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Students gear up for college thanks to $39M grant

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Students in Melanie Ishihara’s pre-algebra class at Waipahu Intermediate School raised their hands Wednesday when asked who wanted to go to college.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Waipahu Intermediate School principal Randall Dunn visited Melanie Ishihara’s pre-algebra class Wednesday, announcing that the students will participate in GEAR UP Hawaii, a program that helps low-income public school students enroll and succeed in college. Ishihara is seated in front of Dunn.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Samantha Agonias, left, Zaylee Longboy, Haleina Beltran and Samantha Daguio took in the news about their college prospects.

When asked how many of them planned to go to college, all 29 seventh­-graders in Melanie Ishihara’s pre-algebra class at Waipahu Intermediate School raised their hands. Read more

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