* Personal: Age 17; son of Ken and Carrie Fukuoka of Wailuku; enjoys sports, reading and hanging out with friends.
* At School: Member of National Honor Society, Graduation Committee, Japanese and Interact clubs and the tennis team.
* Off Campus: A Boy Scout and member of Junior Young Buddhists Association and the Wailuku Junior Tennis Club.
* Beyond High School: Plans to attend a university on the West Coast and major in engineering.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today?
"Youth are constantly surrounded by many types of media: television, print and the Internet. However, while entertaining and educational, there are drawbacks. The media promotes unrealistic definitions of 'cool,' 'attractive' and 'success.' Minors have difficulty meeting these unfairly high expectations, which often leads to frustration. The media also does not completely show the perseverance required for success in the real world. Additionally, the media is a heavy time consumer. People can lose track of time and spend hours watching television or browsing the Internet. Students should manage their media use and not allow it to control them. "
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.