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The Stress of Success

HIKI NŌ #1316

Tues., May 3, 2022 7:30 p.m.


On this episode of HIKI NŌ — Hawaiʻi’s New Wave of Storytellers, student reporters offer stories and Student Reflections about the common high school pressures of school work, feeling the need to fit in, and applying to college.

Students Civic Gomes, Mariah Daugherty and Ash Miller from Konawaena High School on Hawaiʻi Island host from the PBS Hawaiʻi studio and share their own thoughts about how they deal with stress in school.

This episode opens with a report entitled “Stress of Success” from H.P. Baldwin High School students Kailani Ibanez and Mina Suzuki on Maui. Their story includes interviews with classmates and counselors about the stress students deal with as they juggle extracurricular activities and apply to college. Later in the show we’ll catch a glimpse of Mina and her media teacher Trisha Roy as they participate in a PBS Hawaiʻi online panel discussion about the tremendous pressures placed on high school students to succeed.

Jack Vedder and Lucas Stevens, students at Kaiser High School on Oʻahu, share their short film entitled “The Hardest Thing About Being a Teenager,” which encapsulates how overwhelming school can be.

Taylor McCann, a senior at Waiākea High School on Hawaiʻi Island, shares her own Student Reflection about what she is doing to prepare for a move to the mainland after graduation.

Students of Pearl City High School on Oʻahu offer an explainer video about how to prepare for yearbook photos.

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Try Harder! Panel Discussion

To see the full panel discussion shared during this HIKI NO episode, watch below.

The panel, moderated by Ron Mizutani, PBS Hawaiʻi President and CEO, included:

  • Trisha Roy, Baldwin High School educator
  • Mina Suzuki, Baldwin High School student
  • Dr. Mestisa Gass, PSYD, Program Director, Mental Health America of Hawai’i