Island School graduates largest senior class in 34 years

Island School graduated 32 seniors June 11, the largest graduating class in the school’s history since its founding in 1977, according to a press release.

“The crowd of over 500 faculty, staff, students, family and friends hardly noticed the sporadic downpours outside as speeches were given, songs sung, and awards were received,” the release states.

Head of School Robert Springer recognized the top scholars.

“This is in keeping with other independent schools such as Punahou and ‘Iolani,” Springer says in a press release. “The top scholars in Island School’s Class of 2011 all have grade-point averages of 3.8 or higher on a 4-point scale.”

Sam Dunham, Lauren Spears, Cyrus Wu, Kyle McDonald and Canaan Higa were recognized for this achievement.

In addition, the school recognized students who performed exceptionally well in the following five categories: The Island School Board of Directors Award went to Samuel Dunham and Stephanie Steuri, for overall excellence, scholarship, leadership and community service; the Head of School Award went to Kyle McDonald and Canaan Higa, for excellence in scholarship and achievement; the Scholar Athlete Award was given to Lauren Spears and Brennan Wortmann, for consistent achievement in athletics while maintaining excellence in academics; the Founders’ Spirit Award was given to Kaulana Haneberg, Caycie Pascual and Jeremy Randolph-Flagg, for exemplifying the ideals set forth by the Island School founders; and the Sons and Daughters Award went to four students who attended Island School since kindergarten: Chelsea Chock, Megan Chock, Justin Riley Louis and Michaela Sullivan.

Juniors Jasmine Libert and Dylan Morrison-Fogel were awarded Gannon Loomis Memorial Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship will be shared between the two, which goes toward the tuition of the recipients’ senior year at Island School.

The 32 students of Island School’s Class of 2011 are a diverse group who were accepted to 56 different colleges and universities across the country. Among them were National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Lexa Mink-Flacco and National Merit Commended Scholar, Tessa Mason, as well as champion cross country and track runner, Pierce Murphy.

For more information about Island School, interested persons are invited to contact Admissions Director, Sean Magoun, at 246-0233.

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