Kaimana Scholarship Winners Bios
Daniel Okubo, Waiakea High School
Daniel ranked first in his class and was elected class president his sophomore and junior years. He was also captain of the varsity soccer, cross country, and track and field teams. As a Key Club member, Daniel helped install personal emergency response systems in the homes of senior citizens.
Jake Shiraki, Honokaa High School
Jake served as captain of the varsity soccer team, which captured the 2008 BIIF Division II championship. He was also first-team BIIF selection in cross country and track. He won a principal’s award for achieving a 4.0 grade-point average all four years. Jake also volunteered at a hospital.
Malia Tanaka, Konawaena High School
Student body vice president and National Honor Society member Malia won awards in language arts, social studies, and art. She was also captain of the three-time BIIF Division I champion soccer team. She read to elementary school students; served food at community dinners; and volunteered at an adult day care, rehab facility, and hospice clinic.
Morganna Hayes, Mid-Pacific Institute
Morganna founded the Mid-Pacific Red Cross Club, which raised more than $3,000 over three years, and was named a Red Cross Youth Hero. She was also on the tennis and paddling teams, student body vice president, and a member of Mid-Pac’s Holomua club, which honors students for academics, service, and community commitment.
Hannah Ishida, Punahou School
Hannah earned player of the year honors as a member of the varsity II water polo team. She volunteered for the Institute for Human Services and was a camp counselor for children from orphanages and refugee camps in Croatia. She received a President’s Service Award from Punahou’s Luke Center for Public Service.
Farrah Madanay, Punahou School
Farrah was a member of the state-champion girls cross country and track and field teams and ILH Division I-AA championship basketball team. She was a National Honors Society member who won awards in biology, English, physics, and visual arts. She volunteered with the National Honor Society, Key Club, Special Olympics, Head Start, and was named HUGS’ volunteer of the year.
Hannah Ross, Mid-Pacific Institute
Hannah lived with her family in Kenya and Palestine, serving the poor. She was on the girls and mixed varsity paddling teams. She won a Harvard Book Award as a junior. She was accepted to Westmont College in California as a President’s Scholar and also won scholarships to study in Cambodia and Japan.
Stefanie Sueda, Hawaii Baptist Academy
Senior class president Stefanie was voted Miss HBA for her academic, spiritual, and leadership qualities. She was named most inspirational player of the Pac-Five varsity softball team, which won the Division II state championship in 2006 and 2008. She was one of 12 students accepted into the Siena/Albany Medical College Program, which will allow her to provide medical aid worldwide.
Ryan Yamada, Iolani School
Ryan wrestled for seven years for the Raiders. He was a National Latin Exam gold medalist and attended a medical internship conference at UCLA during high school. He also mentored his Ala Wai Elementary School “little brother” as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Benjie Baclig, Waimea High School
Benjie ranked first in his class, was senior class president, and was a Coca-Cola Scholar. He took four advanced placement classes, including an online economics course on his own time. He was co-captain of the KIF-champion cross country team and captain of the paddling team. He also earned varsity letters in track and field, swimming, and bowling. Benji mentored children and was selected as youth of the year by the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.
Caralyn Broyles, Waimea High School
Caralyn was a KIF girls cross country individual champion in 2007 and 2008; in track, won the 1,500- and 3,000-meter events; and ran on the winning 4-by-400-meter relay team. She was also senior class valedictorian and winner of a Navy League scholarship and a Wendy’s High School Heisman award. She served food to the homeless, helped with food drives, and visited care homes.
Elisabeth Young, Kauai High School
Elisabeth was a four-year member of the Kauai High Key Club and participated in Lihue Missionary Church youth group missions in Mexico and Thailand. She was captain of the Red Raider cross country team for two years and won sportsmanship awards for both cross country and track.
Shyanne Lecker-Agnew, Hana High & Elementary School
Shyanne says her 2-year-old daughter is her main motivation in life. Shyanne was on the wrestling and volleyball teams. She was also senior class vice president and a National Honor Society member. She helped create the Hana Health community garden, which provided 17,000 meals to kupuna and other residents.
Colton Manley, Molokai High School
Colton was captain of the wrestling and cross country teams and on the track and field team. He was named outstanding wrestler at the Maui Invitational Tournament, where he won in his weight class for the second time. Colton served as lead counselor at Molokai Christian Youth Camp and with a program to help widows, single mothers, and others in need. Twice, he volunteered in Haiti, helping with rebuilding and cleanup.
Jackie Owens, Lahainaluna High School
Senior class valedictorian Jackie was a four-time MIL girls tennis singles champion, four-time Luna girls tennis MVP, and state singles finalist in 2008 and 2009. She was also the 2007 Lahaina News scholar athlete of the year and the 2008 Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner. Jackie volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
Vinson Diep, Kalani High School
Vinson volunteered at Kapiolani Medical Center transporting patients and assisting doctors and nurses. He was a member of the cross country and track and field teams and the marching and concert bands. He was also a valedictorian of his class and National Honor Society member.
Amy Hunt, Mililani High School
Amy won first place in the senior performance division of the National History Day competition and won the most outstanding lawyer award as a member of Mililani’s Mock Trial state-champion team. Amy was on the track and field and cross country teams and participated in a church mission trip to Alaska.
Pengyu Li, Kaimuki High School
Pengyu played doubles for the tennis team and played the flute and saxophone in the concert band. He was a founding member, president, and captain of the math team. He was also on the school’s tech team, which won the state computer tech challenge. Pengyu repaired computers for the school and volunteered teaching a computer class.
Chelsy Okuma, Kaiser High School
Chelsy played six varsity sports. She was captain of the soccer team, co-captain of the basketball team, and on the cross country, softball, volleyball, and track and field teams. She was also class vice president and an honor roll student every year. She volunteered at the Special Olympics, Institute for Human Services, and STAR Physical Therapy.
Lalo Respicio, Campbell High School
Honor roll student Lalo led the Sabers to the OIA White division football championship. He worked with an autistic child, volunteered at Hawaii Medical Center, and helped coach soccer at the Boys & Girls Club. As primary caretaker for his siblings, Lalo makes sure they are fed, bathed, and in bed every night.
Aubree Shipman, Kalaheo High School
Ever since she can remember, Aubree has done most of the chores in her household. She participated in beach cleanups and blood drives, read to children, and helped with a playground building project. Aubree was also co-captain of the volleyball team, a National Honor Society member, and won the school’s chemistry award.