* Personal: Age 16; daughter of Alvin and Victoria Imada of Wailuku; enjoys being with family and friends, going to the beach, reading, music, dancing.
* At School: Student body president, Maui District Student Council Organization representative, Key Club treasurer, National Honor Society vice president, Interact Club secretary, Action Team captain, Living in Faith Experience, music ministry, Spirit Club, Japanese Club, Science Club, Poetry Club, student ambassador, Principal's List, cheerleading.
* Off Campus: St. Anthony Church parishioner, Maui Economic Development Board Focus Maui Nui Youth Alliance, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Maui Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans' Chrysanthemum Festival princess (first runner-up), Maui County Special Fair Day volunteer, employed at Maui Clinic Pharmacy.
Nerissa Naomi Imada
* Beyond High School: Plans to attend a four-year university on the West Coast and major in nursing/pre-med. Would like to work at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, and eventually start a family.
* Who is your personal hero and why?
"My late grandpa, Masao Imada. Unfortunately, I was not granted the pleasure of meeting this great man. However, I have heard many stories about the life that he led. He sacrificed a great deal for his family. His education ended after the 8th grade in order to help support his family. He was a Nisei veteran and, along with my grandma, was the original owner of a house in Dream City. He has taught me what true sacrifice and hard work are. I know that you are watching over me, Grandpa. I love you."
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.