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Carol Chang

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Niu Valley Middle student Emerson Goo is one of two poetry winners in his division of the Wordsworth Poe-TREE Contest, sponsored by Watermark Publishing and Wordsworth book series author Frances Kakugawa to encourage keiki to appreciate trees. He won the three Wordsworth books, gardening tools and a Koa Legacy Tree …

Sacred Hearts junior Nadia Busekrus won a Junior Travel Award for her language skills and high scores on the national Spanish exam. Valued at more than $3,000, the grant will enable her to fly to Costa Rica in July with other winners … Congratulations to Mrs. Honolulu Paige Shimamoto, who earned second runner-up in the April 13 Mrs. Hawaii International Pageant at Kaimuki High auditorium …

Kaimuki’s Malia Kaaihue is the new director of community planning for WCIT Architecture. Malia has extensive experience in Native Hawaiian planning, language immersion and cultural sensitivity – a good fit for her new job … The $1,000 2013 Citizenship Award for outstanding seniors “who best exemplifies citizenship” at every Hawaii public high school include Kaimuki High’s Trent Jacobs, Kaiser’s Ra’iatea Lohe and Kalani’s Jenna Pak (sponsored by the Star-Advertiser, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and other businesses) …

Nicholas Lim (Kaiser 2012) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas … Hawaii Kai’s Miles Kutara will be honored at Hickam May 10 as an Employee of the Year in his division by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command for his contribution to the federal mission. Miles, a lead civil engineer, is mentor of the year, especially for tutoring capital improvement staff in electronic applications to improve performance …

St. Patrick’s church cantor Andrew Won also landed a good day job. He’s joined the Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Leeward office as a Realtor-associate … Sherlyn De La Hoya (Kaimuki 2011) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

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