19th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

April 06, 2018
By KCS Staff

Congratulations to junior Emily Kuwaye!  Last month, she was recognized as the 1st prize winner in the poetry division of the 19th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. This international contest is sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University, the 1939 Society, the Samueli Foundation, and Yossie & Dana Hollander. The contest drew entries from 225 schools across 31 states and 8 other countries. Emily's entry was the first from Hawaii to receive 1st place recognition!

Contest participants were asked to become a "Messenger of Memory" for the Holocaust survivors and perpetuate a survivor's story through art or written word. Emily's poem, "Your Memory," poignantly reflects Cesia Kingston's survivor testimony while also interweaving memories of her own visit in the summer of 2014 to Auschwitz. Emily was drawn to the inspiring story, noting Mrs. Kingston's drive to survive and take care of her sister as "powerful."

While the awards ceremony was held on March 9 at Chapman University in California, a live stream of the presentation was made available. A video of Emily reciting her poem was shared when she was announced as the high school division winner. In addition to her cash prize of $400, Emily is also invited to an all-expenses paid study trip to Los Angeles in June, where she will join other contest winners, touring the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Museum of Tolerance, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles. Amazing work, Emily! 

KCS students take part in a special project with Manoa Senior Care residents

March 23, 2018
By KCS Staff

Great things are cooking between KCS and Manoa Senior Care, as recipes from residents are handed down with the help of elementary students. In an ongoing project, students and residents make memories and keep treasured recipes alive through this special partnership between the two organizations. Together they are working on a recipe book that includes artwork from students and “secret” recipes from the seniors. 

On Tuesday, Miss Kang’s 2B class made the first of three visits to the care homes to color in the pages they had designed to illustrate recipes the residents recently shared for this project. Students met with residents to color together, preserving classic recipes for the next generation with a special, personal touch. Thanks to a “Be the Change” grant received from the Youth Philanthropy Board, KCS will turn this creative project in to a cookbook to give to each resident at the three care homes in Kaimuki. 

KCS also has the opportunity to share this project with a larger audience as 2nd grader Abigail Jun and Vice-Principal Mr. Kanakanui will be featured today on a segment of KHON’s Living808 show, hosted by Sam Choy and John Veneri. For the interview, Abigail and her mom prepared two recipes from the cookbook, “Aunty Elnora’s Portuguese Bean Soup” and “Aunty Thelma’s Coconut Butter Mochi.” What a tasty, collaborative effort to bridge the gap between keiki and kupuna!

Three KCS students place in ACSI Spelling Bee

March 09, 2018
By KCS Staff

Bruxism. Intermezzo. Grandiloquent. These were the last three words students were asked to spell in the final rounds of the ACSI District Spelling Bee. KCS hosted the annual event, as 82 students from five Christian schools tested their spelling knowledge on Saturday, March 3.

Twenty-five KCS students participated in the Bee, with many placing in their respective grade level competitions. Comprised of the top four spellers from grades 5-8, the Final Spell-Off featured seven KCS students. Jase Konishi (Gr. 5A), Koa Hardy (Gr. 8B), and Daniel Matsunaka (Gr. 8A) lasted through multiple rounds and finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively. They demonstrated composure and an impressive array of spelling skills!

Special thanks to Chairperson Mrs. Spearing, Coordinator Mrs. Holm, and the team of KCS teachers and staff who volunteered to make this year's event a huge success!

Two high school students recognized for their winning "Inspired in Hawaii" entries

February 23, 2018
By KCS Staff

Congratulations to junior Katelyn Schmisseur and freshman Kealanani Hanson! They were recognized as finalists for the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation’s “Inspired in Hawaii” Essay, Poster and Video Contest. 

For their grade level divisions, Katelyn’s essay, “The O’hia Lehua Epidemic,” earned first place, and Kealanani’s essay, “Hawaii’s Homeless Crisis is More Than People Without a Home; It’s a Medical Epidemic,” received second place. They were also awarded cash prizes of $200 and $125, respectively. The contest encouraged students to “dream big and make Hawaii a better place” by identifying a significant problem in our islands and proposing a creative solution. Katelyn and Kealanani did a great job expressing thoughtful ideas for their selected topics.

On the Road to College for the Class of 2018

February 16, 2018
By KCS Staff

The four members of the Class of 2018, KCS's third graduating class, are nearing the home stretch of their college counseling journey. At KCS, the college counseling process begins as early as freshman year, and for these seniors, their hard work culminated during the fall semester, as they solidified their list of colleges, completed applications, and secured the requisite teacher recommendations. All applications were successfully submitted by November 15 in order to meet early action and priority deadlines.

Amidst a flurry of acceptance letters in the past three months, the Class of 2018 has garnered $2.2 million worth of 4-year merit scholarship offers from colleges. This semester, they have worked on applying for additional local and national scholarships as well as practicing their interview skills. Balancing their KCS senior year coursework with one class per semester at Kapiolani Community College has further prepared them for their studies beyond high school.

Resources for KCS's College Counseling program have developed through the years and include Naviance (a web-based tool to manage and track career and college planning), College Counselor Mrs. Watanabe, and Consultant Dan Feldhaus. KCS has hosted several college admissions officers on campus, giving students an opportunity to ask questions and learn about colleges they may not have originally considered. Throughout the test prep, essay writing, college tours, and financial considerations, KCS hopes its students will seek institutions that are the right fit. The Class of 2018 is certainly headed in the right direction!

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