Kaimana Scholarship Winners Bios
Ryan Daugherty, Konawaena High School
One summer, Ryan was selected to participate in the University of Hawaii College of Engineering high school internship program. He was steersman of the paddling team that captured the mixed-division state championship. He also provided volunteer landscaping at a Hawaiian-language immersion school.
Malia Fyffe, Kealakehe High School
A member of the water polo and cross country teams, Malia was also captain of her soccer team and two-time BIIF first-team selection in soccer. She was a Relay for Life captain and a member of the Interact Club. She helped produce Kealakehe’s TV program and moderated forums on international and community issues for her school’s citizenship program. Malia was selected as one of two Hawaii students to the Annenberg Foundation U.S. Supreme Court Conference in Washington, D.C.
Chelsey Utemei, Kohala High School
Chelsey helped her team win the BIIF Division II softball championship for the first time in school history. She was the co-coordinator of the Kohala Walk on Drugs and cleanup projects with the Kohala Interact and Upward Bound clubs and Sacred Heart Parish. She also did an internship at Kawili Dental.
Brittany Atiburcio, Maryknoll School
Senior class president Brittany was captain of the cheer and dance teams and winner of her school’s Spartan Award. She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and Shriners Hospital. She was awarded a President’s Scholarship to study at Hawaii Pacific University.
Emma Broderick, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Emma was captain and a three-time ILH all-star for the Warriors cross country team and a National Honor Society member. She volunteered for the past five years at the Children’s Justice Center and Parents and Children Together.
Christopher Burniske, Punahou School
Christopher was named a 2008 Presidential Scholar for excellence in academic and artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, and community service. He captained the cross country and track teams. He also volunteered with Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps to help preserve Oahu’s native habitats.
Caitlin Mizoshiri, Iolani School
As a four-year member of the wrestling team, Caitlin captured the ILH championship in the 98-pound division. She also participated in the University of Hawaii’s College of Engineering high school internship program. Her volunteer activities include performing Japanese dance for seniors and beach cleanups with the Red Cross Club.
Nathan Nakatsuka, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Nathan conducted biochemical research at the National Cancer Institute Advanced Technology Center, was a semifinalist in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition, and the first native Hawaiian accepted into the National Institutes of Health Physician Scientist Training Program. He was also a two-time ILH first-team selection in cross country, tennis team captain, class valedictorian, National Merit Scholarship winner, and avid volunteer.
Janna Taylor, Punahou School
Janna swam for the Buffanblu for four years and was named the most inspirational girls swimmer as a junior. She was editor-in-chief of the yearbook. She also made care packages for female cancer patients at Kapiolani Medical Center and won the her school’s President’s Award for community service.
Lauren Riley, Kauai High School
Student body vice president Lauren was a member of the girls soccer team that captured third place in the state Division II championship tournament. Her community service includes Food Bank and recycling drives, beach and park cleanups, and volunteering for the Kauai Humane Society.
LeeAnn Sagucio, Waimea High School
LeeAnn supervised 145 cadets as Waimea’s junior ROTC command sergeant major. She was also a member of the three-time KIF-champion girls air riflery team and made the honor roll every quarter during high school. Her community service includes Waimea High’s Leo Club and Adopt A Highway cleanups.
Bingxi Sun, Waimea High School
Bingxi was captain of the KIF-champion air riflery team and varsity bowling team. She was also on the tennis and cross country teams and president of the Kauai District Student Council. Her academic honors include the Waimea PTSA Academic Award and Junior ROTC Superior Cadet Award. She volunteered at the Kauai Farm Fair and with Adopt A Highway.
Chloe Edinger, Baldwin High School
Chloe taught children about diabetes and nutrition as a volunteer at Kihei Youth Center. She was a four-year member of the paddling team and part of the varsity girls crew that set a MIL record in the half-mile. She participated in a 10-week National Institutes of Health internship, and her research was published in Ethnicity & Disease journal.
Samantha Martin, Maui High School
Samantha was one of 16 students selected to participate in the Native American High School Summer Program at Harvard Medical School. She was also on the volleyball and soccer teams. She co-founded Hawaiians Against Drugs and Alcohol, which published a magazine for teens about the effects of drugs and alcohol.
Kiana Nip, Lahainaluna High School
One of Kiana’s architectural drawings won first place at a Hawaii Technology Education Association fair. She was a four-year member and team captain of the girls tennis team and helped lead them to three MIL league championships. She volunteered to replant vegetation on Kahoolawe for 10 years.
Danica Auna, Kahuku High School
As a peer educator, Danica spoke to middle- and high-schoolers about sexual harassment and bullying. She was also a four-year member and team captain of the varsity cross country, judo, and wrestling teams, and a two-time state wrestling champion. She assembled care packages for the needy and U.S. servicemen.
Aaron Haque, Moanalua High School
Aaron was a four-year member of the Moanalua cross country, soccer, and track teams and a first-team OIA East cross country selection from 2006 to 2008. He organized a project to install benches at Red Hill Elementary School.
Tiffany Lastimosa, Campbell High School
A winner of Campbell’s Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, Tiffany was a member of the varsity tennis team. She participated in a medical research apprenticeship for two summers with the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She also volunteered at Straub Clinic and Hospital.
Trenton Lum, Roosevelt High School
Class valedictorian and Presidential Scholar candidate Trenton was a member of the Rough Rider tennis and soft tennis teams. He also played in the first violin section of Roosevelt’s symphonic orchestra.
Kristyn Mathewson, Kaiser High School
Kristyn received Kaiser’s scholar athlete award and served as captain of the Lady Cougar basketball and cross country teams. She was also valedictorian of her senior class. She organized a food collection for the homeless and provided day care during church services.
Billy Oden, Kailua High School
Billy was captain of the football and basketball teams during his junior and senior years and was named Kailua High’s athlete of the year in 2004 and 2006. He built a wooden scoreboard for a Pop Warner football team. His academic awards include the Kailua High Outstanding Student Award.