The topics of mental health and the COVID-19 vaccine were foremost on the minds of the student participants in Hawai’i Business Magazine’s CHANGE Event Series on Health and Wellness on Thursday, March 18, 2021, with students wondering about whether mental health during the pandemic has been prioritized as much as it should be, and how the vaccine will affect teenagers.
Whether they’re listening to a journalist discuss the devastating effects of drought on the Moloka’i deer population, or participating as panelists alongside filmmakers in a national discussion about the power of place-based storytelling, IPA’s Grade 6 Design Tech students are earnestly exploring ideas around environmental justice.
Celebrating your 102nd birthday is already a very special occasion. But Grade 10 student Ian Rife ‘23 was able to make it even a little more special for ‘Ilima at Leihano resident, and retired Air Force Colonel, Bruce Hunt. Rife created a thoughtful birthday board displaying the well-wishes of more than 20 Island Pacific Academy students and faculty and presented it in person to Col. Hunt.
Five Middle school students recently participated in the MathCounts Competition Series, competing in the virtual O’ahu Chapter Competition on February 5, 2021. They competed individually in the Sprint and Target rounds, which focus on speed/accuracy and problem-solving/mathematical reasoning, respectively. IPA performed well and Jinghao Li ‘25 scored high enough in the Chapter Competition to advance to the Chapter Invitational Competition held February 25, 2021.
IPA’s annual interactive, hands-on Make a Difference Day was converted to an engaging, meaningful, and impactful virtual experience this year with students participating in the Students Rebuild Change Maker Challenge, helping to raise funds for a number of organizations.