WAILUKU - Eighth-graders Michael Means and Sabrina Nassar were selected Iao Intermediate School Renaissance Outstanding Academic Students and were awarded $1,000 each.
Means and Nassar received the top awards at the annual Renaissance ceremony held May 22 in the Baldwin High School Auditorium.
Top academic performers and volunteers in the community were honored in the Iao Renaissance program, which presented scholarships to top students in various disciplines in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
The Renaissance foundation, which funds these awards, promotes academic excellence and encourages students to contribute to their community. James Furukawa, a retired professor from Towson University in Maryland, who was born on Maui, and his wife, Emi, have been major scholarship sponsors and supporters of academic recognition for Iao School students.
Tesoro Hawaii Corp. received the Outstanding Business Partner Award this year for a $1,000 donation to the program.
Another major award of the evening, the Masao Okasako Service Award, went to Kellen Kato. He received $250 for the award named after a former principal of Iao School, who was an active Boy Scout leader and member of the Lions Club. The award recognizes students who exemplify service to the school and their community.
The Maui Lions Club gave $25 grants to Raymond Andrade, Oriana Buika, David Kawabata, Susiele Koga-Truong, Jenni Mae Macalipis, Lilia Maeda, Iris Lei Sanchez, Donovan Sebastian, Micah Takamiya and Cody Yamamoto.
The other scholarship winners by discipline, who received awards ranging from $200 to $50, follow.
* Language Arts: 6th grade - Mindy Kimura, $100; Meili Jahja, $50; 7th grade - Katie Yoshioka, $100; Tara Nobriga, $50; 8th grade - Julia Kimoto, $200; Camie Yokote, $100; Aubrey Unemori, $50.
* Science: 6th grade - Sarah Nassar, $100; Davin Kiyabu, $50; 7th grade - Kami Shimabuku, $100; Bryant Nakagawa, $50; 8th grade - Maia Taketa, $200; Maverick Donohue, $100; Jonathan You, $50.
* Math: 6th grade - Cy Tamanaha, $100; Alyssa Ordono, $50; 7th grade - Jane Cho, $100; Noah Jordan Magbual, $50; 8th grade - Elissa Media, $100; Hana Murphy, $100; Kaylee Kimura, $50.
* Social Studies: 6th grade - Caitlin Villarosa, $100; Lily Katz, $50; 7th grade - Joan Cho, $100; Kyle Felix, $50; 8th grade - Kendra Bean, $100; Alexander Harrington, $100; Shoshana Elftman-Hanson, $50.
* PE/Health: 6th grade - Kahai Bustillos, $100; Jaelin Ishikawa, $50; 7th grade - Layce Yamauchi, $100; Micah Jio, $50; 8th grade - Jasmine Cabajar, $200; Troy Waki, $100; Aleksander Paet, $50.
* Fine Arts: 6th grade - Zen Angela Ribao, $100; Justin Silva, $50; 7th grade - Katelin Izumigawa, $100; Emma Kaimiola, $50; 8th grade - Kylie Taketa, $100; Reyn Isbell, $100; Kasey Pacheco, $50.