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Hawaii Student Scores Perfect on ACT Test

Roosevelt High senior Gillian M. Desmond is the only Hawaii student to score a perfect 36 score on the ACT test this past year. More than a million students nationwide take the college readiness assessment test annually, with only about one-tenth of 1 percent earning a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned the composite score of 36. Gillan’s feat comes one year after Jason Cheng, then a junior at Kaiser High, earned the top composite score in the 2012 ACT.

ACT Test
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, whose score is reported separately and not included within the ACT composite score. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Gillian is a product of the Roosevelt Complex of schools: Nuuanu Elementary, Kawananakoa Middle and Roosevelt. She is also a member of the Roosevelt Marching and Symphonic Band, and holds a grade point average of 4.4. Gillian also received the highest score possible of 5, on each of three Advanced Placement exams: Chemistry, Statistics and English. She is the daughter of Richard and Beverly Desmond of Hawaii Kai and is considering studying math or science at Stanford, USC, Caltech or UH-Manoa.

“We at Roosevelt High School are very proud of Gillian, who exemplifies the high bar we set for our Roughriders,” said Roosevelt Principal Jeanette Uyeda. “We hope that all students will follow her example of discipline, hard work, and perseverance, which have no doubt contributed to this amazing accomplishment. We extend our sincerest congratulations to Gillian and her parents.”

In a letter to Gillian recognizing her extraordinary achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

For the first time in 2013, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) administered the test to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11.

“By 2018, Hawaii will rank 10th in the nation in jobs requiring postsecondary degrees,” said Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We are setting a high bar for achievement and delivering optimal tools and resources to accelerate our students’ path toward college and career readiness. All high school graduates must complete a rigorous course of study and be prepared to successfully pursue their dreams, aspirations and goals.”

The DOE is aggressively addressing key statewide goals and strategies outlined in the BOE/DOE Strategic Plan. The ACT College and Career Readiness System helps to generate measurable and baseline data to ensure all students are gaining the academic skills they need to succeed on the K-12 pathway and throughout their lives.

For more information about the Department of Education, log on to www.HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

Bail Set at $61,500 for Hilo Carjacker Rios

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged Jeremy Todd Rios in connection with a carjacking incident Tuesday (July 30).

Jeremy Todd Rios

Jeremy Todd Rios

At 2:20 p.m. Wednesday (July) detectives charged him with second-degree robbery, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, resisting an order to stop, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, two counts of fourth-degree theft and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

He was also charged with second-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening for an incident that occurred shortly before the carjacking episode. In that case, a 55-year-old Hilo man received injuries to his face during an assault in the Wainaku area of Hilo.

Bail for Rios was set at $61,500. He was held at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center for an unrelated contempt of court warrant pending his court appearance scheduled for Thursday (August 1).


Hawai‘i Five-0’s Kamekona at the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Recovery Day

Local Hawai‘i born actor Taylor Wily who plays Kamekona on the TV series Hawai‘i Five-0 will be signing autographs at Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s (BISAC) 9th Annual Health and Wellness Recovery Day on Saturday August 3 at the Kamehameha Schools Kea‘au Campus.

Taylor Wily

Taylor Wily

The event will feature a Strong Man Contest, which will have events like tire flipping and car towing, as well as a Move and Groove-a-Thon, a Health Fair with cooking demonstrations, giveaways, martial arts demonstrations and health and wellness promotions.  The event will also have a Recovery Day Walk that is dedicated to honor and celebrate all those in recovery.

The event is free to the public with proceeds going to support all the programs BISAC offers to the community.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives through substance abuse counseling in a non-threatening environment.  For more information about how to support BISAC’s programs or about the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Fair call 854-2827.


Workshops to be Held in Conjuntion With Hawaii’s Woodshow

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) has organized a Marquetry and Design Workshop to be hosted by renowned woodworker Paul Schurch in conjunction with Hawaii’s ‘Woodshow™, Na Lā’au o Hawai’i.

Paul Schurch Vector Table using dyed wood and natural stone.

Paul Schurch Vector Table using dyed wood and natural stone.

The hands-on workshop is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in enhancing their skills with an internationally recognized premier woodworker.

Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The O’ahu workshop is scheduled for September 1 and 2 from 9am until 5pm at Winkler Woods.

“We are thrilled to have Paul conduct these workshops as well as serve as a juror for this year’s Hawaii’s Woodshow,” said Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive Director. “Paul is a talented artist who has been teaching furniture making, veneer work and marquetry for many years and we are fortunate that he is passing on the valuable knowledge he has received from many fine teachers and masters of the trades.”

Marcus Castaing 2012 Best of Show. Photo by Hal Lum.

Marcus Castaing 2012 Best of Show. Photo by Hal Lum.

Schurch will also be leading free “Timeless Design for Modern Times” lectures on O’ahu and Hawai’i Island. Visit woodshow.hawaiiforest.org for times and locations.

There is limited space remaining for the O’ahu September 1 and 2 workshop. Anyone interested in registering may do so online in the resources section of the website or call Andy Cole at 808-778-7036. Workshop registration is $250 and includes Paul Schurch’s marquetry DVD and book. Attendees will depart with a quality piece they create during the workshop.

“The furniture I create is inspired by my connection to, and observation of nature. I see my furniture as an amalgam of classically influenced styles and contemporary shapes, playful imagery and exotic materials,” said Schurch.  “I am excited by the prospect of reinterpreting timeless concepts in a fresh and unique manner.”

Hawaii’s Woodshow is scheduled September 1 through 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. The exhibition is open to the public 11am until 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Young Koa bowl by Don Albrecht

Young Koa bowl by Don Albrecht

Joining Schurch as jurors at the 21st Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow will be award-winning studio furniture designer and former Hawaii’s Woodshow coordinator Marian Yasuda and Norman G. Y. Hong, an award-winning member of the American Institute of Architects and CEO at Group 70 International.

The three jurors will have the difficult task of selecting winners in various categories including professional and student divisions from among dozens of entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai’i woods. The exhibition typically features 80 or more breathtaking heirloom-quality works of furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments made from Acacia koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other Hawai’i-grown woods.

Sponsors helping to make Hawaii’s Woodshow possible include Kamehameha Schools, Hawai’i State Foundation of Culture & the Arts, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Hawai’i Forest Institute, Woodcraft, Halekulani On the Beach at Waikiki, Maui Custom Woodworkers, Inc., Ocean Eagle, Ron and Myra Kent, Hilo Frame Shop, Tusher Architectural Group and Bubbies Ice Cream.

This year there will be a unique display of young-growth koa pieces by Hawai’i Island woodworkers. This is part of the Young-Growth Koa Wood Quality Assessment and Demonstration Project, which gathered data and information on the potential value of koa wood before it reaches maturity. A collaboration between HFIA, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Northern Research Station, and University of Hawai’i, this project addresses questions about the viability of young-growth koa in existing markets.

Hawaii’s Woodshow™ was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods as well as for the talented woodworkers throughout our Islands.  Artists are limited to Hawai’i-grown wood and are encouraged to use conservative techniques such as veneering to make the most effective use of woods in limited supply. Certain rare or endangered species are prohibited. For more information visit http://woodshow.hawaiiforest.org.