A school arts center’s role in a major festival brings pride to a beleaguered campus
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 07, 2011
Chanel Smith scrunches up her face to mimic the reaction she gets when she tells people she goes to Nanakuli High.
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School is at the bottom of just about every academic list: lowest graduation rate, lowest state test scores, highest dropout rate. But the junior is undeterred.
She simply jumps onstage with her troupe from the Nanakuli Performing Arts Center and dances and sings her heart out. That shows people that assumptions about a school do not do justice to its kids.
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