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Seniors travel to DC for the youth program

Jennifer Kamimura, a senior at Hilo High School, and Kate Helbush, a senior at Moanalua High School, Oahu, will represent Hawaii at the Senate’s 58th Annual Youth Program in Washington, DC, in March.

“This year’s delegates show strong leadership as active members in their community. We are proud that these students represent the state in the capital of our country, ”said DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. “It is an exciting opportunity for Kate and Jennifer to gain a deeper understanding of the US political process and we encourage them to share their experiences with their community, school and peers.”

The USSYP is a competitive, merit-based program that invites two outstanding select students to Washington DC for a week to study the federal government and the people who lead it. Student delegates attend meetings and briefings with elected officials, a Supreme Court judge, cabinet members, U.S. ambassadors, and senior members of the national media. In addition to program week, each student will receive a $ 10,000 college scholarship to encourage them to continue teaching in government, history, and public affairs.

Kamimura is a senior at Hilo High School and has been president of the Student Union since the first year of college. She has a GPA of 4.0, is a Vice President of the National Honor Society, and an active member of the Key Club. She volunteers more than 300 hours for her school and community.

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The students make the list of deans

Thelma Marshall of Hilo was inducted into the list of deans for the fall semester 2019 at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Janelle Laros from Kailua-Kona was added to the list of deans of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the fall semester 2019. This status is awarded to students who have earned a GPA of 3.6 or better while completing a minimum of 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

Hannah Duggan of Honokaa was named to the list of deans for the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and have good academic status.

Taylor graduated from Baylor University

Kauinohea Solomon Taylor, of Waimea, holds a bachelor’s degree in Education, Health, Kinesiology and Recreation from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Hawaii teachers receive the highest certification in the profession

The state’s Department of Education recently announced that 54 of its teachers across the state have received or renewed certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – recognition of meeting the highest standards for teaching.

To earn or maintain this certification, educators must be up to date with the latest strategies and best practices in education. It’s a rigorous process, which can take anywhere from one to three years, and where applicants submit a comprehensive portfolio. The renewal process is equally demanding and requires teachers to develop professionally.

Hawaii Island teachers will be recognized today at 4:30 p.m. on the Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus.

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