25 students are named Nene Award winners
More than two dozen isle schoolchildren were among the winners of the 2008 Nene Awards for children's literature.
The ceremony on the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Friday included naming the winners of the Nene Awards essay, poster, digital arts and performing arts contests. The entries were inspired by last year's Nene Award, "A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor," by Harry Mazer. The winners were:
» Grade 4: 1. Jack Diehm, Aina Haina Elementary; 2. Nova Clark, St. John Vianney
» Grade 5: 1. Nathaniel Kaneshige, Maryknoll Grade School; 2. Jessica Tabe, Mililani Ike Elementary
» Grade 6: 1. Chrislin Hearn, Pearlridge Elementary; 2. Shauna Hearn, Pearlridge Elementary
» Grade 4: 1. Edric John V. Verona, Maryknoll Grade School; 2. Ryan Kaku, Maryknoll Grade School
» Grade 5: 1. Travis Kim, Mililani Ike Elementary; 2. Hana Ito, Maryknoll Grade School
» Grade 6: 1. Sarah Zhang, Maryknoll Grade School; 2. Haylie Reichner, Kapolei Middle School
» Grade 4: 1. Dylan Feeley, Maryknoll Grade School; 2. Blythe Ballesteros, Mililani Ike Elementary
» Grade 5: 1. Chassy Anne Inouye, Shay Chow, Maryknoll Grade School; 2. Taylor Hayashi, Arianne Yago, Maryknoll Grade School
» Grade 6: 1. Erin Voss, Le Jardin Academy; 2. Xavier Imperial, Maryknoll Grade School
» Grade 4: Braeden Freitas, Ethan Moon, David Foy, Maryknoll Grade School
» Grade 5: Zhane Mejino, Barbers Point Elementary
» Grade 6: Briana Grenert, Sara Wilheim, Kailua Elementary
This year's top Nene Award, chosen by Hawaii students in grades four through six, was the book "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan. Tony DiTerlizzi's "The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1" was named runner-up in the voting and will receive the 2008 Nene Honor Book Award.