King Kekaulike High School Grade 12
Personal: Age 17; daughter of Howard and Dorrye Mikasa of Pukalani; enjoys going to the beach, being with family and friends, traveling, making jewelry, shopping.
At School: Senior class president, Leo Club treasurer, National Honor Society treasurer, tennis, Graduation Committee member, student senator, Mock Trial member, Best Buddies member, Parent Teacher Student Association representative, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutor, Advanced Placement classes, honor roll.
Off Campus: Pukalani Elementary School Math Matters Team volunteer, American Society Relay for Life volunteer, Day of Hope Marathon volunteer, Salvation Army bell-ringing volunteer, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards delegate, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference, Pukalani Baptist Preschool volunteer, Read Aloud Program volunteer, hula.
Beyond High School: Plans to attend a university in Southern California and major in psychology. Plans to earn a master's degree and return to Hawaii to become a practicing child and family counselor.
Who is your personal hero and why? "Mrs. Brandi Spalding, our senior class adviser, has been my role model since my freshman year. I've learned from her the importance of balance and compassion. She is a mother, wife and teacher and does an extraordinary job of managing it all despite anything life throws her way. She is selfless with her time and always makes the students her priority. A truly ideal teacher, she treats everyone with respect and kindness and never fails to give her best effort. Her exceptional 'can do' attitude always motivates me as a leader to believe that anything can be achieved."
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