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Diane Mokuau Receives HSTA Award

Diane Mokuau

Diane Mokuau, librarian at Molokai High and Intermediate, received the 2019 S.T.A.C.Y. Award for Teaching Excellence from the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA). The S.T.A.C.Y. Award for Teaching Excellence was established to celebrate the outstanding work of the late Stacy Nishina, a public school teacher, longtime HSTA staff member and supporter of all HSTA state candidates for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. The award was announced on April 13 at the HSTA’s state convention at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. With this award, Diane becomes HSTA’s nominee for the NEA Foundation’s 2020 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence and NEA Member Benefits Award.

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Shayla Kiyota: Research on Food Production Safety

Shayla Kiyota
Shayla Kiyota

Shayla Kiyota, a senior at Pearl City High School, capitalized on her concern for the growing issue of food production safety by testing for Salmonella enterica in tomato plants that were hydroponically and conventionally grown. She placed first in the Plant Systems category at the Hawaii State Future Farmers of America (FFA) competition in April and plans to compete at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indiana in October.

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Hayley LaBonte: Website on Rachel Carson’s Environmental Work

Hayley LaBonte

Hayley Bonte a junior at Mililani High School, created a website entitled, “Environmental Tragedy and Triumph in 1962: Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring.’” She submitted her project for National History Day and it was selected as a state entry in the website category. Carson was the renowned marine biologist, who helped advance the current environmental movement with her award winning and controversial book, Silent Spring.

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Anthony Bragg: Website on Operation Demetrius

Anthony Bragg

Anthony Bragg, a junior at Mililani High School, created a website on Operation Demetrius for his National History Day project. It was selected for consideration in the state level competition in the website category. Anthony focused on the tragedy of internment in Northern Ireland and its impact on the global horrors of racism and violation of civil rights. He focused on the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and its role in the peace process.

Anthony has given us permission to link to his project at http://24495464.nhd.weebly.com

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Pearl City Team Studies the Effects of Radiation Levels on Soybeans


Ashley Kunihiro (l) and Shelby Carpenter (r) setting up project.

With an eye to future careers in the healthcare professions Shelby Carpenter and Ashley Kunihiro, seniors at Pearl City High School, chose to work on a research project based on a relatively new concept: hormesis. Hormesis is a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect (improved health, stress tolerance) results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is otherwise toxic or lethal when given in higher doses. They decided to test the effect that different levels of radiation had on soybean plants. Shelby said, “We applied the concept of hormesis and found that the low doses of radiation positively affected the plants.” The treatment resulted in increases in the plant’s height, number of leaves, and amount of beans. As true researchers, however, the team wants to do more trials before reaching a sound conclusion. Continue reading