My name is Sadie Ansai, and I would like to thank everyone for their support in making it possible for me to travel to Australia as an ambassador in the People to People Ambassador Program. I had so much fun and it was such an awesome experience, one that I will never forget. My mom and stepdad (Tracy and Nathan Pellazar) and I would like to thank the following people for their overwhelming encouragement and support (and for buying chili!). Without them, my trip would've never been possible:
My Grammy (Wendy Aiu); all my aunties and uncles at the Maui Police Department; all my uncles at Truss Systems Hawaii; Scott Loomer; Larry Inamasu; R & R Automotive; Maui Oil; Dr. Bao Phan; Kathi Kamalani - Mom's chili helper; Grandma and Papa (Nellie and Nathan Pellazar); and Malia Avila and Reuben Fulks.
We would also like to thank Carmen Matsuura for being such an encouraging and inspiring leader, who made all of our parents feel at ease while we were on our 20-day adventure. I am so blessed to have so much love and support.
8th-grade Iao School student
People to People Ambassador
* Thank-you letters are published on Sundays, space permitting.
Letters must be typed, and be limited to 250 words. The number of people or groups thanked is limited to 15. Whenever possible, include first and last names of individuals being thanked. All letters are subject to editing. The writer's name and community will be published as part of the letter.
The letters must include an address and a phone number where the writer can be reached during weekday working hours. The letters are due by noon Monday in order to be considered for publication the following Sunday.
To submit a thank-you letter, go to The Maui News Web site at www.mauinews.com. Look for Virtual Newsroom, then Community in the left margin, then click on Submit Community News: Virtual Newsroom. For more information, call 242-6323.