Winning poems net 50% tuition at HPUHawaii Pacific University will award two high school seniors four-year, 50-percent scholarships in the HPU High School Poetry Contest.
The contest is open to high school seniors around the world. Poems must be written in English, be no longer than 20 lines and be the original work of the student.
There is no entry fee, and only one submission per student is accepted. Entries must be submitted no later than midnight Jan. 10. Winners will be announced in March.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the HPU Web site. Poems can be entered online at www.hpu.edu/poetry; submitted to Catherine Sustana, Hawaii Pacific University, 1060 Bishop St., Ste. 402, Honolulu, HI 96813; faxed to 544-0862; or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers can get conservation aidHawaii farmers and ranchers who want to start conservation practices can seek help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Projects that could qualify for contracts of up to $450,000 are solutions to problems with animal waste, sedimentation, noxious weeds, insufficient water for crops or livestock, or excess surface runoff.
Farmers or ranchers have until Jan. 10 to apply for financial and technical assistance. More information is available from USDA Farm Service Agency county offices, Natural Resources Conservation Service field offices, or Soil and Water Conservation District offices.
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75 isle students in scholar semifinalsSeventy-five Hawaii high school seniors have been chosen as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They are among 16,000 students nationally who represent the top 1 percent of their classes.
From Punahou School: Stacy Aldinger, Yunja Chen, Jennifer Chin, Adam Edwards, David Goodbody, April Hail, Cori Hanagami, Tom Hata, Katherine Johnson, Gradon Kam, Kelly Kanayama, Justin Kao, Kelly Karns, Shelby Kunishima, Leonie Leduc, Pippa MacDonald, Maya Maskarinec, Marife Molina, Kyle Morgan, Cutter Rolles, Kristen Saruwatari, Oren Schauble, Forrest Schwartz, Currun Singh, Kevin Takasaki, Aaron Tamura-Sato, Matthew Tanaka, Anne Tasaki.
Iolani School: Akio Adams, Rachel Bradshaw, David Choy, Janelle Fukumoto, Yuan Gao, Kristy Hirata, Alison Hlivak, William Lee, Adam Maruyama, Mari Oshiro, Ravi Patel, Jennifer Saito, Joshua Sato, Charlene Shovic, Stephanie Speirs, Chad Tao, Alison Tomisato, Christina Wallen, Matthew Williams, Megan Worthley, Anna Yeung.
Kamehameha Schools: Anderson Dun, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Sarah Kaopuiki, Sean Nagamatsu.
Hawaii Baptist Academy: Laura Quek, Cameron Taketa.
Mid-Pacific Institute: Jordan Arakawa.
La Pietra: Jesse Wood.
St. Francis:Valerie Kunimoto.
Roosevelt High: Shannon Chow, Jenny Migita.
Campbell High: Cary Kawamoto.
Kalani High: Noah Sakimura.
Mililani High: Kathleen Clevenger.
Moanalua High: Jennifer Light, David Shaha.
Leilehua High: Erin Jones.
Kalaheo High: Sarah Evans.
Waiakea High, Hilo: Blake Kurisu.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Waimea: Emma Anders, Michel B. Schwartz.
Maui High: Matthew Jachowski.
Seabury Hall, Maui: Jon Choate, Laurel Sakai, Samuel Ulin.
Kauai High: Charise Guzman.
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Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Man injured critically after fist fight at beachA man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition early yesterday morning after fighting with another man, according to police.
Witnesses on Fort DeRussy Beach told police they saw two men fist-fighting at 11:55 p.m. Friday on the sidewalk along the beachfront behind the Fort DeRussy Museum.
Witnesses told police they saw one man lying on his back and the other kneeling over him, punching him. Witnesses told police they saw a pocketknife in the hand of the man as he got off the victim.
The man with the knife and a woman companion walked away casually toward the Hilton Hawaiian Village, while the other man took several steps before collapsing on the pavement, witnesses told police. An update on the victim's condition and the nature of his injuries was not available yesterday.
Woman found dead in car in parking lotHonolulu Police Department homicide detectives are investigating the unattended death yesterday of a woman found in a parked car in Ewa Beach.
Police said the considered the death "suspicious."
The 48-year-old woman's body was found at 2:27 a.m. in a vehicle parked in the McDonald's restaurant parking lot in the Ewa Beach Shopping Center at 91-919 Ft. Weaver Road. Paramedics were unable to revive the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office did not release information yesterday about the cause of death.
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