NPIEN In the News

Bryan Gutierrez, Yeser Argueta Rodriguez, Ian Pula, Diana Luviano, Centennial High School Students, Compton Unified School District, and Hope Thompson, recent graduate of the University of Southern California, were the featured artists at the NPIEN Student Art Exhibit Grand Opening at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM).

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Centennial Principal Shauna Harris and Centennial Art Teacher/NPIEN Board Member Sean Munley and NPIEN Vice President Ethan Nguyen presented NPIEN medallions to each of the students. The students each presented their art work to the audience followed by a reception with scrumptious food and music by the Aloha Ukulele Ensemble.

Mahalo to PIEAM Director Hugo Albarran for graciously hosting this event. Schools interested in participating in the future should contact Sean Munley, NPIEN Art Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MeghanBlancoMeghan Blanco, NPIEN Board Member, was recognized as one of the top lawyers in Southern California in 2017, as she was named to the Southern California 2017 Rising Stars,

The Top Women Lawyers List. Meghan is a Criminal Defense Attorney for her firm the Law Offices of Meghan Blanco in Laguna Niguel, CA



NancyDrT APIASFNancy Martinsen, Northern California Chapter President presented with NPIEN Executive Director Dr. Thompson in Washington D.C. on the topic of "Leadership" at the annual Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund Summit in September 2017.

Nancy and Dr. Joseph De Torres, also from our Northern California Chapter, did a presentation at the 16th Annual Conference at Paramount High School "Cultural Identification and Preservation."

We appreciate the work of these two outstanding NPIEN colleagues!

The first two students from the States of Washington and Oregon were recipients of the NPIEN Christina Diaz Scholar Award

Amber Enomoto Haole, a graduate of South Salem High School, Salem Keizer Public School District is a student at Western Oregon University. She was a catcher on South Salem's softball team and earned a 3.14 grade point average.

Ashey Helenihi is a graduate of Henrietts Lacks Bioscience High School, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington, Evergreen School District. She excels in Hula dance, was Vice President of the Asian Pacific Islander Club,and works with the Ke Kui Foundation,Council Member of She earned a 3.79 GPA in high school and is now attending the Universty of Southern California. Ashley earned an NPIEN Scholarship of $500.

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NPIEN members met Senator Ricardo Lara at his Holiday Reception in Long Beach in December 2017 and donated toys to his Holiday Toy Drive.

Senator Lara presented NPIEN with the Innovations in the 33rd District Award representing the City of Lakewood on October 20, 2016. It was great to see him again and Field Representative Dr. Suely Saro.

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