HAIS Student Recognition Awards - HAIS Vision Award
HAIS would like to congratulate the following students on receiving the 2nd Annual HAIS Vision Award:
Chad Schuler (11th Grade - Trinity Christian School) – Chad is both an exemplar of service to our community as well as setting the standard of excellence and integrity for our younger students. He regularly volunteers at Palama Settlement throughout the year, serves every summer at a local servant leadership program called Immersion that ministers to the poor and underprivileged, and volunteers weekly at his church. At school, Chad is a member of the Society of St. Christopher (a club that focuses on service), is a member of the National Honor Society, and is a student leader who facilitates school events and activities. As a sophomore Chad was the team captain for his volleyball and basketball teams, and this year he led his volleyball and soccer teams as the team captain. Under Chad the school's boys volleyball team took two AACS league championships.
Franchesca Ponce (12th Grade – Damien Memorial School) - Franchesca Ponce, gives back to her campus and community in many ways. She’s a leader in student government, a National Honor Society member and a multi-sport athlete. Franchesca puts her Catholic faith into action by participating in Damien’s Music Ministry program. She also serves as a rector for her school’s Encounter Retreat, a four-day experience during which upperclassmen contemplate their relationships with other people and with Jesus Christ. Moreover, Franchesca was selected as a senior leader for an “immersion trip” to Kalaupapa on Molokai. During this visit, she helped students deepen their appreciation for the sacrifices made by Saints Damien and Marianne Cope as they tended to the spiritual and physical needs of Hansen’s Disease sufferers. Franchesca embodies her school’s motto, “Viriliter Age” (“Act Courageously”). She is a brave, caring and self-sacrificing young lady committed to making the world a better place.
Caleb Burnett (12th Grade – Damien Memorial School) - Caleb Burnett, a senior at Damien Memorial School, has an outstanding record of achievement and service. He’s described as one of those rare students who gets along with everyone on campus by being inclusive, likable and diplomatic. Caleb is a proven leader. He serves as student government president and National Honor Society chapter co-president, and excels as a multi-sport athlete. Caleb was chosen to participate in ACTION, a student leadership workshop sponsored by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. This event in St. Johns, Florida, draws students from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean nation of Dominica. For Caleb’s Eagle Scout project, he recruited other Boy Scouts and U.S. Navy personnel to clear invasive plants from a fishpond in Aiea. A devout Catholic, Caleb performs with Damien’s Music Ministry program at liturgies and other religious events. He also serves as a rector for the Encounter Retreat program in which upperclassmen deepen their Christian faith and personal relationships. Caleb plans to make a career out of helping others by following his father’s footsteps and becoming a physician.
Kolbee Kealoha (11th Grade – St. Francis School) - Kolbee Kealoha has shown exemplary work and leadership in classes, honor societies, and her community. She requires little monitoring, takes the initiative and is self-motivated. She is involved in the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Chinese Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society. As a member of the Morning News Broadcast team, Kolbee leads and engineers the live daily announcements as well as providing an energetic personality as an on-camera anchor. As part of the Video Production team, she is also involved in documenting school life and activities for the betterment of the community. Additionally, she is an athlete on the bowling and softball teams. Kolbee demonstrates care and integrity towards her peers and others.
Naomi Yuen-Schat (11th Grade – Maryknoll School) - Leadership: Naomi is the Treasurer of Mayknoll's Key Club, a repeat retreat leader for Maryknoll's 8th grade Agape Retreats, a Student Ambassador, and the co-captain of Maryknoll's Speech and Debate Team. Social Justice/Care: Naomi does a lot of volunteer work with the homeless and immigrant communities on Oahu. Her Senior Project has to do with the high rate of homelessness in Hawaii and she routinely volunteers at 5 Loaves and 2 Fish, helping to feed the hungry. She also volunteers at the Kalihi Palama Late Night Basketball Summer League and for the Saint Elizabeth Basketball Team, where she and other volunteers teach students respect and integrity.
Cassidy Otto (11th Grade – Maui Preparatory Academy) - Cassidy is a wonderful example of leadership, care, and integrity on the Maui Prep campus. She has been proactive in Maui Prep's middle school and upper school student governing bodies for many years fulfilling various senior positions. While serving in these roles, Cassidy was integrally involved with the creation of service projects for our broader community including organizing support events for organizations such as Women Helping Women and the Lahaina Adult Day Care Center. Whether it be her active participation in road cleanups or her service to the various Rotary Club of Lahaina, Cassidy is a shining example of service leadership to her Maui Prep and west Maui community.
Nicholas Garcia (12th Grade – Island Pacific Academy) - Nick is always pleasant, kind - good tempered and good natured. He is always on hand to help, serving at all school events for the tech and sound needs. All school events including robotics tournaments three years in a row. Nick is not a grade chaser. Always around to help in whatever capacity. Never complains, humble. Very dedicated in the tech world. Calm and bright, validates his peers. Students and teachers think he is the nicest kid. Extremely hard worker. He is currently doing an internship at physical therapy office. Very grateful and thoughtful towards others.
All 7 of these students have demonstrated how they have exemplified the HAIS Vision by: preparing themselves and others for the challenges of life and social responsibility. Chad, Franchesca, Caleb, Kolbee, Naolmi, Cassidy, and Nicholas are leaders not only in school, also in the larger community. Mahalo for all of your hard work! We can't wait to see your accomplishments in the future!
Pictured - Robert Landau and Naomi Yuen-Schat
HAIS Vision Award Application Form
The purpose of this award is to:
Recognize the unique accomplishments of students in HAIS member schools;
Establish a direct relationship between HAIS and its member schools;
Provide high school students or 8th grade students (if school does not go to high school) with an external award that can be used for college applications or job placement.
HAIS Vision Award:
HAIS Vision: To support member schools, and other organizations, in preparing all students for the challenges of life and social responsibility.
The winning student must demonstrate how he or she has furthered the HAIS vision by: preparing himself, herself, and/or others for the challenges of life and social responsibility.
Winners must meet the following criteria:
Diversity: The winner celebrates the gifts of each person and creates spaces where all people are respected and honored; leads others through intentional activities that create and celebrate diversity; and is willing to explore and make themselves vulnerable in order to challenge accepted societal norms.
Social Justice:The winner cares about justice for humans and all living things; is conscious of the far reaching effects of their actions; and works for justice at the local and/or global level through direct service and social change, such as political action, community organizing, or advocacy.
Leadership: The winner makes exceptional contributions to the community through leadership; helps those they lead create a vision and move through change based on group values; leads within the framework of the school and other communities; and makes positive contributions through intentional planning and effort.
Care: The winner demonstrates genuine care for others in their attitude, interaction, and involvement; acts with care toward others, and demonstrates self care.
Integrity: The winner demonstrates a commitment to fostering citizenship, integrity, and ethical behavior. Recipients must be involved in activities that promote integrity through social justice, peace, religious, racial, and/or cultural harmony, have the ability to inspire and lead others to distill their values, actively display principles and ideals translating into actions, and are committed to the ethical dimensions as related to the core values fostered at the school.
Each participating school will receive a plaque with blank name plates for both the staff and student award. It will be the school’s responsibility to have the name plates engraved.
Each winner will receive a certificate from HAIS signed by the Executive Director and Board Chair.
Each winner will receive a personal letter from the HAIS Director.
Award recipients’ names and schools will be published on the HAIS website, e-news, and other publications.
When: Each award can be presented annually to one student.
Winners are selected by each individual school. HAIS will review each application to ensure the recipient meets the criteria.
The school must complete an application form that includes a brief statement describing how the winner meets the award criteria.
Applications are available throughout the year. On the form, the school includes the presentation date.
Schools are welcome to invite HAIS staff members to present the award, in person, at graduation or award ceremonies.
Cost: An initial charge of $75 (per award), which includes: engraved plaque with blank name plates for the school; certificate for the winners; personal letter; winners published in HAIS communications.
HAIS would like to congratulate the following students on receiving the 1st Annual HAIS Vision Award:
Marc Delucchi (Island Pacific Academy)
Marc, in class, is the first to shed light on injustice in history or literature. Out of the classroom, when students have struggled with difficult content, he leads study sessions, making them interactive and fun. And when the Intermediate Boys basketball team needed a coach, he helped teach the middle school boys valuable lessons in dedication and teamwork.
Jordan Klein (Trinity Christian School)
Jordan at school, at home, and in the community is a role model living an active, balanced lifestyle. He serves as a Student Leader at school, is a member of the National Honor Society, plays soccer and volleyball, competes in Speech and Debate, leads the school worship team, volunteers with HEARTS, and assists at his church.
Jonah Gilliland "Ku'i" (Mid-Pacific Institute)
Ku'i is a part of an ongoing (multiyear) project to develop a 3D printable prosthesis, which will be fully functional and responsive to brain commands. Because it is 3D printed, the prosthesis will be affordable and available for those in need. Ku'i pursues this project with passion and is committed to making it a reality.
Elizabeth James (Maui Preparatory Academy)
Elizabeth is well-respected by younger students, her peers and the Maui Preparatory faculty. Aside from the usual positive examples she sets in class and in the pool, Elizabeth really sets herself apart through her leadership of the Rotary Interact Club of which she is the President. Two highly successful service projects that stand out, thanks to Elizabeth's leadership, are raising funds and goods for an orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico and acquisition of financial and human resource support in making and serving food at a local homeless shelter.
Jasmine Kim (Saint Francis School)
Jasmine Kim, an honors student, is involved in nearly all school activities. She volunteers on the school's recruitment team; participates in student government; plays in the school band; plays piano for school liturgies; and is one of the school videographers, documenting school life. Additionally, she plays piano for her church and is involved in the children's day care. She demonstrates care and compassion in dealing with her peers and others. Her leadership is demonstrated by her involvement in her school activities. She respects and honors peers and adults alike, accepting diversity with grace. She actively displays principles and ideals that translate integrity to action.
Jasmine Chow (Maryknoll School)
Jasmine Chow is an active member of the National Honor Society as well as the Key Club and has spear headed various events that support her fellow students along with others in the community. Jasmine displayed leadership through the planning and organization of the Winter Ball Blitz, in 2015, and helped with Prom 2015 and served as co-prom chair for Prom 2016. Jasmine demonstrated leadership and service when she planned and organized the canned food drive for Catholic Schools Week, collecting over 400 cans. Jasmine consistently participates in various school and community service projects, through the National Honor Society.
All 6 of these students have demonstrated how they have exemplified the HAIS Vision by: preparing themselves and others for the challenges of life and social responsibility. Marc, Jordan, Ku'i, Elizabeth, Jasmine K. and Jasmine C. are leaders not only in school, also in the larger community. Mahalo for all of your hard work Marc, Jordan, Ku'i, Elizabeth, Jasmine K. and Jasmine C.! We can't wait to see your accomplishments in the future!