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Young journalists win scholarships

by Kalamalama staff


Dr. Helen Varner, dean of HPU’s College of Communication, awarded three scholarships to local high school journalists Sarah Covell, Brian Fields, and Isabel Batenhorst at the Hawai‘i Publishers Association High School Journalism Awards Banquet May 7 at the Pagoda Hotel.

The scholarships are renewable 75% tuition waivers, Varner explained, so the total value of each of them was more than $25,000 for each student.

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The first award presented went to Sarah Covell, a senior at Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School, where her advisor is Mary A. Bautista. Sarah is an honor student who won District Outstanding Performance Awards for both Feature Story Writing and Newswriting for the RamPage. She also produces video stories for the morning bulletin on RamTV. She participates in weekday cheerleading practices and is co-captain of a nationally ranked team. In her spare time, she volunteers for community service projects as a member of the Interact Club and puts in five hours a week as an intern in the Radford Learning Center. She plans to study broadcast journalism at HPU.

Brian Fields a senior at Kalaheo High School, won First Place at the 1999-2000 Kalaheo Quiz Bowl. In addition to an outstanding scholastic record, he has held numerous leadership roles in the Boy Scouts of America and the Kalaheo National Junior ROTC. He won the Military Order of the World Wars Award for Youth Leadership. He is the Kalaheo Webmaster and has been an officer in the Kalaheo Class Council, the Cross Country Team, and St. Anthony’s Parish Youth Group. He will study visual communication at HPU.
Isabel Batenhorst is also from Radford High, where she worked on both the RamPage and RamTV. She has researched sharks at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and served as freshman class president. She is also an athlete and played basketball and soccer. She is a member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society, and she has worked at the Hickam skate park, the Thrift Shop, and the Commissary. Isabel plans to study broadcast journalism at HPU.


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