all families who haven’t yet made a gift to the campaign. We hope we can count on your support. Make your gift today by contacting the Advancement Team at 885-8309. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.

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Rendering of the proposed science lab renovation.

Jeep Trip to Kealapu‘ali a Success On September 29, guests enjoyed a fourwheel-drive trip up the slopes of Hualalai through the Palani Ranch lands of Kamalumalu, criss-crossing the path of the old Judd Trail, to Kealapu‘ali (meaning “Path of the Warrior”). At an elevation of 4,500 feet, Kealapu‘ali is a complex of old wooden structures thought to be the oldest wooden buildings on the island. Once an old sheep station, this location was visited by Isabella

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Bird during her stay in the Sandwich Isles in 1873. This spot’s fascinating history includes the years when Kealapu‘ali became a prosperous dairy for H.N. Greenwell. The knowledgeable and entertaining Maile Melrose, dressed in period clothing as Isabella Bird, performed a monologue based on Bird’s writings about Kealapu‘ali. After the performance, refreshments and a hot

BBQ lunch were provided outside the old Greenwell family mountain home. Tickets were first made available at Parker School’s 2012 Kahiau auction event, and all proceeds benefit the school’s financial aid program. Parker School extends a heartfelt mahalo to the Craven, Greenwell and Melrose families and the Kona Historical Society for making this remarkable event possible.

Alumni Corner My Summer in Morocco

by Jesse Tarnas ‘12

This summer I was fortunate enough to study Arabic in Morocco for 7 weeks through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). Living in another country was fantastically eye-opening, and it even helped me discover new parts of myself. As such, I would encourage all students to apply for this program! I can now read, write, and carry on a basic conversation in Arabic. Furthermore, I’ve been exposed to a completely different culture that has helped shape who I am. Traveling around the country itself was equally wonderful. Riding a camel through the Sahara, bargaining with the shopkeepers in Fez, hiking to a mosque in Chefchaouen—all are experiences that I will never forget. I hope other Parker School students apply for this program. It really will change your life! PHOTOS by Tarnas ‘12, clockwise from top left: Tarnas in Morocco, Moroccan palace; leather production facility; desert scene; mosque.

Parker Alumna Wins Fulbright Scholarship States and the people of other countries….The Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).” Each year, the program awards around 8,000 new grants to recipients from over 155 countries worldwide. Warkus (center) and friends returning from a dive trip in Indonesia in 2011.

Warkus’ Fulbright project is an independent research project, though she will be affiliated with Udayana University in Bali and the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center.

Parker School Alumna Erica Warkus leaves on November 2 for Indonesia on a Fulbright Scholarship. “Erica works really hard. She deserves it (the FulThe 2008 graduate will be studying echinoderms as bright Scholarship). Throughout high school and biological indicator species of coral reef health. college, she applied herself. At ASU (Arizona Warkus received her bachelor of science degree in State University), she took complete advantage of conservation biology and ecological sustainability every opportunity. We’re real proud of her,” said from Arizona State University (ASU) in June 2012. Warkus’ mom, Dr. Lyn Lam. She decided to apply for the Fulbright last year after Warkus cares deeply about the environment and the spending a summer as an intern doing marine biolo- welfare of others. In 2011, she launched a campaign gy research in Indonesia. Her internship was through to raise $10K, and traveled with Project Medishare the Diversity Project through UCLA and the Na- of Miami, Florida, to help support Bernard Mevs tional Science Foundation. Her ten weeks abroad Hospital in Port-au-Prince, a permanent trauma/ studying the most bio-diverse marine environment critical care facility run by volunteers in Haiti. in the world spurred her to pursue the Fulbright. After graduating from ASU, Warkus spent the According to the Fulbright Program’s website, “The summer in Los Angeles where she took two preFulbright Program is the flagship international ed- med course requirements. She has applied to Uniucational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. versity of Hawaii at Manoa’s John A. Burns School government and is designed to increase mutual of Medicine, and if accepted, will begin in August understanding between the people of the United 2013 after completing her Fulbright year.

Warkus encourages young people to go after what excites them and ignites their passion. She said, “My mentor (ASU professor Dr. Sharon Hall) said I tend to chase shiny things, and that was something she encouraged. I didn’t get where I am today by following a path of things that I “should do,” I got here by chasing the most interesting, impractical things that I could, and I think that is the best way to do things. I got to a place where I was happy by chasing the things that I loved, and along the way I discovered that nothing is impossible and that the big, bad world is much smaller than it first appeared.”

Erica Warkus ‘08 (this photo and above)

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Dates to Remember October 26 Make a Difference Day (National Day, Oct. 27) October 27 PTSO’s Family Fright Night November 7-9 Upper/Middle School Finals, 6-12 EARLY DISMISSAL November 8 Phone-A-Thon November 9 Lower School Trimester Break - NO SCHOOL November 11 George Heneghan Fun Run November 21 Schoolwide ‘Ohana Day - EARLY DISMISSAL November 22 & 23 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED December 1 Waimea Twilight Parade December 5 Middle School Science Fair December 13 Winter Performance December 17 Winter Break begins - ((Offices closed Dec. 24-Jan2) For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at

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13th Annual Parker School Heneghan 5K Fun Run & 1K Keiki Run Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. Parker Lower School, Waimea Advance general entry fee is $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $15 for keiki 10 and younger. The fee includes a t-shirt, food and refreshments.

Family package: $75 for a family of 4 or more. Visit to download registration form


Nalani Safranca, Christian Ingalls, Tanya Everts, Jackie Caputo

November:  Lynn Jardine, Tina Doherty Lisa Hummel

Medals will be awarded to 1st place overall male and female finishers in the 5K run, the 1K keiki run, and 1st place finishers in each age category.

Participant registrations postmarked after November 3 will be considered late registrations and participants will not be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day. Race-day registration opens at 6:45 a.m. at Parker Lower School. The 1k keiki run begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5k run begins at 8 a.m. Childcare will be provided for 5k participants.

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