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Carol Chang
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October 19, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Ben Parker Elementary teacher Jonathan Gillentine has again brought national honor to the school’s preschool inclusion program. For his commitment to diversity, engagement of parents and community, and advocacy for public education, Jonathan will collect the $10,000 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence in February in Washington, D.C. ...

Dominic Kadooka has released the CD When the Harvest Comes, featuring songs written in the fields of his family’s Waimanalo Country Farms (where the pumpkins are ready to harvest) ... Speaking of music, Laie Elementary teacher Laura Blum reports that the school’s Play In A Week program is doing just fine. The Oct. 7 show was The Lost Tablet, which was directed, written, acted and costumed by teens, students and parents and presented during fall break. “This group of teenagers is truly inspiring,” Laura says. “I wish more teens realized the power and talents they have to contribute to community activities” ...

Waimanalo farmer Dean Okimoto has joined the board of directors for Good Beginnings Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for early learning and strong families ... Kailua’s Chelsea Jones has been inducted into the Skidmore College Thoroughbred Society, an honorary for student athletes. She also participates in equestrian competitions ... Latest lucky slot players in downtown Las Vegas: Kailua’s Yvonne McDermott $14,075, Kaneohe’s Alfred Castro $10,000, Kailua’s Evelyn Naweli $7,500, and Kaneohe’s Lorraine Chow $6,097, Paul Tam $4,528 and Dennis Price $4,000 ...

Pohai Nani folks know how to party. They had a Wunderbar Biergarten Oct. 12 with German beer, German wines, German music by the Marines and a German dinner buffet. Es schmeckt gut, nicht wahr? ... Kalaheo High held its own 9/11 observance on behalf of 1987 graduate Christina Snyder, who died in the United Flight 93 crash.

Together with the Navy JROTC cadets and color guard, they stood by the Snyder Memorial in front of A building on Sept. 12, had a moment of silence, a sword salute and released 10 white doves ... Prize-winners at the library system’s recent Teen Summer Reading finale include Kalei Del Rey (from host library Kahuku), Michael Compton (Kailua), Jaymie Lum (Waimanalo) and Lamont Petty (Kaneohe)

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