Alumni

Graduating class of 2016

Graduating class of 2016

The weather forecast was for rain, but on Friday evening, May 27, on one of the most memorable moments in their young lives, twelve members of the Maui Preparatory Academy class of 2016 graduated in our dry little pocket of paradise.

Maui Prep’s 7AM Band and Tessa Chin (class of 2023) welcomed friends and family to the 2016 commencement ceremony.  There were twelve members of the 2016 graduating class: three of them were the first boarding students to graduate – Hallina Bletzer, Hao Fu and Ariane Petit, three were in the very first Maui Prep third grade class – Devon Bluh, Richard Sargent and Samantha Shoemaker and the remaining six joined the school at various points in middle and high school – Jamie Advincula, Chantal Charbonnier, Kieran Clark, Evan Frederiksen, Nicolas Head and Suniva Thangaraj

Richard Sargent

Richard Sargent

On what was the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Layla Nabavi (class of 2017) belted out the National Anthem, giving a beautiful tribute to our country, and honoring our state, Chloe Chin (class of 2020) sang Hawai’i Pono’i.

Dr. Jonathan Silver welcomed the graduates (click here) and extolled them to be like uncut geodes, “you are like the geode, who is to say what talents and gifts you have…you are like a geode, and what you have within you is more miraculous and more powerful and is the source of more and yet to be revealed unique talent and gifts that will fuel your magnificent glow as you lead thoughtful and intentional lives.”

Salutatorian and Senior Class President, Nick Head, presented the school with the gift from the class of 2016 (click here) - an inscribed koa paddle. “(It) represents the determination and power of the class of 2016…We pass this gift on in hopes it will encourage Maui Prep to continue to discover new ways in educating and explore new ways to grow.”

Graduating senior, Suniva Thangaraj and 7AM each performed and Jamie Advincula, Valedictorian of the class of 2016 (click here) reminded everyone that no matter where you are in life, everyone deserves respect in getting to where they’ve reached, regardless of education or experience.

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

Mr. Jesse Harris, former Maui Prep faculty member (and voted best-dressed several years running) was asked by the class of 2016 to give the commencement address (click here). His moving address spoke to the power and history of families and how the graduates will carry that history on. He spoke of their other ‘ohana, that of being a Pueo and how they will carry that ‘ohana to the four corners of the globe. Mr. Harris ended with this entreaty, “You occupy a critical point in the lives of those connected to you. Who you are was, and is, and will be, necessary and essential…Aim for the new worlds beyond the horizon.”

Mr. Keenan Reader, Ms. Tara Burk and Mr. Branden Hazlet rounded the evening out with college acceptances, academic honors and the faculty merit award. The graduates of 2016 were accepted to over 37 different universities and were offered over $1.4 million worth of scholarship monies over four years. Mr. Hazlet, senior class advisor, presented Nick Head with the esteemed faculty merit award.

Diplomas were awarded (click here) and with that the class of 2016 moved their tassel from the right to the left and thus began the next phase of their lives.

Congratulations class of 2016!

 Maui Prep College Acceptances 2010-2016