For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Highlands Intermediate Student Council has been awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). There are 9 schools in the state of Hawaii with this distinction, with Highlands Intermediate being the only middle school represented!
To meet the requirements for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in state and national student council associations. Those councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.
Congratulations to the Highlands Robotics team for a truly outstanding performance at the 2017 VEX World Middle School Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Team 394B ranked 10th and eventually moved to 7th place for alliance selection, making it into the Elimination Rounds. They defeated what should have been the expected Final Winning Alliance in quarter finals but was eliminated after 3 matches in the semi finals. Many in the audience praised how well they did under adverse circumstances and they truly represented Hawaii & Highlands well. Team members were: Ryden Omine, Mary Guzman, Ericson Elaydo, Blayze Ortiz, Sydney Colobong, Keiko Nakanishi, Joss Picardal.
Congratulations to the following students for competing at the Hawaii State Science and Engineering held last week at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Students that represented Highlands and the Leeward District are: Taylor Ann Agena, Chasity Bumanglag, Trent Domingo, Hermary Gonzales, Alyssa Kainuma, Dylan Kaneshiro, Dakota Kaupu, Noelle Kim, Remy Kubota, Reyan Lee, Jennifer Miwa, and Lauren Kana Suzuki.
Congratulations to the following students that received awards:
Jennifer Miwa - 2nd place from the American Chemical Society
Dylan Kaneshiro - 2nd Place in Physics and Astronomy
Dakota Kaupu - 3rd Place in Physics and Astronomy
Remy Kubota- Honorable Mention from Hawaiian Entomological Society, Third Place in Biomedical and Health Sciences, and a Nomination to Broadcom Masters, a National Competition
Good luck to Remy as she competes for a possible spot to Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all for an outstanding performance!
Highlands Intermediate provides a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment that reflects the school's purpose and is characterized by the respect for differences, trust, caring, professionalism, support, and high expectations for each student. This environment promotes high expectations for student learning, student behavior, and student engagement. Middle level teaming provide activities outside of the class to promote bonding between students. Activities include field trips, incentive days, and team service learning. The Student Government plans school wide activities such as dances, class days, staff appreciation, fall and spring fests, and fundraising events for charities that promote leadership skills and service learning. Clubs, committees, and other student organizations also facilitate growth in leadership, community service, sports, academics, and special talent/gift areas.