Junior School, Academy and Athletic awards.
JUNIOR SCHOOL AWARDS
National French Contest
This year, 23,200 junior school students competed in this annual national contest, which is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students are evaluated on their written, oral and listening comprehension skills. This year, 31 Punahou students were declared national winners, the largest number from any school in the Junior School division in the State of Hawai‘i.
Grade 8 (Level 1A):
Platinum medal: Noah Chung, Sophia Marsen
Noah and Sophia achieved a perfect score, the highest score in this level and division in the State of Hawai‘i and across the 50 States.
Gold medal: Kate Ellis, Alexander Henkin, Emma Merrill, Hudson Metter, Suhaila Ng, Janelle Ramos, Tanner Salmonson, Juliana De Salles Terra
Silver medal: Liana Burke, Brooke Carias, Katelyn Chong, Katelyn Corpuz, Pono Gacutan, Emma Luna, Mackenzie Watts, Brighton Yap
Bronze medal: Mya Dagdagan, Joshua Lung, Melia Nicolai, Justin Nishimoto
Grade 7 (Level 1A):
Gold medal: Andrew Butler
Silver medal: Sophie Bender, Malika Bowers, Christine Lim, Julianne Sojot, Isabella Steward
Bronze medal: Chloe Devere, Dan Jackson, Kylie-Ann Smith
National Latin Exam
In March, the following students took this exam with more than 131,000 students around the world. Students were evaluated for their knowledge of the Latin language, Roman history and classical mythology.
Level 1 Exam (Eighth-graders):
Gold Medal: Haley Chee, Sam Huelsnitz, Liam Kellogg, Kiana Komeiji, Remi Kuba
Silver Medal: Lily Kuo, Ksenia Sherstyuk, Natalie Umphress
3rd place: Morgan McKinney, Allena Villanueva
4th place: Audrey Chan, Doran Chang, Lei Kurotaki, Anna Lauren Lerner, Noah Nakagawa, Andrea Tay, Jarod Tsuhako
Introductory Level (Seventh-graders):
Perfect Scores: Noah Jost, Jonathan Kwon, Ezra Levinson, Yzelle Messinger, Iris Sim
High Achievement Winners: Sammi Dane, Wesley Dye, Lily Engle, Grace Fitzgerald, Angus Hill, Liam Hutchison, Hinano Kawaiaea, Silvia Kim, Emile Labrador, Amber Nobriga, Allyson Sim, Sarah Tottori, Megan Uyeno, Rachel Waggoner, Harley Wolters
Certificate Winners: Xavier Ah Yo, Will Blanchette, Evan Foster, Justin Frattarelli, Paige Inouye, Ali Jamile, Emi Lau, Matai Loveman, Vaea Lohe, Kiley Nomura, Soledad Rodriguez, Kaily Sakai, Xevani Salanoa, Aidan Sibley, Kanoe Sills
Continental Math League
This national competition, administered to hundreds of public and private schools, focused on the application of critical thinking to math problem solving.
Grade 6 Top Scorers: Chase Matsuoka, Timothy Miyaguchi, Jared Ezell, Iris Xu, Albert Zheng
American Mathematics Competition (AMC)
The students listed below scored the highest of the eighth-grade Honors Algebra students and invited sixth- and seventh-grade students who took part in the annual AMC 8.
1st Place: Noah Chung ’22
2nd Place: Alexander Henkin ’22
3rd Place: Remi Kuba ’22 and Jared Lo ’22
Hawaii MATHCOUNTS Competition
O‘ahu Chapter: 4th place
State: 2nd place
Team Members: Noah Chung ’22, Remi Kuba ’22, Jared Lo* ’22, Rachel Waggoner ’23
Individual Competitors: Hannah Lee ’23, Carson Loughridge ’22, Nick Odani ’23, David Qu ’22, Cedric Yeo ’22
* Placed 2nd overall as an individual at the State Mathcounts competition
Harold Lee Science Award
Bao Nguyen ’22, Haley Chee ’22
Damon Speech Contest
The Damon Speech Contest, held each spring, dates from 1872. Each seventh and eighth grade English class selects a representative.
Grade 8 Gold winner: Elias Moy
Grade 7 Gold winner: Taylor Ogata and Rachel Waggoner (tie)
Keaka Theatre Award
Kiara Reeves ’22, Liana Burke ’22
National Junior Honor Society
The 123 eighth-graders listed below were inducted as National Junior Honor Society members this year.
Maya Anderson, Zoe Beccaria Chou, Liana Burke, Blake Campbell, Brooke Carias, Michael Chang, Carter Che, Haley Chee, Anthony Chen, Aerin Cheung, Mahea Cheung, Emma Ching, Kristen Ching, Nathan Ching, Katelyn Chong, Janelle Chu, Indiana Chun, Kassidy Chun, Noah Chung, Phoenix Clarke, Katelyn Corpuz, Alyssa Desamito, Malia Dickhens, Christine Dong, Tyler Dudgeon, Sophia Espiritu, Haruna Floate, Sydnee Funai, Sydni Gephart, Tate Goodman, Kayla Gotanda, Jodi Hagino, Ye Won Ham, Trent Hamura, Xander Henkin, Kelsi Higashi, Leilani Hoffmann, Sarah Ikeda, Rylee Imada, Cassidy Ishii, Amy Kaku, Natalie Kaku, Kiki Kamakura, Koren Kano, Namele Kia, Tommy King, Chev Kodama, Kiana Komeiji, Cable Kronen, Remi Kuba, Sachi Kumar, Lei Kurotaki, Jason Kwak, Chloe Kwok, Kalena Lam, Phoebe Le, Sydney Lezy, Carson Loughridge, Grace Lum, Sam Lum, Emma Luna, Beri Maeda, Mia Mansfield, Emma McDonald, Coby McKeown, Morgan McKinney, Julia Miles, Erika Miller, Mirabella Miranda, Hannah Miura, Mattie Morales, Kristi Lynn Nakagawa, Noah Nakagawa, Maya Nakamoto, Ken Nakatsu, Max Nakatsuji, Vincent Nasrallah, Suhaila Ng, Saige Nishimura, Danie Nishiyama, Amber Nomura, Ellie Ochiai, Emma Ogata, Kaylee Ogawa, Ashley Oh, Cydni Oshiro, Tilde Oyster, Sofi Padavan, Kai Pang, Kyra Park, Kylie Pascual, Kainoa Paul, Jairus Rhoades, Safiya Rufino, Chloe Saito, Bella Samtani, Sarai Sanchez, Lauren Saunders, Jamie Seu, Helen Shanefield, Ksenia Sherstyuk, Rylie Shimabukuro, Toby Shimabukuro, Emma Slagle, Madi Suh, Shayna Suzuki, Emily Tamanaha, Taihere Thompson, Penina Vaimaona, Allena Villanueva, Cassidy Wakahiro, Mackenzie Watts, Trisha Yamamoto, Hallie Yamamura, Danielle Yamashiro, Logan Yogi, Nicholas Yokomizo, Jake Yoshimoto, Mia Young, Alec Yueh, Caitlin Yuen, Jeanine Yuen, Andrea Zeebe
William Knowlton Award
In memory of Bishop Hall supervisor Bill Knowlton, this award goes to students who best exemplify those qualities Knowlton held in highest esteem – integrity, kindness, caring, a sense of humor and commitment.
Grade 8: Luke Kaminskas, Penina Vaimaona
Grade 7: Moana Peaua, Alana Shigekane
Grade 6: Tai Demura-Devore, Keilani Stewart
John Fox Achievement Award
This award recognizes accomplishments in academics, athletics, or co-curricular activities.
Grade 8: Allena Villanueva
Grade 7: Ezra Levinson
Grade 6: Indigo Clarke
Sophomores: Katelyn Hamasaki, Skye Inn
Juniors: Kestrel Adams Unger, Griffin Barnum, Napu Kim, Ryan Kim, Abby Oshiro, Keely Thompson, Micah Williams
Seniors: Sydni Au Hoy, Franny Bell, Yi Li, Kaycie Matsukado, Kiana Sandvold, Elizabeth Zerez, Malia Zoraster
Freshmen: Aubrey Kettley, Maisie Klem, Sabina Lum
Sophomores: Josh Chan, Ulala Kajioka, Sabine Mejia, Bryce Okihiro, Anna Praywell, Alexandra Shank, Juliana Shank, Mahina Williams, Sage Wong-Davies, Anya Zoraster
Juniors: Kestrel Adams Unger, Lexie Matsunaga, Lyric Medeiros, Mckenzy Metter, Malia Munley, Zoe Payne, Lana Reeves, Lauren Seu, Bella Yerton, Kevin Zhao
Seniors: Nick Amador, Paige Hilliard, Nicole Ikeda, Anna Kimata, Kaycie Matsukado, Maya Meisenzahl, Micah Nishimoto, Isabelle Rhee, Nicole Saito, Tamara Sato
LET I Cadet of the Year: Tori Djou ’21
LET II Cadet of the Year: Christine Mau ’20
LET III Cadet of the Year: Stefani Sakamoto ’19
LET IV Cadet of the Year: Heidi Kwock ’18
(LET stands for Leadership Education and Training)
Hawaiian 1: Kila Aisea ’21
Hawaiian 2: Anela Ramos ’20
Hawaiian 3: Nani Tomich ’20
Hawaiian 4: Hina Kahikina ’18
Hawaiian 5: Race Agcaoili ’18
Japanese 1: Michaela De Leon ’21
Japanese 2: Alex Ueoka ’21
Japanese 3: Maya Matsubara ’20
Japanese 4: Lana Reeves ’19
Japanese 5: Tamara Sato ’18
Heritage Japanese 1: Isabel Freeland ’21
Heritage Japanese 2: Tyler Sakamoto ’20
Mandarin Chinese 1: Shayna Lu ’21
Mandarin Chinese 2: Jaeden Chang ’20
Mandarin Chinese 3: Ryan Kong ’20
Mandarin Chinese 4: Keely Thompson ’19
Mandarin Chinese 5: Rinka Shimizu ’18
French 1: Mei Lee ’19
French 2: Kawai Hong ’20
French 3: Sean Duval-Arnould ’19
French 4: Mckenzy Metter ’19
French 5: Shanti Silver ’18
Spanish 1: Hana Murphy ’21
Spanish 2: Sage Wong-Davies ’20
Spanish 3: Sarah Brooke Blichfeldt ’20
Spanish 4: Malia Munley ’19
Spanish 5: Anna Kimata ’18
Zoe Chock ’18, Emi Fujioka ’18, Erik Jia ’18, Christine Kuo ’18
Geometry: Pascal He ’21, Jason Sadayasu ’21
Algebra 2/Trigonometry: Aaron Chang ’20, Megan Goh ’20, Lauren Kwee ’20, Bryce Okihiro ’20
Advanced Pre-Calculus: Kourtney Kanja ’19, Chloe Loughridge ’19
AP Computer Science: Andrew Buehler ’20, Marie Oberlin ’18
AP Statistics: Lexie Matsunaga ’19, Maile Jim ’18
Francis A.I. “Miki” Bowers, Jr. AP Calculus BC Award
Chad Choy ’18, Parker Chun ’18, Anna Kimata ’18, Austin Lau ’18
Band Excellence: Evan Chung ’18, Maile Corso ’21, Trent Gesteuyala ’20, Jonathan Haynes ’19, Lauren Higa ’18, Grace Kim ’19, Vinny Langit ’21, Alyssa Lo ’18, Sejin Park ’21, Trevor Powell ’19, Koko Tamai ’19, Noah Tatsuyama ’19, Alexi Townsend ’20, Wreyn Waniya ’18, Mahina Williams ’20
Band Service and Leadership: Kawai Kelekolio ’21, Saylor Brainard ’19, Jake Chouljian ’18, Daniel Kang ’18, Aaron Shiinoki ’18, Shaianne Sunagawa ’18, Mitchell Wong ’18
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Zack Uchima ’18, Wreyn Waniya ’18
John Philip Sousa Award: Micah Nishimoto ’18
Choral Excellence: Sara Lockwood ’18, Steffany Nguyen ’18, Nicole Saito ’18
National School Choral Award: Nicole Ikeda ’18, Cole Nakashima ’18
Orchestra Excellence: Nick Amador ’18, Ian Chang ’18, Tanner Haworth ’18, Queenie Huang ’18, Sydnie Ito ’18, Sean Kwon ’18, Austin Lau ’18, Evan Liu ’18, Tyler Liu ’18, Ryan Nishi ’18, Dong-Woo Seo ’18, Charles Zhang ’18
National School Orchestra Award: Jou Kim ’18
Music Department: Zack Uchima ’18
Oahuan Achievement: Kaitlyn Kong ’19, Brigitte Wu ’19, Sammie Kuriyama ’18
Oahuan Excellence: Kelly Ma ’18
AP Biology: Kourtney Kanja ’19, Geethanjali Annamalai ’18
AP Chemistry: Maya Mastick ’20, Clarise Huang ’19
AP Environmental Science: Tae Kyung Kakazu ’19, Max Moonier ’19
AP Physics 1: Micah Williams ’19
AP Physics 1+2: Chloe Loughridge ’19, Connor Sugasawara ’19
AP Physics C: Ilya Sherstyuk ’18
Biology: Aubrey Kettley ’21, Sabina Lum ’21
Biology Honors: Cosette Wu ’21
Biology & Geology of the Hawaiian Islands: Ka‘ale Haili ’20
Chemistry: Alex Okada ’20
Chemistry Honors: Maya Matsubara ’20
Physics: Parker Murray ’19
Physics Honors: Miranda Lentz ’18
Bausch & Lomb Science Award
Presented to a junior who has been an exceptional science student.
Chloe Loughridge ’19
Rensselaer Medal Award
Honors an outstanding junior in science and mathematics.
Kourtney Kanja ’19
Jeremiah Johnson Award
Honors a student whose love and respect for the Hawaiian environment, and for the ocean in particular, reflects the spirit of our Academy teacher who was lost in a diving accident during a student trip to Lāna‘i in 2007.
Ku‘ulei Neher ’19
Freshmen: Emma Beavers, Kara Hirano, Rory Kilmer, Liam Lynch, Sydney Melton, Ikaika Van Dyke
Sophomores: Jonathan Ellis, Diza Hendrawan, Mihir Kolli, Ryan Kong, Callum Stefanelli, Zane Yamamoto
Juniors: Robbie Allen, Alexander Apo, Alexa Chong, Melissa Newsham, Connor Sugasawara, Kevin Zhao
Seniors: Kai Cox, Jake Gaughan, Tiana Hamamoto, Alli Johnston, Hina Kahikina, Sara Kay, Nicole Saito, Shanti Silver, Cana Tagawa
Peter A. Powlison Award
Given by the Social Studies department to a student who most possesses the characteristics that former faculty member Peter Powlison both admired and embodied: courage, courtesy, curiosity and compassion.
Tevita Hifo ’18, Ian Withy-Berry ’18
Technical Theatre Award
Kailee Brandt ’21, Andrew Buehler ’20, Samantha Harada ’19, Christine Kuo ’18, Sara Lockwood ’18, Jordyn Poyo ’18, Rachel Rand ’21, Brent Scott ’19, Luke Shideler ’18
Nick Amador ’18, Kai Cox ’18, Kalliyan Davis ’18, Kai Durkin ’19, Tanner Haworth ’18, Malia Kiang ’18, Aaron Klein ’18, Christian Kobayashi ’18, Lyric Medeiros ’19, Malia Munley ’19, Riley Noland ’18, Kylie Shaieb ’18, Keila Wong ’19
Director’s Choice Award
Lucy Murphy ’18
Punahou Alumni Association Award
Presented to a senior boy and girl who have distinguished themselves academically and made significant contributions to their community.
Jake Chouljian ’18, Celia Chang ’18
Michael McPhee Award
Honors the memory of Michael McPhee, the late brother of former Punahou President Dr. Roderick McPhee. It is given to the junior who exemplifies the character, leadership, enthusiasm, and zest for life that were so much a part of Michael’s personality.
Trent Shiraki ’19, Sinalei Wagner ’19
John Fox Achievement Award
Recognizes accomplishments in academics, athletics, or co-curricular activities. Recipients are selected by the Punahou president.
Freshman: Casidy Chan
Sophomore: Sean Oasay
Junior: Micah Williams
Presented to underclassmen that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have made significant contributions to class and school.
Chloe Balisacan ’20
Carl Bell ’19
Matt Fairfax ’19
Dylen Fujimoto ’20
Tori Gacutan ’20
Maisie Klem ’21
Megan Kobayashi ’19
Eliza Lewis ’20
Beyond a commendation for outstanding services to the school, the President’s Award recognizes those seniors who have distinguished themselves as scholars, leaders and inspirational citizens of our community.
June Hee Park
C. Dudley Pratt (1918) Athletes of the Year
This award is presented to a senior girl and boy who have demonstrated cumulative athletic achievement, team leadership, positive attitude and character, consistent coachability, solid citizenship and exemplary sportsmanship.
Alyssia Fossorier ’18 and Alama Uluave ’18
This award is presented to a junior girl and boy who have maintained outstanding records in scholarship and athletics.
Duke Clemens ’19 and D’Asha Saiki ’19
O-Men/Nā Wāhine Pā‘ani o Punahou Award
This award recognizes a sophomore girl and boy who have demonstrated ability, team spirit, dedication and support of others.
Dillyn Lietzke ’20 and J. Kai Yamafuji ’20
Billy Weaver ’62 Award
This memorial trophy is awarded to an outstanding freshman girl and boy athlete.
Melody Lum ’21 and Noah Peters ’21
Eighth-Grade Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year
Malia Dickhens ’22 and Justin Tsukada ’22
Scholar Athlete Achievement Award
Scholar Athlete Achievement Awards go to seniors who earn at least a 3.325 cumulative GPA and a minimum of three Punahou varsity sports letters spanning at least two school years, one of which must be earned in the senior year. Seniors must maintain a B grade or above in citizenship during their junior and senior years.
Antonio Cortez Feria
Remington Bryan Hirano
Parker Van Dyke