Po‘ohala Essay Contest

Po'ohala Essay CoFoundersThe Po‘ohala Essay Contest is Maui Waena Intermediate School’s first ever community-partnered essay contest.

Brittany Yap and Roderick Pontemayor founded the contest in January 2013: with the support of Po‘ohala Atay’s family and the Friends of Maui Waena. Yap and Pontemayor remain the key sponsors of this annual event.

In its first year, all 8th grade students at Maui Waena Intermediate participated in the essay contest. Students chose one of three different topic questions and wrote a 2-4-page essay. Maui Waena 8th grade language arts teachers chose the top essays from each class and submitted them to the essay committee members. The committee then chose the winning essays based on critical thinking, vocabulary, grammar, and organization.

Contest winners were announced on May 22, 2013 at Maui Waena’s 8th grade matriculation ceremony. Awards were given for first place ($300), second place ($200), third place ($100), fourth and fifth place ($50), and honorable mentions ($25-$30 gift cards). See list of winners below.

“I wanted to do something fun that would help students become more confident at essay writing and that would prepare them for high school and college,” said Yap. “We hope to make the essay contest an annual event.”

Yap, who is a Maui native and Maui Waena Intermediate School alumna named the contest after her friend, Po‘ohala Atay, who passed away on August 5, 2012.

Atay, 27, was born in Wailuku, Maui and was a VIP host at clubs in Hollywood, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., and Miami, Fla. Atay attended Kahului Baptist Preschool, Lihikai Elementary, Maui Waena Intermediate, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Campus, and Mesa Community College in San Diego for a short time.

“We are very pleased with this donation that ties into our writing standards and honors one of our former students,” said Maui Waena Principal Jamie Yap. “The Friends of Maui Waena continue to build partnerships with community members and we hope more people will be willing to support our students.”

Po'ohala-Essay-Contest-FlyeClick here to download the essay contest flyer.

 

 

2013 Winners.

1st Place: Rachel Nagamine ($300 & 2 movie tickets)

2nd Place: Renezel Lagran ($200 & 2 movie tickets)

3rd Place: Alexandria Tyau ($100 & 2 movie tickets)

4th Place: (TIE)-Sydney Dempsey & Mitchell Gray (Each received $50 & 2 movie tickets)

5th Place: Wesley Sakutori ($50 & 2 movie tickets)

Honorable Mentions:
*Each student won a gift card worth $20-$30

Jeb Rulloda
Sheena Garo
Joshua Medeiros-Taylor
Joseph Kim
Jamaica Aquino
Keely Takayama
Courtney Cadiz
Denise Torres
Tehina Brito
Nathalie Taroma
Nicole Yuzon
Aimee Nathan
Jonel Dumelod
Kristine Villon
Columbus Patrocinio II
Gina Apuna-Boyd
Andrell Elvena
Jayven Acosta
Aljon Almarez

 

(L to R) Wesley Sakutori (5th), Sydney Dempsey and Mitchell Gray (tied for 4th), Alexandria Tyau (3rd), Renezel Lagran (2nd), Rachel Nagamine (1st), Essay Co-founders Rod Pontemayor and Britt Yap, and Maui Waena Principal Jamie Yap.

(L to R) Wesley Sakutori (5th), Sydney Dempsey and Mitchell Gray (tied for 4th), Alexandria Tyau (3rd), Renezel Lagran (2nd), Rachel Nagamine (1st), Essay Co-founders Rod Pontemayor and Britt Yap, and Maui Waena Principal Jamie Yap.

Special guests Rep. Justin Woodson and Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran were in attendance.

Special guests Rep. Justin Woodson and Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran were in attendance.

Essay Contest Co-founders Britt Yap and Rod Pontemayor, along with Po'ohala Atay's family and Maui Waena Principal Jamie Yap, congratulate Rachel Nagamine on her first place essay that persuades people to make reading a healthy habit in their everyday lives.

Essay Contest Co-founders Britt Yap and Rod Pontemayor, along with Po’ohala Atay’s family and Maui Waena Principal Jamie Yap, congratulate Rachel Nagamine on her first place essay that persuades people to make reading a healthy habit in their everyday lives.

Thirty students won a prize in the First Annual Po'ohala Essay Contest. Winners were announced on May 22, 2013 at Maui Waena School's matriculation ceremony. There were six top winners who were awarded a cash prize.

Thirty students won a prize in the First Annual Po’ohala Essay Contest. Winners were announced on May 22, 2013 at Maui Waena School’s matriculation ceremony. There were six top winners who were awarded a cash prize.

Donate.

We greatly appreciate any donations from people in the community. If you would like to donate to the essay contest, please email britt@brittyap.com for more information.

Press.

30 Honored in 1st Annual Po’ohala Essay Contest
May 28, 2013, Maui Now

Brittany Yap KSK’02 Pays it Forward with Scholarship
Spring 2013, Kamehameha School’s Alumni Magazine founded the contest in January 2013: with the support of Po‘ohala Atay’s family and the Friends of Maui Waena. Yap and Pontemayor remain the key sponsors of this annual event.

In its first year, all 8th grade students at Maui Waena Intermediate participated in the essay contest. Students chose one of three different topic questions and wrote a 2-4-page essay. Maui Waena 8th grade language arts teachers chose the top essays from each class and submitted them to the essay committee members. The committee then chose the winning essays based on critical thinking, vocabulary, grammar, and organization.

Contest winners were announced on May 22, 2013 at Maui Waena’s 8th grade matriculation ceremony. Awards were given for first place ($300), second place ($200), third place ($100), fourth and fifth place ($50), and honorable mentions ($25-$30 gift cards). See list of winners below.

“I wanted to do something fun that would help students become more confident at essay writing and that would prepare them for high school and college,” said Yap. “We hope to make the essay contest an annual event.”

Yap, who is a Maui native and Maui Waena Intermediate School alumna named the contest after her friend, Po‘ohala Atay, who passed away on August 5, 2012.

Atay, 27, was born in Wailuku, Maui and was a VIP host at clubs in Hollywood, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., and Miami, Fla. Atay attended Kahului Baptist Preschool, Lihikai Elementary, Maui Waena Intermediate, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Campus, and Mesa Community College in San Diego for a short time.

“We are very pleased with this donation that ties into our writing standards and honors one of our former students,” said Maui Waena Principal Jamie Yap. “The Friends of Maui Waena continue to build partnerships with community members and we hope more people will be willing to support our students.”

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