June 1, 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Photo of Lanai senior class students.

Now that Lanai High School’s senior class has graduated, students and their families may reflect on the many fond memories created this past year. Made up of a tight-knit class of 29 students, the seniors came together for a number of challenges and celebrations, including applying for college, special assemblies, volunteering and prom.

A favorite class memory, however, was when the seniors took home the coveted first place honor at the class float competition during the homecoming parade. The annual competition, held during the winter basketball season, is one of the highlights of the school year, and brings the high school and community members together.

“We worked really hard for a week,” says former student body class president and graduate, Anela Fernandez. “Our float theme was inspired by the Lion King, and everyone loved it!”

Senior class advisor, Doug Weidman, is particularly proud of this class, calling them “the nicest group of kids I have had the pleasure of being with.” Weidman was their advisor for four years and admits it is hard to imagine advising another class. “Although I am glad they graduated, I do have to selfishly admit that I will miss them,” says Weidman.

As a whole, the graduates are philanthropy-oriented and their class mission was dedicated to serving the community.

“Some of my favorite activities were participating in the Waiaopae fishpond restoration and the flu immunization campaign at school,” notes Fernandez. “We comforted the younger students by holding their hands and playing with them.”

More than half of the seniors plan to attend college at the end of summer and many took college courses in addition to their high school coursework. Additional achievements include:

Class Highlights

  • Jayde Fernandez, Kanani Tolentino and Nick Niimi attended the Tony Robbins Global Youth Leadership Summit
  • Jayde Fernandez wrote and received a grant for $1000 to restore the Lanai City cemetery
  • Dalybel Locquiao secured an architecture internship
  • Cherie Malacas received a full scholarship to attend college and play softball

College Credits Earned from Maui College

  • Kristine Elan earned 9 credits
  • Kehaulani Esteban earned 9 credits
  • Anela Fernandez earned 21 credits
  • Jayde Fernandez earned 6 credits
  • Sidney Ganer-Eskran earned 15 credits
  • Harrison Ganir earned 12 credits
  • Kayci Galiza earned 21 credits
  • Tiare Kealoha earned 15 credits
  • Dalybel Locquiao earned 6 credits
  • Cherie Malacas earned 15 credits
  • Christian Naboor earned 6 credits
  • Nicholas Niimi earned 9 credits
  • Kaimana Riel earned 6 credits
  • Vincent Salemme earned 3 credits
  • Jordan Sanches earned 34 credits
  • Kanani Tolentino earned 9 credits
  • Xenia Urpanil earned 6 credits
  • Kyle Yamada earned 11 credits

Athletic Highlights

  • Kristine Elan signed with Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team and awarded LHES Sportsmanship Award and Alexander & Baldwin Sports Spotlight
  • Kahea Eskaran awarded Coach’s Award for softball
  • Kayci Galiza awarded Coach’s Award for softball
  • Harrison Ganir awarded Alexander & Baldwin Sports Spotlight and Coach’s Award for tennis
  • Jordan Sanches named MIL Softball Player of the Year and awarded LHES Scholar Athlete and Coach’s Award for softball
  • Charle Maie awarded Coach’s Award for 8-man football
  • Cherie Malacas awarded LHES Most Outstanding Female Athlete and Alexander & Baldwin Sports Spotlight
  • Kekoa Medeiros awarded Coach’s Award for basketball
  • Nicholas Niimi awarded LHES Most Inspirational Male Athlete, LHES Scholar Athlete, Alexander & Baldwin Sports Spotlight and Coach’s Award for canoe paddling
  • Xenia Urpanil awarded Coach’s Award for canoe paddling

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors, we can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!

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