Personal: Age 17; daughter of Expedito and Natividad Paranada of Wailuku; enjoys spending time with family and friends, laughing, smiling, singing, shopping and volunteering.
At School: Senior class vice president, Best Buddies chapter president, Health Occupations Students of America club president, honor roll, basketball, blood drive coordinator, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Future Teachers of America.
Off Campus: Christ the King Church youth ministry/choir, Hale Makua volunteer, Alzheimer's Walk volunteer, Special Olympics volunteer, Read Aloud America program volunteer, hospital emergency preparedness volunteer.
Beyond High School: Plans to attend a four-year university and major in biology to become a medical doctor. Plans to return to Maui after college to pursue a career as a pediatrician.
Who is your personal hero and why?
"My personal heroes are God and my parents because without their unconditional love and support, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I thank my parents for working endless hours, day and night, so their children could live a better life without sufferings. All their hardships and sacrifices have instilled a mindset in me to be an independent person who strives for excellence no matter the circumstance. One day, I will help my parents to retire early in thanking them for all the opportunities they've bestowed upon me, for I am truly blessed. I work hard to see the smiles on their faces and for them to be proud of the daughter they've raised."
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.