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Three youths win top prizes in ‘Imi Pono Challenge

Angie Pustelnik, a seventh grader at St. Anthony School, created this poster, which focused on “The Four Ws — Wear Your Mask, Wash Your Hands, Watch Your Distance and Worldwide Vaccination.” Pustelnik finished first in the Middle School Art & Photography category of the the 2021 ‘Imi Pono: The Greatest Challenge media contest. — Maui Economic Opportunity photo

Mikaela Tirona of Baldwin High School, Angie Pustelnik of St. Anthony School and Shalev Sabag of Lahaina Intermediate School each took home the top prize of $1,000 in the 2021 ‘Imi Pono: The Greatest Challenge media contest.

A virtual ceremony was held Sept. 30 to announce the winners in the youth media contest, which centered on the theme “The Four Ws — Wear Your Mask, Wash Your Hands, Watch Your Distance and Worldwide Vaccination.” Twenty-one high school and intermediate finalists submitted art, photography and video public awareness campaign entries.

Awards were presented to the top three honorees in the High School, Middle School Art & Photography and Middle School Art & Videography categories. First place winners in each category received $1,000; second place, $500; and third place, $250. All other finalists received $20 gift cards from Zippy’s.

The cash prizes were sponsored by Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union.

The awards ceremony, which included presentations of all 21 finalists, can be viewed on the Maui Economic Opportunity and Maui Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages.

‘Imi Pono means “to search for the right way.” The second annual ‘Imi Pono challenge was sponsored by the Maui County Council and Maui County Office of Economic Development and produced by MEO’s Youth Services and Business Development Center and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

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