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Sponsored by Kailua Elks Lodge No. 2230, Kailua Intermediate student Deborah Beatty placed third for grades 7-8 in a national Elks Americanism essay contest on “What Does the National Anthem Mean to Me?” The proud Elks lodge will present her with a certificate and $100 at the KIS awards assembly May 16 … Kailua’s David Horgen, an HPU chemistry professor, leads a team that’s narrowing in on the cancer-fighting potential of a soft coral collected along the Windward coast.


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David Horgen

He shared their findings in March at the opening of the UH Cancer Center … Kathie Wells of Community Helping Schools says Kailua High needs some window air conditioners for its computer lab. Call 263-6703 or visit communityhelpingschools.org … SolarCity has promoted Kailua’s Tony Laglia, moving him up in six years from installer to regional operations manager and now regional director. Tony also enjoys the sun directly by paddling with Kailua Canoe Club and as a triathlete …

Kailua attorney and automotive writer Ed Kemper has launched Ohana Road Radio at 11 a.m. Saturdays on KHKA-AM 1500 and 5 a.m. Sundays on KKEA-AM 1420 … The winter dean’s honor roll at Seattle Pacific lists Kaneohe’s Kelley Ige and Kailua’s Jeremy Irvin … Laie native William Ellis has earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from Arizona’s Midwestern University … Huakailani School for Girls’ Lindsey Rogers and her best friend held a drive for pet food, supplies and money for Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They made signs, collection jars, posters, fliers and donation boxes and earned $100 and plenty of stuff in two weeks …

The 2013 Citizenship Award ($1,000 scholarship) goes to the outstanding senior “who best exemplifies citizenship” at each Hawaii public high school, including Castle’s Kiana Ringuette, Kahuku’s Rebecca Lapenes, Kailua’s Amber Franco and Kalaheo’s Pauline Gachalian (sponsors: Star-Advertiser, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Ass’n. and others)