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.
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
In April, eighth graders at Konawaena Middle School displayed their confidence and knowledge in the school’s Kulia I Ka Nuu (“Strive for the Highest”) initiative, when they presented their research on timely societal issues such as gender inequality, government corruption, and parental pressure. The annual project starts in January with a massive brainstorming effort on hundreds of possible issues, said Rhianna Clark, lead teacher and coordinator of the Kulia Project. Students are encouraged to select topics of personal interest. The work begins when students have to dig into the research and write 8 to 10 page papers on their chosen themes. It culminates in April with the public presentations on the campus.
Pearl City High junior, Lily Adcock, has worked for five years on underwater robotics. When she had to decide on a focus for her STEM honors capstone, she chose to design scrubbers for a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that could speedily and efficiently remove sea growth from the ship’s hull without damaging the underlying paint. She was one of the finalists at the Leeward District Science and Engineering Fair and won the Director’s Choice Award. The award gave her the chance to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair taking place in Pittsburgh in May.
PCHS students and staff were mesmerized for 50 minutes as they watched Johnson
Enos’s Broadway style production of “Honu by the Sea” as performed by cast members Miguel Cadoy III, Kainoa Johnson, Nickey Leigh, and Bryce-William Irvine. The locally produced musical is an internationally acclaimed underwater fantasy about protecting the ocean environment. In addition to enjoying lively choreographed songs and dance, students appreciated hearing from cast members as they described their favorite travel destinations, shared personal advice about pursuing one’s dreams, reflected on incredible experiences as cast members, and gaining knowledge about recycling efforts in other countries like Japan.