* Personal: Age 17; son of Carol Schwartz and Raymond Rutkowski of Huelo; enjoys swimming, playing video games, eating, sleeping, skiing and snow boarding; also interested in sustainable technologies and intrigued by Maui water controversies and dilemmas.
* At School: Key Club president, Spanish Club, Science Bowl, National Honor Society treasurer, Advancement Via Individual Determination tutor, Robotics Club.
* Off Campus: Camp Imua volunteer.
Charles Marley Rutkowski
* Beyond High School: Plans to study civil or environmental engineering at a Mainland college. Goals still unclear; hopes by college graduation "to have an strong idea of what truly inspires me and what I enjoy most, and it is my goal to embrace this, whatever it may be."
* What would you do to improve education in Hawaii?
"It is constantly being asserted that failures in the Hawaii public school system are due to budget cuts, deficient programs or drug problems. The more significant problem is the fact that a plethora of students just do not care about their own learning. If the students of Hawaii's public schools do not strive to learn, they will not succeed in school. Simply speaking to students about the importance of learning will not solve this dilemma. In order to solve the downfalls of the Hawaii school system, new programs must be devised to fit the desires of the students so that they might become enthralled with their own learning."
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.