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UH Hilo students win big in Marine Option Program symposium

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Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Contact: Dr. Walter Dudley, (808) 933-3905

For Immediate Release

University of Hawai`i at Hilo students walked away with a number of prestigious awards at the 19th Annual Marine Option Program Student Symposium, held on Saturday, April 13th on the University of Hawai`i at Manoa campus.

Each year students from Marine Option Program campuses throughout the UH system compete for awards based on formal presentations of their projects. This year's competition featured students and faculty from UH Manoa, UH Hilo, and UH West O`ahu, along with Honolulu, Leeward, Windward, Maui and Kaua`i Community College.

Darla White was UH Hilo's big winner, capturing two awards, beginning with the Anna Toy Ng Memorial Scholarship for ocean stewardship, marine scholarship, participation and involvement in the Marine Option Program. White also finished in a two-way tie with fellow UH Hilo student Cynthia Oppenheimer in the competition for Best Research Paper. The shared award maintained a tradition for UH Hilo, which has won the award for this category each year dating back to 1989. UH Hilo's other winner was Anne Ghiulamila, who captured the PACON International Award, given for a project with a Pacific focus using technology to benefit mankind.

"We're understandably proud of these students, whose hard work and dedication has earned them well-deserved recognition," said Dr. Walter Dudley, professor of marine geology and oceanography. "We also salute the efforts of faculty advisors Marta deMaintenon, Mike Parsons and Karla McDermid, along with John Coney, who helped the students put together their Power Point presentations."

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