The Kapaa High School Foundation presented five outstanding graduating Seniors with scholarships of $1000 each at the May board meeting held at Kapaa High Student Center.
Wylie Barker will be attending McGill University in Montreal Canada with plans to major in Neuroscience. Her goal is to get into medical school and be a pediatric neurosurgeon. Since her Freshmen year, she lettered on the Varsity Swim team, Tennis team, Cross Country, and Track and Field. She was also a member of the Mock Trial Team, National Honor Society, and Interact Club. From 2013 to 2015 she served as a research assistant on US Fish and Wildlife Stream and Estuary Enhancement Study to Dr. Carl J. Berg. She is described by Dr. Berg as “one of the brightest, most mature, and most motivated young students I have met and mentored over my 45 years research and teaching career.” In spite of her rigorous schedule of sports, school and service activities, Wylie is a straight A student with a cumulative gpa of 4.16.
Hazel-Lyn Jarquio is another 4.o student with a passion to make our world a better place. She will be attending University of Hawaii Manoa pursuing a degree in Nursing. This year, she was named the Outstanding President at the statewide Key Club HCON conference, a tribute to her leadership role in the Kapaa Key Club, a service and leadership organization. According to one of her teachers,she is known to be “very responsible, focused, and with a very kind, compassionate and inderstanding character.”
Paul Oyama’s dream is to attend a mainland university to major in Sports Management. and maybe get a degree in Law. He wants to come back to Hawaii one day and help build a sports complex to give more young athletes the support they need to be involved in sports and fitness. He is an active member of the Interact Club, Spanish Club, and National Honor Society, organizations that demand a high level of participation in community service. He was also in Mock Trial and lettered in four sports.
Myah Post plans to attend University of Northern Colorado in the fall, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science. Her goal to to get into medical school. According to Keith Kitamura, Peer Mediation Coordinator at Kapaa High School, as President of the club, Myah has planned, organized, and led community service projects throughout her four years in Peer Mediation. Projects included conflict resolution, anger management, and anti-bullying presentations for schools throughout the island. She participated in beach cleanups, East Side Family Summit, Hawaii Meth Project campaigns, and helped with training the entire peer mediation team to conduct mediation sessions on campus. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America, and the Science Club. Myah also demonstrated good time management skills by working 30 hours a week at part time jobs and maintaining a 3.9 gpa.
Marina Mireles of Kilauea
Marina is an honor student who has shown exceptional ability to manage her time. Besides being an exceptional student in the classroom and working part time, she has participated in many service and leadership organizations. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, and Leadership Challenge.
Marina is also active in her church. She went to Tijuana Mexico five time during high school to do service projects to help the less fortunate. She found the volunteer work to be very gratifying. and gained a sense that “by helping others we become happier; mentally, physically, and spiriitually.”
Marina plans to major in health and human services and one day work in a program for youths, possibly in India or Middle East.
Congratulations to the grant recipients and their families. You are truly an amazing bunch.!