2021 Academy Academic Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Academy students who have won Academic Awards for the 2020 – 21 school year.

President’s Award
The President’s Award is more than a commendation presented to those who have asserted themselves in scholarship and leadership. This is because people who are dedicated, who persevere and achieve need no reward beyond the kind of life they have made for themselves. The President’s Award, in a sense, is for those people who do not need it. It goes to the students who have realized their full potential, delivered the best academic performance that they are capable of, inspired their peers and teachers, and continually given of themselves. You have been nominated by your classmates and the faculty, and finally chosen by your teachers and Deans to receive the President’s Award for who you are, for what you have given Punahou, and for what you have given us individually. This award reflects the enthusiasm and respect you engender in us, and the trust we know we can put in you. Finally, the President’s Award reflects our hope and assurance that each of you will carry your spirit, energy, and vision beyond the walls of this campus and into your future lives. As you graduate from Punahou, we know that you will continue to embody the conscience, compassion, and commitment that reflect Punahou’s values, and that you will make the world a better place.

Kila Aisea ’21
Ariana Hunt ’21
HeMakanaOkeAkua Kaaloa ’21
Kawailaniokulanihako‘i Kelekolio ’21
Aubrey Kettley ’21
Rory Kilmer ’21
Maisie Klem ’21
Liam Lynch ’21
Kali‘inoa Maeva ’21
Cruz Mercado ’21
Thomas Nitao ’21
Jack Pang ’21
Sejin Park ’21
Raelyn Roberts ’21
Jason Sadayasu ’21
Jisella Saito ’21
Ellie Sampson ’21
Nanealani Satterfield ’21
Nathan Smith ’21
Cole Soranaka ’21
Alex Ueoka ’21
Robert Van Dyke ’21
Sydney Whttington ’21
Jae-Hee Wong ’21
Brenton Yasuoka ’21

Principal’s Award
The Principal’s Award is presented each year to students from grades 9, 10, and 11. The selection process begins with informal nominations from students and faculty. Final selection is made by faculty groups in concert with the deans of each class. The award recognizes underclassmen who demonstrate qualities of leadership, citizenship and service to some area of our community such as student government, athletics, drama, service organizations or community projects. Many of the recipients are active in several fields. All distinguish themselves by their exceptional attitudes, their positive outlook, their responsibility and their willingness to give of themselves.

Freshmen
Sabina Funasaki ’24
Mika Hiroi ’24
La‘iku Layaoen ’24

Sophomores
Matias Durkin ’23
Lindsay Minami ’23
Katherine Jo Misailidis ’23
Shea Sakahara ’23
Harlequinn Wolters ’23

Juniors
Chronos Baker ’22
Kassidy Chun ’22
Christine Dong ’22
Tate Goodman ’22
Ye Won Ham ’22
Suhaila Ng ’22
Sascha Pakravan ’22

Punahou Alumni Association Senior Award
Initiated in 1939 by the Punahou Alumni Association, this award goes to a senior boy and girl who have
distinguished themselves academically and made significant contributions to their community.
Robert Van Dyke ’21
Sydney Whittington ’21

John F. Fox Achievement Award
Initiated in 1989 by former Punahou President John F. Fox, this award of partial Punahou tuition remission recognizes accomplishments in academics, athletics or extra-curricular activities of students at any grade level.
Kathleen Patiola Uluave ’24
John-Keawe Sagapolutele ’23
Morgan McKinney ’22

Michael McPhee Award
Initiated in 1989 to honor the memory of Michael McPhee, the late brother of former Punahou President Dr. Roderick McPhee, this award goes to a Junior boy and girl who exemplify the character, leadership, scholarship, enthusiasm and zest for life which was so much a part of Mike’s own personality. These students make a difference to their classmates at Punahou.
Gabrielle Smith ’22
Cade Terada-Herzer ’22

Art
These Art Awards acknowledge students who engaged fully in the process of being artists, whatever their level of experience. They take risks in their learning and are willing to struggle to succeed in communicating visually. They are thoughtful in making decisions and in reflecting upon the outcome and they demonstrate a high level of commitment to art in their lives. The art department celebrates the excellence of the following students.

Sophomores
Alegria Frank ’23
Dallas Kuba ’23

Juniors
Kai Miyaki ’22
Mathilde Oyster ’22
Samantha Sumstine ’22

Seniors
Andrew Agustin ’21
Anne Di Martino ’21
Yang Hu ’21
Stephanie Hung ’21
Kamaluonalani Ogata ’21
Lucas Omidyar ’21
Philip Rogers ’21
Natalie Wacker ’21
Amelia Weintraub ’21

Design Technology & Engineering
Design Technology is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated excellence in design, fabrication and teamwork. Students who win these awards have excelled in creative and critical thinking by using the skills they learned to design and build solutions for complex problems. They worked tenaciously to perfect detailed designs through iteration and prototyping to realize their ideas as a product of their hard work, and by exemplifying the resourcefulness to produce high quality products in a state of the art lab requiring distinction in safety, mindfulness, mentorship and sustainable thinking.

Design & Fabrication
Logan Mansfield ’24
Nicholas Sharawy ’24
Carter Che ’22

Engineering Excellence
Beren Wong ’22
Devin Korybski ’21

Fabrication, Design & Portfolio Excellence
Charles Kettley ’24
Kelsey Kominek ’24
La‘iku Layaoen ’24
Kiana McCully ’24

Design Technology and Engineering Department Distinction
Kawailaniokulanihako`i Kelekolio ’21

English
English Awards, given to students from each grade level, recognize those students who are outstanding in their ability to read compassionately, think exactingly, write clearly and gracefully, and act with the compassion, exactitude, clarity and grace they derive from their engagement with the English language and its literature.

Freshmen
Esther Chan ’24
Grace Chang ’24
Reina Gammarino ’24
Mika Hiroi ’24
Noelle Lezy ’24
Max Nakano ’24

Sophomores
Sybella Chaine ’23
Isabel Cheever ’23
Eleanor Cowell ’23
Nicole Dao ’23
Lily Engle ’23
Alegria Frank ’23
Jaynie Fu ’23
Marissa Halagao ’23
Alison Hayashi ’23
Chasen Inoshita ’23
Rae Kamikawa ’23
Silvia Kim ’23
Ezra Levinson ’23
Kaile Olson ’23
Henry Payne ’23
Aria Saines ’23
Alana Shigekane ’23
Kanoelani Sills ’23
Iris Sim ’23
Maile Stoutemyer ’23
Ian Watanabe ’23
Harlequinn Wolters ’23
Chloe Yoshiki ’23
Taylor Yuen ’23

Juniors
Lua Bowman ’22
Liana Burke ’22
Noah Chung ’22
Elizabeth-Ann Damon ’22
Christine Dong ’22
Kate Ellis ’22
Ye Won Ham ’22
Koren Kano ’22
Leo Kim ’22
Mattingly Morales ’22
Ryunosuke Nakase ’22
Shea Noland ’22
Sascha Pakravan ’22
Kainoa Paul ’22
Sean Schofield ’22
Jamie Seu ’22
Iris Sloan ’22
Allena Villanueva ’22
Logan Yogi ’22
Mia Young ’22

Seniors
Alannah Alvarado ’21
Kailee Brandt ’21
Anne DiMartino ’21
Laura Gries ’21
Judah Hoffenberg ’21
Liam Lynch ’21
Elizabeth Matsumoto ’21
Hana Murphy ’21
Ellie Sampson ’21
Morgan Vodzak ’21
Olivia Wedemeyer ’21

JROTC
The JROTC Cadet Of The Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding cadet in each cadet level who demonstrated superior leadership skills, patriotism, scholastic excellence and dedication to the JROTC battalion.

LET I Cadet of the Year
Ciera Fujiwara ’24

LET II Cadet of the Year
Sean Schofield ’22

LET III Cadet of the Year
Harley Ceberano ’22

LET IV Cadet of the Year
Victoria Djou ’21

Language
Language Awards are given to students who have demonstrated the capacity and skills for effective written and oral communication in their respective languages. They are resourceful, responsible and respectful students who have a deep understanding and appreciation for diversity and cultures. They are engaged citizens who are able to connect and contribute to the community both in and beyond the classroom. This award is given to one student per level of each language at the Academy. We congratulate each language award recipient.

Hawaiian 1
Ava Kukea ’24

Hawaiian 2
La‘iku Layaoen ’24

Hawaiian 3
Katherine Jo Misailidis ’23

Hawaiian 4
Kila Aisea ’21

Hawaiian 5
D.J. Utu ’21

Japanese 1
Aria Abe ’24

Japanese 2
Megan Uyeno ’23

Japanese 3
Lindsay Minami ’23

Japanese 4
Kei Yajima ’23

Japanese 5
Grace Matsumoto ’21

Mandarin Chinese 1
Kaitlyn Soltis ’24

Mandarin Chinese 2
Emma Rappoport ’24

Mandarin Chinese 3
Keryn Yagi ’23

Mandarin Chinese 4
Ye Won Ham ’22

Mandarin Chinese 5
Zhu Fang ’243

French 1
Piper McDermott ’24

French 2
Naia Manibusan ’24

French 3
Meg Taylor ’22

French 4
Brighton Yap ’22

French 5
Kara Hirano ’21

Spanish 1
Lily Murashige ’24

Spanish 2
Ava Pakravan ’24

Spanish 3
Leah McEvoy ’23

Spanish 4
Leilani Hoffmann ’22

Spanish 5
Andrea Zeebe ’22

The Multi-Language Award is given to students in the Language Department who showed exceptional commitment to the study of multiple languages beyond their native tongue. Recipients of this award exhibit a love of language learning and a keen appreciation of other cultures. These outstanding students and others at Punahou who chose to study more than one language are commended for their commitment to broaden their perspectives of the world. Their efforts will surely be rewarded as they enter into the global community beyond Punahou.
Makenna Hohmann, Senior
Rory Kilmer, Senior

Mathematics
We acknowledge and appreciate those students whose performance in mathematics has been exemplary. Each of these students combined strong mathematical skills with curiosity to enthusiastically explore each new idea. Their accurate and insightful solutions to challenging questions demonstrated mastery of the course material. They set a standard of excellence that inspired all those who work with them to stretch and reach for a depth of understanding that comes from focus, concentration and dedication. Best of all, these young mathematicians enjoy the elegance of sophisticated ideas and the beauty of mathematics.

Geometry Honors
Esther Chan ’24
Connor Davidson ’24
Chasen Matsuoka ’24
Maria Weldon ’24
Iris Xu ’24

Algebra 2/Trigonometry Honors
Matthew Goh ’23
Rachel Waggoner ’23

Advanced Pre-Calculus Honors
Kiana Komeiji ’22
Remi Kuba ’22

AP Statistics
Felicity Zhou ’23
Haruna Floate ’22
Juliette Ho ’21
Jason Sadayasu ’21

The Francis A.I. “Miki” Bowers, Jr. AP Calculus BC Award honors students who achieved the greatest academic excellence in Advanced Placement Calculus. This year we honor:
Samantha Chapman ’21
Harris Chin ’21
Kemi Chung ’21
Micah Hiu ’21
Shawn Jun ’21
Erin Nishi ’21

Music
There is no culture that has no music. Its capacity to evoke every facet of human emotion, with or without words, makes it a truly universal form of expression. To become an accomplished musician takes years of individual work and dedication. To make music together with others is one of the richest experiences of mankind.

This year’s honorees have already achieved a huge milestone in their individual musical development; they also developed a strong bond with others through friendships forged through years of performing together in the Punahou music ensembles. They have all contributed generously to their bands, orchestras and choruses by sharing their talent and showing, through example, their love and dedication to music by providing musical and organizational leadership and the spark that ignites the spirit of each of these organizations.

Band Excellence
Erika Agena ’21
Mnason Chan ’21
Pascal He ’21
Kawailaniokulanihako‘i Kelekolio ’21
Jolie Murashige ’21
Coby Oide ’21

John Philip Sousa Award
Sejin Park ’21
Thomas Yamada ’21

Choral Excellence
Jayda Hatcher ’21
Tori Lyn Hoke ’21
Ariana Hunt ’21

National School Choral Award
Maisie Klem ’21
Seth Okumura ’21

Orchestra Excellence
Mira Hu ’21
Celia Kong-Johnson ’21
Marissa Kwon ’21
Sewon Park ’21
Stephanie Yoshida ’21

National School Orchestra Award
Erin Nishi ’21

Science
The Science Department honors and congratulates the following students for demonstrating academic excellence in science. These students have been chosen for their exemplary performance in their coursework and their effectiveness in using the methods and processes of science to problem solve. We are impressed with their boundless curiosity, their creativity, their detailed analysis of data and their strong reasoning skills. They are innovative, insightful, inquisitive and actively becoming life-long learners.

AP Biology
Jamie Seu ’22
Samantha Chapman ’21

AP Chemistry
Rachel Waggoner ’23
Micah Inoshita ’22
Hannah Miura ’22

AP Environmental Science
Malia Dickhens ’22
Kiana Kamakura ’22
Maisie Klem ’21

AP Physics 1
Brooke Gushiken ’21

AP Physics 1 + 2
Noah Chung ’22

AP Physics C
Jonah Johnson ’21

Biology
Larisa Au ’24
Gabriel Canevari ’24
Ojoo Choi ’24
Sabina Funasaki ’24
Mika Hiroi ’24
Kaylee-Reed Lerch ’24
Noelle Lezy ’24
Evan Porter ’24

Biology and Geology of the Hawaiian Islands
D.J. Utu ’21

Biology Honors
Esther Chan ’24
Nathan Godsey ’24

Chemistry
Eleanor Cowell ’23
Chloe Devere ’23

Chemistry Honors
Leah McEvoy ’23
Nicholas Odani ’23

Principles of Physics
Ellysse Sanidad ’21

Physics Honors
Roman Romanowski ’22

The Jeremiah Johnson Award honors students whose qualities reflect the spirit of late Academy teacher Jeremiah Johnson, who was lost in a diving accident during a student trip to the island of Lana‘i. Today, we honor a student whom we feel embodies Mr. Johnson’s love and respect for the Hawaiian environment, and for the ocean in particular
Kanoa Pick ’21

The Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award is presented annually to a Junior who is an exceptional student of science. Recipients demonstrate passion in the pursuit of understanding, dedication to their studies, and mastery of multiple scientific disciplines.
Noah Chung ’22

The Rensselaer Medal Award honors an outstanding Junior who has excelled in both science and mathematics. Recipients display exceptional facility with mathematical and scientific thinking and an intense desire to broaden and deepen their understanding of scientific and mathematical principles.
Remi Kuba ’22

Social Studies
The students we recognize have distinguished themselves this year as creative and critical thinkers, insightful writers and thoughtful commentators on history and the human condition. They excelled in the skills we most value as a department.

Freshmen
Aria Abe
Connor Davidson ’24
Reina Gammarino ’24
Sarah Nagel ’24
Max Nakano ’24
Ava Pakravan ’24
Gus Ralston ’24
Emma Rappoport ’24
Calista Yap ’24

Sophomores
Maya Barnabas ’23
Eleanor Cowell ’23
Ariana Fukumoto ’23
Marissa Halagao ’23
Jonathan Kwon ’23
Hie Loui ’23
Maile Stoutemyer ’23
Ella Williams ’23
Felicity Zhou ’23

Juniors
Haley Chee ’22
Noah Chung ’22
Zoey Duan ’22
Sascha Pakravan ’22
Kainoa Paul ’22
Iris Sloan ’22

Seniors
Michael Jagdon ’21
Shawn Jun ’21
Tess Lim Jurich ’21
Emmalia McKenney ’21
Coby Oide ’21
Olivia Strong ’21
Olivia Wedemeyer ’21

The Peter A. Powlison Award is given by the Social Studies Department in celebration of our long association with a teacher who was greatly admired by his colleagues as well as his students. So it is appropriate that the award be made to the student who most possesses the characteristics which Peter both admired and embodied: COURAGE – not only to perform great deeds, but the greater courage to do small deeds well; COURTESY – hat quality which makes people feel welcome, important, even loved; CURIOSITY – of the sort which drives the interested person to explore a place and an idea to the fullest; COMPASSION – to be open to, not just tolerate, difference.
Judah Hoffenberg, Senior

Theatre
The Technical Theatre Award recognizes students who made significant contributions both in drama class work and theatre productions, and technical support for other campus events beyond theatre. This award honors superior leadership, devoted community service and countless hours of hard work donated on behalf of all “techies” to the larger Punahou Community.
Mika Hiroi ’24
Kaitlyn Scrivner ’24
Madilyn Tada-Portuondo ’24
Kainoa Yuen ’24
Zhu Fang ’23
Alison Hayashi ’23
Lauren Host ’23
Emma Deci ’22
Taila Patterson ’22
Nico Silvestri ’22
Tess Lim Jurich ’21
Emma Peters ’21

The Actor Award recognizes students whose superior work on stage in leading or supporting roles were worthy models of leadership for all aspiring young actors, especially to those who shared the distinction of being fellow cast members. This award honors the significant and dedicated service to the Punahou Community performed by each recipient in a curricular and co-curricular theatre activity.

Ember Isabelo ’23
Miles Kroeker ’23
Daniel Pruder ’23
Nathaniel Ryan-Kern ’23
Shalita Areeyaphan ’22
Andrew Bell ’22
Liana Burke ’22
Camryn Chun ’22
Ashlyne Collado ’22
Morgan McKinney ’22
Kiara Reeves ’22
Danielle Yamashiro ’22
Ellie Sampson ’21
Angela Uyeda ’21

The Director’s Choice Award recognizes students who have demonstrated a high level of excellence as on-stage performers or as behind-the-scenes activists in support of theatre at Punahou School. This award honors the individual whose contributions include leadership in multiple areas such as theatre productions, technical theatre and drama classes.
Kailee Brandt ’21
Elton Orbito ’21
Jackson Saunders ’21


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