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"Inspired in Hawaii" Contest Winner

February 27, 2015
By KCS Staff

For the second consecutive year, a KCS student earned first place honors in the essay division of the Clarence T.C. Ching “Inspired In Hawaii” Poster, Essay & Video contest.  Junior Kylie Umebayashi’s winning essay, “Save our ‘Aina,” captured the top prize for her grade level.  She received a cash prize of $100.  Her Asian Literature teacher, Mrs. Fong, was also awarded $40.

The contest challenges participants to tackle an existing problem in Hawaii and present a solution to make Hawaii a better place.  The inspiration for the contest is the life and work of Clarence T.C. Ching.  Noting Mr. Ching’s work in local communities, Kylie addressed the issue of recycling.  In her essay, she outlines a practical two-step plan to help “Hawaii become more green.”  Backed by facts from her research, Kylie proposes placing additional recycle bins around the island and offering more financial incentives for recycling.  

In her conclusion, she writes, “... by following these steps, Hawaii will stay beautiful and abundant in resources.”  We applaud Kylie for her heart for the environment and for submitting such a thoughtful essay.  Keep dreaming big!