Hawaii’s Super Students
Saturday, November 2, 1996

Name: Denysse Sue
Age: 8
School: Iolani School
Pastimes: Jazz dance, piano and reading

Sue a winner with haiku

Soon after school began this fall, Denysse Sue brought in her photo album and shared some highlights of her summer trip to Japan.

But if her classmates hadn't already read it in the Iolani Imua newspaper, they wouldn't have known that the shy student won the trip as the top prize in a student haiku competition. Denysse was selected as the United States winner in the contest sponsored by JAL Foundation. Accompanied by her mother, Ellarene, she joined 14 other international winners and 35 Japan student winners at the World Children's Haiku Camp in Kumamoto, Japan, Aug. 1-6.

Her poem, judged best from 30,000 entries from the United States is:

She wrote the haiku last year in a language arts class. Teacher Marilyn Naka used the poetry writing as an exercise in teaching syllables. The Japanese poetry form consists of three lines of five, seven and five syllables.

The Haiku Camp was a week of field trips, Denysse said.

Denysse said she hasn't written any haiku lately. She is more inclined to like classes with reading and writing than to follow in the more technical footsteps of her father, Dalton Sue, an Iolani computer teacher.

Mary Adamski, Star-Bulletin

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