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Carol Chang

Ringuette’s Graphic Arts Talent To Promote Castle Refocus

Castle High School’s class valedictorian created the best design for her school’s “redesign” — and she didn’t have to attend any initiatives, orientations, charettes or other strategic planning sessions to win.

Kiana Ringuette. Photo by Expressions Portrait Design.

Kiana Ringuette took first place in both logo and template categories of the Castle Redesign Art Contest, and her work will live on as the backdrop on the newsletters, bulletins and other communications to be issued by the Castle

Redesign Initiative. The award was announced May 18 on her graduation day.

Led by Castle-Kahuku Complex area superintendent Lea Albert, the initiative was launched in 2011 after nine months of study and discussion among all stakeholders in the Castle Complex. The “out of the box” move was considered vital to turning around poor aca- demic performance and other concerns at the large Kaneohe high school.

“Though I’m a senior and haven’t felt the full effects of the Redesign,” Ringuette said. “I care a lot for Castle and my younger friends who attend it. I’ve seen the work that’s gone into the Redesign and I hope it fulfills its purpose.”

Ringuette, a National Merit finalist who will attend Linfield College this fall, received a cash award, certificate and other honors in the art competition, which was sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Media Arts and judged by its mem- bers.

The Redesign, meanwhile, is being implemented with its community partners now through 2017 for both King Intermediate and Castle High schools. Creating “an educational experience and environment, where lessons extend beyond the class- room,” the partners are the community’s government officials, entrepreneurs, teachers, students and parents.

And they’ll be putting out some great-looking newsletters.

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