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Kalani High’s robotics captain has won Pearl Harbor Ship-yard’s four-year robotics engineering scholarship to UH Manoa, which comes with a shipyard job offer when he gets his degree. Senior Eric Teshima says the FIRST Robotics experience inspired him toward a career in electrical engineering, and he intends to continue mentoring the Falcon team during college …

Eric Teshima

Eric Teshima
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Eric Teshima

More engineer honors: At the recent UH College of Engineering banquet, Niu Valley’s Wallace Miyahira received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dennis Hirota of Hawaii Loa Ridge received the Outstanding Service Award … U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has nominated Kaiser High senior Zachary Ceroli to the U.S. Naval Academy … Kaiser freshman Noe Baladad took first place in the advanced piano division of Oahu Arts Center’s recent Mozart Festival at UH Manoa. Kaimuki Middle’s Justin Okumura was second for intermediate strings, and Niu Valley Middle’s Shandee Teruya earned honorable mention in intermediate piano …

Island Insurance gave an additional $2,000 to Niu Valley Middle principal Justin Mew April 13 for being a semifinalist for its school leadership award. In his six years at the school, Justin established the International Baccalaureate program, and school enrollment has nearly doubled … Hawaii Kai’s Logan Davis is in Pittsburgh this week with his collaborative study of “The DOCTORs: A Fusion of Engineering and Biological Analysis,” which will be in the national spotlight at the International Science & Engineering Fair May 13-18. The Iolani junior joins two dozen of Hawaii’s bright teen minds at the premier global gathering of high schoolers from 65 countries …

The posters are out, urging folks to “Sew a Lei for Memorial Day,” and area students created two of the best for the city contest. They are Kalani senior Teuaililo Petelo, third for grades 9-12, and Aliiolani Elementary’s Juliette Soares, honorable mention … Kahala’s Mark Woelfel is Mobi PCS’s new financial planning and analysis director after being CFO for the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, a Native American tribe in California with a casino, hotels and other investments