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Shining Stars

For Saturday, December 22, 2012

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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The recipients of the 13th annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards were announced in October.

The statewide awards promote psychological health in the workplace, and are sponsored by the Hawaii Psychological Association, in cooperation with the American Psychological Association.

American Savings Bank won the large-business category for inspiring programs in training, health and well-being, and work-life balance.

Hawaii Human Resources Inc. won in the small-business category for programs in work-life balance, communication with employees and overall engagement of staff.

In the nonprofit category, Kahala Nui was recognized for innovation in employee appreciation and health.

The Honolulu Police Department's Wai­pahu Weed and Seed Detail was recognized in the government category for excellence in communicating with and considering the needs of employees.

Tripler Army Medical Center was recognized in the military category for its focus on the needs of staff, both civilian and military personnel.

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Kenneth Kahunahana Jr., a freshman at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., and resident of Pearl City, was among 132 students who received a President's scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students are considered for the scholarship upon admission to the university based on their GPA and SAT scores. The requirements of the scholarship are a GPA of at least 3.10 and a combined SAT score of 1,240.

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Members of the University of Hawaii-Manoa debate team finished in 11th place at the U.S. Universities Invitational debate tournament at Claremont McKenna College, the largest debate union in the country.

Three teams from UH competed against 56 teams from 18 major universities such as USC, UCLA and Cornell. The team of Samira Fatemi (engineering) and Jonathan Cham (political science) came in 11th place, missing the semifinals by just a few speaker points.

Team captain Kyle Dahlin (mathematics) and his partner, Ryan Delaney (communicology), finished in 17th place. The team of Sterling Higa (communicology) and Ian Ross (economics), competing in their first intercollegiate tournament, finished in 36th place.

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Hawaii state teacher of the year Chad Miller was recognized for his achievement by the University of Phoenix and given the opportunity to select a Hono­lulu resident to receive a full-tuition scholarship.

Miller, as one of 54 educators across the country selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers as a 2012 teacher of the year, chose Hono­lulu resident Kimiko Yashiki for the University of Phoenix scholarship.

The University of Phoenix provided each state's teacher of the year the opportunity to choose someone for a full-tuition scholarship. The "Teach It Forward" scholarship program was created by the University of Phoenix in 2009.

Miller is an Honors English teacher at Kailua High School.

Yashiki is earning a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in small-business management and entrepreneurship at the University of Phoenix Hawaii campus.

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Jessica Taylor of Hono­lulu is among the 2012-2013 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps members, chosen by editors from among more than 200 applications.

The Kid Reporter program is an online supplement to Scholastic News magazines, which report contemporary issues in a way geared to young readers.

The corps' reporting will be featured on the Scholastic site (is.gd/ScholKPC2012_13) and sometimes will be included in issues of the Scholastic classroom magazines.

In the past year Kid Reporters have interviewed politicians including President Barack Obama, entertainers, authors and sports stars. Nationally known network television reporters also have shared advice with the budding journalists.






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