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Lanai High and Elementary School / Grade 12

April 23, 2008
The Maui News
• PERSONAL: Age 17; daughter of Jimmy and Emelie Ganotisi of Lanai City; enjoys volleyball, yearbook, spending time with friends and family, working, shopping, participating in student competitions like HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), leadership activities, designing computer graphics, traveling, psychology.

• AT SCHOOL: Outstanding student awards including best in Japanese language and for academic excellence as a junior; Prom Committee chairperson; yearbook editor; Hawaii Secondary Student Conference delegate; HOSA historian and student intern at Lanai Community Hospital, Straub Clinic Lanai and Dr. Nora Harmsen Family Dentistry, and as a health aide and athletic trainer; Lettermen’s Club; and varsity volleyball and junior varsity softball.

• OFF CAMPUS: Lanai Leo Club member, Lanai Senior Center and inaugural Lana‘i Cancer Walk volunteer, participant in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, works as a food runner at Hotel Lanai and has helped at her family’s Ganotisi Store since 2000.

• BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL: Will be a pre-medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she will major in biology, psychology or chemistry. In medical school, she plans to study surgery or anesthesiology.

• WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE EDUCATION IN HAWAII? “Every student should have the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. All Hawaii schools should have rigorous courses. We should conduct research to find out what methods of teaching will help students the most. To me, doing worksheets and taking down notes are helpful but not the most effective way for students to learn. All it is is copying words from the textbook or from the board. It doesn’t create an impact that causes students to remember it forever. I would see to it that everything learned during a school year is not forgotten by the time the new school year rolls in. We need to find a new method of teaching that helps students remember what they learned forever.”

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The students in this weekly feature are selected by officials at their respective high schools. “Student Spotlight” recognizes students of good character who are involved in school or community activities such as athletics, clubs, student government and volunteer work.

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