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Eight Big Island Students Win Statewide Contest

May 12, 2017, 1:44 PM HST
* Updated May 12, 1:45 PM
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Eight students from Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy were winners in the 11th annual statewide My Hawai‘i Story Contest, officials announced today.

Twenty-five total winners were announced for the annual environmental writing contest for middle school students in Grades 6, 7 and 8, from across the state.

The top 25 poems and short stories were selected out of 305 submissions and will be published in an anthology that is distributed to schools, libraries statewide and online on Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance site.

The theme of this year’s contest was, “He Wa’a, He Moku”- Mālama Honua, celebrating the return of Hokule‘a to Hawai‘i from the Worldwide Voyage.

Winners and their schools are:

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– Grace Bostock, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Roisin Darby, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Morgan Davis, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Koa Higgins, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Gabriel Kalama, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Kamaha’o Liu, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Katherine Payne, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Ella Prado, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy
– Brooklyn Aipoalani, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Taylor Amalato, Kaimuki Christian School
– Connor Arakaki, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Cameren Banis, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Kylie Chock, Hawaii Baptist Academy
– Jamie Cummings, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Ella Gibson, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Jaeden Jimenez, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Chase Kamikawa, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Lyla Kaneshiro, S. W. King Intermediate
– Wainohia Peloso, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Tory Refamonte, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Chloe Sylva, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Quincy Tamaribuchi, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
– Johnsen Uwekoolani, Kamehameha Schools Maui
– ‘Ala’i Williams, Holy Nativity School
– Noah Zitz, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School

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The winners will be presented with awards and prizes during the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference on July 17, 2017 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu.

The students’ writing represent their personal reflections on the environment, cultural values, kuleana, stewardship, and place-based writing, and contributes to a collection of youth literature that is unique to Hawai‘i.

To date, 275 middle school students have had their stories and poems on the environment published.

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Many of the stories and poems include knowledge from diverse cultural backgrounds, providing good examples of successful collaborations that integrate traditional cultural values and contemporary life in Hawai‘i.

The imaginative visions of middle school students reveal their insights on Hawai‘i’s environment today and their dreams for tomorrow.

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