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Honor roll

• Hilo native Shae Kanakaole will receive a bachelor of arts in psychology Sunday from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Kanakaole is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.

David Avallone of Kailua-Kona, a junior accounting major, was among approximately 500 Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.) students named to the spring 2017 president’s list for earning a 3.75 or higher GPA.

Pulamanamauu Louis of Kailua-Kona was named to the spring 2017 honor roll list at Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) for earning a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99.

Logan Higaki of Hilo is among 93 men and women who are now America’s newest military officers serving in the U.S. Army after being commissioned during ceremonies May 5 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Higaki also graduated May 6 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

The Citadel’s ROTC departments provide cadets with officer training during college to allow them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation.

• The following students from the Big Island graduated from Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) on May 6 and joined approximately 1,700 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.

Keawe Alapai of Holualoa, bachelor of science in business, international business.

Bronya Cacal of Kailua-Kona, bachelor of science in biochemistry.

Richard Creitz of Kailua-Kona, bachelor of arts in business management.

Richard Kuntemeyer of Hilo, bachelor of science in applied exercise science.

Caitlyn Kuntemeyer of Hilo, bachelor of science in nursing.

Sam Bader of Hilo was elected to Lawrence University’s (Appleton, Wis.) chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the academic community. Students are initiated at the end of their junior year.

Bader is a 2014 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii and the son of Steven Bader and Rose Bautista of Hilo.

• In May and June 2017, two Big Island women are among graduate students from Miami University’s (Oxford, Ohio) Project Dragonfly who will travel to Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas to engage in action projects on vital human and ecological issues.

Treasa Cole of Volcano, a master’s student in the Global Field Program, will travel to the Amazon in June to study avian and tropical rain forest ecology. Cole works as a watershed partnership coordinator at Three Mountain Alliance.

Amelie Sterling of Hilo, a master’s student in the Global Field Program, is traveling to Guyana this month to study traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi and the potential of local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives. Sterling works as an outreach coordinator at Three Mountain Alliance.

• Wheaton College (Ill.) student Arah Ko of Keaau was awarded first place in the poetry category of the 2017 Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the English Department.


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