The Kapaa High School Foundation awarded 5 seniors with scholarships of $1000 each. The scholarships are awarded to seniors who demonstrated their commitment to education and community service. Listed below are the 5 seniors who were selected from 17 total applicants.
Claudia Hanson will be attending a college in the fall with a goal of becoming a Family Therapist. She is one of the valedictorians in her graduating Class of 2018. While maintaining her excellent academic record, she worked part time for the past two years to save for a future college education. With her busy schedule she was also involved in Peer Mediation, Interact Club, National Honor Society, Art Club, and volunteered as a Marine Biologist Assistant helping with a coral reef restoration project.
Brianna Binder plans to attend Williams College in Massachusetts to pursue degrees in physics and engineering. She will be one of the valedictorians in her graduating class. While not working at her part time jobs she was active in the Interact Club, Varsity Soccer, Track and Field, National Honor Society, and coached AYSO soccer. She has demonstrated excellent time management skills and does volunteer work with passion and joy.
Taylor Relacion plans to attend college in Oregon to major in Elementary Education. Besides maintaining a high gpa, she was active in the Sea Scouts Program. The Sea Scouts Program is part of the Boy Scouts of America with emphasis on boating skills and water safety while learning leadership, citizenship, and mental and physical fitness. Taylor was selected to be the Sea Scout Western Region Boatswain and lead all Sea Scouts west of the Mississippi River.
Besides being active in Interact Club and National Honor Society, Taylor was also voted Student Body President for the school year. According to Vice Principal Thomas Cox, Taylor has great leadership skills and leads by example, and is well respected on the Kapaa High School campus, by both staff members and her peers.
Nevaeh Arruda-Kapu has a goal of becoming a child psychologist. She also wants to study Business to understand the business world. She plans to begin her higher education by attending Kauai Community College in the fall. As part of the National Honor Society, her community service involved tutoring at the Elementary school and volunteering with Peer Mediation Club with beach cleanups. Another project she was passionate about was to educate young elementary students about bullying.
Karlie O’Rourke will be attending University of San Diego in the fall to pursue a career path to become a medical doctor. An amazing straight A student who works part time, was on the varsity swim team, member of the National Honor Society and is the president of the 80 plus members Interact Club. This year the Interact Club completed 14 service projects in the first semester alone, and Karlie looks forward to fulfilling the Interact Club motto; “Service above Self.” According to Interact Club advisor, Joan Kealalio, Karlie “has a great attitude and will always take measures to be positive.”
Congratulation to these fine students. All deserving and looking forward to bright futures.
The Kapaa High School Foundation would like to thank all the donors for making these scholarships possible. Your donations are used throughout the years to support teachers, coaches, and students with equipment, supplies, and cover other expenses for student events and activities. This annual scholarship is to support and recognize outstanding seniors who not only excelled in the classrooms, but also demonstrated their commitment to service to the community and school.