ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY News
Grade 5 students in Mrs. Yoshino’s computer science class recently competed in the 2021 Stock Market Game. Two of the teams took first and second place in the Hawai’i Elementary School regional competition. Team Pixel (Mckenzie ‘28, Avalyn ‘28, Kyler ‘28, and Reigne ‘28) placed first, and Team Alex (Alexander ‘28) won second.
Using a basic understanding of economics and all they have been learning about Hawaiʻi and its culture, Grade 4 students came up with the concept for and created an online marketplace, Mākeke Hana Lima (ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi for “handicraft”), selling products with a Hawaiian cultural emphasis that they made themselves.
For the second year in a row, the annual IPA Golf Tournament sold out with a full field of 160 golfers. Led by tournament committee chairs Lance Wilhelm, Gregg Kodama, Melanie Kim, and Cheryl Walthall, this year’s tournament raised a whopping $88,898 in support of IPA’s Tuition Aid program!
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There was a very special announcement in the Grade 6 Design Tech class last week. Students Boedy Tapia ‘27, Eliseo Hayes ‘27, and Ethan Juarez ‘27 learned that they won second place out of more… more w
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ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s theatre students delivered a socially-distanced, fist-pumping, foot-stomping rendition of We Will Rock You in the school’s first ever virtual musical last week. Featuring the songs of Queen, and telling the story of two young rebels trying to restore rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world, the performance rocked audiences from as far away as Finland, Italy, Honolulu, and Kapolei.
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ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Grade 7 students, Savitri Dube and William Meyermann, were recognized for scientific excellence at the 2021 Hawai’i State Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, April 17. Meyermann ‘26 was a Grand Award winner, taking 2nd Place overall in the Junior Division. The Grand Awards recognize the top three overall winners in the state of Hawai’i.
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ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY seventh grader, Logan Pinard ‘26, was recently named one of five finalists from across the nation in the 2021 Minoru Yasui Student Contest for his essay, “Refugee and Immigrant Experiences – Hamdi Ulukaya”, about the story of the founder of Chobani, the top-selling Greek yogurt brand in the US.
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Seven ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY middle school students were recognized for their outstanding science fair projects at the annual, and first ever virtual, ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Middle School Science Fair in February.
Blue Zones Project Kapolei-’Ewa, ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s partners in health and wellness, joined IPA parents at Coffee with the Principals this week to talk about “Keeping Your Center in Changing Times.” Everyone left the discussion with much valuable information and many new tools to use in coping with the stress and challenges of this unprecedented year.
When he’s not training hard for a triathlon or capturing impressive aerial photos with his drone, Carson Lofton ‘16 is busy assisting with business acquisitions as a Business Development Executive for The Islander Group. Problem solving, project management, data analytics, navigating new tasks – every day is different for Lofton, and that’s what he finds most challenging and enjoyable about his position.