Kaua‘i athletes among Kaimana recipients

HONOLULU — Waimea High School’s Leslyn Ibara, Island School’s Jasmine Blaine and Kapa‘a High School’s Stephanie Kawamura were three of the 18 student athlete recipients of the HMSA Kaimana Scholarships.

Each athlete received a scholarship worth $2,000.

The presentation was held yesterday at the HMSA Kamaina Awards and Scholarship Program luncheon at the Hawaii Convention Center.

More than 200 principals, athletic directors, students and family members attended the awards ceremony which recognized Hawai‘i’s top high schools and athletes for their achievements in community service, sportsmanship, athletics and academics during the 2006-07 school year.

In addition to the 18 athletes receiving scholarships, three received distinguished scholarships worth $3,000 and 29 high schools received Kaimana Awards for achieving the highest program scores in their league and division.  

The Kaimana Award is a unique crystal trophy on a lava-rock pedestal. A surprise bonus of $1,500 was also presented to each of the 10 winning schools.

Island School was the first place winner for the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation. Waimea took second.

The program, administered by the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association, began in August 2005.

It recognizes all-around accomplishments by high schools, rewards individual student athletes with scholarships and supports excellence in coaches’ education.

For a list of the schools and scholarship recipients, see today’s Scoreboard on B2.

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