Shakas! UH Hilo pharmacy students receive awards in online ceremony

The dean of the pharmacy college says the students’ achievements in the face of adversity speak well for their potential accomplishments and contributions to the pharmacy profession.


Video: Pharmacy students at this year’s online awards ceremonies share the Shaka-not-Shakes greeting.

The annual student awards ceremony for pharmacy students at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was held online in a virtual ceremony on May 7, 2020. Students, faculty, and staff from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) celebrated their accomplishments and watched a slideshow recapping highlights of the year.

“While this has been a challenging spring semester for students, making the transition to all online classes and dealing with the stresses brought on by the pandemic, they have continued to work hard and perform well,” says Carolyn Ma, dean of the college. “Their achievements in the face of adversity speak well for their potential accomplishments and contributions to the pharmacy profession.”

Student awards

  • Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Highest Test Score: Qixin (Sandy) Li
  • Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award: Josephine McDonald
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award: Stacey Nguyen
  • American Pharmacists Association Senior Recognition Certificate: Gregg Tam
  • NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year: Brittany Luna
  • Kahele Student Leader of the Year: Clifford Agcaoili
  • UH Hilo DKICP Alumni Association Scholarship: Kalen Niimi
  • Aloha Shoyu Pharmacy Scholarship: Katrina Jardine and Trisha Nobriga
  • CVS Health Foundation Pharmacy School Scholarship: Nina Cardoza, Tran Dinh, and Daijiro Oshitari
  • Elwin & Valerie Goo Endowed Excellence Scholarship: Yun Soo Park
  • Grace Mizuko Miyawaki Pharmacy Scholarship: Travis Hirayama
  • Haga Family Endowed Scholarship: Tyler Branco-Hedke
  • Hawaii Independent Pharmacies, Inc. Endowed Excellence Scholarship: Roanne Deabler and Cleighton Lagmay
  • Edwin and Georgiana Kam Endowed Excellence Scholarship: Ashley Fukuchi
  • Molokai Drugs, Inc. Scholarship: Kendrick Justin Dalmacio and Matthew Neumann
  • Mr. Nagakatsu Kumao Otsuka and Dr. Raymond Masashi Otsuka Memorial Scholarship: John Jacob and Sasha Nealand
  • Albertsons Safeway Pharmacy Scholarship: Alysha Cosier
  • Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship: Nadra Nour
  • Walgreens Multilingual Scholarship: Danh Ronald Nguyen
  • John M. and Mimi F. Pezzuto Excellence Scholarship: Qixin (Sandy) Li, Duy Nguyen, and Henry Quach

Merit Awards, based on academic achievement and leadership success

Class of 2021

  • Sean Domingo
  • Qixin (Sandy) Li
  • Brittany Luna
  • Jaymee-Rae Pang
  • Johnson Siu
  • Donald Waddell

Class of 2022

  • Alysha Cosier
  • Tran Dinh
  • Ashley Fukuchi
  • Leia Hasegawa
  • Brian Petrone
  • Donald Sachs
  • Melanie Sacro

Class of 2023

  • Selin Cross
  • Jasmine Curiel
  • Emily Tu Le
  • Kalen Niimi
  • Sung Mi Yoon

Student Organization of the Year was presented to Hawai‘i Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacy and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Screen shot of grid of students all showing heart shape with the hands.
Screenshot of UH Hilo pharmacy students attending online awards ceremony May 7, 2020.

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