* Personal: Age 17; daughter of Neal and Nena Wakayama of Pukalani; enjoys reading, drawing, listening to music, occasionally playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.
* At School: Marching/pep (drum major) and symphonic bands, Key Club treasurer, National Honor Society president.
* Beyond High School: Go to college and major in animation; hopes to pursue a career at the Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar Animation Studios.
* Who is your personal hero and why?
"My personal hero would actually be a group of people: my family and friends. I think of them as my heroes because they always support me in my decisions. They also bring the best out in me. I strive to do my best in order to become successful to make my family proud. My friends also contribute to my drive for success because I don't want to be left behind. I push myself to do the best I can to keep up with them. I'm grateful and lucky to be blessed with such amazing people who are my heroes."
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.