The Fall 2019 Pueo Awards honored University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu students for their successes and accomplishments this semester both in the classroom and out – whether demonstrating leadership, doing notable work as a student employee or participating in intramural sports. The students were recognized at an awards ceremony Dec. 4 on campus.
Among the honorees were Gabriel Fikani, who received an Intramural Award for Most Valuable Participant, and Pearlena Stone, winner of the Student Service and Leadership Distinction Award.
Ryan Perreira, coordinator for Intramural Sports Program, Fitness and Wellness at UH West Oʻahu, said Fikani is an active participant and exemplifies the seven principles of intramural sports, which includes involvement, participation, fair play, sportsmanship, and organization.
Stone, recipient of the Student Service and Leadership Distinction Award, is described as an exceptional student leader who has served on many student organizations, including the Student Activity Fee Board (SAFB), Psi Chi, and PUEO Mentor Leadership Program, and serves as Caucus member for the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu.
“Pearlena Stone has been an outstanding model regarding how a transfer ʻnew traditionalʻ student can make the most out of their college experience,” one of her nominators commented. “She has had lots of opportunities to serve as a panelist and key-note speaker regarding her story of resilience and persistence in college. Her story and speeches has inspired so many students, especially those returning back to school.”
The following is a list of the awards and recipients:
ASUHWO Award: Distinguished Service Medal
Ramon Araujo Jr.
ASUHWO Award: Volunteerism Medal
ASUHWO Incoming Senate Sworn into Office
Paige Pagaduan, Interim Secretary
Gerald Mance, Treasurer
Alyssa Neri, Senior Class Senator
Cassandra Hardin, Freshman Class Senator
Loverra Di Giustino, Humanities Senator
Ramon Araujo Jr., Caucus Ambassador
Recognition of Service for Pueo Leadership
Recognition of Graduating NUFP Fellows
Recognition of Graduating Student Leaders
Tyto Award – Most Valuable Participant
Strix Award – Oustanding Female Participant
Asio Award – Outstanding Male Participants in Flag Football
Hootie Hoo Award – Most Spirited Individual
Raptor Award – Most Outstanding Team
Owlet – Newcomer Award
Power Core Award – Best Yoga Participant
Rock’s Room Award – Fitness Award
Helping Hands Award – Best Volunteer
Tapetum Lucidum – Staff Award
Student Service and Leadership Distinction Award