Grand Prize and Other Winners of Teen Summer Reading Finale-Oahu Announced | Arts & Culture
Four Oahu teens are the “Top Four” winners of the 2012 Hawaii State Public Library System and Hawaii Pizza Hut Teen Summer Reading Program-Oahu Finale event conducted this morning (7/28) at Kahala Mall Center Court Stage: Megan Tanabe, Grade 8, the Liliha Public Library finalist, won the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire tablet; Susan Shiroma, Grade 10, Aina Haina Public Library finalist, won a NOOK Color e-Reader; Joseph Almuena, Grade 10, Kalihi-Palama Public Library finalist, won a Nintendo 3DS; and Tyler Kamei, Grade 7, the Aiea Public Library finalist, won a Westinghouse 22” LED television.
They were among a large group of finalists, each a lucky drawing winner of the 24 Oahu branch public libraries. One-by-one, finalists selected a numbered pizza box that had a prize listed inside. Other prizes included a Nikon Cool Pix digital camera, Phillips 9” portable DVD player, Blue-Ray DVD player, iHome iPod/iPhone alarm clock, and a wide array of gift cards from various stores. All prizes are donated by Hawaii Pizza Hut, corporate sponsor of the Teen Summer Reading Program for the past 20 years.
Stacie Kanno, Public Libraries Branch Director, delivered the opening remarks to a large audience that included the teens with their parents, family members and relatives, and interested shoppers. Lina Girl, popular co-host of the “KCCN FM 100 Morning Drive Show,” emceed the event. Ukulele sensations Nick Acosta, Nelly Toyama-Baduria of Roy Sakuma Productions, Inc., and Daniel Baduria, presented a special musical performance to kick off the annual summer reading program finale.
Participation and the number of books read increased this year for the Teen Summer Reading Program. More than 3,200 teens statewide participated in the annual HSPLS Teen Summer Reading Program which encourages reading and strengthens reading habits. Collectively, these teens read nearly 25,000 books.
“Own the Night” is this year’s theme which motivated teens to enjoy the wonders of night – dreams, mysteries, suspense and campfire stories, nocturnal animals, jobs and careers involving night-shifts, astronomy and star-gazing! Students entering grade 7 through 2012 high school graduates were invited to sign up for the five-week Teen Summer Reading Program.
The three HSPLS Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and their year-round sponsors, and offered to children (including infants), teens, and adults, respectively. Overall, there was a 10 percent increase in participation for these programs combined, with more than 28,000 readers of all ages who read more than 300,000 books in five weeks.
The 2012 Hawaii State Public Library System and Hawaii Pizza Hut Teen Summer Reading Program-Oahu Finale Winners are:
Teen Name – Grade Level – Host Oahu Public Library
Tyler Kamei, Gr. 7, Aiea
Susan Shiroma, Gr. 10, Aina Haina
David Tupper, Gr. 8, Ewa Beach
Sarah Yip, Gr. 8, Hawaii Kai
Dustin Borromeo, 2012 graduate, Hawaii State Library
Morgan Cameron, Gr. 11, Kahuku
Grace Laudick, Gr. 8, Kailua
Lia Monica Reyes, Gr. 10, Kaimuki
Joseph Almuena, Gr. 10, Kalihi-Palama
Camille Yim, Gr. 8, Kaneohe
Lahaina Hipolito, Gr. 7, Kapolei
Etalynia Jahier, Gr. 11, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Megan Tanabe, Gr. 8, Liliha
Julia Holt, Gr. 8, Manoa
Rihui Yuan, Gr. 11, McCully-Moiliili
Arielle Wilson, Gr. 9, Mililani
Cassidy Delos Santos, Gr. 8, Pearl City
HaRim Koo, Gr. 10, Salt Lake-Moanalua
Keliam Brunn, Gr. 7, Wahiawa
Isaiah Hewitt, Gr. 7, Waialua
Chanralyn Croker, Gr. 10, Waianae
Iwalani Miehlstein, Gr. 7, Waikiki-Kapahulu
Angela Naleieha, Gr. 12, Waimanalo
Angelynne Utleg, Gr. 12, Waipahu
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