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Carol Chang

Waha Nui – 5/7/14

It’s been a good year so far for Sheena Alaiasa. After earning National Middle School Principal of the Year last summer for her work at King Intermediate, the Laie commuter was transferred to Castle High and then recently named permanent principal there. Counting all of her previous posts in Castle feeder schools, virtually all of Castle’s 1,551 students were in Sheena’s charge at either Heeia Elementary or King Intermediate at some point (so no secrets). She also met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during his March visit here …

Congratulations to Jacob Solomon for being Kalaheo High’s first state wrestling champion in 17 years (152-pound division) … Waimanalo’s Hawaii Job Corps Center students went all out on the 2014 food drive last month, presenting $1,676 to Hawaii Foodbank and delivering 500 pounds of food. “It makes them feel good to be able to give back to the agency that helped their families,” says JCC director Joann Espinosa

Kaneohe talents Mailani Makainai and Kau’i Dalire will be in Alaska this week to perform at Dimond High School. Get there by 4 p.m. Saturday for the best seats … Applause to Gladdys Arboleda and Garrett Cho who placed first in CPR/First Aid at the state Health Occupation Students of America competition at the convention center, along with schoolmates Erin Kanda (medical biotechnology) and Hailey Donaldson (nutrition). Theme was “The Future is Now” …

Two area design wizards placed first for their age in the 2014 Toyota Hawaii Dream Car Art Contest, winning $100 each plus iPad minis, and moving on to the World Contest finals where a trip to Japan is the grand prize. They are Ryan Handa of Kainalu Elementary and Kaneohe’s Emily Stone of Kamehameha … If you see Kailua’s Ray Snyder hopping around, it could be the caffeine. He won a year’s worth of McCafe coffee (5,110 cups) as one of 14 randomly selected customers in McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii’s recent coffee promo

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