2003 Nēnē Award Ceremony

2002 Nēnē Award Winner Christopher Paul Curtis was honored at the 2003 Ceremony on April 11, 2003 at the OCISS Building. Students, librarians, and distinguished guests from the Department of Education and our corporate sponsors gathered in the meeting room at 10 a.m. Mr. Curtis and his wife arrived early and as the students came in they presented him with leis and were able to get their books and programs autographed.

photo of press conference stage area

Student emcees Alexis Pira and Cameron Vann from Mokulele Elementary opened the program with a review of the history of the award. Emcees Sarah Williams and Alyssa Arellano from Kaneohe Elementary introduced the essay contest winners, who read their winning selections. Then the poster contest winners were introduced.

Mr. Curtis was formally introduced and presented with his 2002 Nēnē Award plaque. He thanked the students for honoring his book with the award.
photo of Mr. Curtis with student emcees

After his thank you speech, Mr. Curtis announced the 2003 winner ... The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. He read the letter of acceptance that Mr. Snicket sent. The emcees introduced Mr. John Giza, representative of Perma-Bound books, who unveiled copies of The Bad Beginning that will be sent to all of the libraries who participated in the 2003 voting for the award.

photo of Mr & Mrs Curtis with this year's Nene co-chairs

2003 Nēnē Co-chairs Krysti Asamoto and Candace Kudo
with Mr. and Mrs. Curtis

After the Press Conference, Mr. Curtis and his wife enjoyed a picnic lunch on the beach with the poster and essay contest winners. Then he participated in an hour-long interactive interview on KHET, where students from all over the State could call in questions. The interview tape is available from Teleschool.

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