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Castle High senior-to-be Alex Mascarenas has won a national Athleadership Grant from the NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFLPA, based on his leadership, sports skills, studies and submitted essay. The recruiting service will work with Alex in his Castle studies and sports (football and track) and help match him with the best college for his talents …


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Ryan Faiella

Ryan Faiella (Kalaheo 2010) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas …Here’s a timely new job: Aikahi physician Sharon Esser is the new business analyst for MU (meaningful use) with the nonprofit Hawaii Health Information Exchange, established to improve health care delivery throughout the state … CVS/Longs Drugs has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 2013 high school graduates interested in college business studies: Jacob Fong of Castle High, Maila Tafua of Kahuku, Amber Franco of Kailua and Michael Leong of Kalaheo …

Windward Community Federal Credit Union also gave $1,000 grants to Castle’s Jacob Fong, Kalaheo’s Tiana Grant, Kailua’s Janell Alameida and Le Jardin Academy’s Cody Howland … Kailua’s Tiffany Richardson Tucker is a new sales assistant for the planning and production company, Current Affairs … Kailua native Kathy Takushi founded Travel Network on Maui 20 years ago, and has just rebranded her boutique travel agency as Captivating Journeys …

Travis Woods (Castle 2011) has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas … Le Jardin Academy music teacher Micah Hirokawa is a quarter finalist for the Grammy Educator Award. The 10 finalists will be announced in August … Kailua Realtor-associate Danielle Scherman has joined Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ New Agent Training Office. Other hats she wears: Social Wahines, Cool Kailua Nights founder. (The fifth annual block party is set for Oct. 12)