* Personal: Age 17; son of Daryl and Joyce Yamada of Kula; enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to the beach and watching movies.
* At School: Yearbook editor, member of Dirt Devils and paddling team, softball manager and on Headmaster's List.
* Off Campus: An Eagle Scout, member of the Maui Nui Youth Alliance and volunteer with Relay For Life.
* Beyond High School: Plans to study biology at a Mainland college and return to Maui.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today? "I feel that the biggest problem facing youth today is insecurity. Much of today's youths are confused about their purpose of life, which often leads them to drugs, violence and crime. Adding in a lack of self-confidence and a low self-esteem, youths are poised to try new things, often disregarding their well-being in the hopes of fitting in. Clearing up the confusion and ambiguity concerning moral issues will not only eliminate their identity crisis but also create a class of youths that is hopeful and inspired with the mindset to succeed."
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.