"From a Distance"
The Priory Chamber Strings and Choir


Aloha Students, Families and Friends,

Congratulations to the students of St. Andrew’s Schools!
We are so proud of your accomplishments and your commitment to excellence. These awards represent how each of you have honored our school motto Kūlia i  Ka Nu’u (“Strive for the highest”) in all that you do. We celebrate your gifts and talents and your commitment to doing your best. You have worked hard and have shown great courage and compassion for others in facing this unprecedented global pandemic. We are inspired by your love of learning and your care for each other.
In striving for the highest, we must remember that we do not strive alone. Our successes are in large part because of the people in our lives who have helped us along the way. So as we honor our awardees, we also honor the teachers, classmates, friends and parents who helped you along the way. Please take a moment over the next few weeks to reflect on the ways in which people have supported you, encouraged you, and helped you learn, grow and thrive. The next time you shout out our motto, Kūlia i Ka Nuʻu, remember that we are better together and that together we can lift each other up and accomplish great things.

While these circumstances require us to celebrate you in a manner different than we had intended, please know that—throughout this time of flux—our pride in you remains constant. We are so proud of your accomplishments and the fine people you are becoming.

Ruth R. Fletcher, Ph.D.
Head of School


Congratulations, students!

A message from Nichole Field, Upper School Principal



Head of School Award

The Head of School Award was instituted in 1970 by the first Head of School at The Priory to recognize the outstanding graduate of her class. Her name is engraved on the large perpetual bowl along with the names of all the other outstanding graduates for the last 49years. This award is given to the outstanding senior in the areas of academic achievement, leadership, extra-curricular activities, and service to the school who also demonstrates courtesy, cooperation, and concern for others.

Outstanding Scholar Award

The Outstanding Scholar Award is given to the senior who best exemplifies excellence in scholarship. She has a passion for learning, an enormous capacity for hard work, curiosity, a positive attitude and an innovative, independent spirit. These have placed her in the upper echelons of her class in academic achievement.

Father Fred Minuth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award

This award was instituted to honor the Reverend Fred Minuth who became the first headmaster of St. Andrew’s Priory upon his departure from the Sisters of the Transfiguration in 1969. Father Minuth was not only an Episcopal minister but also a physics teacher, scientist, and an athletic coach. This award recognizes a person who blends talents in both the academic and athletic realms with good sportsmanship and leadership.

Bishop's Award

This award is sponsored by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi and is a symbol of the close relationship between the Bishop, the Church, and St. Andrew’s Schools. It's given to the student who best exemplifies her religious faith, witness, and values in her life and relationships. The name of the recipient is engraved on the perpetual plaque that will remain at The Priory.


Kūlia Awards for Excellence

The Kūlia Award is The Priory’s most distinguished award and is given to students that have demonstrated excellence in a particular discipline. Each department or subject area elects its most outstanding students that come closest to achieving the educational goals of their respective departments. Each student will receive the Kūlia pin, which is to be worn on their uniform. Only Kūlia Award winners receive these emblems which they wear with pride.


Dawn Tamaribuchi Memorial Award

The Dawn Tamaribuchi Memorial Award was established by the family and friends of Priory alumna Dawn Tamaribuchi to honor her memory, provides educational opportunities for students who attend The Priory and demonstrate an interest in humanitarian causes through community service. Tamaribuchi scholars will be young women who exemplify the qualities and characteristics that were held by Dawn Tamaribuchi, including caring for others, giving back to the community and bringing people together.

Lucille Tamura Caldwell Memorial Award

Lucille Tamura Caldwell was a mathematics teacher and Dean of Students at The Priory and is remembered as being “not just a teacher, but like a mom. She was generous and loving, even if it was tough love that was needed.” Before retiring, Ms. Caldwell worked at the Office of the Bishop where she served as the Diocesan Program Officer under Bishop Richard Chang. Her later years were filled with volunteering at the Bible Institute of Hawaiʻi, Hospice Hawaiʻi, and Project Dana, a nonprofit that services the elderly and disabled. This award is given to a student who demonstrates service to the school and community, cares for others, and exhibits a strong faith, work ethic, and perseverance.


Jubinsky Scholar-Athlete Award

St. Andrew’s Schools former trustee, the late John Jubinsky, and his wife Tess Jubinsky, donated funds established the Jubinsky Scholarship. This scholarship honors three Priory students who have excelled academically and athletically in one or more sports.


Athlete Awards

Most Valuable Player: This student-athlete must make significant contributions to The Priory Athletic Program through her outstanding athletic skills, sportsmanship, leadership and cooperation with her teammates and coaches.

Most Inspirational Player: This student-athlete must make significant contributions to The Priory Athletic Program through her dedication, responsibility and leadership on and off the playing field. The athlete must be a positive role model, energetic and encouraging to her teammates.


Track & Field



Bausch + Lomb Honorary Award for Science

The Bausch + Lomb Award for Science is sponsored by the University of Rochester and is given to an outstanding junior in science. Criteria for this award  include academic excellence in science and rigor of courses taken in the sciences. The winner of this award is automatically considered for a scholarship at the University of Rochester.

Rensselaer Medal Award

The Rensselaer Medal Award is sponsored by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and goes to a junior who has distinguished herself in the fields of science and mathematics. Should this medalist become accepted and enroll in RPI, they will automatically receive a significant annual scholarship award. 


Ka Mea Hoʻohiki (Person of Promise) Art Award

The visual arts department recognizes the outstanding senior in the Portfolio class who plans to study Art in college through Ka Mea Hoʻohiki, or Person of Promise, Art Award. This award goes to the outstanding member of the senior class who plans to study art in college and displayed outstanding creative skills, craftsmanship and passion for the visual arts.

Wellesley College Book Award

Wellesley College is a nationally ranked women’s college located in Massachusetts. Each year, the Wellesley Club of Hawaiʻi presents the Wellesley College Book Award to a student who has a strong academic record and has made significant personal contributions to her school or community. Traditionally, the recipient is honored with The Norton Book of Women’s Lives, a collection of twentieth-century literature of women’s lives.






Smith College Book Award

The Smith College Club of Hawaiʻi presents a copy of Jill Ker Conway’s book, A Woman’s Education, The Road from Coorain Leads to Smith College to a sophomore or junior for her outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Jill Ker Conway was the first woman president of Smith College.


National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Through the Scholastic Awards, students earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
Maia Amano '21
Regional Gold Key Medal – Drawing & Illustration
Regional Silver Key Medal – Portfolio Drawing & Painting
Nicole Query '21

Regional Gold Key Medal – Photography

Regional Silver Key Medal – Photography



National Association of Secondary School Principals American Citizenship Awards

The National Association of Secondary School Principals American Citizenship Awards are presented to two students in each grade whose strength of character and courage to do what is right and promotes positive citizenship in others. These young women are chosen for their school and community service, positive attitudes towards learning and their classmates, and for their efforts in civic responsibility.