SCHOLASTIC JUDGES

Teresa Makuakane-Drechsel administers Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate's college counseling programs for financial aid recipients attending local post-secondary schools. Teresa earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics from the University of Hawai'i, a master's degree in linguistics/ESL from the University of Michigan, and an M.Ed. in counseling and guidance from the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in educational administration with the University of Southern California.

Sharoh Moore is a counselor at Kapi'olani Community College where she assists students to complete their basic skills education. Sharoh graduated from the University of Hawai'i with a bachelor's degree in education and she received her master's degree in counseling and guidance from Oregon State University.

Gerald Morihara is currently the director of International Education for Kaplan Educational Center, Hawaii. In 1995, Gerald retired as interim dean of the University of Hawaii's College of Continuing Education and Community Service. He had held the position of associate dean for administration for the College from 1977 until 1995. Gerald received both his bachelor's degree in business economics and his MBA from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and he is currently a member of the National Association of University and College Business Officers.

Scott Stensrud is director of admissions for Hawai'i Pacific University. He obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration from Coe College, and a master's degree in leadership from Augsburg College. Scott's wife, Jill Oshiro Stensrud, was a Hawaii's Junior Miss contestant in 1981.

Robert Witt has served as executive director of the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools since 1989, and president of the Hawaiian Education Council since 1992. He is also providing founding leadership for two new educational organizations, the Hawai'i Council of Private Schools and the Pacific Basin Consortium. Robert has represented Hawaii's private schools at the legislature since 1990, and coordinated a successful initiative to deregulate the licensing procedure for K-12 schools and reorganize these functions on a peer review basis governed by the Hawai'i Council of Private Schools. Born and raised in the midwest, Robert arrived in Hawai'i with his family in 1983.

Judging Criteria The evaluation procedure used by the Hawaii's Junior Miss Scholarship Program is the same as that used by other local and state programs and by the America's Junior Miss Program. The judging procedure evaluates certain qualities and characteristics the program believes every young woman should strive to possess. The evaluation categories and their respective percentage weight are as follows:

Judges Interview -- 25%

Creative & Performing Arts -- 25%

Scholastic Achievement -- 20%

Presence & Composure -- 15%

Fitness -- 15%

High school girls are eligible to take part in the Junior Miss Scholarship Program if they are U.S. citizens, have never been married and are legal residents of the county and state in which they seek to compete.


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