Accomplishments of Maui Prep Alumni

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on January 24, 2016

Graduating with Aloha

Graduating with Aloha

Amanda Graham, Maui Prep class of 2012, recently graduated from the University of Miami, where she majored in International Studies and minored in Political Science and Spanish.  She received a 3.5 GPA.

While at Maui Prep, Amanda spent several of her summers volunteering.  In 2010 she was in Costa Rica, where she worked to empower a community through service, culture, language and development initiatives.  She also built a kitchen for the annual local festival, restored the local lower school, finalized construction of the high school computer laboratory, and taught English to local students and families.  Amanda also spent the summer of 2011 working in a habitat restoration project to protect local wildlife in the Galapagos.  She travelled to Chiang Rai, Thailand, in the summer of 2011 as well, to meet a young girl she financially assisted and is currently in the process of sponsoring another one.

During her time at the University of Miami, she helped organize the development of the new United Nations Women organization and joined the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.  She was also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Proud mom and sisters!

Proud mom and sisters!



Amanda is currently an intern at The Carter Center where she is working in the Development department in fundraising.  She is very excited to have the opportunity of working with our nations 39th president, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter and getting to know the foundations of a non-profit.

Amanda’s next step is attending New York University where she has been accepted to the masters program in Global Affairs. She plans to specialize in Human Rights and International Law.

Congratulations to our Maui Prep alumni!


Holiday Cheer

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on December 22, 2015

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Maui Prep unleashed some holiday cheer on some Molokai families again this year with the annual Project Give-A-Gift. There were toys, sporting goods, and bikes to go around!

Project Give-A-Gift is organized by the Student Senate and many Maui Prep families (and students) bought Christmas gifts for children on Molokai. A group of our students delivered the gifts on Thursday, December 10. This is an experience that is remarkable and memorable obviously for the children on Molokai, but also the students at Maui Prep who are able to experience the joy and gratitude from those children and their families.

Mahalo to all the families that contributed to Project-Give-A-Gift. A special thanks to the Munch and Golestani O’hanas for their generous support!

Griffin, Chantal, Sarah and Nikki

Griffin, Chanel, Sarah and Nikki

More good works came from Maui Prep students, Chanel Charbonnier (class of 2018), Griffin Sagar (class of 2018), Nikki Falk (class of 2019) and Sarah Golestani (class of 2018), along with Lahaina art instructor Darice Machel McGuire, hosted a holiday art party for children residing at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Shelter. The children created canvas paintings as holiday gifts for their parents/guardians. Then everyone enjoyed ice cream sundaes and cupcakes. What a great example these students are setting and are truly exemplifying the spirit of the season.

Have a great holiday season!


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