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Carol Chang

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Mililani High social studies and AP teacher Cynthia Tong was named the 2012 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year, Senior Division, during the National History Day Awards ceremony last month at the University of Maryland. The national prize comes with $10,000 cash … Congratulations to Leilehua grads who won $500 scholarships last month from Wahiawa Lions Club: Krystal Alcayde (going to UH West Oahu), Jeremiah Andrade (Pasadena College), Briell Daraban-McEnroe (Greenwich University in London) and Sydney LeeManzano (UNLV) …

The Fisher House 5K run is Aug. 18 at Pacific Aviation Museum, and combat boots are still welcome from donors. Hopefully, 5,000 sets of empty boots will line the span of Ford Island Bridge that day in memory of our fallen soldiers, including Toby Olsen (Mililani 1997), who was killed in Iraq in 2007. His mother Lis, a program manager for Survivor Outreach Services at Fort Shafter, is helping collect the boots. To offer help, call 561-7423 or 438-9285 …

Two Mililani men recently joined Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties as Realtor-Associates: Stephen Florino and Doug Young … Mililani Mauka’s Taila Autele made the spring dean’s list at Regis University in Denver. She’s studying pharmacy in the Reuckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals … Mililani High graduate Jenna Maligro, who still excels in national competitions with Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), worked two summers as an intern at Pali Momi, moved to scheduling specialist and now is an anesthesiology technician there. Her Trojan classmate Shanyn Chung did one internship and is now on staff at Pali Momi in human resources …

High-fives also to Mililani High’s HMSA Kaimana Scholarship winners ($3,000) Heather Higashi and Shayna Hokama for outstanding academics and athletics, sportsmanship and community service … Felix Villavicencio (Leilehua 2009) has graduated from Army Reserve basic training, and Wahiawa’s Frederick Johnson from Army basic training, both at Fort Jackson, S.C.

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