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Studentsʻ creativity recognized in commercial script writing challenge


More than 200 Hawaii students used their creativity to write commercial advertising scripts that encouraged their peers to prepare for college and careers in the “Take Charge of Your Future Commercial Script Writing Challenge.”

Public school students in sixth through 12th grade were invited to write a script for a 30-second commercial, which could be produced for television and radio.

The contest received entries from 45 middle and high schools statewide.

GEAR UP Hawaii, a program under Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, is proud to announce the following winners:

Grand Prize: McMillan Ching, Grade 12, Campbell High School

6th – 8th Grade Category:

First Place: Kiana Anderson, Grade 8, Waiakea Intermediate School

Second Place: Kaala Bajo, Grade 7, Waialua High and Intermediate

Third Place: Anisa Segovia, Grade 7, Mililani Middle School

9th – 10th Grade Category:

First Place: Melia Orr, Grade 9, Kealakehe High School

Second Place: Andrew Beeksma, Grade 9, Kauai High School

Third Place: Sierra Kalama, Grade 9, Kauai High School

11th – 12th Grade Category:

First Place: McMillan Ching, Grade 12, Campbell High School

Second Place: Cara Cruse, Grade 12, Kauai High School

Third Place: John Puaoi, Grade 12, Molokai High School

Students awarded first place in each grade category will receive an Apple iPad Mini. Second place and third place winners will receive Sony Digital Cameras and a $100 gift certificate from Hawaiian Island Creations, respectively.

Grand prize winner, McMillan Ching, who is a graduating senior at Campbell High School and will be attending the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the fall, will have his winning script professionally produced into a commercial to air on television and radio statewide.

“We want to congratulate all the students who participated in our contest,” GEAR UP Hawaii Project Director Angela Jackson said. “It’s never too early to start thinking about one’s future and it’s exciting to see that so many students across the state took the time to write about the importance of preparing for college and a career.”

Media sponsors for the contest include: GEAR UP Hawaii, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Clear Channel Hawaii, Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union, Leavitt Yamane and Soldner, and Napa Auto Parts.


GEAR UP Hawaii, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded program with the mission to significantly increase low-income students’ awareness of, preparedness for, and enrollment in postsecondary education. It is a critical program to assist in leading education reform efforts to help meet the state’s goal of 55% of working age adults holding a two- or four-year college degree by 2025.

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Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide partnership led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the state Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System works to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve college and career success.

Hawaii P-20’s partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawaiʻi’s educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy, and have established a goal of 55 percent of Hawaiʻi’s working age adults a have a two- or four-year college degree and for 100 percent of working age adults to be prepared for careers and college by the year 2025.

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