* Personal: Age 17; daughter of Charles and Cherie Carter of Kihei; enjoys acting, singing, dancing, baking, playing ukulele, writing poetry and constructing songs.
* At School: Baldwin Theatre Guild, International Thespian Society, Bear Believers, student government, class representative, Distributive Education Clubs of American, Gay, Lesbian and Straight student supporter.
* Off Campus: Enrolled in courses at Maui Community College, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Maui Christian Church, Relay For Life volunteer, Will Smith Foundation volunteer, Cop on Top volunteer, annual beach cleanups volunteer.
Kendra Kai Carter
* Beyond High School: Plans on attending Portland State University with aspirations to major in business economics (management) and open a pie shop after college graduation. She then plans to expand her pie shop globally and "marry the man of my dreams."
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today? "Here in Hawaii God has provided us with an incredible place to call home. Young and old, all appreciate the land, but are lacking economically in this place we call paradise. From my perspective the most challenging thing that teens face today is our lack of higher education. So many young people have a desire to learn but have not been given the privilege. Causes of this tragedy are things such as great education programs, but not enough money to pay for them, and the lack of encouragement at home due to our economy failing to provide jobs."
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.