Age 18; son of Jack and Bonnie Swink of Kula; enjoys reading and "I love magic."
* At School:
Key Club, Best Buddies (which pairs students with people with intellectual disabilities), Math Club treasurer, Math League.
* Off Campus:
Coached youth basketball, volunteered at Boo Boo Zoo, did magic at Best Buddies dance, performs magic on the Spirit of Lahaina dinner cruise.
* Beyond High School:
Hopes to attend Harvard, Columbia or Yale, and plans to major in business management and minor in accounting, calculus and geography. After earning his degree, he plans to live and work in New York City and to invest in the stock market, where he hopes to contribute to creating a more ethical environment; he would like to own a big corporation someday.
* Who is your personal hero and why?
"My personal hero has changed over time and is a man that the whole world looks up to. That man is the president of the United States. Past, present and future, the president is someone I have always looked up to. The president has the hardest job in the world, yet he is expected to never make a mistake. On a daily basis, the president is watched and ridiculed on every possible action, even my new hero, President Barack Obama. Yet these men do their best despite attacks from the media, crises and natural phenomena. They make the hard decisions and stand tall when others would fall to their knees. A president is a rare breed, and a person I am honored to call my hero."
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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.