NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu school has been awarded $10,000 from a program inspired by the new NBC show "Rise" starring Hawaii native Aulii Cravalho.
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School was one of 50 schools nationwide to receive the R.I.S.E. America grant – a partnership between NBC and the Educational Theatre Foundation -- to help cover the needs of schools' theatre programs.
To qualify, schools were required to have a theatre program or a champion of theatre arts in their teaching staff in cases where their program was cut because of budget constraints. Each school submitted a video showcasing its theatre program and a 500-word essay explaining why their school should be awarded and how they would use the money on.
Cravalho, a Kamehameha Schools senior, sent a special video message, saying, "Thanks for showing your story with us and we congratulate you on this well-deserved win."
Cravalho is the only high school student playing a high school student in "Rise," a drama about lackluster high school theatre program that gets turned around thanks to an unconventional new leader.
It premieres March 13 at 9 p.m. on KHNL.