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Kari Correa

Kari will be attending UNLV to pursue a degree to Education.  Her dream job is to come back to work at Ele’ele Elementary School.  She was the senior class President, valedictorian for the class of 2018 and excelled in athletics.  Kari qualified for the State Tennis tournament for the past three years and she also represented Waimea as captain of the cross-country team. She credits a lot of her mental and physical strength from her participation in sports. Her cross country coach wrote this in her letter of recommendation: “Her teammates look up to her for inspiration and guidance and her coaches rely on her to set the example for other athletes. Due to her influential demeanor, Kari’s maturity and positive attitude are contagious to others on the team.  She is a true leader by example.”

Braden Kobayashi

Braden will be attending Creighton University this fall to pursue a degree in Biology.  He holds one of the most prestigious leadership roles on campus as the JROTC Battalion Commander.  He has been on the Principal’s list receiving at least a 4.0 throughout high school, has accumulated 24 college credits through the Early College program and has been awarded the Harvard Book Award.  In one of his recommendation letters, he is described as follows: “Braden was not content to let others struggle but aided those members of his learning community in need.  His actions demonstrated that he was concerned with others and the world around him. These traits are part of a skill set that will ensure Braden’s success as he continues on in his education.” 

Zachary Safford

Zach has committed to Notre Dame University to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.  He is active in his church community and Civil Air Patrol, but his true passion is in the swimming pool.  He holds numerous Swim Kauai Aquatics and KIF records in both breaststroke and butterfly.  Zach has recently completed a STEM capstone project prototyping 3D-printed fractal trusses to engineer stronger bridges using fewer materials.  His Industrial Engineering & Technology Instructor wrote the following about his Capstone project: “In the first quarter of this school year Zach has created an ambitious plan and stuck to the schedule, creating several physical and computer models.  The goal is to turn this paper into ASCE format so that it can be considered for publication.  The project could possibly earn him a publication credit in an industry journal and possibly even an important patent in the field of materials science.  I have rarely felt this level of genuine excitement for a student project in my 25-year career as a STEM teacher.”


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Meihong Lin

Melia Okura



Lauryn Fleming

Kayla Ishida

Melia Takakusagi



Regina Miner

Casey Nakamura

Kiana Pigao



Lucas Gushikuma

Trevor McCracken

Dawn Mones



John Medeiros

Travis Navarro

Angelica Tran



Lyle Nemeth

David Ochoco

Chas Okamoto



Natasha Abadilla

Abigail Iloreta

Daisy Liberato