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Trinity Christian’s First Graduates: Thinking Hard About Life

Trinity Christian School in Maunawili will graduate its first senior class this month, but first of all, each must defend his or her senior thesis May 22-24. The public is invited to hear from (front, from left) Samuel Arney, David Leong, Philip Bretz, Dakota Anderson, Caleb Goda, Simeon David, (back) Taisha Wolper, Reanna Serikawa, Cassidy Bayot, Lexi Weidley and Jenny Kimura. Photo from Nancy Keegan.


Trinity Christian School graduates its first senior class and says aloha to its longtime principal – all in the same week.

Founded in 1981 with 26 children, the Maunawili school has more than 300 students today, and a dozen of them will present and defend their senior theses before claiming their diplomas on May 31.

As part of the classical education curriculum, the thesis challenges them to demonstrate their knowledge, writing skills and ability to deliver and defense their subject.

Nancy Shaw, who has been head of school for 15 years, introduced the classical Christian curriculum and embarked on the school’s expansion plan. She retires just as Trinity realizes the milestone of its first graduating class.

The public is invited to attend both the graduation – at 7 p.m. May 31 at Kailua Untied Methodist Church, and the senior thesis defense – from 4 to 7 p.m. May 22 to 24 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 875 Auloa Road. For details, call 262-8501, ext. 101.

The lineup of thesis topics is below, ranging from serious social problems to the merits of hiphop.

Caleb Goda, “Funny Money: How America’s Current Inflationary Policies Distort the Economy”; Sam Arney, “Gathering of the Unwilling: The Necessity of Youth Group”; Reanna Serikawa, “Helping the Helpless: Divorce in the Case of Abuse”; Taisha Wolper, “Qui Tacet Consentire Videtur: Rape as a Human Rights Issue”; Lexi Weidley, “The Cost of AID: Lowering Drug Prices for Third World Countries”; David Leong, “Keys to the Future: Classical Education for our Young”; Cassidy Bayot, “Hip Hop, Don’t Stop: The Positive Effects of Rap and Hip Hop Music”; Philip Bretz, “Worth a Shot: Targeted Killing in U.S. Foreign Policy”; Ian Wilks, “Jumping the Gun: Why Gun Control is Hurting America”; Jenny Kimura, “The Age of Censorship: Why Book Banning is Cheating our Society”; Dakota Anderson, “Frankenfoods: Genetically Modified Organisms and the Future of Food”; Simeon David, “Ke Aloha Aina: Native People Struggling in their Native Lands.”

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