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Thomas P. Gill Scholar 2005 Ceremony

The Gill Scholar Ceremony was held on February 26, 2005 at the ACLU of Hawai'i office.

Raquel 'Honey-Girl' Hoe-Pedro -winner, Thomas Gill, Marsha Joyner -representing Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition

The Gill Scholar program is aimed at public high school students. The annual award is named for the legendary public servant and former lieutenant governor and congressional representative who has been an ACLU board member since 1982. Gill was among the builders of the Hawai’i Democratic Party in the 1950s and during his congressional tenure crafted Title VI, of the historic civil rights bill, which banned organizations receiving federal funds from discriminating based on race.

Starr Johnson -nominating teacher, Raquel 'Honey-Girl' Hoe-Pedro, Thomas Gill, Charlene Hoe -Administrator, Hakipuu Learning Center

Congratulations to this year’s winner, Raquel "Honey-girl" Hoe-Pedro, an 11-th grader from the windward charter school Hakipu'u Learning Center. At her school, Hoe-Pedro completed an extensive research project on the executive branch of government and is also working on issues affecting foster care, Native Hawaiians and charter schools. She has also been selected to attend a cultural exchange in Alaska with Alaskan Natives. In addition, she plays basketball for Castle High School and performs Tahitian and hip-hop dances for windward community groups.

Tammy Smith -mother, Lois Gill, Raquel 'Honey-Girl' Hoe-Pedro - winner, Thomas Gill, Herbert Hoe -grandfather

All Photos courtesy of Tia L. Roberts

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