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Parker School announces Richard Smart scholars

Parker School has awarded four students Richard Smart Scholars grants for the 2013-2014 school year. The four recipients are: Eve Anderson and Athena Coley from Waikoloa Middle School, Coco Romano Giordano from Paauilo School, and Kyra Matsuda from Parker School.

Each recipient has earned her $8,500 grant on the basis of need, merit, and exceptional academic potential. The Richard Smart Scholars program is a renewable grant awarded to students in their freshman year and renewed each year of their high school career based upon acceptable academic performance.

Eve Anderson came to Hawaii from Indiana with her family five years ago. She has been studying hula for the past four years and performs weekly in hula shows. She is actively involved in the performing arts program at Waikoloa School.

Athena Coley was born in Honolulu but now lives on the Big Island. She is a top student at Waikoloa School, and has won first place in state art and poetry competitions. Last year she was nominated and attended the Junior National Young Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C. as a Hawaii representative. She volunteers with Waikoloa Future Foresters where she works to propagate native plants in the Waikoloa Dry Forest.

Born in Waipio Valley, Coco Romano Giordano has lived on the Big Island all her life. She has been on the principal’s list at Paauilo School since sixth grade and has earned several academic awards. She is a certified volunteer at The Humane Society.

Kyra Matsuda was born in Hilo, and has lived in Waimea since 2001. She has received academic awards each year she has been at Parker, and was invited to join the debate team this year. She is the first middle schooler to qualify for the upcoming state debate tournament. She has volunteered as a student aide with the Kahilu Summer Arts program, volunteers weekly at the library, and has participated in other service projects through school, such as Make a Difference Day. For more information, visit www.parkerschool.net.