The Hawaii Preparatory Academy awarded diplomas to 94 members of the Class of 2012 at commencement exercises May 25 at Castle Gymnasium.
Gordon Bryson, senior class advisor and upper school English Department chairman, gave the commencement address. Nick Chock received the Headmaster’s Award and Phong Gia Hoang was named the Senior Scholar. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Sen. Malama Solomon also made a special presentation to 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar Kyle Matsuda. During a senior awards ceremony on May 24, the following seniors also received awards: Founder’s Award, Delaney Ross; Walter Liu ‘65 Memorial Leadership Award, Nick Chock; Kevin Kitagawa ‘77 Memorial Bootstrap Award, Mandi Lum; Phyllis A. Richards Theatre Arts Award, Linnea Gregg; Kona-California Scholarship, Michael (Kawohi) Schutte; Rotary Club of North Hawaii Scholarships, Tori Campbell and Nicholas Chock; Athletes of the Year, Katie Case and Keanu Yamamoto.
The graduates were: Yuki Kehaulani Ainge, Hunter Samuel Ainslie, Tsukasa Akai, Jared Rio Ray Akau, Emma Louisa Alley, Jayse Kamana Bannister, Rebecca Elizabeth Barrett, Dakota Martin Berman, Eloi-K‘ai Bernier-Chen, Matthew Mikala Bowers, Shane Alexander Kanika Brostek, Manoa Tukau John Robert Brown, Sydney Lehua Budde, Christopher James Byram, Tori Elizabeth Campbell, Katherine Malia Case, Wan-Ping Chen, Aniela Chertavian, Athivat Chirathivat, Pataraphand Chirathivat, Jung Hwi Cho, Nicholas Akira Chock, Seok Hyun Choi, Alexandra Pualani Disney, Stacie Emiko Doi, Sean Francis Domingo, Trevor Hajime Edwards, Taylor Michelle Sayuri Esaki, Kai Gaines Fink, Leeta Joanne Grap, Zackary Kum Moon Greenbaum, Linnea Mikkelson Gregg, Qiaoning Gu, Weier Guo, Seung Jun Ha, Kayden A. K. Haleakala, Lauren Michiye Hanano, Aaron Anthony Harper, Aretha Ito Hiruma, Phong Gia Hoang, Dustin Porter Hoover, Brock Kaimana Kobayashi, Forrest Jonathan Kobzev, Torin Hideki Kubo, Yen-Ting Kuo, Leahi K. Lindsey, Mandi Haunani Lum, Carson Kalaimana‘o Greenwood Magoon, Kyle Yoshio Matsuda, Mark McCrae Mitchell, Yasunobu Miyakawa, Ho Yan Mok, Brandyn Cole Kalani Moniz, Zane Kelly Moran, Megan Hong Fu Nakahara, Florence Peia Noholia, Toshiro Joe Nomura, Emmanuela Acheing Okot, Ruka Okuyama, Mikeala Maya Claiborne Owen, Kathryn Berg Pacheco, Holden Kenji Pattengill, John-Henry Albert Pezzuto, Kailana Hoshino Powers, Courtney Marie Rapier, Michael Anthony Rogerson, Kanut Rojanai, Delaney Miranda Yuko Ross, Shannon Jon Satoshi Samura, Justin McGreal Sandulli, Michael Kawohikukapulani Schutte, Alan Rechuldak Seid, Jr., Shun Lin Shu, Jake Mitchell Siebert, Ryan Andrew Smith, Jade Kamaile Sohriakoff, Robert Joseph Souza, Sophia Florence Stewart, Leiomalama Tamasese-Solomon, Kainoa Damon Tagaloa Tanoai, Kulananalu Sylvan Tarnas, Catherine Suzette Thorbecke, Mariko Louisette Thorbecke, Serena DeeAnn Trowbridge, Hannah Lynne Unger, Tyler Brett Van Kirk, Allison Anna Waldbeser, David Kalamamakamae Wise, Abigail Claire Wolfenberger, Gou Wu, Mech Kukut Yagi, Douglas L. Keanu K. Yamamoto, William Young, and Sihan Yu.