Senior Monica Patterson’s fascination with biological science led her to pursue a project that focused on biotechnology. She established and ran her own biotech lab at King Kekaulike High School in order to conduct her experiments.
As part of her research on the benefits of biotechnology, Monica not only had to delve into DNA and genetics information but she had to develop a position on the controversies involving biotechnology. Continue reading
Arisa May Blanco, a Waipahu High senior, is deeply committed to getting young citizens involved in community service. This ideal inspired her to serve as student advisor to the Waipahu Intermediate Builders Club. This was the start-up year for this fledgling club that is an international student-led service organization supported by Kiwanis International. She taught the 12 young students how to be effective leaders in the club and how to find viable service projects. They volunteered at West Loch Elderly Hall, Waipahu Elderly Hall, and Hawaii Plantation Village, and also participated in cleanups for the U.S.S. Battleship Missouri and their own school campus. Continue reading
Jackie Bergill-Gentile, a senior at King Kekaulike High School, calls herself an “overachiever” and so it’s no wonder that she chose to challenge herself by opening a business for her senior project. As part of her research, she completed a six-week online business class offered through UH Outreach College as part of the Ed2Go program. The course entitled, “How to Start Your Own Small Business,” was an eye-opener for Jackie. She said, “It taught me the fundamentals like hiring employees, dealing with employees, choosing the right business for your life style, making wise investments, and creating a business plan.” Continue reading