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Carol Chang

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Waialua High & Intermediate School principal Randiann Porras-Tang has been named Hawaii’s 2012 MetLife/NASSP High School Principal of the Year. She will join her honored colleagues from other states at a principals’ institute and gala awards ceremony in September in Washington, D.C. … Congratulations to “most valuable staffers” Donna Au of Waialua High and Caitlin Kelly of Mililani High, announced at the Hawaii High School Journalism awards last month.

Mililani’s Trojan Times also won third in the state for print and online coverage, plus several individual awards … Mililani’s Tasha Short won $750 for being a top finalist for Student Employee of the Year at UH Manoa. Tasha works as an assistant in the Athletics Department …

Two Mililani Trojans, Randall Chan and Glenn Galviso, were honored at the recent UH College of Engineering banquet for their outstanding state science fair projects. The group also honored the fair’s Teachers Award winner, Mary Jean Fischer of Mililani High … Oregon State University has plenty of Central Oahu students hitting the books in Corvallis. The winter term honor roll lists Marissa Arakaki, Zachary Kaneshiro, Wendi Kobayashi, Lauren Luke and Kortney Siracusa of Mililani; and Gasandria Mae Perdido of Waialua, all with a 3.5 or better gpa …

Central Pacific Bank has appointed Keith Wakamura of Mililani to vice president and commercial real estate officer. Keith has more than 14 years of banking experience under his belt and a degree in finance from UH Manoa …

Mililani High junior Ramil Lorenzo Gonzales took first place ($200) and also was grand-prize runner-up ($100) in the high-school poster division of the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Inspired in Hawaii contest, themed “Dream Big and Make Hawaii a Better Place.” Zoe Golonka of St. Michael’s School in Waialua earned the same honors among grades 4-6 …

Patrisha Villamor (Mililani 2008) has graduated from Army Reserve basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., while Wahiawa’s Justin Worman and Jakari Bowden (Leilehua 2010) completed Army basic training there

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