Six Waipahu High School students were honored this week by the Hawaii State Judiciary for their community service work.
The students, Cesar Catchin, Jimwel Aguinaldo, Ariel Dela Pena, John Gurrerro, Cia Monique Dela Cruz and Renz Sagabaen, helped install a new security system at Hale Hilinai, a state-run facility that provides community-based services and programs for troubled youth.
In a ceremony at the state Supreme Court Monday, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald thanked each student and said, “We appreciate your time, service and hard work. Your efforts helped us to enhance the safety and security of Hale Hilinai and support the important programs that are based there.”
“You make me proud and feel inspired. It’s refreshing to see young people like you, doing such great work in our community,” said Judge R. Mark Browning, First Circuit (Oahu) Chief Family Court Judge.
The students are part of Waipahu High School’s Cisco Academy of Information Technology.
They worked in the multi-purpose room, which is often used for substance abuse treatment programs, family support groups, parenting classes and youth group activities.