Schools win big in contests

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Island School Head of School Shannon Graves, left, and students Mackenzie Hubbard and Julia Masarro, accept a $25,000 check from Stacy Waikoloa, right, assistant manager of the American Savings Bank Hokulei Village branch, Tuesday morning at Island School in Puhi.

PUHI — Island School student Mackenzie Hubbard was delayed Tuesday morning as she got help from Sean Magoun, admissions officer at Island School, in repairing her broken slipper.

“Duct tape,” Magoun said, clearing the broken peg and fashioning a makeshift extension of the slipper strap. “Once you put it through, you tape it across the bottom and you can walk on it all day.”

The short delay did not put a damper on the school’s acceptance of a $25,000 award from American Savings Bank.

“Island School finished with two awards in the American Savings Bank’s Bank for Education KeikiCo contest,” said Stacy Waikoloa, assistant manager of ASB’s Hokulei Village branch. “They were the winners for most participation. They also finished as second place overall in the contest.”

Waikoloa said ASB also presented $5,000 to Kauai High School Friday for its participation in the contest, and the school won the people’s choice award in the high school division by getting the most votes on social media for their video.

“Every other year, American Savings Bank hosts a business plan competition for local school students,” said Andrea Lum, ASB communications manager. “During this time, we challenge students to dream up their most creative business ideas for an opportunity to win real cash for their school.”

Lum said this year’s contest attracted more than 200 business plans from 30 schools throughout the state.

“I’m pleased to share that Island School and Kauai High School both received awards,” Lum said. “We’re so proud of the Kauai community for its victories.”

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