King Kekaulike Senior Starts a Business with $20

Jackie Bergill-Gentile

Jackie Bergill-Gentile

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

King Kekaulike Student Inspires STEM Careers

Aelyssa Grace Sabado-Macanas

Aelyssa Grace Sabado-Macanas

Aelyssa Grace Sabado-Macanas, a student at King Kekaulike High School, tackled two huge questions in her senior project: Why are women and minorities underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields? What can I do to inspire students to consider STEM careers? Aelyssa’s project took her on a personally gratifying and creative journey as she researched the values and challenges of STEM initiatives in the United States. Continue reading

Mathew Butler: Sailing Is His Passion

Mathew Butler

Mathew Butler

Seventeen-year-old Mathew Butler is well on his way to achieving his dream to become a sailing instructor. His senior project at Mililani High centers on receiving sailing certification and being able to work with younger students to have them meet minimum qualifications to sail dinghies at the Rainbow Bay Marina in Pearl Harbor. He is teaching an 18-hour sailing course to these youngsters. Continue reading

Molokai Middle Schoolers Get a Taste of High School Life

Molokai High, Lyn BonkPEARL’s influence continues to grow! At Molokai High, Lyn Bonk, Uplink coordinator, and librarian Diane Mokuau, decided to give middle schoolers a head start by creating a special program in summer 2012 that would give the youngsters a taste of high school academic life. This summer program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This federal program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Continue reading

Architectural Imagining: Redesigning an Art Classroom

Randy Ines Jr.Randy Ines Jr., called RJ by his peers, decided to redesign the art classroom at Castle as his senior project. He worked with community mentors including experts from Group 70, an architectural firm, and from the UH School of Architecture as well as Duane Preble, retired UH art professor. RJ studied many designs and learned about the impact of environment on behavior and learning. He surveyed his peers at Castle to determine what should go into the design of an engaging learning space for high school students.

Karen Kimura and Tiffany Yango-Au served as RJ’s faculty advisors for his capstone project. Karen said, “RJ’s personal growth and victories represented the kind of learning that happens when a student is set free to pursue his own quest for knowledge. His achievement exemplifies what happens when we get outside our four walls and our students work alongside the community.”

RJ is majoring in architecture at USC and hopes that his senior project design will someday be more than a sketch on paper.