* Personal: Age 17; daughter of Teofilo and Melanie Garde of Lahaina; enjoys playing tennis, shopping, hanging out with family and friends, attending church, eating and going to the beach.
* At School: Student Body treasurer, member of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), Aloha, Anime, Japanese and Robotics clubs; member of the school varsity tennis team.
* Off Campus: Relay For Life, Rally For America, Lahaina Beach Clean Up, Lahaina Plantation Days volunteer; member of the Maria Lanakila Youth Ministry and Junior Filipino Catholic Club.
Jasmine Limon Garde
* Beyond High School: Plans to become a registered nurse or anesthesiologist and to raise a family on Maui.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today? "I think that the biggest problem facing our youth today is how we've become so dependent on technology. We spend countless hours on the computer and our cellphones with all their advance applications. We're constantly texting or on Facebook. We have forgotten how to have an actual verbal conversation with each other. If we don't know something, we 'Google it.' If we take a cool picture, we 'Facebook it.' Modern technology has its advantages, but when we forget the human side, we become nothing more than an object, like a computer or a cellphone. We need to remember about the paradise we live in. We need to enjoy the realities of living on Maui and its people. We need to ensure that modern technology does not control our lives. We need to grow as humans and not as robots."
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.