* Personal: Age 18; daughter of Wayne and Diane Omura of Kula; enjoys spending quality time and talking with family and friends, going to the beach, crafting, drawing, painting and baking.
* At School: National Honor Society, Interact Club, National Ocean Science Bowl, National History Day, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Math League, tennis, Maui District TV studio intern, honor roll.
* Off Campus: National 4-H Congress Hawaii Delegate, Morning Glories 4-H Club, Maui County 4-H Youth Organization president, Hawaii 4-H Foundation Board youth representative, Junior Youth Buddhist Association unit president and Maui United Federation counselor.
Kristine Aki Omura
* Beyond High School: Attend a small liberal arts college on the Mainland and pursue a degree in education. After returning to Maui, hopes to be in a classroom inspiring students to dream big dreams. Intends to give back to the community by helping students help themselves.
* Who is your personal hero and why? "My heroes, role models, and mentors lie within our educational community. Raised by parents who are both teachers, I discovered from a very young age the value of an education. Their influence is the reason for my strong commitment to learning and an even deeper appreciation for those who teach, inspire and challenge us as students. They have taught me how to succeed in both mind and heart and I have been fortunate to have made such special connections."
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.