Baldwin senior selected as Coca-Cola scholars finalist

Rysen Otomo has been selected as a 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Program finalist. The Baldwin High School senior is one of 250 finalists from across the United States. He will travel to Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta in April for a Scholars Weekend. There, Otomo will be awarded either $20,000 or $10,000 in scholarships.

A member of the Baldwin swim team and an Eagle Scout, he plans to follow in his father’s, older brother’s and older sister’s footsteps and study engineering.

“I hope to attend Stanford,” says Otomo. “As the youngest of three siblings, the scholarship will be very helpful to my family.” He is the son of Carole Otomo and Stacy Otomo, president of Otomo Engineering.

Michael Nobriga, president of Maui Soda & Ice Works, one of the last few dozen independent Coca-Cola bottlers in the U.S., presented Otomo with his acceptance letter, along with a case of 8-ounce glass bottles of Coca-Cola.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Program was set up by the bottlers in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the company,” Nobriga explains. “We pay into a fund annually; the fund has been invested over the years and the scholarships are provided from those funds. Rysen is only the ninth finalist we’ve had from Maui in 25 years. We’re very proud.”