Three Kapa’a High School seniors received scholarships of $1000 each from the Daniel S. Hamada Endowment Scholarship — in partnership with the Kapa’a High School Foundation — at the June 2020 board meeting. The scholarship winners were selected based on their personal statements, academic achievements, and their participation in community and school service activities throughout their high school years.
Aljon Glovasa has served in Student Council all four years of high school, as class Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-President, and as ASB Vice-President as a senior. He was the school yearbook editor, performed community service as a member of Interact Club and a member of National Honor Society in addition to working two part-time jobs. In the fall, he will be attending Kaua’i Community College majoring in Nursing.
Ha’ena Makanani Medeiros was involved in Spanish Club, Interact Club and National Honor Society, serving the community in events such as blood drives, elementary tutoring and beach clean-ups. She was on the Varsity Swim team for 3 years and Paddling Team for two years. She will be attending Kaua’i Community College and later hopes to transfer to University of Las Vegas to pursue a degree in business hospitality and management.
Jo’lette Miner-Ho was awarded the Islander Scholar Award based on teacher and administration recommendations on the basis of her leadership, scholarship and potential. She wrestled on the Kapa’a High team, winning the Kaua’i County title multiple times and taking 5th at the State tournament. In the fall, she will be attending Midland University in Nebraska to pursue a degree in Nursing while competing in Women’s Wrestling at the collegiate level.
One Kapa’a High School senior received $2000 as a recipient of the Mr. & Mrs. Fernandez Scholarship — in partnership with the Kapa’a High School Foundation.
Shaelyn Tavares served at Kapa’a High School as a volunteer physics tutor. She has also danced hula and Tahitian dance since age 4. She has an interest in environmental issues and in October 2018 gave a presentation on the effects of climate change to 250 people gathered to hear candidates for County Council speak on the same issue. She plans on attending the University of San Diego, majoring in Integrated Engineering with a concentration in Sustainability.
One Kapa’a High School senior received $500 as a recipient of the Mr. & Mrs. Valenciano Scholarship — in partnership with the Kapa’a High School Foundation.
Samuel Keopuhiwa was the recipient of the Valenciano scholarship. He completed 300 hours of community service, including Kaua’i County Fair, Breast Cancer Walk, Veteran’s Day parade, Lights on Rice parade and others. He was a member of JROTC and earned numerous honors, including the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. He will attend Kaua’i Community College and will transfer to Kapi’olani Community College or UH West Oahu, hoping to earn a degree in Creative Media and eventually work in his own photography business.
Congratulations to our scholarship winners. We commend your diligence and dedication to excellence and your commitment to community service.
The Foundation will like to extend a warm “Thank you” to all the generous supporters of the Kapa’a High School Foundation who make these scholarships possible.