Her concern for issues of sustainability and endangered native Hawaiian plants led Kalyn Bowen of Pearl City High to conduct an investigation of the Wailua River Yellow Loosestrife. In her project, she emphasized the importance of having an accurate taxonomy of this species by noting the genetic differences within the same species.
Persistence and commitment define the work that Woody Plaut is achieving at his new post as librarian at Konawaena Middle School. When his position at Konawaena High School was cut last year, Woody accepted the challenge of starting over at the junior high school that is a stone’s throw from the high school. According to Woody, the junior high school had not had a library media specialist for the last nine years. As a librarian, who received national board certification, Woody is an invaluable addition to the middle school’s professional community.
Pearl City High School teacher Chad Shishido was recognized as one of the 2014 Outstanding Educators by Ocean Time Warner Cable. Chad, a Project PEARL alumnus, currently teaches Human Physiology and Health Services Pathway Core, a Career and Tech Education (CTE) course. Continue reading
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