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Education briefs for January 29

Hirono nominates 4 to service academies

Sen. Mazie Hirono announced her nomination list of 32 students to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2018.

The students’ applications are now being considered by the four academies for final selections.

Four students were selected from Hawaii Island. Hirono nominated James Whalen of Makua Lani Christian Academy, Scott Takahashi of Waiakea High School and Christopher Hutt and Phil K. Aganus, both of Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii in Keaau.

The four military service academies are: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

U.S. representatives and senators submit nominations to the four service academies. Each academy’s director of admissions then selects from the submitted lists of nominees who are measured on their scholastic achievement, leadership experience, school involvement, athletic and extracurricular activities, community contributions and volunteer or employment experiences.

Nomination does not guarantee appointment.

Residents make dean’s list at U of Portland

The following students from Hawaii were listed on the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Portland: Chad Sakoda, sophomore in electrical engineering; David Sumada, senior majoring in psychology; Georgia Pirie, freshman, environmental ethics and policy; Hunter Lee, senior, psychology; John Mattos, junior, biology; Kenneth Cheng, senior, civil engineering; Kylie Fujiyoshi, freshman, biology; Mahealani Paiva, junior, biology; Max Oishi, junior, mechanical engineering; Kimberly Tabac, senior, electrical engineering; Eugene Yi, Junior, business administration; Melelani Makanui, junior, psychology; and Torin Kubo, sophomore, civil engineering

HPA to host admission event this morning

Hawaii Preparatory Academy will host an admission event, “Experience Grades 1-3,” 8:30-10:30 a.m. today at the Village Campus.

RSVPs are requested.

For information, or to RSVP, contact the HPA Admission Office at 881-4321, email or visit the HPA website at

Students and their families will visit classrooms, meet teachers and learn more about the school’s college-preparatory learning environment and the financial aid program for families of students in grades 1-3.

Jacunski named to WNEU fall dean’s list

Kanani A. Jacunski of Hilo was named to the dean’s list at Western New England University for the fall semester. Jacunski is majoring in accounting at the school in Springfield, Mass.

Klein earns Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Rachel Klein of Hilo graduated with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the College of Professional Studies at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill.

While completing her degree, Klein also served a one-year clinical internship with a special focus on integrative medicine.

Before entering the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at NUHS, Rachel completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.


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