Age 17; daughter of Nelson and Nelie Huliganga of Kihei; enjoys ceramics, 3D art sculpting, math, cooking, running and reading
* At School:
TIA S. HULIGANGA
Senior class secretary, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism vice president, Travel Club, Video Club, French Club, Interact Club, Best Buddies Society, Relay For Life, track and field, food drives and Wailea Marriott Keiki Christmas Party with Travel Club, and campus cleanups with French Club.
* Off Campus:
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Day of Hope Marathon, Salvation Army bell ringing; works at Kumon tutoring and grading papers.
* Beyond High School:
Plans to attend a four-year university, possibly Hawaii Pacific University, and major in education.
* Who is your personal hero and why?
"My personal hero would have to be my older sister. I look up to her and all of her achievements. Growing up, I never understood much of anything. Having her around to motivate, teach and help me throughout my life has molded me into who I am today. Although we may have arguments, I know it's always with her best intentions, and that's what makes me appreciate and respect her more. She has always been there for me and motivated me to become better by learning from her mistakes. I am very thankful to have her in my life."
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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.